“Miss Boone Drug Store,” a partially-damaged photograph with a handwritten inscription on the back dating its origins as “possibly 1950s,” portrays (according to the caption), “I.G. Greer (left), Bette Swain Gabriel, James Marsh (right).” Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
August 16, 1906
“Is It Your Own Hair?” began an advertisement featured prominently on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “Do you pin your hat to your own hair? Can’t do it? Haven’t enough hair? It must be you do not know Ayer’s Hair Vigor!” began the exuberant ad. “Here’s an introduction! May the acquaintance result in a heavy growth of rich, thick, glossy hair! And we know you’ll never be grey.” The notice continued with a fine-print testimonial from “Miss V. Brock, Wayland, Mich.,” which read, “I think that Ayer’s Hair Vigor is the most wonderful hair grower that was ever made. I have used it for some time and I can truthfully say that I am greatly pleased with it. I cheerfully recommend it as a splendid preparation.”
August 16, 1934
“TVA Cannery has Run for 3 Weeks; Prices are rising,” a bold headline this week, introduced an article which reported that, “[t]he Tennessee Valley Authority’s cannery at Cranberry, operated under the Carolina Mountain Co-operatives, is now running at full blast three weeks after its establishment, and information coming from Mr. L.W. Arthur is to the effect that prices being paid are advancing, especially as regards blackberries, which have been bought in huge quantities from pickers in Watauga County.” In addition to buying from local growers, the operation had a “Custom Canning” service. “A section of the cannery has been set apart for custom canning, and products may be brought there and canned for a small charge. The cost of the canning including the can is 3 ¼ cents for No. 2 cans and 9 ½ cents for the gallon tins.” Warned the article, “[n]o products will be accepted at the cannery without permits from the cannery superintendent.”
In other local news, it was reported this week that, “the sanitary privy project on a county wide scale has been reinstated and the local relief office asks all those in need of this improvement to immediately file their application at the office in the courthouse so that details of construction may proceed.” Sanitary outhouses were to be provided for only the cost of materials, with labor “to be furnished through relief channels,” in the hope that “under the new arrangement the sanitary condition of the county in this respect may be made 100 per cent perfect.”
August 18, 1955
“Winners Are Selected At Boone Flower Show,” announced a heading this week, capping an article by Margaret Agle. “Hundreds of people who filled the Baptist Church basement again and again last Thursday and Friday formed an enthusiastic audience for a show in which the top stars were beautiful flowers of the western Carolina mountains that were displayed in a ‘Summer Symphony’ at the annual Flower Show sponsored by four Boone clubs, the Worthwhile Women’s Club, Blue Ridge Garden Club, Junior Women’s Club, and Gardenerettes,” reported Ms. Agle’s article. Among the many awards listed in detail were “Special ‘best of the show’ awards,” which included: “Rose, Mrs. Cecil Miller; Dahlia, Mrs. G.W. Hartzog; Delphinium, Mrs. Ed Hall; Potted Plant, Mrs. Charles Show; Gladiola, Mrs. Mack Luttreli; Rose (men), Dr. Wayne Richardson; Lily, Mrs. Thomas Payne.”