“In another take, you get a better view of this beautiful old-model automobile. Brenda Jones Gragg is at left, Elmer Moretz at right. With his hand resting on the hood ornament is the late Kenneth Jones, father of Curtis Jones who once worked for the [Watauga Democrat] newspaper,” reads the caption affixed to this photograph. Date unknown.
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
July 11, 1901
“The Chairman of the Board of Road Supervisors for Watauga township,” according to a report in this week’s edition of the “Watauga Democrat,” “asks as to say that the road overseers in the townships are requested to put their roads in good condition by court, as his reports have to go in at that time.”
An advertisement from the same issue announced, “Alfred W. Dula, Graduate – Optician, Jeweler, & Engraver,South Main Street,Lenoir,N.C.– Special attention given to work by mail. Estimates of cost furnished the same day work is received.” The ad humbly proclaimed, “THE BEST WATCH REPAIR SHOP IN THE COUNTRY,” and promised, “all work guaranteed.”
Another special item related, “Solicitor Spainhour and family, of Morganton, have been in town for the past week. They were travelling by wagon and buggy; having a most delightful trip, camping out, fishing, etc. They came through Wilkes, Grayson county,Va., Alleghany, Ashe, on to Watauga, and left on Tuesday, for their home, via Linville. They have been out near a month and report a most enjoyable time.”
July 10, 1941
A front-page photograph under the heading “A ‘Hitler’ Joins the Other Side” bore a caption telling of the pictured individuals, “Mrs. Brigid Hitler, wife of Adolf Hitler’s stepbrother, Alois, is shown bidding her son, William Patrick Hitler, good-by as he leavesNew YorkforCanada, where he will join the Royal Canadian Air Force. He may some day be winging against Uncle Adolf’s Luftwaffe.” The British-born young Hitler was later cleared to join the U.S. Navy, served as a Pharmacist’s Mate, and after the War changed his surname to Stuart-Houston.
A story of a local tragedy told, “Ed Norris, aged about 55 years, native citizen of the Meat Camp section of Watauga county, was killed Thursday evening of last week at about 7 o’clock, as he and members of his family journeyed to a religious gathering near the home atAminot, Va., and an aged man by the name of Allsizer and two of his sons are being held on murder charges growing out of the fatal shooting.” The “meager information reaching the slain man’s family” includes a notation that “the Allsizers had a grudge against Norris, there having been bad feeling between the men for about two years.” The article reported that, “it [was] related that the Allsizers accosted Norris as he and his family were on the way to a religious meeting, and that one of them fired two shots into Norris’ body.” The slain man was “reared in Watauga, but had lived inVirginiafor six years, where he was employed by a coal mining corporation.”
July 9, 1970
“Debbie Reynolds at Opening of Oz,” an article by Rachel Rivers, reported this week that, “[f]olks visiting the Land of Oz last Friday were pleasantly surprised to see Mrs. Harry Karl and her daughter, Carrie, touring the adventure attraction on Beech Mountain. And quite a few did a double-take as it began to sink in that Mrs. Karl, the smiling young woman in the lacey dress, was one of the country’s best-known film stars, Debbie Reynolds.” Debbie Reynolds had a leading role in the 1952 film “Singin’ in the Rain,” and is the mother of actress and author Carrie Fisher. According to the article, “Debbie’s pretty daughter, who is 13, got her mother’s resounding approval – ‘As a performer, yes, she’s very good.’”