“Mark W. Hodges – 6th Birthday” is the caption on this photograph of a party in Watauga County, perhaps dating from the 1940s. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.
July 12, 1900
“The situation in China seems to be that the Boxer rebels, strengthened by the aggression of the powers at Taku, have overturned the existing government and set up an anti-foreign anarchy on its ruins,” reported a brief news item in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat.
“Why has the Democratic convention excited so much more attention than the Republican?” This question opened another news item of this issue. “Simply, because the latter was cut and dried and its duties were practically all performed beneath Mark Hanna’s hat-brim,” answered the article’s author, “while the Democratic was a genuine convention of men who met to fight out their differing ideas for the future of the party and the country.” The 1900 Republican presidential nominee was President William McKinley, and William Jennings Bryan was the nominee of the Democratic party. Marcus Alonzo “Mark” Hanna was a senator from Ohio and prominent Republican leader at the time, who served as campaign manager to the incumbent President. McKinley won the electoral contest with approximately 51.5 percent of the popular vote to Bryan’s 45.5.
An advertisement this week entitled “Fine Nursery Trees”gave notice that, “I have on hand a fine lot fruit trees, such as apples, peaches, pears, prunes etc. etc. : I also have a fine assortment of grapevines that are best suited to our climate. – If you contemplate buying any trees or vines, I can sell them to you at about one half the price you would have to pay at other nurseries and then- you have the satisfaction of knowing what you get. All trees delivered at my nurseries. Trees from three to six feet tall. For particulars call on or address. W.L. Coffey, Moretz, N.C.”
July 11, 1940
“Edgar Tufts Advocates Help For Refugees,” a headline this week with a dateline of “Banner Elk, July 8,” reported that, “Edgar Tufts, president of the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association, states that he is an ardent advocate for the plan to provide homes for the European refugees, and that he would aid in providing homes for the victims of the European war.” The article noted that, “The Grandfather Orphanage, a unit of the association, has provided care for many orphans from the mountain section of North Carolina and eastern Tennesse, and it is possible that the home could be made available for a number of European children.” Tufts, the Avery county resident cited, was quoted as saying that, “‘Here in Banner Elkwe all have followed with interest the development of the United States committee for the care of European children,’ and he stated that ‘[t]he home here would make an ideal haven for the war refugees.” Edgar Hall Tufts, quoted in this story, was the son of the Edgar Tufts for whom the Memorial Association was named, a Presbyterian clergyman who founded Lees-McRae College as well as philanthropic works, including the Grandfather Home for Children.