“Friday Afternoon Club – 1925-’27,” reads the caption to this photograph, which identified those depicted as, “Front: Grace Councill, Carrie Bingham, Lucy Greene, Moe (?) Johnson, Bessie Casey, Mae Greene; Back: Mrs. Woosley, Tula Rankin, Mrs. Will Winkler, Mrs. Sproles (?), Hessie Limney (?), Annie Clay, Jenn(ie?) Critcher. Taken at the home of Austin and Mae Bell South.”
Photo courtesy of Historic Boone.
A longtime Boone resident has generously provided this additional information:
“Grace Councill was my first grade teacher in 1944. The fourth person on the front row is Mae Johnson (not Moe). She was the daughter of Etta Mae Greene, the sixth person on the front row. She was generally known as Etta, not Mae.
Etta was Etta Dougherty Greene, wife of Richard Greene of the Greene Inn and sister of the Dougherty brothers who founded the college there. In my family she was called ‘cousin Etta’ because she was married to ‘cousin Richard’ who was my grandmother’s double first cousin, his parents being brother and sister of her parents.”
– Thanks for these additional details!
April 4, 1907
“A college professor of Ottawa, has written a book, ’Greater Canada’, in which he ventures that Canada will never be part of the American union,” began an article excepted from the Washington Post in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. The article, entitled “Canada and the United States,” goes on to opine, “(t)hat is as fate may determine. Fate has played a heavy role in the history of both countries since the middle of the eighteenth century. American independence was gained at Quebec the day James Wolfe met a glorious death on the plains of Abraham.” The summary of the unnamed professor’s book continues by suggesting that the British rout of the French in this conflict had the eventual effect of strengthening the cause for independence in the thirteen colonies, and posits that, at the conclusion of the War of Independence, “when the peace treaty was negotiated, England was anxious to ‘throw in’ Canada, but Washington would have none of it,” fearing a French claim on the territory in return for aiding the independent colonies. Since that time, the piece continues, Canada had “become the most valuable of all colonies and the most loyal, as was shown in the Boer war” (then newly concluded in South Africa). The author of the article believes, though, that, “if we (the United States) had Canada, it would carry immense satisfaction to the rulers of England. It would make American politics positively Anglomaniac. If the pear were ripe, she would certainly fall into our lap, with all her love for the mother country. In a few years she would be a dozen states with a score of United States senators, with no telling how many members of the House of Representatives.” The writer envisions a solidly pro-British North America, creating a world in which, “if England had America for an ally, she would not have to walk the floor again this century,” in the realms of war and diplomacy. The article concludes, though, “(f)ate may yet cut some capers for England, Canada, and the United States.”
April 4, 1935
“Cove Creek Boy is Essay Winner – James Brown Wins District and State Prizes for Paper on Farm Question” was the headline of a story which reported in this week’s paper that, “(t)he faculty and student body at Cove Creek High School, and more particularly the students of Vocational Agriculture, are extending enthusiastic congratulations to Mr. James Brown, sophomore at that institution, who was recently notified that his essay on ‘The Importance of the Rarer Elements in Crop Production and in Animal Nutrition’ had won a district prize of $15.00 and also first prize of $25.00 for the whole state.” The newspaper article noted that, “Mr. Brown has won a great honor for himself and the Cove Creek department of Vocational Agriculture – an honor of which both he and the school may be justly proud.”
April 3, 1969
In a short item headed “Will Attend Nixon Dinner,” it was reported that “North Carolina’ state Republican chairman, Rep. Jim Holshouser, and his wife will attend a formal White House dinner next Tuesday, Republican state headquarters said Thursday.” Noted the article, “(t)he dinner will be for Prime Minister John Gorton of Australia.” Said the Watauga Democrat report, “the Holshousers are the first North Carolinians to be invited to the White House with the exception of ministers of the administration and Congress.”
1944 advertisement for the Red Cross, sponsored by the Northwestern Bank, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.