December 5

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This picture shows a logging operation in about the year 1916, at the Whiting Lumber Mill in Watauga County. The logging crew are shown standing by a skidder, which is a machine used to pull felled trees from the site at which they were cut down to the mill where they are processed. Courtesy of Michael Lowery / the Lowery-Whiting Collection and the Digital Watauga Project, DigitalWatauga.org.

November 29, 1923

A prominent headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat announced, “COOLIDGE ASKS NATION TO OBSERVE ‘GOLDEN RULE SUNDAY’ ON DEC. 2.” The headline was followed by a reproduction of the official letter bearing the Presidential decree and a small portrait of the Chief Executive. The President wrote, “It is with a great deal of satisfaction that I commend your proposal to observe an International Golden Rule Dinner Sunday, on the second of December, 1923. I feel sure that this suggestion will meet with very widespread approval and will bring more closely to mind the charitable requirements of those who are prosperous to those who are in adversity. It suggests not only a practical method for help, but the highest appreciation of sympathy, by sharing for a time the privation of others. Cordially yours, [signed] Calvin Coolidge.” A caption beneath the letter explained, “[t]he plans for the observance of Golden Rule Sunday call upon the people of America to serve a menu in their homes similar to that served in the orphanages in the near east, the difference in the cost of the orphanage menu and the ordinary meal to be contributed to orphanage work overseas. The observance is very appropriately fixed for the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Having on Thursday partaken from well-laden tables as a token of rejoicing in the prosperity of America, it is fitting that on the following Sunday people give special consideration to the needs and distress of those who are less highly favored.”
In local events, the “Stony Fork News” column reported, “Saturday afternoon Dec. 1 has been appointed by the men of the church to meet and haul wood for the church. Everyone who can is invited to bring a team and tools to help in this very necessary work. In a very few hours wood enough to last the church all winter can be cut and hauled.”

November 27, 1941
“WAR ON RODENTS NOW IN PROGRESS,” a banner headline this week, carried the sub-heading “Mayor Says That If People Continue Unresponsive Eradication Campaign to End.” In the details of the story, the public was informed that, “Messrs. Killough, Braswell and Helms of the Orkin Exterminating Company, Charlotte, are now in the city waging war on wharf rats about the city dump, creek banks and other public spots, and treating homes and business houses in cases where the people are willing to co-operate by paying the small fee of $1.50.  Mayor Gragg states, however, that since the announcement was made of the rat campaign, only about a dozen people have signified their willingness to co-operate by having their homes and other buildings treated for the rodents, and long experience of the exterminating company has shown that no campaign came be thoroughly successful without the full co-operation of the people.” Due to the tepid response, it was reported, “Mr. Gragg further says that the city is doing its full share toward alleviating the wharf rat menace, and that if the people are not interested, the campaign will close when the contract made with the company is fulfilled.”

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