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T.E. Waggener operated store at 200 Public Square



2012-04-30 - 200 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo from family album. Early business at 200 Public Square, site of April 29/30, 2012 midnight fire T.E. Waggener Store (the sign over the door says "Gill & Waggener" was located at the corner of Burkesville Street and the Public Square. The picture is believed to be from the 1914-1917 era. Standing in the doorway are, from left, Kathreen Willis (White), Mrs. Carl (Lula) Strange, and the proprietor, Thomas E. Waggener. T.E. Waggener was the father of the late Edwin Waggener, the grandfather of Columbia businessman Dan Waggener, and the great grandfather Columbia businessman Danny Waggener and Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton. His birthday, April 26, is the same as a namesake, Thomas Waggener, owner of Main Street Bikes in Columbia, KY. The building has been, among other things, the Firestone Store, Susan Lynn's and later Mitzi's, and is currently owned by Dr. Ben Arnold. The poster in the window advertises a revival service with evangelist Weldon Greenfell. The identities of the two girls in the doorway have not been determined. Any help would be appreciated. CM would appreciate help locating photos of the historic buildings from other eras
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