Although of an uncertain date (two separate captions affixed bear dates of 1915 and 1925, while writing on the basketball indicates “N.C. Champs ‘28”), this photograph apparently records the Appalachian Normal School basketball team from sometime in the late 1920s, including players identified as Fitzhugh Hurley, Grant Donnelly, Russell Hodges, Frank Chappell, and Walter Sullivan.
Courtesy Historic Boone
January 12, 1911
“Why Abuse Your Watch,” queried an advertisement on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. Continued the notice, “(y)ou do not run your buggy, sewing machine or other machinery till it squeaks and grinds and cuts itself to pieces. You clean and oil it often. You should be so careful with your watch. It is small and cannot squeak loud when it is dry and needs oiling. You may not know it till the watch is completely ruined and stops. Bring your watch to me and I will show you and explain the exact condition. Take care of your watch and it will last you a life time.” Concluded the ad, “(c)onsult me on watch Diseases. Yours Very Truly, S.M. Greene, Jeweler, N.C. R.F.D.”
“Main Building at Trinity College Burned” reported news from the institution which would later become Duke University. According to the story, “(t)he Washington Duke building at Trinity college burned to the ground this morning at 3 o’clock. The hundred students got out safely although many had to make use of the fire escapes only scantily attired.” The report noted that “it is not known how the fire originated but when it was discovered the whole center of the building was ablaze and fire was coming from the tower.” Despite the heroic efforts of a “Mr. H.R. Hunter of Cary,” who “rushed through the halls awaking his fellow students and (who) consequently lost his entire belongings and $50 in money”, the building was a total loss. This fact was, in part, attributed to the fact that “(t)he city firemen were helpless as the college is out of the city’s limits.”
January 8, 1942
“Watauga County Gets 56 Tires During Month” reported of wartime rationing, “Watauga county motorists will be rationed 56 tires and 47 tubes for automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and buses during the month of January, according to an announcement by the office of price administration in Washington last Thursday, and (North Carolina) Governor Broughton immediately named rationing boards for each of the state’s 100 counties to pass upon applications for the limited number of tires which will be allowed for civilian use.” A process was described in which those desiring to purchase new tires would make application to the local board. The applicant was required to “fill out an application form, go to a certified inspector, then if the inspector finds the tire unsafe, cannot be repaired or retreaded, and that a new tire is necessary, he will certify this on the application.” The local ration board was then to make a final decision, upon which, if approved, “a certificate will be granted to buy a new tire, but no more, of course, can be approved in any month than the county quota.” The public was reminded by the article that “98 percent of our rubber is imported from the far Eastern war zone,” making prioritization of the supply for military use necessary.