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Charles Town, West Virginia
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FRYE PHONE: 725-7071 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer'sADVOCATE THURSDAY, APRIL 29,1982 What A The Things aren't what they used to be! That's an ex- pression heard frequently these days. And for the most part it's true, bemuse things and people have, and do change, as the years roll by. And a copy of the Farmers Advocate, datedDec. 24,1904, brought to us rectify by Roger Ramey, which had been given to him by Francis Stickel, a member of the Strider Furniture Store staff, certainly bears out the very first sentence of this story. But in glancing through this old newspaper there is evidence that not everything has hanged in the past four decades. And even some that did change have run the full cycle and are now back the way they were. For instance on the front page of the much wider and longer four paper Farmer's Advocate, there is an ad- vertisement by Strider and Ramey, then one of the largest and best furniture stores in Charles Town and the entire section. And today after many +years of non-existence there is once again a Strider Ramey's Furniture store in Charles Town. In 1904 it was N.S.J. Strider and D.W. Ramey, who co-owned and co-operated the Strider and Ramey furniture store and undertaking and embalming tmsiness. Today ere is one major deference as against 78 years ago, the Strider-Ramey's d today is strictly the furniture business and it is operated solely by Roger Ramey, a great nephew of D.W. Ramey. The un- dertaking and embalming business is slitl in the fourth generation of the Strider family, but it is a separate business now. In 1904 coupous were used in advertisements as a gimmick to attract customers just as they are today. And again after many years of net being permitted to advertise in newspapers, lawyers and undertakers are again ad- vertising their services just as they did in 1904 when they were heavy advertisers. Also, in 1904, Vinol, a patent- preparation, was a heavy advertiser, claiming to be the best body builder available. Today its Geritol and or other kinds of vitamins, plus health dubs, and health spas that attracts those who want to lose weight or build up their body. In 1904 Royal Baking Powder was the jndispensible in the preparation high quality foods. Today one seldom sees a can of baking powder in the family kitchen, or anywhere else in the home. Also in 1904, the Farmers Advocate which for years was one of two weekly newspapers. that was published in Charles Town, before it was con. sol!dated with the Spirit of Jefferson in 1948 was just $1 per year for a subscription and the Baltimore Sun sold for just one.cent per copy. For women, especially mothers, the sanative anti. septic cleansing, purifying and beautifying properties of Cuticura Soap was a miracle skin cream in 1904. Today its reheard of. Today just as was the case in 1904, there is a heath craze. In 1904 the Farmers Advocate carried advertisements for all kinds of soaps, lotions, salves, etc for the rfect skin. And Do They? for biliouses'and constipation the perfect cure in 1904 was Thedford's Black Draught; and it was Foley' Honey and Tar that enjoyed great popularity in 1904 as the remedy for colds, coughs and lung trouble. And Baker's Bamboo Briar was the sure cure for rheumasti,now called arithritis. Oh yes, in 1904, the "barter system" was very much the ' practice between farmers and merchants. Farmers traded their farm products to mer- chants in exchange for merchandise, Also in 1904, Charles Town's two banks, advertised heavily the fact that they had a $50,000 capital stock and a surplus of $I0,0o0. And among the leading merchants in Charles Town in 1904 were names like William Kalm, C.N. Coleman, J.L Pintz, Jones and Jolliffee, The Hub, D.F. Hinks, F. Yudkoff, Max Theodore, the White Front Store, the Oft Brothers and S.H. Cullers. Most of these merchants handled a variety of merchandise. Also prominent advertisers in 1904 were: Dr. James A. Ranson, Dr. J.L. Luke, and Dr. T.A. Ramey, all dentists and the lawyers who ad- vertised their services were: Beltzhoover and Beltzhoover, George A. McGlone, H.H. McCormick, Moore and Son and Nathaniel Washington. In 1904 four of the eight coltmms on the front page of the Farmers Advocate were paid advertisements. Today the SpirR of Jdferson Far- mers Advocate does not carry any advertising on the front page. This space is reserved entirely for news stories and pictures. And would you believe that in 1904 there was not a single straight up-to