The Week of Sunday, October 13, 2013

Taylor House, Valle Crucis N.C., [built circa] 1908

“Taylor House Valle Crucis N.C. 1908,” reads the caption on this photograph, taken perhaps in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society.

October 10, 1889

“The Throne of Iniquity,” a front-page item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, alleged that, “[n]ations engaged in war do not usually legislate until the smoke of battle has cleared away and the roar of the cannon and the rattle of musketry have ceased. But in this case, like Nehemiah and his noble band of Jewish patriots, we must wield the trowel with one hand and the sword in the other while we build up a glorious temple of sobriety. We must legislate on the battle field. And I tell you this is no mimic fight – no holiday tournament.” The “war” being engaged in was the struggle to enact temperance legislation, banning the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, a major party platform plank during this period of the Democratic party. “The foe is formidable,” continued the editorial piece, “vigilant and wily. He is Argus-eyed and wields tremendous money power. More than seven-hundred millions annually flow into his exchequer. Let us not underrate the skill, the might and numbers of the enemy. Let every good man and woman come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty. ‘Curse ye Meroz.’” The author of the article, in addition to including biblical and classical allusions (Meroz was a city in the Book of Judges cursed by the Angel of the Lord for not “helping the Lord against the mighty,” and Argus was a multi-eyed giant guardian from Greek mythology), compared the struggle for prohibition to the Battle of Trafalgar and the American Revolution in the flow of his discourse. Noted the writer, “(w)hen Patrick Henry saw the storm of revolution coming he said, ‘Gentlemen may say peace, peace but there is no peace.’ In these United States the great disturber of the peace is the whiskey power, and until it is crushed there can be no abiding peace.”

Another item announced, “Mr. E Spencer Blackburn who obtained license recently to practice law, has decided to teach school in the new Academy in  district No. 40, Banner Elk., this winter.”

A presumably pre-written notice read, “[t]he editor being absent this week the readers of the DEMOCRAT will please excuse all discrepancies that may occur, for when the editor is away the ‘devils’ will play.”

October 13, 1938

“NEW MOVIE HOUSE NEARS COMPLETION,” a front-page article this week, announced, “[w]ork is going forward rapidly on the interior finishing of the Appalachian Theatre and the owners, Messrs. Hamby and Winkler, believe that it will be possible to open the handsome structure to the public shortly after the first of November.” Under the sub-heading “Magnificent Theatre Expected to be Open to Public by the First of Month,” the story detailed that, “[t]he auditorium and upstairs offices are practically completed,  the heating system has been installed, and the largest unfinished job is the placing of the colored glass surface on the front of the structure. This work, however, is expected to start by the end of the week and next week it is thought that a definite opening date may be announced.”

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The Week of Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crowd at Building 2.115.006

This unidentified photograph pictures a sizable crowd gathered for a picture-taking; perhaps a school or a church event, circa early 1900s (?). Courtesy the archives of the Historic Boone society

October 4, 1906

“Banker Routs a Robber,” announced the headline to an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “J.R. Garrison, Cashier of the Bank of Thornville, Ohio, had been robbed of his health by a serious long trouble until he tried Dr. King’s New Discovery for consumption. Then he wrote: ‘It is the best medicine I ever used for a severe cold or a bad case of lung trouble. I always keep a bottle on hand.'” The advertisement masquerading as a news item concluded, “(d)on’t suffer with coughs, colds, or any throat, chest or lung trouble when you can be cured so easily. Only 50c and $1. Trial bottles free at Blackburn’s.”

October 3, 1940

“Seek Funds To Apply On Boone Folder,” a headline this week, introduced news that, “Mr. Richard E. Kelley is conducting a campaign for funds with which payments will be made on the new folder being printed for the Chamber of Commerce. All those desiring to make contributions are asked to see him. Prompt action is necessary so that the order for the folder may be placed this week. No contribution is too small to be appreciated.” Continued the item, “Following are some of the contributions Mr. Kelley has received: Max Robbins, 1 c; Daniel Boone Hotel, $25; Farmers Hardware $10; Appalachian Theatre, $10; Belk-White Co., $5.”

“Boy Scout Hut Is Moved To Main Street” reported this week that “(t)he Boy Scout Hut has been moved to a new location just between the Methodist and Baptist churches just off Main street. here it will be easy of access in all kinds of weather. Mr. B.W. Stallings, the Scoutmaster, has done a splendid job at a reasonable price in getting the hut moved. A chimney is being built with fireplaces inside and out which makes a fine arrangement,” according to the details recorded in the article. The news notice also made known that the facility would be open to the public one afternoon during that week, and advised that, “Friday afternoon a canvass of the business section of Boone will made for funds for the hut and other things necessary in our scout work.” A cost of $100 was projected “for the hut and the winter’s work,” and the article noted that “(t)his will be done under the auspices of all the churches in Boone.” The feature piece was signed by, “J.C. Canipe, Chairman of Troop Committee.”

October 1, 1953

“45 Patients Are Seen By Dr. Gaul,” according to a headline this week. “Forty-five patients were seen by Dr. J.S. Gaul, Sr. at the Orthopedic Clinic held Friday morning Sept. 18th at the offices of the District Health Department,” according to the story. “Assisting were two physiotherapists, Mr. Guy Ettes and Miss Celeste Haydon. Among patients seen were 9 convalescent polio-syclitis patients from Watauga county and 2 from Ashe county. Last month’s clinic was held in Jefferson, as it alternates between the two counties.”

Boone Milling Company advertisement Oct 19401940 advertisement for the Boone Milling Company, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina, USA

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