This 1957 greeting card was left by High County mail carrier Addie Clawson in the mailbox of a postal customer. The reverse side bears the greeting “May You Have a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year,” as well as a list of special postal rates for the upcoming year. “Special Delivery” service (“First Class and Air Mail”) for items not more than 2 pounds in weight was listed as thirty cents.
Courtesy Historic Boone
December 24, 1903
An article reprinted from the Charlotte News in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat reported, “(a) well posted gentleman of this city, stated today that over 80 per cent of the cotton in this section had been sold. There is very little cotton in the warehouses and not much remaining in the country. The farmers who have cotton unsold are jubilant over the high price being received but the jump came too late to benefit them very much.”
A much shorter, and more enigmatic, item of agricultural news relayed from the Queen City told briefly, “Charlotte is waning in the throes of a pumpkin famine, according to the Chronicle.”
Short pieces of counsel included on the front page advised, “(o)nly those get to heaven who help others get there,” and, “(s)ome rules work both ways, and some others won’t work either way.”
A feature listing the various “Wonders of the World,” ancient, modern, and natural, listed these features as comprising the seven wonders of the New World: “(t)he Brooklyn bridge, the underground railroad, including tunnels to Jersy (sic) City and Brooklyn, the Washington monument, the Capitol at Washington, with its dome weighing eight million pounds, the modern steel sky scraper, the Echo Mountain searchlight of 375,000,000 candle power and the United States Steel Corporation.”
December 22, 1921
“No Paper Next Week” told the readership of the Watauga Democrat this week that, “(a)ccording to our time-honored custom the Democrat will not make its usual appearance next Thursday morning, for we feel that as we near the end of another laborious year, we are entitled to share of the festivities of the joyous Christmas season.” The editorship took the opportunity in print to “thank our multitude of friends for their loyal support during the past year, as well as the thirty-one preceeding (sic) years.”
In news of the day, “Training School News” included the report that a “recital was given by the Music Department in the School auditorium on Monday evening which was very much enjoyed by those present. The programme consisted of both vocal and instrumental selection (sic) all of which were good, some of the instrumental being especially good, showing musical talent of no ordinary character on the part of student and skill on the part of teacher. The choruses by the Chorus Class were very much enjoyed.”
December 24, 1959
“Stores Close For Christmas,” announced a headline this week, which reported that, “Boone merchants will close their stores Friday for an extended Christmas holiday, according to statements by leading store owners and managers along the town’s King Street.” The public was advised that, “(m)any of the town’s service establishments, such as laundries, dry cleaning plants, photo studios, and so forth, will observe the extended holiday,” but told that “druggists said their stores would close for the 25th only, and dime store operators are observing Christmas Day only.” Christmas Day fell on a Friday in 1959. Those observing a long holiday planned to reopen on Monday the 28th of December.