Mayview Manor, an elegant hotel near Blowing Rock, built in 1921, flourished as a popular tourist resort until being finally closed in 1966.
Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.
September 11, 1919
“The common people long for the end of the war,” began an item on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, “and the common people have only to exert themselves to make themselves heard.” Continued the article, “(t)he farmers forced Congress to repeal the daylight saving law after the bill had been twice vetoed by the President. A few hundred letters from a Congressman’s district will make him hesitate before voting for universal military training.” World War I had ended nearly a year before this editorial was published, and the first implementation of Daylight Savings Time as a war conservation measure during this conflict, instituted in the United States in March of 1918, was repealed when farming interests successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to repeal the measure, despite an attempted veto by President Woodrow Wilson.
An editorial feature entitle “The Narrow-minded Man” encouraged, “(w)henever you see a narrow-minded man, get out of his way. He is a miserable creature and he’ll make you miserable if you give him a chance by association. Whenever a man insists that his side of the question is the only side, write him down as an ass with a Gothic A. In this world of wickedness and woe and lemon sherbet and corn likker (sic), there are several and many side to any question… The great overshadowing sin of the world is intolerance. It belongs to the class of men who look through a knot hole and imagine that they are seeing the whole universe, but it exists and it exists everywhere.”
September 14, 1939
“Judge Winston Gives War Views,” read a headline to a story relating to international events in this week’s newspaper. “Judge Robert W. Winston of Chapel Hill, who possesses one of the state’s most brilliant minds, is spending some time in Boone, and on a visit to the office of the local newspaper Saturday, referred to the ‘cash and carry’ policy in connection with the government’s policy of neutrality as a snare and a subterfuge, and a certain avenue to another war,” according to the article. Winston was reported to have “said that the cash and carry method would result in America’s furnishing food and munitions of war to England and France, and thus make of this country their storehouse and arsenal.” The Chapel Hill intellectual alleged that,”‘ under this proposal… Germany and Russia, which have no ships, will be unable to secure war supplies from this nation.” Instead of thus creating a situation which would be “a certain avenue to war” for the United States, Winston urged that, “(t)he answer is to sell food and supplies to no nation whatever.” Judge Winston’s comments at the Watauga Democrat office suggested that “congress should enact such neutrality legislation as would make America truly and definitely neutral,” as “(o)nly through this course does he see a hope of America staying out of another world war.”
September 10, 1959
“‘Watauga County In Action:’ Annual Progress Day Is To Feature 42 Exhibits,” proclaimed a bold headline on this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. A sub-heading, “Pet Show Is An Added Attraction,” introduced a detailed account of what was described as the “second annual Progress Day,” featuring “more than forty booths filled with displays, designed to show ‘Watauga County in Action.’” The article related that “(b)ooths have been built by the carpentry classes of Appalachian High School in Mountain Burley Warehouse No. 2, for both educational and commercial purposes.”