The Week of November 27, 2011

“Nell Linney home on Appalachian St., now Baptist Student Union,” reads the caption affixed to this photograph of a snowy scene from an unknown year. Courtesy Historic Boone.

November 28, 1907

“Health in the Canal Zone” was the header of a small item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “The high wages paid make it a mighty temptation to our young artisans to join the force of skilled workmen needed to construct the Panama Canal,” reads the notice. “Many are restrained however, by the fear of fevers and malaria. It is the knowing ones – those who have used Electric Bitters, who go there without this fear, well knowing they are safe from malarious influence with Electric Bitters on hand. Cures blood poison too, biliousness, weakness and all stomach, liver and kidney troubles. Guaranteed by all druggists. 50 c.”

November 24, 1932

“Election Board Reveals Heavy State Majorities” was an article in this week’s newspaper, which reported that, “(c)omplete returns from the November 8th general elections tabulated late last week by the State Board of Elections, revealed unprecedented majorities, ranging from a quarter of a million votes, for Democratic candidates in North Carolina.” Noted particularly was the race for U.S. President, in which “of a record breaking vote of more than 712,000, Franklin Roosevelt, the Democratic presidential candidate, received 498,006 to 208,334 for President Hoover on the Republican ticket,” in addition to “5,599 for Norman Thomas, Socialist, and 89 for William D. Upshaw, prohibitionist.”

In other political news, dateline Spartanburg, S.C., an article reported that, “Senator Jas. J. Byrnes of South Carolina, has launched an offensive which if successful will deprive President Hoover of his appointive powers immediately.” The details relate that Senator Byrnes “announced here he would ask the first Democratic caucus after the Senate convened next week to refuse confirmation of any recess appointments made by the President… in order that Franklin D. Roosevelt may, as far as possible, fill every office, even down to the postmasterships, according to his own liking.”

November 29, 1956

“Passes Given Driver of Week” told in this edition that, “Jay Beach, manager of the Appalachian Theatre, has announced that the theatre will award two complimentary passes to the person selected by the Boone Police Department as ‘Courteous Driver of the Week’.” Continues the story, “The citation, originally suggested by the Business and Professional Women’s Club, is being made each week by Chief Glenn Richardson from the observations of the Police Department throughout the week. The name of the person so designated will be on file at the ticket office of the theatre each week, and two passes will be issued upon presentation of the recipient’s driver’s license for identification.”

“Singing of Handel’s Messiah Is Traditional Rite In Boone” was a headline introducing an article which asserted that, “(t)he singing of Handel’s Messiah by the College Choir has become a traditional part of the Christmas music for the college and for the Town of Boone. It has been sung annually since the Christmas of 1940.” During the year of 1956, on  “Sunday, December 9th at 7:30 o’clock the performance will be presented at the First Baptist Church in Boone,” with the college choir also scheduled to present the performance in North Wilkesboro’s First Methodist Church one week prior.

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The Week of November 20th, 2011

“Watauga Centennial 1949: Gordon Winkler, Watt Gragg, Wade Brown seated in back; unidentified speaker” reads the label affixed to this image from the celebration of Watauga County’s 100th anniversary. Courtesy of Historic Boone.

November 21, 1907

“One of Newton’s most prominent citizens lost a fine Jersey cow under very peculiar circumstances Tuesday,” reported a front-page story in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “When the stable was opened in the morning to do the milking, the cow was found dead with her mouth tightly wedged in a four pound tomato can. The animal had put her tongue in while trying to get some bran, after the night’s feeding, and in her efforts to extricate herself only drove the can more forcibly on her mouth, where it caused suffocation.” This item bore a byline identifying the tragic story as having originally appeared in the Charlotte Observer.

“A man’s conscience only troubles him,” opined a brief notice, “when something else does.”

An advertisement of the day announced, “(g)irls, if you want red lips, laughing eyes, sweet breath and good looks use Hollister’s Rocky Mountain Tea. The greatest beautifier known, 35¢ tea or tablets. M.R. Blackburn and Blowing Rock Drug Co.”

November 17, 1932

“Seek Supplies for Grandfather Home” was the headline to a story which began, “(o)fficials of the Grandfather Orphan Home at Banner Elk have made arrangements for a truck to visit the different communities of this region next week to gather donations of foodstuffs, canned goods, etc., for the sustenance of the orphan children during the coming winter.” Continued the notice, “(a) truck will be in Boone on Saturday, November 26th, and all those who have supplies which they would like to divide with the orphans will please bring them to the upper Carolina store until the orphanage truck comes.” Concluded the item, editorially, “(a) liberal response to the appeal should be made by Wataugans.”

Among the “Pertinent Facts on Election in Watauga” contained in an article under that heading was this fact: “Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first Democratic presidential candidate within the county to carry Watauga. He had a majority of 247.” Another fact listed was, “(n)ineteen Wataugans voted the Socialist ticket. They never had the chance to vote the minority presidential ballot before.”

November 22, 1956

“First Burley Auctions to be Held in Boone on Tuesday” announced the commencement of that year’s burley tobacco sales in Watauga County. “Buyers, bookkeepers, weighmen, ticket markers, graders and other workers are converging,” reported the article, “and all will be in readiness when the rhythmic chant of the auctioneer signals the start of bidding on the first basket at Mountain Burley Warehouse No. 1.” A full season of auctioneering was planned from before Thanksgiving until past the turn of the New Year: “(s)ales will operate on a 3 ½ -hour daily schedule, Monday through Friday after the opening on Tuesday. The Christmas recess will begin at the close of sales on December 21, and sales will be resumed on January 2, 1957.” The manager of the Boone tobacco market, Joe L. Coleman, was quoted as having stated, “Boone is the oldest market in this section… (h)elp us to keep it the best one. Why haul your tobacco to distant markets and add to your expense when you will get fully as much, and possibly more, on the Boone market. We grow tobacco, know tobacco, and know how to sell it. Grade your tobacco carefully, keep it dry, and bring it to Boone, your home market.”

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The Week of November 13th, 2011

“Old Administration Building” reads the caption to this photograph from circa 1925, showing the recently-replaced headquarters of the expanding institution that would later become Appalachian State University.

November 14, 1907

“A Breathing Spell for the Consumer” was the heading of a featured article on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. The story was credited as having been reprinted from the Charlotte Observer. According to the anonymous author, “(t)here is very little room for doubt that the present disturbed financial conditions will shortly bring joy to the consumer. For ten years he has paid steadily rising prices for everything he needed until in many quarters the situation bade fair to become intolerable.” The tough conditions were acute because, for the average person, “as was the case with millions, his income remained stationary, or nearly stationary while the prices soared all around him,” according to the writer. Among sources of optimism for better times for the consumer were news that “(w)holesale groceries and provisions have fallen off heavily in price in Chicago, New York, and other large centers, owing partly to sacrifice sales,” leading to the “general opinion in Chicago that the cost of living will very shortly undergo a decrease of easily ten per cent.” Price cuts by a major beef trust were also cited as a positive sign. The article did urge some caution rather than over-exuberant optimism, however, noting that “while lower prices seem certain, the strength and persistence of tendencies in this direction may be easily overestimated.” In the opinion of the writer, “combinations,” or corporate conglomerations, “now extend into almost every branch of our industrial and commercial life. Some are good and some are bad, but all have the same main object in view, namely, to make the public pay as much as possible for whatever they have to offer.” In conclusion, the “consumer should not expect a great deal from the present prospect of things,” but, “at least, however, he will  get a breathing spell before the squeezing process is actively resumed, and for even this much relief he will doubtless be grateful.”

“Perfection,” noted a brief item, “is a good deal more than the power of picking faults in other people.”

November 8, 1932

“Roosevelt Victorious,” proclaimed a banner headline on this week’s front page, with the sub-heading “’Our Bob’ Reynolds Leading Field in North Carolina.” Election reporting of the day recorded “G.O.P. Trails Far Behind In the Nation,” with “Franklin D. Roosevelt riding the crest of a great tidal wave of popular acclaim,” being thus “swept into the presidency at the elections today, administering an overwhelming defeat to his Republican opponent, President Herbert Hoover, and breaking down the barriers of traditional Republican majorities in practically all sections of the country.”

In local electoral news, “Quince Tucker is thought to be seriously injured, Miss Maude Watson and Mrs. Charles Carlton suffered lesser injuries from waving knives when a practically free-for-all fight was engaged in Tuesday while the election was in progress at the Deep Gap consolidated School.” According to the report, “(b)ystanders were unable to state just what the cause of the family fracas was. Mr. Tucker suffered several stabs in the abdominal region and received medical attention in Boone, where it was thought his injuries might be serious. Miss Watson came near suffering a severed jugular, while Mrs. Carlton received a slash on the arm. The women are alleged to have been assaulted by Mrs. Finis Carroll.” No note was made of criminal charges resulting from the incident.

Advertisement for a new Dry Cleaner business, from a November 1932 edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper

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The Week of November 6, 2011

“1949 – Echoes of the Blue Ridge – L.T.R. Queen Rebecca Moose, Charlie (Choochoo) Justice, John Council,” reads the caption affixed to this photograph from Watauga County’s 100th Anniversary.

November 7, 1907

“Training School for Husbands” was the heading of a column on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “Why is there not a training school for prospective wives and husbands, with attendance for a certain time to be compulsory?” questioned the article’s author at the outset. “Persons are being trained for every kind of business but that of marriage – the most important of all. It is not an easy matter to live in relations. It needs to be taught; the requisite qualities need to be cultivated. And there should be an intelligence qualification. It is more necessary in marriage than in voting. Oh, that marriage might be taught so as to make it a very attractive condition. As it is, it appeals to few men and women of forethought and discretion,” opined the author, identified as “Mary E. Bryan in Uncle Remus magazine for November.” No mention was made of plans to establish an institution of the recommended course of study.

November 3, 1932

“Some Snakes!” was a bold headline in this week’s paper. “Mr. Clyde Greene, of Balm, was in town Saturday, and told The Democrat a mighty good snake story. A few weeks ago, near his home, Mr. Greene killed two large garter snakes. He hacked them asunder, and from their carcasses one hundred and twenty-six seven-inch youngsters scurried forth, very much alive. All of them were dispatched by Mr. Greene.”

In other news, entitled “Freakish Poultry,” it was relayed that “Mr. J .E. Skidmore, of Silverstone, had on exhibit in Boone Friday a couple of birds, a cross between turkey and chicken, which he had brought from his former home in Gaston County. Long necks, adorned by the usual gaudy snout and gills of His Majesty the turk, were among the characteristics of the feathered freaks and when placed on the ground, despite bodies which closely conformed to the chicken side of the family, they ambled along, one-two-three, just like a stately gobbler. Mr. Skidmore expects to further experiment with the birds.”

November 8, 1956

“Eisenhower Wins in Landslide” was the banner headline this week, with the subtitle, “Republicans Elect Slate of Watauga County Officers.” Reported the article, “President Eisenhower won a smashing second-term victory over Adlai Stevenson Tuesday, and from the start of the returns early in the evening there could be no doubt about the return of the Republican incumbent to the White House.” Relaying other election trends, the newspaper noted that, “Republicans took both Senate seats in Kentucky, one in New York, [one?] in West Virginia, while Democrats were running ahead in Senate races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California on the basis of incomplete returns. Four a.m. predictions were that if the Democratic trend continued the party could well elect fifty members of the upper house of the Congress.”

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The Week of October 30th, 2011

October 31, 1907

This week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat featured an article under the headline “The Credit System.” The item began, “(s)uch agencies as Bradstreet’s and Dunn’s (sic) are indispensable to the economic world.” The two firms mentioned, then competitors, merged in 1933, and the firm is now known as Dun and Bradstreet, a Fortune 500 company and a leading collector and provider of information relating to credit decisions. “All businessmen where large transactions are involved need to have commercial ratings in order that business may be done on sale lines and with promptness,” continues the 1907 feature. “In large towns where people are not well known, one or the other, the retail merchants find it necessary for their own safety and protection, to have agencies of like nature to Bradstreet’s to ascertain and report the financial reliability of their customers.” The article continues, “(f)rom our exchanges we gather that in some towns bad debt collecting agencies have been established. Their business is to collect old accounts and if debtors fail to pay in a reasonable time, they are published much after the fashion that tax collectors advertis (sic) delinquent, with this difference, however, that the tax gatherer advertises property for sale to realize on the taxes due,” rather than, as with more legitimate firms, merely printing notice of the due amount – “for the purpose of exposing him (the debtor), it being the only penalty he (the creditor) can inflict,” with the indebted’s personal property “protected, if he has any, by the homestead law.” The article takes up the cause of “the unfortunate debtors,” alleging that “there are many good people – as honest as day light – who are poor financiers and who get behind and are forever unable to catch up.” The author of the piece says, “we would not defend a debtor who shunned the payment of a just claim, but we should be merciful toward the unfortunate who would pay but can’t.” In conclusion, the author recommended the advice of Saint Paul, “owe no man anything,” and says that “the sure plan is to stay out of debt. Live within the income, and most men can do this, if they try.”

November 2, 1939

“Wings Over Europe” was a heading to pictures on this week’s front page, with further details, “Somewhere in Europe –  Two recent photographs show German and British planes of the type headlining today’s war news. German Heinkels, on top, figured in Edinburgh raids. Below, British “Spitfires” warm up on the line.”

“Burley Ballot to be Held November 21st” reported under a dateline of “Washington, Nov. 1” that “The agriculture department has set November 21 as the date for a farmer referendum on marketing quotas for next year’s burley tobacco crop.” Following decisions being taken in the referendum to set a limited allotment, “growers selling in excess of their quotas would be subject to a penalty tax of half the market value of the excess sales.” States included in the referendum were to “include Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.” The news item quoted “J.B. Huston, assistant agricultural adjustment administrator,” who said the move to find a consensus on limiting the amount of the crop to be grown was “advisable” because “the supply of burley tobacco on October 1 this year was the third largest in history,” and to “continue to add to this surplus would definitely mean lower prices to growers.”

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The Week of October 23rd, 2011

October 24, 1907

An item entitled “Where a United States Senator’s Card Did Not Get Him” reported in this week’s Watauga Democrat on a story from Utica, New York, where “United States Senator James P. Taliaferro, of Fla., and his son-in-law, C.S. Hubbard, with their wives” were traveling “in automobiles en route to New York (City),” when, in the vicinity of the town of Frankfurt, they “encountered a stretch of macadam road in progress of building.” When “the chauffeur let the machine out a bit,” apparently to speed past the paving work in progress, “an inspector held them up and ordered them off the highway, informing them it was not open to traffic.” The party next tried to detour by driving along the nearby Erie Canal, but met with another official, who proclaimed, “’Keep off here!’,” with further elaboration informing the irate official (who had said that he “must be in Albany (that) night”) that “State Superintendent Stevens directed that this tow path should not be used as a highway, and we are here to carry out his orders.” Neither road official was persuaded to make exception when shown the Senator’s “card”, and the second deputy emphasized his point by “casting Taliaferro’s card into the canal.” The newspaper report approved these actions, suggesting that a “United States Senator is entitled to the same rights on the road as any other citizen and no more and the man who thinks that his position or prominence should give him special privileges (as is too often the case) deserves all the trouble he gets. United States Senators are no better than other folks and sometimes not as good.” The Senator’s party managed to reach their destination by taking a 40-mile detour.

October 26, 1939

“Improvements Being Made At Hardware” noted the headline of a local news item in this week’s paper. “The Farmers Hardware and Supply Company has let a contract to the Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett Company of Chicago for the complete refinishing and re-arranging of the store rooms, and Mr. J.T. Lewis started the work Monday morning,” says the story. “The shelving is being rebuilt, new display tables are being installed, the walls are to be redecorated, and the store departmentalized. When the work is finished the store will be thoroughly modernized, and will be appointed in line with the newest thought in mercantile arrangement. About three weeks will be required to finish the work.”

October 24, 1963

“Glenda Austin Named ‘Miss Watauga County’ At Pageant” was the banner headline to an article detailing how Miss Austin, “a 1963 graduate of Appalachian High School,” and, at the time, employed as secretary at that school, was “crowned Miss Watauga County of 1964 at the seventh annual Miss Watauga County Beauty Pageant.” A photograph of Miss Austin accompanied the write-up, as did a photograph captioned “Jeanne Flynn Swanner, Miss North Carolina, entertains with song and ukulele as part of the festivities attending the Miss Watauga County Beauty Pageant.”

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The Week of October 16th, 2011

October 17, 1907

“Can’t Be Bought” read the headline to an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “A large number of crooks have been caught up with in late months. Grafters big and little have been dragged into the lime light, and the pessimist would declare the country is rapidly going to the bow wows, and the honest man is a relic of by gone days,” began the report. The article alleges that, in the face of corruption, “(t)he country is being purified. Sentiment is changing. To be popular with his countrymen, to hold the respect of his neighbors and acquaintances, a man must today be a MAN; a man of integrity, of honesty, and of principle.” As in public office, this sentiment is said to also be of influence in the mass media. “The same applies to newspapers. One often hears it intimated that such and such a paper, because of certain policies it chooses to follow, is subsidized. The charge is usually slanderous and false.” Concludes this article, “(s)ociety is getting better each day, despite the fact that … a thousand glances at the number of scoundrels being caught daily, would point toward corruption. And newspapers are also getting purer and better.”

October 19, 1939

“Reaches 97th Birthday” was a feature containing a photograph of the nonagenarian honoree, with the caption “Mr. Newton Banner, Watauga’s last survivor of the Grand Army of the Republic, was feted on Sunday, October 8th, at a dinner in his honor near Sugar Grove, the occasion being the 97th birthday of the popular citizen. A large number of neighbors and relatives gathered for the happy occasion.”

“Mrs. Mary Harris of Cove Creek, is suffering from a broken ankle and minor injuries sustained a few days ago in an automobile accident,” reported another item of local interest. “Information is that Mrs. Harris was standing by the side of the road as a car driven by Mrs. Allie Fletcher turned. A plank being carried on the car struck Mrs. Harris and she was thrown under a wheel.” The story says that “although the injuries sustained (were) serious, the many friends of Mrs. Harris hope that she may soon recover.” No charges were forthcoming from the incident: “Mrs. Fletcher, it is said, did not know of the accident until after she reached home and no blame is attached to her.”

October 17, 1963

“Watauga Well Represented At State Fair” proclaimed that “Watauga County is well represented in the ‘Village of Yesteryear’ at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh this week. Those who are demonstrating this week are: Mrs. B.A. Hodges – Vegetable Dying. Mrs. Forrest Townsend – Spinning and Carding of Wool. Mrs. Howard Carlson – Weaving. Mrs. Stewart Barnes – Sage Mats. Mrs. Addie Norris – Shuck Dolls. Mrs. D.W. Cook – Knotted Spreads. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Presnell – Wood Carving. Mr. Jack Guy – Beech Creek Toys.

“Prisoner Is Readily Caught After Escape” was a news item conveying that, “(a) convict who escaped from the Watauga County prison unit last Tuesday was recaptured in the Elk Park section only a few hours after the escape was reported. The suspect had been “tracked down by a team of bloodhounds which had been set on his trail by a search party from Alleghany County.”

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The Week of October 9th, 2011

October 10, 1907

“Uncle Joe Cannon takes an optimistic view of matters and things,” reports an item in this week’s Watauga Democrat. “In a dinner talk at St. Louis the other day, when he remarked that he was old and the guests cried, ‘No,’ he continued, ‘Well, at any rate I am no longer a spring chicken. But whether I am young or old, makes no difference in my feelings and opinions. When it does the loss will not be so great. There are many young men of promise in the country. There is the President, a marvelous man, a splendid politician, and a man who has the courage of his convictions. There are lots of men as good as he. Sometimes a man through a gimlet hole imagines that he sees h’ll (sic) and damnation breaking loose, but the trouble is usually with the man at the hole,” continues the item, which bears a byline attributing the story originally to the Nashville Banner newspaper. The politician cited, a native of Guilford County, North Carolina, was a noted Republican from Illinois at this time, and was serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A brief item asserted that “(t)he honeymoon is never ended until the wife stops believing her husband’s excuses for coming in late at night.”

October 12, 1939

“Prospect Bright for Produce Mart,” proclaimed a bold headline on the front page of this week’s edition. “Mr. Herman Wilcox, president of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, says considerable interest is being shown by farmers and business men alike in the establishment of a local produce market, so that products of the mountain farms could be handily disposed of at the highest market prices.” Reported the story, “(t)ruckers who visit Boone and often spend days traveling about the county in an effort to secure a load, say they could pay higher prices if the produce could be centrally assembled.” The article says that Mr. Wilson of the Chamber of Commerce reported that “(b)usiness men of the town… are interested in pushing the proposition, and tentative plans call for refrigeration facilities in connection with the market.” Additionally, it was noted that “the tobacco market might be used during summer and fall for this purpose.” Concluded the report, “Mr. Wilcox asks all interested in the proposition to contact him or some other member of the Chamber of Commerce. A meeting will be held within the next two weeks, when the matter will be more fully discussed.”

October 10, 1963

“Landowners At Head Of Watauga Planning To Form Game Preserve” noted on this date that, “(t)wenty-one landowners on the head of the Watauga River, in the Grandfather community, have banded together to organize a club known as Grandfather Accommodation Management Enterprise (GAME), with the stated purpose of organizing about 6,000 acres of the most scenic areas in western North Carolina into a game preserve, to promote the recreation of man and the conservation of wildlife.” The article listed members of the organization, beginning with the officers, “President, A.B. McLean; vice president, Denny Ensley; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. H.A. Shook.” The group had reportedly already met four times, and had “sought and obtained the assistance in the project of The Northwestern Bank, the Soil Conservation Service, and the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development.”

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The Week of October 2nd, 2011

“Mr. T. A. Price, Manager of The Daniel Boone Hotel,” reads the caption affixed to this portrait of a leading figure in the history of the lodging-place which was a central part of downtown Boone in the mid-Twentieth Century. Image courtesy of Historic Boone.

October 3, 1907

“When you take cold,” began an advertisement in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, “one way is to pay no attention to it; at least not until it turns into pneumonia, or bronchitis, or pleurisy. Another way is to ask your Doctor about Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral. If he says, ‘The best thing for colds,’ then take it.” Concludes the ad, “do as he says, anyway.”

A lengthy submission from J.H. Brendall, “To the Exposition and Washington,” began, “Mr. Editor: The Jamestown Exposition alone is not all the places you will want see if you visit that historic section. Norfolk, with its 70,000 inhabitants, its up-to-date stores, business enterprises and churches are no small part of the trip. Our visit to the Epworth Methodist church, and the sermon from Mr. Baker, President of the National Anti-Saloon League, almost paid us for our trip.” In commenting on the sights of the nation’s capital, the writer noted, “(t)he Washington monument is not higher but broader than I expected. The other buildings were all interesting.”

October 5, 1939

“Watauga Fair Ends Saturday – Ninth Annual Agricultural Exhibit Most Successful in History of Association” was an article of this week which told that, “(t)he Watauga Agricultural Fair Association ended its ninth annual exposition at Sugar Grove Saturday evening with the presentation of a play, ‘Murdered Alive,’ given by a cast chosen from the faculties of Cove Creek high and grammar grade schools under the direction of Mrs. S.F. Horton.” Continued the story, the “climax of the fair was reached on Friday morning when Governor Clyde H. Hoey addressed the fair visitors. Governor Hoey praised Watauga and Cove Creek citizens for their interest in the betterment of their county and lauded fair officials for developing such an excellent exposition.” Featured events included exhibits, “a free movie on the several phases of livestock raising,” an amateur show with “some 30 or 40 performances of unusual note, presented to an audience numbering well over 600,” and “athletic contests between the high schools of the county.”

“At an enthusiastic meeting of the directors of the Boone Lions Club Tuesday night,” told another news item, “a resolution of far-reaching significance was passed unanimously – a resolution to sponsor a project which will add materially to the future progress of Boone.” The resolution supported plans between the Lions Club, the WPA, and the state highway commission to “widen the highway from Boone to Rutherwood,” by a width of four feet, and to also beautify the highway with “the planting and cultivation of native shrubs and bushes.” It was hoped that this effort would mean that “tourists and visitors travelling on the parkway will find an inducement to drive into Boone and admire its natural beauties.” The project was planned to extend from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the “city gates” of Boone.

October 3, 1963

“Work Towards Building Hospital, School Started” was a banner headline in this week’s edition, under the heading “Sites Undetermined.” Says the report, “(w)ork is already in full swing toward the building of the new Watauga High School and Watauga Hospital which were made possible by the passage of the school-hospital bond issue on September 17.” Guy Angell, Superintendent of Watauga County Schools, was quoted as saying that, “(t)hese things go very slowly at first” with regard to the plans for the high school, “but we are definitely making headway.” On the hospital developments, Mrs. Virginia A. Grace said that, “plans for the new hospital were pretty much in the same state of progress.” The hospital administrator said that, “right now… we’re bogged down in trying to choose a suitable site and negotiate for it… we have several sites in mind, however, one of which is on what is known as State Farm property.” Essential considerations for the hospital site were access to both water and sewer service.

“Mobile Classrooms Temporary” was the caption to a photograph which read, “Miss Gail Greene, a sophomore at Appalachian High School, stands beside a mobile classroom where she has just been excused from study hall. The classroom and two like it were loaned to Appalachian High School by the State of North Carolina, thus relieving much of the overcrowded condition caused by a greater number of students than the school had been equipped to handle.” The mobile classrooms were described as “not permanent features,” as “with the opening of the new Watauga High School the need for such temporary structures will have ceased.”

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