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JIM: 100 years ago, February 7, 1912

Banking was in the news, a century ago as it is this week. The news then was a bank cum dry goods store, and some new officers at the Bank of Columbia. (Nothing to compare to the news this year of the New Floor in Robert's Bank, this week, about which CM received in a tip from David Wells at a recent hospital board meeting, and which our veteran reporter has seen with his own eyes, and stepped across to the teller's cage in sock feet rather than desecrate it with neoprene. If we don't get busloads of Canadian tourists coming to Columbia to see the New Floor in Robert's Bank, 114 Public Square, nothing will do it. We give up. They can just stay at the Mall of America for all we care.) But JIM Gem has so much more than mere doings of the banks. It was a time of great health care enterprises, a time when Doctors lived upstairs by or over their practices - as is surely scriptural in one of the Books of Hezekiah - and when in a single building one could get a prescription filled, buy spectacles, and make arrangements with a local undertaker - without ever moving the horse. This is a short, but classic JIM. Please click on the headline and read it all, to be just as enlightenment by JIM as we have been. -EW


Around the Square, February 7, 1912

This edition of the News noted that the space recently vacated by Citizens Bank would be converted for use as a dry goods store. Counters and shelving had been installed, and Mr. Henry Ingram, who was then conducting business in the wholesale building "off the square" expected to remove his stock there by week's end. The News allowed as to how it made a very attractive store room and that it would be a much more convenient location for Mr. Ingram. (The Citizens Bank opened in 1906 in the Page Building and closed its doors at the end of business, Friday, September 22nd, 1911.)

Speaking of financial institutions, the Bank of Columbia had recently elected these worthy gentleman as officers for 1912: W.W. Jones, Pres.; R.F. Paull, V-Pres.; Jas. Garnett, V-Pres.; John W. Flowers, Cashier; Jo S. Knifley, Asst. Cashier; and W.R. Squires, bookkeeper. Messrs. Jones, Paull, Garnett, and Flowers, along with T.P. Dunbar, comprised the Board of Directors.

Mr. Ingram wasn't the only one changing locations, as Dr. Woodruff J. Flowers, who for some time had occupied the front rooms of the News building, removed to upstairs rooms of the very recently completed Paull Drug Co. building. This move came just a few days after long-time Columbia undertaker J.F. Triplett had removed from the room above Geo. E. Wilson's store and (in the parlance of the day) "taken an apartment" in the new Paull building for his business.

Ray Flowers had just purchased the one-half interest of Mr. J.A. English in the grocery firm of Beck & English. The article stated that Mr. Flowers, "a popular young man," was already at his place of business and that he invited his many friends to come trade with him.News editor Charles S. Harris gave his personal assurance to those needing glasses that Dr. E.I. Alper, "a specialist, who has been with Mr. S.N. Hancock...knows his business and in a position to give the very best service." Mr. Harris based his recommendation on experience; Dr. Alper had fitted glasses for two of the Harris children. (A few weeks earlier, an ad for Mr. Hancock gave his location as the J.N. Page Drug Store building and his trade as "watch maker, jeweler [and] optician.")

And finally, a Lodge of Woodmen of the World had been organized the previous week with fourteen charter members. The article noted that there were now two Woodmen groups in town, the other, Modern Woodmen of America, having been organized about two years previously.

Compiled by the ever timely, always topical, JIM. -EW

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