Editor’s note: This article features news and photos from past editions of the Watauga Democrat.
July 24, 1941
An allocation of $188,632 to develop additional units of the Blue Ridge Parkway has been approved by President Roosevelt, Representative John H. Folger announced yesterday,” according to a story in the July 24, 1941, edition of the Watauga Democrat.
“The funds will be used to carry forward a number of parkway improvements in 12 North Carolina counties, including Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes, Surry, Mitchell, McDowell, Burke, Yancey, Buncombe and Caldwell.”
Plans for the project, forwarded to Washington by state WPA Director C.C. McGinnis, call for the restoration, conservation and protection of natural resources along the Parkway, including water, soil, forest and wildlife.”
July 25, 1957
“The week-old gas price war prepared near to end Thursday when Gulf service stations in the Boone area returned prices to pre-war level at 6 p.m. Other major companies and independents were expected to follow suit within 24 hours,” a story in the July 25, 1957, Watauga Democrat announced.
“The gas price war, which started in Charlotte and spread through the Piedmont section several weeks ago, moved into Watauga County Thursday of last week, although several major companies did not drop their prices until Wednesday.”
“At one point, prices dipped as much as 17.9 cents for regular gas and quickly leveled off to a fairly standard 19.9 cents, and then 24.9 cents, although one station on Highway 421 east of Boone was displaying a 19.8 sign Thursday of this week. Other stations throughout the area were reported also to be lower than most Boone stations.”
“Many of the service station operators are taking advantage of the price war to attack the state gasoline tax. They have placed signs at their stations advertising gas prices as 9.9 cents plus tax. At least one Boone station advertised 9.6 plus tax.
“Operators report that after a first rush, “when everybody was getting his tank filled,” volume had declined to normal, and in some cases below normal.”
July 28, 1966
He wasn’t the real Daniel Boone, but a visit from the actor who played him on television was announced in the July 28, 1966, edition of the Watauga Democrat.
“And what’s more likely a place for Daniel Boone to visit than Daniel Boone Country itself?” the story began.
It continued with “So, it is that on Thursday, Aug. 4, Fess Parker, lanky star of television’s Daniel Boone series, will arrive in Boone for a guest appearance at Horn in the West. (The) announcement comes from Herman W. Wilcox, general manager of the drama, who adds that Parker will be flown to Boone from Charlotte and alight on pioneer soil around 5 p.m.”
“The 20th Century Fox celebrity will appear at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, home of the drama, which begins at 8:15 p.m. He will remain in Boone Friday morning for a meeting with the press. As a matter of fact, motels in the Boone area are each supplying a room, free of charge, for the visiting press.”
The Democrat also said that a photo contest was held.
“After a Thursday night dinner in honor of Parker, a photo session is scheduled for the theater, and photographers from three states will be aiming at a $100 reward for the best published picture of the television ‘Father of the Year’ during his stay in Boone.”
“Parker will be accompanied by his secretary and two representatives of 20th Century Fox. His visit to the Horn is to be televised by NCA affiliate stations of the Carolinas area.”