businesses on madison avenue

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1897 1901
J. M. Rude's Wire Goods, Second and Madison



Reliance, 1910



Willard Machine and Tool, 3rd and Madison, 1910
More about Willard


While most things in America named “Madison” are named after the fifth American President, Madison Avenue in Covington is named after Kentucky's Fifth Governor, George Madison. FYI, the first four Governors of Kentucky were Shelby, Garrard, Greenup, and Scott. (The sixth man to be Governor was Gabriel Slaughter, so there's that.)


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F. D. Anthe
Manufacturers of Special
Woodworking Cutters for
Planing Mills and Furniture
407 Madison Avenue
Schroetter Realty
432 Madison
(in the Odd Fellows' Temple)
Riek's Grocery
northwest corner of
3rd and Madison


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The Colonial Theatre
Madison Avenue,
between Fourth and Fifth
Liberty Theatre The Liberty Theatre
608 Madison
Lyric Theater
E. side of Madison, near 8th


Road to Ruin
(You know this is going to be embarassingly not prurient, right?)

Bavarian Road to Ruin
Covington starts down the road to hell in 1928.
(The Rialto would later be the Liberty)
from a Facebook post by Steven Thompson
Men and Women weren't allowed
to see Road to Ruin Together.


Seiler Wagon
The Seiler Ice Company,
nw corner of 5th and Madison
Thanks to Mary Jo Schlickman for this one.


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The Kentucky Post
421 Madison
September 15, 1890 - December 31, 2008
Requiescat in Pace 


Kentucky Post-TS

The first day banner of the combined Kentucky Post and Kentucky -Times-Star, July 21, 1958.


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Louis Marx,
1912 Home Outfitters
516-22 Madison
Marx Brothers
516 Madison
See their furniture catalog. (pdf)


Cincinnati radio and TV station WCKY started in Covington (CKY is for Covington, KY). They were on the fourth floor of the building on the southwest corner of Sixth and Madison, and first went on the air on September 16, 1929. The transmitter was in Crescent Springs.


$1 a week

Kentucky Post, September 17, 1904


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Modern Art Photography, Wilma Dettling Studio, at 804 Madison, call
HEmlock 1-8325. In business here from roughly 1948-1962
  Taken from the camera shop at the left, obviously by someone with serious photography skills.


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Eilermans' Men's Stores 
Covington on the left;
Newport on the right.
The Eilerman Building,
c. 1903 Madison at Pike
Eilerman and Sons
from a Jab Art post on Facebook

When my Mom bought, we went to a little place on Pike Street called Parisians. 
When my Grandfather bought, we went to Eilermans. Good goods.



Eilerman's, 1950
From a Facebook post by Chuck Eilerman

Eilerman's Eilerman's
Opening Day
From a Facebook post by Chuck Eilerman

“Opening! Today, Thursday. October 7, 1896 is the day for the grand opening of [Eilerman's] new store, 610 Madison Avenue, Covington., Ky. with a large and magnificent stock of Men's Boy's and Children's Clothing at unequaled low prices. We have spared no expense to make the day a memorable one in the history of Covington, and have on that occasion secured the services of a full brass band, and everybody attending the opening will be presented with a handsome souvenir. Positively no goods sold on opening day. Opening hours from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. and from & P.M. to 9 P. M. EVERYBODY INVITED.”


Eilerman's, in Covington, Newport, . . .and Lima Ohio?


Scott's Scott's Scott's
Albert Scott Albert Scott's Pharmacy, 1885 Clara Wolfe Scott


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Charles and James Coston's Ice Cream Parlor
s.e. corner of 6th & Madison
John F. Mueller and his wife Catherine (far left) in their bakery, 627 Madison, c. 1923.
Thanks to Jerry Kasselmann for this item.
Hickey's Shoe Store
604-608 Madison
The Home of Good Shoes
  Hatfield Coal, 622 Madison. From a Facebook post by Will Lack



Charles Groshell, 7th and Madison
From Covington's Daily Commonwealth, February 24, 1882


Linnemann's & Moore Linnemann's & Moore
  Linnemann & Moore, Undertakers and Embalmers, From a Facebook post by Walter Molony, who also gives details on the images


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The Covington Camera Shop, 1955
808 Madison Avenue
  Photo Supplies, Darkroom Equipment,
Model Kits,  Phone HE-4033
Herzog Jewelry Store
West side of Madison
between 7th & 8th,
Fred Macke Coal and Coke
813 Madison Avenue, c. 1912

Star Studios

Star Studios, 916 Madison
From a Facebook post by Billie Herzner Donlin, whose Mother-in-law, Laverne Stadtmiller Donlin is on the far right

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Reliable Monument
912 Madison
St. Elmo's
18th and Madison


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The Fischer Brothers, Hardware & Farm Implements,
The Fischer Brothers had three locations:
in Covington, 1046 Madison; in Newport, 729 Monmouth; and in Latonia, at 10 W. Southern.
 In the image here, the Covington location is in the center/left.
We assume that's Newport on the right, and Latonia on the top.


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Edward A. Cooper's Furniture, Appliance, Radio and Television Store
Cooper began his store at 501 Madison Avenue, Covington


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J. E. Brock, on Madison at 19th
Thanks to Tom Taylor for capturing this off of Google Maps, because the building has since been razed. 
(Historical pics from Google Maps? Tempus fugit.)


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Chas. Donnelly,
Undertaker, 1890
Veith & Zweigart
Building Lumber
s.w. corner of Madison
and Grand ( now 24th)


J. M. Clarkson G. W. Howell Lovell & Buffington Senour & Gedge
A. G. Simrall Smedburg & Gillhan

James Spilman & Co.

Wiggins & Law
An 1888 Cincinnati publication listed information on these Covington businesses.

This 1886 directory (pdf) had details on lots of Covington businesses.


 In the 1850's they built railroad
locomotives in Covington. Read about it here.
The Kentucky Department of Labor counted how many men, women and children worked in many - not all - businesses in Covington in 1916-1917.  Results are here.
“Morning View – I was in Covington Saturday last week[1879], and going into Nodler’s, that affable gentleman invited me to try the telephone, whereupon I had a conversation with Dr. Kearns at his residence on Eighth street, who informed me that Covington was distressingly healthy. I was much pleased, and would advise all those who wish to see this wonderful invention to call at Nodler’s.” From Covington’s Daily Commonwealth, May 2, 1879 (Peter Nodler, Druggist and Apothecary Headquarters for Pure Drugs, was at the sw corner of 5th and Madison. Dr. Kearns was on the nw corner of 8th and Madison.)

  And since you're probably wondering, Bell patented the telephone on March 7, 1876. In 1878, President Hayes had one installed in the White House. His reaction: “An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?”  Hayes was a one-term president.
Pork house fire, 1847 River's up, so the cotton mill is back in business in 1834, here.
Another bad fire in Covington was in 1893, and it took out most of the block between Fourth and Fifth West of Madison. You can read about that one here. “The rolling mill of Phillips & Son, on the Licking River, near Covington, Ky, was established in 1846. It is one of the largest establishments of its kind in the West, employing 250 hands and turning out $600,000 worth of boiler plate, bolt and bar iron per year.” from the Railway Times, 1869.
Shopping in Covington: Yesterday and Today, by David E. Schroeder, at this site. They're going to build a new Woolworth's, and move to Madison Avenue from Pike and Washington.
Motch Jewelers history here. “Covington has a store devoted exclusively to singing birds.”
Courier-Journal, December 2,1876


An amazing clock once on display on Madison Avenue