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Jim: News from the News, early September, 1914
Columbia, a century ago this week: gardens & watergates; mills, milliners, & musicians; pimples & purgatives; and sundry other news items too numerous to mention
Early September, 1914, found Columbia & Columbians as busy as ever, a downpour on Monday the seventh notwithstanding. On that afternoon, a forty-minute deluge flooded the bottomlands around town, and "Jamestown Street, from the first bridge to foot of the hill beyond the Eubank property, looked like a river." A consensus of the town's oldest residents was that for a time, more water flowed in the town branch than they'd ever seen. Fortunately, the only damage done was to gardens and watergates, and the grocery firm of Kelsey & Hudson "sustained a small loss."
Reworking the Auditorium of the Courthouse
Meanwhile, up on the public square, the Messrs. Willis and Murrell were, by order of the Fiscal Court, completely reworking the auditorium of the courthouse. Changes included moving the judge's stand to the side of the room fronting Jamestown Street; elevating the floor on the Burkesville Street side to match the floor level on the Campbellsville Pike side; and redoing the benches and railings to front the judge's stand. Said the News, When this arrangement had been completed, a great deal of noise will be cut off from the court room, and the conducting of cases can proceed while hauling by heavy wagons is going on upon the square."
G. W. Lowe, Published Composer
G.W. Lowe, barber by vocation, musician by avocation, and one of the original part-owners of the Parlor Circle theatre, made the front page twice. In a news item, it was reported a composition he had written and published in sheet form in recent times had sold over 400 copies at a quarter apiece. (The name of the tune, "King Baggott's Rag," was a nod to early movie star and director William King Baggott. Two of his better known movies, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Ivanhoe" were released in 1913.) In the other item, an ad, Mr. Lowe announced his six-room cottage near the Columbia Graded and High School on a one-acre lot, was for sale, as was his barber shop, located in the Hancock Hotel, and "one picture show." As the reason for selling out, he stated his intent go to "a city or larger town to install a picture show."
Mrs. Geo, W. Staples, hatter extraordinaire, had in recent days returned from the millinery market with a fresh supply of the latest in ladies' headwear, and had "employed Miss Nora Cliff, of Princeton, an experienced trimmer," who would soon arrive in Columbia to ply her trade.
Sandusky Brothers Overrun with Business
In the Mill District, the brothers Sandusky were so over-run with work they had to place a moratorium on custom work, stating that, "The demand for our own material is so heavy that it is beyond our power" to continue accepting piece work. The notice went on inform readers that they would "at all times be in a position to furnish anything id dressed lumber needed" in the surrounding countryside.
G. B. Smith travels to Louisville
Meanwhile, Mr. G.B. Smith (late of Russell County), had the previous week journeyed to Louisville with the view of "purchasing supplies for his mill, which is to be operated on the a lot back of and to the right of the Hancock Hotel, from the square."
Myers & Son Selling
W.R. Myers & Son wanted to sell their automobile line that ran daily to Campbellsville, expressing a desire to engage in other (unnamed) business interests.
Training School Opened
On the educational front, the Training School opened with 81 students but by the time the September 9th edition of the News was put to bed, the enrollment had exceeded 100 with more arriving daily. At press time, the Columbia Graded and High School cadre stood at 220 strong, including 37 high school students, the latter a new high water mark in enrollment.
First Class Work Guaranteed
L.E. (Lewis) Young, a jeweler, advised the News readership he was back in his old stand in the corner of the Hancock Hotel, "First class work guaranteed." Mr. Young, not yet thirty and a native Joppa, was crippled from a young age and suffered from what then called rheumatism. He had been away from his work for a year or more, recovering at home from surgery. An entry in the Joppa newsletter remarked, "Mr. Lewis Young is greatly missed out this way since he moved back to Columbia."
Among the advertisers this week were:
(This greybearded chronoscribe could use a year's supply of Sloan's Liniment and Po-Do-Lax. That and a week's stay at the Sand Lick Spring in tandem with one of Dr. Voils' custom-mixed hellbuck poultices would fix him right up, no doubt.)
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