The Week of November 11th, 2012.

“Gone a-Courting – Thanks to Lois P. Hayes of Boone, we get an opportunity to make the acquaintance of two gentlemen, Partee (?) W. Palmer and Dayton Greene – and their horses, Ted and Dan” reads a hand-written caption to this antique photograph. “Miss Lois says this was before cars came out and the men were ‘all dressed up to go courting’.”
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

November 14, 1912

“Apple Blossoms in Watauga,” a news feature in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, told that, “Mr. and Mrs. Stringfellow of Blowing Rock made last Winter a tour of Asia. They took into their itinerary Japan, a country renowned for blossoms and flowers. They are reported as now saying they have seen more and finer flowers in Watauga County than they saw in all Japan.” The feature, bearing a byline which indicated that it was reprinted from a much larger regional newspaper, the Charlotte Observer, told that the Blowing Rock couple “saw the celebrated cherry blossom festival in Japan and are reported as having said that this festival display of blossoms does not compare with the splendor of Mrs. Cone’s apple orchard of 40,000 trees when in full bloom on their mountainside amphitheater in the Spring.” The Stringfellows were cited as “authorities on flowers,” with a note that “(t)heir home near Blowing Rock is embowered in a splendid show of flowers of their own raising.”

November 11, 1954

“Cops Get It, Too,” reported an article under a dateline of “San Diego, Calif.” which stated that, “(w)hen a truck loaded with roofing nails hit an embankment and overturned on a freeway, nails were scattered everywhere. Before officers, aided by volunteers, could sweep up the 19 kegs of nails, about 50 motorists got punctures, including one police car which had all four tires flattened.”

A brief notice stated that, “(a)ccording to the Department of Agriculture, 80 per cent of the nation’s commercial farms are family-size, and they produce 75 per cent of all farm products sold.”

A sports news feature authored by Larry Klutz, “Blue Devils In 34-0 Victory Over Crossnore Team,” reported that “(t)he Appalachian Blue Devils continued their unbeaten skein by trouncing the Crossnore Highlanders at college field last Friday night by a score of 34-0.” The teams mentioned were representatives of local high schools, the Blue Devils appellation referring to the team of the high school located on the campus of the Appalachian State Teachers College – one of five high schools in Watauga County at the time. Reported Klutz, the “undefeated Blue Devils have won 9 games this year. They go against Millers Creek Friday night in their last game of the season.”

November 8, 1973

“Booze Is Barred; No Pun Intended,” a banner front-page headline in this week’s newspaper, introduced the news that, “(l)iquor by the fifth and by brownbag remains, but the hope of North Carolina’s liquor-by-the-drink forces was smashed early Tuesday night as election results began pouring in to (the) board of elections.” According to the story, in “Watauga County LBTD (liquor by the drink) netted only 1.357 pro-votes while the noes (sic) totaled 5,131 in the balloting to be officially canvassed here Thursday morning.” Early reports relayed in the newspaper indicated that in this statewide referendum, “only five North Carolina counties were carried by LBTD supporters.” Said the write-up, “election-watchers were quick to point out in the aftermath of the news that the liquor issue was not solely a rural-urban battle,” noting that “(m)any an urban and resort-oriented county fell before the opposition (to legalizing liquor by the drink), with Moore, Forsyth, Dare and Durham among their numbers.”

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