DR. E. M. LONG '
Over Wehman's Hardware Store
Union City, Tenn.
OfEco 144. Residence 689-J
DR. E. M. LONG
Orer Wehman'a Hardware Store
Union City, Tann.
Office 144; Residence 689-J
Onion City Commercial, established 1890 co-mim. smtrmhrr 1 M7
West Tennessee Courier, established 1897 I Consolidated September 1. 1S97
UNION CITY. TENN, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1918.
VOL. 27, NO. 2
HEW BANK BUILDING
Practically Nothing Remains but the
Walls of the Old Building.
The Third National Bank-uf thla
city haB entered into a contract for
some very extensive building exten
sions and improvements in Union
City. The old building will be prac
ticallv all torn away except the
walls and a new, modern and hand
some structure erected in its stead
.The improvements will embrace not
only the interior and exterior of the
building, but the , entire suite of
.banking furniture and fixtures of
' the same liberal and elaborate char
acter in harmonizing completeness.
The old front will be completely
torn out and the new front, a reflex
of the whole structure, will be of
selected, solid silver-gray limestone;
- from the Bedford quarries.
Following we take from a descrip
tion of the specifications now in the
hands of the Third National:
The Third National Bank, one of
the oldest and moat substantial in
stitutions of its kind in Union City
closes contract for considerable im
provementa to be mado to their pres
ent quarters. These improvements
not onlv, embrace new fixtures and
furniture and the expansion of work
ing space on the inside, but the ex
terior is also .to undergo rather ex
tensive alterations, more particularly
that of the main front.
Tho old brick front i3 to be entire
ly torn away and a new and up-to
date stene front erected in its place.
The new front is to be of selected
limestone, or what is known as the
"Silver Gray" stone from the Bed
The conception is in the classical
stylo of Greek architecture in the
Corinthian order, the last and most
ornrte of tho Greek ordcr3. There
will be two large fluted pilasters
twenty-four inches across, and two
large round columns twenty-four
inches in diameter, extending up
from the sidewalk to a height of
twenty-four feet, and surmounting
these is a cornice also executed in
stone after the Greek art. Above this
is a pediment spanning the entire
facade. In the center of this pedi
mcnt is a carved Greek wreath of
bands and reeds flanked on either
side with horns of plenty.
The main entrance doorway is also
embellished with Greek ornamenta
tion. At tho apex of the entabla
ture ppannlng this doorway ia a life
size American Eagle carved in stone,
an emblem always patriotic and one
that gracefully adorns our Ameri
can currency. go it is obvious that
each individual ornament employed
has a purpose, not only for the sake
of beautifying the building, but a
direct significance to the purpose for
which the building is to be used.
Entering the doorway at the .side
walk level we first come into a vesti
bule about five feet wide, thence in
to the main banking room.. The
spacious effect of the interior is at
once noticed, made possible prin
cipally by lowering the old floor level
to that of the sidewalk on the out
side. This not only produces a
pleasing effect in the way of a
vaulted ceiling, but amply provides
for a balcony or mezanine floor,
which is placed just above the vaults
in the rear and overlooks the public
and working fepace below. Upon
this balcony the directors' room is
placed and beneath it are the vaults
and customers' room.
" The working space is ample and
is so arranged as to best facilitate
each department and lighten the
general routine. To the right upon
entering will be the officers' space,
this space to be devoted to the use
of the president and the cashier and
Is separated from the main public
space with a marble ledge. From
this space back to the vaults, will be
the general banking screen. The
working space is ample for the em
ployees and the public has been
adequately provided for.
There will be a seven-foot passage
leading back to the customers' vault
and to the customers' room. There
is also a stairway leading to the di
rectors' room on the balcony, and
toilets, wardrobes, etc., for the em
ployees are conveniently arranged
and provided for.
Lining the walls on all sides of
the main banking room will be a
marble wainscot several feet high
above this. The walls will be plaster
ed and treated in a caen-etone effect,
extending from the wainscot up to
the ceiling. The banking screen
will also be of marble to match that
of the wainscot, and the filing cases
back of the screen will be of all
metal construction, carried out in
an old mahogany finish.
The floors for the public space
will be of marble or Ceramic mosaic
tile, in appropriate designs and col
ors. The ceiling of tho, banking
room is to nave piasierea cornice
and beams, tinted in old ivory tones.
In the center of the ceiling will be
a large skylight executed in art
glass in appropriate colors.
Tho effect of tho marble lined
walls, the blending of the old ma
hogany and the soft tones of the
caen-stone walls lend a pleasing dig
nity to the whole.
In relief bronze letters Just above
the vaults in plain view of all who
enter will be this description:
: "TO ALL WHO LOVE
HONESTY, INDUSTRf AND THRIFT
THIS BUILDING IS DEDICATED."
Tho relation of tho bank to the
community is that of stabilizing and
fixing its financial standards and
functions.- It is also an invariable
index to the thrift and progress of
its eountry. As the bank thrives so
does its people. Therefore the; or
derly and well-kept banking house
proclaims its business environments,
ancythe bank which takes a pride in
its home will naturally enlist a
friendly interest in the spirit and
substance of its enterprise.
The Third National Bank comes
from a lino of banks, which branch
ed out from the old Bank of Union
City, the first organization here for
the purpose-of doing a general bank
ing business. ""
Mr. John T. Walker and a coterie
of business men organized tho Farm
ers and Merchants Bank in 1890.
The capital stock wis $100,000, and
after three or four years this bank
went into voluntary liquidation for
the reason that its capital stock was
too large for the volume of banking
done in Union City. The stockhold
ers of the bank then bought a con
trolling interest in the Commercial
Bank, which succeeded the Bank of
Union City. The capital stock of
the Commercial Bank was $50,000
and $28,000 of this was bought by
tho stockholders of the Farmers and
Merchants Bank. The Commercial
then had an uninterrupted career of
success. But a few years ago some
eight or nine years! it was thought
advisable to convert the bank into a
national bank and the Third Nation
al Bank was the name of the new
organization, with the capital stock
increased to $60,000.
This bank haa enjoyed the great-
eat confidence of the public and a
degree of business prospority equal
to the highest anticipations 'of its
officers and stockholders. No more
than two years ago its deposits were
lens than $200,000. Now the de
posits range in closo proximity to
half a million, and it3 business is
steadily growing under the direc
tion of the guiding hand of Its presi
dent, Mr. Walker, and its corps of
accommodating officials and direc
It is well enough to state that
work on the new building will be
gin about May 1, 1918, and in the
meantime the bank will bo tempor
arily located in the Marshall build
ing, the former Fivo and Ton-Cent
Mr. J. B. Heavner, of Jackson,
Tenn., designed the building and the
contract for the construction was
awarded to E. G. Parrish, of Jackson.
We understand- that an increase
in the capital stock is contemplated.
Certain it is tlrat the officers and
directors are to bo warmly congratu
lated in the success of the institu
For the benefit of those who are
non residents we will append the
names of the officers and directors:
Jno. T. Walker, president; D. N.
Walker, active' vice president; H.
Dietzel, vice president; Hunter Elam,
cashier; C. E. McCaw, assistant cash
ier. Directors: Jno. T. Walker, H.
Dietzel, H. A Bransford, J. C. Isbell,
J. T. Owens, H. T. Robinson, J. L.
Fry, D. N. Walker, Walker L. Mar
tin, E. M. Stone, Hunter Elam.
German Frisoners Here.
About five hundred German pris
oners were carried thru here on the
southbound train on the M. & O. R.
R. last Sunday. They hailed from
Utah and were being carried to Camp
EYE OF NATION ON
COUNTY OF OBION
Obion County's Quota for Third Lib
erty Loan U $235,200.00.
All is now set for the great Third
Liberty Loan drive for $3,000,000,
000 with its over subscriptions.
Every county in every State in
the Union, and every town and city
in every county, is listed at head
quarters of the Liberty Loan Organi
zation at St. Louis, and at the Treas
ury Department at Washington.
Each town, city and county has
had the quota of bonds it must take
allotted to it, and each will be ex
pected and must take the bonds as
The financiers everywhere expect
ed the issue, to be much larger than
tho $3,000,000,000 required. Plans
were perfected for a sale largely in
excess of this. Now with the or
ganization that have been effected
he auota should be subscribed in a
very brief campaign.
Many counties and towns have ad
vised headquarters that their quotas
are already pledged, and with a little
work the over-subscriptions will
reach sums that will show the world
that the patriotism of the people has
been aroused to a high pitch; will
show our Allios acroos the water
that the United States may be de
pended on to do its part, and will
demonstrate to the Kal3er and all
Germany that every man In this na
tion and every dollar of America's
wealth will be enlisted irt the war
that Is to sweep Prusslanlsm from
the face of the earth.
For the Third Liberty Loan Obion
County's quota has been . fixed at
$235,200. The county in the Sec
ond Liberty Loan had $186,000, for
its minimum; the target was
$310,000. The actual subscription
totaled $218,700, and was taken by
RETAIL DISTRIBUTION OF
GOAL IN TENNESSEE
To the Deputy Fuel Administra
tors and the people of Obion County,
Tennessee: It can be seen from
reading the Union City papers that
W. E. Myer, Federal Fuel Adminis
trator of Tennessee, has issued an
order permitting, consumers of coal
and coke to supply themselves with
the amount of fuel necessary for
their reasonable wants, provided
they do it in April and May, for the
year ending April 1, 1919.
The orders that I have received as
to the exact definition of the zones
to which mines In the different
States can ship coal are somewhat
vague to me, but as I understand
the regulation laid down by the au
thorities at Washington and promul
gated by the Federal Fuel Admin
istrator of Tennessee, the people of
Obion County under the present ml
ing can get coal only from the 111!
nois mines and the mines of Western
Kentucky, and not others.
I ask the Deputy Fuel Adminis
trators of Obion County, or rather
the dealers, to procure blank affl
davits from the printing offices at
Union City, where I am advised they
will be on sale, so they can fill out
the same and have them sworn to by
consumers of coal, and Ihus assist
all they can in having enough coal
put in to prevent the great amount
of trouble and distress we all ex
perienced the past winter.
The law provides that any person
who wilfully makes a false state
ment on the application for coal for
tLeir year's support is subject to
prosecution under the Leaver Act,
which imposes a $5,000.00 fine, or
two years imprisonment, or. both.
JOHN T. WALKER,
Federal Ftrel Administrator of
Obion Cbunty, Tenn.
Union City, Tenn., April 1, 1918.
I hereby give warning to the peo
ple of Tennessee, that there will be
a great shortage of coal next winter
unless they aid me now in keeping
the mines running to full capacity
during the usually dull spring
Therefore, while I fear there will
not be enough coal to supply all our
needs I will allow our people to store
their full year's supply provided they
actually get it in their bins In April
and May as set forth in the rules
and regulations which follow.
Storing in April or May not only
keeps . the mines running full ca
pacity, but it helps relieve tho heavy
winter traffic burden on our rail
roads. This will enable the rail
roads to give better war service.
If a shortage should arise next
winter and you have failed to lay in
your supply and are are forced to
apply for permission to buy coal,
one of the questions asked will be
why you did not lay in your coal in
April and May. You will be re
quired to give a satisfactory excuse
before relief will be allowed. You
can buy either from a dealer or form
a club and buy direct from the
RETAIL DISTRIBUTION OF COAL
AH former rules and regulations
in regard to quantity of coal allow
ed stored by consumer are hereby
V Effective April 1, 1918, and until
further notice the following regula
tions will apply: "
(1). Domestic consumers of coal
and coke will be allowed to purchase
and receive, during April and May,
their actual and necessary require
ments for period ending March 31,
1919, less such amount as they may
already have on hand.
2). No person, firm, association
or corporation, whether acting, alone
or in conjunction with others shall
directly or indirectly provide any
domestic consumer of coal or coke
with more than is their actual and
necessary requirements for period
ending March' 31, 1919, loss such
amount as they may already have on
(3) No person, firm, association
or corporation (except as recited in
paragraph five) shall sell or deliver
coal' to a domestic consumer who
does not first furnish a statement
which consumer declares in writing
to be true,, specifying (1) the
amount of coal on hand; (2) the
amount of coal on order and name
of person from whom ordered; (3)
the , amount of coal "used in twelve
months ending March 31, 1918, and
(4) the amount of coal needed-to
meet actual and necessary require
ments prior to March 31, 1919.
Carload or bargeload lots shall
not be delivered to domestic consum
er or to a club of consumers except
with the permission of the local fuel
administrator in the county in which
such shipments are delivered. This
permission can be easily obtained.
Dealers shall file with the county
fuel administrator on the first of
each month statement containing
the . names and addresses of con
sumers to whom deliveries have been
made during the previous month and
the quantity delivered to each.
Any dealer or consumer who vio
lates the foregoing regulations will
be subject to the penalties prescribed
by the Lever Act.
April 1, 1918.
W. E. MYER,
U. S. Fuel Administrator for
Tho Food Administration is plan
ning drastic action against farmers
holding wheat in face of the dire ne
cessity of increased wheat shipments
to the Allies-and American troops in
France who are fighting the battle
for democracy. The plea to tho farm
ers' patriotism had but 3llght effect,
as mill receipts increased to 3,250,
000 bushels, as compared to 3,000,
000 bushels of the previous week.
Secretary of War Baker, at the
American headquarters in France,
declared he was delighted with Gen.
Pershing's quick action in placing
all the American troops and facilities 1
at the disposal of the Allies in the.
present situation, xsews mat inrjHi
were to take part in the great battle
was greeted with cheers by the
Americans from one end of the Amer
ican zone to the other, and even at
Speaking in behalf of the candi
dacy of Joseph E. Da vies, Democrat,
in the Wisconsin senatorial race,
Henry Morgenthau told of the
preparations mado by Germany. The
German war lords began their plans
as far back as 1870, he said. The
children in. the schools do not know
to whom they owe tho greater al
legiance, God or the Reiser.
Declaring that all he has he owes
to America, a foreign-born citizen of
New York has offered two American
flags mado of diamonds and other
precious gema as prizes In the com
ing Liberty Loan campaign.
A New Straw
For A Nickel
The ash heap is no place for, a straw hat until it is
smashed. Just because it is dirty and yellow is no sign
it should be discarded. Get another dollar or two's
worth of wear out of it by cleaning it with
ELKAY'S STRAW HAT CLEANER
All you need to do is to spend a dime or a quarter
according to whether you want to clean your hat two or
eight times for a box of the cleaner. Empty one of the
capsules into a glass of water, brush the hat with this
mixture, rinse it off, shake it, and put it on your head.
We not only guarantee Elkay's Straw Hat Cleaner to
satisfactorily clean your hat, but we also guarantee it to
remove ink and fruit stains, mildew, etc., from all kinds
of fabrics. 1 0 and 25 cents.
Then when your hat is thoroughly clean you can use
Elkay's straw Hat Dye and make your hat any color you
like. Enough to give, a hat two coats of color, together
with brush for applying it, 25 cents. ;
Fancy Recleaned Tennessee
Burt Seed Oats
Oats will soon make cheap feed will mature in
Weh ave a car of King's Improved Cotton Seed, direct from
North Carolina; early maturing, entirely removed from the boll
weevil district A big portion of our native cotton was caught
by the frost last season. Beware of frosted seed. They will not
germinate. Call at our office and get descriptive circulars and
. SOY BEANS
Strictly nice recleaned Yellow Mammoth.
Japan Clover Seed Com Sorghum Seed Red Clover
Red Top Timothy Alsyke White Clover
Prices and samples gladly mailed on request
Cherry- Moss Grain Co.
. Ask your neighbor if our
idea doesn't appeal to him.
We are thoroughly con
vinced that the man who
pays cash should have an
The lines we carry
Are "AMERICA'S" Best
J. A. COBLE. SON & GO.
Union City, Tenn
Ml O N E Y TO LO A N
On improved Farm Lands in Obion County, Tenn.,
and Fulton County, Kentucky.
I am authorized to take applications for loans at 5 per cent
interest payable annually, on terms of five to ten years, with
privilege to borrower of paying off any part in multiples of
$100, or all of loan, at any interest-paying period. Do hot
know how long this interest rate will continue and I advise
all prospective borrowers to see me at once. All negotiations
treated confidentialiy, and loans closed with least possible pub
licity. " - -. .
W. E. HUDQINS, Union City, Ten n.
Cumberland Phone Office 143, Residence 589
s Drug' Store.
The Rexall Store
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