• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Black Friday 100 Years Ago

    Do you think “Black Friday” shopping fervor is a recent invention? Think Again! While the earliest known use of “Black Friday” (specifically referring to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving) dates to 1961, the term has...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Pentalpha Lodge

    Reader’s Question: In a couple of obituaries I’ve read, the people were listed as having been members of the Pentalpha Club.  What was the significance and history of the group?    Was it connected with the Columbia...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Charles Mayer & Company

    Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen In 1840, German immigrant Charles Mayer opened a small store at 29-31 West Washington Street.  Originally called “Charles Mayer”, it started as a grocery and general store....

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