Moses Cone Estate. Early photograph (date unknown) from the archives of the Historic Boone society. Also known as “Flat Top Manor,” the 23-room Colonial Revival / Victorian neo-Colonial structure was built for textile and clothing magnate Moses H. Cone between 1899 and 1901.
May 9, 1912
“Samuel Birch, of Beetown, Wis., had a most narrated escape from losing his leg,” related an item entitled “Kicked By A Mad Horse” on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, “as no doctor could heal the frightful sore that developed, but at last Bucklen’s Arnica Salve cured it completely.” Claims the advertisement, “(i)t’s the greatest healer of ulcers, burns, boils, eczema, scalds, cuts, corns, cold-sores, bruises and piles of earth (?). Try it, 25¢ at all dealers.”
“Having purchased all the stock of the business of the Boone Furniture Co.,” begins another combined news announcement and advertisement of a more local origin, “I am prepared to sell you anything in my line at a very reasonable figure. Dressers, Bureaus, Chairs, Bed Steads, Bed Springs, Mattresses, etc. Give us a call when in need of any thing in the line of furniture. Store in Watauga County Bank Building. Respectfully, JESSE F. ROBBINS, PROFESSIONAL.”
Another local item tells that “Frank Lovill, Jr., left last week forMontana, where he has been offered a rather lucrative position. Here’s hoping the big-hearted boy the greatest success in his new field.”
A political item records that “George L. Storie, of Blowing Rock, was in town Monday and declared himself a candidate for the next Legislature on a platform of ‘principle’ – anti-prohibition. Of course it goes without saying that Mr. Storie would make a very vigorous campaign, but his following on such a platform in the prohibition county of Watauga would be small indeed.”
May 9, 1929
“Farmers’ wives of Austria,” reports one brief item, “are just becoming interested in vacuum cleaners.”
“Severe Wind Storm Does Much Damage in County” was the headline to an article which reported that, “(t)he terrific wind storm that swept over the county last Thursday night did considerable damage in Watauga. A heavy loss is reported from various parts. Apple trees in many orchards were uprooted and literally blown from the ground.” Says the report, “Brown’s Chapel, one of the old Methodist churches in the county, on Boone R.F.D. 1, was blown down; the church and school building at Matney were blown from their pillars and badly wrecked; the roof on the home of Rev. George Trivett at Vilas was, in the main, blown off.” Another calamity was the blowing over of a barn containing “several purebred cattle,” all of which, however, were fortuitously “taken from the debris without even a broken bone.” The wind was described as “the most severe that has been witnessed here for many years.”
“Spainhours’ To Formally Open Fine New Building Tomorrow 9 O’clock” was the headline of a featured story, which continued ongoing coverage of the advent of this new department store in the heart of Boone. The store was located “in the new H.W. Horton building,” which was “located in the heart of the business district” and which was described as having been “constructed especially to meet the demands of a modern department store.” The store was of dimensions to have “a mezzanine floor 27×30,” with “the most modern type of display windows yet devised.” The upper floor of the building, says the story, “will be used as apartment space.” The Spainhours family, owners of the new store, “began their mercantile career on a small scale in North Wilkesboro 58 years ago and today operate a chain of three small stores,” reported this article of 82 years ago. Today, the W.H. Horton building still stands onKing Streetin downtown Boone, and is home to the Artwalk arts and crafts store.
May 5, 1960
“Beauties, Blossoms, Ball Feature Spring Festival” was a headline in this issue, with an accompanying heading reading “May Queen, Court to Add Bright Color.” The story reported that the “annual two-day spring festival, replete with beauties, opera, teas, balls, movies and blossoms, will provide a gay week end at Appalachian College Friday and Saturday.” A program entitled “Glimpses of Opera” was scheduled as a kick-off event to the festivities, which would feature “choice selections from seven of the best known operas” and was to be “given by the College Chorus which will be accompanied by the College Symphony Orchestra.” A court had been selected for the festival, and it was noted that “May Queen Gail Lowrance and her court are scheduled for presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Health and Physical Education Building. Miss Lowrance’s escort will be Duane Best of High Point.”
“Ulcers Increase” reported in health news that, “(d)octors have found that peptic ulcers are on the increase. Modern living seems to be the culprit. However, the combination of factors that bring on this condition can, for the most part, be avoided by susceptible people.” Among proposed preventative measures was the advice, “(y)ou can dodge the feelings which let an ulcer get started by steering clear of situations that will cause the feelings. If being president of your garden club or Lions Club makes you worried or upset, don’t accept.” Another remedy reads, “(i)f you become emotionally involved with a problem and find the tension piling up on you, drink a glass of milk.” Avoidance of “highly seasoned foods, excess alcohol, and tobacco during time of stress” was also counseled. “You would do well,” continues the article, “to omit these items from your diet altogether.”
1931 advertisement for clothing items. From the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat newspaper.