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A Visit to Dycusburg in 1900

Reprinted from "Forgotten Passages," a column by Brenda Travis-Underdown appearing in The Crittenden Press.

Once again lets take a trip back in time and visit the once thriving river port town of Dycusburg, visit with some of her citizens and learn about the businesses located there. From the archives of The Crittenden Press, November 1900.

The Thriving Little City of Dycusburg Visited By Press Representatives
Tuesday afternoon two members of the Press staff left this city for Dycusburg, the little city on the Cumberland River, to look after the interest of the paper in that section.

Late Friday afternoon the gentlemen arrived at the home of Mr. Edgeworth Gregory, about one mile out of Dycusburg. The night was spent with Mr. Gregory.

This worthy farmer is a most entertaining gentleman. He is well acquainted the county over, and until a late hour the estimable host entertained the travelers with the most interesting anecdotes of a somewhat historical kind, relating to Crittenden County and her people in years that have come and gone.

Mr. Gregory is a typical Kentuckian, his family is a typical Kentucky family, and southern hospitality is clearly exemplified in this good man and his wife.

Saturday morning the travelers started for Dycusburg and as they reached the top of the large hill just before the town is entered the attention was attracted by a large American flag, unfurled from a lofty staff, situated on the bank of the Cumberland and on that staff, directly over the star spangled banner, an enormous Democratic rooster, with head erect, and in an attitude suggestive to the observer that he was monarch of all he surveyed, stood as a sentinel to inform the stranger that he stood in a Democratic community.

The first business firm visited was Bennett Bros. General merchandise establishment. The Press representatives were given a warm welcome by Mr. Percey Cooksey, the manager of this business house. This firm is doing an excellent business under the management of so popular and affable a gentleman as Mr. Cooksey.

The Spot Cash Store, S. H. Cassidy & Co., proprietors, was visited. This establishment carries a large line of general merchandise and from the amount of business done while the Press representatives were in, it can be said that this firm commands a large patronage.

S. H. Cassidy & Co., dealers in leaf tobacco and strips, make Dycusburg their headquarters, with factories at Kuttawa also. Their business is very extensive.

The travelers were informed by Mr. John C. Griffin that he and Mr. W. L. Bennett would soon have a distillery in operation at Dycusburg. Mr. Griffin is the proprietor of an excellent grocery store.

Judge Clifton's stores do a large business, and in connection with general merchandise he has drugs and school books.

Another prosperous establishment in Yancey Bros., dry goods and grocery store.

The Dycusburg School is flourishing under the management of Misses Helen Boyd of Salem, and Miss Fannie Gray, of Marion. Every one spoke in terms of commendation of the work of the two young lady teachers.

The venerable Dr. Graves, Dycusburgs oldest physician, gave the travelers a hearty handshake. No man is more loved and respected in the county than Dr. Graves.

A flour mill, owned by Mr. S. H. Cassidy, makes known the dinner and supper hour by its cheerful whistle.

The churches of Dycusburg are pretty buildings, and each claims a large membership. A series of meetings are in progress at the Baptist Church.

A great deal of shipping is done at the town and its commercial transactions are quite extensive.

The people of Dycusburg are thrifty and industrious and the town in advancing steadily in population and business.

Late in the afternoon, as the shadows began to lengthen, the two Press representatives bade the city of Dycusburg goodbye and stared for home. The last the travelers saw of the little city as the sped over the hill homeward bound, was the stars and stripes waving over the quiet village and the proud rooster standing as defender of the banner of liberty.

A little history about S. H. Cassidy
S. H. Cassidy, a Kentuckian by birth and a Kentuckian in every way, hospitable, public spirited, having and deserving fully the respect and confidence of his immediate friends and neighbors, and the great business world as well.

Mr. Cassidy is a typical example of what untiring energy, backed by good common sense, will accomplish.

He owns three great tobacco houses that bear his name, and has an interest in the flouring mill of F. B. Dycus & Co.

All in all Dycusburg owes much to Mr. Cassidy. Mr. Cassidy is a Mason and also a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.