September 26, 1918
“Reverse the Law,” a headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced a news article relating that the “Lenoir Topic reports that a recent automobile collision on the Blowing Rock turnpike, in which ‘it was fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured,’ was caused by ‘blinding headlights.” Opined the article’s author, “(p)erhaps if the next legislature would ‘pass a law’ requiring all automobile drivers to use the brightest and most glaring makes of headlights procurable, the State might automatically drop into an era of dull-lighted automobiles on the streets and highways.” This curious remedy was recommended because, “(s)o religiously are the automobile laws in North Carolina towns and on North Carolina highways disregarded,” in the view of the writer, “that we have about come to the conclusion it is mainly out of a stubborn disposition to do what the law says one shall not…”
A feature under the heading “Hear Our President,” with a dateline of “The White House, Washington,” began, “(a)gain the Government comes to the people of the country with a request that they lend their money, and lend it upon a more liberal scale than ever before, in order that the great war for the rights of America and the liberation of the world may be prosecuted with ever increasing vigor to a victorious conclusion.” The article , bearing the attribution to then-President Woodrow Wilson, continued, “and it makes the appeal with the greatest confidence because it knows that every day it is becoming clear to thinking men throughout the nation that the winning of the war is an essential investment.” The President’s message also asserted that, “(m)en in America, besides, have from the first until now dedicated both their lives and their fortunes to the vindication and maintenence (sic) of the great principles and objects for which our Government was set up.” Wilson’s missive concluded, “They will not fail to sow the world for what their wealth was intended.” The surrender of the first of the Central Powers to capitulate at the end of World War I (Bulgaria) followed just three days after the publication of this edition of the newspaper.
September 28, 1939
“Wade E. Brown is New City Attorney,” announced a brief article on this week’s front page. “Wade E. Brown, Boone lawyer, has been named an attorney for the town of Boone, following the resignation of Mr. Archie Qualls, who accepted a position in Charlotte. The appointment of Mr. Brown to this position was announced on Tuesday.”
“Burley Market Chartered As Plans Proceed Towards Erection of Warehouses,” a feature article in this week’s paper, announced that “(a) charter was issued Monday by Secretary of State Thad Eure for the Mountain Burley Warehouse of Boone, which is to operate warehouses for the sale of burley tobacco under a $50,000 authorized capital, the intention of the corporation being to have the local business in operation for the opening of the season on December 6.” Details of plans for the creation of a physical plant for the new business enterprise included the information that “an architect was engaged to make blueprints of the proposed tobacco market, and bids from contractors are being asked for the construction of the buildings.”