“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.