Construction of the Downtown Boone Post Office, circa 1938. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
October 11, 1900
An item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat filed under the heading “The Association Muddle” and opening with the address “Editor Democrat” made claim that, “(w)e, the members of Watauga Baptist Church, wish to rectify some mistakes made by G.W. Trivett in his article of Sept. the 16th.” The letter-writers, including J.L. Barlow, Gen. Berry, Ruffin Berry, Charley Coffey, A.C. Calloway, and E.M. Gragg, wished it to be published that although Trivett had “stated that he was informed that we had no board (food provisions, in this case – R.C.) for him or any one who voted the democratic ticket,” “(w)e say that this is untrue, for anyone would have been welcome in our homes, regardless of their politics. As for his preaching almost without pay,” (another claim apparently included in Trivett’s earlier article), “we say that he was not justifiable in that statement.” Continued the clarification letter, “(h)e also stated that not a single member of the church, save two, invited him home with them, and we, the undersigned, do solemnly swear that we gave G.W. Trivett a cordial invitation into our homes.” The signatories to the letter also reported that several of them had “invited (Trivett) to get down, turn his horse on pasture, and have dinner,” on the first day of the local church Association meeting, “but he said he had been to dinner.” The letter to the editor concluded with the weighty declaration, “(s)worn to before me this 1st day of Oct. 1900,” with the names of the signatory parties following.
October 7, 1937
“10 Property Owners Offer Site For Federal Building,” announced a headline in this week’s edition, which detailed planning for the construction of the Boone Downtown Station Post Office, currently undergoing renovation some 75 years after its construction was first planned. “Boone citizens offered the postoffice department (sic) ten different lots for the construction of the new federal building, in sealed proposals opened publicly by Postmaster Hartzog Monday morning, the prices on the realty ranging from $2,000 to $13,750.” The article listed the ten local property owners and the proposed sites for the Post Office building, including “the King street property where the Jones residence (today’s JonesHouseCommunity Center) stands,” which was offered for a price of $11,400. The report noted that the local postmaster “has made his report of the offerings to the department and expects the site agent to come within a reasonable length of time to inspect the properties offered and to make his recommendations as to the location of the proposed structure.”
October 9, 1958
“First Killing Frost Is Seen In Watauga On Tuesday,” reported a headline in this week’s newspaper. “The first ‘killing frost’ in Boone was noted Tuesday morning when temperatures dropped to 28 degrees. This was about three days before the average time of Jack Frost’s arrival, according to an observer.” The unidentified “observer” was also cited as relating that, “(s)ometimes,” although October 10 is a usual date to expect the first freeze in the High Country, “killing frost(s) have occurred in this area in the early days of September.”
“Palmer’s Photo Shop Remodeled” announced this week that “Palmer’s Photo Shop on East King Street, operated here for many years by the late Palmer Blair, has recently undergone a remodeling and expansion program by its present owner, George A. Flowers, Jr., who assumed operation of the shop early in 1957. The studio for portrait sittings has been moved from the rear portion of the store to several rooms on the second floor directly over the photo shop, where there is a well-appointed studio, reception room, dressing room and office.” The renovations meant that “space was provided downstairs to enlarge the dark room to more than double its former size,” and thus “to increase the service facilities of the shop and studio many-fold,” according to Mr. Flowers.