July 27


Photo Caption: “The New River near Boone, N.C. in the Blowing Rock Section,” reads the title of this postcard of uncertain date. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and DigitalNC.org.

July 30, 1903

An article in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat under the heading, “The Rev. W.C. Newland” began, “[a]t the close of the Summer School in Lenoir some days ago the teachers of Caldwell county drafted and unanimously adopted the following resolutions expressive of the high esteem in which the Hon. W.C. Newland is held by the people of that county for his untiring efforts in procuring for the teachers of the mountain[s?] the establishment of the Appalachian Training School at Boone.”  One of the resolutions adopted by the gathering of teachers in Caldwell County was quoted as reading, “’We the public school teacher[s] of Caldwell county, in company assembled, realizing the great importance of the teachers being constantly reviewed on the subjects they have to teach each year, and realizing that through the splendid efforts of our honored Representative and beloved fellow-citizen, Hon. W.C Newland, it is now possible for us to receive this training at our door, as it were, without cost at the greatest convenience to ourselves; we desire to show our appreciation of this great help by publicly expressing it. Therefore be it Resolved, That we do hereby express our sincere gratitude to that peerless knight, beloved citizen, and high toned christian gentlam [sic], ‘of the people and for the people,’ for his untiring efforts and unprecedented zeal in securing the passage of the bill authorizing the establishment at Boone, N.C., of the Appalachian Training School for Teachers.’” The paean to this elected representative continued, “[m]ay his star now rise upon the horizon never to grow dim and his name ever be held in the hearts of the teachers of Caldwell as their great benefactor,” and concluded, “[a]nd may the many bright boys and girls throughout our country in after years rise up and call him blessed.’”

July 26, 1917

“SUFFRAGISTS GIVEN 60 DAY SENTENCE,” a bold, banner headline on this week’s front page, introduced a story which reported that, “[s]ixteen women suffragettes, arrested while participating in the woman’s party battle day demonstration in front of the White House were sentenced in police court to serve sixty days in the District of Columbia workhouse for obstructing the sidewalks.” According to the story, the women, protesting for the right of women to vote, “were given the alternative of paying a $25 fine, but they promptly refused the offer and were taken to the workhouse at Occoquan, Va., and turned over to a matron who saw that each got a shower bath and exchanged her clothes for a heavy one-piece prison dress. They were assigned to the sewing room of the prison where they will work seven hours daily.”

Another front-page piece, entitled “When Will It End,” began, “[w]hen, three years ago, the news was flashed to every part of the civilized world that a great war had broken out, there were few who believed it possible such a war could last more than a year, or at most two years. A few suggested that it might last for three years, but it was generally believed that it would be utterly impossible to protract such a strife, on account of the utter national collapse which it was held to involve.” Three years into the conflict which became known as World War I, the article remarked , “the collapse has not come, and there is no apparent [reason] on the surface why the struggle should not last three years longer.”


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