Captioned simply “Appalachian State Teachers College 1929-1930,” this vintage photograph may picture a football team of that year.
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
September 21, 1911
“A solid gold nugget, 99 per cent pure, was found on the mine of George Troutman Tuesday,” reported the Watauga Democrat newspaper in this week’s edition. “The mine is located about five miles north of Albemarle and is operated by W.L. Cotton and A.C. Mauney. The nugget was picked up by George Sides. The mine has been in operation only two weeks, but it is reported that nuggets are picked up daily from the size of an ordinary pea to two and three ounces. The nugget found by Mr. Sides weighed 9 ¾ ounces and is valued at $300. This is proving to be a very rich mine and the owners are considerably enthused over the discovery.” The item was originally run, according to a notation at the end of the article, in the Stanly Enterprise newspaper. A gold mine was first opened near Albemarle in Stanly County in 1860. The nugget found by Mr. Sides would be worth over $16,000 today.
September 17, 1942
“CONVICTS IN MASS ESCAPE TAKE CAR OF BRISTOL MAN,” blared a bold headline in this week’s newspaper. “Four of the ten white convicts who escaped from the local state prison camp Monday evening held up Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Cecil of Bristol, Va., on highway 421 near Rutherwood early Tuesday morning(,) took their automobile at pistol point(,) and proceeded in the direction of North Wilkesboro,” according to the report. Said the article, a “log was placed across the highway and when Mr. Cecil stopped the car, two of the four men brandished revolvers taken from the prison guards when they escaped, took the car and fled” toward the city in the next county over. Reports indicated that the “ten youthful white prisoners made their escape about 9 o’clock Monday evening by overpowering two guards.” As of the printing of this week’s newspaper, “(n)o further trace has been found of the escapees.”
News of servicemen from the area included the notice, under a heading simply reading “In Africa,” that “Corporal Hoye Greene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bynum Greene, who enlisted 18 months ago in the U.S. army engineers, has been in foreign service since March. Corporal Greene was recently moved to Africa, where he thinks he will remain for the duration.”
September 14, 1961
“Private Dial Telephone System Is Installed On Campus,” announced a headline this week, which accompanied a photograph bearing the caption, “NEW PHONE INSTALLATION – Switchboard of dial telephone system installed at Appalachian State Teachers College ready for the establishment of service.” According to the adjoining article, “(t)his system is the latest in dial switchboard service and few other schools have this kind of system. Over 75 stations are connected to the equipment and lines between buildings are placed underground.”
In other news, “Three Thousand Attend Annual REA Gathering: Electric Co-Op Is Celebrating Its 25th Year” told is this edition that, “(t)he Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation climaxed its 25th anniversary Saturday afternoon in Hudson with the annual meeting of the membership… One of the main highlights of this meeting was the unveiling of a portrait of George Finley Messick, the first manager of the local cooperative.” In speaking of Messick, “G. Walter Sullivan, former president of the board of directors of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation” noted in an address to the assembled membership that, “(t)he N.C. Rural Electrification Authority was established in 1935. Ours was the first state in the union to have such an agency. It was established here before the Federal Rural Electrification Administration was established by the executive order of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”