July 16, 1896
“Perhaps no crop is more easily raised, cheaper harvested or more profitable than the turnip crop,” began an item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “There is no doubt in our mind that cattle and sheep could be wintered much cheaper if they were fed partly on a root crop, such as potatoes, turnips etc.” Concluded the article, “(t)urnip ‘greens’ in the spring is the very best of food for the animal man. Try a crop of turnips.”
In political news of the day, “(t)he populists had a convention at Masonic Hall in Boone on Monday. R.A. Cobb, editor of the Morganton Populist, infused life into the organization. Wiley Farthing, John Robbins and others made speeches. The convention instructed for W.H. Guthery for Governor and R.A. Cobb for Lieut. Governor. There was talk of fusion.” The short-lived party faded away shortly after the 1896 election, and the “fusion” mentioned in this article apparently referred to a joining with the Democratic Party, and the casting of the support of anti-elitist populists for Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
July 16, 1908
Under the bold heading “FARMS FOR SALE,” an advertisement in this week’s newspaper bearing the signature, “Robert Wood, Morristown, Tenn.,” included announcement of a “75-ACRE FARM FOR $2,000.” Details included, “(t)he farm is situated 5 miles of Morristown on first class road: 4-room house, branch through farm, Young orchard. 3-4 mile from flour mill store, rural mail route. 3 miles of Russellville, Tenn., a railroad town. This is all rolling land, you can run a binder over every field. The soil is red clay and black loam, about 10 acres in timber. Title perfect. Possession at once. If taken now we will sell the above farm and $500 personal property for $2,500. Cash down $1,500; balance one and two years.” Morristown, Tennessee is situated about 120 miles from Boone, North Carolina, almost due west of Watauga County.
“Work began more than a week ago on the Eastern Carolina Training School for Teachers,” announced a news item of the day, “ex Governor Jarvis throwing the first shovel of dirt.”
July 18, 1940
“Auto Dealers to Gather Sunday,” a prominent front-page article this week, related that, “(s)ome three to four hundred delegates are expected to gather at Mayview Manor, Blowing Rock , Sunday evening for the get-together supper, inaugurating a three-day convention of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association.” According to the article, local organizers were “busily engaged last week in working out the details for what they believe will be the most interesting convention enjoyed thus far by the automobile men.”
“Annual Horse Show to be Held” told that, “Blowing Rock’s annual horse show, the high spot of the summer season of the neighboring resort town, will be held August 2 and 3, it was announced last week.” Officials of the show had made known “that there will be greatly increased appropriations for prize money and trophies this year.” “The horse show, which is the second oldest in the south,” concluded the article, “is operated annually on a non-profit basis for charitable purposes.”
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