“Appalachian May Day,” no date or further information known. Revelers celebrate spring in the High Country.
Courtesy Historic Boone
August 1, 1918
“Save the Calves,” a brief item attributed as having originally appeared in the Statesville Landmark newspaper, began, “(t)he Landmark has been asked more than once to protest against the sale of calves. The sale of young calves to the butchers – especially the shipment to the cities – has become quite an industry. The objection of course is that we need, for soil improvement and for economic betterment, to build up the cattle industry in this section, and that we can never accomplish this so long as the calves are sold and shipped away.” The article next mentioned some recent laws to prohibit the practice, but noted that these laws “applied only in certain counties.” While acknowledging that “calf owners of course proceed on the theory that one has a right to do what he wills with his own,” the anonymous author of the piece advanced the opinion that, “as a general economic principal thinking people must admit that it is wrong,” and that “the county’s citizenship will be greatly benefited if the calves generally are allowed to grow and multiply until the herds of cattle cover the hills.”
August 2, 1934
“Institute Will Train Teachers in Phys. Ed.,” a banner headline on this week’s front page, reported to Wataugans that, “(a)n institute for teachers of Physical Education and coaches in the high schools and also in the consolidated elementary schools of the State was announced the first of the week as a new opportunity at Appalachian State Teachers College.” Components of the program included “instruction… in coaching basket ball, first aid, rhythms, playground supervision and intramural activities.” According to the news article, “the only cost, according to announcement made by Eugene E. Garbee, director of Physical Education, will be a registration fee of one dollar per student.” “Classes are to be conducted,” noted the item, “by the regular college physical education staff, all of whom hold Master’s degrees or better in physical education.” Free room and board were provided for those who chose to participate.
August 5, 1943
“Polly Pitcher Day Saturday,” a bold headline this week with the sub-caption, “War Savings Event Honors the Wife of Revolutionary War Soldier,”” reported that, “The War Savings Staff in Watauga county has designated Saturday August 7 as Polly Pitcher Day, however due to the fact that the annual horse show will be held in Blowing Rock August 6th and 7th, that town has chosen August 4 as Polly Pitcher.” Details noted that, “this special War Bond promotion gets its name from the wife of a Revolutionary War hero, who carried water to the soldiers, even to the very front line.” The special emphasis on War Bonds was summarized in a statement from the “war saving staff,” in an issued statement which read: “A great deal of money is absolutely necessary to carry on a war of such great magnitude as that in which we are now engaged. The smallest sum assumes importance if multiplied by thousands, for consider that our vast armies are made up man by man. In a combined unity of man and materials lies our strength.” The observance was proclaimed approximately two years before the conclusion of World War II.