February 6

This picture is captioned “Corner of North Water and King Streets showing bank building and Miss Jennie Coffey’s store.” A photograph of downtown Boone taken sometime between 1900 and 1929. The old Watauga County Courthouse is visible in the background. Courtesy of the Historic Boone society collection; courtesy NC Digital Heritage, library.digitalnc.org.

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1948: Worst Winter in Years Affects Watauga and the Whole State

February 1, 1894

“It takes a man with a considerable amount of gall,” began an item listed in this week’s “Local News” items of the Watauga Democrat, “to ask that a paper be sent to him on time, and then, after he has had the paper for nearly two years, and never paid a cent for it, notifies the publisher that he is tired of it and to please stop it.” “Surprises,” conclude the news item, “still exist.”
“The special Income tax has been made a part of the Revenue bill,” reported an article on national news, “and has been reported to the house and we may look out for a bitter fight in the near future on this bill.” Reported the local paper’s editorship, “[w]e are in favor of this income tax and hope it will pass, but we have serious doubts about it.”

An advertisement for “Holly Spring College” of “Butler, Johnson. Co., Tenn.” this week offered potential students the promise of being “Beautifully and accessibly located. Ample boarding accommodations. Faculty of six teacher (sic) Two hundred and eighty five students last year. Both sexes admitted. Thorough work in all branches. Next session begins Aug. 7[,] 1893.” Presumably the date was a misprint, or the text of an old ad had been re-submitted for publication. Concluded the notice, “Write for catalogue. JAS. H. SMITH, PRES’T.”

“Pulling up and Going West,” a news item, reported that,the “exodus of farmers from Cabarrus and Stanly counties has assumed such proportions as to attract attention, and some means should be provided to put a stop to it.”  Noted the writer, “some of the best homesteads in Stanly county have been deserted,” with “[d]ozens of some of the most thrifty families” from that County having “gone to Texas, Arkansas, and other Western states in the past six weeks.”

February 5, 1948

“OLD SOL BRINGS RELIEF FROM FRIGID BLASTS,” a bold headline in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat, introduced a front-page report of the region’s recent winter weather news. “Watauga county, besieged by rain, ice, sleet, snow, and target of about every trick in the weatherman’s kit the end of the week, is having at least a brief respite from the rigors of one of the worst winters in years, as this week brought clearing skies and sub-freezing temperatures, to melt some of the snow piled in abundance about the countryside,” opened the story. “Freezing rains last Friday covered the ground with a thick coating of ice, followed Saturday by six inches of snow, which fell before the previous week’s deposit had vanished, [and] brought a cessation of highway travel for a time, except where travel was prompted by necessity.” The impact of the wintry storms was felt beyond the Blue Ridge: “[t]he ‘down the country’ section is trying to recover from broken telephone and telephone (sic – perhaps electric was meant?) lines, fallen roofs, big snowdrifts and streets littered with broken limbs… there was 10 1/2 inches of snow at Goldsboro and 18 inches at Henderson.”

 

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