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The Mystery Old Picture was of Adair Sales Co., ca 1928
Partial lineage of a great Adair County enterprise: It was the Ford Dealership in 1928-29, and maybe for years before. The same Ford Dealership which would later be Smith-Flowers Ford, owned by Lee Smith and Alfred Flowers; then Flowers Ford, owned by Robert Flowers, late of banking fame; and then Don Franklin Ford, the flagship of the huge Franklin Group of dealerships started in Columbia, KY
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By Ed Waggener
The mystery old photo, Where Is It? Mystery Picture posted yesterday came from photographs collected by the late Patricia Merkley Christianson.
It was found by her husband, Chuck Christianson, as he was going through Pat Merkley's collection of photos, and was delivered to us by Hilda Willis, a lifelong friend of Patricia Merkley.
The photo is of the showroom of Adair Sales Company, then the Ford dealership in Columbia. It is located at 103-105 Campbellsville Street, a building which has housed, at 103 Campbellsville Street, the popular Glamourette Beauty Salon for so long that perhaps a majority of today's residents only know it as the Glamourette Building.
For several decades beyond 1930, Adair Countians could shop for Ford cars and trucks just off the Square at Adair Sales. The little brick building next door sits on a lot which was part of the display area for cars, and more would be in the back of the building.
Mr. Christianson sent some notes with the photo.
He guessed the date of the photo to be late 1920s. "Judging by the model Ford on the floor," he wrote, "I'm guessing this picture was taken about 1928/1929." Mr. Christianson's late father in law, Pat Merkley's father is standing on the left in the photo with his then business parter and co-owner, but Mr. Christianson couldn't remember the name of the partner.
He notes, that the dealership was ahead of its time in energy conservation. "It was energy 'green'," he noted, before that idea became a part of the culture. "Note the single light bulb hanging from the ceiling with its on/off pull sring. Contrast this with today's highly illuminated and spot lighted auto showrooms."
Mr. Christianson wrote, "The business was later sold to F.X Merkley's brother, Louis Merkley who continued to operate it as Adair Sales. Louis Merkley's partner was the late Morris Epperson. These partners made a bold move from the immediate Square Area all the way out to 203 Burkesville Street, where Madison Square is now located in the building which is headquarters for Stotts Construction Company. The display are was greatly expanded, with parts of the lots reaching East Fortune Street, West Reed, and the frontage extended from that of Madison Square today, stretching south to a Burkesville Street display lot on land where the little dental office stands today - though that is no longer in use.
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