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City Hall Houses Active Chamber Of Commerce
hendersonville city building
Hendersonville's city hall, a
model of beauty and complete
ness, was created and furnished
at a cost of about $2o5,800.
This beautiful new structure,
standing at Fifth avenue and
King street, rises three stories
above the Fifth "avcDQe froht and
has two basement levels.
It is constructed" of natural
brick with limestone pillars, step*
and trimmings. • The interior is
furnished in oak and marble.
The FifiTi avenue front of the
building leads, by a- double flight
of marble and granite steps,
through the hi^h, white pillars to
the main entrance. The. King
street front, on the ground level,
is the main entrance of the fire
department quarters, th-.' Fifth
avenue front beine; one story
higher than that on Kim* street.
The lowest basement housed the |
heating plant anil store room^.
The ground floor on the Kint*
street front, in addition to quar
ter- for the fire trucks, has equip
ment room and one of the. three
vaults in the building for storing:
valuables and records.
The main floor is equipped with
officer for the city officials, and j
is the most elaborate of all.
Directly across the lobby from |
r t he marble entrance is the 'city [
court room. Offices for the cierlc.
mayor, city tax collector and I
chief of police are on this floor, i
The main stairway is marble to j
the second floor, where locker i
rooms anil sleej in^r quarters for
the firemen are located, as well
a> the kitchen, equipment rooms,
and matron's quarters. Offices of
the Chamber of Commerce and,
of the city engineer and health |
officer also art* on the second
The third floor is the region
of iron bars which the police say !
do "a prison make," Cells with
double-decked bunks are designed \
for the prisoners. There are ac-'
coramodations for 20 prisoners J
with, a large .sunroom. for exer
cise and space for 40 more pris- [
oners in addition to two juvenile
rooms just over the juvenile i
courtroom on the second floor. ■
Albert W. Drake
General Estimates on Carpentry and Building,
Cabinet Work — Remodeling — Reroofing
Field Stone Masonry
Garden and Lawn Seats — Pergolas
SKETCHES OF MOST ANYTHING YOU WANT BUILT.
A COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE AT MOST REASONABLE PRICES.
CALL ON US ANY TIME.
ALBERT W. DRAKE
TELEPHONE «91-J '
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TASK OF BRINGING PEOPLE ,
AND CAPITAL TO A RESORT
COMMUNITY NEVER ENDS
Hollowell Answers Ques
tions Commonly Asked
About His Work
By NOAH HOLLOWELL
Secretary Hendersonville Chamber
What is ji Chamber of Com
merce? What are its duties? Ho»v
does it avoid encroachment on the
activities of other organizations
and not overlay in services? How
does its office personnel keep itself
busy nine hours a day?
These questions often occur lo
people who are not familiar with
the routine of Chamber of Com
The answer to these questions
by a Chamber of Commerce in a
resort community would not be
satisfactory for one in an indus
trial or purely agricultural com
munity. While there are various
high-sounding; phrases one could
use to outline the functions of a
Chamber of Commerce and the
type of personnel engaged to car
ry on the work, the most satisfac- j
tory answer I have heard as to a
secretary's qualifications and the
work of a Chamber of Commerce
was given to me by Secretary A.
P. Underbill of Daytona Beach.
Fla.. when he said that he had
been forced to change his mind
about Chamber of Commerce
work. ''It's purely a business!
proposition," he said. ''The Cham
ber of Commerce has a duty to J
perform for the community. It
must perform it in a business-lik<v
way. The .secretary has to be a
good business man to get away
with the job. If he docs not have
business qualifications in a gen
eral way he will never succeed
with a Chamber of Commerce.
The day is passed when-you can
run such an organization with hot
air methods.'.'. .
The best answer as to now mv
Chamber of Commerce avoids en
croaching upon the activities of
other organizations in the city
rnipht be given tritely by "doing
what the other organizations
Jon't do." Other organization.
cultivate community morale and
co-operation.. The civic organiza
tions "often co-operate in the big
gest community-wide activities.
The chamber endeavors to
bring people and capital to the
community. Since this is a re
sort community, the task never
There are various avenues of
approach to this task which has
to be worked at from many angle?
as they affect transportation and
especially to bring to the atten
tion of tourists the community's
position on the main lines of
While funds are far too limit
ed. the Chamber places some ad
vertising in outside publication-,
and this creates inquiries about
attractions for tourists and rates,
educational advantages. agiycu'
tural. mercantile and industrial
opportunities. These are followed
up in various ways and the in
formation is distributed to the
lines of trade mainly interested.
This service especially gives tip
and good leads to hotels, board
ing houses and realtors.
Booklets are compiled, publish
ed and circulated through various
channels of distribution.
The. Chamber of Commerce is
used quite extesnively as a bureau
of information along many line-.
A day never passes during which
some person doesn't ask for in
formation and on some days as
high as 40 individuals or group*
have called for information about
There is also more sleeping spac^*
for firemen, and the traditional
brass poles, of which there are
two. reach fr.r down through the
floors to the fir* department
In addition to the stairways,
which are all. steel, there is an
elevator. . -
The building is 9,r> feet long by
75 1t2 feet wide and stands on
h lot-which.is ideally located for
things to see, places to lodge, road
conditions, recreation, etc.
The Ia.st question in the open
ing paragraph might be answered
by saying tha-t the Chamber of
Commerce of Hendersonville is
devoting about 75 per cent of its
time to different phases of the
tourist business. The remaining
20 per . cent is given to various
other activities intended to create
better local conditions or bnn$
capital to the community.
ROCKIES ARE" MERE
BABIES BY CONTRAST
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these mountain are clothed with
Canadian fir or balsam that" i.- not
to be found again in the wide
stretch t<» the forests of Canada,
for it loves a cold and bracing cli
The mountain sides are heavily
wrapo 'd with che-tnut and at
tulip or poplar trees and hickory
and every variety of mapie* and
birch. Some oi' the great tulip
trees are 8 and 10 feet in diam
eter. In the vast coves alon ^ the
numberless streams you will line!
great forests of hemlocks. S >'!:e
of these great masters of the for
est were there when Columbus
with his ships of discovery Hrsfc
touched American shores. Serie
of them look like prehistoric 'mon
sters covered with age-old nfo.->.
FOR 53 YEARS
W. H. Hawkins
have been selling fine
jewelry to the people
That's why we
W. H. Hawkins
Hendertonville, N. C.
Railroad Time Inspector*,
Engravers and Manufac
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