“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.”