Baking in Owensboro

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After buying out the J. V. Gasser Bakery on the NW corner of W 4th and St Elizabeth St, E. P. Southard founded and operated the Owensboro Bread and Ice Cream Co. In 1920, he sold it to Forrest Head, who sold it to Foor Brothers Bakery in 1929. The Foors sold it to Prinz Baking Co in 1931, then …

Yellow Creek Baptist Church

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79 years ago this week (1938) – This photo shows Yellow Creek Baptist Church and Sunday School members after the church completed a remodel and addition of four new Sunday School rooms. A year before the church was organized, people from the area met one Sunday per month at the Yellow Creek school house and a pastor would come to …

Toll Roads Close

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114 years ago today at 2pm, the last person passed through any tollgate in Daviess County Prior to 1881, county roads were just mud and dust. The city started to gravel downtown roads around 1880. The county residents wanted to be included for the main roads leading to the city. Orders were made and work began in 1882. The Daviess …

Sts. Joseph & Paul Parish – 1887

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St. Joseph Church was organized in 1870 by the German members of St. Stephen. Their first building, built in 1871 at Triplett and McFarland (9th) burned by a fire caused by lightning. In 1878, they bought a lot at the southeast corner of 4th and Clay and completed their new building in 1880. When St. Stephen Church couldn’t accommodate the …

Old Stanley Distillery

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Below is a slideshow of photos taken at the facility in 2016. Thomas A. and Ben F. Medley, principal owners and operators of Old Stanley, were the 6th generation of Medley distillers in Kentucky. The facility opened around 1962 and was capable of 50 barrels per day. Other than the distillery itself, there were also a dry grain recovery plant, …

Elite Pressing Club

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It was a popular time for men’s high-end clothing in Owensboro in the 1890’s. This extremely popular service was located at 303 Frederica St, just north of the current Kurtz Auction building. Rice E. Berkshire and Chester A. LaRue were proprietors. At any time, men’s clothing could be picked up, cleaned, pressed, and repaired if necessary, then delivered by it’s …

Chambers Motor Co.

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H. F. and F. M. Chambers not only operated the Star Cash Groceries, but also started to sell the Star car, as well as the Durant. It started when H. F Chambers had read in a Louisville newspaper that the Star car was standard throughout and manufactured by W. C. Durant and was made to sell at an economical price, …

The 1937 Flood

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On this day in 1937, the great flood of 1937 crested in Owensboro at 54.8 feet, 13 ft above flood stage. On January 1, the stage of the river was at a low of 14.3ft being measured at Dam #46 (English Park). The water level didn’t fall below flood stage until Feb 10th. Flood waters reached between 2nd and 3rd …

Cary & Marble Planing Mill

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This mill, at the mouth of the ravine at the foot of Locust St, was known as Byrom & Marble at least as early as 1868. In 1871, their yards has about $90,000 worth of assorted seasoned pine and poplar lumber and had around 100 employees. In 1882, Michael Cary, a machinist partnered with Levi Marble and it became Cary …

Dawson Baptist Church

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This small church out on Old Hwy 54 was the original building for Dawson Baptist Church. The Church was organized by W. H. Dawson in 1905 and consisted of members from Bethabara, Macedonia, South Hampton, Whitesville, and later Hopewell and Karn’s Grove. W. H. Dawson served as the pastor for the first two and a half years and passed away …