Friday, January 15, 2021

1922 Common Sense Business Review

 In 1922, The Crittenden Press was trying to help promote local businesses and tell what they had to offer. The headline read, Common Sense Business Review Editorial, by Roland Kemper. From the archives of The Crittenden Press, Dec. 22, 1922.

These editorials have been compiled with the express purpose of showing the people of this section of the state what some of their home industries have to offer. The elimination of much foreign competition will have to be brought about if Crittenden County is to prosper and be a power in Western Kentucky.

The editorials contain facts and the people who feel that they are not too old to still be enlightened on things will find in reading these articles a new angle to work upon.


A furniture store, when one stops to deliberate, furnishes the essentials that go to make a home out of a house. The making of a home, I must admit, necessitates favorable relation between man and wife. But a perfect home only comes with husband and wife being agreeable and also enough furniture in the house to make it comfortable and beautiful.

From this fact then we turn to the man who offers to the public this necessary part of the home and place more prestige on his business.

Mr. Tucker who conducts a furniture store bearing his name is another businessman who realizes that only as long as he gives a real service to the public will his establishment function in a successful manner.

This is an important fact for the people of this section of the state to know, because a knowledge of what basis he is depending on for success, insures them of having at their disposal a furniture store that is fully stocked with goods of a high standard at reasonable priced.

An inspection of the store by the writer of this article disclosed many unexpected things. They are too numerous to mention but the outstanding general impression was that it is modern, offers a variety of products and that prices were indeed reasonable when the quality of good was considered.

Mr. Tucker has left nothing undone to secure many articles in his store that will make practical and appropriate gifts for the holiday buyers.

Mr. Tucker also conducts an undertaking establishment. During the time he has been identified with the professional life of the community he has kept in touch with all that is new in the way of equipment but he is thoroughly abreast of the times relative to the latest scientific ideas on embalming. Courteous and efficient to a marked degree, he has won the confidence and heart felt commendation of many clients who have found great satisfaction in being relieved of troublesome details in the time of sorrow.


In making my business survey of the bigger industries of Crittenden County I find this concern occupying a prominent position in its line of products.

It is only when one realizes the fact that bread is the staff of life, that the quality of the contents of this food is given much consideration, but with this knowledge of the important part bread plays in the health of our people it seems to me that rare discrimination should be given when it comes to the purchasing of flour and other breadstuffs.

A flour for example that has a look of fluff will not make as light a bread as the careful housewife demands and on the other hand a flour that is lacking in the proper bleaching process is not white consequently a dark bread is the result from its use.

I find that the Marion Milling Co. has left not a stone unturned to produce in "SWAN" their famous brand of flour, both of the qualities that have been discussed in this paragraph. This is a triumph in the modern milling industry and the proprietors of this mill in the rendering of this service to the people of this community are deserving of any amount of praise.

The men who operate this concern know that the success of their business is based upon the service they give their patrons and it is with this view in mind that they are over striving to build this business on and again the interests in this business are well aware of the fact that a letting down in the quality of their products will enable other concerns in the field to soon have their business.

So it seem to the writer that the housewives who are not already using Swan would do extremely well to investigate the quality of this home product. If found good, which I believe will be the case, then use and boost it with a vengeance.

                                              F.O. BUTLER GARAGE

F. O. Butler is very large, but that's not the reason he runs a garage. The reason he does – so we are told, is because he gives service whether it's hot or it's cold. 2nd the people like it and came from afar, to have him make repairs on their car. And when the car is repaired, the work is the very best. If you want your car made safe as a bank, Take it in and have it looked over by Big Frank.




Friday, January 8, 2021

Early Inventors of Marion

 Marion and Crittenden County has had several inventions during the past from our own local citizens that are interesting to read about.

The following is an interesting article written in August 1906 for The Crittenden Record Press.

Crittenden County has sailed down the sea of time for many years without fear and with much favor. And now it has been discovered that we have inventors in our midst.

  • Mr. A. Dewey of the Marion Milling Company invented some kind of milling machinery and exchanged his ideas for several thousand dollars.
  • Mr. John Morse invented a button case and they are in use today. Quite a number of inventions have been evolved from Marion thought domes.
  •   Mr. J. LeRoy Shrode at present Superintendent of the Marion Electric Light & Ice Company has obtained a patent for an automatic oil cup which solves a world of problems for engineers. It promises to do away with hot boxes, bearings and the like. Upon examination you cannot tell the Shrode cup from the ordinary cup. They look alike and all work alike on stationary and movable engines. The “Shrode Automatic Oil Cup" is an appliance which automatically opens and feed oil faster the hotter the bearing gets. The beauty of this can readily be seen. The more oil the greater the tendency to cool the bearing and the cooler the bearing the less oil flows which of course is limited to a certain amount. The peculiar operation of this cup, especially the automatic mechanism, is still a secret for which Mr. Shrode is certainly justifiable. Mr. Shrode has already been offered $1,200 for his invention by one of the largest oil cup manufactures in the United States. He refused the offer and says whenever they place another nought to the right side of the two already there he will sell.  Mr. Shrode is practically a new-comer to Marion. It must be something in this peculiar Crittenden atmosphere that generates distinction among her sons and daughters and newcomers.


The old Presses shared with its readers other creative and ingenious ideas and inventions through the years.

  • In 1895 Mr. Fred Clement, of this county, is the inventor of a machine and wagon tongue supporter upon which the government has recently granted letters patent. A half interest in the patent has been sold to Mr. L. W. Cruce. Most farmers, and especially those using machinery, have felt the want of something to support or “hold up” the tongue of machines, such as wheat drills, reapers, wagons and such like.  The simple device patented by Mr. Clement meets the demand in every particular; it is inexpensive, and as handy as “a pocket in a shirt.” It will shortly be put before the public by Messrs. Clement and Cruce, and will doubtless meet with a hearty reception.
  • In July of 1900, Mr. Thomas Barger of this county has secured a patent on a tobacco succorer. Its design is to remove the succor from a tobacco plant so completely that it never grows back. When a crop of succors have been once removed with his little, simple machine, the grower’s work of “succoring” is done for the season.  Mr. Barger secured the right a short time ago and has not yet put his patent on the market, but he has been exhibiting its work and tells us the farmers are well pleased with it, and feels confident that he will have a large sale for it next season.
  • In March 1904, Mr. R. L. Yeakey, has invented a reproducer for a phonograph which, he claims, has a softer and a larger volume of sound than that of the Edison machine. When he gets his recorder perfected he will apply for a patent.
  • March 1922. The energetic and business men of Marion know a good thing when they see it. John Glass, one of our townsmen, recently invented and patented a device for delivering and receiving mail from fast moving trains at stations where they make no stops.  Mr. Glass showed his invention to a number of business men of Marion who immediately took advantage of an opportunity to purchase same and have formed and incorporated a company for the purpose of marketing this device for the use of the railroad. The present system used by the railroads in unsatisfactory and expensive. This new invention will no doubt be adopted by every railroad in the country.  The company has employed A. Gustafson of Chicago to install the first trial station, which will be located near the Kentucky Fluor Spar Mill on the I.C.R.R. This project will be watched with great interest.
  • April 1927. Former Marion Man Patents New Invention. Reginald Roy Hicklin, of San Antonio, Texas, has patented a new style propeller for use in aviation. Mr. Hicklin’s invention, among other things, eliminates much of the excessive vibration. The propeller also adjusts its pitch automatically to the speed of the propeller.
  • September 1927. The United States Patent Office announced that William N. Perryman, of Marion, has obtained a patent on a novel mine ventilating apparatus. The application was filed and the case prosecuted by Clarence O’Brien, local patent attorney.  The invention provides an apparatus to suck bad air and gases out of the mine in an efficient manner. It is comparatively simple in construction and capable of being easily installed, according to the information furnished by the attorney.

Its interesting to find we have had many inventors in our past history.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Night Riders in Crittenden County

  This interesting article is from the Book titled Echoes of Yesteryear By Leslie McDonald, 1972.

Tobacco was the cash crop.  Dark-fired tobacco was grown especially for its value to bring in money when everything else failed.   Corn and wheat were bead for the table, hay was food for the livestock and sorghum was grown for a little sweetening.  Tobacco remained the commodity that brought a little girl a doll for Christmas, for other cash crops were practically non-existent.

By the 1890's and early 1900's tobacco was grown almost everywhere in the county.  There were large well-constructed barns on every farm to house and smoke dark tobacco.  A long aisle of hot coals was maintained on each side of the barn to "smoke" the tobacco until it cured to the color desired by the grower.

Many farmers grew large acreage of tobacco and in 1904 the price of tobacco dropped below the price it cost to product it.  This resulted in an organization called the Planter's Protective Association.  This tobacco surplus was put into what was known as "in pool".  Many planters refused to join the Association.  At first a harmless band was formed to force these planter to act but later it evolved into violence.

The Night Riders climbed into their saddles with two purposes:  The farmers must be forced to join them or not to raise tobacco.  As lawlessness increased, due to the fact that their identity was covered by a black mask and white sheets, they grew bolder.  They salted tobacco plant beds, tore up young plans and burned tobacco.  They began to burn tobacco warehouses, growers' barns and generally cause trouble.  Anyone who took sides against them soon met with their rage.

The Night Riders were soon out of control.  They used whips and clubs on individuals for real or imagined moral transgressions.  They shot into private homes for warnings.  Thorn switching was their favorite method of chastisement.  One man reported that bullets entered into the bedding of his sleeping sister.

Many threatening notes were the first indication of impending violence around Dycusburg.  Dycusburg was the location of the buying, selling and shipping of the farmers tobacco crops. 

The Bennett brothers owned the Distillery which the Night riders burned to the ground February 2, 1908.  They also burned the warehouse for tobacco owned by Henry H. Bennett.  They spared the warehouse of S. H. Cassidy. 

 They also decided to whip Henry Bennett and William Groves.  These men had continued to buy tobacco after their warning.  They were to be made into examples to warn others.  The Night Riders unmercifully whipped William Groves.  The beating crippled Mr. Groves permanently and he died a cripple, maimed and scarred some year later.   

For the chastisement of Henry Bennett, they chose to give one of the thorn-switch whippings.  One of his ears was almost torn off and he was left a complete invalid, though he lived two more years in agony.  On his tombstone in the Dycusburg Cemetery is this inscription "Killed by Night Riders".  This was March, 1908. 

Soon the entire countryside was so incensed by these brutal beatings that the word began to get around that the Night Riders would be ambushed on sight.  Some of the men would be riding in trucks while some continued on horseback.  This stopped the Night Riders for good.

A couple of the old tobacco barns that were in Crittenden County. 

 They are all about gone now.    Either fallen down, or being torn down for their lumber.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Beautiful and Colorful Vintage Christmas Cards

 Just some beautiful and colorful vintage Christmas Cards with matching envelopes for this week's post. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Civic Societies Have A Special Place In Our History

From the Illustrated Edition of The Crittenden Press, August 16, 1894, many valuable and interesting pieces of our history were written about.  

 This piece was about the Civic societies of the town.

This feature of the town will always be found a safe and reliable standard from which to judge the propensities of the men who constitute the business element of the town and surrounding country.


Banded together by solemn and irrevocable ties, for the purpose of friendship, morality, brotherly love, sympathy, counsel and support, wherever they are found strong in numbers will always be found a harmonious and united community.


Silent often in their charities, the outside world can never know to what extent it is indebted to those noble organizations.


Although doubted by some, their doubts and suspicions are the offspring of ignorance of the motives and working of these institutions. Any community in which these praiseworthy organizations exist can always be trusted as peaceful and law abiding, and a good land in which to dwell.


In Marion are four of these societies, and each has a strong membership.

Bigham Lodge F. A. & A. M. is the oldest and strongest. It has a membership of seventy and is one of the best working lodges in this section. It owns its own hall and the lodge room is well appointed. Within the last two years it has grown rapidly.


Blackwell Lodge Knights of Pythias, was organized seven years ago, and has a membership of over fifty. In 1887 a number of the Knights from Ivy Lodge, of Henderson, came over to Marion and instituted a new Lodge, with a membership of twelve. Since that time the order has been growing and the idea of their own building was conceived. The new building was finished in October 1890, and the order has just completed paying for its hall.

The new K.P. hall was dedicated in Nov. of 1890. It is made of substantial brick, handsomely finished without and within and is a credit to the popular and rapidly growing order and an honor to our town.

From the start this institution grew rapidly, and it now embraces in its membership many of our best men, especially among the young. The lodge room is elegantly furnished and is one of the most attractive in the county.

The membership is not confined to Marion, but young men from various parts of the county have united with it and it is now one of the fixed institutions of the place.


The Ancient Order of United Workmen has a membership of forty, and is growing. Its members take a great interest in lodge meetings and are devoted to the order, which is very popular in the town and country.


The Knights of Honor have had a lodge here since 1879, and its members embrace some of the oldest and most substantial citizens.


The society at Marion is as good as it is anywhere. The people are unostentatious, friendly and social. We have no aristocracy.


For the purpose of hearing the leading men of the country and bringing the best talent to Marion, forty of the young men of the town have organized a Lecture Club and through the influence of this club the people of Marion are enjoying a distinction no other has to offer, accorded to a town of this size.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Meet Some More of Marion's Past Doctors

 Dr. John Riley Clark, noted physician and surgeon of Marion and Crittenden County in the late 1800's.

Born March 7, 1834, son of William and Rosa Cunningham Clark, one of Crittenden County's early pioneer families.

He was born at a time when schools were scarce in this section, and his parents were unable to give him the educational advantages he craved, but being staunch of mind and body, the hardships of those pioneer days brought out and developed the tenacious qualities of the mind that made him successful in whatever he attempted.

When he began life for himself his only patrimony was an ambition to surmount the difficulties in the way of a professional career, and blessed with a strong body and mind, he rose above the barriers and for years stood in the forefront as a physician in his native county. He attended the Medical University of Louisville.

As a citizen he was progressive and liberal, every ready to lend his assistance to such things as he thought would benefit his fellow citizens.

For years he was been prominent in the affairs of this section. He represented Crittenden and Livingston counties in the legislature of 1879-80, and served his district with distinction. He was also one of the partners of A. Dewey Co., builders of Marion Merchants flour-mill in 1890. He also built J. R. Clark Lumber Mill.

Dr. Clark and his wife, Nannie Johnson Clark, bought a farm in the Tribune-Repton area, built first a log house and here they started out their life.

The doctor practiced in his professional line, bought more land, erected new buildings and had a splendid home and a fine farm. To this union were born ten children.

When Dr. Clark died on Sept 16, 1902, he was one of the best-known and respected citizens of Crittenden County.  He and his wife are buried at Mapleview Cemetery.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

1951 - Cherokee Indians Were in Marion


Crittenden Press, May 1 8, 1951.

On May 11th, a party of nine, including four ancestors, of the original Cherokee Indian Tribe, stopped in Marion on a tour retracing the "Trail of Tears" made by 17,000 of their ancestors 113 years ago at which time 4,000 of their tribe lost their lives.

Chief McKinley Ross, descendant of Captain John Ross, an Indian leader, presented Mayor L. D. Chipps with a peace pipe in a ceremony from the Courthouse lawn with this message.  "As Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, I  bring you greetings from my people.  113 years ago 17,000 of my ancestors passed through Marion on a march to Exile.  Today three other tribal leaders and myself are retracing that Trail of Tears.

We left our Carolina Mountain homes two days ago on the Trail of Tears journey that carry us through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and to its end in Oklahoma.  We are retracing this historic trail in the hope the people of America may learn of a forgotten page in history.

Other Cherokee descendants besides Chief Ross in the party and wearing authentic native costumes, were Leroy Wahnetah, Joe Washington and Rev. Arsesn Thompson, the first Cherokee Educationalist.

The tour is sponsored by the Cherokee Historical Association.

Attending the Welcome luncheon at the Marion Cafe besides the Cherokee party were: Mayor and Mrs. L. D. Chipps, John Quertermous, Ben Clement, Daisy Franklin, Pauline Guess, Grace Paris, Mrs. T. C. Gilland, R. Pl Davidson, N. S. Hollingsworth and Neil Guess.  

The traveling guests were presented with souvenirs of Fluorspar by Ben Clement and other favors from the down stores.