“Appalachian Training School. Boone N.C.,” reads the simple caption on this photographic postcard, dating probably from the earliest decades of the 1900s.
July 26, 1906
“A man who will make many promises to be elected will not be careful to keep his promises after he is elected,” according to a short item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “The man who makes a private agreement with special interest(s) to get votes will betray the interest of the people to serve those interests if he is elected,” asserted this brief note from 107 years ago, originally excerpted from the News and Observer paper of Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Bowel Complain (sic) In Children,” an ad this week, asserted that, “(d)uring the summer months children are subject to disorders of the bowels which should receive special attention as soon as the first unnatural looseness of the bowels appears. The best medicine for bowel complaint is chamberlain’s colic cholera and diarrhoea (sic). Remedy as it promptly controls any unnatural looseness of the bowels. For sale by all dealers in Boone and Blowing Rock Drug Co.”
Another advertisement promising better health began, “’I am only 82 years old and don’t expect even when I get to be real old to feel that way as long as I can get Electric Bitters,’ says Mrs. E.H. Damson of Dublin, Ga. Surely there’s nothing else keeps the old as yong (sic) and makes the weak as strong as this grand tonic medicine.” Claimed the ad, “dyspepsia, torpid liver, inflamed kidneys or chronic constipation are unknown after taking Electric Bitters a reasonable time. Guaranteed by all druggist (sic) Price 50c.”
July 26, 1934
“Boone Swelters in Hottest Day,” a headline this week, capped an article which told that, “Old Sol ruled high and mighty in the heavens Monday and his scorching rays broke the six-year records at the college weather station, where Professor T.G. Wright has diligently recorded the whims of the elements year in and year out. Wright says that the 92 degrees recorded laid all his former figures in the shade, and Wataugans, unused to torrid seasons, sweltered under the blazing sun.” Continued the report, “(a)t the same time blistering heat held sway throughout the nation, and the death toll from the current siege reached the 700 mark, with little or no general relief promised by the weather bureaus.”
“Fiddlers Convention Slated for Next Week,” announced another headline in this week’s newspaper. “The Fiddlers Convention, which is annually sponsored by the Watauga Post American Legion, will be in the courthouse in Boone Friday and Saturday evenings, August 3-4, according to announcement made today by Legion officials, who state that indications point to a larger gathering than usual.” Further details in the story reported that, “(c)ash prizes are being offered in more than a dozen different competitions, and as heretofore, much interest centers in the old-time buck and wing and Charleston dancing contests. Fiddlers, banjoists and guitar players will vie with one another for first honors, the tunes of the mountain pioneers will feature the program (sic), and abundant entertainment is promised for all. On the opening night children will be admitted free with their parents.”