Bearing the caption “Dutch Creek Falls,” this photograph of an unknown date shows an unidentified gentleman in front of the Valle Crucis landmark.
Courtesy Historic Boone
October 31, 1889
“A Curious Clock,” an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper announced that, “(o)ne of the most curious clocks ever made will soon be finished. A bronze figure four or five feet tall, and worth $700, grasps a rod which runs through a hollow brass globe, nearly eight inches in diameter. The globe is engraved with meridians and the parrallels (sic) and the various countries of the earth.” What perhaps made the clock most distinctive were the facts that “none of the machinery appears,” all the works being “hidden within the globe and within a little pill box affair behind the glass dial,” and that the clock was a multi-time zone instrument, wherein “a glance will show you the time of day at any city you may name.” The feature declared that, “(w)hen this clock is finished it will be marked a fancy figure, and will find a ready sale.” The $700 value ascribed to the statuary figure alone would be equivalent to about $17,500 in 2012.
October 28, 1926
“Two Boone Ladies Are Signally Honored: Mrs. Moretz and Mrs. Huggins Elected President and Secretary of Third District Federation,” an illustrated front-page feature this week, announced that, “Mrs. J.M. Moretz, president of the Worth While Club, was elected president of the third district of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs at the closing session of the district meeting in Statesville last Wednesday, and Ms. F.M. Huggins was elected secretary. And in addition to this the ladies from the metropolis of the mountains landed the next district meeting.” According to the report, the “next meeting of the district will be held in Boone in the fall of 1927 either in late September or early October.” The just-concluded Statesville meeting was said to have included “a round table discussion of various club problems,” and a presentation by the state chairman, who “discussed some items of the year’s programs in club work, etc.”
October 29, 1942
“Scrap Campaign In County Yet On; Results Lag,” related that the “campaign for the collection of scrap metal in Watauga county continues, and despite the fact that Watauga county is near the bottom of the list in the tabulated state totals, this situation will change materially when the junk which has actually been gathered in the various communities of the county, is brought in to places where weighing facilities are available.” Stated “County Salvage Chairman Harry Hamilton,” some “former delays in providing transportation and lack of scales at many of the collection points, have kept the official score for the county down, but that now the state highway trucks are hauling the scrap and soon complete figures will be available on Watauga’s efforts.”