“A group of college students posing for a picture on King Street. Gene Reese, future president of Historic Boone, is pictured in a dark jacket.” Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.
July 18, 1907
Under the byline “Wilkesboro Chronicle,” a reproduced item of news featured on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat reported that, “On Tuesday night of last week, between 9 and 10 o’clock a phenomenon of nature not frequently seen, was displayed. It was a plainly defined rainbow in the northwest. It was just after a thunder shower had passed over, and the full moon was some two hours high. The bow was plainly defined and every color reflected, but it was softer, mellower and more weird than when reflected from the bright sun.” “It was a sight seldom seen and abundantly proved Solomon’s words,” concluded the article, “that the heavens declare the glory of God.”
“Watauga County Singing,” another news item this week, relayed, “To the churches and Sunday schools of Watauga county: Our next singing will be held with Mt. Vernon church on Friday Aug. 2nd, 1907. And I hope that every church and S.S., in the county will be represented, either b choir or delegation, and on Monday following Prof. G.W. Bacon, of White Pine, Tenn., will begin in 20 days a Normal school of Music at the same place. Come every body who is invited and wishes to know more about vocal and instrumental music and be with us when the first song is sung, and stay until the melody of the last song reverberates from hill to hill, and the echo brings back the same sweet song and yet there will still be room at the top for us all to learn about music.” The piece concluded, “[s]inging to begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. of Friday,” and was signed, “W.T. VANDYKE Chm.”
July 18, 1940
“Annual Horse Show to Be Held,” a headline with the sub-heading, “Highest of Blowing Rock Season Comes August 2 and 3; Increased Appropriations” introduced an article telling that, “Blowing Rock’s annual horse show, the highspot of the summer season at the neighboring resort town, will be held August 2 and 3, it was announced last week. At the same time it was announced following a meeting of the officers and directors of the Horse Show Association, that there will be greatly increased appropriations for prize money and trophies this year.” Details included notice that, “Lloyd Tate, general manager and vice-president of the association, stated that important renovations will be made in parts of the showgrounds at Broyhill field, which already includes a $6,000 plant.” The story noted, “[t]he horse show, which is the second oldest in the south, is operated annually on a non-profit basis for charitable purposes.”
“Orphanage Asks For Canned Goods Again” announced, “[p]lenty of fruit jars are now available at the Farmers Hardware and Supply Company for canning fruits and vegetables for the Mills Home, Baptist orphanage at Thomasville. All those desiring to help supply the demand for food at the orphanage during the coming winter are asked to call for their jars.” The article also reported, “[l]ast year 400 dozen jars were filled in the county for Mills Home, and it is hope that this year even that amount may be increased. Full co-operation of the people in this worthy work is asked.”