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A History of the Town of Fountain, 1901-1907

Chronology established from "Fountain Department," by A. Frank Eason, Farmville Enterprise, June 8, 1917, page 6.

March 19, 1901 -- R.A. Fountain opens store w/ cousin, J.L., as Fountain & Co.; second Fountain store built at unknown date.

1903 -- R.L. Jefferson & Bros. established.

1905 -- [R.A.] Gardner & [C.C.] Baker established.

1907 [approximate] -- Owens livery established.

Dec. 27, 1907 -- Gardner & Baker & entire block of Wilson Street consumed by fire. Brick buildings replaced the formerly wooden buildings.

Spring 1908 -- Gardner establishes a small grocery store.

1909 -- D.F. Lang & M.D. Yelverton organize Lang & Yelverton.

June 10, 1910 -- Bank of Fountain opens.

1911 [approximate] -- C.C. Baker, meat market organized.

1912 -- Jonas Dilda & D.R. Mercer buy stock in Gardner's grocery, which becomes R.A. Gardner & Co.

1912 -- D.F. Lang moves to Farmville; M.D. Yelverton Co. organized.

1913 -- 3RD Fountain & Co. building, 64x110 brick store, built.

January 1, 1915 -- M.D. Yelverton Co. dissolved; Smith & Yelverton organized.

1915 -- Beasley Drugs organized.

November 18, 1915 -- Fire destroys Fountain & Co., out of business but one day before re-opening in another spot.

1916 -- Present Fountain & Co. building erected.

1916 -- Owens Millinery organized.

Dec. 1916 -- Fountain Bank reports $123,924 in deposits.

1917 -- R.A. Gardner building completed.

January 1917 -- C.L. Owens buys stock in Jefferson Bros., which becomes Jefferson Bros. & Co.

June 8, 1917 -- Frank Eason reports in Farmville Enterprise that:

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