November 21st


This is a photograph which shows a portion of downtown Boone. The image is from a postcard which carries a postmark from the year 1938. This is a photograph which shows a portion of downtown Boone. The image is from a postcard which carries a postmark from the year 1938. Courtesy of the Bobby Brendell collection, the Watauga County Historical Society, and / the Digital Watauga Project.

1946: Election Results Indicate Wataugans Narrowly Uphold Ban on Jury Duty for Women

November 19, 1914

An item of announcement in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat newspaper, under the heading “Personal Property Sale” announced:  “On the 5th day of Dec. 1914, I will offer for sale at public auction at my residence near Oak Grove school house all my household and kitchen furniture. Also one yoke of red oxen four years old; two two-year-old steers; two milk cows; one yearling heifer; one wagon, and other things too tedious to mention. Terms of sale: All amounts under $5 cash in hand, over said amount on 4 and 6 months time with note and approved security. Sale will begin promptly at 11 a.m.” The announcement was signed, “Ed. G Hodges.”

In local news items this week, a short article reported, “[s]ome weeks since Mr. H. Turner Hendrix, of Stony Fork, purchased the Mrs. J.G. Horton property in East Boone, and we are told that he will remodel the building in many ways and make it a well appointed and convenient residence. in every respect. Just what he intends to do with the property we do not know, but here’s hoping that the hustling young business man and his amiable wife may occupy it themselves.”
Another article told, “[a]n unoccupied building, but a good one, owned by Mr. J.J.T. Reese, and standing right near his residence on Beaver Dam was destroyed by fire a few nights ago, but fortunately the pretty home escaped the ravages of the flames. The building was used in the main as a store house for grains, provision, etc., and we are told that not less than 300 bushels of wheat and rye were consumed, and the loss is estimated at $1,000, at least.”

November 14, 1946

“WATAUGA TURNS THUMBS DOWN ON 2 AMENDMENTS,” a banner headline on this week’s front page, introduced a story which informed readers that, “Watauga county voted substantially against the amendment which would alter the constitution so as to permit women to do jury duty in the courts of the state, when the issue was presented to the voters in the general election, exactly 2,000 voters favoring the proposal, and 2,148 against for a negative majority of 148.” The other item, reported the newspaper, concerned the “amendment which would raise the pay of members of the [North Carolina General] assembly from ten to twenty dollars a day.” This measure, it was reported, “received more hostile treatment at the hands of the local voters, who evidently figured that their representatives were receiving enough, for this proposal was rejected by a majority of 578, which is likely enough to seal the doom of the amendment[,] which is having a nip and tuck fight as the late returns trickle in to Raleigh.” The story concluded, in contrast ,”[i]t is recalled that in 1928 when the amendment was adopted raising the pay of members of the assembly from $4.00 to $10.00 per day for 60 days, the late returns from Watauga saved the day for the measure.”


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