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.