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Early January 1924: Odds & ends from 95 years ago

In early 1924, America roared. Flappers flapped, drinkers imbibed bathtub gin, moonshine whisky, and bootleg bourbon, and the likes of Louie Armstrong and Bessie Smith drove the jazz age to new heights.

But meanwhile, back in The Shire. . .


By Jim

January 1924 ushered in cold weather, the coldest in six years, according to several residents, with thermometers registering from two to nine below across Columbia. Wryly observed the paper in the Tuesday, January 8 edition, "We would say something about the cold wave that struck last week, but we concluded that it would not be news as every body was made acquainted with it's pinching waves."

Still, things promised to heat up on the Burkesville Road exit corner of the Square.


The Messrs. Pickett -- brothers C.C., Noel, and Foster -- had purchased from the Bank of Columbia for three thousand dollars the corner lot. They planned to remodel the building hastily erected there after the Great Conflagration of 1921 and start an unnamed business therein. Noel and Foster were late of the Buchanon-Lyon Co., and brother C.C. was a farmer and tobacco grower.

Another purchase, this of property just off the Square, drew only two sentences in a blurb with no headline. The January 8th paper stated that the undertaking firm of (M.L.) Grissom & (J.F.) Patteson had purchased, at a Master Commissioner's sale held the day before, the old Tim Collins residence and lot on Greensburg Street for a consideration of four thousand dollars. (The sale notice, published in the paper for a number of weeks through the January 1st edition, referred to Greensburg Street as its old name, Main Street, and called the property itself identified the property as "the old Jail building and lot.")

The following week, the News carried a clarification and a bit of additional information, saying the purchaser was Mrs. J.F. (Bess) Patteson, "but Grissom & Patteson will use it for their undertaking business."

The Columbia Graded and High opened on the 2nd, and the addition of twenty new students swelled the class roll to 341. On Monday, January 7, "Miss Frances Montgomery entertained very pleasantly the girls of the senior class" and Miss Willie Rosenbaum carried the day in a contest concerning English and American poets.

The Buchanon-Lyon Co. offered the four-door Ford sedan for $685 f.o.b. Detroit, while $495 to $795 f.o.b Toledo would put you in the driver's seat of a new Overland from G.M. Stevenson, and for the well heeled, L.M. Smith of Cane Valley offered the Durant for $980 f.o.b. Columbia. Dr. King's New Discovery promised relief for those suffering from lingering coughs, and the discerning gentleman could purchase Interwoven Cashmere Socks at Columbia businessman H. Taylor's shop on the Square.


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