Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Crystal Palace Drug Store

September 8, 1905 -Opening Of The Crystal Palace Drug Store

No occasion of greater festivity or more thorough enjoyment has been attended this season than the opening of the beautiful new drug store of H. K. Woods and J. H. Orme. It is one of the handsomest and best equipped drug stores in Kentucky.

 The Press calls the attention of the readers to the reestablishing of the old reliable drug firm of Woods and Orme, in their new elegant quarters, which has been erected on the spot where the firm was burned out in the great conflagration which burned two squares of he business section of this city, in March of this year.

The building is a massive two story pressed brick front, stone columns and plate glass show windows. It would do credit to a city of 10,000 inhabitants. It and the ware-room adjoining extend 115 ft. from Marin Street to alley.

The interior is elaborately finished and equipped. The ceiling is of ornamental steel and handsome design, the tints of which harmonize with the general interior of the store and from which myriads of electric lights line the entire length adding beauty and radiance to the scene.

The floor is finished in tiling of exquisite design and color, and as one enters the store the myriads of tinted electric globes reflect a dazzling beauty over the French plate mirrors, glass showcases, counters and the marble top, onyx column fountain. The pilasters on the fixtures are three inches deep and the ornaments alone at the top of these fixtures cost Messrs. Woods and Orme about $ 50.00. 

The furniture, prescription case and all of the interior equipments are from the great Meyers Bros. Drug Company of St. Louis. The showcases are of plate glass with bevel edge surmounted by an eight-inch marble base. 

The handsomest of mirrors adorn the walls from floor to ceiling. Perhaps the prettiest of these mirrors is the one which adorns the back of the prescription case. It is six feet square surrounded by ornamental glass trimmings which make quite a a pretty combination with the wire glass windows in the rear at the top o f the balcony. But by far the most beautiful addition to the store is the handsome $2,000 fountain on the right as you enter. It is of mahogany with marble and onyx fixtures and counters.

Messes. Woods and Orme are now ready to serve ice cream and all kinds of cold drinks, which will be served until cold weather.

Today, Thursday their opening day and they will present each lad visitor with a handsome souvenir consisting of an aluminum box of sachet powder with the firm's name engraved in gold.
Levi Cook, the jeweler, has also moved to his new quarters in Woods and Orme's drug sore. He has an exceptionally pretty line of jewelry and his stock certainly adds beauty to the already splendidly furnished quarter. His selection of fixtures harmonizes with the Woods and Orme fixtures and were also made by Meyers Bros. Drug Company

This building was later the Marion Cafe', most remember it being owned and operated by Cap and Edith Cline.  Today May 2016 the store is occupied  by The Botanical Flowers and Gift Shop.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Advertisements in 1902

Here is another page from the Crittenden Press in 1902 that had all the advertisements for that time period. 
J. N. Boston, Contractor and Builder, handles all kinds of building material, rough and dressed lumber.  The picture of the house was the new home he had just built for his family.

The house is still standing today.  Looks like the window on the front part of the extention has been closed off.

  It is located on East Bellville street.

Pierce & Guess Stables was also located on East Bellville Street. 

It's a private lot now owned by the Rip Wheeler Family. 

Their ad reads.  The leading Liverymen of Marion!. Up to Date Vehicles.

*  First-Class Stock, Careful and Sober Drivers.

* Special accommodations for Commercial Travelers.  Hacks met all trains.

*  Free to customers making country trips with us.

 These hacks, as shown in the picture, would drive salesmen around the county to the little country stores to show their goods and wares.

They were also available to drive visitors to the famous Crittenden Springs Mineral Springs Resort.

John Davis & Son Monuments were from Princeton, Kentucky.  I guess they were wanting to get some of Marion's Henry & Henry Monuments trade.    I thought strange to be in a Crittenden County Advertisement page.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Taylor & Cannan Department Store and R. J. Morris, Leading Dentist

In 1902, The Crittenden Press had a special edition on some of the businesses that were located in down town Marion.  This is from one of the special pages in that edition.

The Taylor & Cannan Department Store was located on the corner of Main St. and E. Bellville St.  The store was built after the 1905 fire.   It was Taylor & Cannan, after the owners, Gus Taylor and W. D. Cannan.   

The store was sold in 1947 to Hillis and Iva Hunt and it became known as Hunt's Department store.   R. C. Hamilton married the Hunt's daughter, Louise, and in 1944, after R. C. came back from his service in WW II, they R. C.  the store.  

 Always one of Marion's most popular stores.

R. J. Morris, says the ad, was the leading dentist in Marion and Crittenden County.

Here is a closer look at his office.

His ad says.  It is a through-known fact by Marion and Crittenden County people that Dr. Morris is regarded as the leading dentist in this section of Kentucky.

he has a large and extensive practice all over Crittenden and adjoining counties.

The Doctor has at present some of the most difficult cases of Malocclusion of the teeth, which he is straightening with ease and success. 

He is so well qualified that he is prepared to successfully handle any thing pertaining to the Dentist profession.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Crayne United Presbyterian Church

The first church organized in the Crayneville community was in 1892, as a Cumberland Presbyterian church, from the congregation of the Piney Fork church. ( In 1907 Crayneville would be re-named as Crayne.)

On April 6, 1893 the church held its ceremonies to mark the beginning of this new church.  The Crittenden Press, dated April 6, 1893 recorded this event.  The article reads: Imposing ceremonies mark the beginning of the new church at Crayneville.  A large congregation from different parts of the county gathered together at Crayneville, to see Rev. B. T. Watson, lay the corner stone of the new church.  

The church remained a Cumberland Denomination until 1907.  In 1907, the congregation united with the Presbyterian Church U. S. A. 

In 1991, on the first Sunday of the month in June, the church celebrated its 100th year of religious teaching.

On January 3, 2000 the small community of Crayne was severely damaged by a tornado and the church was also damaged.  The church was declared unsafe for people to enter inside.  After many trials and tribulations it was decided that the 106 year old church would have to be torn down and a new one built.

Harold Cannon, a long time Crayne resident, was contracted to build the new church.  On December 2, 2002 was the first service in the new church.  On June 22, 2003 the dedication of the new church was held.

Yet another chance would take place in the year 2012.  After a disagreement with the Presbytery, the congregation of the church decided to withdraw their membership from the Presbytery and become an independent nondenominational  church and it was re-named Crayne Community Church.  

Through the past 6 years, several of the members have passed on, and the number attending has fallen.  Only an average of 15 are attending.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Better Build By Boston

One of the old respected businesses in Marion  in the 1900s, and for many years later, was the J. N. Boston and Sons Lumber Company.

J. N. Boston, the senior member of the firm, J. N. Boston and Sons, was born January 21, 1863, at Hillman's Rolling Mill near Eddyville, Ky.  

In 1899 he ventured for the first time into the furniture business.  The next year he made his start into what has since developed into a prosperous lumber and building business.  

In 1903 he had a successful lumber, planning mill and contracting business.

Soon his elder son, Maurie N. Boston, joined the firm and was the head of the architectural and contracting division, and the younger son, Ted, was in charge of running the busy office.

Some of the larger local buildings for which they  had contracts for were:
  • The First Baptist Church, a brick building that was at the time it was built, one of the nicest in town;
  • The Methodist Church, the largest of its kind in the county;
  • The Farmers Bank and Trust Company building, which won favorable comment as being an outstanding, one of its kind;
  • The E.J. Hayward home;
  • The James H. Orme home
  • The Thomas H. Cochran home
  • The L. H. James business buildings
  • The A. M. Shelby building
  • A new addition to the Masonic Lodge building
  • The Woman's Club building, which has become known as one of the most modern buildings of its sort in the state
  • Fohs Hall, a $1000,000 building, that has been pronounced by experts as one of the most beautiful building of its kind in Western Kentucky

 The First Baptist Church in Marion, just one of many that was built in 1907 by Bostons and Sons.

It's still a beautiful church today.

Plus outstanding buildings in other counties; the High School at Sturgis, Ky, the Christian and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches in Sturgis, two new bank buildings at Morganfield, and the combined Catholic school and church at Waverly.

The Boston and Sons Lumber Company left a legacy for generations to come by the outstanding buildings that they constructed during their lifetime.

John Noble Boston died Oct. 1939, at the age of 77.  Son Maurie N. died in 1968 and other son, Ted, died Nov. 17, 1990.  All are buried in Mapleview Cemetery.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Life and Times of Lindsey Travis

This interesting article contains some early history about life in our area and genealogy on one of our pioneer families. It was written by the late Braxton McDonald, a local teacher, superintendent, artist, and historian of Crittenden County.

One of the earliest recollections of the writer is of passing a little log cabin near Tribune and seeing an old man sitting in an old hickory-bottomed chair, musing, perhaps, of days past and gone.

The man, Uncle Lindsey Travis, was then over 90 years of age. He was born in 1821 and died in 1916 being in his 96th year at death. Many interesting incidents of his life are told.

Once when he was about 16 years of age his mother sent him and a Negro boy to old Centerville to swap some chickens for coffee. Centerville was about 12 miles from the Travis home and Uncle Lindsey and the Negro boy walked and carried the chickens. They took along a pillowcase in which to get the coffee. 

Coffee was very difficult to get at that time, but at this particular time President Jackson had sent several hundred Indians via Centerville to Illinois. These Indians were camping at the ford at Centerville. Government agents had supplied the Indians with quantities of coffee, sugar and other supplies. They traded these supplies for produce of the surrounding countryside.

Uncle Lindsey walked up to a large group of Indians and offered them his chickens for coffee. The Indians in front did not, or pretended not to understand him, and reached out their hand to feel how fat the chickens were. They kept passing them back to the Indians behind them and saying "Me feel, me feel" until they had taken about all the chickens.

By this time Uncle Lindsey was becoming suspicious and began to press them for the coffee in exchange. They gave him a small amount of coffee and told him to go. Feeling very resentful, he walked slowly down toward the creek, and seeing a small Indian boy near the path he said "I'll stomp you in the ground." The Indians, hearing this and seeing that there was some excitement gave a great war whoop and started toward Uncle Lindsey. 

Years later when he would tell this incident he would start by saying, "One time I out ran 2,000 Indians, but – they were after me." He said that this was the only time he out ran the Negro boy in his life, and also the only time he ran across a wide creek without getting his feet wet.

Several large groups of Indians were sent through Crittenden County by President Andrew Jackson. Most of the time they would camp a few days at the ford at old Centerville and then go on toward the Ohio River, passing near the present location of Marion. Traditions have it that they were paid large sums of money for their Eastern lands, and hid this money in a cave near Marion, wishing to hide the money before crossing the river. It is said that many years later small groups of Indians would come to this locality looking for the hidden treasurer.

Some family genealogy about Lindsey Travis.

Lindsey M. Travis was the sixth child of James and Rachel Travis. He was first married to Elizabeth McDowell. They lived on the Flynn's Ferry Road north of Copperas Spring.

His obituary from The Crittenden Press, July 20, 1916 tells some more history about his old gentleman.

"Lindsey Murray Travis was born January 20th, 1821, and died July 16, 1916. He was married three times. His first marriage was to Mary Elizabeth McDowell, August 20, 1842. To this union there were born five children.

He professed religion when young at the old Wilson Campground on the Flynn's Ferry Road, located between Repton and Tribune. He and Uncle Billy Lamb professed the same year and both joined the Methodist Church, he remained a faithful member of that church until his death.
Uncle Linze was one of the oldest men in the county at his death and lived longer than any of the Travis family. He was 96 years and six months old, lacking four days.

His mother, Aunt Rachel Travis lived to be 92 years and six months old, his brother, James Harvey Travis, lived 92 years and three months, and his sister Susan Elvira Travis Brantley lived 87 years and six months old at her death.

Uncle Linze was a quite, inoffensive man. He did a great deal of pubic business, but never meddled with business that did not come before him. He was generous and hospitable and everybody found a warm welcome in his home. He was appreciative any kindness shown him, and warmly made you feel that appreciation.

Lindsey Murray Travis is buried in the little, but historic James Wheeler Cemetery, located on Just-A-Mere Road, as are many of his descendants of Crittenden County.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Construction of Fohs Hall -1926

The building of Marion's historic Fohs Hall is quite interesting.  It's beginning in 1925 was very exciting for the city of Marion.  Never before had someone donated such a wonderful gift to Marion and Crittenden County.  
The building itself will be a beautiful one and will be not only be a school addition for the educational and recreational facilities of Marion, but a public building that will enhance the beauty of an already charming building site with it's stately trees and green lawns.

The general type of architecture of the building will be colonial, with four large columns in front of the Roman Corinthian period design.  These are the same design as those of the Pantheon at Rome.
The cornices will be of stone, as also will be the columns.  The windows will all have metal sash and the design is very artistic.  Foundation material will be local limestone.  The steps will be of the same material as the cornices.

The main entrance to the building will be very ornamental.  A rise of four long stone steps will lead one up on to a large tiled floor portico.  

The main entrance will be through a massive front door into a spacious lobby.  To the left will be a lounge room beautifully appointed.  The room will have a coatroom and lavatory. The family of the late T. J. Nunn gave the furniture for this room in memory of their father.  (Today this room is known as the "Nunn Room").

To the right of the lobby will be a music room, also with coatroom and lavatory.

The auditorium, one of the principal features of the building will be a combined gymnasium and auditorium.  When used as a gymnasium the playing floor will be thirty six by sixty three feet, with two balconies for spectators to watch the games.

When needed as an auditorium there will be seats on the playing floor facing the large state, making the total seating capacity about 800. 

The stage is large with a dressing room on each side, these occupying the entire width of the building.

On the second floor will be the library and balcony of the auditorium.  The library and reading room in to be seventy feet long by twenty four feet wide with a fireplace at each end of the moor.  Fireplaces area also to be in the music and lounge rooms.

On the second floor will also e a fireproof booth for motion picture machines.

In the basement will be found rooms that will be of considerable interest to the school students.  There are to be shower baths for boys and girls; locker rooms for each sex and a storage room, all with cement floors.

There will be a sewing room for the Home Economics girls and a domestic science room with cement floor.  The basement will also contain a large room for agriculture class work.

No a single feature has been omitted for this project that will make it serve its intended purpose.