1893: Local Newsman Laid Low by The Gripp
November 23, 1893
Items in this week’s “Local News” section of the Watauga Democrat included the brief notice, “Fine weather,” as well as a more detailed statement relaying that “[t]he weather is now favorable for November, and we look for a mild winter, and hope we will not be disappointed.”
In other local news, “[t]he editor of the DEMOCRAT has had a severe attack of gripp which has kept him confined to his room and bed for over two weeks. He has reduced in flesh about 40 pounds, and is still close to the fire and does not venture out. The gripp is a mean thing to have on hand and very hard to get rid of.” Concluded this report, “[w]e can’t see any need of it ‘no how.’ Hope we will get better soon.” “The gripp” or “le grippe” was a general term used for types of influenza at this period.
An item of editorial reflection noted, “[w]e have very little respect for a man who will abuse his wife and tyrannize over her and make her his slave.”
“We have great contempt,” according to another short editorial notice, “for a young fellow who goes about from place to place with a pistol buckled about him.”
November 23, 1939
“BOONE’S NEW BURLEY MARKET READY,” proclaimed a banner headline along the top of the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “World’s Leading Consumers of Tobacco Send Buyers,” announced a smaller subheading. According to the accompanying article, “[w]hen the chant of the tobacco auctioneer officially opens Boone’s new Mountain Burley Warehouse on December 6th, visiting growers from the dark leaf belt will be given opportunity to inspect a building the modern convenience of which is said to be second to none in this or surrounding states. Constructed by Ervin and West, Statesville contractors, at a total cost of more than $25,000, the Mountain warehouse is of frame and sheet metal design, is well-lighted by 2,736 square feet of roof glass, and the basement of the building[,] with dimensions of more than 9,000 square feet, has been divided into two immense prize rooms. These rooms are equipped with modern scales, presses and pumps, and will greatly facilitate the clearance of tobacco from the main warehouse floors.” Further details indicated that, “Clyde R. Greene, chairman of the building committee which is composed of himself, William R. Lovill, H. Grady Farthing and W.H. Gragg, states that more than fifty carpenters and helpers worked thirty days on the warehouse.” The facility was said to be “equipped with running water, toilets, bunks and stoves.” Tobacco buyers were said to have been impressed by the facility, and hoped for construction of other warehouses in the area. Predictions in a related story noted that “the sale of three to five million pounds of tobacco at the opening season in Boone” was predicted by local promoters of the burley market. Concluded the story, these “[l]ocal promoters are of the belief that at least one more [warehouse] will be built between now and the opening of the 1940 season.”