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Going on 200 - Century Old Business in KY

Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.

July, 2003

There are hundreds of century-old businesses in Kentucky. Their diversity is amazing, their history fascinating. Through historic and contemporary photographs and insightful essays, Going on 200 tells the stories of almost fifty of them. From the Auburn Leather Company to Tonini Church Supply, from the Dahl & Groezinger scrap yard to the A. D. Campbell dress shop, it's an appreciation of our century-old businesses both as providers of indispensable services and products, and as beacons of continuity in a commercial and cultural landscape stormy with change.
From the introduction by Thomas D. Clark, Historian Laureate of Kentucky:
"The Kentucky businesses, commercial or institutional, which have survived for a century have reflected the realization of dreams, of expectations, and the challenges of changing times and human tastes. Running through this collection of histories is the theme of fending off the ravages of archaic practices on the one hand, and an ever-growing corporate competition on the other. During the passing decades these survivors have established rock-solid assets of integrity, personal service, patron loyalties, and a dedication to the sense of community. Collectively, the centennial businesses have reached far beyond the doorways of their stores and shops to knit a rich Kentucky heritage of time and place."
A list of the registered century-old businesses in Kentucky featured in two-page spreads with multiple photos:

A. D. Campbell Co., Middlesboro
Anderson Ferry Constance Auburn Leather Company, Auburn
Bagdad Roller Mills, Baghdad
Bank of Columbia, Columbia
Beasley Monument Company, Paducah
Biancke's Restaurant, Cynthiana
Bybee Pottery, Bybee
Corn-Austin Company, Murray
Dahl & Groezinger, Owensboro
Dunagan's Grocery and Supply, Mill Springs
Durham Hardware & Appliances, Danville
Ebert's Meat Market, Newport
Ehrmann's Bakery, Louisville
F. Wolkow & Sons, Louisville
Insurance, Fulton
Germantown Fair Com Farmers National Bank, Lebaany, Germantown
Glauber's, Carrollton
Hathaway & Clark Funeral Home, Louisville
Heimerdinger Cutlery Company, Louisville
Hillenmeyer Nurseries, Lexington
Himes General Store, Tollesboro
Hopkinsville Milling Company, Hopkinsville
J. A. Oldfield General Store, Mize
Jackson Times, Jackson
January & Wood, Maysville
Joe Rosenberg Jewelers, Lexington
Keith Monument Company, Elizabethtown
Lebanon Oak Flooring, Lebanon
Louisville Stoneware, Louisville
Luckett & Farley, Louisville
Mason & Hanger, Lexington
Mazzoni's Cafe, Louisville
Muster Funeral Home, Calhoun
Nanz & Kraft Florists, Louisville
Papania's, Lexington
Pollock Jewelers, Ashland
Publishers Printing Company, Shepherdsville
Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort
Spalding and Sons, Bardstown
Stewart Iron Works, Covington
Tonini Church Supply, Louisville
Weathers Drugs, Elkton
Weisenberger Mills, Scott County

Article courtesy of http://www.kyhumanities.org/goingon200.html