Thursday, June 11, 2015

Seven Historic Highlights in The Depot-Compress District!

1.  Originally The Depot was going to be built closer to town but the townsfolk protested greatly and had it moved to its current location. The original Depot is still present.  Only one side of it can be seen from the outside (See number nine on the map from a previous post).


2.  Based on this article, the line of hosts/owners of The Depot seems to have been Mr. Lougee, Buck Hill, Bob McDermott (he was mentioned in one of William Faulkner's stories), Dan Bonds, and O.B. Kerr.
Cite:  Ashmead, Alexandra.  Great Grandparents. Digital Image. The Holly Springs Depot.  Blogger. 27 February 2015 Published. Web. 11 June 2015 Accessed. 

3. A lot of foreigners came to live in the Depot-Compress District directly from Ireland, Sweden, and Germany.  There was one Scotsman, Robert Hastings, who moved here from Wyatt's Crossing. Some of you might remember Wyatt's Crossing as the place where The Depot got the piano with eight legs. Today, Wyatt's Crossing is used by those who love to camp and fish.
Cite:  Unknown, Spider Rigging Success. Digital Image. Wyatt's Crossing Outdoors. Wyatt's Crossing Outdoors. 2011 Published. Web.  11 June 2015 Accessed. 

4. The Depot has had many high and low points in its life.  At one time the service at The Depot was so bad that "Occasionally passengers would be carried off on the wrong train" and "passengers dared not leave the depot less they miss the train, which might be delayed for hours by a washout."

5. Service did improve once the Illinois Central Railroad added the new hotel. Society finally approved of the place and supped and danced in The Depot's dining room. "The dining room was amply warmed by a big stove, but a blazing fireplace looked cheerful, and with a pile of plates warming before it the psychology was complete.  Boy! that was a meal"  In the early 1900's ladies must have gone home early because across the street there were frequent bar fights at Hugh Cassidy's saloon.
Cite:  Unknown photographer.  Dining Room at The Holly Springs Depot. Photograph Copy. The Holly Springs Depot.  Blogger. 17 April 2015 Published. Web11 June 2015 Accessed. 

6.  The Depot once held an election box and was the start of at least one political parade.  One memorable parade was for a presidential campaign in 1876.  During the festivities, Bose Job stole the hot iron rod from Albert Herr.  The iron rod was used to light the never-before-tested canon from Berglund's foundry in Holly Springs.   Albert was "knocked silly' and "Bose's leg was shot off." Bose "was a schoolmate at old Chalmers Institute and always sunny natured, even when he was lying on the ground with his leg shot off.  He wore a peg leg the rest of his life."

7.   Jim House or Sam West would provide rides to The Depot.  The author mentions how he "cannot miss one memory of the early seventies and that is Jim House's big four-horse, forty-passenger bus, with Sam West on the boot, and Jim Ballard, conductor, swinging on behind.  'R-a-a-i-l-r-o-a-a-d!' was a thrilling sound." There was also a street car line "about 1873-78.  Sam West drove the only passenger car, pulled by one big mule, fare 10 cents. There were two flat freight cars."  "The passenger car was called the J. M. Scruggs, after a popular lawyer."

Not sure where the original trolley photo came from.  One newspaper article said it was from Chesley Thorne Smith's Collection.  This  version came from the following newspaper article.
Cite:  Shipp, Lois Swanee. "Museuming:  The trolley line...named after local lawyer."  
Holly Springs South Reporter.  19 March 2009 Published. Web. 11 June 2015 Accessed.

The above quotes and information (with exception of certain digital photos) came from:

Cite:  Mickle, J.M. "Old I.C. Depot Once Center of City Life."  Holly Springs South Reporter.  10 December 1931: Vol. 65, No.  47.

Click on the images below to read the full article:











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