The Week of May 13th, 2012.

“Adventist Church, Boone, N.C., Altitude 3,333 Feet,” reads the caption to this postcard. The Advent Christian Church stands at the intersection of King Street and Cherry Drive.

Photo Courtesy of Historic Boone.

May 16, 1901

“The municipal election at Blowing Rock was held on Monday of last week instead of Tuesday, as is required by the new election law,” began a news item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “Whether or not this affects the validity of the election we are not informed,” continued the story, “but we are decidedly of the opinion that it will. Dr. C.J. Partier was elected Mayor, and J.P. Taylor, W.L. Holshouser and Leason Hartley were elected town commissioners.”

“Mr. Claude Y. Miller, of the Wilkesboro Marble Works, will be in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties after the 18th inst. [instant, or this month], and will be prepared to sell all who wish to respect their dead anything known to the marble trade, tombstones, tablets, monuments, etc., and all who have work at his shop will please send to get it,” read another article, “so he can erect it while here. Get prices from any yard you wish, but hold your orders until you see him.”

May 16, 1940

A lengthy title and subheading this week announced, “Business Era in Raleigh is Needed, Gravely Believes – Candidate for Governor Speaks Here Saturday and Promises Business Administration; Cites Appalachian College as Result of Sound Business.” The body of the story relayed that, “Lee Gravely, of Rocky Mount, candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, spoke to a representative crowd of Watauga men and women in the courthouse Saturday, following the county convention and promised, ‘When I am made governor’ to give the state a business administration, with especial emphasis on the farmer and his problems, including a more generous allotment for farm-to-market roads, and cited Appalachian College as a good example of business administration.” The would-be governor “paid tribute to the leadership of Congressman Doughton and Dr. B.B. Dougherty, whom he stated was the only man connected with a state enterprise who was getting at least $1.10 from every dollar spent from the state treasury.”

May 17, 1962

“School Bus Roadeo (sic) Planned Here,” announced a headline on this date. “Once again it is time for the annual school bus roadeo for the State of North Carolina, according to Ray Moretz, chief mechanic for the school bus garage,” began the write-up. The punningly-named event was held at different levels, in an overall state-wide competition: “for roadeo purposes, the state has been divided up into ten districts, composed of ten counties each: A roadeo will be held in each district this month… Each county is eligible to send one boy and one girl school bus driver to participate. The two winners from each district will receive expense paid trips to Raleigh for the state finals June 27 and 28.” The article reported that Watauga County was sending “Stephen Dotson from the Blowing Rock High School,” but that “there is no eligible girl for the roadeo in Watauga.” Contestants were apparently school-age drivers, with “the article reporting that, “first place winners of the State Roadeo will receive $750 scholarships to the college of their choice.”

A 1919 car ad, from the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, Boone, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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