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The Henry Clay Memorial Tablet

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One hundred years ago this month, the newly chartered Richmond chapter of the Kiwanis Club memorialized the incident in 1842 at which visiting politician, Henry Clay, was confronted by Quaker…

July 4, 1884 in Glen Miller

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For many years, Fourth of July in Richmond has meant Fireworks on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.  But in the late 19th century, Richmond’s newest park would play host…

A Submarine on North A Street?

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During World War II, Americans were reminded daily to buy War Bonds to help finance the war effort.  One of the more unusual ways of raising money was the one…

Singin’ Sam the Barbasol Man

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Singin’ Sam was the stage name of Harry Frankel, who lived in Richmond for much of his life.  Beginning his career as a minstrel performer and vaudevillian, he was a…

A Step Back in Time

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In these days of worldwide pandemic and accompanying fear of contagion, Morrisson-Reeves has had to limit its services in response.   Programs have been cancelled or moved online.  Until recently, patrons…

General Telephone Fire of 1965

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In an age when most of us carry our telephones around with us, we’re never far away from a quick call, text, or any other kind of contact, much less…

Richmond Baking Company

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The Richmond Baking Company was established in 1902 by William H. Quigg. It soon occupied the former Hoerner Baker building on South 5th Street. William’s two sons, Eugene and Robert,…

Starr Piano Company

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The Starr Piano Company began as the Trayser Piano Co. in 1872. One if its founders was James Starr. In 1878, the company was reorganized as the Chase Piano Company,…

Wayne Works

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The roots of Wayne Works go back to Dublin, Indiana in the 1830s when Caleb Witt, James Witt, and John Whippo started a foundry to manufacture farming implements. The business…