The Week of May 6th, 2012.

“R.W. Hodges, Jr., & David F. Greene, Jr., house – in background is E.N. Hawn home, moved to Howard St. – they are standing where First Union Bank is. Taken 1935. Appalachian Theater was built on the Hawn property in 1936 by W.R. Winkler & the parking lot of First Union was location of Greene Inn,” reads the caption affixed to this image of two young Boone residents.

Photo Courtesy of Historic Boone

May 3, 1894

The “Washington Letter,” attributed to “Our Regular Correspondent,” reported in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat that, “President Cleveland was very much surprised when he learned, from a local paper, that there were people ignorant enough to suppose it his duty to issue some sort of a proclamation in connection with the coming of Coxey’s so-called army.” The “army” referenced was a march of unemployed workers led by John Coxey, an Ohio businessman, during the second year of a four-year-long economic depression following the Panic of 1893 which was the worst such downturn in United States history to that point. “Every person of sufficient intelligence to read the Constitution of the United States should know,” continued the report, “that the President has no more authority to issue a proclamation concerning the coming of these men into the District of Columbia than he had to issue a proclamation dealing with their starting from the State of Ohio, or their passage through the States of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, just as those states have, and until that government shall notify the President of its inability to deal with the expected unwelcome visitors the President has no authority to take any exception, even were he disposed to think any necessary.” The Washington Correspondent predicted that “the Coxeyites,” when their protest march reached Washington, would be “neither lionized nor made martyrs,” predicting that “[a]s long as they violate no law they will be left alone, as other visitors are,” but with “the law standing between them and their programme, so far as marching up to the Capitol and having a meeting upon the steps of that building is concerned.”

May 3, 1923

An item claiming to be responding to the Charlotte Observer and under the headline “Blowing Rock Road has Observer’s O.K.” reported this week that, “[a]bout 3 weeks ago the [Charlotte newspaper] made note, for the benefit of the travelling public, of the torn-up section of the highway between Lenoir and Blowing Rock, where the forces were eregrading (sic) and surfacing, and it promised that when the road was again in good condition it would notify the people.” Relayed the Watauga Democrat, “[a]ll is again in proper shape, the surfacing having been placed in order for Summer traffic and automobiles will find the going good all the way. Under an agreement recently reached, the May View Manor is to close for the season with the coming of September, this being for the purpose of giving the road forces the right of way for the process of hard-surfacing. It is difficult along this highway to provide detours and in order not to interfere with the regular Summer traffic, it has been agreed that the hard-surfacing shall begin the first of September, leaving a good gravel and top soil road for the season’s use.” The Charlotte Observer’s approval of “the Blowing Rock road” was announced, and, says the feature, “it is now guaranteed that travelers will this season find the road in excellent order, and, in consequence of the improvements that have been made by the graders in better shape than has been known at any previous time.”

May 6, 1948

“Dr. Lawrence Opens Practice in Boone,” announced the headline of a front-page item in this edition. “Dr. C. Ray Lawrence, optometrist, has opened his offices with Dr. E.T. Glenn in the Appalachian Theatre Building, in Boone. Dr. Lawrence, a son of George M. Lawrence, is a native of Avery county, and was in business for several years in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Boone and Cove Creek High Schools, and is a graduate of Mars Hill College. Recently he completed a four-year course at the Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee.”

A paint ad from the Boone Hardware Company, not to be confused with Boone’s

long-lived Farmer’s Hardware business (albeit is has occasional been…).

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