“Construction of Downtown Boone Post Office,” a photograph showing the first stages of the Works Progress Administration project on King Street in Downtown Boone, in the year 1938. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.
June 1, 1899
An advertisement this week in the Watauga Democrat, included in the same format as a news item, read: “A startling incident, of which Mr. John Oliver, of Philadelphia, was the subject was narrated by him as follows: ‘I was in a most dreadful condition. My skin was almost yellow, eyes sunken and tongue coated, pain continually in back and sides, no appetite[,] gradually growing weaker day by day. Three physicians had given me up. Fortunately a friend advised trying ‘Electric-Bitters’ and to my great joy and surprise the first bottle made a great improvement. I continued their use for three weeks, and am now a well man. I know they saved my life and robbed the grave of another victim.” Concluded the ad, “No one should fail to try them. Only 50c. a bottle at M. B. Blackburn’s.”
Regional and national news of the day included notice that, “The Protestant Episcopal clergy of the diocese of Alabama have requested the resignation of Rt. Rev. H. M. Jackson, Bishop Coadjutor of Alabama, on the ground of ‘excessive indulgence in stimulants’. This action was taken at the Episcopal State Council, which recently met at Anniston.” No details regarding the stimulants allegedly excessive indulged in were given.
“A writer on China says that the Chinese believe the Yellow River has always been of its present color except one day about 3,000 years ago,” according to another item, “on which occasion a great man was born and the river was perfectly clear.”
June 1, 1939
“Cornerstone Of Postoffice Will Be Placed Saturday,” told a front-page headline this week. “The cornerstone for Boone’s new postoffice [sic] building will be set into the niche provided, promptly at noon next Saturday, according to an announcement made by Postmaster W.G. Hartzog, and the people of the town and county are cordially invited to attend the exercises being arranged for the event,” reported the story. According to the article, “Dr. B.B. Dougherty, president of Appalachian College, has been asked to deliver a brief historical sketch on the occasion, while Mayor W.R. Lovill will preside as master of ceremonies. The exercises will be short and have been set so as to occur at the noon hour so that workmen on the postoffice structure may not be inconvenienced by the ceremony.” The building of the Downtown Station Post Office was a project of the Federal Government’s Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression; work on the structure apparently continued apace even on Saturdays, and during this ceremony.
Of possible interest to readers in later generations, the article noted that, “[v]arious historical papers, including newspaper files and typewritten copies of the program of the hour will be sealed in a copper box and placed behind the sandstone in the west front corner of the handsome building.”
The article reported that, “[t]he exterior of the federal building has almost been completed and within sixty days the structure is expected to be occupied. Furniture and fixtures are now being delivered.”