Collection: James Whitlow
Scanned by : James Whitlow
Another 1914 Hoxie Postcard
We have written previous articles concerning the set of postcards made of Hoxie in 1914. This is a great one showing Main Street in Hoxie, looking north. This postcard, like the others, was published by Hall Advertising Co, of Little Rock. They are “Curt Teich Photochromes”, with a specific numbering system that dates them all to 1914. This one is numbered “A-46097″.
We have previously published articles with “A-46096” – 1914 Union Station in Hoxie, “A-46098” – 1914 Boas Hotel in Hoxie and “A-46100” – 1914 Streetcar and Depot in Hoxie. This just leaves “A-46099”, which we will publish at a later date, showing a picture of the Hoxie School in 1914.
We have two of these postcards in our collection. The first was mailed to a Mr Paul Le Kieffre of Lille, France from Charles H. Faulkner of Hoxie on July 26th, 1920 for only 2 cents. It had no message on the postcard. The second postcard was mailed for 1 penny to Eddyville, Kentucky and addressed to Miss Pearl Doone, but was not signed. It reads:
Dear Pearl, I will write you a few lines. How are you this morn? I am tired just now, have been up all night long. Say listen, when you write again, write to Kewanee, Missouri. I will ring for this time almost train now. Good by, answer soon.
Main Street Looking North
In 1913, Hoxie had just been hit hard by a tornado, so many of the buildings you see in this picture could be fairly new. The streetcar tracks are visible in the dirt road in front of the buildings, running all the way from Hoxie to Walnut Ridge. The buildings shown in picture stretch the length of Texas Street, starting at Case Street, going across the Frisco tracks, and the view ends just beyond Annie Street.
Starting from left to right, the first building sat at the corner of Case Street and Texas Street. It was a dark brick building and housed two storefronts, the leftmost in 1914 was a Millinery. A Millinery typically sold women’s hats, but might have sold hats to men as well. The adjacent storefront was a general merchandise store.
The next one-story building was a lighter colored stone building that also was occupied by two different storefronts. The leftmost in 1913 was a barber, but by 1916 was a Bakery. The right storefront was a movie theater, known at one point in time as the “Triangle Theater”. The movie theater in later years moved to the corner of Case and Texas Street.
The next two-story red brick building was a bank, which also had a Lodge Hall on the second floor. The lighter brick two-story building next to it was another General Merchandise store.
Between the lighter brick building and the next large two-story pinkish brick building were 2 very small one-story restaurants, barely visible in the picture.
The large two-story had a Pool Hall on the left. In fact, if you enlarge the photograph you can make out the words “Pocket Billiards” above the door. The right storefront of the large brick building was a drugstore, and the entire second floor of this building was a Hotel. This building was still there in 1982 when the buildings were torn down. In 1982, the “Allison Hotel” sign was still visible just below the upper windows.
To the right of the large brick building was a very small stand on the corner. Later that block would have a new building on it that was occupied by Warner Drugs, and later was the Corner Cafe.
Butted right up to the Frisco Railroad tracks, you can see a one-story white building. At one time this was the Hoxie Post Office, but by 1914, the Post Office had moved across the Frisco Railroad.
Across the Frisco tracks, you can see the very large Boas Hotel. If you enlarge the photograph, you can make out “Boas Hotel” written down one of the large columns in front of the building. The Boas Hotel burned to the ground in October 1931. Just to the left of the Boas Hotel are three small storefronts. Those were occupied by Pringle’s Drugstore, the Post Office in the middle, and a barbershop on the right.
Past the Boas Hotel, on the corner of Annie and Texas, was a one-story furniture store. That corner is now occupied by the Tudor Style Gibson House. Across Annie Street, you can see the last building visible in this postcard. That was the Eagle Hotel in 1914. If you enlarge the postcard, you can see the word “Eagle” on top of the building. That was later the Davis Hotel by 1916, and was later destroyed and replaced by a Gas Station and Hotel, which is the same building Budgie Little’s Service Station occupies today.