August 22


“Valle Crucis Methodist Church,” an area landmark which dates back to the 1870s. Image courtesy of the archives of the Historic Boone Society, Watauga County Public Library, and

August 18, 1904

“Clarence Potter Acquitted,” a headline this week, introduced an article about a case still famous over a century later. “Our readers no doubt are familiar with this noted case,” began the paper’s coverage in this issue. “The defendant, Clarence Potter[,] was tried at spring term, 1903, for the murder of Amos Howell, a special officer, who together with a posse, viz.: Lucky Joe Wilson, Bill Hamby, Stilly Snider and Calvin Turnmire had gone to arrest Boone and Clarence Potter under warrants, charging the defendants with a misdemeanor. For some unknown reason, this posse, after being in company with the defendant for some time, allowed him to leave[,] whereupon these reputed officers of law pursued[,] and a battle ensued in which Amos Howell was slain by Boone Potter. Boone was not arrested[,] however, he was since slain by Bill Hamby.” The Democrat noted that the surviving brother of the slain killer had been “arrested, tried and convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to hang May the 8th 1903,” but “his case was taken to the [North Carolina] Supreme Court,” at which time a new trial was granted, “resulting in the acquittal of the defendant by a jury of our best citizens.” In the court proceedings reported at this date, the newspaper asserted that “[i]t seemed that all the lawyers were at their best and no stone was left unturned for and against the prisoner,” and that “our young lawyers covered themselves with glory in this noted battle.” Having been cleared of the charge of murder, Clarence Potter lived almost sixty more years, passing away in 1965.

August 19, 1943

“AIR PASSENGER SERVICE IS SEEN FOR THIS TOWN,” a banner headline in this week’s front page, introduced a feature which detailed that, “[a]n indication of ‘things to come’ is contained in the recent application filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board by the Greyhound Corporation for a nation-wide air-bus transportation system, in which it is proposed to operate helicopters of large carrying capacity to provide passenger[,] mail and express service to Boone and other points along the 60,000 miles of highway traversed by Greyhound buses.” “The most novel feature of the project,” continued the article, “says Mr. H.W Wilcox, local Greyhound manager and president of the Chamber of Commerce, and one for which helicopters is fitted, is the plan to adapt present bus terminals, bus garages, and other facilities close to central stations of cities and towns as landing ports and maintenance hangars.” The feature reported that “[t]he Chamber of Commerce is working closely with Greyhound so the new service may be made available to Boone as soon as possible.” Concluded the story, “[t]his probably would remove the immediate necessity of this city securing an airport,” as the Greyhound company “intends to build landing decks on top of present bus terminals.” Boone had a new Greyhound bus terminal at the intersection of South Depot Street and Rivers Street at this time.



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