Historian's Corner



Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
Historian's Corner
September 20, 2013


Photo: Sandy Creek Village in the Early 1920’s. (This photo was taken from the Corse Press water tower and shows Main Street and Harwood Drive)

The house on North Main Street at the extreme left, towards the east, was the Tifft home; to the right of that is the old Sandy Creek Fire Department building, built in 1898 (today Irv’s Barber Shop). On the corner is Kesslers Store (then Prytherch Dry Goods Store and today an antique store) In the foreground, opposite the fire hall and Kesslers, is the roof of Gib Roberts barbershop and the Corner Drug Store. The Davies/Burritt business block, at the lower right, on the corner of Lake Street and South Main Streets, built in 1899, has housed many different businesses in its day.

Today, the Sandy Creek Post Office and the Corner laundry. On the corner of South Main and Railroad Street (Harwood Drive) shows the Village Park (site of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 1925) and where the California Block stood (fire 1912) before the Ainsworth Library was built in 1928. To the east down Harwood Drive the Dr. Rogers house (Martin Apartments) and the Rev. T. T. Davies/Dr. Reid house. On the opposite side of the street, beyond Kesslers, Smith Insurance Building (B. D. Jones Footware, Tracy Killam Photographer, Merlin’s Video and today a Café), Hotel Martin, LaShomb Block. The steeple of the Congregational Church (Masonic Temple) shows up white against the roof of the Methodist Church near the upper center of the photo. (MKP-Stratt and Jack Killam)

Thanks to Irene Fuller and Betty Perkins for dividing and sharing ground cover plants for use in our cemeteries.

Sandy Creek History Center has a new web site (www.sandycreeknyhistory.com/)

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