The Week of August 21st, 2011

Examples of early daguerreotype portraits of children. Daguerreotypes use a coating of silver on a copper backing to hold the image. No identification accompanies these images, but they may date from the late 1800s. Courtesy of Historic Boone.

August 29, 1901

“Mrs. Rebecca Horton, of New River, has been right sick for several days,” reported an item in the “Local News” section of this edition of the Watauga Democrat.

“Attorney Frank Linney is preparing to erect a nice residence on his farm just east of town,” according to another brief notice. Today, the historic Linney home stands in the heart of Downtown Boone, aside the Downtown Station Post Office building.

“Dr. Vance, of Newark, New Jersey, will preach at the Methodist Church on next Sunday at 11 a.m.” was a notice of religious interest.

An “Announcement” or advertisement of this week told, “I am now located at Mabel with a new stock of goods and take this method of letting you know that I am prepared to save you money on every purchase as it is a fact that I am selling goods more closely than any merchant in this part of the county. TO CONVINCE YOU I will quote you a few prices. 9 lbs. good coffee for $1.00. Best prints, 5 ½ to 6 c. Good domestic 6 ½ c. per yard. Best sugar 16 lbs. for $1.00. And all other goods are going at correspondingly low figures. Come and see me. COUNTRY PRODUCE. Bring it along. I want it, and will pay you the highest market price for it. I can and will save you money if you give me your trade. I am occupying the building of G.W. Lowrance. A call from you will be appreciated. Yours Respectfully, A.E. Moretz, Mabel.”

August 19, 1937

“Scenic Circle Motorcade to Visit City Tomorrow” reported this week that, “(a) motorcade, composed of a long procession of vehicles originating at Johnson City, Tenn., and carrying personages of importance from that town as well as intermediate points, will arrive in Boone Friday morning at about 10:45 on a tour of the newly established “Scenic Circle” route through the Carolina mountains.” The motorcade included a 56-piece band and well as the mayor of Johnson City. Scheduled stops included Banner Elk, Boone, Blowing Rock, and Linville, with the Linville Horse Show to be the main event at the tour’s concluding point.

“Claude Grogan Hurt When Struck by Rock” told that North Fork resident Claude Grogan “is a patient in Bristol hospital, being treated for a fractured skull, suffered when he was struck on the side of the head by a rock allegedly thrown by Glenn South. There is no information how serious his condition is.” According to the story, “Grogan (was) working in the meadow, it is said, when South came along the road, and an argument ensued, which is said to have been the cause of the affray.”

“Boone Hi Plant to be Finished” was an article of this edition, with the sub-heading “$26,000 Made Available by WPA for Construction of Auditorium and Gymnasium.” The two structures mentioned were to be built of stone and were to be “an integral part of the massive stone structure which is now nearing completion and which contains the class rooms.” Total value of the entire high school was estimated at “something like $130,000,” and it was “the largest single structure built through the co-operation of the WPA in this state.”

August 23, 1962

“Five Year Attendance Record Broken at Horn,” heralded a banner headline which was accompanied by the headings, “1,300 See Lulu Belle, Scotty” and “Drama Will End Season September 1.” Comments made by Southern Appalachian Historical Association executive president Herman Wilcox when the crowd of “thirteen hundred and five person were in attendance Saturday” included the observation that the drama “seemed to be getting its second wind.” Wilcox “predicted a successful future for the historical play.” Mr. Wilcox, in his address, also quoted visitors to the outdoor drama, with observations such as, “(e)very citizen of our country should see it,” and, “(e)very school child should be required to see it.”

“Veteran Announcer Grady Cole Aided Local Cabbage Growers” was a front-page feature, which began, “Grady Cole, Sr., accredited with having pulled Watauga County’s cabbage market ‘out of the rough’ several years ago, visited with friends in the vicinity of Boone last week.” Mr. Cole, who was “associated with WBT radio station in Charlotte for more than 32 years,” had “received word from a Watauga citizen ‘during the late 1930’s’ that the cabbage crop in the mountain top county was ‘standing still’.” This citizen, “who wished to remain anonymous, stated this week that cabbage in Watauga County at that time was not selling. ‘It was rotting on the ground,’ the person said.” Grady Cole was credited in this article with boosting the cabbage market by broadcasting appeals on the Charlotte radio station, following the commencement of which, “(w)ithin two days, ‘people from the flat lands began (to) buy our mountain cabbage.’” As a result, “before long, almost all of the cabbage in the county had been sold, and the Watauga cabbage market had become established. Today it is one on the county’s leading crops.”

This column is prepared from the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat, which are available at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone.

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