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Let's look at the river town of Dycusburg in 1848
By Brenda Underdown, contributor, The Crittenden Press
Appeared March 17, 2005

Part 1 of a series on Dycusburg.

Once again let's travel back to the year 1894 and learn more about the history of one of our early communities. This wonderful account the town of Dycusburg comes from the files of the Crittenden Press August 9, 1894. It is titled "Dycusburg," a glance at her history, and the people who built the pretty town. It is a fine business place, filled with good businessmen.

Eugene Brown
Eugene Brown a prominent Dycusburg businessman and son of a pioneer merchant in the town.
The second largest town in Crittenden County is Dycusburg, and it is a town of no small importance yet, although the advent of the railroad has interfered materially in the shipping business, which was at one time a leading feature.

In its best days Dycusburg probably did more business than Marion, its location on the bank of the Cumberland making it close to the marts of the world drew some of the best merchants the county ever had. While some of the attractive points are gone, or rather while the railroad has superceded the river, Dycusburg is yet a live town and does a large volume of business, the location and admirable qualities of its business men keeping her well to the front.

The native forest of that vicinity was first broken by a Mr. Seyester, on the farm now owned by the widow Brannum. In 1833 J. W. Simpson built a rude warehouse below where the town now stands. In 1838 a brick warehouse and residence was built and other houses followed in rapid succession.

In 1848 the town was incorporated, and business began to grow rapidly. Jackson & Cobb were selling goods, buying and shipping tobacco; Cobb & Cobb succeeded this firm; Smith & Head carried on a big mercantile business in1851; David Moore & Bro., M. L. Smith, J. N. Flanagan, Wm. Bennett & Co., T. T. Martin, the Yancey's, L. L. Level, Cobb & Gellatley, Pritchett & Cardin, Wm. Dycus and Dr. Graves are some of the names associated with the early history of the town; and successful business men they were, giving the little town a wide reputation in the commercial world, and their successors have been and are men noted for good business methods, integrity and enterprise, and today Dycusburg has a splendid trade, and large stocks of goods and some as good people as are on the glove.
Ida Harris
Dycusburg postmaster Miss Ida Harris (pictured) was a proponent of women's rights.

Two neat church buildings, Methodist and Baptist, a commodious school house, some pretty residences, large tobacco and grain houses, large store rooms, filled with $8,000 and $10,000 stocks, all indicate continued prosperity. A fine farming country on both sides of the Cumberland contribute to the material welfare of the town, and the town in turn affords the country the conveniences necessary for the well being of all well regulated households, and hence a spirit of friendliness exists among the people.

A daily mail from Kuttawa supplies the town and it's quota of letters and papers; and by the way a good many daily papers are taken and read there, the Louisville papers reaching thee as early in the evening as they reach Marion.

Among the men who add to the substantial worth of Dycusburg today are Sam Cassidy, J. H. Clifton, the Yancey boys, Eugene Brown, Wm. Mays, F. B. Dycus, the Burks, Geo. Graves, Dr. Graves, Wm. Hill, Ed. Ramage, P. K. Cooksey, Tom Yates, Ab Henry and a score of others.

Dycusburg is up with the times; there is not a more progressive community in the county, and morally it is the equal of any. One of the most interesting characters one meets with is Dr. W. S. Graves. He has been a resident of the town for forty-four years, coming from Lebanon, Ky., and casting his lot with the then new community in 1859.

But few things connected with the history of the town have escaped his memory, and the history of the people who have played upon the stage of life in that section is like a bound book in his mind. During all these years he has practiced medicine, and has built up a reputation as a physician second to none in the county.

The post office at Dycusburg is in the hands of a lady, and a neater, cheerier place than the post office is not in the town.

While Miss Ida Harris, nominally the deputy, she is really the postmaster, and the town and community may well congratulate themselves upon having their office in such splendid hands. Miss Harris' father was appointed postmaster by the present administration, and the control of the office was turned over to the daughter, who not only knows how to keep post office, but keeps it as a post office should be kept, and everybody is pleased.

Miss Harris has a neat millinery established in connection with the office; she keeps posted on all of the fashions and is deft with her fingers in trimming hats and doing other work connected with the millinery business. Her goods are of the latest styles and her prices meet all competition. Miss Harris is one of the young ladies of the county who believes in woman's rights - that is, that a woman has the right to hold an office, if it is compatible with her surroundings, that she has a right to earn a living, that she has a right to be independent. She is popular, and is adding to the pleasant surroundings of the community.

One of the pushing, prosperous and promising young business men of Dycusburg is Mr. Eugene Brown, the junior member of the firm of Dycus and Brown. Eugene Brown is a son of the late Hodge Brown, a pioneer merchant of the town. In 1853 Hodge Brown was a citizen of Dycusburg, he embarked in the steamboat business and but few people who lived along the Cumberland have not heard of Capt. Hodge Brown. Eugene Brown has charge of the large stock of hardware, farming implements, groceries, lime, cement, fertilizers, filed seed, etc.

The stock embraces everything in the line, and the good are of the best grades, and the general appearance indicates a thrifty, industrious merchant; one wide-awake to his customer's as well as his own interests. This firm is one of the best and most reliable in town, and Mr. Brown enjoys the confidence and esteem of the people and the firm enjoys a good trade. Such men are of great value to a town, and augment the substantial character of the business institutions. Dycusburg business men are the peers of any in the county, and Eugene Brown is the peer of any in Dycusburg. He also stands high socially, and for honesty and strict business integrity, and pleasant business ways, he is a valuable young citizen.

Thanks to Brenda Underdown for supplying this article to dycusburg.com.