“Baird House, Valle Crucis”. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
March 14, 1912
“Mr. Roger Hall, says the Lenoir News, arrived home this week,” according to an article in this week’s Watauga Democrat, “and his many friends will be glad to learn he is rapidly recovering from the injuries he received recently in an explosion in the DuPont Powder works where he has been employed.”
March 18, 1926
The “Local Happenings” section in this week’s newspaper included a notice that, “Mr. Joe Winkler of Blowing Rock who with his wife, spent the most of the winter in Florida, returned the first of the week. He was in town Tuesday and predicted an overflow of Florida visitors in Blowing Rock and Boone this summer.”
In other local news, “(t)he new Episcopal church at Valle Crucis, built of stone, is nearing completion. The Preas Company of Johnson City, has put in the plumbing and heating, and the Ayers Bros. of Boone have been awarded the contract for the electrical work. This house of worship will be one of the most beautiful in this section.”
“Wesley Reynolds Again In The Toils” was the headline to a news item which told that, “Sheriff Farthing returned from High Grove, West Virginia last Tuesday, bringing with him one Wesley Randall (Reynolds) of Elk township, this county, who is wanted here under a number of indictments. Coy Triplett of Elk, who had signed Reynolds’ bonds to the amount of $700, accompanied the Sheriff and the arrest was made without any trouble.” Reynolds, who was “residing at the Boone jail,” was, said the article, “an old offender, and his name has been on the dockets of the Watauga courts for a number of years.”
March 15, 1945
News of the war front in Western Europe dominated much of the news in the issue, with many members of the military forces from Watauga County who were then serving in the conflict featuring prominently in the coverage. “Soldier Is Killed, Brother In France,” a headline with two photographs, reported that, “James Ralph Moody… son of Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Moody, of Reese, who was killed in action on November 23 in France, and in whose honor a memorial service will be held at the Beaver Dam Baptist church on Sunday, March 18, at 2:30 o’clock by Rev. W.D. Ashley. The American Legion will participate in the service for the deceased man, who was a model citizen of his community, and the general public is invited.” The second photograph depicted “Pvt. Ralph Moody, a brother of the slain man,” who “entered the service Jan. 14, 1944 and was trained at Camp Blanding, Fla. He has been in France since November.”
In other military-related news, the paper related that, “(t)wo Watauga county women, Miss Doris Walker, of Boone, and Miss Mary Joe Bledsoe, of Todd, leave Thursday for Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where they will enter upon their training in the Women’s Army Corps. They will be members of the Governor Vance platoon, composed of 15 girls from Western Carolina, and will remain together until assigned as medical technicians in the WAC.”
Materials for this column are drawn from the microfilm archives of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, available at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone.