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.”