Another photograph depicting Boone native, the late North Carolina Governor James Holshouser, during a horseshoe competition. Appalachian State University Chancellor Herbert Wey good-naturedly shows off a bandaged leg, after the Governor’s toss apparently bounced out of the box and nicked the educator. This photograph, although bearing no date, probably was taken sometime around 1973.
Courtesy Historic Boone
July 5, 1906
“By the accidental discharge of a shot gun in the hand of Mr. Ollie Winebarger, of Meat Camp, on Saturday last, his left arm was so badly mangled that amputation was necessary near the shoulder joint,” reported a local news item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “The operation was performed on Sunday morning, and Dr. Jones told us on his return that the unfortunate young man was resting as well as could be expected,” concluded the report.
“We failed to report at the proper time,” confessed another item, “that Miss Edna, daughter of W.W. Holsclaw of Vilas, who graduated at Davenport College the last session, was elected as one of the faculty for the coming year. Although only 17 years of age, this accomplished lady will teach mathematics and Latin at the College.” The institution referred to was the Teachers College founded in Boone seven years prior, a coeducational teacher training college which is now Appalachian State University.
July 5, 1934
“Hartzog in Full Charge of Local Post Office Fri.,” a front-page headline in this week’s edition of the newspaper, reported that, “Wiley G. Hartzog, prominent local building contractor and for a long period of years a leading school teacher of this section, has been commissioned as postmaster at Boone and will assume full charge of the office Friday morning.” The news story reported that during the prior week the new appointee had been “engaged in making the necessary check-ups incidental to the transfer of records from former Postmaster A.W. Smith and familiarizing himself with the duties of his new position.” Political considerations seem to have played a major role in the selection process, as the newspaper reported that Mr. Hartzog “has been known for many years as one of the leading Democrats of this section, and is the first incumbent of that political faith since John E. Brown retired from the postmastership during the administration of Warren G. Harding.” The outgoing postmaster was related to be “retiring after six and one-half years, during which time he has frequently been lauded for his painstaking service to the public.”
“New Cream Route Now in Prospect” reported that, “(a) cream route through Watauga County, as a feeder for the Biltmore Dairies, Asheville, may be established within a short time, according to Mr. J.M. Lynch Jr., who was in the community this week looking over the situation.” The planned route would allow the dairy company to expand its operations in “supplying dairy products for Linville’s summer camps,” and the report noted that “connections may be established at Blowing Rock.” The Biltmore Dairies company was “in dire need at this time of an increased supply of cream and that Watauga County farmers may find a profitable market.”
July 5, 1962
“Alexander takes Issue With High Court For Banning Prayer,” a front-page headline this week, reported from that, “Congressman Hugh Alexander stated from his office June 28 that he was shocked to learn that the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday of last week banning prayer in public schools.” The Representative was quoted as saying that the decision was “’dangerous in its implications and may well have the effect of abolishing chaplains in our Armed Forces, preventing prayer in the Congress, and could even preclude the President of the United States from putting his hand on the Bible when he takes the Oath of Office.” Hugh Quincy Alexander was a Democrat who represented North Carolina’s 9th District from 1953 to 1963.