Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marion Business

In the early 1950's Marion was a busy and industrious town.  There were many stores and all different kinds of businesses.  Car dealership, tractor dealerships, just most anything anyone could want could be found in Marion.

One of our old businesses was the Chipps Bros Implement Company.   It was an International Harvester Co. dealer from 1896 to 1960.  The firm was started in Livingston County with a store at Bayou, Ky under the ownership of W. E. Chipps Sr.  In 1938 one of his sons, L. D. Chipps, opened an implement store in Burna, Ky.  He was joined in the business by his brother J. C. Chipps in 1945.

The Marion store, was opened April 1947 and managed by L. D. Chipps.

Employees were left to right: Pedro Conger, Robert Qualls, Marion Moore, Bill Evans, Virgil Guess, Marian VanPelt, Lewis Chipps (owner) Grover Fuller and Easley Hill.

After this store closed it was purchased and opened as the Southern States Store with J. T. May, owner.

(these pictures are from the Crittenden County Pictorial History Book, used with permission)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marion Medicines

Marion has had some local medicine remedies that were sold here in Marion.  One was Stone's Specific.  Daniel W. Stone, produced a blood purifier and system builder.  It was called Stone's Healing Oil.  It was
good for rheumatism, chills, malaria, and other things.

He also sold orange tablets that he ordered through the mail and then repacked and sold, it said Stone's Special Tablets on the label.  He sold these to the country stores around the county and also to the Drug Stores.  They were sort of a miracle pill for anything that ailed you.

Mr. Stone lived on East Bellville Street in Marion.  His small home is still standing today,  it has been empty for many years and is in a sad state of deterioration. 

Another locally made medicine ointment was Cross Salve.

It was made by James Henry, Jr.  Was good for Sores, Burns, Piles, and skin diseases.

This ad was printed in 1930.   It was told to be a wonderful cure.

There were many testimonies in the paper of how it cured the worst of cuts and open sores on the skin.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

River Traffic at Weston

Weston, located about 12 miles from Marion, was once a prosperous and bustling river port town. The Weston of today is a quiet, peaceful little village of just a few families. 

 It becomes difficult to see the town as a bustling village with several businesses lining its streets, hotels for the many travelers to spend the night, a tobacco factory,  and a very busy river dock for boats large and small.

 The is a typical paddle wheeler of the day.  The gang plank would be lowered to the bank for loading and unloading of people, goods and livestock.  Livestock would be kept on the lower lever as seen in the picture.

The river traffic was for both commerce and travel. Years ago, the Ohio River was the main route for delivering goods to Weston, then to be picked up later and taken to Marion and other parts of the county.  People for miles around used the Weston river port for receiving their supplies and also the only way to transport their livestock to Evansville for sale.

It was also the only way to travel to points North and South and even then it was surprising how many people traveled to Evansville, St. Louis, and points North, and by transferring from the Ohio at Cario to the Mississippi they also traveled south.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vandalism At Crooked Creek Church

An interesting old article from the Aug. 20, 1896 edition of The Crittenden Press tells of vandalism at the old church.

Monday night, when the large congregation that had worshipped at Crooked Creek Church, two miles north of this place, was dismissed, those who had gone to church horseback - and there were scores of them - found their saddles in a sorry plight.

Some were gone, others were cut into pieces, and the parts scattered hither and thither.  A general search was made for the missing articles, and scattered about the woods they were found in twos, in threes, and in piles, and all more or less torn and cut.

After they were gathered up and patched up for temporary service, and the people started home, they had not gone far when there was a hundred or more gunshots heard at the church.

Investigation showed that the shots had been fired at the church building and all of the windows lights on the north side of the house were broken by the bullets of the vandals.

Services had been held nightly at the church for a week, and everything was getting along pleasantly, and there is no way of accounting for this outrage.

The people of that neighborhood are good, peaceful citizens, and there is no one in the immediate vicinity considered capable of such wanton meanness.  No pains should be spared in the effort to discover the guilty persons.

This picture of the church was made in 1990, before the handicapped ramp was built.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Crystals From Mexico

From an article published in 1948 about the Fluorspar Industry at Mexico, Ky.

Pictured at right are Fluorspar specimens, showing cubic crystals and octahedral cleavage, which is the smaller ones.

Crystals from Mexico - some of them are transparent as glass, others translucent, that is, clear enough to permit light to shine through them.

And they are in various colors, white, amber, green, rose, blue and purple.

Are these crystals precious stones?  No, but they look so much like gems that they are frequently called false ruby, false emerald, false amethyst, and so on, depending on their color and the precious stones they resemble.

The colors are imparted to the crystals by impurities that they contain; the purple hue is believed to be due to traces of manganses.

Some forms of these colored crystals are made into vases and other ornaments.  Very perfect uncolored crystals are used in making fine lenses.

What are these crystals?  They form the structure of a mineral called fluorspar or fluorite, which is a combination of calcium and flurorine having the chemical name, calcium fluoride.

This is was taken underground at the 500-foot level of the Tabb No. 1 Mine, which was a part of the Lafayette Mines located between Mexico and Frances, Ky.  

You can see the veins of fluorspar on the left.  Pictured drilling into the vein was James O. Farmer and Larnie Kinnes.

Made in 1948.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hurricane Furnace

Some of our forgotten past history is kept alive today by our Historical Highway Markers scattered throughout the county at historical places of interest.

On Hwy 135 in the western part of the county is the Hurricane Furnace marker.

The history of the furnace is told on the markers.

According to history of the area, the first important mining venture of the county seems to have been that of a company headed by President Andrew Jackson, which undertook development near the site of the present Columbia mines, in Crittenden County in 1835.   

Soon after President Jackson retired from the presidency, he bought hundreds of acres of land in this part of the county and mined iron, to handle which he built and operated a big furnace.  Jackson himself did not give his personal attention ot this ventue, but placed it in the hands of his adopted son.

For years the ore was dug and the furnace operated, being one of the populous and busy places in all the region.  The pig iron was made at the furnace site, loaded on carts and hauled to the Ohio River for shipment on barges. 

But the deposits of the metal finally gave out, the furnace was abandoned and now it is only a memory preserved on this marker.

The furnace was actually located in the woods off of the Hurricane Church Road.  Huge pieces of iron ore that were used are still visible today if you have someone to show you were they are.  The owner of the farm they were on has passed away now and a stranger owns the land.  Perhaps he doesn't even know the history of the land he owns.