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November 14, 2018

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PAGE B4 Wednesday; November 14, 2018 LIFE SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Perks FRoM PAGE B2 Virginia Free Press occupied the building's second floor. The Free Press signboard is visible almost obscuring the window on the building's second floor. Hard to see on the sign is a giraffe - a sym- bol of the ability to see into' the future. It should be not- ed that the Free Press never acknowledged that Charles Town was in West Virginia. Until oit ceased publication in 1916, its masthead proud- ly proclaimed that the paper originated in "Chaflestown, Jefferson County." The two-story building next to the Free Press was home to Warren Eby's general store. At Eby's, Charles Town's residents were encouraged to buy "the Original Non-Ex- plosive Patent Comet-Burn- er." While there, you could also stock up on "citron, cur- rents, raisins, and almonds" as well as "New Orleans sug- ar and molasses." Just imag- ine being able to buy a non- explosive patent burner on Main Street today ! Buildings three and four from the corner are occu- pied by yet to be identified merchants. In that photo, the fourth building from the corner is the only one of the group that was built before the Civil War and was still standing. The next image shows West Washington Street in Ranson Convention & Visitors Bureau 216 N. Mildred St. 1304.724.3862 I'allsoliwv.u~ the 1890s. Notice the fire hy- drant in the lower right coi- ner of the photograph. At this time, Charles Town had 17 fire hydrants placed stra- tegically around town. The fire suppression system was supported by a 50-foot tall standpipe located adjacent to Edge Hill Cemetery that con- tained 66,300 gallons of wa- ter. Also, notice the absence of automobiles - nothing real horsepower! Towards the end of the century, Leon Sonneborn erated a clothing store in the two-story building secoqd from the left. Known as "The Hub," Sonnebom, who was president of the Charles Town Cycler's Club, advertised that at his shop, "We Lead, Othe rs Try To Follow." The old gable ended build- ing which was fourth from the left has been replaced fly a modern two-story build- ing with room for two busi- nesses. Next we have an image showing the front of the building at 120 W. Wash- ington St. in the 1890s when it was occupied by Gustav Brown. In 1868, the Gust v Brown, a native of Germfi- ny, opened a confectionery in Charles Town. Seen stand- ing in the door of his shop, Brown served six terms as mayor of Charles Town and was a director of the Bank Of Charles Town. Brown's son, Charles W operated a jewelry store which was next door to ffis father's confectionary. !n 1938, Senseney purchased the former Brown's jewelry shop for a Western Auto As- sociate Store. The final image shows the north side of 100 W. Wash- ington St. in the 1940s. No- tice the familiar Western Auto Associate sign over Senseney's store. Going up the street toward the Coup- house, John Luxenberg's De- partment Store was next door to the Western Auto. Continuing up the street was the Southern Resta.u- rant next door to the People's Bank of Charles Town. At the end of the block was the New Central Restaurant located on the first floor of Charles Washington Hall. Formerly called the Cen- tral Restaurant, the name changed in 1933 when loffg- time Charles Town Mayor Nicholas Carson took over ownership. For years, a photograph of U.S. Sen. John Fitzgerald Kennedy shaking hands with Carson in April of 1960 when Kennedy visited Charles Town while campaigning for the White House could be seen just behind the cash reg- ister in the New Central. - Doug Perks is the historian at the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town H SATURDAYS Locally cra ecl poLLery folle aft, basleefs, jewelry, boobs, T-shirts and much more! I,/ I I Read Aloud volunteers Share favorite books to want to read Serve as rolemodels :i become friends .: 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday ALL SHOP PROFITS BENEFIT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM