The Week of Sunday, June 23rd, 2013.

R.D. Hodges Jr and David F Greene Jr 1.10.2

“R.D. Hodges, Jr. and David F. Greene, Jr. House in background is E.N. Hawn home moved to Howard St. – they are standing where First Union bank is. Taken 1935. Appalachian Theater was built on the Hawn property in 1936 by W.R. Winkler & the parking lot of First Union was (the) location of Greene Inn,” according to the typewritten caption affixed to this photograph. The properties mentioned are located in a central block of Boone’s historic Downtown, with the Appalachian Theater mentioned currently undergoing renovation, and the First Union bank building now housing the offices of the Town of Boone.

June 27, 1912

An item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat which was attributed in a byline to the “Gazette News” read, “(a)n Atlanta girl eloped in an automobile given her as a betrothal present by another man whom she jilted.” Concluded the notice, “(s)uch is life.”

“Red elbows, says the Evening News,” according to another feature this week, “are happily a thorn which may be removed.” The piece recommended a harsh treatment for the affliction: “Saw off the red elbows, soak them in a bleaching mixture of unslacked lime, steep them in carbolic acid, and they will never trouble you again.” The ending of this (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek recommendation stated, “cold feet may be treated similarly.”

June 24, 1943

“Bird Sanctuary Markers Are Erected On Saturday,” a front-page headline this week, introduced a story beginning, “(t)he markers, designating this city as a bird sanctuary were erected and dedication ceremonies held at the intersection of Gragg and Water Streets Saturday. Mrs. J.A.W. Davis, bird club president, acted as the mistress of ceremonies.” According to the article, “Mrs. W. Hall Smith spoke of club plans for a junior bird club in each county during the coming winter, and it was stated that the bird houses that were left after the contest will be placed within the sanctuary by the Boy Scouts.” During the ceremonies, “Ex-Mayor W.H. Gragg, spoke briefly, reminding his hearers that the Heavenly Father took notice of the hairs on our heads and noted likewise the small sparrow,” and “Mrs. W.M. Burrell, the chairman of the bird sanctuary committee read Longfellow’s definition of ‘A Bird’ and concluded with Hurdis’ ‘The Nest.’”

In other news of the week, “American Planes Set Rubber Plant Aflame,” with a dateline of just two days earlier – “London, June 22” – relayed that, “(r)ounding out devastating, round-the-clock blows for the first time into the German Ruhr – heart of Nazi war production – American flying fortresses set a square miles of fires roaring through the German synthetic rubber town of Huls today soon after the RAF had blasted the important steel town of Klefeld with perhaps 2,000 of bombs.”

“County Library To Widen Scope Of Service,” another headline this week, introduced a notice telling that, “(t)he Library Board met Friday afternoon and it was decided to establish stations at various points in the county, in order to provide library facilities for the people who are unable to come to Boone.” Said the report, “(t)he places and dates on which this service will be inaugurated will be announced later.”

June 25, 1970

“Wagon Train Parade to Have 75 Vehicles: To Feast At Triplett Tonight; Deep Gap Firemen To Serve Food” was the lead headline in this week’s edition, detailing progress of the then-annual Wagon Train procession from Wilkes County to Boone. “Twelve hundred pounds of country ham, six bushels of potato salad, 400 pounds of cole slaw and 300 pounds of tomatoes are being prepared for the big feed at Triplett when the Daniel Boone Wagon Train camps there Thursday night,” reported the feature story. Estimates given to the newspaper by “Fred McNeil, manager of the Boone C of C (Chamber of Commerce)” were that the 1970 Wagon Train included “45 to 50 wagons and some 150 horseback riders” according to the latest figures, although earlier numbers were “75 wagons and 200 horseback riders.” The dining arrangements (called the “Boone feed” in the write-up) were in the hands of “the Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department, which is famous in the area for its fund-raising dinners.”

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