In my January 30th post, Providence Department Store, you learned prescriptions could be filled in their GROCERY department. You could have gone down Railroad Street to Baynhams, an "exclusive drug store".
If you went up the hill, to the corner of Main and Broadway, you would find Niswongers, opened in 1883.
Source: Providence (KY) Enterprise, August 13, 1912.
This frame house was bought around 1926 by Joseph Henry Slaton, a partner with his father-in-law, J. D. Elder, in the Elder Drug Company. The J. D. Elder House and their drug store site are both registered as Kentucky Historic Structures. The Slaton House is adjacent to the historic Hicks House site of today’s Parker Warner Museum. Around 1944 Mr. Slaton sold the house to then Providence Policeman John Sigler. John Sigler, and subsequently his widow, lived in the house for many years - thus its frequent reference today as the Sigler House. The house was later owned by the Providence Board of Education.
John Thomas Slaton and wife Effie Henry, one of the eleven children of Civil War Veteran Joseph Dixon Henry, are shown in front of the home
of their son Joseph Henry Slaton.
When I was born there it was designated 428 1/2 South Broadway.
Juriah Simpson's Mother, Hester Ann Sigler Simpson (1846-1916) is shown holding the Simpson Bible. I do not know where the Bible is today. Fortunately, I have a copy of the Bible's Record page - shown above picture. It shows Simpson birth dates from 1800 to 1907.
History of J. D. Elder House: This four-room frame house was bought in 1910 by J. D. and Juriah Elder. They moved with their five children from nearby Shady Grove where J. D. owned a drug store. J. D.‘s great-grandfather, Revolutionary War veteran William Elder, had settled in the area in 1797. The house on Cedar Street was within walking distance to J. D. ’s new drugstore at the southeast corner of Main and Broadway - a building registered as a Kentucky Historic Structure. The area’s bustling coal industry was evidenced until the 1940’s by two “company stores” across the street from the drugstore. Called “Papa” by his family and known to associates as J. D. or Jeff, he was born Jefferson Davis Elder on February 2, 1863 while Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States of America. In 1923 J. D. enlarged the four-room house by expanding to the rear. Indoor plumbing and electricity were added. The remaining three elevations and landscaping remain as they were a century ago. The lot is the largest in the neighborhood, and J. D. and Juriah fed their growing family from a large garden and assortment of fruit trees. Following J. D. ‘s death in 1940 Juriah stayed in the house and operated the drugstore another two decades. After Juriah’s death in 1961 her daughter Mary lived in the house until her death in 1987. Her two sons, who once lived in the house, own the house now and are maintaining the house and grounds in memory of the pioneer druggist Jefferson Davis Elder and Patriot William Elder.
Mrs. Juriah Simpson Elder is shown on the steps of the house in an early photograph.
The 1930 Census identified the following four neighbors: From the Historic J. D. Elder House, heading West, they were: Photos (top to bottom) , taken in 2004:
Across their shared driveway (formerly a public alley to W. Main) Duffy Brantley, age 39; Manager, Coal Yard Edgar M. Young, age 42; Operator, Coal Mine J. Ben Wallace, age63; Physician House to left of High School; Marion Simpson, age 32; Manager, Dept Store (Ruckmans) Marion and his Father, J. B. Simpson (Brother of Juriah Simpson Elder) are shown in the Providence Department Store (My Post, January 30, 2008) Frances Jennings, age 52; Teacher, Public School (next door !) The following link is to her photo in a 1918 Yearbook. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kywebste/prov/1918/1918faculty.htm
Bottom Photo: When Mrs. J. D. Elder moved from Shady Grove in 1910 she brought along her collection of quilts. A portion of one of the tops, not yet quilted, is shown here.