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THE DJCILT MISSOUBIAN, FBIDAT ETENIJfG, SEPTEMBER 7, 1917.
ATTRACTIVE FIRE PLACE IN THE TAVERN'S LOBBY
TA FERNS AND STAGE LINES
HERE IN THE EARLY DAYS
In the memories of two. of Colum
bia's oldest citizens there still burn
brightly recollections of the times
when all the hotels of the city and of
the county were taverns, not only
in name but in actuality. William
Mattocks, 83 years old, who lives al
1607 East Broadway on what is aclled
Gordon or Pyfer Hill, and James C.
Gillespie of 15 North Eighth street,
were residents of the city when there
was no railroad nearer than Jeffer
son City and when the "Wabash only
came as near as Mexico
There was very little in the Colum
bia of the days of '57 to remind Mr.
Mattocks of the prosperous city of
today. Columbia at that date claim
ed a scant 3,000 population and was
a city of the most rural type. Every
one in the town knew of the latest
arrivals by stage coach and every
death and fire was heralded by a
ringing of the bell on the court house.
Stories of the grandfathers of the
best citizens oMhe city came fluently
from the tongues of the two men as
they told of the hotels of youthful
Columbia and reminisced of the times
that are past.
Hotels In 'The Early Pays.
The history of the hotels of Colum
bia that the two men gave between
them goes back only as far as 1857,
the 3-ear that Mr. Mattacks came to
Columbia with his father from Vir
ginia. The history that came after
1SG3 was supplemented by Mr. Gilles
pie. Mr. Gillespie says, and probably
rightly, that there is no man in the
county that knows more of the
history of Columbia or of Boone
County, since that time than he.
According to Mr. Mattocks, there
were three small hotels when be
came here a young man. There were
at that time and there have been since
many boarding houses and near-hotels
of which he makes no mention in his
The City Hotel, kept by Tom Selbie,
was perhaps the most famous of the
time. It stood where the Guitar
Building stands today. On the site
of the new bank building was another
tavern owned by John David Van
Horn, the father of the David Van
Horn, who owns the grocery store at
the corner of Seventh street and
Broadway. This hostelry soon went
out of business. The other was just a
few doors west, called the "Brick
Hotel" kept by James Richardson,
commonly known as "Jimmie" Rich
ardson. City Hotel a Large Place.
In the memory of Judge Gillespie, the
"Brick Hotel was managed by "Dick"
Leonard, Lishlighter and Bennett, and
was then purchased from Richardson
by "William B. Quisenberry.
The City Hotel as described by Mr.
Gillespie, was a large frame building
the largest tavern in Missouri at that
''me outside of St. Louis sitting in
the middle of a lot a block deep ex
tending back to Ninth street. After
the death of Mr. Selbie, which oc
curred a short time after Mr. Mattocks
came here, his widow took charge
of the tavern and ran it for quite
a number of years with the aid
of a large number of slaves. In near
ly all the taverns at that time, accord
ing to Judge Gillespie, the work was
done by slaves or by negroes that had
been recently freed.
Incident of a Xegro Festival.
In a slight deviation from the
history of hotels. Judge Gillespie told
of an incident at a negro festival
held on Guitar street early in 1864.
Lewis Selbie was one of the waiters
in the City Hotel, sharing the waiting
work with another negro, named Abe.
Lewis Gordon was a powerful black
man of a very responsible nature
and had been appointed marshal for
the festival. Lewis Selbie, said Mr.
Gillespie got drunk. Gordon, in his
official capacity, remonstrated with
him and was hit on the head with a
brickbat that Selbie pulled from his
pocket. Gordon nearly lost his life
and the rest, of his life he had a large
dent in the top of his head to re
member the occasion. Selbie left
town hastily that night and was never
seen here again. Several years later,
said Judge Gillespie, he saw Lewis in
the role of a porter on the Great
Returning to the Columbia's hotel
history, the judge described the loca
tion of the City Hotel more exactly.
The hotel building was on the south
side of the lot with a large flower
garden on the south, while back, where
the "W. B. Nowell Grocery now stands,
was a small barn belonging to the
property where the travelers' horses
were Stabled and attended by the
hostler who invariably was to be
found in the tavern of that day.
Other Columbia Hotels.
What was known as the "Brick
Hotel" passed from the hands of
Quisenberry to a man by the name
of Hume and then to a Mr. Bush, from
whom H. C. Schwabe, father of John,
Jim and Henry Schwabe, purchased it.
The Gentry Hotel, built by Colonel
Richard Gentry, grandfather of North
Todd Gentry, was erected some time
in the 60's, and was a typical hotel
of the time. It was a brick structure
with the usual small window panes.
This hotel stood where the Hayden
Building now is.
The name of Powers was one that
was famous in the old days as being
connected with taverns. Just west of
where the Post Office now stands,
Tom Powers owned a cabinet shop.
He reared a boy named John Baker
as his son and Baker and the neighbor
boys, said Judge Gillespie, used to
crawl Into the coffins that Mr. Powers
had completed and go to sleep. Mr.
Powers died in the 70's and his
widow and Miss Lizzie Powers kept a
boarding house that became very
popular and which became known as
the Powers House.
The name once established in con
nection with the tavern was such a
valuable asset that it was never
changed with the change of owners
and even when it was moved to the
corner of Tenth and Walnut streets
by the last owner, F. W. Poor, it was
still known as the Powers House.
This hotel burned in 1912.
Later came the Gordon Hotel, at
present used by the University for the
domestic science department and the
present Athens hotel. The present
Central Hotel was one time the
residence of William Jewell
Van Horn Tavern Popular.
A tavern just outside of Columbia
that attained a great reputation with
travelers was the old Van Horn
Tavern, five miles west of Columbia
on the Rocheport road. It occupied the
place which is now the property" of
Dr. Lloyd Simpson. The old tavern
is still there, north of the Simpson
home and is used as a barn.
All the taverns of the day were
similar in appearance: a large hall
way generally opened into a re
ception room with a big, old-fashioned
fireplace furnishing the chief at
traction. Here the bottle was set out.
On first arriving at the hostelry, the
visitor's horse would be taken by the
hostler and attended as carefully in
the stable as the traveler's needs
were attended within the tavern.
After the traveler had been warjned,
both externally and internally at the
fireplace, the call for supper was giv
en and the guests would pass into the
large dining room to get a good meal
cooked in the southern style. The
cook and waiters were slaves.
'BACK TO SCHOOL MONDAY"
So, the next thing to do is to go down to Miller's and get those
school shoes. Tomorrow's your last chance before school begins.
There is' where you will find shoes for the "regular" boy and girl.
Our School Shoes Are The Best Made.
12 and up according to size
Complete line of Children's Hosiery
Pretty Dressy Boots
shown i n Black,
Brown, Grey and
all colored leathers
with high or low
Boudoir and Bath
Slippers in various
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English Lasts with high
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Broadway's White Front Boot Shop j
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The Daniel Boone Tavern Is One Solid Concrete Form
It Is Built of Atlas Portland Cement
Furnished by Bowling Lumber Co.
The fact that this firm was also chosen to
furnish the lumber and acme plaster is both a
tribute to the superior quality of the material
' and the ability to give prompt service.
If large construction companies find it pays them to buy
large quantities of building material from us it
should pay you to insist that your con
tractor buys his material here.
Come in and talk over
your building prob
lems with us.
The Bowling Lumber Co.
"We Save You The Usual Building Delays"
Eighth and Cherry
Phone No. 2