|The Buckner House Hotel. Masonic Lodge
upstairs, Bank of Sardis on the corner
|H. & W. Pyles, 1891.
In 1960's, Dillon's Grocery
|W. T. Grover's. Later,
|Drawing of School planned
|Sardis School, 1913
“a modern, consolidated,
12 grade school.”
Former WWII p.o.w. Billy Cracraft shows off his catch.
from a John Henderson Facebook post.
Facebook folks have identified these buildings in the backgrounds: Bill White's old theater in the right;
Tatman's on the left; Fulton's Gas Station; Doyle's store, and home; and Kip Reed's Sardis Service Station.
The car belonged to Owen Wayne Ormes.
|The Opera House,
built by J. M. Wheatley.
Later White's Grocery
On the right, going toward Mr. Olivet
|Opera Houses of this era presented all types of entertainments. School plays, traveling shows, low-brow comedies, recitals, and lectures. Opera? Virtually never.|
Tuel's Grocery, 1978
from a Facebook post by David Tuel
|Farmers Bank of Sardis, c. 1915
from a Facebook post by Jessie Fulton Rice
|The Bank of Sardis, 1905|
|“Bank Organized at Sardis A bank has been organized at Sardis, a little town five miles from Mt. Olivet. It has a capital of $15,000, about one-third of which was subscribed by Owen County people, and by agreement the cashier will be an Owen county man. Mr. Lon Grover, of near Sardis, will be president.” From the Courier-Journal, May 17, 1903||“State Banking Commissioner T. J. Smith today authorized the new Farmer's Bank of Sardis to begin business on May 1, after an inspection by Assistant Commissioner, R. R. Revill. This bank is incorporated by entirely different parties from those behind the Bank of Sardis, which is in the hands of the Commissioner for Liquidation. The president of the new bank is H. W. Rees, the Vice-President David Douglas. The cashier is R. D. Berry. It is capitalized at $15,000.” From the Courier Journal, May 1, 1913|
|Sardis was named either for one of the seven cities mentioned in the Bible's book of Revelation (Revelation 3:1-6) or the ancient capital of a region of Turkey then called Lydia (Wikipedia).|
|“J. M Wheatley, Jr., of Sardis, is planning the installation of an electric light plant. A gasoline engine will probably be the prime mover.” from The Iron Age, 1915||“The electric-light plant installed in the Sardis Opera House by Albert Hill of Maysville will be used primarily to operate moving picture equipment. The plant has sufficient output to supply the town with electrical service.” from Electric World, Vol. 67, 1916|
|“The Maysville Eagle says: ‘The patriarch of the village Uncle Luke Dye, as he was familiarly called, died in Sardis on Monday, the 22nd inst., in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He was the village wit, and friend of everybody, and everybody was his friend. He was the founder of the village. He was a soldier of the War of 1812. May the sod lie gently on the breast of the old soldier. Peace to his ashes.” Courier-Journal, March 29, 1869|
|“In the local option election to-day in the town of Mayslick, and in Magisterial district No. 6, which included the towns of Mayslick and Sardis, both towns in the district went dry. Mayslick went dry by three votes. The district went dry by three hundred and thirty-seven votes.” Courier-Journal, September 23, 1906|
|Letter writer is disturbed that he can't get help in capturing a slave escaped from Sardis.||Preacher against night riders loses his job in Sardis in this episode in the Tobacco Wars of 1908.|
|“The Sardis Cornet Band, by invitation of the officers of the steamer Hundy, will attend the Dramatic Entertainment, to be given at Manchester, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday.” Maysville Bulletin, May 31, 1877|
|Sardis was incorporated as a town by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly on February 14, 1850.||The creation of the Mayslick and Sardis Turnpike Road Company, here.|
|“The Sardis and Silvia [?] Telephone Company has been incorporated with $225 capital stock by T. W. Todd, Robert Hudson, and Frank Rogers.” Telephony, Vol. 80, p. 1921||“Taylor Berry and Hugh French have bought the interests of R. O. Chambers and D. H. Hindreth in the Sardis Flour Mills.”from The Operative Miller, Vol. 24, 1919.|
|“Seven barrels of whiskey fell from a wagon at Maysville last week and were bursted. When news of this shocking waste reached Sardis, fourteen men joined the Sons of Temperance.” Daily Courier, February 18,1868|
In Sardis, sold pigs find their way home - 7 miles away. Read it here.