GE Acquires KenRad

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On this day in 1945, KenRad’s acquisition by GE is became effective. The Bowling Green, Tell City, Rockport, and Huntingburg plants were included in the sale. In 1918, Roy Burlew was working as a sales manager for an electric lamp plant in Pennsylvania and heard the Kentucky Electrical Company in Owensboro was thinking about selling it’s small incandescent lamp-making department. …

100 Years Ago – Fire at Rapier Grain Co

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On Dec 20, 1918, a raging fire at the Rapier Grain & Seed Company at 1st & Center Streets resulted in over $250,000 in losses. It started suddenly in an elevator containing over 150,000 bushels of grain. Firemen from all three Fire Stations arrived but initially had a hard time finding the fire itself due to the dense smoke in …

Faith Tool & Die

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Faith Tool & Die started in a double garage at 3006 Frederica St in June of 1946 as a one-man operation. In 1951, the company built its first plant at 1140 Moseley St. It was incorporated on April 1, 1952 and owners listed as George Faith Sr., and his two sons, George Jr. and Charles. Charles bought out his brother …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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The “Empress” Opens

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On this day in 1912, The Empress Theater was set to open at 418 Frederica St and was built exclusively for movies. Ownership changed over the years and the name changed around 1941 to The Malco Theater. It was remodeled and on November 17, 1949 became The Center Theater until 1967. After another major remodel, the building opened as The …