The Week of July 15th, 2012.

Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

July 18, 1901

“New Jersey has prohibited the sale of intoxicants at summer resorts on Sunday,” reported a brief article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. Concluded the notice, “(t)hus the promising occupation of discovering sea serpents is dealt a back handed blow.”

An advertisement for “The North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College,” with a bold-type subheading “LITERARY, CLASSICAL, SCIENTIFIC, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, PEDAGOGICAL, MUSICAL,” announced, “annual expenses $100 to $140; for non-residents of the state, $160. Faculty of 30 members. Practice and Observation School of about 250 pupils. To Secure board in the dormitories all free tuition applications should be made before July 15th. Session opens September 19th. Correspondence invited from those desiring competent teachers and stenographers. For Catalogue and other information address President Charles D. McIver, Greensboro, N.C.” The institution later became the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, McIver having founded the school as a women’s college with the aim of promoting educational opportunities for women in the state.

July 17, 1941

“Salvage Crew Is Dismantling Narrow Guage [sic],” told a  front-page headline this week. “The Midwest Steel Company of Charleston, W.Va., is rapidly salvaging the roadbed of the Linville River Railway Company, which abandoned its lines from Cranberry to Boone following the flood of last August, and the rails from the main line as well as the siding in the vicinity of the depot have already been taken up, the salvage work having progressed to a point below Appalachian College,” according to the article. The story included noted that, “(t)he last train to leave Boone on the narrow guage was on August 13, 1940, and on the return trip to Boone the train was stopped at Cranberry due to the flood conditions which had played havoc with bridges and road bed during the afternoon. The local Chamber of Commerce and individuals joined in an effort to have the road rebuilt, but the interstate commerce commission approved its abandonment, when the company introduced figures to show the line had been a losing venture for many years.”

In related transportation news, “Bus Station To Be Remodeled,” another front-page article, recorded that “Herman W. Wilcox has closed a deal for the purchase of the depot property of the Linville River Railway Company… and the front of the station will be remodeled to take care of the rapidly expanding needs of the Boone bus terminal.” According to the story, “(t)he accessibility, location and arrangements of the streets make the property ideal for bus terminal purposes, and there is plenty of space for buses, as well as for patrons on every side of the building.”

July 16, 1970

“Buying Remains Brisk: Business Patterns Unchanged,” reported a banner headline this week. “How are Watauga County families apportioning the larger incomes they are now receiving? How much are they spending in retail stores? … local outlays for goods and services continued at a high level, despite inflation and despite a general feeling of uncertainty with regard to the national economy.” A survey from the Standard Rate and Data Service indicated that in Watauga County “a large part of the consumer dollar went to stores selling food and automotive equipment,” these areas accounting for “45 per cent of all retail business done in the local area.”

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  1. Do I remember correctly that this was the site of the old Dr. James Gray Rivers homestead? It was located at the corner of King and Waters, near the Watauga Democrat office. I’ve looked but not found a photograph of the three homes built at this location; one left for each of his and Jane’s children; Robert C. Jr., James Claywell and Velma Gray Rivers. My grandmother’s home was moved from the site; where I do not know, but I believe it still exists in town. If there is a photo floating around out there somewhere, we would love to see it! I’m tickled that first there was a remnant shop there and then a Singer Sewing Machine center. My grandmother, mother and I loved to sew and made many our our own clothes in the early days. Thank you for sharing this!

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