“Kent Brown as Daniel Boone WPA” reads the brief caption of this photo. The picture seems to date from the “Echoes of the Blue Ridge” recreation drama held during the 1949 celebration of Watauga County’s 100th Birthday. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
August 8, 1918
“Battle Front Etiquette” was a feature column on the front page of this edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, printed near the end of World War I. “Steel trench hats should not be raised upon the arrival of a big Bertha,” was the first piece of advice. “Arriving German shells always have the right of way,” continued the rules. “Always stand aside for them.” Fashion notes included the observation, “(s)pats are no longer de rigueur in trench service, and may be done away with altogether.” The etiquette lesson concluded with, “(w)eek-end parties are practically abolished at the front. When the enemy accosts you with the cheerful greeting ‘kamerad’ make it plain to him that he must remain your guest for the duration of the war.”
“The modesty of a generation ago is fading away,” began another article, under the heading “The Glory of Womanhood. (Charity and Children).” The text continues, “(t)he bare mention of this fact will provoke a smile and stamp the one that gives it expression an old fogy (sic), but this very fact proves the assertion to be true.” Of concern to the writer, “Wrightsville Beach is a close rival of Coney Island. Not all the young women who visit the popular resort have forgotten their modesty, to be sure, but some have.” Changing standards in dress had apparently caused the “authorities of the village” to have “made it unlawful for a woman to appear in the garb that, for a certain set, had become popular.” The article also cites the case of “a charming woman who has only one child, a little boy of ten.” This woman was said to have “made the significant remark that she trembled for her child on account of the immodesty of the girls with whom he will come in contact.” The anonymous author of the piece, perhaps the editor of the Watauga Democrat, suggested that, “(i)t is better to be a wall flower with the fragrance of modesty, than a weed in the midst of the garden without it.”
August 5, 1948
The “King Street” column by editor Rob Rivers reported on this date that, “(the) polio epidemic continues without abatement, and fear continues to grip the parents of little children, particularly… who envision straight little nimble legs and feet immobilized and destroyed by the crippler, who often leaves even worse than death in his saddening trail … Second case of disease reported in county, but there is no general alarm … Both cases are in extreme west portion of the county, and therefore should have no effect on the tourist business at Blowing Rock… Flies appear to be the most suspicious character in the spread of the paralysis, and war is being made on the pestiferous insects.”
“House Destroyed In Motor Crash” reported that, “(a) transport van the property of the Harris Express Company of Charlotte careened from state Highway 421 early Tuesday morning at a point just west of the county home farm, inflicted total loss on the residence of Paul H. Davis, destroyed a truck parked in the yard, without critical injuries to occupants of the trailer, and leaving the members of the Davis family, who were occupying the house, without bodily injury.” According to the investigating state highway patrol officer, the “freak accident” occurred “at 6 o’clock a.m., as the tractor, drawing the large unloaded van, had just crossed the Rich Mountain Gap.”
August 6, 1970
“Plans For New Boone School Approved by Education Body” was the headline to a front-page news feature, which was accompanied by a photograph showing an “artist’s view of the new elementary school for Boone.” The report details that the “Watauga County Board of Education approved the final plans for an elementary school to serve the Boone attendance area.” The new school building was “to be located off US Highway 421 where NC 194 intersects east of Boone.” The planned facility, which would become Hardin Park Elementary School, was described as designed for kindergarten through eighth grade, and, “in the area of occupational education, a space is provided for unified arts. The area will serve introductory activities in cooking, sewing, electricity, electronics, carpentry, hand tools, crafts, typing, health occupations, and service occupations.”
“Burley Tour Is To Cover Area” announced that, “(a) three-day tour of burley tobacco research and demonstration plots will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 10-12.” According to the article, the tour, beginning at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC, would visit burley tobacco farms in Watauga, Ashe, and other area counties. “Among the subjects that will be viewed and discussed during the burley tour,” says the story, “are diseases, insects, fertilization, varieties, sucker control, topping, harvesting, and curing.”
1949 advertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper.