Richmond in 1939

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Richmond in 1939


In researching the recent column on Madison High’s 1939 trip to the basketball state tournament, I read through some of the Richmond Daily Registers of that time. Here are some bits and pieces of life in Richmond in 1939.

From advertisements we find the following businesses: Montgomery Garage on Third Street, dealer for GMC trucks and Nash cars; R. C. Linville Realty and Bond Realty; First Federal Savings and Loan — real estate loans; Liquidators, offering to recharge your radio battery; Arnold Turpin Plumbing; Rivers Shoe Shop, repairs; United Department Store; Corner Grocery; Guaranty Finance; Kentucky Hatchery, baby chicks; Jno. H. Hurst Plumbing; and Long Tom Chenault Sales.

In addition to the picture run with the Madison High article, there were three other photographs of the team and one of Bobby Jennings, team captain, and Ralph Carlisle, coach, accepting the 11th Regional Championship trophy. (I wonder whatever happened to the Madison High trophies?) There was an article about Madison finishing third in the Central Kentucky Conference behind Paris and Mt. Sterling. Back then, there was a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Four teams attended from the KIAC: Western, Murray, Morehead and Georgetown. Eastern did not get to go.

There also were articles on the Tony Galento-Joe Louis bout, the Spanish Civil war, the Japanese-Chinese War and war clouds in Europe. There was a picture of Eastern’s new dorm and a one frame cartoon — The Old Hometown by Stanley, featuring Town Marshall Otey Walker.

This then was Richmond 71 years ago, as told by the Register.


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “Richmond in 1939,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed May 30, 2023,