The Boone home of E.S Coffey, pictured with his home and family. E.S. Coffey, Esq., is noted as having been “a prominent member of the Boone bar,” as well as serving as a North Carolina State Senator, according to John Preston Arthur’s 1915 volume “A History of Watauga County, North Carolina: With Sketches of Prominent Families“.
Courtesy Historic Boone
September 28, 1939
Under the heading of “European War Briefs,” an item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat with a dateline of “Bucharest, Sept. 26,” reported that, “(i)nformed private quarters in Bucharest reported tonight that Germany and Soviet Russia have agreed upon a division of zones of influence in Europe whereby Rumania and the Balkans will come under the Nazi sphere. Russia, it was said, has been given a free hand by Germany to extend her influence among the Baltic states.”
In related news, from “Paris, Sept. 26,” it was reported that “(t)he French government today outlawed the Communist party in France in what political circles interpreted as an answer to Soviet Russia’s line-up with Germany and invasion of Poland. The severe decree adopted by Premier Daladier’s war cabinet also meant the end of all the party’s affiliates and banned Communist propaganda in France.” Both of these stories broke when Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany were adhering to a mutual nonaggression pact signed the previous month; the two nations would become enemies in the Second World War less than two years later, when Nazi Germany launched a surprise attack on the Soviet Union.
On the home front, “Governor Hoey Speaks Friday,” announced another front-page headline. “Governor Clyde R. Hoey informed the Democrat Wednesday morning that he will deliver an address at the Cove Creek high school Friday morning at 10 o’clock, and thus the misunderstanding as to whether or not the executive would visit Watauga at this time, has been cleared up,” reported the article. Plans were the State’s leader “would come from Winston-Salem to Boone Friday morning and would stop at one of the local drug stores for his ‘coca-cola’.” The story related that, “(f)ollowing the address by the governor Friday morning there will be a parade by the Boone high school band and an amateur show will be a feature of the evening hours.”
September 24, 1959
“Law Office Being Built,” a heading this week, opened a story relating that, “(w)ork is going forward on the Stacy Eggers law building, being erected on West King Street west of the postoffice (sic) and Mr. Eggers expects to occupy the structure by November 1.” The article reported that, “(b)esides Mr. Eggers’ law office the real estate offices of his father Mr. S.C. Eggers will have space in the new structure, which is modernly constructed of brick, and which contains adequate conference room space and other modern conveniences.”
“G.A.R. Veteran Succumbs at 95” reported this week that, “Andrew Wilson, aged 95 years, a prominent citizen and a veteran of the Union armies in the Civil War, died at his home near Trade, Tenn., in Watauga county, Sept. 17th, after an illness which had been serious for only one week.” Wilson was described as “having enlisted in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry” during the Civil War, and “for about 22 months followed General Grant in the war between the states… Following the war Mr. Wilson returned to his native country and followed agricultural pursuits until ill health forced his retirement. He was a good citizen and well known throughout this section.” The notice mentioned that, “(o)nly one other veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic resides in Watauga county, Mr. Newton Banner of Sugar Grove.”
1938 advertisement for a Washing Machine, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, N.C.