“Daniel Boone Hotel.” A postcard of an unknown date capturing the facade of the former downtown Boone landmark.
Courtesy Historic Boone
April 24, 1913
“It has been alleged that among the enlisted men at the naval station in San Francisco,” reported a front-page article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, “there is a wide spread usage of cocaine. Secretary Daniels has directed investigation, made (? – sic) and says he will not wait for any red tape, or long collection of proofs.” Concluded the news notice, “(i)t simply must be eliminated.”
An item attributed to the Lexington Dispatch, which was apparently included as locally relevant, proclaimed, “(w)hat we all want is a road that is good 365 days in the year. This thing of being cut off from town, church and from your neighbors three or four months out of the year because of bad roads, is not to be borne in these days of progress.”
An advertisement for the “Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co., Box 1117, Richmond, Virginia” announced “Save Farm Labor – Make it Produce More.” The ad alleged that, “(w)ith practically the same labor, horses, mules, wagons and implements, you can produce bigger crops from the same, or less acreage. It takes no more work to raise 60 to 90 bushels of corn, or one and a half to two bales of cotton, to the acre than it takes to make ordinary yields. It is not necessary to plant a larger acreage to get a bigger yield. Simply work and cultivate the same amount of land more thoroughly. You can produce bigger crops of COTTON, CORN, TOBACCO, AND ALL CROPS with Virginia-Carolina High-Grade Fertilizers. They contain plant foods which enrich the soil, increase the yield and make farming more profitable.
April 28, 1938
“Local Hotel Receives Renovation” reported in this week’s newspaper that, “(d)uring the past week Mr. J.B. McCoy has been thoroughly renovating the Daniel Boone Hotel in preparation for the summer visitors, who will soon begin to arrive in Boone. From attic to basement the equipment, floors and walls have been renewed. In the lobby a restful color scheme of tan, white and dark brown has been carried out, while the dining room is a clean and beautiful black and white. Floors have been sanded and waxed and every wall in the hotel retouched. Outside painting has not been completed, but painters are at work on woodwork and signs every day. A new heating and water system and new kitchen ranges are being installed, and within a few days new hangings, rugs and tableware will add to the charm of this popular hostelry.” The downtown Boone landmark “popular hostelry” was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and demolished soon thereafter to make way for a condominium development.
April 27, 1944
“Crimea Become Nazi Dunkirk” reported this week that, “(t)he Crimea again occupies the historical spotlight as Red forces push the Nazis into a pocket at Sevastopol. “ A detailed map inset with the brief story explained that, “(t)his close-up reveals how German and Rumanian armies were trapped (1) when Reds reached Dzankhoi and (2) cut communications link. Meanwhile amphibious forces took over Kerch (3) and moved rapidly towards Feodosiya and Simferopol. Nazis made desperate attempts to evacuate by boat as Russia moved swiftly to check this means of escape.” The accompanying map showed the multi-directional advances by Soviet forces which left the Axis armies pushed to the coast of the Crimean peninsula.
Advertisements from a 1912 edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper feature two products: the latest technology of ironing without a fire, and the more archaic medium of tombstones.