This photograph, with no accompanying caption, seems to be a depiction of the Wagon Train from Wilkes County to Boone, with wagons and mounted riders traveling over a modern highway. The Wagon Train was an annual event in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society
July 19, 1906
“If a man brings his market value, the purchaser gets his money’s worth,” began an article entitled “On Values” in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “We were thinking about this as we sat at the teacher’s Assembly,” continued the feature. “The teachers of North Carolina are the most praised and the least paid in the State – next to them and close to them are the preachers. There is a driving call to preach and the preachers can’t help themselves except by going elsewhere. There is a driving call to teach. And the consequence is that despite all our efforts, we are on the point of losing ground. You cannot expect to have good teachers at $100, or $500 a year. They will marry first!” After considering this potential loss of quality educators to matrimony, the author urged, “[b]ut this is not the vital point. The vital point is that you cannot expect good teachers on low wages. A man, or woman, will bring his or her market value. Strong men and women will leave the school. Education is not a thing of the machine. A school [is] not an automatic affair which will turn out great men by merely going through the routine. And little teachers make little men.” The article, attributed as having originally appeared in the Biblical Recorder, went on to quote former North Carolina Governor [Charles Brantley] Aycock (served 1901-1905), who reportedly said that, “the child crop in North Carolina is the great crop,” and continued the analogy by calling for a tending of not only the crop of children, but also of cultivating “great men.” Concluded this article, “[I]f we paid teachers twice as much as we pay them, we should have twenty times as many strong citizens as we have.” The Biblical Recorder is still in existence today, a news publication by North Carolina Baptists which dates back to 1833.
July 19, 1934
“Deposits Being Taken At Bank: Checks Are Again Drawn on Special Accounts at Watauga County Bank. Depositors Hasten to Meet Government Requirements,” announced a lengthy and prominent headline in this week’s edition, nearly five years into the crisis of the Great Depression. “A number of people are again making regular deposits at the Watauga County Bank and paying their bills by check on the local institution closed since March 6, 1933, according to information gained from officials the first of the week. These deposits, it is explained, are handled through special trust accounts, established for the convenience of the general public, and are not to be confused in any way with the deposits on record at the time of the bank’s closing.” The news item included details indicating that the local bank’s “[o]fficials have been busy the past few days gaining the approval of checking depositors in regard to the new regulation of the Federal government, requiring that all classes of accounts share alike in the distribution of dividends,” and that this process was been greeted by bank members with “uniform approval.” More checking account holders were adding their signatures daily to this agreement, according to the story, which concluded by emphasizing that “it is necessary to have 100 per cent agreement in order to meet the requirements of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,” which had been established in 1933 to provide some guarantee of the safety of U.S. bank depositors’ accounts.