“School Portrait,” a photograph from Watauga County circa 1910-1915, showing members of an unidentified school’s students. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.
June 16, 1892
A feature entitled “Marriage” on the second page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat began, “[m]arriage is a serious affair, but when both are mated and congenial in interest and affection, and that [sic] they live for each other and promote each other’s happiness, marriage proves to be a blessing for both.” Continued the item, “but if crosses and contentions are allowed to enter between the two, causing bickerings and distrust and ultimately alienation, then in that case trouble, unhappiness and a wrecked life are the consequence. We believe that marriage, with the great majority, proves a blessing to the human race. A good wife is undoubtedly the greatest friend and comfort, and his imperative duty is to treat her in the kindest manner. When a woman marries she expects love and kindness, and with these she can be a happy wife.” The anonymous author of the story continued, opining that “[w]omen are more devoted than men. They require more of human kindness, and if their lives are happy, it is because she is held by her husband as his ideal, and he shows her he is true and kind and loves her above all others and is loyal and attentive. Perhaps the greatest source of unhappiness in the married state is on account of indifference of the man and sometimes the wife. Many husbands become indifferent, owing to much business on the mind. No one sees this quicker than the wife, and no one is so affected by it, and she becomes unhappy, and alienation sets in and trouble follows.” Concluded the item, “[t]he interests and happiness of the wife should be looked after in preference to anything else, because it pays better and brings consolation to both and a happy life.”
June 17, 1943
“Axis Invasion Jitters Spurred by Allied Moves,” a front-page headline this week, reported from the European Theater of World War II combat that, “the spotlight of the Mediterranean war shifted dramatically today from the center to the east, where the Allies were reported semi-officially from Ankara [Turkey] to have closed Syria’s frontier with Turkey.” The story told that, “the first implication” of the news “was that the British ninth and tenth armies and U.S. troops that have been training quietly and building up strength for months in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Iran might be on the move.” The article, with a byline of “London, June 15,” told that the “Daily Herald quoted German reports that the allies were massing an ‘invasion army’ in Syria and that all British garrisons had been reinforced.” Uneasiness on the side of Germany and its Axis allies was described as, “thus was added new fuel to the fires of axis invasion anxiety. During the day the Italians reported an Allied fleet massing near Sicily, the Germans warned of a possible new Russian offensive, and the Germans were said to have reshuffled their top generals to commands along the edges of the ‘European fortress.'” The Allied invasion of Sicily, code-named “Operation Husky,” began in early July of 1943, and was the first breach of the hold of Germany and its Italian ally’s hold on Europe, nearly a year before the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy.