“Romulus Zachariah Linney,” a portrait of the prominent patriarch of the Linney family of Boone. Romulus Linney was a Civil War veteran, attorney, and a Republican United States Congressman representing North Carolina from 1895 to 1901. Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society, Watauga County Public Library and DigitalNC.org.
January 27, 1898
“Depression of Spirits,” read an advertisement this week, “so common in summer-time, accompanied by loss of energy, lack of thought-power, means a deficient supply of nourishment. The vital source is lost. ” Continued the ad’s perhaps unexpected analysis of warm-weather blues, “[i]t isn’t a question of muscle and sinew, but of resistance and endurance. At any age, but especially in youth, it involves the risk of lung disease. Loss of flesh and a cough are threatening signs.” The ad recommended “Scott’s Emulsion” for this condition. Claimed the advertisement, “Scott’s Emulsion of Cod-liver Oil, with the hypo-phosphites, meets these cases perfectly. It tones up, fattens and strengthens. In Scott’s Emulsion the taste of the oil is fully disguised, making it almost as palatable as milk.” Those seeking the product were directed that the concoction was “for sale at 50c and $1.00 by all druggists,” and was produced by “SCOTT & BROWN, Mfg. Chemists, New York.”
January 26, 1899
“A Call for Mass Meeting” was the heading to an open letter to the Watauga Democrat on the front page of this week edition of the newspaper. “To the Voters of Watauga County,” began the notice, “the undersigned earnestly desiring to reflect the will of the majority of the people of the county in the enactment of a road law, does hereby respectfully ask that a mass-meeting of the representative men of each township in the county, without regard to party or political affiliations[,] assemble at the court house in Boone on the first Monday of February next, to consult together and agree, if possible, upon the legislation desired in that behalf, and by petition, resolution or otherwise instruct me, as your representative as to the kind of road law most desired by the people: and I do hereby earnestly invite correspondence from the citizens of the county, upon the subject.” The letter was signed, “Respectfully, W.B. Councill, Jr.” Councill was Watauga County’s representative in the North Carolina State Legislature.
January 28, 1943
“Reds Continue Liquidation of German Troops,” a front-page headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced a graphic news item which detailed that, “the Red Army has killed or captured all but 12,000 of the 100,000 German troops trapped before Stalingrad, and their liquidation in the last face of the annihilation is a matter of two or three days, a communique from Moscow said on Wednesday.” According to sources reported to the newspaper, “the history of war knows no such example of the encirclement and annihilation of such large numbers of regular troops, saturated to the limit with modern war equipment.” The Battle of Stalingrad, which saw previously-victorious Nazi forces trapped deep within the Soviet Union during a brutal Russian winter, is sometimes pointed to as a turning point of World War II.