Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 1

Mrs. Susan Adelaide "Addie" Cardwell Lewis took over the Dresden Enterprise at the death of her husband, Robert Lewis in 1895 and was the editor of this issue of the Enterprise.   For a more in depth history of the Dresden Enterprise and information about Mrs Lewis be sure and check out this page at Rootsweb.  However, if you want to read what Nannie Drewry had to say about the Cardwell's you should check out her letter to J.W. Moran written in 1910 regarding the prohibition vote and Addie Cardwell's work with the Aid Society.

The Moran's saved a lot of newspaper clippings but we also found a few complete newspapers including some of the Dresden Enterprise.  Considering their age, the newspapers are in good condition except where they were folded.  The plan is to scan them causing as little damage as possible to the papers and to present the information here.

This is the first installment of the Dresden Enterprise dated April 24 1896.

A Brief History of the County from 1819 up to the Present Time--Dresden and Its Enterprising Business Men

We this week present to our readers our illustrated edition of THE ENTERPRISE, the first paper of the kind ever issued in Weakley county.  It is also the largest and handsomest paper ever presented to our people as a local enterprise.  While all of our business men did not see it to their interest to take space, enough have done so to make it a decided success, and there-fore speaks well for the push and thrift of the town.  We send out 3,000 copies, to every part of Weakley county, and hope that we may find in many who read this week's issue constant readers.  There are many people in the county who should be, but are not, Subscribers to this or any other paper.  

THE ENTERPRISE is the oldest paper in the county and the only one in Dresden, and while the editor is not rolling in wealth, our people have given us a handsome patronage for some time, thereby helping themselves to prominence, us to prosperity and the community thus brought before the outer world in an attractive way.  We have received some little advertising outside of this town, but we could have made it a financial success just by the patronage of our Dresden people alone, and when we take into consideration the fact that the illustrations have cost over $100, or $3 for each cut, except the centennial cuts, which were furnished from Nashville, it has been a big undertaking.  

Illustration of the Methodist Episcopal Church South

Unlike other publishers, we have charged nothing for the space occupied by the illustrations, and nothing extra for the write-up of our advertisers.  This has made our profits on the edition small, especially when it is remembered that the public buildings are our expense, unless some of our citizens help foot the bill, to which we assure them in advance we will take no exception.

In this paper we have undertaken to show that Dresden is a far more progressive town than she was years ago, and that there has been a large increase in the values here for the past ten years.  There is now talk of another road running through the town, and if such an opportunity really presents itself we hope our public spirited men will see to it that it comes in reality, for such an investment would greatly add to our already prosperous condition.

Dresden is a good town, and has a financial record that but few towns can boast.  While we have never had to meet the demoralizing effect of inflated booms, there has been a healthy steady increase in value of real estate, that, had it come at once, would have been called a big boom, but it is our normal condition to be prosperous.  it is perhaps the only town in the state that can boast that it has not a family within its borders dependent on the people for charity.  We went through the financial crisis unhurt, and today proclaim to the outside world that Dresden prosperity is here to stay, and we cordially invite people seeking new homes to come and abide with us.

Illustration of Dresden High School.

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