Courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society and Watauga County Public Library.
February 10, 1898
“A cattle man who passed through town on Monday evening last rode his horse on a plank sidewalk on a back street for some distance,” reported a local news item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper. “We suppose this was done by way of a joke, but it might have been a dear one,” continued the editorial author, presumably referring to the potential harm if a pedestrian had been using the sidewalk at the time.
February 17, 1898
“Capt. E. F. Lovill, with a number of teams, is off to Elk Park after the machinery for the ivy block plant here,” announced a local news item this week. “There are ten tons of the machinery and fixtures. M. Hodges took the contract to deliver it here, and Capt. Lovill went to superintend the loading and hauling.”
In other news, “On last Saturday night some rogue, who has a weakness for ham, broke into the meat house of Mr. M. B. Blackburn and took there from three very large ones. This is the fourth time meat has been stolen around here lately, and we hope to hear of the guilty person being punished.”
Another criminal new item noted, “We are informed that the telephone lines in some parts of the county are being damaged by lawless individuals breaking the insulators, etc. with rocks and even shooting them off. They are cited to Vol. 1, Sec. 1118. of the Code
of N. C. Aside from being a misdemeanor, it is a low, mean trick to be guilty of.”
February 11, 1943
“To Assist Federal Income Tax Payers,” a headline in this week’s paper, made notice to local citizens that a “representative of the Internal Revenue Service will be at the post office in Boone, on February 17, 18, and 19, for the purpose of aiding taxpayers in filing their Federal income tax returns.” Reported the story, “Collector C.H. Robinson says that the period from February 15 through March 15 has been set aside as a period for aiding the taxpayers in filing their returns, and states that the Department is anxious to assist as many taxpayers as possible during the period.”
In world news, “Allies Blast Axis Lines of Supply” told this week that, “[t]he powerful allied air offensive in the Mediterranean area shook the Sicilian port of Messina yesterday with a two-hour barrage of blockbuster bombs and battered an axis harbor and airbase in Tunisia, official allied sources said. Ground action in the north African theatre continued to lag because of bad weather.”
“Allies to Invade Europe In 1943, Byrnes Asserts,” a related item, told that “[t]he first official statement that allied forces will invade Europe in 1943 was made Tuesday night, and coupled with it was admission that cost in American lives must be heavy.” According to the story, “[t]he statement came from James F. Byrnes, whose powers as director of economic stabilization are so great he has been dubbed ‘assistant president.’ His was the most definite indication of allied war plans since President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill planned the year’s campaigns at Casablanca.”