Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eberle Hardin & Co.

In the late 19th century most whiskey was sold by the barrel to a liquor store, druggist or tavern. The whiskey was then sold to consumers who would often bring in their own bottle or jug, but distilleries and rectifiers often offered jugs for sale to the consumer.

What a treasure it would be to have one of Marion's old whiskey jugs from years ago when spirits or vinous liquors were legally sold.   

Marion at one time in the early 1900's had several saloons and drug stores along Main Street that had license to sell these.  

Some of these places had their own stone jugs made for use and for advertisement of their stores.

One of these places was the Eberle & Hardin, Co. Saloon.  It was located on Main Street next to Orme Drug Co., which also sold whiskey.

Here is a picture of one of the wonderful old jugs from the Eberle Hardin & Co.   cira. 1905. 

An advertisement from the Crittenden Press August 1905.  Although the business location burnt in the March 1905 fire that destroyed all of Marion's mainstreet businesses, the company must have set up somewhere else to sell their wares, as the advertisement was dated August 1905.  They didn't rebuilt their place of business back after the fire.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stores Close on Wednesdays

Remember when Marion would just about close down come Wednesday at noon?  Most all the business on Main Street would close up at noon.  

Here is an interesting article from The Crittenden Press, April 19, 1957.

Most businesses in Marion will close at noon Wednesday from May 1 to September 25 as the result of a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The meeting was called by Gene Beard, acting president of the Businessmen's Association, and was attended by representatives of 27 Marion business houses.

Others had sent word they would go along with the group's decision on the matter.

Votes at the meeting first approved the principle of closing one afternoon a week during the summer, then chose the period the practice was to remain in  effect, then decided to retain Wednesday as the closing day.

Voted down were supporters of both longer and shorter inclusive periods, and setting Thursday as closing day, desired by some to provide an afternoon off without having to return to town for prayer meeting and to meet Princeton's off day.

As has been the practice in past years, stores will remain open Wednesday afternoons when a national holiday falls during the same week.

Stores and offices agreeing to close Wednesdays were:
  • T. H. Cochran & Co.
  • Hill's Hardware,
  • Hunt's Department Store
  • Williams Department Store
  • Marion Dry Cleaners
  • The Peoples Bank
  • Franklin-Biggs
  • Phelps Grocery
  • Woodall Insurance Agency
  • Farmers Bank & Trust Co
  • Andrews' Jewelers
  • Fritts Grocery
  • Red Front
  • City Barbara Shop
  • Arflack Radio & TV
  • Johnson Electric Co.
  • McConnell Barber Shop
  • Grady's Super Market
  • Marion Barber Shop
  • Taylor & Vaughan
  • Western Auto Associate Store
  • Rose Cleaners
  • Cox Five and Dime Store
  • Crittenden Grocery
  • Ben Franklin Store
  • Marion Shoe Store
  • South's Grocery
  • Aubrey Grady & Co.
Sad now to see our main street so empty of businesses, only The People's Bank and Farmers Bank & Trust are still in Business.   Their hours are on Main Street are different from the older days, as they are open Mon-Fri, 8:30 to 4:30 and closed on Sat.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Regarding the Piney Fork Camp Meeting- 1905

This interesting article appeared in The Crittenden Press in 1905.  -

 Regarding the Piney Camp Meeting Postponement.  August 25, 1905.
Yes, the camp meeting was postponed at Piney.  The writer of this article think the church did a righteous deed in not having camp meeting this year.  

Yes, there is always some soul saved without doubt, but there are at the close of the meetings so many nearer hell than they were before.  For many years some have gone away from camp meeting with stained characters and heart-broken parents.

Yes, they have been having camp meetings at Piney Fork for nearly a hundred years, but the camp meeting now are not like they used to be.  Years ago people would come from miles away to camp meeting, but they came to honor God.  Nowadays it is more of a picnic than anything else.  The people go and camp, but they don't do so in order that they may honor God, but merely to have a good time and be in in the fashion.

There are some faithful ones, I know, but what can they do with the sinners when there is everything that can be thought of to draw them away?   There are six or eight stands every year and the Lord only knows what they sell.

As I said before, some will go just to have a good time.  Yes, they will sit at their camps in time of meeting talking and laughing with their friends.  I have heard so many say:  "Well, I would not go to camp meeting, only I see so many people I never see any other time."  The Lord is not going to bless people until they come to Him right.

I think they would do away with camp meeting and have protracted meeting they would do more good.  I have heard many of the Piney Fork members say they would rather have a protracted meeting, then maybe those who came would do some good.  

Anyway we would not have all these stands to draw the people away.  Oh, that the people of God would pray earnestly for a revival throughout our country.

When we used to go to Piney Fork to the camp meeting the people would leave their camps when the horn blew and there were quite a number of times the shed wouldn't hold them - they would come as close as they could to hear the gospel and their meeting did good back in those days.  Now they have the modern bell, and when it rings some will go and others won't - they are now putting on more style.

Three years ago the people began on the first of April, people began preparing for camp meeting.  Every time they met for Sunday school one could hear on every side:  "Well, are you ready for camp meeting?"  There were more finely dressed people than were ever known to be at camp meeting before; and they didn't have much of a meeting either. Some blamed the preacher's wife for not carrying the meeting on longer; some said they would never camp any more.  So I think it would be best to drop camp meeting and have protracted meetings.

May the people of God pray for the up-building of Piney Fork church.  Yes, I say water the the gold plant, but be sure you use the right kind of water, in the fervent desire of one who, for years, has been a  - Silent Observer.
Piney Fork continued to have the Camp Meetings until 1955.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Marion Attorneys At Law in 1895

Attorney's played an important role in our County's early history, for not only did they have many cases in Court at Marion but when the need arose, they would travel to the different districts in the county and would have court there.

 J. W. Blue, Jr. of t he law firm of Blue and DeBoe, was educated in the public school  and Marion Academy, and graduated from the Marion Academy in 1880.  He then entered upon the study of law in his father's office and also supplemented that knowledge by attending lectures in the Louisville Law School, graduating in 1885.

By his oratorical powers and persuasive presentation in addressing a jury, the force of his argument is very powerful. 

John Wm. Blue, Jr., died in 1934 and is buried in Mapleview Cemetery. 

John W. Blue, Jr. in 1895.

Wm. J. Deboe the second partner of this firms, also received his early education in the public schools of the
county and at Bethlehem Academy.

After graduation, he taught for five years in Crittenden and adjoining counties.

He then attended Ewing College in Illinois, studying both law and medicine.

He was admitted to the bar in 1889.  His magnetic personality and easily recognizable abilities soon place him among the top attorney's in the area.

William J. Deboe died June 14th, 1927 and is buried in Mapleview Cemetery.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Business In A Tent

The business men of Marion didn't sit around idle and wait for a new store to be built after the devastating fire of March 28, 1905 that destroyed all of the east side of Main Street.

 Just a short time after the fire, they had gathered what they had saved from the fire and sit up in tents around the court house square, or in other businesses places that had been saved from the fire.

Here is an ad telling about Woods & Orme, and R. F. Haynes, and how they were doing business.  It's from the Crittenden Press of April 1905.  

Thankful that the Press was spared from the fire, or we wouldn't have these wonderful history items from the past.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Avery Reed Family

A well-known name associated with the mining industry during this time was Avery H. Reed. He was a mining engineer and consultant in the zinc and fluorspar business. His name is mentioned in many of the articles about fluorspar mining in the early 1900's as he opened, and had an interest, in many of the mines here in Crittenden County.

Avery H. Reed and his family lived in Marion in 1902 until 1907, moved away for a few years, and returned to stay in 1911. They lived and raised their family in the beautiful old home that sits 428 South Main.

A while I received a letter from Mr. Ronnie Doyle, a guide at the Mammoth Cave National Park. I wanted to share the letter, I think you will find it interesting also.

Mr. Doyle wrote, I have been intrigued by the name of Avery Reed, Marion, Ky., which is smoked on the ceiling of Mammoth Cave in the Frozen Niagra section, in Sandy Avenue of the New Entrance tour.

The signature is fairly large in size, and excellent penmanship. Whomever this person was they took pride in their penmanship and the appearance of their signature. It also took some time to write this name on the ceiling.

Each time I take a group through this section of the cave I cannot help but wonder who this individual was.

This section of Mammoth Cave was not discovered and opened to the public tour until 1923. This area of the cave was owned by George Morris, who was also a mining engineer, and shown to the public from 1923 to 1931.

In 1931 Mr. Morris sold his section to the State of Kentucky. After this time the public was not allowed to put their names in the cave.

I sent Mr. Doyle information that I was able to find on Mr. Reed, his family, and his profession here in Crittenden County.

 In reply, Mr. Doyle told me the information is now on file in the Mammoth Cave Library, and he shared with us a photo of the smoked signature that is in the cave.

Interesting to know a part of our local people and history is shared with people from all over the United States.

This is a picture of the name in the cave.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Marion Natives and Their Mark in History

Some Marion and Crittenden County folks that have left their mark in history by being so respected and admired that they have items of significance named for them.  Here are a few:

The Pogue Library at Murray State University.
The Pogue Library was completed in 1931. It was named in honor of Dr. Forrest C. Pogue, a 1931 Murray State University alumnus. Dr. Pogue was a nationally know historian and biographer of General George C. Marshall. Dr. Pogue was a pioneer in oral history techniques, interviewing not only combat troops buy also many world leaders. He also wrote several books on World War II military generals and United State history. In 1998, he donated his books, personal papers and memorabilia to the library.
Although born in Eddyville, Ky, the son of Forrest Carlisle Pogue, Sr. and Fanny Carter Pogue, he grew up the community of Frances. Here he went to elementary school and secondary school, except when he transferred to Dycusburg for his senior year because his grandfather was principal there.
Dr. Pogue died Oct. 6, 1996 and is buried in the family plot at the Frances Cemetery, Frances, Ky.
The Lowry Center at Murray State University
Clifton Sigsbee Lowry, son of David Allen and Martha Clift Lowery, was born in Caldwell County but the family moved to Crittenden County when Clifton was six years old. He grew up in Crittenden County. Clifton started his education at Bowling Green in their new Education Department, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree from Harvard University.
He began his teaching career at Murray in the Social Sciences Department on Sept. 10, 1925, when the institution was named Murray Normal School. He was on the faculty during all stages of the school's history, as a normal school, teachers' college, college and university.
The Lowery Library Annex at the university was named in his honor in 1967 and the Dr. C. S. Lowry Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities was created after his retirement.
Dr. Lowry's parents are buried at Mapleview Cemetery. He died in 1992 and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Caldwell Co.
Walter E. Blackburn Science Building at Murray State University.
Walter E. Blackburn, a native of Marion, and the son of Walter A. and Cora Hurley Blackburn. His father, Walter A., was a very prominent figure in different government offices in Marion.
Dr. Blackburn became head of the Department of Physical Sciences at Murray in 1945 . He became chairman of the chemistry Department in 1958, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1968, and Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences in the reorganized university structure. He became well-known for his work in directing National Science Foundation Summer Science Institute on the campus and was awarded the coveted Distinguished Professor Award by the Murray State Alumni Association in 1967.
Blackburn died in September 1974 at Murray. His parents are buried in the Mapleview Cemetery.
Franklin College – at Murray State University

Hollis C. Franklin, was one of West Kentucky's most beloved citizens. He was the son of Elijah T. and Mattie Love Franklin and he was born and raised in the Hebron community. Mr. Franklin attended Western Kentucky Normal School in Bowling Green (now known as Western State College). He taught in school in Crittenden County and at Marion High School before accepting his position at the bank in 1918. He was widely known for his work in the Methodist Church and in the Kentucky Bankers Association. He a former regent of Murray State College and served on the board from 1947-1956. Franklin College was constructed in 1964 and was named for Mr. Franklin. The residence hall merged with the Springer Hall in 1997 and now is knows as Springer-Franklin College.
Mr. Hollis Franklin died Dec. 2, 1958 and is buried in the Mapleview Cemetery.