The Week of June 24th, 2012.

“WATA Voice of the Horn,” the designation on a float with a coonskin-capped personage representing Daniel Boone, touts the Boone area’s oldest extant commercial radio station and the area’s historic outdoor drama in this partially-damaged photograph of unknown date. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

 June 25, 1896

An article entitled “Blasts from the Ram’s Horn” in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat included among a series of epigrams, “When anger reigns mercy dies;” “The life speaks loudest when the tongue is dumb;” “God is just as close to us in the dark as he is in the sunshine;” and “Whoever takes one step toward the devil will have to take two.”

An item attributed to the Educational Gazette reported, “(i)n a recent examination some boys were asked to define certain words and to give a sentence that illustrated the meaning. Here are a few: Frantic is wild. I picked some frantic flowers. Athletic is strong; the vinegar was too athletic to use. Tandem, one behind the other; the boys sit tandum (sic) at school. And then some single words are funnily explained. Dust is mud with the wet squeezed out; fins are fishes’ wings; stars are the moon’s eggs; circumference is the distance around the middle of the castle.”

June 24, 1926

“Coolidge Opposes Further Tax Cuts,” a headline item with a smaller caption reading “Surplus at End of Fiscal Year May Reach $399,000,000, But Might Be Smaller Next Year,” reported this week that, “promising comfortable balances for the next two years, President Coolidge tonight warned that another tax reduction must await a new test of the revenue law.” The President had reportedly “said the treasury should end next year with a surplus of $185,000, 000 and the following fiscal year with a margin of $20,000,000,” yet cautioned that “it would be ‘unfortunate’ to promise tax reduction on the basis of these figures… ‘until we are sure that the state of our finances justifies it.’” The newspaper reported that the excess money was much more than expected, and suggested that the “correctness of the theory that reduction of tax rates economically applied will stimulate business and thereby increase taxable revenue, is being demonstrated.” The Republican Coolidge administration was known for limited federal spending and generally also for limited and lowered taxation, with some 2 million Americans paying no federal income tax during the term and only the wealthiest two percent of U.S. taxpayers paying the federal income tax during Coolidge’s term.

June 23, 1955

“Horn in (the) West Opens Saturday; Boone Central Figure” announced this week (with a sub-heading of “Show Further Advanced Than In Other Years”) that, “Big Charles Elledge, a Wilkes County native, will step into the most important role in North Carolina’s outdoor dramas when ‘Horn in the West’ opens its fourth season in Boone, Saturday night.” The feature noted that “Mr. Elledge, born and reared within sight of where Daniel Boone lived on the Yadkin River, will portray the famous frontiersman in a show that has been altered this year to make Boone the central character. The change now makes Horn in the West ‘a Daniel Boone drama.’” The year’s show was also to include “a cast of some 84 characters, singers and dancers who will portray the loves and struggles of courageous mountain people who carved freedom out of tyranny in the period around the American Revolution.”


"If Men Did the Cooking"...

A 1926 hypothetical postulation on masculine attitudes and cooking technology of the day.

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The Week of June 17th, 2012.

“The Daniel Boone Hotel,” reads the caption affixed to this 1963 photograph by the W.M. Cline Company of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The hotel was a prominent architectural monument in Downtown Boone from its construction in 1925 until its demolition in the 1980s, although the building ceased operation as a hotel and dining place in the 1970s. Courtesy Historic Boone.

June 18, 1896

“Mr. G.W. Peck, a wealthy citizen of Cleveland, Ohio, who spends his winters in Asheville and has considerable property in that city, has set wealthy North Carolinians a worthy example,” read an item printed in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, running under a byline attributing the news to the Asheville Citizen. “He made the offer yesterday of two thousand dollars for a monument to the late Senator Vance. The only condition in the offer,” reported the story, “was that the location of the statue should be in front of the county court house. It is useless to add,” added the text, “that the commissioners accepted this generous offer.”

June 17, 1926

“Daniel Boone Hotel is Mecca for Newlyweds,” proclaimed a headline on the front page of this week’s newspaper. “’The Honeymoon Hotel’ is the name given to the Daniel Boone hostelry in an article by L.J. Hampton, staff correspondent of the Winston-Salem Journal in last Sunday’s edition,” reported the feature. “It seems that the reporter has well named the place for during the past week five recently wedded couples registered there for brief sojourns.” The article continued with brief biographical sketches of the recently vacationing couples. Concluded the story, “(m)anager Vaughn is conducting a first class hotel and these honeymoon couples were quick to realize the fact. They are loud in their praise of Boone’s fine new hotel and the excellent attention they received and will doubtless enjoy many more trips to this scenic part of (the) northwestern Carolina mountains.”

An article beneath a dateline of “Paris, June 15” reported, “Premier Briand and his entire cabinet resigned today. This was the fourth French government and the eighth French minister of finance to fall by reason of the financial difficulties born of the war. It was Briand’s ninth cabinet.”

June 16, 1955

“Mountain Folk Dominate Cast of ‘Horn’ Says Kai Jurgensen,” read a banner headline on this week’s front page, with a subheading announcing, “Boone People, College Grads Are Favored.” The text of the article related that, “Horn in the West, an outdoor show that is often called ‘an expression of highland people,’ has a staff and cast this season made up of more than half mountain residents. Kal Jurgensen, director, calls Horn in the West the ‘most local show’ in the outdoor drama circuit. The speaking parts, he points out, are assigned chiefly to Boone people or those who have attended the Appalachian State Teachers College here.”

In other news, “First Wool Pool Brings $15,826” reported that, “(t)he Watauga Wool Pool purchased 30,479 pounds of wool last Wednesday and sold it to Fred Whitaker Company, Ridge Avenue and Scotts Lane, Philadelphia, Pa., for a total of $15,826.94.” The wool sold was described in subdivisions of “Clear,” “Light burry,” “Heavy burry,” “Black and dead,” “Lamb’s wool,” and “Tags.” James H. Caldwell, “agent for the purchasing company, supervised the weighing of the wool,” noted the article.

1958 advertisements from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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The Week of June 10th, 2012

“Rev. John Milton Payne, 1858 – 1915, and Eliza Jane Downs Payne, 1860 – 1936. Rev. Payne was Pastor of Boone First Baptist Church, 1915,” reads the caption affixed to this portrait. Courtesy Historic Boone.

June 11, 1896

“Mr. James Purdue, an old soldier residing at Monroe, Mich., was severely afflicted with rheumatism but received prompt relief from pain by using Chamberlain’s Pain Balm,” read an announcement in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “He says, ‘At times my back would ache so badly that I could hardly arise. If I had not gotten relief I would not be here to write these few lines. Chamberlain’s Pain Balm has done me a great deal of good and I feel very thankful for (it)’. For sale by druggists.”

An item more of local news than of advertising read, “(t)he day that the cyclone struck the city of St. Louis, we had a severe wind storm in Boone.  We are protected however from cyclones by the fact that our mountains protect us. A cyclone cannot get under way enough to do damage, as much of its force is spent against the mountains.”

June 10, 1926

“Blows Are Exchange By Committeemen” reported in this week’s national news that, “an exchange of blows, the throwing of an ink well and a glass of water, took place today at the capital in a fight between Representative Rankin, of Mississippi, on one side, and Commissioner F.A. Fenning, of the District of Columbia, and his counsel, F.J. Hogan, on the other,” reported the story, which ran under the dateline of, “Washington, June 7.” Told the article, the “encounter was staged before the house judiciary committee where an investigation of Mr. Fenning’s administration is underway,” stating that “Mr. Hogan received a slight injury above the left temple but the participants were separated before others were hurt.” According to the report, “Representative Rankin admitted to the throwing of the ink well, Hogan the throwing of the glass of water, and Fenning said he did all in his power to reach Rankin with his fists but was unsuccessful.” In explanation of the cause of the fray, the newspaper article told that, “(t)he fight was precipitated when Rankin became angered over an interruption by Hogan to his line of questions.”

June 9, 1955

“County Police Install Two-Way Radio System,” announced a headline in this week’s newspaper. “The two-way radio system, recently authorized by Watauga County Board of Commissioners, was completed last week and put into operation,” according to the text of the article. “The system will be used by the Sheriff’s Department and Police departments of the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock, according to a spokesman for the county.” The new technology “also puts local law enforcement agencies in radio contact with the State Highway Patrol,” reported the Watauga Democrat. “Controls for the station are located in the County Jail building… According to information released, the radio station is expected to aid in quicker and more efficient apprehension of law violators. In case of any emergency in this area, such as fire, flood, or others, the radio station could be used to call in outside help, and the emergency would be known all over the state in a matter of minutes,” according to the article.

In other news, “(a)pproximately 75 members of the Horn in the West cast and staff will report here Saturday for two weeks of rehearsals prior to the opening of the outdoor drama’s fourth season.” Reporting on specific role assignments, the story reported that, “(s)o far, official announcement has been made only to the naming of Charles Elledge in the lead role of Daniel Boone.” Further casting announcements were expected after company call and tryouts that week.

Get rid of your Gas Hog and replace it with a Rambler from Watson’s Garage of Deep Gap!

1958 dvertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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The Week of June 3, 2012.

“First Baptist Church, Boone, N.C”, as depicted in a color postcard. The image shows the older stone sanctuary, now the chapel of the First Baptist Church complex.

Courtesy Historic Boone

June 4, 1896

A featured column on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat bore the title “Wise Words”. Among the alleged wisdom proffered by the column: “If you admire a thing don’t examine it too closely;” “Never measure a man’s religion by the length of his face;” “The shadow of a trouble is generally blacker than the trouble itself;” “No man loves his wife just after he has received her dry goods bill;” and “Each one (of) us is hemmed in by the horizon of his own times; imagination can penetrate beyond.”

An advertisement this week asserted, “Restores Gray Hair To Natural Color,” and included this testimonial: “’More than a year ago, my hair began turning gray and falling out. Though I tried many remedies for it, nothing I used satisfied me until I tried Ayer’s Hair Vigor. After using one bottle of this preparation, my hair was restored to its natural color, and ceased falling out.’ – Mrs. Herzmann, 359 E. 68th St., New York, N.Y.”

Another item on the front page was entitled “An Astrologer’s Prediction,” which included a rumination that, “(e)ver since the first of April there has been a strange movement among the stars. They say that Grover Cleveland is a man of greater destiny than Napoleon Bonapart (sic). He is going to suddenly change his views on the financial question. He has been under the spell of a powerful hypnotist for the past few years, who has been employed by Wall street and the bankers of Europe to influence him. This powerful spell is going to be broken by a most mysterious influence, I cannot understand,” wrote the columnist. The remainder of the selection includes a string of predictions from “DE CASTRO, Astrologer,” including that, “Cuba is going to at last gain her independence in six months and Spain is going to get into a short, but lively war with the United States, on the first day of August the United States gun boats will vigorously bombard the city of Havana. Gen. Weyler will be killed in this terrific battle.” The author wrote, “(p)lease don’t put this in the waste basket for it contains the language of the stars. Don’t call the author a crank or pronounce this sensational. Tell all of your readers to save a copy of the paper containing this article and tell them to watch.” Some parts of this prediction seem to have eventually come to pass – some two years later than promised, and after the notorious Spanish General Valeriano Weyler Nicolau had resigned and been replaced by the government of Spain, in the following year of 1897.

June 3, 1926

“Commencement at the Valle Crucis Girls School” reported this week that, “(o)n Thursday afternoon exhibits of the work in sewing classes and laundry, with most tempting samples of cooking done by the girls, were shown in one of the class rooms,” prior to the graduation exercises on Thursday and Friday. “Next followed field sports – a basket ball (sic) game and a tennis match.” As part of the ceremonies, “Thursday night the program included the graduation of a pupil, Annie Brooks, of Lynchburg, Va., from the high school and the bestowal on her of the first diploma ever given by the school.” Professors B.B. Dougherty and Rankin from the Appalachian Normal School were noted as attending, with Dr. Dougherty giving the commencement address. “In the absence of Bishop Horner, who was called back to Asheville on Thursday, the Rev. J.P. Burke presented the prizes awarded for excellence in different departments, punctuality, etc.” The Episcopal Church-run school did receive again its ecclesiastical superior during the course of the week’s activities, however: “(o)n Friday, Bishop Horner returned for his annual visitation for the purpose of confirmation, which always comes at the close of the school year. The service was held in Holy Cross chapel and a class of six was confirmed.”

A 1930 ad from the “Watauga Democrat” newspaper of Boone, North Carolina

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