This view of the campus of the Appalachian Training School for Teachers (A.T.S.) from the 1920s shows a bucolic central area with the main buildings of the institution in the background. Courtesy Historic Boone.
December 5, 1912
“Horrors of a Cholera Camp” was a lengthy feature on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, which bore a byline crediting the item to the Constantinople Dispatch. “Heartrending scenes of suffering, distress and misery are enacted daily at the Turkish cholera camp at San Stefano. The correspondent of the Associated Press, accompanied by the secretary of a foreign embassy and by Major Clyde S. Ford, United States army, who is here on leave of absence, paid a visit there.” The descriptive passage include the details, “a group of tents stood in the center, where four of five Turkish soldiers, wearing the armpiece of the Red Crescent, stood on guard. Inside the sick and dead lay in groups. The doctor on duty counted 22 patients in one tent, while double that number lay just outside… a water tank drawn by a donkey passed along the road. Those of the victims who were able to raise to their feet went unassisted toward it and struggled feebly for a drink.” The news item concluded that the place described was “not the worst cholera camp,” as another “at Hademkeni, near the Tehatalja lines, is still more extensive,” noting that of the disease-stricken there “it is certain that there are many thousands, and most of these Anatolians came from Asia Minor to fight for the defense of the Ottoman capital.”
December 2, 1943
“Crop and Feed Loans Available to Farmers” was a headline in this week’s paper. “Emergency crop and feed loans are now available to the farmers of Watauga county, according to C. Gordon Taylor, field supervisor of FCA,” told the story, “and applications are now being received at his office in the courthouse. Due to war conditions, the farmers are being urged by the manufacturers, says, Mr. Taylor, to buy their fertilizer early this year in order that delivery may be assured.”
An article entitled “New Bus Service Boone to Zionville” told that, “(t)hrough the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, an improved bus service was started between Boone and Zionville as of November 30.” The report noted that “(t)his new service permits people living between Boone and Zionville to arrive in town at 9:45 a.m., and return on the afternoon schedule,” with the return trip leaving Boone at 5:05 and reaching the western Watauga stop at 5:37. “The service is provided by the Greyhound Lines,” ended the piece, “and local plans are to later have connections at Zionville for Mountain City and Elizabethton.”
December 1, 1960
“Maximum Store Hours For Christmas Cited By Official,” proclaimed a bold heading this week. With a byline of Raleigh, the news item conveyed that “State Labor Commissioner Frank Crance today reminded Tar Heel employers of the maximum working hours permitted for women and minors under the State Labor Laws during the pre-Christmas rush of business.” Under the then-existing laws, women over age 18 “employed in mercantile establishments employing nine or more persons, may work a maximum of ten hours a day but not more than six of the seven consecutive days from Dec. 18 through Dec. 24.” Minors were limited to nine-hour work days for 16- and 17-year-old boys with work permits; girls of the same age were permitted “the same maximum hours and days of work but may be employed only between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.,” the notice reported.