Friday, November 29, 2013

Bransford Lumber Co, Union City TN ca 1900

Compliments of Bransford Lumber co.
Union city Tenn.
Tel 285
I found this piece of advertising ephemera among the MORAN paperwork.  It's an old advertising fob, circa 1900, with a pretty woman wearing a saucy hat for the Bransford Lumber Co. in Union City Tennessee.  I can't tell you much about the Bransford Lumber Co. but I did find a couple of  articles that I've included here in regards to John BRANSFORD and William Albert DODDS:

The Paducah Evening Sun 
Monday, February 22, 1909
Western Kentucky and Tennessee lumber Dealers Will Meet.
E.A. Enochs, of Jackson and C.H. Sherrill of Paducah, Elected President and Vice President.

At the conclusion of the convention of the Western Kentucky and Tennessee Retail Lumber Dealers' association Saturday evening Memphis was chosen as the place for the 1910 convention and following officers were elected:  President, E.A. Enochs, of Jackson Tenn; vice-president, C.H. Sherrill, of Paducah; secretary and treasurer, John Bransford, of Union City, Tenn.

It's possible that the Bransford Lumber Co. was founded by Benjamin H. BRANSFORD.  Benjamin BRANSFORD was born in Smith County Tennessee April 14, 1840.  His family moved to Obion County in  1844 when he was but 4 years old.  He was part of the Beck, Bransford & Ekdahl furniture and lumber company. During the Civil War he joined the First Mississippi Cavalry in 1861 and was also a special scout for General Nathan Bedford FORREST.  After the war he began a manufacturing company which burned in 1886 and was rebuilt.  One of his sons was named John, perhaps it is the very same John Bransford that is mentioned in the Hickman Courier Journal mentioned above.  For more information you can read the complete Goodspeed article here.

The Hickman Courier 
January 4 1912

W.A. DODDS Now Owns Union City Lumber Yard.

W.A. Dodds closed the deal yesterday for the purchase of the business of the Bransford Lumber Co. at Union City, including their stock of lumber, buildings and grounds.  This is said to be the leading lumber concern of the city in which it is located.  The deal involves upwards of $20,000.

Mr. Dodds will continue to look after his lumber interests in Hickman, and for the present John BRANSFORD, who has been connected with the Bransford Lumber Co., will look after the Union city yards for Mr. Dodds.  The home office of both yards, of course, will be Hickman.

I did locate W.A. Dodds, the man who purchased the Bransford Lumber Co., in the 1920 Census.  William and his wife Fannie and two daughters Anita R. and Martha E were living on Alleghany Street in Hickman Kentucky.  He was 57 years old making him born about 1863 and his profession is lumber dealer. According to Kentucky Death Records William Albert Dodds died in 1928 in Hickman Kentucky.  His parents were J.H. Dodds and Martha Freeman.

Originally posted on Victorian Hoarders Sept 21 2012.

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