The Week of September 25th, 2011


The Daniel Boone Hotel, formerly a feature of downtown Boone, as portrayed on a postcard from the Asheville Postcard Company. Image courtesy of Historic Boone.

September 22, 1920

“Armament Matter is Up to Harding,” proclaimed a front-page headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “The commission on disarmament of the council of theLeague of Nations in its full report finds that the Washington Conference can better deal with the question of naval disarmament than the league and that it can be more effectively secured by common agreement among the great powers.” The article, datelinedGeneva, includes a quote from the statement issued by the specialLeague of Nations council: “(m)ankind is still to far removed from the ideals of peace to make possible at present the solution of the question of disarmament.”

“State University Opening Delayed – Chapel Hill Suffering the Longest Drought in the History of the Town; No Rain in Several Months – The Usual Thanksgiving Recess Will Probably be Eliminated in Order to Recover Lost Time,” formed the bold and lengthy heading to an item of state news. Reporting under a dateline “Chapel Hill,” the article reported that “(t)here has been no real rain here worthy of the name since the middle of May. There have been a few showers, but these have barely laid the dust. The vegetable and grain crops of the region have been killed.” The beginning of theUniversityofNorth Carolina’s fall semester had been postponed from the planned start date of September 27 until October 4 due to the emergency. Although the “meager Summer population has been able to get along in recent weeks because it has been served by a water plant designed for the peak load of the college year,” it was feared that, the water supply in the Chapel Hill area have been surveyed, “the drying up process has gone so far that, even if there should be considerable rain in the next few days, there would still be danger to health in opening on schedule(d) time.”

September 28, 1944

“Planes Carry Supplies to Harassed Men” reported on this day from “Somewhere in Holland” that, “American fighters of the air late Tuesday poured jeeps, men, and weapons onto a forward airfield here in the first landings with supplies for the harassed forces in the Eindhoven-Arnhem corridor. Previously supply and reinforcing of this battle zone has been done by glider or by parachuting men and material.”

“Visits Parents of Dead Shipmate; Pledge Kept” was a feature which told that, “Ralph Poole, U.S. Navy, whose home is in Elizabeth City, N.C., is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lookabill, whose son, James W. Lookabill, died on a naval vessel in the invasion of France, June 6, 1944. Mr. Poole and the late Mr. Lookabill were shipmates, and had had an agreement that in the even that in the death of one the survivor would visit the bereaved parents. Young Poole kept his promise just as soon as he could get sufficient leave to visit Mr. and Mrs. Lookabill.”

Continuing the reporting of news from a previous issue, an article under the heading “Sheriff Says No Slot Machines” bore a subheading “Sheriff Watson Says He has Been Unable to Find One of the Machines in the County,” and relayed that, “(i)t had been reported by a committee of ministers that these machines were in operation in the county.” The sheriff stated that, “’(s)ometime (sic) ago there was quite a friction created in Watauga county about slot machines being in operation in the county. I will say I have investigated all places where they were supposed to be in operation and have failed to find any machine in operation. I found three in Blowing Rock, but they are inCaldwellcounty, and up to the officers of that county.’” Sherriff Watson concluded, “’I will further say, if any lady or gentleman finds or hears of something going on in the county that needs seeing about I will appreciate it very much if they come to me about it. I want to thank all four (sic) your past co-operation.’”

September 30, 1965

“$3,600,000 Authorized For ASTC Dorms” proclaimed a banner front-page headline in this week’s newspaper. “The ASTC (Appalachian State Teachers College) Board of Trustees met in council Sept. 18 on the Appalachian campus with chairman William J. Conrad of Winston-Salem presiding.” Among actions taken at the meeting was “permission to make application for a loan from the Housing and Home Finance Agency for funds needed for the construction of four additional residence halls. The loan application is totaled at $3,600,000 – $900,000 being allotted for each proposed structure.”

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