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Idea! Sites for Sub?
urban Homes at
Bon Air is situa?
ted in Chesterfield
County, Va., seven
miles west of Rich?
mond and is served
by nine trains per
day, over the South?
ern Railway, at con?
venient hours to and
to Bon Air?20
Rich tc&H a'-C&i l?
ets at low rates with
a fifty pound groc?
ery privilege free.
R i c h m o n d ex?
South amp to n
Bridge soon to be
Street car line
from Westham sta?
tion to Southern
Railway station in
Bon Air soon to be
Standard built high-way from Southampton Bridge through Bon Air to the Midlothian Turnpike assured. This high-way will complete the best
automobile road out of Richmond, passing through the most beautiful and healthful section within fifty miles of Richmond.
Bon Air is 380 feet above Tidewater. Natural diainage excellent. Bounteous supply of pure lithia water, from innumerable springs.
Persons seeking beautiful and healthful locations for suburban homes cannot find within fifty miles of Richmond the equal of those offered by this
BON AIR IMPROVEMENT COMPANY, INC.
TKOS. S. WINSTON, Pres. 925 American National Bank Building Phone 4740 Richmond, Va.
GOLSAN &. NASH, Sales Agents 10th and Main Sts. Richmond, Virginia
LOVELY BON AIR |
COMES 10 FRONT
(Contlnuc-tl From First rage).
Streets run anil giadcd. Aim.in a year
after the hotel was str. rted the tirst
three cottage homes were completed
toy Dr. McGuire, M. X. Gllllam nnd
Colonel T. M. It. Talen'*.. Many others
bought large lots and erected homes,
atuong them Polk Miller, Rev. .lames
K. Dozen, 1?. I-.. Joseph W Kates,
George 8. Coipk and his sons, George U
and Houstlco P. Still Inter ram-, the
Bullingtons, the Pollards, the Whit
worths, tlie Paces, A. U. Adatnson and
Others. Some of Ihesc niude only sum?
mer homes at. Ban '.Air1, spending the
Vinters in Richmond, while others
lived there all the yen- round.
Story of lintels.
The howl burned down after It had
been running about ton years, and
then A. F. Noel built another sum?
mer hotel In another part of the vil?
lage, which was filled every year with
Kummer boarders. In tli. fall of 1909
Mr. Noel sold the hotel to T. M.
Kennerly, who proceeded at once to
enlarge nnd greatly Improve It. lie
added another story, doubled the sire
of the dln'ng room. enlarged the
parlors and the reception halls,
put in an office and n pool room,
nnd increased the number of bed
toonis to twenty-six. tic also put in
ten bath rooms, install* d a Watt r and
sewerage system, and also an acetylene
gas plant and steam heating arrange
' ment, enabling him to run hot and
told water to every room. Mr. Ken?
nerly very successfully ran the Ron
-Mr Jpn (Which name he gave It when
he first became owneri In 1910 and '11
A month or more ago hi bought all
Of the beaut'fully sloping land i x
tending from the south side of the inn
property down to the Southern Rail?
way tracks, nnd I: making of it a
beautifully ten-acre park. With th?
Tanner Pamt & Oil Co.
1417 and 1410 East Main,
One of seven similar plant S in the l.'nitcd
Expert Storage Service to
Virginia Bonded Warehouse Corp.
Eighteenth and Cary bts.,
- . Richmond Va.
trimming' out of surplus trenn the Inn
will lie visible across the park from
the railway. Heretofore the Inn. like
its predoccors, has I.n H?-pt only
as a summer resort, hut when It h;.s
Its 1P12 opening, on the IBth of .May.
it will be opened for good and kept
going both gummer and winter.
Some t'nlqne Church History.
The village has two churches,
Pr.-sbytorian and Methodist. By the
way, the history of these churches Is '
Unique. When the village was first
put In motion a Vnion chapel was
erected by the company. Later they
gave this property to the Prcsby
ter'tins, nnd under the management of !
tin- lat. Dr. Malier.. Ruling Elders
Polk Miller and George Cook, und I
others, the chapel was enlarged and !
Improved from time t-? time until it I
j Is now one of the handsomest and I
most comfortable of rural or village]
I church' s.
The Methodist?, who are strong In
Chesterfield county, wanted a church |
in B' i Air, and when the old hotel
burned down there was nothing left j
hut the detached bar-room and dancing
pavilion, which were on the oppoMtc
ride of the street. I
The company made the Methodists
a present of these unholy buildings.
The old bar room was cleansed, conse?
crated and altered a little bit In shape
and form, and being thus soundly con-I
v( rte<i. was dedicated as a Methodist
church, At the same time and In ltlte
manner the unholy dancing pavilion
was transformed Into a cozy little par?
Just a lilt SrlfUb.
The people of lion Air were for J
years so pleased with their village, and j
Wllllani KIlMon'ft ?-..itn??..
ilr. race'* collate.
Colonel TalcottV ?ummec home.
they were leading inch a happy, quiet
ami Cree-from-cnre life, they became.
In a sense, somewhat seltis".i: that is,
I hey sat their heads dead against any
more excursions, any innre pavilions,
I any more bar rooms and any more
'anything else that would bring in
I crowds to make noise and fuss. Sev?
eral times the trolley line companies
j agitated the subject of extending their
I tracks to Hon Air. but the people und
I the Bon Air company discouraged the
But now there has come a partial
! change over the spirit of their dreams.
' There will be no bar rooms. Of course,
! and no pavilions to hurt and no tin
! ruly excursion parties, and Bon Air
will continue to be the lovely. quiet
j village, hut the trolley lino Is nearly
there, the Bon Air company fins sold
I its beddings to some hustling people,
i now folks are coming In to buy prop?
erty and erect homes, new streets are
1 bel?g run, other improvements nro be?
ing made, and it looks as If the time
Is near nt hand when Bon Air will be
one of Richmond's best, most charm?
ing anil most healthful suburbs, thai
home of hundreds of Richmond busi?
ness men, and that prospect is the
real news Item in this story.
New Company t'onien l"i?.
Thomas S. Winston, who owned
twenty-eight acres of good land ju-t
back of Bon Air, bought the 300
screws adjoining, and known as the
"Rattle Snake" Farm a year or more
ago. ami being a hustler with ample
means, he commenced to improve and
beautify the place. When George t". j
Gregory, the owner of much property .
on the south side of the .lames River
In the section of Chesterfield, known ,
ns Southampton, built the SOUthamp
ton Bridge from Wastham over thoj
river. Mr, Winston determined to build
a street car line from the south end |
of the bridge through his property to
Ron Air and ultimately cross the j
bridge with it and make a connection
With the West'noinpton branch of the|
Virginia Rassenger and Rower Com?
pany's system of trolley lines. Work
was commenced last, fall and is now
j In December last Mr. Winston
bought from !>;?? Hon Air Company of
Virginia all of their holdings In and;
around Ron Air. which Includes 3781
acres, embracing lands on both sides
' of the Southern Railway and entirely]
I surrounding the present village. The i
? Bon Air Improvement Company was;
then Incorporated, although R Is not
known that there are any storkhold-|
era other than Mr. Winston, who acts
as president and general manager.
This company has gone do work
with a vim to make Ron Air n great
and charming suburb to Richmond.
New -treeis m. being laid off and
graded, old one? are being better
drained and various and sundry other
I Improvements will soon follow. No
tree or hedge planting will he neces?
sary, 'for nature has already made
Bon Air One <\ the most lovely spots
In ull Virginia.
The Sellin? Plans.
The firm of Co)sop & Nash, com
posed of H l.ogan Golson, 3. Pope
Nash and William Todd, have become
the Richmond agents for the sale of
acreage lots In Ron Air, and they al
rcady made numerous deals with Rieh?
mond business men, some of whom
nre already excavating cellars nnd
laying foundations for handsome
Tho company and the agents are
aiming to sell live and four-acr,- lots,
rather than small lots, so that the pnr
rbaser* will have ample room for liv?
ing and >ruo village and rural life,
ample room upon which to place all
the buildings and as large ones as
they want, ample apace for largo and
lovely yards -und then enough left
to do mild stunts In gardening or re?
stricted farming, just for exercise and
amusement, you know.
Toe street railway line President
Winston is pushing to completion Will
be in running order from the South?
ern Hallway station through Bon Air
to and aerods the Southampton Bridge
by the first of June, and a splendid
gasolene propelled car will be put on
to make hour or half rmindtrtps to
Weslham station on the .lames HI vor
division of the Crcsapcake and Ohio
Hallway, there to make quick connec?
tion to and from Richmond. This will
be the arrangement until the oilier
mile of road on the north side of the
river can be completed to a connec?
tion at the new Richmond College
with the Westhampton cars of the Vir?
ginia Passenger and Power Company.
This mile of road will probably be
completed through Weatham and West?
hampton to the college gate before the
summer Is much more than half gone. I
It will bo a substantial little road of
two inibs to the south end of the
bridge and one mile from the north
end. Ooorge Gregory and William
Schmidt, owners of valuable lands In
the Southampton district, are also In?
terested in this road.
Free IIridge anil Auto Itnad.
Heretofore the Southampton bridge
lias foeen.n toll bridge, but on and after I
the first day of May it will i,e a free
bridge, for on that date it will become i
the property of the county of ?.'bester- 1
Held,*the Ron Air Improvement Q?m-1
pony. Incorporated, Mr. Winston, Mr.
Schmidt, Mr. Gregory and many other
Ron Air and Southampton property
owners having raised the money among
themselves, bought It at a cost of over
125,000, and presented it to the county,
on condition that the counties of Ches?
terfield and Ilenrleo shall forever keep
It up as a public highway, free to the
Chcsti rtleld county evidently appre?
ciates this gift, for It has, through Its
.proper officers, agreed to put Its entire
convict road-building force to work on
July 1 on the coun-y road from th?
south end of the bridge, and keep them
there until a fust-class automobile
road shall be completed from the bridge
to and through Bon Air and on to tho
Midlothian Turnpike. In the mean- ;
lime tits property owners along tho I
routo are going to work U> put the
present road in good summer travel- J
ing shape, nnd so by the llrst of July
thorn will be a charming- automobile I
circuit from Richmond on by the Coun?
try Club, through Wcsthampbon, across
tho Southampton bridge, on to und
through Bon Air to the Midlothian
Turnpike, and hack to Richmond by
that pike. By winter time the county
Will have completed its permanent
work, and tho circuit will ho an all
th'-.year-arour.d affair, good in all
kinds of weather.
Ilcttrr Thon Sweet Auburn.
All of these Improvements and con?
veniences, added to the reputation of
the place for health, beauty and nll
the-ycar-around comfort, especially In
tho summer season, will Ini vltably ;
.nake Bon Air one >of the very best and
."nost attractive village suburbs that is
?tear to any city In all of the South,
And It Is so clo.se to Richmond. people
Come in from and go out to Bon Air
? n twenty minutes now. traveling by
the live dally trains (live each way) of
the Southern Railway, and it Is ru?
mored that the Southern Will ere long I
jut electric motor cars on the line to !
run twenty miles out, A man can get !
!?> business from Ron Air In tho morn?
ing and back home In the evening a
ilttlo quicker than he ran make similar
trips to and from many homes within
:he city limits.
Truly, beautiful, charming, healthful
Bon Air Is destined sonn to be vastly j
greater In size, and will ever hp, as It !
ever has been, the counterpart, and
better than the counterpart, of the
poet's Ideal when he sweetly sang of
' Sweet Auburn, sweet Auburn.
Loveliest village of the plaint
REAL ESTATE AND
(Continued From First Page.)
SS.500, and two heiuses on second Street
for $1,000, and some other smaller prop,
Golsan & Xash are tho men who made
one of those cash sales, it being a cor?
ner lot and Tcsldeneo on Grace Street.
For further particulars, see the deed,
which will get Into the clerk's hands
to-morrow. This dim also sold ISO
feet of vacant ground In South Rich?
mond, upon which the new owner pro?
poses to erect several small hnusea for
tho rental agents to wreafle with. The
Building Bon Air Trolley Line
same firm reports the sale of .-ignty
acre? on the River Road, beyond tiran
ton, and eight miles from Richmond,
for tseo per aTt; also nine lots In
Blanton & Co. disposed of several lots
In Monument Annex and did two or
thro? small stunts In downtown prop?
Charles A. Rose Company .-old eighty
feet on Rose neat h Road, corner Leo?
nard Street, for $?.?00; also ::00 feet
on Monument Avenue that I? to be (In
Mpnumcnt Anmxi for 111,000. In
town they sold 1621, 1626 und 162S
West Cary Street, for $10.'.00; also :t5
feet at Robinson and Cary Streets for
$8,500. Their other downtown s.ilo
was 603-605 North Ninth Street, tor
which they got $3,o00.
J. Thompson Brown * Co. made sties
amounting to $20,u00, which they cun
slder rather small business for a whole
week, but they have some big things
on the string which may hiaterlallfeo
till." week. I hear it rumored, but did
not get the rumor from them, that
they hive on the hiring a vsry big do'al
In business property, and that If con?
summated, will bring some outside
money hero for manufacturing enter?
prise. The fact that the Junior mem?
ber of the concern sier-nt most of the
week In the North adds strength to lite
Activity In Farm I.mills.
There Is decided activity In farm
lands. The agents who handle such
propextles report very much inquiry
and a good deal of business consum?
mated. Oeorge T. Taft & t"o. made 11
er.il large sales of Virginia farms last
week, or rather closem them up last
week. It sometimes takes seviral
weeks to close up farm land Bales. C
I.. <fc H Ij. Denoon also report decided
activity In this class of business, anil
Cassel ma ii ?'o. have been doing some
lively stunts along these lines within
the past three weeks. The Inrge ma?
jority of the farms that have been soul
within the pam several months have
been taken by buyers from the W'SSt
and the North, and that is a mighty
go^d sign of the times.
The Wilbur land sale, which has been
going on for a week, is declarsd by
those Interested to have been ,i grati?
fying success. During the last ten
days at least 90 per cent, of the lots
offered have bson sold, 321 having been
taken by more <-,r less eager buyers.
To-morrow will witness the last of this
sal" or lots.
Pollard & Bagby, who report only
medium business for tile past week,
are looking forward to nn Interesting
auction snl-> they have niinouiiced for
next Thursday at 1 o'clock. They will
put the three-story, comparatively now
brick store. 118 Bast Broad Street, un?
der the hammer.
The Proponed I'.ieliaucc.
Many of the agents are taking a very
lively Interest In the proposed Real
Kstate Exchange for Richmond, and
the committee appointed to !o)k fully
into the matter Is at work gathering
all the available Information, to be sub?
mitted at a future called moating of
tho agents. One of tii> agents, who
admitted to me that he hart not yet nt- >
tended any of the meeting:-, held In
this Interest, said that while, he was
not over enthusiastic, on the subject, ho
was In no sense a knocker. On tho
contrary, lie would welcome a properly
organized exchange or anything -dsn
calculated to elevate and keep elevated
"the real estate ethics." I did know
that any enlarged ethical elevntlon
was needed among tho Richmond real'
estate agents, but, that is what .this on?.
sa.d to me. ?.