“Chetola Lodge” gives a glimpse of the famous Blowing Rock resort in an earlier era. Date of photograph unknown.
(Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society)
April 11, 1912
A poem run in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat with the parenthetical subtitle “with apologies to Edgar A. Poe” reads, in part: “Teddy upon a midnight dreary / Pondering – weak and weary; / Ruminating if the nomination / Would be his, as ‘twas before / When lo, there came a tapping / As of someone impatiently rapping, / Like of old at the White House door. / “’Tis some ‘Heeler’ in want,” he said, / “Simply that and nothing more.” The parody of Poe’s “The Raven” continues, at considerable length, with the appearance of “a ghastly form – a crow / As black as a howling midnight storm” who “perched upon the bust of Nero / Just above his office door.” The spectral bird responds to Roosevelt’s question, “Tell me quickly, I implore / Who will get the nomination / At the Chicago convention? / Will they give it to me as before?” with the response “Quoth the crow, Theodore, never, never more.” The Republican Party chose William Howard Taft as its Presidential nominee in 1912, rather than Theodore Roosevelt, who had already served as President for two terms during the years 1901 through 1909.
“Glorious News” proclaims a heading which continues, “comes from Dr. J.T. Curtis, Dwight, Kans. He writes: ‘I not only have cured bad cases of eczema in my patients with Electric Bitters, but also cured myself by them of the same disease. I feel sure that they will cure any case of eczema.’” Continues the claims of the item, “(t)his shows what thousands have proved, that Electric Bitters is a most effective blood purifier.” The thinly-disguised advertisement concludes, “(i)t’s an excellent remedy for eczema, tetter, salt rheum, ulcers, boils, and running sores. It stimulates the liver, kidneys, and bowels, expels poisons, helps digestion, builds up the strength. Price 50c. Satisfaction guaranteed by all druggists.”
April 11, 1935
The headline “Snow Flurry” introduced an article reporting, “(a) sudden flurry of snow came with a considerable drop in the temperature Sunday night, and fruit trees bore full blooms covered with ice. However, it is not believed that any appreciable damage came, since sunshine did not accompany slowly rising temperatures.” The news item concludes, “(i)ntermittent showers continue, and farmers are unusually late with their work, few potatoes or garden crops having been planted.”
“Western Girl is 1935 Rifle Champion” related on this date, “Shirley Frazier of the University of Washington Misses All-Time Target Record by One Shot.” The text of the article, which was accompanied by a photograph of the champion shooter in action, told that Ms. Frazier “shot six rounds of 100 shots as follows: 100, 100, 100, 99, 99, 100.. or, 598 out of a possible 600.”
“Belk-White Store to open Friday Morning” announced to the Watauga populace that, “(t)he Belk-White company’s new department store will open its doors to the people of the community and county next Friday morning, according to Mr. Cyrus White, executive of the company, who came up from Columbia, S.C. Tuesday evening.” White was reported to have “just returned from New York City, where he spent a week buying the merchandise for the local store,” and had told the newspaper that, within a few days time, the new establishment would have “a stock which will compare favorably to those carried by the metropolitan Belk establishments.”
April 14, 1955
“Bus Strike Cancels Boone Runs; Travelers are Re-Routed,” subtitled “Local Points Hurt Worst,” reported during this week that “(t)he strike of Atlantic Greyhound’s bus drivers, which has stopped the big transportation system’s vehicles throughout the states, has caused the minimum of inconvenience to travelers in and out of Boone, employees of the Boone Bus Terminal said Tuesday.” According to the report, “the bus terminal people say they have been able to take care of 95 percent of the travel through the facilities of the Trailways system.” A notification from Boone’s Postmaster, however, indicated that daily bus service to Winston-Salem via the Greyhound bus had been cancelled due to the strike, causing some delays in mail service. “No other local mails are handled by bus,” reported the item, which also noted that “Mr. Glen Wilcox at the bus terminal says that travelers can still go most anywhere by making detours on Trailways, but the service to North Wilkesboro, Mountain City, and local points have been crippled.” A resolution was hoped for, with “(u)nion spokesmen and company officials… trying to negotiate a settlement of the strike against the company, which normally handles about 43,800 passengers (per) day.”
Advertisements from the Watauga Democrat newspaper, Boone, North Carolina, USA, 1912.