Former North Carolina Governor James Holshouser (1934-2013) is shown here engaged in a horseshoe competition at the site of the Watauga County Farmer’s Market during its dedication. Prominent businessman and community leader Alfred Adams is shown also in this shot by George Flowers, noted Boone photographer.
Courtesy Historic Boone
June 26, 1913
A feature with the attribution “By a Visitor” began, “’Rah for ‘Boone’ the Beautiful.’ Boone is justly proud of being the highest county seat east of the Rockies.” The visiting columnist provided a detailed description of scenic points around Boone, noting that, “(s)ome of us do not know half of the fine things we possess, but Sampson’s chimney is one of them! Sampson’s chimney is only a few score feet from the summit of Howard’s Knob; but many of our visitors tramp to the latter place without realizing their proximity to this remarkable rock feature.” Encouraged the author, “(s)how them the way!” The writer also noted that, “(w)hen the railroad reaches Todd next summer, Boone’s people will be there to meet it with a trolley line operated by hydro-electric power obtained from New River. Fare 10 cents for the round trip! Mark this prediction!”
A brief proverb printed in this week’s newspaper noted, “(t)he man into whose head one has to hammer everything even then seldom gains knowledge by the pound” – an apparent reference to the sizing of nails by “pennyweight”.
July 1, 1943
“19 Negroes (sic) Are Called In Draft,” a bold headline with the subheading “Colored (sic) Residents Report For Induction Under Selective Service Act,” reported in this week’s Watauga Democrat that, “(t)he following local negroes (sic) have reported for induction into the military forces of the nation, in accordance with the terms of the Selective Service Act: Will D. Folk, George Washington Grimes, James Edward Folk, David Alvin Thompson, Robert Ray Moore, David Franklin Whittington, Charles Paul Grimes, Dell Anderson, Sam Horton Jr., Lee Whittington, John Henry Whittington, Henry Clay Folk, Henderson Edward Horton, Robert Junior Hagler, Jay William Grimes, James McQueen, Charles Benjamin Thompson, Ottie Milton Folk, (and) Peter Cline Banner.” The beginning of military service in World War II by these Wataugans came at a point in World War II when African Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces were serving heroically and with distinction, eventually serving in the Marine Corps, the Navy, the 761st Tank Battalion and the famed “Tuskegee Airmen,” as well as in the U.S. Army, although often discriminated against and usually (according to official policy and Federal law during the course of the war) segregated from white troops.
A headline this week announced in bold type, “Strange Disease Kills Cabbage Locally.” According to the text of the story, “(f)armers in this immediate section have lost large quantities of cabbage plants this summer it was learned Monday, to a new plant disease which it is said acts in a similar way to the blue mold, which annually destroys so many tobacco plant beds.” Experts at “State College” had received sample plants for analysis, in hopes of finding a remedy to this agricultural blight.
“Coffee Ration Raised to Pound Every Three Weeks,” reported another story in the same edition of the local paper. “Starting July 1 the coffee ration will be a pond (sic) every three weeks – the most liberal rate yet and twice as much as (ration) coupons were worth for a time last winter.” Explained the story, “(t)he present ration is a pound every 30 days, under stamp No. 24 which expires June 30th. Stamp No. 21 will be good for a pound between July 1 and July 21; No. 22 will be good for a pound between July 22 and August 11.”