Merchant Shows Bridge Opening

Merchants Show Enthusiasm for Dedication Day 

Miniature Bridges of All Types and Kinds, Made of Candy, Cigarettes, Bottles, Soap, and Whatnot Grace Windows of Business Houses- City in Gala Attire for Big Day 

Bridges, bridges, bridges, all kinds and all shapes made by grown-ups down to five-year-old kiddies, are to be found scattered over the city adorning the display windows of Maysville’s business district. 

Up and down Second street, on Market and Sutton and along Third street from Market to Plum, the route of the street decorations are to be found windows showing miniature bridges, almost exact copies of the suspension span over the Ohio, which will be dedicated today, while others are made of candy, chewing gum, bottles cigarettes, thread, automobile tubes and polish, fancy work and others offering splendid photographs and drawings. 

To “Shorty,” the little Negro shoe shiner at Johnny’s goes the honors for offering the best display, his bridge being similar to the Ohio span and carrying out in full the background, even to the railroad.  Other fine displays will be found in the Market Street A. & P. Store, Mike Brown’s and E. A. Robinson Company. 

The three banks are decorated in greens while many other business houses give elaborate displays of the nation’s colors.  In the State National Bank will be found an original painting of the first bridge in Maysville, crossing Limestone creek, and near the site of the present mammoth structure.  The painting is owned by Miss Mollie Edmonds.  The Bank of Maysville shows a large dollar made from two of Maysville’s leading products, burley tobacco and corn, while still another attractive display, one carrying much thought for the thousands of visitors here, is that of the Kentucky Power and Light Company.  Products of all manufacturers in Maysville will be found in this window.  In another window of the same company will be found a beautiful basket of cut flowers, the product of C. P. Dieterich & Bros.  An attractive war galley, very similar to the old Constitution is also shown in this window.  The carving was made by Dr. J. A. Dodson. 

Practically every business house has entered into the spirit of the day and doing their utmost to make it the greatest day in the history of Maysville. 

An attractive drawing of the bridge will be found in the window of George H. Frank, made by George Vantine, while a ten-year-old school boy, George McClanahan is displaying his miniature structure in the window of the New York Store.  Little Billy Calvert and Jim Joe Buckley have built a bridge of automotive polish and oils, at Calvert & Buckley Motor Company. 

Other displays will be found in Bander’s Toy Shop, Rayborn’s Barber Shop, J. J. Wood & Son, Gem Store, The Bolinger, Traxel’s, Gaither’s Paint and Paper Store, United Department Store, Woolworth’s, Montgomery Ward Company, Hechinger’s, Cablish & Snapp, R. G. Knox, Heffernana’s Grocery, and Kackley’s.


From the Maysville’s Daily Independent, November 25, 1931