85 Years Ago

Republican Herald

Feb. 13, 1935

The Joyce-Watkins Tie & Timber Company has sold the wood preserving plant and business in treated forest products to the Wyoming Tie & Lumber Company. The present personnel is being retained in the new organization. Walter H. Firmin, heretofore superintendent of the tie company's treating plant here, will continue as the general manager and George H. Morris is moved up as superintendent of the plant. The Joyce-Watkins Tie & Timber Company will continue its business under practically the same management, in the business of untreated forest products. The president is W.W. Watkins.

Carpenters, cabinet makers and decorators have been busy at the Cohen Store building for some time. Now that they have finished, the store looks considerably different and improved. It has been enlarged by taking the rear room, formerly used for storage, and converting it into a room for men's wear exclusively.

Three tiers of double shelves have been erected for the storage and display of footwear for men, women and children. A model cotton shop for ladies is another new department where all kinds of clothing for ladies and children are on display. With the added space, enlarged facilities and greater and more complete lines, Cohen's is now able to give better service and bargains. Mr. Sol S. Pincus, of Louisville, Ky., son-in-law of Mrs. Cohen, has accepted the position of salesman at Cohen's.

[Note: The business was located on the west side of Market Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets.]

On evening of February 22 the First annual Concert by the M.C.H.S. Band and Orchestra will be held at the high school. The concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club and all the other civic organizations are pitching in all the assistance that they possibly can. The purpose of the concert is to maintain and expand this fine organization.

The band furnishes music for all our civic organizations, school games, plays, and any special event of major importance. For their effort they have received very little or nothing for their services. The band is now better that it has ever been and has improved tremendously in the past two years.

Springfield, Ill., Feb. 8 -- There are 209 motorists to every filling station in Illinois. If you are the average motorist, your annual bill for gasoline at 17 cents a gallon, will be $72.25. Perhaps you've wondered as you whizzed past filling station after filling station, how so many can exist. The answer, according to statistics, is that each such station should have 209 regular customers. During 1934, there were 1,285,434 passenger cars and 178,496 trucks licensed in Illinois. There are 7,000 filling stations.

70 Years Ago

Metropolis News

Feb. 9, 1950

The annual John Deere Day held last Friday and sponsored by the Huffman Farm Supply drew a large crowd to Metropolis. About 1100 persons attended the movies shown at the Massac Theatre and many more were turned away at the door. Over 600 people saw the exhibitions and demonstrations given at Huffman Farm Supply during the morning. Free lunch was served at noon. Prizes consisting of paint, feed and farm equipment were given away.

The burglar or burglars who entered Wells Auto Sales last Wednesday night and rifled the safe after cutting it open with an acetylene torch overlooked $230 in cash contained in an envelope in the safe. They took about $300 in cash and checks from the safe but overlooked $400 in checks and $60 in cash when they ransacked the office desk. After entering the garage by a rear window the safe specialists "borrowed" the torch from the garage to use in their work. The contents of the safe along with the envelope containing the money were scattered on the floor.

Holvis Kelly, 37, of Paducah, died Monday morning at the I.C. Hospital in Paducah of injuries received in an automobile accident on Route 45 between Metropolis and Brookport. Kelly was a passenger in an auto driven by Chas. Merritt, also of Paducah, the car sideswiping an automobile driven by Rev. R.A. Willis, pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in Metropolis. The accident occurred about two and one-half miles north of Brookport about 9 p.m. Saturday. The southbound Merritt vehicle ran into a ditch following the collision. Rev. Ellis and a passenger, John Brown, were traveling towards Metropolis. Kelly suffered a broken back; the others involved were only slightly injured.

The biggest basketball games of the year are scheduled at the Metropolis Community High School Gymnasium Friday night February 10th starting at 7:15. The first game will feature the Kiwanis Globetrotters vs. the Lions Bombers. The second game will feature the Twinkling Stars vs. the Miller Dairy Independents. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes Polio fund. The Twinkling Star team of Paducah is owned by Mrs. Robertson and is undefeated. The team cancelled another game to make it possible for them to play in the benefit game and are coming to Metropolis without charge to aid in the Polio Drive. Tickets are 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. The local March of Dimes quota has been set at $2,000 with receipts to date totaling less than $1,300. Mrs. Temmie Cohen is the local fund drive chairman.

50 Years Ago

Metropolis News

Feb. 12, 1970

The Board of Education of MCHS has approved a program sponsored by the Illinois Division of Vocational Rehabilitation which will utilize the Good Luck Glove Company building in the 1800 block of North Market Street. Only a part of the building will be leased for vocational training, but eventually the entire 18,000 square-feet may be utilized, according to Harold Mescher, school superintendent. Part of the plan calls for the moving of the JAMP Central Supply facility to the building.

The Central Supply is a centralized purchasing agency for paper supplies, athletic equipment and other items used in public schools in the four-county area. The vocational training will provide a "work station" for students from Brookport High School as well as MCHS. Currently 27 MCHS students are being taken to Olmsted for training and 12 are enrolled from Brookport. Training programs will include book bindery and furniture repairing.

The Bertis Foster residence at 303 West Sixth Street was the scene of a fire on the afternoon of the 4th. The interior was heavily damaged by smoke, water and heat and the contents of the home were almost a total loss.

Frank Owens, 29, an employee at Holt Iron and Metal Co., 1016 East Second Street, suffered burns on his legs Monday morning when his clothing caught fire while he was using a cutting torch. He was taken by ambulance to Massac Memorial Hospital and was reported in fair condition Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Laura Reeder, 101, died February 4th at Massac Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at First Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C.E. Martin officiating. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Mrs. Laura Bankhead Reeder was born in Waterloo, Alabama, Sept. 28, 1868. In 1889 she married John Reeder and to this union six children were born. She, along with her family, moved to Metropolis in 1915. She joined and faithfully served First Missionary Baptist Church, helping in any way she could. Her husband, four children and two step-children preceded her in death. After the death of her husband, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Blanche Hawkins, 415 West 8th Street.. She is survived by her daughters and a step-son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Playing at the Massac Theatre is "Dunwich Horror," starring Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed. Begley and Sam Jaffe.

25 Years Ago

The Metropolis Planet

Feb. 8, 1995

At a recent meeting of the Massac County Board of Commissioners the possibility of a recycling program in the county was discussed. VFI Inc., a private company, places and collects from recycling dumpsters at no cost to the county or city that provides a space for the dumpster. The only requirement is that the recycling dumpster be in a place where it can be monitored. Regular garbage must not be placed in the bins. Locations for the dumpsters were discussed, one being near the regular county garbage dumpster. Another option was to request help from Massac County High School science classes.

After what has been for the most part a very mild winter, snow and cold finally hit the area Monday and Tuesday, closing area schools. Although less than an inch fell Monday, roads were very slick and local law enforcement officers responded to numerous accidents. Within a three hour period the police department received 13 calls; however, the exact number of accidents that occurred during that time is difficult to determine. At one point six officers worked accidents and two answered phone calls. In some cases there was an overlapping of day and evening shifts.

The Red Cross Blood Drive, held at First Baptist Church on Feb. 2, was a big success. There were 64 persons who came, and of these, 59 were able to donate. Three were first time donors. The next blood drive will be on May 4 at First Baptist Family Life Center.

Chris and Kristina Cromeenes' home on Devers Road was destroyed by fire Monday morning. The fire, which was discovered at around 6 a.m., apparently began in the fireplace. No one was injured in the blaze.

Dr. Charles A. Witte will be installed Sunday as pastor of Metropolis First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Dr. Witte and family come here from Mazon, Ill. He holds a doctorate in ministry from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. He was a family and personal counselor for eight years after completing a second doctorate at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Witte's wife, Pearl, is currently a teacher at Pontiac High School. The couple has three sons, Christian, Brenden and Carlin.

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