Thriving Little City on Kentucky River

Canning Factory Nearing Completion  

The little city of Monterey, so favorably situated for shipping, is waking up in these latter days, and bids fair to become a center for many manufacturing industries.  Located on the Kentucky river, it has all the advantages of cheap freight rates, an unlimited supply of water, and plenty of fertile soil to support a large agricultural population.   A canning factory is the first of the new enterprises to take its place in this little city.  The building is a large and attractive frame structure.  Machinists are now busy putting in the plant that will convert the raw tomato into a delectable viand, ready for the palate of the hungry millions who daily partake of this vegetable.  One order has already been placed for six car loads of the product of this plant. 

Monterey furnishes a splendid opportunity for manufacturing development, with a goodly number of enterprising and wealthy business men, we may expect to see it take on a new life in the near future.  No town in the state, of its size, can boast of a higher class of business men.  Among the merchants, we need but mention the names of Vories Bros., W. D. Hardin, W. Len Hardin, all controlling large and up-to-date department stores; L. H. McGraw, capitalist, who together with W. D. Hardin, has recently formed the Monterey Realty and Warehouse Company, to handle and finance the equity tobacco at that place; J. D. Byrnes, of the firm of Byrnes & Hardin, undertakers; Dr. J. C. B. Foster, physician, land owner, and all around business man; these are a few of the names that are linked with the past of the town and will continue to stand for future growth and greatness of the community. 

Other interests are represented by L. M. Bourne, Chas. Barton & Co., druggist; R. M. Arnold, Clarence Smith and G. W. Brumback, grocers, besides numerous other small but remunerative businesses.  Closely allied with all these interests, and not only the foundation but the superstructure also stands the First State Bank, whose destiny is guided by Ira Kemper, the young, clever, and capable Cashier.   The community can also boast of the best and most substantial school building of any common school district in the county.  Miss Lena Claxon, the teacher, is one of the most popular and efficient in the county.  


from the Owenton News-Herald, March 21, 1907