The Week of August 25th, 2012.

This postcard, with a postal cancellation stamp from the post office of “Reece, N.C.” dated May 10, 1909, a one-cent stamp, and addressed to “Mr. G.P. Hagaman, Boone, N. Car.,” is inscribed, “Hope it didn’t rain on you. –M.”

Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

August 23, 1906

“Cure of Drunkards,” a front-page headline in this week’s issue of the “Watauga Democrat” newspaper, opened with this statement: “For several years Judge Pollard of St. Louis has been suspending sentence on men brought before him for drunkenness and the men at liberty upon their pledge to drink no more. Judge Pollard’s theory is that ‘virtually the man is enjoined from getting drunk.” Reporting skepticism at the judge’s leniency, the newspaper related that, “(o)f course, many a man will sign a pledge in order to go free and have no thought of keeping it. A court can hardly be expected to give a man both sobriety and honesty.” However, it was reported that “the records do show that a very large proportion of men do keep the pledge made in court – a far larger proportion than are benefited by being sent to the workhouse.” The further details of this report tell that “Director of Charities Cooley Cleveland proposes to go further and compel drunkards to take a drink cure,” Mr. Cleveland viewing “the confirmed drink habit as a disease, and most physicians agree with him.” Details of what sort of cure could be used, if enforced, were not given in the story, which admitted that “(p)erhaps no influence on earth can compel confirmed drunkards to keep their pledge to (leave?) drink alone.” However, concluded the piece, “if either the pledge or the enforced treatment operate favorably in a large proportion of case(s), that is more than can be said to have ever resulted from any system of punishment.”

August 16, 1934

“Hundreds of Teachers To Secure Relief Jobs” was a heading on this Great Depression-era edition’s front page. “It is the purpose of the State Department of Education to employ some 1,300 teachers this year under the emergency relief program of the Federal government, it was learned from Professor Chappell Wilson the first of the week, and an Institute for the training of these tutors is to begin at the (Appalachian Teachers College) Demonstration School in Boone on August 27th.” Said the article, “(i)t is suggested that all teachers who would like to secure these positions should get in touch with their county superintendent of schools at with the relief administrators at once,” with expectation being that “perhaps more than one hundred will take the special training being offered in this connection.”

The exploits of the local Sheriff against moonshiners were extolled in another headline this week, “Howell Captures Fortieth Still.” Retold the article, “Sheriff Howell and his deputies took in their fortieth blockade still last Wednesday, in a raid made on Clear Branch in the Stony Fork Township. A fair-size plant of the gasoline-barrel type was running full blast when the officers arrived and there were 300 gallons of beer and eleven gallons of what was described as good corn liquor.” Concluded the story, “Noah Ledford, resident of Texas, was arrested near the still and lodged in the county jail, he being the twentieth man Sheriff Howell has taken who was charged with manufacturing whiskey.”

Advertisement from a July 1955 edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper

of Boone, North Carolina

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