“Tatum Cabin (now at Hickory Ridge Homestead)” reads a label affixed to this photograph, which bears a handwritten penciled note on the back identifying “Tatum Cabin” and “Glenn Causey.” The actor who portrayed Daniel Boone in the outdoor drama “Horn in the West” for decades is pictured with two other costumed persons in front of the Eighteenth Century cabin.
July 4, 1907
“The best way to imagine how hard it is to get to heaven,” offers a brief opination on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, “is (to imagine) how easy it is to get out of debt.”
A lengthy article reproduced from the (Raleigh, N.C.) News and Observer entitled “Honor Our Women,” attributed to J.W. Baily, was apparently a letter to the editor of that paper which proclaimed as its purpose to “call attention to… the most obvious duty of the people of North Carolina, namely, to build a monument to our Women of the Confederacy.” The author of the piece suggests that soldiers of the “Lost Cause” (whose “achievements have been (so) impressed that a thousand years hence they will continue to march at the head of all the great armies of history”) have already been suitably honored in monuments, but that, “we have neglected their wives and mothers and sisters – and for no other reason than they were women.” The writer argues that, “to fail to build this monument to the Women of the Confederacy would be to convict ourselves of indifference to the most heroic suffering that a generation of women ever endured.”
A number of advertisements for colleges in North Carolina appeared in this issue, including one for Trinity College in Durham (later Duke University), “The North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College” in Greensboro, and the “University of North Carolina – Head of the State’s Educational System.” The last of these mentioned that the institution’s “Library contains 45,000 volumes,” as well as mentioning the departments of “College, Engineering, Graduate, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy,” as well as “(n)ew water works, electric lights, central heating system, new dormitories, gymnasium, and Y.M.C.A. building.” Western North Carolina author Thomas Wolfe would reside in this same Y.M.C.A. building in the decade after this notice was published.
July 7, 1938
“Retail Businesses Almost Normal in Watauga Area” was the heading of a story which sought to give encouraging glimpses of possible economic recovery in this week’s issue. “’There can be little doubt that Watauga county, although suffering somewhat from the recession, is by no means badly off but is instead almost normal as far as retail sales go,’ says Clyde R. Greene, general manager of the Farmer’s Hardware and Supply Company,” reports the feature. Mr. Greene was also quoted as saying that, “my own observation convinces me that this year will see Watauga forge ahead commercially until we come very, very close to hitting the peak of 1929.”
Another feature bore the headline “Boone’s History Interesting as An Example of Growth Along Business and Cultural Lines,” and declared that the town had, since its foundation as seat of the county in 1871, “shown consistent, steady, and strong growth through the years.” A subtitle to the article noted that Boone, “Starting in 1871 as the County Seat of an Isolated County Only a Few Years Old… Has Grown to Be the Commercial Center of (a) Resort Area With Expanding Business Each Year.” A brief history of the town and its early government followed, which noted that the town limits were originally set at one mile in each direction from the courthouse building, which limits established in the town’s charter “are for more expansive than those of today.”
July 7, 1966
“Wagons, Teams, Riders Form Mile-Long Parade” reported on this day on the “Authentic Pioneer Trip” which was an annual tradition in this period. The article on the Wagon Train event, authored by Rachel Rivers, begins, “Willard Watson was there, wearing a sombrero big-around as a wagon wheel, and he slicked his handlebar mustache and said he liked the parade, and ‘We’ll be with the next-‘un.’ And this writer holds there’ll be plenty of next-‘uns.” The 1966 event was touted with an additional heading, “Pageantry Is Best In Four Years of Train.”
“Scottish Clans To Have Highland Games (This) Weekend” made announcement of another area summertime event. “The Scots have a word for it,” reads the article, “when they meet once yearly for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans. It’s ‘Ceud Mile Failte,’ which means ‘100,000 welcomes,’ and it is a greeting extended by the Games president, N.J. MacDonald.” The year’s Highland Games were to be the ninth annual event at Grandfather Mountain. The opening day was to include, “the pageantry of pipe bands passing in revue, competition for all ages highland dancing in costume, novice and open piping and amateur drumming, and a full slate of track and field events.”