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