Friday, March 21, 2008

Site of Elder Drug Company

An earlier post (January 25) shows J. D. Elder in front of his 1914 drug store.
He later moved to this corner and took in his new son-in-law as partner.
Earlier posts show the historic homes of J. D. Elder (February 8) and
son-in-law J. H. Slaton (February 11).
The side view shows steps to the drug store's rear entrance,
and a door to a stairway to the offices of Dr. R. E. Cardwell.
For the current status of this corner of East Main and South Broadway, see:
Read what Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton recently said about preservation:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Heating With Coal

The article in my earlier post, Providence (KY) in 1912,
reported that Providence had seventeen active mines.
For a list of mines, go to:

As you would guess, homes were heated by coal.
An early photo of the Historic J. D. Elder House, (Feb 8th post),
shows its TWO chimneys.
A later photo shows the LEFT chimney replaced.
The fireplaces were sealed and natural gas heaters installed in the 1950's.
There was no longer a need for the detached coal shed.
The Historic J. H. Slaton House, (Feb 11th post),
had a furnace in the basement - with coal delivered through
a coal chute near the front porch steps.
On our farm in Union County coal was delivered through the window shown behind our horse.

Providence Company Stores - Then and Now

There were two coal company stores on South Broadway,
on opposite sides of Bank Street.

Ruckman Store Company and Providence Mining Company are described in the
1912 Enterprise articles above.

The color photo, taken by me in 2004, shows the Ruckman site and
the remaining half of the Providence Mining Company Store.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

W. B. Snow

This continues my series of profiles of Crittenden County Natives.
This 1912 Enterprise story shows W. B. Snow as an assistant bank cashier.

In 1940 the Enterprise had this ad for his Providence Ice & Fuel Company.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Juriah's Children

In an earlier post I mentioned that Juriah and J. D. Elder moved to Providence with their

five children. There is apparently no photo of all five siblings together.

The top photo, taken shortly after they moved in September 1910, shows (L to R):
Mary, Anna, Carl and Otto. Sadly, Carl died a few months later.

The next photo, taken about 1919, shows, (L to R):
Mary, Anna, Otto and Stella>

The bottom photo, taken in 1961, shows (L to R):

Stella, Otto, Anna and Mary.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Juriah's Trunk of Quilts

Due to reader interest in my post "Juriah's Elder's Quilt Collection",

I've pulled two more unquilted tops from my

late grandmother's hump-back trunk.

Quilt lovers refer to such patterns as:


Siblings Gathered at J. H. Slaton House

This photo was taken about 1928 at a Slaton Reunion.


Lula Slaton Duncan

Mattie B. Slaton Pride

Joseph Henry Slaton

Lillie P. Slaton Williams

Charles Nathan Slaton

Mary Emma Slaton Williams
Joseph’s siblings traveled to the reunion from Crittenden and Union Counties,
Nathan’s family and neighbors were enumerated in Union County 1930 Census:
Dwelling , Name, Relationship, Color, Age
454 SLATON, Nathan Head W 36
Net Wife W 33
Virginia Dau W 10

455 BELL M G Head W 43
Octavia Wife W 42
Vernon Son W 16

456 RICHARDS George Head neg 55
Bella Wife neg 39
Agnes dau neg 9
Georgia dau neg 8
Edith dau neg 7
Betty dau neg 5
Maude dau neg 1 3/12

Virginia Slaton attended the nearby Pride Elementary School (segregated).

The Richards daughters walked to their segregated school in Sturgis. Their father was a day laborer on the Slaton brothers’ farms. During periods of racial unrest, George was allowed to leave work early, so he could walk home to be with his family before dark.
The turbulent integration of the previously all white Sturgis school in 1956 was reported nationally.