The Week of March 25th, 2012.

“Old Greene Inn – Carolina Pharmacy site,” reads the handwritten note on the reverse of this photograph. The image includes a sign indicating the name of the business as “Watauga Drug Store,” as well as Coca-Cola advertising and the results of a significant snowfall.

Courtesy Historic Boone.

March 27, 1919

“Part of a Soldier Boy’s Diary” was the heading of a front-page article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. Introduced as being written “somewhere in France” by “C.P., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H.P. Dougherty,” the letter was said to be “of interest to his Watauga friends.” Began young Dougherty’s account, “I left home on Easter Sunday, went to the depot that afternoon and boarded the train Monday morning for Camp Jackson, arriving there at two o’clock Tuesday morning. I had to fill up a bed sack with straw, and retired. About six o’clock I heard a bugle, the call for us to arise. I stayed in the Depot brigade 156, and was there almost one month, when I went to the field artillery on the 25th day of May and stayed there until the 25th day of July, when I left Camp Jackson July 25th, and went to Camp Mills, New York, where I remained until Aug. 9.” The young recruit was next transferred to Boston, then back to New York, then “from there sailed for France, arriving at Lillerby, England, on Aug. 25,” after which the youth “sailed across the English Channel,” followed by a three-day train journey through France. A political cartoon just above this article entitled “Not Ashamed of the Bill” depicted Uncle Sam holding a scroll with “Cost of Victory” inscribed at the top, followed by a list of sites of battles in France, and ending with “army of occupation on Rhine” – perhaps the same force in which “Charles P. Dougherty, Battery F., 315, A.A.E.F. (Allied-American Expeditionary Force)” was serving.

March 30, 1944

Rats were very prominent in the news of this week. “Sanitarian Gives Timely Information As to Rat Control” was the headline to a story in which “Wade E. Eller, health department sanitarian,” relayed “some timely information as to rat control, and point(ed) out that the rodents, besides spreading typhus and bubonic plague, every person is said to pay $20 each year for damage done by rats.” The feature had recommendations concerning keeping rats out of buildings, use of poison and traps, and recommendations under the subheading “Can Rats Be Starved?” which answered in the positive, with tips including, “do not mix garbage with rubbish” (one of these presumably including food refuse), “throw no garbage into streets, alley, lots or yard,” and “keep all garbage in tightly covered metal cans.” Another front-page news item, “City Is Co-operating With Health Dept.,” reported that “Mayor Gordon H. Winkler has given authority to inspect all premises in the town for rat harborages and other health hazards, and to make frequent reports to the city hall of conditions in this regard.” In emphasizing the Town’s commitment to the local health agency (headed by Wade E. Eller), the “mayor expresses the desire of the city administration to co-operate fully with the department, and expresses the belief that the citizens generally will do likewise,” reported the newspaper.

March 25, 1965

“Bids were opened and contracts were let for the construction of the new Watauga County Hospital at a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Court House, with the Board of Trustees, the Watauga County Commissioners and the architects in attendance,” related a front-page news story in this week’s edition. The article told that the winning low bid for the project was for a price tag of $996,500, submitted by “C.P. Street Construction Company of Charlotte.” Boone Mayor Wade E. Brown was referenced as having said that “all bids will be reviewed before the contracts are actually let,” and that “all concerned were very well pleased with the bid amounts as submitted.”

A 1944 advertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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