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Query: What business occupies the 1916-1944 Coffey Building?

About: - Jim: The sign in the window

By Ed Waggener

On reading Jim's classic story on "(L.M. Young's Cafe > Royal Cafe > Taylor's Confectionery > Moss - Taylor Confectionery (aka Moss - Taylor Cafe) > Royal Cafe (redux) > White Castle Inn > Cardinal Grill)," and immediate question comes up: What business on the "South Side of the Square," the shopping strip interrupted by Burkesville Street, now occupies what was from 1916 to 1944 "the Coffey Building" - a question that may be answered by someone still living in their 80's, 90's or over 100 today.

Turns out, the question had worried the author, one of the Sprangs & America's great researcher/findists, into an ocular migraine. He had futilely pondered the issue, and was not able to pin it down.

My own guess is only conjecture.

I had not yet learned to tie my shoes back then. My only vivid memory of formal education at the time was sitting on one of the little blue chairs in Miss Mamie Smith's Sunday School room at the Columbia Baptist and learning a verse of scripture, "Jesus wept," and, later, in church upstairs, the great old hymn, "Bringing in the cheese" (which I sung with embarrassing gusto to the chagrin of kin and kith, down to distant cousins in the congregation. But that's a digression.

So - can anyone help? What is now where the Coffey Building was 1916-1944?


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