“W.R. Winkler Garage:” a photograph, probably dating from the 1920s, of an early automotive business in Watauga County. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society / Watauga County Public Library.
September 5, 1888
“The Three Forks Association will convene in the Baptist Church in Boone, Tuesday, 11 a.m. Sept. 11,” began a notice in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, published during the newspaper’s first year. “The annual sermon will be preached by the Rev. E.F. Jones,” continued the item. “If it becomes necessary to have preaching during the sitting of the Association, our Methodist friends have kindly tendered the use of their church for that purpose. The delegates will be assigned to homes for the session to prevent confusion, and that no one may be unduly burdened. All the families in Boone and vicinity, regardless of denomination, will be kindly asked to keep the delegates of at least one church, and we will ever hold ourselves in readiness to reciprocate the kindness, whenever occasion requires. Each church is entitled to three delegates.” The notice was signed, “I.W. Thomas.” No indication was given as to what conditions might have necessitated additional preaching (apart from the initial yearly sermon) during the meetings.
September 5, 1918
A letter published in this week’s newspaper under the heading “Letter from France,” credited as being from “Corporal Lloyd S. Isaacs, who is with the American Expeditionary Force in France” to “his mother, Mrs. Chaney Isaacs, of Mabel,” began, “Dear Mama: It always gives me a great pleasure to express to you my feelings to you even [if] they are on paper. I trust you are well and enjoying the pleasures of life as they present themselves.” Among the news from the Western European front of World War I, Corporal Isaacs related, “I am getting along nicely. I haven’t been sick a moment since I have been over here.” He related that, however, on his first birthday away from home, “I spent my birthday in the trenches. It shall never be forgotten. Everything was quiet on the line. I did not see any Germans, and if they saw me they sure had a good eye.” Reflecting on duty in active military service, Isaacs wrote, “We know not when we will go to the front for service, but when we do I shall draw my sword in honor of America, and my motto is: Give the Germans trouble and remember my mother. The world needs peace and we must do our bit to bring it about.”
September 2, 1943
“Eight [sic] Airforce Deals Mighty Blow to Nazis,” a front-page headline this week, introduced an article which detailed that, “[t]he U.S. eighth airforce dealt an unprecedented blow to German air strength in the month ended tonight[,] bombing airfields, plane factories and probably topping the July record of 506 planes destroyed in the air.” This series of raids was described as, “show[ing] that the British-based campaign has progressed from individual stabs at enemy war facilities to a farflung smash against German air defenses, paving the way for a possible knockout blow.”
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.