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THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES, AUGUST 29, 1968 10 THE STORY OF A TO PAST AND PRESENT it is said that one could community as Veterinary it moved to its new location Charles Brown had a shop stationary, jewele find better merchandise atsurgeon, in later years. At the between the telephone watches, clocks, etc. cheaper costs in Center- In 1890, at the time of time it was built, the house and the wrecked siteC. Morton was president town than at any other place the death of Phtlllp Rowe, "Brick" was the tallest of the old Jackson house, of the bank at this time in the county. The question his son, Alvin Rowe, and building in the county. Mack Ford also operated a and E. M. Morton was of who had the first storeson-In-law, Cass Morton, After Dr. Chapman moved blacksmith shop in Center-retary of the schoolboara" cKenney Family ,n Centertown ls somewhat began what was known as to Bearden, Arkansas, the town at one time. The drug store was known of a mystery. It Is re- Rowe & Morton's Store. "brick" was occupied by as the Ernl The McKenneys were a prominent family In Centertown during Its "growing years", corded In the History of It was housed in what is several merchants. Lee L. C. Morton Store after the death Left to right in the bottom row are - Ben McKenney, Elizabeth McKenney, Gertrude Ohio County by Harrison now the barber shop. Mad- Mason and Ben McKinney Mr. L.C Morton, and In McKenney Miller, Mira Brown Bunch, Thelma McKenney Maple, William Foster BrUg Store 1922, E. "M Morton sold McKenney, Jasper Mc!enney, Foster McKenney, Dr. Elbert McKenney. Top row- D. Taylor that William C. dox, McMllllan, and Ross began in 1908 and ran a Barnett was a merchant ran the store now occupied store there for 11 years. L.C. Morton and his all of his drugs. -"or" Maggie Carter McKenney, Regional McKenney, Nlna RoweMcKennev, Armllda McKen- in Centertown about the by Net's Grocery. Other merchants who did son, E. M. Morton, estab- At one time, L. C. M ,. nay Brown, Mary McKenney Crows, Effle Wilson McKenney, Dr. G. W. Crows, and middle of the 19th century, business here were Shelby lished a drug store at theton and Issac Foster bor Barbara Nell McKenney (baby). However, there are people The Town Bosket. McMillian, Mad- turn of the century in Cen- ran hotels in CentertOwn' During 1917 J A BIIhrO who belteve this to be an dox, arid Ross, Dexter and tertown. In 1908, the also ooerated" a "hotel 111 error. It was recorded thatProsperous Vincent. and Ray Ward. erection of the brick Centertown. Both were /~ qS".. --()I IX'ICJE ' on April 5, 1853, Mansfleld W.P. ROWE & SON, Rowe applied for a license Bythe yearl900,Thomas building now standing was known for many miles ar tO sell spiritousliquors. As the end of thecen-Her had established a begun. The Morton's ound for having The census of 1860 lists tury approached, business saddle shop. He repaired moved into this building ~ DlgY6OODS, ~*~9 6)~>t""a~~_ _ *l llACON, LAlgD, IIE him as a tavern keeper, was booming in Center- shoes and made rawhide in February of 1909. The meals and fine bearcm town and several new buggy whips. His place drug store featured acorn- facilities. | NOTIO Nt4, | ~'"~/"~111 |lllJmW~lllU II?~t-N~"~ ~ l HABDWAItE. [ / / ............ v-,;--. .---7-\ I I Several Mills stores were being organ- of business was located plete line of drugs, med-( Continued Next Week ) ized and established. An at about the present site FA NCY . c 1 i \ ~UEENSWAltE, advertising placard pub- of Thurman Porter's I General Merehandlset - OZ.oom' Operated Here lished at this time, lists house. ! ' ! \ .......... / t ToBacco, t ] F NTS' ] " [ VRNZTVRZ. I that the town had three Warren Dockery came to |FURNISHINGS, [ ,. _ ---t _~ _ " -" | TINW/klgE, / Around 1800, Luther, Jim dry goods stores, three Centertown about 1902. He / SHOES, HATS, , . [STOVZS. O. and Cornelius Reneer oi>- harness and hardware served as a barber and also ....... t88,7 erated a saw, grist, and shops, seven grocerystor- was a goldsmith, fie is flour mill near the present es, one drug store, three reported to have worn a / home of Mr. and Mrs. blacksmith shops, bar- cap with the word 'Gold- Carlos King. The mills bar shops, two livery smith" printed on it In W P Rowe and Son - Dealers in General Merchandise. And indeed it was [general. were not a success, how- " " ever, and they were closed After Phillip Rowe died In 1890, his son and son-in-law, Alvin Rowe and Cass morton, established Rowe and Morton s Store in Centertown. Acro'ss the street, Brad ford Stroud begart a saw mill. (Mr. Stroud'sdaugh- In those days, it was harder. Farming was a big lfldustry in the 1900's around Cen- tertown. The methods were quite different compared to ones used now. STA'IEMF.,NT' OF ACCOUNT. There were a greatnum- to Centertown in 1900 and arrowhead collection. In There werealways as many icines, druggists sundrl , bet of stores and bus- dealt in real estate, farm-1906, an addition was made as two blacksmith shops perfumes, t llet articleS, tnesses in Centertown trig and contracting. In to the building. Thishousedin Centertown at all times,rubber goods, wall paper, i during the 1800's. In fact,addition, he also served the the Farmer's Bank until until they were outmoded, paint, oils, varnlsh , ter, Miss Ida Benton, Is still living and In the Ohio County Extensive Care Unit). The Flour Mill barns, and one bank. By 1916, there were twenty- four businesses operating In the town. The "Brick" large letters. Other bar- bers since then have been- John Carter, Will Pate, Raymond (Dick) Render, and Edward Miller. Gordon Southard is the present barber. On July 13, 1901 work was began on the "Brick"0 Blacksmith Shops a three-story building .f which housed the Masonic By 1904, A. B. Row had Lodge on the third floor established his blacksmith and the Cumberland l'ele- shop. This was located phone Exchange, on its se- where Matthew Tichenor's Mr. Waiter Knott also operated a flour and ~rist mill in Centertown. cond floor. Dr. George house now stands, and Mr. The flour mill was Just F. Chapman, the establtsh- Row also manufactured off the railroad while the er of the building, used road wagons. "A. B. Row'" This picture of Dr. George F. Chapman, is the p_rO" petty of Mrs. Forrest Doyal, Centertown. Dr. Chapra, , grist mill was up the hill other parts of It to house was written in script on was a prominent Centertown businessman' and vtexi - a bit closer to Centertown.a general store and an the side of each wagon. Mr. "Knott operated the trusted as a doctor. McI E, NNEY Dealers in General Mel;chandtse. flour mill until his death. A carpentry shop was begun In Centertown about 1800,being operated by SilasJones. Mr. Jones made sythes and crdaels, and was situated where the used-car lot now is. :" t ,. /.ga--a" , ' II / ~ . : ~ II -I/> >! . .,"I " I!i ,__.___. /a i Thi [ Indeed they were! This bill is from the McKenney and Son Store which operated in around 1900. All merchandise was considerably cheaper than it Is and the uanttt were In larger Livery Stables, Numerous livery stables have been operated in Cen- tertown since the beginning of the town until the date when livery stables became obsolete: Frank Allen and John Klper were two of the men who owned stables. Klper's Stables set In the present location of the Hartford Branch Bank. On October 4, 1870, E. H. Rowe, called "D" was granted a license to op- erate a coffeehouse for one year. Bond was with George Row and W. F. Gregory as securities. In 1884, in a ldltton to the older stores operating in Centertown, S.E. Jones, and John K. Smith opened store under the name of Jones & Smtth, Brown and Benton had a combination drug and gro- cery store In Centertown about 1898 or 1899. Andy Williams operated a drug store before 1890. It was located near the . resent site of Gene Bennett s Gar- age. Mr. Williams came i! ,II Built by Dr. George F. Chapman in 1911. The building contained several stores, file phone Exchange, and the Masonic Lodge. The interior of the L. C. Morton Drug Store. A full line of druggist were as well as beautiful ;ces of china. The drug store was known as the Erni Morton Drug Store, the of his father