“Watauga Centennial: Ladies of Boone; (unknown), Margaret Councill, Margaret L. Coffey, Mrs. Ben Councill,” reads the handwritten caption on the back of this photograph, taken during the 100th anniversary of the founding of Watauga County, in 1949.
Courtesy Historic Boone
March 21, 1907
“’If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large,’” read a brief quote in this edition of the Watauga Democrat, cited simply as, “- Armenian Proverb.”
“At a recent election, Knoxville, Tenn., voted for Prohibition by a majority of 1,921 and the saloons will have to go in six months,” reported a news article of the week. “The fact that Knoxville and Bristol both are to go dry, means much for this part of North Carolina,” according to the editorial voice of the paper.
“Col. V.E. McBee, who resides on Buck Shoals, on the French Broad River near Asheville, the former house of Edgar W. Nye, has had a gassoline (sic) launch built to ply on that river,” according to another brief notice. “Brevard is the point to which it will go and it is designed to carry both passengers and freight.”
A “NOTICE” included in the newspaper this week stated, “(a)ll persons wanting good and up to date Photographic Work done at starvation prices, call at my new studio at Mabel, N.C. If interested in good work, the trip to my place of business will more than pay you, if my studio is nearer to you than some city gallery, as I can’t possibly do you as good work out doors as I can in my studio… Call, see my samples and get prices, and I am sure you will give me a trial order. Satisfaction guaranteed. A.J. CAMPBELL, Artist.”
March 21, 1920
“Legislature Ends On Its 70th Day” reported in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat that, “(a)ttended by only a handful of its members, the 1929 general assembly – longest on record – was terminated at eight o’clock Tuesday night.” According to the report, the “70-day session ended after a tedious day of waiting and uncertainty as to when struggling enrolling clerks could finish the flood of last-minute bills dumped on them.” Apparently, according to this report, a “majority of the members were headed homeward before the end. The last of important business had been disposed of Monday, and Tuesday was devoted to clearing odds and ends and the horseplay that every assembly amuses itself with in its dying hours.” This gathering of the North Carolina state legislative body had “added 1,080 new laws to the statute books,” while the previous year’s session, “its 64-day predecessor,” had “passed 1,205.”
Another news story in this edition gave some details as to the contents of a selection of the over-one thousand laws enacted by the 1929 General Assembly. The “County highway aid law” was among the legislation passed by the session, which “increases the gasoline tax from four cents a gallon to five,” according to the report, “and creates a county aid fund of approximately $3,000,000 a year to be allotted to the 100 counties of the state on a population area basis, on condition that the counties reduce their ad valorem taxes for roads by an amount equal to their quota; (it) also establishes a $500,000 equalizing fund to be disbursed by the state highway commission without regard to county or district lines.”
In “Cove Creek News Items” this week, the newspaper reported that, “(t)he play ‘All on Account of Polly,’ presented on Saturday night by the junior class was a decided success. The characters were especially well chosen and each did his or her part well. More than $60 was realized from the sale of tickets. Attention called to the notice elsewhere in this issue of the play to be given by the Mountain City high school on Friday night, March 22.”