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LETTER: Cyrus comments on Columbia's changing mercantile status

Cyrus notes that in 1948, Columbia had independent merchants selling just about everything any Adair Countian could want
Links to previous story, story-related poll; photo, David Heskamp in well-known pose, holding six-ounce Coke

Thanks for the great addition to the 1948 Columbia Christmas piece!

You weren't just kidding about Columbia of that era being a retailingcenter. The following lists are from ads or other mentions found in theNews from late November 1948 through mid-February, 1949.

There are anumber of establishments of which I'm aware that don't appear in theselists -- no ads or mentions in the time frame I searched.

Columbia Merchants 1948
by category

Clothing: Lerman Brothers; Russell & Co. [see note below];

Misc. retail establishments on and near the square: Adair Sales Co.(Phone 151); Community Public Service Co.; Columbia Supply Store (TheFirestone Store, Phone 6, on the square); Paul Young Sales & Service;Goff's Furniture Store (new & used; Campbellsville St.); L.S. Slinker,Jeweler (Public Square); Acme Record Shop [Ed -- I believe the Rev.Clifford Spurlock either owned or ran this at one time.]; Richardson's;Tabor Hatchery & Building Supply; Adair Farm Supply; Davis Hardware;Adair Home Supply (Jamestown St.); Lany Bray & Co.; Casey Jones Watch &Jewelry Repair Shop (moved from the Corner Drug Store to the MillerHotel Bldg. in Jan. '49); Doc Walker and A.L. Montgomery Paint Company(Phone 139B); Flatt's Furniture Store (Campbellsville Street, next toLocker Plant); Corner Drug Store; Western Auto Associate Store;

Grocery stores: Columbia Supermarket (Jamestown Street, E. Campbell,Prop.); Curry's Grocery (Edgar Curry, Prop; located on Jamestown Streeton Edge of City Limits); Harper's Market (Phone 150; we deliver; on thesquare); White Cash Market (Phone 54; On the Square, "Pete" Walker &L.H. Gore); Bybee Grocery;

Restaurants: G & M Grill; Meadow Hill Inn (Phone 211); Wethington's PoolHall (featuring "a better 10c hamburger"); Rowe's Cafe; Lane's Cafe;

Insurance: Reed Brothers (Insurance since 1912); C.R. Barger (Phone 54);Hadley Insurance Agency (Insurance--Real Estate; Heskamp Bldg; Phone168A office, 178 residence);

Other: Wilson Produce Co. (& cream station; R.H., B.E., & W.E. Wilson);Columbia Theatre; Stotts & Phelps Funeral Home (Phone 81A); RialtoTheatre; Grissom Funeral Home (Phone 106; ambulance service); FirstNational Bank; Bank of Columbia; Carstairs Distilling Co.; ColumbiaDairies (Phone 93); Azro Hadley (Federal income tax form preparation, Heskamp Bldg.); Royce Shoe Shop; Columbia Dry Cleaners (Mrs. Frank Callison & Jack Williams, Props.); Greyhound Bus Lines; Willis Dry Cleaners; Dr. Pepper Bottling Company; Aetna Fuel Oil (Alvin Lewis, Distributor); Cook & Lawless Shoe Repair System; Scott's Barber Shop; Columbia Frozen Food Locker; Walker Cab; Hotel Miller & Coffee Shoppe; Walker Florist (Meadow Hill Inn Bldg; phone 211); The Adair County News; Columbia Flower Shop; Margie Ann Beauty Shoppe;

Real estate: M.F. Hawkins Real Estate; Hill & Cain, Agents (Columbia &Campbellsville, Phone 138X); Bradshaw & Coomer, Agents; Luther Redmon,Agent;

Automobiles: Vance Motors; Wheet Motor Supply Company; Heskamp Motors Co.; Overstreet & Rice;

Service stations: Reece's Standard Service; Rowe Service Station;Columbia Gulf Service; Pickett & Frankum Ser. Sta.; Triangle ServiceStation; Joe's service Station;

An announcement in the Feb. 16 '49 edition stated F.X. Merkley, owner, had sold Russell & Co., "one of the oldest firms in Columbia," to J.L. & Cal Turner. Wonder if those Turner boys ever amounted to anything?

And by the way: that SENSATIONAL FULL SIZE PHILCO CONSOLERADIO-PHONOGRAPH, a steal at $169.95, had these deluxe features:"Philo Automatic Record Changer with Self-Adjusting Spindle. . . handlesup to 12 records. Philco Super-Silent Reproducer. . . reduces surfacehiss and needle noise. Continuously variable tone control. Beam powerpentode audio system. Functional modern walnut cabinet with generous_record storage space._"

Central Ohio Bureau Chief
Click here for Cyrus original Columbia 1948 article, now with great comments.
Click to vote in poll 1948 vs today's retailing

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Question settled: Coke tastes better from a six ounce, returnable, traditional glass bottle

2005-12-29 - Columbia, KY - Photo Grissom collection. For this man, the age-old question was settled: Coca-Cola tastes best from a six-ounce, returnable, traditional glass bottle. The late David Heskamp was rarely seen without his favorite drink.

Once, a colleague, David Martin, remembers, Mr. Heskamp wanted to take a six-pack of these Cokes with him on a flight to California, for fear they wouldn't be available at his destination. "I talked him out of it," Mr. Martin remembers. "I told him they might explode on the plane." But when Mr. Heskamp returned, he was complaining. "All I had to drink out there was milk and orange juice."

In his lifetime, Mr. Heskamp was a leading Adair County business, civic, and political leader. He was elected to a number of terms from Adair and Green Counties to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

The photo was taken at the funeral home which was then named "Grissom-Maupin-Heskamp Funeral Home," but is now known as "Grissom Funeral Home."

Clicking Read More accesses a local history story with a reference to one of Mr. Heskamp's businesses.

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