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JIM: The little barber shop, the Bank, and the drug store

Specifically: Mr. Hill's building, the Paull Drug Co., and the new Bank of Columbia building
About: Favorite Postcard: West Corner Public Square, Columbia, KY from the collection of Master Kasey Blue Kessler and Eddie & Tiffany Kessler


The Bank of Columbia building shown in the photo was well under construction when Fred Hill announced plans around the middle of September 1922 to erect a business house between the new banking emporium and the Paull Drug Co. building. The site was the "narrow vacant lot" mentioned in the News almost exactly a year earlier.

The previous Bank of Columbia structure, located on the corner of the Square and Burkesville, had gone up in flames in September 1921 in the Great Conflagration on the Square, as had the other two business buildings between the bank and the Paull Drug Co., the latter almost certainly being spared from the flames by the aforementioned vacant lot.

The Paull Drug Co. building--the one with four upstairs windows--and its companion (three upstairs windows) shown in the photograph were started in late 1910 and the spring of 1911, respectively. They were complete enough by mid-December 1911 for Mr. R.F. Paull to occupy the main floor of his building (in the photo, the words "Paull Drug Co." are visible in the left window) and for Mr. W.H. Wilson, a grocer, to occupy the main floor of the other.

Mr. Richard (R.F.) Paull had removed from Cumberland County to Columbia several years earlier and opened a pharmacy. He soon was joined by his younger brother Thomas (T.F.) who clerked for a number years before purchasing a half interest in the enterprise and eventually buying out R.F. around 1900. When T.F. died in late 1907, R.F. resumed management of the drug store, and their nephew, Fred Hill, remained as clerk. Fred became a licensed pharmacist in the summer of 1913. When R.F. passed in July 1918, the News stated the drug store was owned by Fred Hill and O.A. Taylor. - JIM

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