“This 1960s town entrance sign stood west of Boone on U.S. 421 right in front of the old Lovill home,” reads the caption affixed to this photograph.
Courtesy Historic Boone
December 17, 1903
“Blunders are sometimes very expensive,” began a small advertisement in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “Occasionally life itself is the price of a mistake, but you’ll never be wrong if you take Dr. King’s New Life Pills for Dyspepsia, Dizziness, Headache, Liver or Bowel troubles. They are gentle yet thorough. 5c, at M.B. Blackburn’s.”
In North Carolina news of the day, it was reported that, “(t)he action of the Trinity students together with the slang of Professor Basset(t) will not be calculated (to?) swell the matriculation of that institution.” Historian John Spencer Bassett was a professor at Trinity College, the forerunner of Duke University. The “Bassett Affair” of 1903, as it became known, centered on the professor’s founding of the South Atlantic Quarterly journal with the express purpose of furthering the “literary, historical, and social development of the South.” An article in the journal by Professor Bassett, “Stirring Up the Fires of Racial Antipathy,” was a challenge to the dominant interpretation of race relations in history of journalism of the time, and praised African Americans such as Booker T. Washington. Apparently this perceived affront caused the editorship of the Watauga Democrat to predict that the college would suffer with fewer interested students. Basset offered his resignation under great pressure from the Democratic Party and media outlets in the state, but the Trinity College Board of Trustees chose to refuse the resignation in a stance for academic freedom which was later praised by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt.
December 15, 1921
“Training School News” reported on this day that, “(t)he school basket ball (sic) team played a game with Crossnore team on Monday of last week and won another victory.” Another Appalachian Training School news item was the mention that “(t)he Camp Fire Girls gave a bazaar (sic)at the new drug store on Monday of last week , one-half of the proceeds to go towards erecting a marker at Mr. Arthur’s grave and the balance for the benefit of the organization.” John Preston Arthur was the author of the 1915 book A History of Watauga County, North Carolina (with Sketches of Prominent Families). His grave stands today within the old Boone town cemetery, now enclosed inside the campus of Appalachian State University.
In another bit of collegiate news, “(o)n Saturday the chapel at the school had the rare privilege of having three of the State’s efficient men to make short talks,” reported the Democrat. “These were Prof. A.T. Allen, Director of Teacher Training, Prof. John J. Blair, of the Building Department, and Mr. G.M. Nelson, the Architect who is now drawing plans for the new Administration Building for the School.” The decade of the 1920s was one of considerable building and expansion at the college.
December 17, 1959
“Drama To Be Revised: Better Than Ever Horn Promised Next Season” reported under the subheading “More Intense Promotional Effort Slated” that, “a ‘greatly improved’ Horn in the West can be expected next year, according to information given the Executive Committee of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, in session last week discussing plans for promoting the 1960 production of the drama in Boone.” Following the historical outdoor drama’s eighth season in 1959, the newspaper reported that “several changes are planned in the script,” and that “these changes are expected to make the story move faster and be more entertaining.” Hopes were high that “persons who have seen the drama in previous years will want to see it again,” and a campaign of promoting the dramatic saga of the Revolutionary War era was planned for “all this winter.” The article reported that “folders are expected to be printed soon to help in the promotion.” The summer drama was schedule to run from “July 1 through August 28, nightly except Mondays.”