This photograph is inscribed with a caption naming the figures in the foreground as, “Alfred Adams, Barnard Dougherty, James Marsh.” The woman pictured in the door is not identified. Alfred Adams was a prominent Watauga County businessman, active in the Northwestern Bank, and a chair in Banking at Appalachian State is named for him. Courtesy Historic Boone.
January 29, 1907
The regular column “Washington Letter,” a report of federal government news, reported in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat that “(t)he meeting of the National Board of Trade failed in one of the essential points which the delegates believed would be carried when the convention first assembled. That was in failing to recommend the establishment of a parcel post in this country. It had been held that such a board would be an immense advantage to retailers and consumers all over the country, and would relieve them from the tyranny of the express companies.”
February 1, 1940
“Asks Relief for War Sufferers” was the headline of a story in this week’s edition. “Mrs. James H. Councill, chairman of Watauga Chapter, American Red Cross,” states that there is “a growing demand for clothing for the civilian population of the warring nations of Europe, and asks for the continued co-operation of the people in donations of materials or cash to be used for this work,” the text of this item relayed. The county’s affiliated youth organization was reported to have “already knit 24 sweaters and made twelve heavy dresses for the relief work,” with a further 24 sweaters being in production for the cause.
“Area to Get More Valued Publicity: Chamber of Commerce to Meet with Blowing Rock Group to Consider Publicity” told this week that, “Mr. J.H. Quattlebaum, traffic manager of the Queen City Coach Company, informs Mr. Herman Wilcox, president of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, that he will be able to secure stories and pictures of this section in the National Trailways Magazine.” Wilcox had called a meeting in the “Watauga Hotel Friday evening at 7:30 for dinner,” inviting Blowing Rock officials and businessmen to join with their colleagues from Boone to take part in this enterprise. “We feel that what is good for Blowing Rock is good for Boone,” Mr. Wilcox was quoted as stating, “and the Chamber of Commerce here is anxious for the two towns to work together on all matters of this kind.”
January 30, 1958
“Snow, Cold Hold Boone And Environments in Icy Grip,” announced the headline to a news story by Joe C. Minor. “The weather continued cold and snowy in Boone last week,” began the article. “More than five inches of snow blanketed the town Thursday and Friday, falling on light snows which had fallen earlier in the week.” Temperatures during the week had topped out at 46 degrees, which “felt almost like a spring day,” and allowed for some melting of accumulated snow, after a period of days with temperatures in the twenties or low thirties.
A 1935 Chevrolet advertisement, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper.