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BESSEMER, ONE OF ALABAMA’S FINEST, IS ONLY TWENTY-SIX YEARS OLD 1 I—i ffTHEENIECIlK Past Year Eclipsed AH Oth ers in Substantial Lines of Progress and Coming Year Promises Much There Is no institution in Bessemer that Is the source of more pride to its citizens tiiaivis the Bessemer high school, which in the past year fairly eclipsed tunl year in its history in substantial lines of progress. The enrollment was as follows: Senior jdass, twenty-nine, twenty-seven Df whom received diplomas at the close of school; junior, twenty-eight; ninth grade, sixty-five; eighth, fifty-seven; seventh, sixty-seven. Total, two hundred nnd forty-six, and with those enrolled from tho grammar school department, the enrollment was Increased to almost three hundred. This was about one fifth of enrollment of the Birmingham high school, and ono half that of Mobile. A very creditable shoving for a city with a population of fifteen thousand. Including the super intendent and principal, there are thir teen Instructors, all of whose work is of high order of merit and was heartily endorsed by the high school inspector, as veil as others who inspected tho in stitution. Honest, clean-cut work Is ex acted of both students and teachers at all tiroes and there are few fads and fancies perceptible in the curriculum, and in the’ methods of teaching. While the graduates are ablo to enter uncondition ed any college in the country, the ef forts of those in charge of the work was to fit tlie students for useful and enm l*etent lives in this great industrial com munity. Kvery effort is exerted to inculcate n 1 fty stale of morality in the tiigh bool. The morals and the manners of the students receive the most pains taking care at the hands of the Officials of the school. Dishonest methods on tests and examinations have been gradu ally eliminated and a healthy public sentiment has been created against cer tain practices that exist in many schools throughout the country. Politeness, courtesy, chivalrous cousid ation of the rights of the school com muntty Js rigidly insisted on. Damage to school property, thefts of hooks, lunch es, etc, is now practically unknown. The relations between students and teachers is cordial, characterized by mutual ie spect and urbanity. Cases of corporal punishment and sus pension are extremely rare, while good order and industry among the students decidedly the rule. Without any vestige of caste or class, the atmosphere of the school is very democratic, there being no fraternities or sororities, cliques or circles in the social life. The class honors are universally decided purely on questions of personal merit and work. A systematic and thorough study is made of the English language. The stu dents are taught to use it .correctly in writing and In speech. An-erttliuBlastio study is made of many of the master pieces of English and American writers. Original research in Jibrary newspapers, current history and literature is en couraged and expected of the students by tills department. Latin is studied mostly as it is related to English and the etymology derivations, etc., of tin Latin-English worcls are carefully noted, while the structure of the sentence, the choice of words, position in the sentence, position of phrases, clauses and so on are nofed in the Latin text, and care fully rendered in idiomatic English. The study of Latin is thus made the best possible vehicle for the study of English, and so it is with tlie study of French and German. Literal transla tions are Insisted on, and then the text is rendered into an elegant, select ver biage as the student and teacher have at their command. History Is supple mented by outside research work and il lustrated by pictures and luminous lec tures. In teaching the sciences the inductive method is followed as far as possible, laboratory work and carefully conduct ed experiments, with preparation of notes is: expected of all the students. The work is made practical by observing the na tural phenomena and scientific devices that promote oiir daily comfort, as the I telephone, the electric lighting, the head ing apparatus of the school and home, water supply, etc. Practical problems of hygiene with modern discoveries in sanitation, medicine, eugenics, physiology, are daily discussed and explained in the class room. The output.,of the domestic science and manual training departments lias been before the public so often that little on the subject need be said. Several lathes | were added to the boys department dur ing last year and the workshop was dally the. scene of activity and practical ach ievement while the work in the domes tic arts and in the promotion of liome I loving and home-creating activities was I beyond praise, ranking the school with [ Montevallo in this respect and sur : passed probably by no school in Ala bama. ■ No department in the school does more ' satisfactory work than the business de partment, in fact, it lias become an es ! sential part of the institution. There are eight new typewriters, four' of which were rented and paid for by the pupils. Practice is given in office methods, busi ness devices, etc., and plans are formed l to give the students the benefit of ac Your Home Is Your Castle Make it comfortable and cozy. You can do | so at very moderate cost by buying- from us. In our big- store of 1400 feet of floor space we have: Bed Room Suits Brass Beds Rugs .Matting Shades library Tables Stoves Dining Room Suits Iron Beds Druggetts Linoleum Lace Curtains Davenports Ranges We welcome you to our store to get prices and inspect goods. E. L. Huey Furniture Co. ♦ 1919 to 1923 Third Ave., Bessemer, Ala. You are Cordially Invited to the Princess Theatre On The Great White Way Bessemer Delightful Music by Our New Orchestra Home of Kay Bee Broncho & Keystone Comedies Our Motto “Get the Habit” H. M. BUZZART, Manager II THE BRIGHT STAR CAFE The brightest and most popular place for ladies and gentlemen. We Serve Everything in Season Try our oysters just in. They’re fine. Special attention to families and private dinner or luncheon parties. Tom Bonduris & Bro., Proprietors 220 10th Mi set, Bessemer, Ala. Phone 84 .. v* STORY OF SOME OF BEST KNOWN BESSEMER CHURCHES Tn the early history of Bessemer the I First Methodist church was organized, the services being held in a small school house, which has long since been torn away. The First Methodist church was erected some distance on the south side of the city, which was later moved to the corner of Arlington avenue and Nineteenth street, which was a more central location and more convenient to the entire membership of the church. Until two years ago this building was used. It was then torn away and the lot exchanged for one on the opposite cor ner of Arlington avenue which was owned by Dr. T. F. Robinson, where the erection of a magnificent stone church was begun. The outside of the building has been completed as well as the basement, where services are be ing held at present. The interior will be finished in a short time. The lot on which the church is erected is 100x140 feet and the new edifice practically covers the entire space. It will bo one of the most modern and up-to date churches in the state and will in clude a lecture room, dining room, kitchen, men and women’s parlors, pas tor’s study,'lavatoriefe, choir room, stor age room, infant department, Sunday | school auditorium, class rooms and the main auditorium, with a seating capac ity of about 1300. The membership off the church is about 700. Three bundled • members have been received by Rev. .1. F. Sturdivant during the four years of his pastorate. Rev, George Stoves, formerly of An niston, is the present pastor of the Bessemer church. AV. S. Welch is su perintendent of the Sunday school, which is in a flourishing condition. The Woman Missionary society, the ISpworth j teal inspection of methods actually in i vogue in banks, department stores, mills : and the actual business world, j Two library societies foster the ability of the students in debating and declama tion, and give opportunities for practice | in parliamentary drill and the dramatic , arts. These societies—the live wir^s in ! the school met on alternate Mondays an«l were open to the public. The high school is in possession of a very good library of reference books and lighter literature. Constant use is made by the students of the Carnegie library and tlie kind and obliging librarian often rendered them great assistance in their research work. A convenient and ele gant rest room has been provided partly I my the school improvement association land partly.by the funds raised by the l pupils. The school is headed in the right di . rection, but the goal is not far off, when ■ the Bessemer high school may be close I ly affiliated with, and responsive to tbp I seething and multitudinous interests of this mighty district. • : »r-‘ • i-i- a., ri I'.i’fc.M 1 -. ■■■Ci.i toUrtJ. 1 ■ For Sale or Exchange Several nice tracts of land close in, suitable for truck fawning or sub-division. Resident lots at West Lake 50x190, $300 to $350. Lots College Hill and 16th street, each $375. Lots on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th avenues, from $500 up. Lots on Dartmouth, Fairfax • and Exeter avenues, from $250 to $750. Some splendid homes at sur prisingly low prices, with terms to suit purchaser. We have arranged for money to buy, build or make loans of any description. We write fire insurance, hav ing some of the best com panies in the world. Tf you want a real bargain or any information about the district, call on or address G. H. Stevenson & Company Board of Trade Bldg. Phone 168 No. 31019th St, Bessemer, Ala. * .*• ■**■... •’ . • JSs. league and the Pastor’s Helpers com prise the societies of the church. Dr. T. F. Robinson is president of the board of Stewards, with Dr. R. p. McTylere vice president, and Judge B. Clay Jones, secretary-treasurer. Among the pastors who have ably served the church and this city are: Rev. I* C. liranscomb, D. D.: Rev. George W. Read. D. D.: Rev. Eugene H. Hawkins, whose death occurred several years ago: R v. John S. Robertson, Rev. George L. Jenkins, Rev. W. E. Morris, Rev. J. J,. Brittain, ami ReV. J. F. Sturdivant, who was made presiding elder of the Bessemer* district at the recent conference. Christian Church In April. 1902, the Christian church of Bessemer was organized. organ ization was possibly the result of a meeting held in the fall of 1901, when a number of strong members of the Christian church from different parts of the county came here in the hopes of- arousing sufficient Interest among tlie few members to be able to erect a church. The meeting, however, was the means of paving the way for a much larger meeting the following year which was conducted by Rev. S. p. Spiegel and Prof. J. D. Patton. The meeting was a great success and closed with the organization of the First Christian church of Bessemer. Rev. D. P. Taylor, a young man of noble character and splendid ability at that time, was in college at Lexington. K>\, having completed the work in th * College of the Bible—Transylvania uni versity, and taking special work in the College of Arts, was extended a most cordial Invitation to come to Bessemer for the year 1902. For several months the courthouse was used as a plaoe of worship, but this arrangement was inconvenieni and dis agroeable in many ways. Tne little band, with a man to lead them, never entertained a thought of failure and moved steadily dn until a move was made to purchase a lot on Fourth ave nue and Sixteenth street, which was paid for in cash. A comfort able frame church was erected in January, 1903, with the assistance of the church ex tension . board. The enrollment started with GO members, the present member ship reaching about 800. The Sunday school is well organized, the Train ing for Service Course,” which was con ducted for two years by Rev. Taylor, being, taken by nearly all of t he teach prs. The 44Christian#Worker.-.'’ an or ganization of the women of th»> church, is one of the best working societies in the city and has as its efficient presi dent Mrs. W. H. Hann. A splendid elu.s.. room, which is neatly furnished, has been built by the Baraca class. .Several monfhs ago Rev. 1 >. I\ Tay lor, who was much beloved by his on- ! tire congregation and highly esteemed by **11 who knew him. accepted a call to the Christian church of Selma. He j was succeeded by Rev. F. B. Dowell. : who ryiickly won the confidence of his j people And all who know him. Presbyterian Church The First Presbyterian church of Bessemer was organized April y, iSSS, with 18 members, the first officers be ing Elders IT. T. Mathews, G. W. Tor gerson and I. M. Jones; deacons. Dr. S. C. Carson and \V. R. Henderson. The first church was built on the corner of Sixth avenue ’and Nineteenth street, with additional rooms built later. The congregation used this structure until HUEY FURNITURE The E. L. Huey Furniture company is one of Bessemer's largest and most prominent furniture stores and occu pies ^four stores on Third avenue be tween Nineteenth and Twentieth streets. Nine years ago E. L. Huey, tlie proprietor, opened up a small fur niture house on Second avenue, busi ness growing rapidly until it was nec essary to have larger quarters. lie then moved into the building on Third avenue, which ho now occupies, as was stated above. Mr. Huey lias spent the greater part of his life in this district, and was assistant postmaster at Bes semer under Cleveland’s administra tion, later being cashier of tho Bes semer National bank. The Huey Furniture company is one of the most up-to-date furniture houses in the state, handling only The best goods on the market, which naturally leads to a high class trade. At pres ent Mr. Hu|y is one of Bessemer’s aldermen from the Fifth ward, and a citizen whom Bessemer is glad to claim. FULTON DRUG CO. _ The Fulton Drug company is one of tl*> oldest, largest and most promiViont drug stores ill the city. It was ownfhl by T. It. and Dave Fulton until March 1. when it was purchased by J. M. Mar tin of Ensloy, who has lived in this district for 28 years. On assuming charge Mr. Martin in stalled an ice plant for tho purpose of making ice to he used at his fountain. Tho plant is on First alloy between Eighteenth and Nineteenth lias a 10 horse power motor which makes TOO* pounos of ice t v cry s,\ hours. The plant has ail modern equipment and this is probably the only drug store in Ibis district that makes Its own ice. The drug store is known as the Rexall store and is one of the best known in the district. It is located on the corner of Second avenue and Nine teenth street. Within a short time lunches will be served. 1900, .when the present handsome church was erected on the comor of Third avenue and Eighteenth street. Rev. J. R. How presided as pastor during the first year of tho church's history. In March, 1889. Rev. II. W. Flinn was called to the pastorate of the church and continued in its serv ice for 12 years. Rev. E. M. Craig was called to servo the church In August, 1901, and was pastor until Octob.-r, 1 On::. Rev. It. C. Gilmore filled the vacancy' and continued ill the work until May, 1908. On July 1, 1908, Rev. T. F. Swal low, the present pastor, accepted the call of the congregation. The Sunday school is well oiTcanized and also In good working order. The Foreign Mis sionary'’ society, tho Ladies' Aid and tho Young People’s Christian En ■' ' " .. » Announcement We wish to state to our many gaIrons that the past season has been a most prosperous and successful one. Nowhere In the^ south can you find a more complete wholesale and retail ice cream plant. ✓ Our fine refrigerating system for pasturizing and drying out also for making our own ice is of the latest type. Our sterlizlng equipment is most efficient, making everything abso lutely sanitary. Tt is our intention in the near future to serve a buffet lunch, consisting of all the pleasant dainties and which will appeal to all classes. As the season advances we will serve at our fountain all kinds of hot drinks, consisting of real coffee, chocolate, soups and boulions. f We will make a special effort In catering to private parties as we are in a position to put ice cream out in any form. 4 Our modern equipment has allowed us to furnish the public with the following prices. BEST ICE CREAM ..*1.25 Per Cflllon NO. 2 ICE CREAM .*1.00 Per Cation BEST SHERBETS .*1.00 Per Onllou ICES .00c per gallon IIRICK ICE CREAM .10c. s„c.r BRICK ICE CREAM, QUANTITIES .jyzC slice Special prices to churches, lodges and banquets. FULTON DRUG CO. THE REXALL STORE *_s_ I Fall Millinery Opening 192b _j Avenue We wish to announce to our many patrons and the citizens of Bessemer that on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 and 17, we will be ready to show you our new Fall style of Millinery.* No more elaborate selection of late creations has ever been shown here. We would be pleased to have you "on our opening days. ARdteER’S MILLINERY Bessemer, Ala. ELIZABETH DUNCAN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL One of Bessemer’s Hand somest and Most Complete ly Equipped Buildings The new $25,000 •Elizabeth Duncan Me morial hospital, located on Third ave nue, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets. Is one of the handsomest brick structures in Bessemer. It was erected by local contractors, Rogers & Coston, and is three stories high, the front be ing fashioned after the Corinthian mode, of architecture, its broad, massive col umns extending to the top. On entering the interior we find on the first floor the office and reception rooms with the colored ward in the rear. The second floor is utilized for private rooms, which were appropriately furnished by friends and different organizations. While on the third flood you find two thoroughly equipped, modern operating, rooms, nurses’ quarters and dining room and kitchen. On the west side of the building is a capacious sun parlor, which fills a much needed want. Four years ago the old Robinson hos pital was donated by Dr. T. 1\ Robinson to the Cnited Charities, an organization ■ 'f noble-women who realized the neces sity of an infirmary to meet the adequate needs of our growing city, which is sit uated in the midst of an industrial com munity, where accidents are daily oc curences. The board of directors, com posed of Mrs. E. H. Lopez, chairman; Mrs. W. L. Rush. Mrs. E. M. Owens, Mrs. Edgar Mitchell and Mrs. \Y. ,1. Long, together with the earnest co-operation of the superintendent. Mrs. Lucy Knox, not only made the old hospital self-supporting but was able to bank $5000 for the erec tion of the new building. Looking down the dim isles of time we find new shin gles glistening in the sunshine. and on inquiry we ilnd it is a new library which was erected for the uplifting of humanity by the Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Flinn, the latter of whom lias since reached her home in glory. As this minding furnished the most desirable stage in the city, many entertainments were given there. Later this building was purchased by Dr. T. F. Robinson, who converted it into the Robinson hospital. 'Phis structure for a number of years fulfilled the need of ihe city, but later becoming inadequate was replaced by the good women with the present handsome structure, the Elizabeth Duncan Memorial hospital. On August 1 Miss Lucy .Knox, the head nurse for two years' resigned, and was succeeded by Miss Margaret Keene, who has charge at present. The past year has been the busiest and most successful in the history of the institution. Day by day it has grown in strength and power until today it stands a monument to our city. tloavor society are all doing excellent work. Three young ministers have been sent out by the eh.urch. They are: Dr. H. E. Kirk. I>. I».; pastor of Franklin street church, Baltimore: Rev. iE\ Ragnal of Statesville, X. and Rev. J. Way man Clot fel ter. On August 26, 1887, the First Baptist I church of Bessemer was organized In the Bed mountain school house, with I the following nine members: Mr. and (Coiitluueil on Page Thirty-*!*) Bessemer Real Estate For Sale One 6-room house. Arlington avenue, $1600. One-half cash, balance easy. One splendid 5-room house on good lot between 16th and Short streets. j Arlington avenue, $2500, $250 cash, $21 per month. One good 5-room house, 6th avenue be tween 16th and 17th streets, $2500. $250 cash, balance easy. I One of the best 6-room houses, splen did lot. 5th avenue. $2600. .Terms. One lot. 50x190, 5th avenue between J I tli and 15th streets, all street im provements down ami paid for, $650. One lot. 50x100, 16th street, 6th avenue, nice oak shade trees front and back, all street improvements down and paid for, $1250. Terms. Good corner. 6th avenue and 14th street. $800. Good lot, 7th avenue between 16th and 16th street. $475. Several lots, Dartmouth avenue, $650 to $700, $10 down, $10 month, no taxes, no interest. Three good lots on Fxeter avenue be tween 18th and 19th streets. $360 each* Four 4-room negro houses, rents for $36 per month, price $2400. Terms. Five 3-room negro houses, 26th street and 11th avenue, lots 100x100, room for 4 more houses, $1031. $25 cash, balance $31.25 per month, rents for $32.50. Will easy pay It out. Two 3-room houses, 20th street 10th alley. $650 * r the two. One 7-room house, 11th avenue and 23rd street, $1250. 2 ] h acres close to school and McCalla road, Jonesboro, cheap. Many other splendid bargains on easy terms. IV. B. Parker & Co. Phone 823 20514 19th St., Bessemer, Ala. MR. H. C. NAYLOR ——————— * A Prominent Citizen of New Orleans, La., Writes a Bes semer Firm V, '. r>. Taylor Sr Co., Bessemer Ala. 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I bis bank lias been in business for 10 years, and lias weathered financial storms and business de pressions of every mil mo. -A\ itli its resources of more than $700,000.00 it is today stronger and better prepared than ever be fore to serve the people acceptably, and at the same time to meet the most exacting requirements of the federal government. \\ e invite deposits of one dollar upward. lour per cent interest paid in savings depart ment. The Bessemer National Bank BESSEMER, ALA. Capital and Surplus $150,000.00 Resources $853,708.74 GOOD CLEAN GOAL Telephone No. 17 BESSEMER ICE & COAL CO. Suppose You Have a Fire Tonight? H. C. Waller & Co. Every Known Kind of Insurance REAL ESTATE—RENTALS—BONDS 321 19th Street ^ Bessemer, Ala.