“First Methodist Church, Boone, N.C.,” reads the caption to this postcard. The sanctuary depicted was built in the 1920s and destroyed by fire in the 1980s.
May 30, 1901
“Andrew Carnegie has given ten million dollars to establish free education in four Scotch universities,” read a news item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, “Edenburg (sic), Aberdeen, Glasgow and St. Andrews. He stipulated that those benefited are to be, ‘Scotch Irish fellow countrymen only.’”
“A New Jersey man, who, by the way, is a shining light of the society for prevention of cruelty to animals, was arrested recently for beating his wife,” according to another short article. “He pleaded justification alleging that she had given him a cold dinner, and seemed utterly outraged when he was sent to jail for the offense.” Concluded the article, “(t)his was New Jersey, you know.”
The main news item of the week, however, was reporting of disastrous floods which had affected a wide area. East Tennessee and parts of Western North Carolina were particularly hard-hit. “To read of the devastation, death and ruin caused by the floods of last week is simply appalling,” wrote the editor of the newspaper. A “dispatch from Marion, N.C.” which was “full of horrors” included mention that several “houses, together with all household effects, were swept away by flood.” Also, “(t)he railroad from Cranberry to Johnson City, we learn is so damaged that it will take weeks for the trains to again reach the head of the road.”
May 30, 1940
“Boone’s Population 1,784, According to New Census,” announced a headline this week. Noting that the “preliminary population announcement did not contain any detailed information regarding the population of the city, other than the actual number of the persons enumerated,” the article conveyed an announcement from the Census Bureau that, “the bureau of the census believes that it has employed every possible means for including all persons in the 16th decennial census of population which has just been taken in this community,” but urged that any who believed that they had been omitted in the tally “make known such fact to Mr. Zeb V. Long, Jr., Salisbury, N.C., giving full information as to the number of persons in the family have been omitted.”
May 31, 1962
“Winkler, Holshouser Win In Race For House: Heavy Voting As Parties Name Slates” announced this week that “Watauga county Democrats and Republicans alike showed up in good numbers at the polls Saturday, when they set themselves a set of candidates to go to the hustings when the campaigns start for the November election.” According to the write-up, “State Senator Gordon H. Winkler won the Democratic nomination for the House of Representatives over J.E. Joines 1673 to 701.” On the Republican slate, “Dallas Check edged out two opponents for the nomination for Sheriff. He got 816 votes. Clint Lewis had 585 and Herbert Wagner 77.”
“H. Taylor, 95, Dies in Idaho,” announced an obituary on this week’s front page of local and historical interest. “Rites for Hampton Taylor, 95, pioneer judge and lawyer who died Friday, were held Tuesday from the Robertson-Hansen Funeral Chapel,” read the testimonial. “Mr. Taylor was born Oct. 3, 1866 at Wilkes County, N.C… (h)e attended an academy and then studied law in an attorney’s office in Boone,N.C.” The deceased had served the bar in both Texas and Idaho after learning the law in his native territory.