Mr. Clyde R. Greene, Watauga resident, costumed for an appearance in the “Echoes of the Blue Ridge” drama, a part of the 1949 celebration of Watauga County’s 100th Anniversary. A precursor to the “Horn in the West” outdoor drama, “Echoes of the Blue Ridge” endeavored to present a panoramic view of the area’s history, from earliest settlement up to the Centennial year. Courtesy of Betty Koontz.
February 10, 1910
“Not Coughing Today?” began a prominent advertisement on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “Yet you may cough tomorrow!” continued the text. “Better to be prepared for it when it comes. Ask your doctor about keeping Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral in the house. Then when the hard cold or cough appears you have a doctor’s medicine at hand,” reasoned the advertising copy. “Your doctor’s approval of its use will certainly set all doubt at rest. Do as he says. He knows. No alcohol in this cough medicine. J.C. Ayer Co., Lowell, Mass.”
February 11, 1926
This week, a report was made of a “writing school” held in Deep Gap. “The ten days writing school taught at the Deep Gap Consolidated School building closed Saturday February 6th, with an average attendance of 54 pupils during the entire term. Mr. Henry L. Hardin one of the public school teachers took in the writing lessons, and appeared very enthusiastic over his own improvement and said he noticed a marked improvement in the handwriting of the other pupils.” Opined the writer of the letter cited in this article, written by a Mr. Z.T. Watson, consolidation of rural schools such as in the Deep Gap area “(w)ith larger and more commodious school buildings, with modern equipments, with better qualified and better paid teachers, with the children carried to and from school in closed trucks, avoiding exposure, all should agree that a progressive movement forward will have been made when the best dreams of our educators have been realized.” The Deep Gap location where the handwriting workshop had been held was described as having “125 pupils attending the school at present, and increasing with the growth of population of Deep Gap(,) Consolidated school is destined to become a splendid educational center, of which her good citizenship should be proud.”
February 14, 1957
“Receipts at Post Office At New High” told in this edition, “(p)ostal receipts at the Boone office during 1956 broke all previous records, says Postmaster Lyle Cook, although the gain over 1955 was not large.” The article says that, “Mr. Cook says that Christmas postal receipts were actually down about five hundred dollars last year under 1955. He surmises that the loss is accounted for by the fact that the college students were dismissed for the holidays a week earlier than usual, and therefore did less of their holiday mailing here.”
A photo with the bold caption “Big Lemon” narrated the photo shown, “B.F. Thompson of Sugar Grove, is shown with his four-year-old lemon tree, laden with fruit. The tree is fruiting and blooming at the same time, and has lemons at all seasons. Mr. Thompson brought a lemon to the Democrat office which was about 15 inches in circumference, and just as good for custards and other purposes as the Florida variety.”
“Palmer Blair Winner of Two Photo Awards” reported in this week’s edition, “Palmer Blair, Boone Photographer, won two awards for his work at the annual convention of the North Carolina Photographer’s Association, held last week in Charlotte. Mr. Blair’s work placed second in the news and candid photos division, and third in the color transparencies division.” Mr. Blair owned a photography shop in downtown Boone, and some of his photographs are among the images which record the history of the area in this time period, in the archives of the Historic Boone society and elsewhere.