September 19, 1888
An article under the heading of “The Teacher’s Institute” in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat began, “(t)his body was not as largely attended as I hoped it would be, but the weather was extremely wet, and some of the teachers were sick, while some were teaching, and some did not care to come.” The report, signed by “I.W. Thomas,” continued, “(e)verything considered, the institute was a fair success. Of actual teachers and those preparing to teach twenty were enrolled. So far as I have heard expressions(,) those present were benefited.” Of the participating teachers, “(t)hirteen stood a written examination, having only one hour or less, in which to answer the questions on any one branch. Out of this number only two failed to obtain certificates.” The author continued, “I wish to call the attention of those teachers who are doubting the power of the Board of Education to regulate teachers’ salaries”, alleging that, in North Carolina, “(t)he law makes it the duty of the board to accept the construction placed upon placed upon the law by (the) state Sup(erintenden)t.” “Now,” Mr. Thomas concluded, “if anyone wishes to quarrel, he may please pitch into (sic) the state Supt.” This article was written approximately a decade before brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty founded a school for higher education of teachers in Boone.
September 22, 1920
“Talking of Bad Roads,” a short feature this week, began “(a)n article appeared in a local paper this week to the effect that a certain party in the Sadieville neighborhood started to town with some cream, but on his arrival he had butter instead of cream, and he attributed the transformation to the bad condition of the roads.” The item, reproduced from the “Georgetown (Ky.) News),” continued, “(t)his is nothing to a tale brought to this office by a prominent and reputable citizen. He said a man left Corinth in a car with three silver dollars in his pocket and when he arrived at a local garage the dollars had worn down to dimes.” The locations mentioned in the article are approximately 300 miles from Boone, in north central Kentucky; borrowing from other newspapers was a common staple of the local paper in its early years.
September 21, 1939
“European War Briefs,” a feature this week under the dateline “Danzig, Sept. 19,” introduced an article which relayed that, “Adolf Hitler served notice on Britain and France today 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.” According to details, “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.’” “In one of his best oratorical efforts,” according the writer of this report, “Hitler spoke in the medieval Artushof as the crowning event of his first visit to Danzig since he brought the former free city of the Baltic ‘back home into the Reich.’”
The archives of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, from which this feature is compiled, as well as the photographic archives of the Historic Boone society, are housed in the Watauga County Public Library.