A view of the Appalachian State Teachers College, probably from the early 1940s, from a color postcard of the period.
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society
August 16, 1934
“New Hardware Store Will Open on Saturday,” a headline in this week’s newspaper, introduced a story on the front page of this week’s paper. “The Watauga Hardware Store will open its doors for business Saturday morning, according to an announcement made in The Democrat today. The building, formerly occupied by the Boone Clothing Store, has been thoroughly remodeled with especial consideration of the peculiar needs of the hardware business and goods are arriving daily. Messrs. George Greene and Brantley Duncan will be in charge of the establishment, which will specialize particularly in shelf hardware. Mr. Greene has for a number of years been employed as salesman for the Reynolds Tobacco Company, while Mr. Duncan resigned his position as assistant cashier of the Bank of Blowing Rock to go into the new enterprise. Both are known as fine business men and their past experience qualifies them for success in the retail business.”
“Wilkes Murder is Still a Mystery – Five Members of Tilley Family are Freed in Death of Foster Relative. Sensational Trial Ends with Murder Unsolved,” reported the “Watauga Democrat” in this week’s edition. Continuing coverage of the murder trial from previous issues, the “Watauga Democrat” reported on this day that, “(t)he murder of Leoda Childress in Wilkes County remained as much of a mystery Saturday afternoon after a Superior Court hearing as it did when the young woman was found dead by neighbors at her country home last December.” Although the foster family of the victim had been suspected, “J. Hayden Burke of defense counsel began argument on a motion for non-suit, first on the count of conspiracy and then on the charge of murder. Before he had finished Judge Ogelsby interrupted to allow both motions.” The State’s prosecutor, “whose zealous investigation of circumstances surrounding the mysterious death lead to the indictment of the Tilleys,” had “made a brief oral argument citing major points in the State’s evidence before the charges were dismissed.” According to the article, “(t)hus came to an end the trial of the most sensational murder case in northwestern North Carolina’s history.”
August 18, 1955
“Boone Guard Unit Undergoes Training at Fort Bragg,” read the headline to a story in this week’s newspaper. “Service Battery, 112th PA Bn arrived here from Boone Sunday, joining nearly 7,000 other National Guardsmen of North Carolina’s famous 30th Infantry Division for 15 days of active duty training. This is the first encampment for the men of the Old Hickory division since the division became an all-Tar Heel group in October of 1954.”
“Farm Tour Is Set For Friday,” announced the heading to another feature on this week’s front page. “The 1955 Unit Test Demonstration farm tour and picnic will be held on Friday, August 19,” relayed the article. “All farm and business people are invited to attend. Watauga UTD farm families will be host to the Avery UTD farm families on this tour. Miss Mary Harris, District Home Agent, W.B. Collings, District Farm Agent, and some farm agents from State College have been invited to attend. This is a big day for farmers of Watauga County,” according to details from the farm tour announcement.
This article is compiled from the microfilm archives of the “Watauga Democrat” newspaper, available at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone.
A 1901 advertisement from the Watauga Democrat newspaper for the institution which would become Appalachian State University.