The Week of Sunday, April 7th, 2013.

Historic Boone Faculty House

Photo caption:

One of the stone “faculty houses” built around 1940 by Appalachian State University for faculty members and their families relocating to Boone from other areas. Although the row of such houses has been demolished, the housing still gives its name to the small side street known as “Faculty Street,” near the Holmes Convocation Center.

Courtesy Historic Boone

April 7, 1907

The column “Sweet Water Items,” attributed to a “Smith Hagaman,” reported on this day, “(p)lowing has been almost entirely suspended owing to the continued dry weather, which is a very unusual thing for March.” This notice continued, however, that “(t)he ground is now saturated by the melting of the biggest snow of the season.” Other Sweet Water news reported by Hagaman included the notice that, “I have just returned from the Baptist Sunday School Convention which was held with Timber Ridge church. The convention was right well attended and royally entertained. By the way, there is no section of our country that has a better, more progressive and public spirited citizenship than Timbered (sic) Ridge, and more genuine hospitality is not to be found anywhere.”

“Sugar Grove News” in the same week’s edition told that, “Mrs. Lily McBride, nee Mast, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Mast, for some time will leave soon for her new home in Mexico.”

April 4, 1929

“Dougherty and the School Bill,” a headline in this edition with a byline reading “Raleigh, special of March 29 to Greensboro Daily News”, reported that, “President B.B. Dougherty, of the Appalachian Teachers College, is not the author of the new school bill, universal as the tradition has become in two weeks, but he is the author of sections 15 and 10 which make the law existing regarding salary schedules of teachers and superintendents, he told the Daily News bureau today. And he believes he should be crowned with bays rather than pelted with bad eggs.” The educator and co-founder of the institution which would become Appalachian State University was said to have “disclos(ed) the daddyship of that bill,” which had “many fathers,” naming the contribution of several prominent North Carolinians of the day.  “Mr. Dougherty,” reported the article, “talked more today than he ever did. He says he would be very proud to be the author of the bill because he would have the satisfaction of making law in 1929 what had been hitherto the fiat of school men in the state. For two years, at least, the teachers are protected by statute from any changes in salaries.”

April 1, 1943

“Overflow Group Campers is Seen in Yonahlossee,” a bold headline this week, reported that, “Dr. and Mrs. A.P. Kephart, owners of Camp Yonahlossee have just returned to the county, after a ten weeks promotion tour through the southeast,” while also noting that this tour was briefer than the couple’s usual tour for the purpose, “(b)ecause of rationing and because travel appears not to be necessary.” For these causes, “they will handle all of their work from now on in correspondence.” The camp for girls was said to have, in the prior year, taken 25 more campers than the 100 previously admitted. Campers for the 1943 summer were to come from “North Carolina (the majority), South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.” The camp was noted to have added “a number of marked improvements,” including “a new six room crafts house, an enlargement of the kitchen and an addition of an electric dish washing machine, and the building of much stone wall.”

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