This article was written in August 8th, 1912 by the agent for the Crittenden Press. They would go out traveling over the county side gathering subscriptions for the paper. This is Mr. John B. McNeely's report of one of his trips. These articles make for interesting reading as they tell of the little communities in our county that were then - a busy place.
Our first business call was in Crayne. This railroad town is just a few miles south of Marion and consists of two dry good stores and one drug store.
W. N. Weldon carries a complete stock of merchandise. Brown & Carlos have dry goods and groceries.
Pogue and Fox are dealers in drugs and cold drinks. Their clerk, young R. F. Pogue makes you feel pleasant and at home while you are in his place of business.
Charlie Deboe and Brown are the blacksmiths and they are doing a good business. Crayne is one of the coming cities - just watch her grow.
James Brasher of Marion is the general manager of the Hoosier mines. The mines are running on full time, doing a good business in solid zinc. This company has just erected a large and commodious hotel for the benefit of their working men as well as the traveling public.
The Ohio Valley Mining Cmpany out of R. R. 2 is running of full time. Their new machinery will be ready in a few days. The neew plant was built by Ramage Bros. of Salem and is said to be the finest plant in the mining district. J. M. Persons is the cheif manager.
As this closes our work for the present time, we want to thank all for favors.