This early image of a couple appears to be of the daguerreotype form, one of the earliest types of photographic reproduction inexpensive enough to be popularly available. Daguerreotypes use a coating of silver on a copper backing to hold the image. Perhaps in part because of the lack of a surface which can easily be written upon, this and several similar pictures in the collection of the Historic Boone archives are without any accompanying identification of the persons or places depicted. Courtesy of Historic Boone.
August 12, 1913
“The True Teacher: An Address Delivered by Iredell Woody, a Member of the Graduating Class, of the A.T.S. (Appalachian Training School), at the Commencement Exercises, July 11, 1913” was the heading of an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. The article began with the statement, “(w)e hear it stated that to be a teacher is the greatest mission one can have. As to the truth of this, there is no doubt; but the statement is often questioned by teachers who have not understood what it means.” In his address, Mr. Woody enumerated a number of virtues which a good teacher should possess, and exhorted new teachers, “consult the inner oracle of your very soul; commune with your inner being until there comes to you a response from the great throbbing heart of Nature that overwhelms you with the feeling that you are in harmony with this great work.”
In the “State and General News” column of this week, it was relayed that, “John E. Terbiville, of Wilmington, was drowned while fishing, 35 miles below that city.” Another brief note told that, “Dr. W.J. Clontz, of Alexander, Buncombe County, was recently shot and killed, by O.M. West, a rural mail carrier, who said he had heard that the doctor was going to kill him.”
In financial news, the “Yadkin Valley Bank of East Bend has gone under, and Cashier Norman has been arrested and being sick he is under guard at his home. The shortage is reported to be $21,014.”
August 17, 1939
“Soap Box Derby to Draw Crowds” was a front-page news item this week. “The annual soap box derby, which is being sponsored by Scoutmaster W.B. Stallings, is this year creating unusual interest in the community,” according to the story. “About fifteen lads of the community have already registered for the event, which is to take place on North Water street Thursday evening, August 24th, at 6 o’clock,” tells the article, noting that, “it is expected that this year’s event will draw an unusually large crowd and the competition for the grand prize of $5 and other prizes donated by the business men of the town will be keen.”
“Hagaman Tells of Medical School Plan” reported that, “Mr. Smith Hagaman, superintendent of the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, on a hurried visit to Boone last week, spoke enthusiastically of a plan to provide Wake Forest College with a standard four-year medical school, and to locate the new branch of the college on Baptist Hospital grounds.”
“County Tax Rate is Placed at $1.25 – Raise of 5 Cents Attributed to Growing Needs of Old Age Assistance Fund” related that the rate (which was not given a corresponding dollar amount that the $1.25 amount was to be levied upon anywhere in the article, although per thousand dollars may be surmised) had be increased as, with regards to the Old Age Assistance Fund, “(l)ast year a surplus existed in this fund, which was used as the needs of that department grew greater.” The new rate was expected to generate $110,460.20 for Watauga County. The $1.25 amount would be “allocated to the different departments and agencies of the county government as follows: general county fund, 15 cents; public health, 5 cents; repairs, 5 cents; jail and court house costs, 8 cents; debt service, 55 cents; school fund, 26 cents; public assistance, 11 cents.”
August 6, 1970
“Lulu Belle and Scotty, Famed Radio Stars, To Appear Here” announced that the “famous country music stars of stage, screen, radio, and television, will give a special performance at Horn in the West Saturday, August 18th at 8 p.m.” The item notes that the couple had been performing together since meeting at Chicago’s Eighth Street Theatre in 1933.
“Trucking Official Points to Our Dependence on Roads” headed an article about a speech sponsored by the Boone Chamber of Commerce by “Jeff B. Wilson, Raleigh, director of information and safety of the North Carolina Motor Carriers Association.” Wilson noted that improved roads and the trucking made possible by them had “help banish the ‘economic isolation’ of many smaller places, as today’s new industrial development reaches every ‘nook and cranny’ of our great state.” The speaker said trucking’s necessity was “especially true here in Watauga county where you must depend on truck transportation for everything you eat, wear, use, and sell.”
This column is prepared from the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat, which are available at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone.
Thanks to T. Rokoske for pointing out an error I made in the print edition of this column- in 1913 the institution which would become Appalachian State University was known as the Appalachian Training School [for Teachers], by a decree of 1903 (not “Appalachian Teachers’ School”, as I had previously submitted). The school’s name was changed to “Appalachian State Normal School” in 1925, then “Appalachian State Teachers College” in 1929. Many thanks!