The Week of Sunday, May 5th, 2013.

daguerreotypes child 2

This photograph of a child, posed on a stool and in a formal dress, seems to be of the Daguerreotype or of a similar early photographic form. No information accompanies the image to indicate the date or the identity of the young subject.

Courtesy Historic Boone

May 2, 1912

News items relating to the sinking of the Titanic sea liner were prominently featured in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “Senator Simmons has been appointed a member of the Senate committee which is investigating the greatest marine tragedy in the world’s history, the sinking of the Titanic,” according to one brief notice. Reported another item, “(h)oping that Maj. Archibald Butt’s body would be among those recovered and brought to Halifax from the scene of the Titanic disaster, President Taft has sent an officer to Halifax to watch the bodies brought.” Major Archibald Willingham Butt was a native of Augusta, Georgia, and served as personal aid to two Presidents (Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft), and his funeral was attended by some 1500 mourners. His body was not recovered, however.

In other international news, “(t)he missionaries of the associate Reformed Presbyterian church South, laboring in Mexico have been wired to return at once to the United States. There are twelve missionaries of this denomination there and some of them have been working in that field for twenty five years. Their lives are now in danger due to the Mexican trouble.” The “Mexican trouble” referred to was the upheavals of the Mexican Revolution, then in its second year.

May 5, 1938

“New Bus Service to Wilmingt’n (sic) to Start Saturday,” a bold front-page headline this week, bore a subheading which read, “Big Celebration Will Feature Linking of Mountains and Sea by Direct Bus Service; Many Visitors Expected from Eastern Carolina.” The body of the article elaborated that, “Hon. Stanley Winborne, state utilities commissioner, will be the principal speaker at the college auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the people from Watauga and adjoining counties will meet with a large delegation from Piedmont and Eastern Carolina in celebration of the opening of through bus service from Boone to Wilmington, which starts Saturday.”

“All-Day Parking Now Prohibited: Mayor Asks Business Men to Aid in Providing Space for Cars of Shoppers, Tourists” reported in this edition of 75 years ago that, “(t)here is to be no more all-day parking of autos on the streets of Boone, according to an announcement made by Mayor W.H. Gragg the first of the week, who points out that business men and their employees are using such a great amount of space in the congested area that it is well nigh impossible for people from the country to find room for their cars while they attend to their shopping.” The town’s solution to the pressures of limited parking in Downtown Boone was for Mayor Gragg to “insist that the business people co-operate in providing space for their customers’ cars by parking their autos in the back lots and on side streets. This, he believes, would greatly relieve the crowded condition that now prevails.”

“Book By Local Man To Be Out By June” reported that, “’Testing Time,’ a stirring romance of the Civil War, written by David P. Allison of Boone, has been accepted for publication by Eerdman & Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., and will be on sale by the first of June.” According to the newspaper report, “(t)his is the second volume by Mr. Allison to be accepted by the publishers in the last six months. ‘Greater Love Hath No Man’ came out in December and has enjoyed a splendid sale, it is said.”

Valle Crucis Wagon Shop 1912 ad

An advertisement from a May 1912 edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina.

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