Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Marion's Implement Day

One of Marion's important days of the past was Cochran's Implement Days. Mr. T. H. Cochran, who owned the Cochran's Hardware Store on Main Street in Marion, started this day in the year 1911. It was to showcase new farm implement's that he would have for sale at his store. But the big day benefited the whole town by the large crowds that it drew. Here's some history of the big day in April 1921.

Last Monday was a red letter day in Marion. The day was bright and cloudless and the air cold and crisp just enough to make one walk with a quick step.

Early in the morning the people began to enter the city from every direction, in wagons, cars, buggies horseback and on trains they came, men, women and children until the town was jammed.

It was a big day for Jockey lot, quite a good number of stock changed hands but few sales reported. Trading and bartering was a big part of the day.

The candidates had a big harvest. They were all smiling and shaking hands with the dear people. All wanting their votes come election time.
A very enjoyable feature was at the lunch stand where the ladies of the School Improvement Club served lunch. The proceeds to go to improve the school building; they report a very satisfactory sale. The orchestra, composed of the musical talent of Marion gave a concert in the Court House yard.

The climax was reached by a parade given by the Marion City schools. It was an imitation of a circus street parade ponies, animals, clowns, and the band wagon. One of the clowns, William Eskew, riding a little mule, caught the attention of the crowd.

The merchants all report exceptionally fine sales, mostly for cash; the people desiring to take advantage of the discount. They reported this as of the the greatest Implements Days in the history of the town.

1 comment:

pdetering said...

Hi Brenda,

First let me tell you how much I enjoy reading your Blogs. I began researching my family history about a year ago and came across forgotten passages. It's so interesting to read about the way people lived a hundred years ago. My great great great grandfather was Richard Franklin Minner whom I believe donated part of the land on which the Old Hurricane Church was built. I also have info that indicates that he is buried in the Old Hurricane Cemetery, but have been unable to find an exact location for the cemetery. My cousin and I are planning a trip to Marion this summer and was hoping you may know of the location of the Hurricane Cemetery. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me at


Paige E Detering
St. Louis, Missouri