The Week of Sunday, June 2nd, 2013.

Outside Building and Loan 1.13.2

“Outside Building and Loan,” the caption to a photograph with no further identifying information, seems to picture the exterior of the Watauga Building and Loan Association building (formerly on King Street in Downtown Boone) and co-founder Watt Gragg (also a mayor of Boone and a U.S. Federal Marshall) talking with a citizen or customer.

Courtesy the archives of the Historic Boone society

June 6, 1912

“Ends Hunt For A Rich Girl,” was a heading in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper above an item of advertising masquerading as a news item. “Often a hunt for a rich wife ends when the man meets a woman that uses Electric Bitters,” opened the pitch. “Her strong nerves tell in a bright brain and an even temper. Her peach bloom complexion and ruby lips result from her pure blood; her bright eyes from restful sleep; her elastic step from firm, free muscles, all telling of the health and strength Electric Bitters give a woman, and the freedom from indigestion, backache, headache, fainting and dizzy spells they promote.” Concluded the cure-all ad, “(e)verywhere they are a woman’s favorite remedy. If weak or ailing try them. 50¢ at all druggists.”

A brief item simply signed “-Ex.” (apparently the mark of the Editor) asserted on the same front page, “Our past life is not past; it lives in at least two ways: ‘In due season we shall reap.’ Heaven lies hidden in our daily deed, even as the oak with all its centuries of growth and all its supreme glory lies in the acorn cup.”

June 3, 1943

“War Production Board Urges Farmers to Make Their Pulpwood Available At Once,” a bold headline of wartime news, introduced an article beginning, “(n)eed for pulpwood in war materials, greater than any needs ever placed on the products of our forests, have reached a point that Donald Nelson, Head of the War Production Board, has issued another appeal to farmers and forest owners to make their pulpwood available without delay, states State Forester J.S. Holmes.” The pulpwood was needed for “making explosive plastics, paper, carton board, and many other things which the vast war machine needs in enormous quantities,” according to the article. The State Forestry agent noted that “usually it (a pulpwood source) should be marked out by trained foresters and these are available in the six main districts and from state headquarters.” Wataugans with trees on their property were encouraged to “report their supply to the county agent, or extension forester, or to Mr. Holmes’ office in Raleigh,” in order that trained personnel could “promptly mark off the trees so that retimbering will be speeded up and new crops will be helped” when trees were cut for the war effort.

June 4, 1970

“Watauga Tax Rate Set at $1 in New Budget,” with subheadings announcing “Based On $80 Million Valuation” and “Adoption Is Set for July 6th,” introduced a front-page item this week. “The Board of County Commissioners Monday night arrived at a proposed budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971,” opened the local government news story. The new tax rate “reflect(ed) a decrease of 10 cents (from $1.10 to $1) per $100 valuation” of property owned by Wataugans. The tax based had widened considerably, with attribution being given by Tax Supervisor James C. Lyons to “’the development of farm land into building lots,’ the growth of resort areas, addition of summer homes and expansion of year-round homes and businesses,” which accounted for $11 million in new property on top of the $69 million in total taxable property during the fiscal year during which this article was written.

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  1. Love these pics of downtown Boone as I try to imagine and see the town through my mother’s eyes. By any chance, are there any of the old Watauga Democrat office on file? I would treasure one of those. Thank you for publishing these articles; I look forward to them every week


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