The Week of March 9


Miss Jennie’s Millinery and School Supplies, a local Boone business from the early years of the 1900s. Photo courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone society, Watauga County Public Library, and

March 9, 1893

“If you wish to learn something of the pioneer days of Watauga, we suggest that you read  carefully the long article to be found on the first page of this issue written by one of our aged pioneer friends,” recommend an article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “His comparisons of the past and present are good,: and we heartily commend the article to our readers as an excellent production,” continued the editorial commentary. The article referred to was entitled, “Things Past and Things Present or the Memories of an Old Man,” with the sub-heading, “For The Democrat.”

In beginning his overview of Watauga history, the guest author began: “This winter will long be remembered as the cold winter of 1892 and ’03. I call it an old-fashioned winter, like those of my childhood days.”

Following a commentary on such childhood days, “happy days full of hope, joy and pleasure,” the author wrote that such recollection “reminds me of the topography of this country and the old pioneers who first came to this section in its virgin forests, watered by the tiny rivulets, sparkling creaks and flowing rivers. The forests then were teeming with all kinds of wild animals, such as bear, deer, wolves, panthers and many other kinds of small, game, and our fore-fathers found the native red man [sic] or Indian here, who was lord of all he surveyed, where ere he roamed. Such was the condition of this, our beautiful country, over a century ago.”

The author of this special feature, which continues on at much greater length, was not noted by the newspaper, but in the text of the article, the writer refers to “my grandfather Cutliss Harman [sic],” who “came to this section and bought the farm on which M.C., D.F. and D.C Harman now live, about the year 1781.”

March 7, 1940

“Travel Edition to Feature Boone,” a headline this week, made known that, “H.W. Wilcox, president of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, is in receipt of a letter from Highway Travel magazine acknowledging receipt of an article on Boone and Blowing Rock which will appear in the next edition of that publication.” Reported the story, “R.E Cochran, editor of Highway Traveler, states that the story is well written and well illustrated. When the magazine is off the press a number of copies will be available throughout this section.” Describing the authorship of the piece scheduled for national publication, the Democrat wrote that “Gene Wike, publicity director of Appalachian College, is the author of the article, while pictures have been gathered from the college.” Concluded the story, “Mr. Wilcox also reports that there is the possibility of another story, prepared by members of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, appearing in Trailway magazine at an early date.”

In other travel and tourism news, “Mayors Trip to Florida Success” reported that “Messrs. Gene Wike of Boone, and Grover C. Robbins, mayor of Blowing Rock, report the first annual mayor’s tour of Florida which ended last week a success, and already plans are under way for a similar tour next season.” Fifty-six regional mayors, along with chamber of commerce representatives, were reported to have toured the Southeastern United States, gaining publicity for their towns via newspapers, radio, and “banquets and luncheons [which] characterized every stop.”



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