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p!ji)tm''IEPWggW-TI anwowmwrwHwiiii wmmj gmmmniimnnininimmwinHmiHiminmmmininiHH 3! jLAURELVILLE The Metropolis of West Hocking 3 3 1 BY SI HUBBARD 1 Pkaaaaaaauaauaaaaauaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaataiuaaaaaaaaaaauaaaaaaiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa mm9mjmmm-l,mw- Luurelvillo Is situated in tlio ox tromo western part of Hocking county. Its corporation is hounded on tlio west by Pickaway and Boss counties. It 1b ono of thoso livo, nctivo tittle towns that can't liolp l)tit keep growing, and is inn do up of tlio kind of matoriat that don't stand but keeps moving. To give you an idea of tlioir spirit of pro gression, I want to stato that right now there is a move on foot among the loading Mien of Lnurol villo for tlio moving of tlio county seat to the placo .they want it, unci what tliuyigo after thoy generally got. Tlio olllcial roster of Laurolvillc is: Mayor, W. T. Dawson; Glork, W. E. Steel; Treasurer, John M. White; Murshal, J. D, Shaw; Council, Elijah Dolong, J. S. IJaynes, Geo. W. Drum, W. C. Harris, J. It. Wilkins, George W. Burgoon. The town, beautifully situated, has wide streets, (curbed) side walks carefully kept dry and solid, adorned with beautiful shade trees. The private resi dences are kept in perfect repair and tlio lawns, in every case, adorned with shrubbery and llowers. It is one of tlio most beautiful'and carefully cared-for villages in Ohio. The streots, alloys ana gutters arc icept in perfect sanitary, condition, which speaks well for tlio committee ap pointed for that purpose The town is in a first clues financial sliapo, having a cash balance of $1,100.00 in the treasury. They own a ten-ncre tract within the corporate limits. The town is under perfect management, well oilicored, well conducted, and no rowdyism is toreratod. Laurel ville is a typbical country town, a progressive town. AMUSEMENTS. During my week's staj' in Laurol villc 1 had one continuous round -of pleasure. Good fellowship and good wishes wore constantly in evidence. Ono of the most pleas ant and enjoyable features was the entertainment given by the Otter bin Illustrated Musical Amuse ment Company. This high class company, under tlio management in tlio county, there is solours talk of moving the county scat, ottuitoitns. Laurclvlllc, with its population of loss than six hundred, has tiirno woll supported churches! Tlio Presbyterian with a membership of (10, tlio Baptist with a member ship of -10, and tlio Methodist with a membership of 70. Tlio Prosby torian and Baptist hnvo each a large and commodious church, while tlio mothodist hnvo ono un der construction, of eoneroto block, which, ibis anticipated will be immonsu business possibilities at that timo. Since tlio establish tnont of this bank, whose unlimit ed financial responsibilities have novor beon questioned, the town has made wonderful strides. It not only gave dignity and prostago but drow an immense volunio of business to the town. Tlio bank is as strong and solid as Gibraltar and stands as a wall against tlio financial distress of tlio business men und the farmors around. They do a genornl banking busi ness, buy and sell stock and bonds completed in about sixty days. At tt,ld negotiate loans. The olllcors aro: Geo. D. Mowory, president; Milt Armstrong, vico president; of Dr. T. T. Stoutenborgh of Westorville, Ohio, gave one of tlio most strictly refined, moral, educa tional and up-to-dato, musical und stereopticon entertainments it lias ever been our pleasure to attend. Miss Syvestor, of nationul pronii nenbe, not only pleased tho ears of the audience witli beautiful song but rendered several V6ry difllcult selections on trombono and banjo, instruments of which she is con sidered master. Her pluntution songs wore especially well renderod. The Stoutenborgh Brothers, aged 10 und Hi, arc musioul phenome non, born musicians, 'highly and rigidly trained, they execute sonio of the moBt difllcult and classical music. They have un oaso, ex pression und finish in tlioir execu tion that positively can not be sur pussod. Tho entortaiiiniont was better by far than advertised, muss hand. The Laurolvillo Cornet Band, under tlio leadership of Prof, John Steel, promises to become one of tlio beat bunds in Southoru Ohio, While comparatively young they are unusually fur udvuucod. The Bund consists of 14 members, all energetic, active and ambitious' und no such word as full. The instrumentation is Chau, Gulp, buss; Robert White, baritone; Geo, Bowers, first tenor trombone; Vefniu .links, second tenor troui. bono; Lee Kun liner, slide trom bone; Carl lllckinau, solo alto; Hoy Oridur, first alto; Frod Duet, second alto; Charlss Williams, third alto; John Steel, solo cornet; .lolm Stoll, E, cornet; Jumes I.eloljeldorfor, first B. cornet; Win. Stubletou, buss drum and Muster Joe White, side drum. Tho organization i olllcered ks follows : John Stoll, Munuger; 'OburloH Gulp, President; Win, Stablcton, Vice ProHident und Treasurer; .John Steel, Musical Ileotor; Verma Jinks, Secretary, mu Geo, Bow ers, Libmian. As this is the only prosont tlio Presbyterian and Meth odist have no ministor. The Bap Mats arn under tho aupervison of Elder Caroy, a very efllcient and popular ministor. telephone. Tlio Laurelville 'Exchange of the Citizen's Telophone Company, Circloyille, Ohio, is situated on West Waltorstreot. The Exchange is under the management of Col. Bert Poling, ono tno most popular and iulluential business mon in Salt Creek Valley. Mr. Poling is u very uttontive, painstaking and careful servant, and under his able management the Exchange is considered about the ablest and most perfectly conducted Ex change on tho system. Miss Edna Poling is the very able assistant operntor, and Miss Maud Dellaven is tho substitute. These two popular operators aro careful and accommodating, always pleas ant, always smiling, und mostly to them is duo prompt and efficient servico so pleasing to tho business public. This system embraces Oircleville, Ashville, Williamspnrt schools. The Laurelville public schools are the pride of tlio city. Under the supervision of Prof. L. O. Watts the schools have reached the highest point of perfection. The School Board: W. H. Will iamson, M. W. Alstudt, Geo. D. Mowery, J. L. Bailor and Manly Archer, all men of affairs, have expressed their perfect satisfretion in regard to tlio fuultless munago ment and tho extraordinarily good results. There are three rooms and eleven grades. Tho primary department under the very elflciont management of Miss Mary Todd, lias three grades, tlio enrollment iB 17 With an averogo attendance of 40. Tiie intermediate depart ment under tho supervision of W. H. Barton, bus four grades, tho enrollment is fl7 witli an averuge of 30. Tho grammar school under the suporvision of Prof. L. C. Watts, has four grades, two of theso being high school grades, tho enrollment is 25 with an aver age attendance of 24, The aver- ago Bciiool attendance is 101. Truanoy cases aro vory rare. A claBB of about six will graduate next yoar. Under tho supervision of Prof. Watts and his vory nblo assistants, tho whole school sys tem haB shown a decidedly up ward tendency. AICMSTUONO MIM. CO, Ono of Laurelville's most vain able industries and public benefits is tho Armstrong Mill Company, manufacturers of extra grade Bolter Flour, com meal and feed. This firm consists of poison Arm strong und son Wuyno, both well und favorably known to almost everybody in tho county, highly respected by everyone of tlioir 'justomors ana the lommuiiity, They nre tin strarght adio, honest to u farthing, uucommodating to u perfection. They have a tremond. oub homo trade and an unusually large und , profitable shipping trudo, the result only of good work, good management and fair dealing. Thoy ure nocouimodn ting lo a fault, carrying those in temporary distress to better times, and, as come within my own observation, frequently und freely giving ohurlty to the worthy und doBorving. They have an uiiquost able ilnunoiul standing and are a certain mid sure benefit in distress, SALT Olti:i:i YAIJ.WY HANK. The establishment of (lie Suit Creek Valley Bunk in 1001 wus Geo. S. Uoicholdorfor, cashier and D. It. Wilson, assistant cashier; W. F. Armstrong, secretary. Theso gentlemen represent tho financial bono and sinew of tho Salt Creek Valloy. Tlioir motto is: Prompt action, instant relief and courteous attention.' W. W. A, LUMUER OO. Tlio W. W. A. Lumber Company composed of W. A. Williamson, George B. Williamson, S. A. Wilk- isoii, II. N. Armstrong, W. F. Armstrong and J. F. Armstrong, is one of tlio strongest, financially, business industries in Ohio. It lias done as much for the advance ment of Laurelville as any other half dozen of its citizens, and through their personal efforts and tremendous outlay of money, a largo stock of drugs, medicines und sanitary supplies, perfumes soups, cigars, individual china ware, paints and painter's sup pllos. He is sole agent for tho Doan it Barry white lead, (tho anchor brand.) Proscriptions carefully prepared. Aside from Ids stock of drugs lie has almost everything kept in a first class drug store, novelties, candies and such. Ho is a very pleasant agreoablo gontleman, a curoful, competent pharmacist, and enjoys the confidence of tho community, especially tho physicians. He is honest, industrious, persevering and accommodating, and has a wondorfully largo und growing patronage. He's a livo num. LIVERY STA11I.I!. Christy Ilnrris, tho nightengalo of the Salt Creek Valley, the angel-voiced, tlio hoavenly furn ished and finished classical singer, is conducting a livery stable. Ho also, touches music lessons, be tween feeding hours, in the buy mow when by classes, or in an empty stall, when privately in structed. He mnkes a specialty of sacred songs, and the vory closest attention given to full choirs, (not too full). Buggies greased and harness oiled betwoen lessons. Prof. Harris sings in any old key, any old time, any old placo, anyhow. Prices as moder ate as the law will allow. Tho Laurqlvilleis considered one of the I first nlfeuse, $1.00, spasm, a little loading business centers of Ohio. The firm as it now stands is a consolidation of the W. W. Lum ber Company, and tho Lnurolville Lumbor Company, The company has established a pluut in Eth ridge, Tennessee, adjacent to (530 acres of lumber lund, recently acquired by them. They manu facture framing material, chuir stock, scroll work, plaster lath, and all kinds of house framing material. Thoy have constantly employed about 120 men and their monthly pay roll amount) to about $7,1500.00. bund iu the county und Laurel not only an absolute necessity but KAUSIINEU HOTEL. The Karshnor hotel is ono of tho most popular liostolrios in Hocking county, ' There is possi bly not a singlo soul in Hocking but what bus heard of the Karsh ner's, and what a good placo to go for your good, old-fashif.ned grub, Their women are renowned for tlieir ouliuary proficiency. There jb no fine, crack, frencliy dishes, no stylish silk knnpkins and toothpicks, deserts, there. "Tlioro is something to eat." There 1b always a plent' to eat and to spare, something that sticks to the ribs and makes you rejoice. Dave Karshnor is woll and favorably known to the entire country round is a man of few words, of prompt action. If you go tlioro for din ner, you get it, and no mistake. He is doing an excellent and satisfactory business. You will always find a hearty welcome and a square moal at Karshner's. ciiakles our.i'. Charles Culp, that vory hand some and accomplished bnsoet of all huso players of tho Laurolvillo Cornet Baud, lias other tilings bo sides tooting that old buss for thoodficution und pleasuro(morc frequently distress) of the good people of Laurolvillo, lie is u houso painter, and everybody knows him, and everybody wants him, Ho has u plenty to do, really more than ho might to take euro of, but ho does it. Charley is an export with the brush, knows ull tho tricks of the trade, but gives tlio patrons the benefit. He is a porfeot mixer both in paint and with tho people. He cuu mix colors as soft as a double P note on a saxaphono, and spread them as smoothly, as ho can uinko a pianoforte bass run in a dirgo, Ho, when It is necessary, paints in a gallop, with both hands, und never drops u brush or misses u Btroko, Charley is an alright boy, nlwuy u gentleman and ulways bus employment, imuo STORE, S. D, Povenmiro, prescription druggist,, a graduate of the Ada College of Pharmaoy, is located on YlleJv the only up-to-date town' an undiipuUble evidence of the Water street. Mr. Povewulre has more, and the third fit free of charge. Mr. Harris has a firpt class livery outfit, and is prepared to accommodato almost any de mand at reasonable rates. One music lesson witli every single rig, and two music lessons with every carriage or sample wagon. "A word to tho wise should be sufficient." FLOYD HOTt'r., The Floyd hotel is constructive ly ono of tho most modern. It is furnished with every convenience, bus every accommodation. The hotel is tlio headquarters for a large patronage, and the guests speak woll of the place. There is never any danger of them missing the morning train, Cump's patent double action, "oarly riser" alarm precludes any possibility of sloop, for at least twelve hours after it goes oh". The pleasant, social at mosphere, the excellent and ex ceptionally well served table, the vory courteous attention of clerks and porters, make this hotel ono of the most dolightf ul stopping places in Ohio. Bath attached. F.Floyd, the proprietor, is a born landlord, jolly, pleasant and accommodat ing. The most careful attention is given to your comfort. The house motto is: good service, plonB aut treatment. The rato $1.(30 por day. LIVERY STAIlI.n. Pote Dellaven, tlio sage nnd wouthor prophet of Luurelvillo, is conducting a liyory stable, modem in every particular, He is nble, ready and willing to supply the demand with first olnss uccommo dutious. You cun get horses for uny purposes, any color or any gait. The beautiful high-headed riding horse, the ueatliuod, active roadster or the draft liorso, His stock of racers mid blooded ani mals are running out on Ctimp Floyd's plantation and will not bo in until tho season rightly opens, about tlio irtli. of May, But that needn't trouble you as there is no kind of an animal, from a sweot dispositioned Jnck to a kicking runaway mure, but what cuu bo furnished you instuutor, To the royalty, Mr, Dellaven desires to say, lie has coats of urius from ull nations, gold and silver mounted harness for those desiring promi nence. Ono cnatolimrfu, one pugo and a privuto secretary furnished on request,' OPTICIAN. Guy Y. Wright, Optician and Watchmaker, is situated on North Main stroot, next door to William son Bros.'Storo. Mr. Wright is a graduate optician, is oapt'ble, careful und competent. His wide experience in optical work guaran tees correct fitting, and his ability, combined with modern instru ments, mnkes mistakes almost Im possible. Lenses to suit any ago or any oyo, near sightodness, weak or diseased eyes. Tlioro 1b no charge for testing. Mr. Wright is also an expert watchmaker and makes n jpeclalty of watch and clock repairing. Good work guaranteed. Mr. Wright is an activo und onorgotic man of middle ngo und vast experience, a dependable man in every respect, conclusively evidenced by his immense patronage. Good work, prompt, actiye and fair prices were what brought his wonderful support. Repairing of rings, chains, lockets und valuable trinkets a specialty. 1'ARM IMPLEMENTS. Gus. Dumm, for the past ton yours, has beon tho farmors friend. Ho is absolutely always busy figur ing something or some machinery that will bo invaluable to his farmer friends, and they appreciate it. Ho deals, almost exclusively, in farm implements. He handles Osborne binders, reapers, mowers, tedders, hay rakes, disc and springtootli harrows, gale farm tools, corn planters, riding nnd wulking cultivators and harrows, and the most celebrated Smith Aurann breaking plows. "Gus" is one of thoso bright, airy, nun- ny-dispositioned business men that really can't help but command patronage, and ho gets it. He attributes his phenomenal success to fair dealing, honest prices and good values. Lnurelville would miss Gus. Dumm, if he should leave it. IRY noons. Geo. N. Dumm, for more than ten years situatod in tlio public equate, facing at least three points of the compass, nnd every body, witli an honest, unflinching business eye nnd tendet conscience, fie has an immense stock of dry goods, notions, gont's furnishings, boots and shoes, glass ware, queenswure, wall paper, windov shades and groceries. And he needs them in his business. Mr. Dumm is a vory wide-awake and active business man, nothing is loft undone for the accommoda tion of his patrons, or for tlio re plenishing of stock that fertile active mind could suggest. Every thing is always right, and espec ially is this so of goods and prices. His honesty is unquestioned, and his support immense. He is a business necessity and lie is reap ing his reward. He has the repu tation of making the best ice cream in the Salt Creek Valley. He's a fixture. tho country. Tho patrons aro a unit in saying "I don't know how thoy could bo improved." Iko is surely taxed oftentimes to supply his customers, but ho does it, somehow, and satisfactorily too. Iko Hostler is a gonial whole- souled fellow, a kind und accom modating neighbor and a gontlo men in every sense and In every pluce. X.UNOH HOOM. Mart Poling, the pioneer busi ness man of Laurolvillo, though aged und reserved, still steps high und looks plonsunt. He nlwnys sees the silver lining through his durk and threatening clouds, ho laughs at the thunders of tho indolonts cry of hard times, and rejoices in his prosperity. Ho cutors to tlio wnnts of tlio extra fastidious with as much grace as he does to the ordinary business man. His wines and liquor aro of tho vintage of a centuary buck. the goods are tested and straight, tlio best tho murkot affords. Lunch, cigurs and tobacco, bill iards und pools are pleasing ad juncts to his wines and liquors. If you want to find the silver lining to your dark clouds, con sult Mart or F.d, his son, and a chip off tlio old block, who will nlwuys be found behind the bar looking pleasnnt and dispensing gloom. I'.LvCKSMlTII. M. W. Alstudt, blacksmith, is still doing business at the old stand. His continually increasing trade is tlio direct result of good, honest work und fair living prices. Mr. Alstadt uses the Solum cold set Tire setter, a marvel in sim plicity of construction and just as wonderful in results. There is no fuel required, no tires are taken oil', no bolts tukon out and de stroyed, no burning or marring of folloo, no wheels spoiled by short welds, no boring of folloo for new bolts, any dogreo of dish cun be put in tho wheel. It does fur neuter work than can can be done by taking tlio tires oil' and saves labor und expense, Four tires cun be set in a half hours time while the old way required a full half day. It also saves time, necessarily money to tlio customer. Mr. Alstadt also makes u spooiulty of rubber tiring, pump and gas fitting. His work is always right, his prices always fair. HA1CKRY, Isaac Hostler, one of thorniest popular mon in Suit Creok Valley, and for years and years the usees sor of tho township, has cast aside all political uRpirutious und gone into business, Hojs now proprie tor of one of the must modern bakeries in Ohio, He not only supplies Luurelvillo, but lluynee, Fairyiew, South Bloomiugvllle, South Porry, Mound Crossing, Stringtown, Adelphiu und other suburban towns, with tho "stuff of life," His bread, his cakes, ins pies mid bunB are the talk of DEPARTMENT STOKE, Possibly one or the most popu lur, enterprising, progressive und nggressive business emporiums in Salt Creek Valloy, und for that matter, in Ohio, is White's De partment Store. In the dry goods department you can get anything from a cambric needle or spool of thread to the most costly dress pattern, any weave, any color, any style. Tho grocery department is complete with staple and fancy groceries, fruits, nuts, etc. The boots and shoe department em braces everything in size, quality, style und prices. The clothing department offers unlimited as sortment und special values. The furniture, carpet and linoleum de partment shows anything needed in the house furnishing line. The stocks are almost inexhaustable, the quality the best and the prices just under the bottom. They buy telephone poles and ties and pay prevailing prices. In their four large and commodious rooms you can find anything you want at popular prices. TONSORIAL PARLOUS. The popular tonsorial parlors of Lewis Dawson, on Main street, is ono of the best patronized and most frequented resorts of the Kinu in uentrai unio. Tiie reas on for this is "good courteous troatment. Mr. Daw son, though running a two-chair shop, is often sorely distressed in taking care of his customers. His assistant, Carl MoKitrick, is con sidered an expert. His touch, they say, is as soft us the down of a turtle dove, his voice as pleasing as the thrill of tho nightengalo, and conversation as sparkling as old ohampaign. He is a lady's man, necessarily is placed in charge of the custom of all the gontlor sex. Dawson and MoKit riok ure both onterprising und ng grossive business mon and a wonder fill addition to the busi ness and sociul circles of Luurel villo. MEAT MARKET. A, Santos moat murkot on Main street is always heudquurters for fresh meats, Nice young steaks, tender lucious roasts, pork, veal, mutton and smoked und cured meuts of every kind and descrip tion, together with pudding and Bausages, constantly in stock. Mr. Santos is known to every furmor for miles around as an honest, careful buyer. He pays tho high est market price und must have primo stock, in fact, he will have no other, mid tiie goods he offers for sale over his counter gives that evidence, His shop, under the su pervision of F, Huruion, is always kept sweet und clean, no ordor, no dirt, nothing offensive .either to eight or smell cun bp dUoorned, Mr. Harmon is certainly porfeot iu Ilia business, polity cien, aooom-i modatlng and pleasant. OKNEIIAL STOItK, Williamson Bros. General Store Is) headquarters for absolutely evorthing und anything needed for tho homo or to adorn the person. It's tlio pioneer store, the big store. Four large, com modious rooms aro stocked to over flowing. In dry goods depart ment thoy have everything and anything the most imaginative person could suggest. In their clothing department they have overytning from boy's knee panta to a broadcloth dress suit, hats, caps, shirts, neckties, boots, shoes, stockings nnd socks. Tlio prices suit the goods und the goods al ways suit the purchaser. They liuve curpets, rugs, linoleums, oil cloth, stone and crockery wure, glassware and dishes, nnythiug desired ut tho desired and moving prices. Tn the grocery department they have absolutely ovorything. They have candies, nuts, and fruits of all kinds. An immense stock of canned goods to select from, anything you want aud the prices you want. ULACKSMITHINO. Clarence Bushee, formerly Bushee & Hoy, continues at tiie the old stand and is doing a very rushing and profitable business. He does general blacksmithing, and does it right. Horse shoeing u specialty. Your horse will step higher, lighter aud prouder in a new pair of shoes, and Clarence knows just exactly how to put them on for good results. You purchased your wife a new Easter bonnet, no doubt, why not pur chase your next best friend a new pair of shoes. The only way for you to display that Easter bonnet advantageously is to hitch your horse to a nice clean buggy, get your wife in and drive up Main street. I don't know which would feel the proudest, tho wife witli her Eastor bonnet or the horse with a new pair of slioes. Try Clarence once, anyhow. DRY GOODS. T. K. Metier, located on Main street, is another of Laurelville's representative citizens. He has one of those immense, carefully well selected stocks of goods and notions. The shelves are just completely loaded with good values and bargains. Mr. Metier Is more than usually qualified for selecting good, servicable goods, and in this case he was extra ordinarily fortunate. In the dry goods lino you hnvo almost every texture, every color and shade, and ull the prevailing fashions und styles. His motto is, "Good i crnncla hnnnaf rnltiaa ntl -U A , ,, , t3Mwvu uitijav luiMQO UUU LllXJ VCIV work" and., . . J nmaar nita njinn. -. .. I -..? luncau jiii;co uiuoiBiau t. .1.11 Uu- dition to his dry goods ho handles boots, shoes, carpets, rugs, lino leums, and an immense stock of staple groceries. Mr. Metier is u careful, enterpising business man and enjoys tlio confidence of tho community. He is a squuro deulor. CARRIAGE PAINTER, W. D. Oldfiold, the carriage pulnter, is looated on Water street. He invites your trade. Mr. Old field is an expert painter and striper. Ho uses only tho very best high grade materials, neces sarily does tlio high class und servicablo work. Satisfaction as u matter of course and guirunteed, He not only paints aud stripes carriages, buggies and wagons but any old thing. Ho will paint your old wheelbarrow, if you want it, u vormillion red or St. Patricks green, and stripe it so that it will run oasior und in colors loud enough to hour across the street, He is ono of Laurelville's depend able citizens, honest und indus trious und liis prices are consistent witli .the elegant work he does good work at living prices. House painting and rubber tiring a spooiulty. Ho invites inspection, llAUllK.lt, F, A. Murtin, Laurelville's urtlstic and scientific tonsorial . artist 1b located on Market street, He is u rupid, careful worker, gives universal satisfaction, His room is us clean us a pin and (Continued on last, page) .ij .S,'iWa - .'.