“Blair House,” reads the caption to this photograph of unknown date depicting the Henry Blair Farm Homeplace, located across from the Boone Golf Club, built circa 1844.
February 28, 1907
“The Turnpike Railway”, a news item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat reproduced, according to a parenthetical byline, from a newspaper known as the Wilkesboro Hustler, reported that, “(t)he prospects for a railway or trolley line on the Wilkesboro and Jefferson turnpike seems to be growing.” The report related that two prominent citizens, “Messrs. T.B. Finley and W.W. Barber,” had gone during that week “to Raleigh from Greensboro,” and had in mind to “ask the state legislature to pass an act empowering the State Council to dispose of, or take whatever action they may deem best of the State’s interest in the Wilkesboro and Jefferson turnpike road.” The article was optimistic about the prospects for this step being taken, and of the Governor of the State, himself, being “warmly in favor of a trolley line to develop the resources of this section.” Influencing the allure of potential nature resources, the article reported that, “recently northern capitalists have been over the blue Ridge (sic) prospecting a route and want to build a road provided that they can make the same more extensive than limited between this place (Wilkesboro) and Jefferson.” A plan mentioned was to connect this route “with the South & Western railway, under construction in McDowell county.” The news report opined that, “there is nothing that means more to Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany and Wilkes counties than the construction of this outlet for the great resources that have so long remained undeveloped.” The road or “turnpike” then in existence was said to be “of no value to the State if not completed to this extent.” Concluded the item, “(t)he people of these counties have expressed themselves many times for such a road. They want it and should have it.”
February 26, 1943
“Local Blackout Was Successful,” a bold headline with the subheading “Tuesday Night Sees Boone’s First Surprise Blackout Test,” reported in this week’s newspaper that, ”Boone experienced its first surprise blackout Tuesday evening and reports coming in from Wade E. Brown, chairman of the Civilian Defense Council, are to the effect that the citizens cooperated splendidly.” Background included in the report noted that “Boone has had other blackouts, but this was the first unannounced one.” According to the article, “most of the residents turned off their lights at 9:30 promptly when the siren sounded, but some few had to be reminded. Some trouble was experienced by Neon signs in closed stores, but with one exception these were all extinguished during the half hour of the blackout.”
February 18, 1965
“Whole Family Is Being Asked To Vote On Burley Program,” a font-page headline in this week’s edition, urged readers to “(t)ake the whole family and vote in the Thursday (Feb. 25) burley referendum,” as the Burley Referendum Committee “urges farmers to put Watauga County on the Congressional Record as having 2,500 yes votes to continue price support for tobacco grown on each family’s allotted acreage.” Watauga County was described as “the champion grower of burley tobacco,” turning over “more yield per acre of all burley growing counties.” The referendum was to provide loans for price support to each family which grew the crop within a pre-set allocation for the family’s farm size. “Any member of a family which shares in the proceeds of a tobacco crop is entitled to vote, minor children included,” noted the report.