May 11

May 14, 1891

An item in the “Local News” column this week included notice that, “On Monday a large drove of sheep passed through Boone[;] there was about 300 head, bought by Mr.Doughton of Alleghany [County]. Sheep are high and in demand. We ought to raise more.”

“Frosts in Caldwell were right severe along the water courses,” told another local item, “nipping the corn to the ground, biting garden vegetables and killing much of the fruit in places, but no apparant [sic] damage to the small grain crop.”

A cold weather snap had apparently hit much of the wider region in mid-April of this year. “Reports from sections of this State and S. C. say. the cotton crop is seriously injured by the frosts of last week,” relayed the Watauga newspaper.

An advertisement this week read, “NOTICE! I am just receiving a new stock of goods bought for cash down and will sell for strickly [sic] pay down, at prices to live and let live, you will do well to call and examine my goods consisting of boots, shoes, dry goods, notions, &c. Yours truly, T. A. Critcher, Bamboo, N.C.”

May 11, 1916

“Bud Fisher’s Snug Income,” a feature on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, related that, “‘Bud’ Fisher, creator of ‘Mutt and Jeff’ is the highest paid cartoonist on earth. He gets $150,090 a year for making the American people chuckle – which is twice what the President gets for shaping their National destiny. Furthermore, Fisher is troubled neither by international complications nor by office-seekers. His office is in his hat.” Continued the article, “for drawing six comic strips a week for forty-eight weeks a year this genial humorist receives $78,000, John N. Wheeler explains in the American Magazine for May. The rest of his income is made up from vaudeville engagements, which bring him a thousand dollars a week, the proceeds from five ‘Mutt and Jeff’ shows and animated cartoons; the sale of an annual ‘Mutt and Jeff’ book, post cards, plaster figures, buttons and other novelties.”

May , 1933

“Nine Arrested For Participating [in] Sunday Baseball game, Mabel,” a front-page headline in this week’s newspaper, reported that, “Nine residents of the Mabel community, the members of the neighborhood baseball team, were placed under arrest Sunday afternoon for Sabbath ball playing just as they were about to go into a diamond contest with a nine from Hudson.” According to the report, “Trial was set for Saturday morning before Justice C.F. Thompson, and the local boys went into the game with the visiting team and walked away with a 16 to 8 victory.” “The warrants under which the leaguers were arrested were signed, it is said, by Rev. J.A. McKaughan, Baptist minister,” continued the details of the story, “and served by Sheriff A.Y. Howell.” Concluded the item, “[i]t is said by attornyes [sic] that Sunday baseball comes under a very old statute, seldom used, which provides that offenders may in the discretion of the court be fined up to one dollar for such violation.”

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