The Week of December 25, 2011

A wintertime view of a snow-clad Appalachian State campus scene (date unknown). Courtesy Historic Boone

December 24, 1914

“Moving Ahead” was the heading of an article reprinted in this week’s Watauga Democrat, reproduced from the Durham Sun. “Business continues to improve. There is no more cheerful theme, and all of us may be pardoned if we seem unduly joyous over the tangible evidence that commerce of all kinds is getting better,” narrated the item. Economic conditions were described as “better last week than at any time since the start of the European war,” according to “(n)o less authority than Dan’s Review.” “That there is improvement in trade is made clear in reports from all parts of the country,” continued the article, “(h)oliday buying is developing very well, and the colder weather has stimulated retail distribution and also helped some wholesale departments.” The feature concluded with the claim, “(i)t looks as if business has already improved to the point where it can ‘sit up and take a little solid food.’”

December 26, 1940

“Theatre Party Is Decided Success,” proclaimed a headline in this week’s newspaper. “The theatre party, arranged by the management of Appalachian Theatre, with the co-operation of the women’s Club and the Lion’s Club organization, and held Sunday afternoon was a decided success, with Santa Claus distributing toys and confections to three hundred of the poorer children of the community and county. An entertaining Christmas program had been arranged for the theatre gift party, and the kiddies assembled started off their holidays with a genuine good time.”

In other news, “Nazis Claim Liverpool ‘Worse than Coventry’” relayed that, “’Worse than Coventry’ was the phrase used last night by several Bomber and observation fliers in describing the damage inflicted on Liverpool last night by the Luftwaffe in a concentrated attack by ‘several hundred planes.’”

December 24, 1964

“Boone Stores Will Observe Christmas Day” was the heading of an article which announced this week that, “(i)t is recommended by the Merchant’s Association that Boone stores remain closed Christmas Day [Friday, that year] and Saturday. However, a good many of the stores have indicated they will reopen Saturday as usual.” The item indicated that local banks would be closed on both Christmas Day and the Saturday following, and that all “county offices will be closed starting Thursday at noon, for the remainder of the week. Town of Boone offices will be closed Friday and Saturday as will the postoffice (sic).” The conclusion of the article noted that “it is recommended that stores be closed both Friday and Saturday next week due to New Year’s falling on a Friday.”

“Ski Activities at Blowing Rock” was an item containing this calendar of events, from the Blowing Rock Ski Lodge: “Dec. 25 – Santa Claus will visit the lodge at 3 p.m., en route back to the North Pole. A torch light parade will be given by the ski professionals at 8 p.m. Dec 26 – Dancing. Dec. 27 – Races among skiers. Dec. 29 and 30 – Entertainment by the Cherokee Sweethearts. New Year’s Eve, Dancing and torch light parade.  Jan. 1 – Live entertainment. Jan. 2 – Ski racing and dancing.”

 A 1964 advertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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