April 6, 2016


“Snow on Poplar Grove Road,” a photograph which depicts automobiles perhaps from the 1930s almost completely covered by deep snow drifts in Boone. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.

April 7, 1892

“The resurrection we call spring is now here!” exclaimed a very brief item at the top of the “Local News” column in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat.

“Later reports say that the man who killed Julius Miller and stole the horse, was seen in Buffalo Cove on last Tuesday,” related another news update, “and that parties were in pursuit of him.”

This brief post was followed by a fuller recapping of the incident: “A man stole a horse in Tennessee and made his way into Caldwell county, N.C. He was followed by the owner of the horse to Lenoir. Julius Miller and Mr. Small, in a cart, pursued him on the Wilkesboro road and overtook him near the Wilkes county line,” reported the story. “The thief jumped from the horse and ran, Miller jumping also out of the cart and took after him. Shots were exchanged between the two, and Miller was shot through the heart and died in a few minutes. The thief made his escape. He was surrounded near Blowing Rock in a thicket by a crowd of men, but he slipped out and made his escape.” Concluded the story, “[g]reat excitement prevails over the killing of Miller.”

The location of Buffalo Cove mentioned in the update is a spot in the Yadkin Valley about 17 miles from the town of Lenoir.

“Court commences next Monday week at Jefferson,” began another item. “We hope to meet our numerous subscribers in Ashe during court,” wrote the editor of the newspaper, “and expect them to pay us some on the DEMOCRAT.”

April 3, 1958

“Parkway Toll Proposal Killed” was a headline in this week’s paper. “Secetary of the Interior Fred Seaton tolled the death knell for Blue Ridge Parkway tolls Wednesday of last week,” reported, poetically, the Watauga Democrat. “He said plans to collect fees on the Parkway have been abandoned and promised they won’t be revived again.” The article’s author indicated that the Interior Secretary had “expressed his hope his decision finally disposes of the controversial toll idea, which has cropped up at intervals since 1940.” At a hearing before the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations subcommittee, “protests against imposition of tolls were carried to Seaton last week by a large North Carolina delegation including Gov. Hodges and the Tar Heel Congressional delegation.”

“Watauga Herfords Take Awards At Bristol Show,” proclaimed another headline. “Watauga Herefords demonstrated once more the quality for which they have been noted for years when three herds from this county came away with two first, two second, and one third place awards at the Tri-State Hereford Show and Sale in Bristol, Va., last Wednesday, reports B.W. Stallings.” The Hereford breed of beef cattle originated in Herefordshire, England, and spread to remote corners of the globe including Japan, South Africa, and the mountains of Western North Carolina. Local cattle raisers who won ribbons at the fair included the aforementioned Mr. Stallings, The Diamond S. Ranch, V.C. Shore, and Harry M. Hamilton, Jr.

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