September 19, 1918
“Public School Houses,” a heading in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced an article which began, “(t)he Board of Education requests that all districts wanting new school buildings must show their interest by sending parties from their respective districts to meet with the Board of Education the first Monday in Oct. to discuss plans, etc. The Board is ready to do its part but the districts that desire new buildings must show proper interest.” Concluded the notice, “(d)ue thanks are given Mrs. Watson and Penley for interest shown in their district.”
“Photographs,” the title to a notice signed “A.J. Campbell, Traveling Artist,” appeared also in this week’s edition. “Call at my tent near R.M. Green’s in Boone on Sept. 19-20 and 21, and have some up to-date photographic work done, as photographic supplies are limited and hard to secure,” began the artist’s appeal. “It seems that the photographic business will soon be a thing of the past in the mountains,” suggested Mr. Campbell. “Boys[,] have your pictures made before leaving for the camps, while you have the opportunity,” concluded the advertisement, urging those young men in the area who might be subject to the draft at the end of World War I to make use of his services.
September 21, 1939
“Skating Rink Is Being Erected Here,” announced a headline in this week’s newspaper. “Mr. Spencer Miller is erecting a skating rink on a lot adjacent to the Woodcraft Novelty Company property, and expects to have the structure ready for use by the end of next week,” related the news article. “The building is to be 60×100 feet, and of the most approved type of construction.””
“European War Briefs” published this week included the notice, bearing a dateline of “Danzig, Sept. 19,” that, “Adolf Hitler served notice on Britain and France today that he was prepared to wage a seven-year war if necessary and asserted that Germany and Soviet Russia, Europe’s ‘two greatest nations,’ would re-establish ‘law and order’ in Eastern Europe.” The report conveyed that the “fuehrer in an hour and 14-minute speech told the western allies – Britain and France – he had ‘no war aims’ against them, but declared that Poland, as created by the Versailles treaty ‘never again will rise.'” German forces had invaded Poland from the West on September 1, with Soviet forces pushing into the besieged nation from the east just days before this news brief was published.
September 10, 1942
A headline announcing “Trucks, Buses and Taxis Are Ordered Under Federal Control” introduced an article under the dateline of “Washington, Sept. 8” this week which related that, “(t)he nation’s entire commercial transportation facilities, excepting railroads, airlines and private passenger vehicles, will be placed under strict government wartime control on November 15, the office of defense transportation announced tonight.” Details in the article indicated that, “(c)overed… are all types of trucks and other rubber-tired vehicles used for transporting personal property, except motorcycles, and all motor vehicles carrying passengers or which are available for public rentals.” Such vehicles would not be able to purchase gasoline, replacement tires or other parts without a “certificate of war necessity” issued by the government.