The Week of Sunday, December 2, 2012

“Better access to Boone at the June 4, 1952, Lenoir Road opening ceremonies. It was a shirt-sleeve-hot day, and those fedoras came in mighty handy for the gentleman in the crowd,” reads a typewritten description affixed to this photograph. Photo by Palmer Blair Photo, courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

December 3, 1903

“Four students of Norwich University, three of whom are working their way thro’ (sic) college, during the last three months of the college year saved an even $30 each by deserting their fraternity ‘hash-house’ and living on peanuts,” reported a front page feature in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, which was attributed to the New Haven Chronicle. “Every one of the quartet is in better health than when he started on the strange diet,” according to the brief article.

December 8, 1921

“A Big Job and a Worthy One, says the Lenoir News-Topic,” began an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “The Boone-Blowing Rock Charlotte Highway Association, organized here a few days ago, has picked out a big job as its purpose. But it has picked a job that is eminently worthy and one that would come of its own necessity in the course of time. This association would bring it much quicker. A hard surfaced road from Boone to Charlotte has been a thing dreamed of in the past. Today it is a thing that is being worked for, and a definite plan is being laid out for carrying out this work to an early realization,” reported the news feature. According to the story, although “(t)he State has only recently begun to realize the importance of the ‘Lost Provinces,’ as a part of North Carolina,” there was at that time “a growing feeling among the people of the State that the counties west of the Blue Ridge should be reached.” Among specifics of action to be taken by the local committee, it was reported that “Mr. George F. Lyerly’s suggestion that by advancing the State funds on a three-year term, as has been done by other counties in the State, the entire project from Hickory to Boone could be arranged for ‘and the road to the top of the mountain be reached by 1922’.”

December 3, 1959

“Progress Report Given: ASC Spends 3 Million in Watauga” reported on this day that, “(m)ore than three million dollars have been spent on the farms of Watauga County in carrying out practices under the Agricultural Conservation Program since its inception in 1936.” According to details in the article, “(a)t that time the  Congress authorized the program of soil building practices and soil and water conserving practices to carry into effect the preservation and improvement of soil fertility; the promotion of the economic use and conservation of land, the diminution of exploitation and wasteful use of national resources, and the protection of rivers and harbors  against the results of soil erosion in maintaining the navigability of waters and water covers and in aid of flood control.” On the local level, and in a specific range of more recent years, the newspaper relayed that, “(a)ccording to M.I. Shepherd, County Office Manager a general idea of how funds have been used for the past five years 1954 through 1959” included “Government assistance in practice cost-sharing” which “amounted to $436,823 on 36,293 acres,” and gave specific data that, among other projects and expenditures,   “of this amount $79,808 was given to farmers for limestone and $215,883 for fertilizer,$70,386 was paid for establishing 3,077 acres of vegetative cover; $75,659 was expended for a vegetative cover in increased rotation acreage; $25,698 was spent for liming 4,418 acres of farmland , (and) 139 acres of trees were planted with a payment of $1,598.” The article concluded by reiterating that, “(a)s has been stated from time to time, ‘the primary objective of this program is the protection of the public’s interested (sic) in the nation’s soil and water resources,’” and asserted that, “(g)radually but surely this is being accomplished in Watauga County and the County Committee is looking forward to greater participation in 1960.”


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