David Wyke Collection

Title

David Wyke Collection

Subject

1940 Flood

Description

This collection consists of 14 photographic images, about half of which document damages in Boone, NC, from the August 1940 Flood that devastated Watauga County. Other photos are primarily family images taken in front of the Watauga County Jail, where the Wyke family lived after it was converted to a residence, or at the family's grocery store on King Street in Boone. One image is from the Wyke family home in Foscoe during the 1910s.

Although the photographer of most of these images is not known, the collection is named in honor of David P. Wyke.

Creator

Unknown

Date

1915-1959

Contributor

Becky Russell Roark Haney

Rights

Becky Russell Roark Haney has shared these items with Digital Watauga through a digital use rights deed of gift. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from Becky Russell Roark Haney. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.

Collection Items

David and Ethel Wyke House, Foscoe, NC, 1915
This image shows the David and Ethel Wyke House in Foscoe, NC, shortly after its completion in 1915. A much altered version of the house still stands just west of Taylor Road on the north side of NC 105. On the porch are David (seated) and Ethel Wyke…

Buddy Russell with Becky Russell Roark in Front of Former Watauga County Jail, 1959
Riding the four-wheeled toy is Buddy Russell as Becky Russell Roark (later Haney) leans over to tickle him. The two are positioned on the front walk to the former Watauga County Jail. Visible at left behind Haney is the rear of the Sebastian…

Becky Russell Roark Sitting in Front of Former Watauga County Jail, 1950s
Seated on the low wall along the path to the former Watauga County Jail is Becky Russell Roark (later Haney) as a young girl. Behind her is the Lovill Law Office after it was moved from its second site on King Street. Visible behind the porch of the…

Ernie Lewis Holding Buddy Russell in Front of former Watauga County Jail, 1959
This image shows Ernie Lewis, a Watauga Democrat employee, holding Buddy Russell on the walkway in front of the former Watauga County Jail in 1959. Visible at far left is the rear of the Sebastian Building, while at center right is the Rivers family…

Louise Wyke in Front of Wyke's New Store, 1940s
This image shows Louise Wyke posing in front of the new Wyke's Grocery Store on King Street in Boone, NC, most likely shortly after it opened. The building still stands opposite the Watauga County Courthouse. A caption on the back of the photo reads,…

Louise Wyke Near Wyke's Store, 1940s
This image shows Louise Wyke posing by Wyke's Grocery Store on King Street in Boone, NC, most likely at a back entrance. The brick Wyke's building was completed in 1940, although this may have been an earlier iteration at another location. A notation…

Louise Wyke Russell with Kitten in Front of Former Watauga County Jail, 1930s
This image shows Louise Wyke Russell (L) holding a kitten while posed on the walkway to the former Watauga County Jail. Behind Russell at left is the Lovill Law Office frame building, with the rear of the brick Sebastian Building visible at right…

Louise Wyke Russell with Unidentified Man in Front of Former Watauga County Jail, 1930s
This image shows Louise Wyke Russell (L) seated with an unidentified man on the wall in front of the former Watauga County Jail on Water Street during the 1930s. The rear side of businesses along King Street are visible at far right. A notation of…

Fish Caught in Front of Sinclair Service Station, King Street, August 13, 1940
In this image, a man is seen holding two fish he has caught in the flood waters in front of the Sinclair Service Station on King Street in Boone, NC, during the 1940 Flood. A. E. South, who owned a home at the north end of Water Street, kept a…

Flood Damage on North Water Street, Boone, NC, August 13, 1940
This image was shot looking north on North Water Street from a spot near the Bus Garage driveway in the Watauga County Office building. The damaged driveway and a portion of the building are visible at left. The 1940 flood essentially destroyed the…
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