The photos and articles relate to the early days of the town of Boone, North Carolina, and some of its founders, merchants, and early settlers. The centennial edition of the Watauga Democrat is the origin of some of the photos, but contains much more information on Boone, its first families, and history.
Ms. Betty Ruth Hodges McFarland (1938-2005) was a Watauga County native, daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Marilla Mae Love Hodges of Boone, North Carolina. She was associate professor emerita of English at Appalachian State University, where she served on the faculty for 35 years. She was dedicated to the art of teaching composition and developed instructional materials to help middle school teachers teach writing.
A copy of her obituary is included in the collection control file.