The Week of March 4th, 2012

This image shows a view of the 1960s “Wagon Train” event, in which locals from Wilkes and Watauga counties sought to re-create the trek of Daniel Boone and others over the Wilderness Road to Kentucky. Courtesy Historic Boone.

March 6, 1919

“North Carolina is sure to get there as soon as she has the modern highways on which to strike the pace,” began a short item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper (reprinted, according to the byline, from the Wilmington Star). “Other people can come into our midst as soon as they can come on good roads.”

Among the column entitled “Valle Crucis Items,” news of returning veterans of World War I relayed that, “Mr. Bob Campbell, who has been at Camp Sevier, is again at his old job, cler(k)ing in W.W. Mast’s store. Mr. James Farthing of Beaver Dams, who has been at Camp Greene, is again on his job at the Valle Crucis Bank. We are indeed glad to have the popular young soldiers back in the valley again.”

A story entitled “In Nebraska Blizzard” began, “Friend T.M. Greer, formerly of Watauga, but now of Bloomfield, Neb., in remitting to the Democrat, writes: ‘We are enjoying good health at present. Just had one of the worst blizzards for ten or fifteen years… We have snow drifts in our yard from twelve to fifteen feet deep. This part of the country suffered some in the loss of stock, however, we were fortunate enough as not to lose any.”

March 2, 1944

“Plan To Speed Rate Of Military Draft” reported in this week’s newspaper, “(o)fficials of the local selective service board are expecting a sharply accelerated draft rate as a result of the President’s order for an immediate review of occupational  deferments and a speedy start on making up a 200,000 deficit in army inductions.”

In related news, “Miss Hodges Enlists in U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps” told that, “Miss Willie Lee Hodges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Finley Hodges, of Boone Route 2, has enlisted in the U.S. Nurses Cadet Corps. She is now at Shelby Hospital, Shelby, N.C., where she is taking training.” The article notes, “Miss Hodges is the first young lady from Watauga County to enlist. She received her education at the Appalachian High School.”

March 4, 1965

“Broyhill Is Named To GOP Committee” was the header of a front-page news item of this edition, which told that “Congressman James T. Broyhill of North Carolina’s 9th District has been named to serve on the Republican Policy Committee of the House of Representatives in the 89th Congress. The North Carolina Congressman will continue in the post to which he was first named two years ago.”

In other news, “Chapter Is Registered: Wagon Train Officers Named At Darby Meet: Limit of 80 Wagons Is Set For ’65 Event” related on this day that, “(t)he charter for incorporation of the Daniel Boone Wagon Train has been received from the Secretary of State and registered with the clerks of the Superior Courts of Watauga and Wilkes counties.” The Wagon Train was told to have been “(o)riginated by (Clyde R.) Greene in June of 1963,” and had subsequently become “an annual event.” Orginally “(s)ponsored by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, which controls the outdoor drama, ‘Horn in the West,’” the Wagon Train had been “delegated by the Association last fall to begin a movement for incorporation between Wilkes and Watauga counties.” The 1965 Wagon Train event was to assemble for its start in North Wilkesboro, then travel to Ferguson, Darby, and Triplett, finally ending up in Boone, thus “traversing the southern prong of the Wilderness Trail cut by Daniel Boone on his way to Kentucky.” The article noted that the “(wagon) train was originated as part of the statewide Tercentenary Celebration in 1963 – the three-hundredth anniversary of the Carolina Charter.”

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  1. Do you have information on upcoming wagon train events?

    Thanks, Kenny

  2. i remember going to the Wagon train when I was a little girl. I was also wondering if it was still going on. I loved it.

    • I have heard that there were a couple of attempts to revive the Wagon Train in the 1970s, but I believe that the last regular event was in the mid-to-late 1960s… (that’s from the Watauga Democrat reports and hearsay)…

  3. Last Wagon train Wilkesboro to Boone NC 1990.


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