1922 Boone Hardware Corn Planters ad, from the Watauga Democrat newspaper of Boone, North Carolina
April 17, 1889
A news item run on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat entitled “Fall of Black Snow” reported from Aitken, Minnesota (via the Raleigh News -Observer) that, “a peculiar phenomenon occurred here yesterday. At 4:45 o’clock it became so dark that lights were necessary in business houses and the air was filled with snow that was a black and dirty as though it had been tramped into the earth. Six ounces of snow and one-fourth o(u)nce dirt and sand were found in the bottom of a dish. The dirt is very fine, something like emery, and contains particles that have metallic lustre.” The unusual snowfall was reported to have accumulated “to the depth of 1/2 inch.” During the weather event, said the story, “(t)he atmosphere at the time presented a peculiar greenish tinge.” Some wind accompanied the snowfall, and the article concluded that, “(s)olid chunks of ice and sand are reported to have been picked up (in) various places.”
A notice of weather news closer to home came from a letter to the editor from the people of “Moravian Falls, N.C.,” who wrote (under the signature “En-masse”), “We, the people of Moravian Falls, desire to be recognized through the columns of your paper. We are having nice dry weather at present, but will not grumble at a shower of rain, as oats(,) wheat &c., are needing rain very badly.” The communication also relayed that, “(t)he school at this place is ina very prosperous condition; it will close with the annual commencement May the 21st ’89. We hope to see a full attendance from Watauga at that time, especially our old teacher and schoolmaster.”
This was the first full year of publication for the Watauga Democrat, which had been launched in late August of the preceding year of 1888.
April 3, 1889
In the items of this edition’s news under the heading “Religious Topics” appeared the notice, “George W. Rosure, the cowboy evangelist, is said to have an income of $150.00 a day.” Noted the newspaper, “(i)t must be hard for him to preach from the Sermon on the Mount.”
Another religious item reported that, “(t)he life of a Minister of the Gospel is fraught with many disappointments, and if he wishes to have any pleasure in the world he has got to play his cards mighty fine. A parson in Ohio has been suspended for being engaged to three women at one and the same time.”
In the legal notices section appeared this note: “PARTICULAR NOTICE!! ALL persons indebted to me either by Note or Account are respectfully requested to make immediate settlement, either by Cash or good Produce, otherwise I shall place them in the hands of my Attorney for collection. Returning my thanks for past favors and patronage I also offer Goods at very low rates for cash. Very Respectfully, W. L. BRYAN.” Colonel W.L. Bryan in 1912 constructed a monument to Daniel Boone on the edge of the pioneer’s namesake town, which was later demolished, then rebuilt. The monument’s original cost was $203.37.
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