The Week of November 4, 2012

“Teams Pulling Lumber Across Blue Ridge Mtn.,” reads the caption inscribed on this old photograph, underneath the inscription “Gragg & Loizeaux”. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

November 7, 1912

“Keep after your flies these cool autumn days,” advised an item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “Keep them out of the house.  They are more persistent in their annoyances after the first few cool nights than ever before. Don’t harbor them over winter. You don’t need any of their seed for next spring.”

A post-election editorial advised, “(n)ow, that the election, the long talked of election, is over, let us all settle down to our usual vocations again, remembering that the State, county and nation are still in safe hands, if a majority of the candidates are defeated. If there have been any wounds inflicted during the stirring campaign let them heal as quickly as possible. Many sharp things are often said in the heat of a political battle that would not have been said under any other circumstances. Wrong it is for hard feelings to exist between friends and neighbors over politics. We all did what we could for our respective candidates and let it stop at that.”

November 4, 1954

“Gangsterish (sic) Rampant On TV Screens” reported and editorialized in this week’s paper that, “(t)hose who look with horror on the flood of comic books which feature thrill stories and who are trying to get some sort of censorship, are perhaps doing the country a good service, but we wouldn’t know right offhand how the practice of publishing these hair-raisers would be stopped. But we have wondered if there couldn’t be something done to rid the tv (sic) screens of the thugs and the killers. So many of the programs feature gangsterism on its basest level, tortures of more or less innocent people, robberies and killings galore, that the fine variety shows and comedy productions that come sandwiched in  between, are particularly pleasing to those of us who spend a good deal of time before the television.” Perhaps hitting on a more perennial truth, the opinion piece expressed a desire that, “if or when they do get some of the horror stuff off the tv, we hope that by that time there will be some more pleasant way of financing the show than by the medium of the singing commercials, which are for a fact an abomination.”

November 1, 1973

“Friends of the Library Organizing in Community” reported in this week’s edition that a “planning committee for a new, local organization, Friends of the Library, met Wednesday. Approximately 15 attended the meeting to discuss possible ways an organization could help the local library.” According to the Democrat article, “Darleen Stanley, temporary chairman, told the group that Friends of the Library would be ‘A group of citizens in the community who have a common concern for their library’s active expansion and participation in community life. They have a conviction that good library service is important to everyone in our county.” The initial meeting discussed plans for a “membership drive later in the year and a county-wide organizational meeting.” The temporary chair was quoted as stating that “the two critical needs of the library are a new bookmobile and a new building,” but that additional emphases of the new Friends of the Library organization would be to “work to increase community awareness and to add to the cultural life of the community.”

An ad for a new heater, from a 1954 edition of the “Watauga Democrat” newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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