July 4, 1901
“The picnic at Willow Dale today must be largely attended, as it seems a goodly number from different parts of the county will be present,” reported an item in the “Local News” section of this week’s edition of the “Watauga Democrat.”
“Much of the land sold for taxes on last Monday, was bid in by the county,” according to another.
Weather news told, “(t)he weather is scorching hot these days, and corn is growing rapidly.”
July 2, 1941
“Cars From Many States Seen On City Streets,” announced a headline in this week’s newspaper. According to the article, “(a) record-breaking number of visitors from widely-divergent points are passing through Boone these days, and automobiles from practically every state in the union have been observed this summer. Dr. J.T.C. Wright, of Appalachian College, remarked Saturday that in casually walking from the science building to The Democrat office he counted automobiles bearing license plates from 14 states, and of course he didn’t see all the cars in town. Those noted by Dr. Wright included Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut, Texas, Kentucky, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and New York.”
“High Proof Wine Banned on First” relayed that “(t)he sale of so-called fortified wines is prohibited in Watauga and all other counties of the state not having ABC stores, under an amendment to the state revenue act passed at the last legislature, the potent beverage to be taken from the channels of trade on July 1. Fortified wines, it is explained, are beverages made by the fermentation of graps (sic), fruit and berries and fortified by the addition of brandy or alcohol or having an alcoholic content of more than 14 per cent, as reckoned by volume.” The new law meant that such “high potency beverages may now be legally dispensed only in the state-operated stores in the wet counties.”
July 2, 1970
“Appalachian Graduates Will Have Jobs By Fall,” according to a front-page banner headline on this day. “Appalachian State University’s 949 June graduates will all have jobs before Sept. 1 despite the current crisis in college placement circles,” reported the feature story. “The forecast was made today by ASU’s Director of Placement, Dr. Robert L. Randall, who concedes, however, that slow-downs in industrial hiring have made job placements much more difficult for his office.”
A front-page photograph entitled “Lovable Calf” bore the caption, “(o)ne of the early events at the Land of Oz on Beech Mountain is a visit to a barn on the farm where Dorothy lives. Before the tornado launches Dorothy and her visitors on a trip to see the Wizard of Oz, there is a barn tour during which folk of all ages can acquaint themselves with this docile calf, a couple of bell-wearing goats, some wooly sheep and some pigs who seem eternally to be eating. On view, but not for touching, are a donkey, a rooster, and some rabbits. The silo on the farm is in fact a water tower that supplies the amusement area atop the mountain.”
Advertisement for baking soda from an 1894 edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.