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Cardinal Charlie: advertisers of 1901, 1907

Published 6:49pm Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In my 1901 DHS class book, called “About Us,” 41 ads were taken out by business people to support the publishing of this book.


Also, in my 1907 DHS class book called “The Pow Wow,” there were 98 of these ads.


I’ve put some of them in this article.


I myself found quite a few familiar names to me. I hope some of my current readers will also remember some of these names and even be related to some in one way or another.


In 1901, George W. Green, M.D.; W.H. Snyder, jewels and engraver; Go to Reshore’s for seeds and plans; Blackmond’s Opticians; Dr. Whalen; carriages best in town; The Ohio Café, Arthur B. White, proprietor; John Wooster, lawyer; Herkimer and Hemwood, physicians and surgeons; Dowagiac Iron and Metal Co., we pay cash; Scott Bros., barbers; Powell, the printer; best of livery service at Larzelere’s; J.A. Lindsley Lumber Co.; Taylor Bros, painters and paper hangers; Mrs. A.A. Patch, Mrs. Mable Miller, dress makers and ladies tailors; livery feed and boarding stables; Newman Defendorf windmills; The Fair; and Tobias Bros.


The 1907 Pow Wow had M.D. Keeler, fine shoe repair; W.W. Chesly, cleans clothes satisfactorily; C.E. Sweet, lawyer; Miss Lamberson, milliner; F.H. Essig, dentist; Geo. M. Fields, lawyer; don’t fail to visit the Reno Theatre; The Elkerton (hotel) for your Sunday dinner; C.W. Hendrix, lawyer; fine line of fireworks at The Little Gem; I. Oppenheim clothing; Phillipson Clothing Co. for men’s summerwear; J.H. Jones, M.D.; Otis Bigelow’s Music House; Boyd S. Gardner, dentist; Harry Bush, barber; Snearly’s Meat Market; Withrow’s offers your best meats; R. Lewis, sodas, ice cream and chocolates; J.W. Brechenser, groceries, meats and crockery; Boyd Redner, grocer; R.N. Lee and Co., jewelers; E.J. Robinson, furniture and undertaking; Pugsley, groceries and meats; Kibler and Flanders, pictures frame; Spence, dentist; Arder Ice Cream at Velveeta Millard Toncray popcorn and peanuts; and Cass County Home Telephone Co.


There was a picture of I suppose what was a Heddon lure. It just said Dowagiac Minnow.


In those two years, 1901 and 1907, Dowagiac sure had a lot of doctors, dentists, groceries, meat markets and lawyers, don’t you think?


Just looking at those many businesses, I say Dowagiac was a booming little town back in the “good old days.”


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