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Early Businesses

This list depicts some of the names for the earliest business establishments located in Cabell County. If you would like to submit information to this list, please contact me. All submissions are welcome and greatly appreciated. Sources used to compile this list were newspaper advertisements, city/phone directories, tombstones and other history books.

Abbreviation Key:
CE -Ceredo Enterprise, Ceredo, W. Va.
CR -Cabell Record, Milton, W. Va.
GH -Guyandotte Herald, Guyandotte, W. Va.
HA -Huntington Advertiser, Huntington, W. Va.
HD -Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W. Va.
Miltonian -Grant High School yearbook, Milton, W. Va.
MS -Milton Star, Milton, W. Va.
PHCD -Poke Huntington City Directory

Brackets ( ) preceded by an * are annotations to the original listing.


ABBOTT, D. E. & Co.
D. E. Abbott & Co., Portraits, Photographic Prints, Enlargements from Any Small Picture or Negative
Washington Avenue, 14th to 15th Streets, West Huntington. -PHCD, 1910, pg. 153
ADKINS, Cain
-see Pittsburg Distilling Co.
ALPHA BOWEN CO., Inc.
NOTICE TO MERCHANTS, The Alpha Bowen Company will be closed all day today because of the death of our beloved President and Manager. THE ALPHA BOWEN CO., INC. -HD, Jan 30, 1928
BARRETT, C. W.
-see City Restaurant
BAUMGARDNER
-see BUMGARDNER
BEUHRING, Raymond
RAYMOND L. BEUHRING, Fire Insurance and Real Estate, 1349 Adams Avenue, West Huntington. -PHCD, 1910
BLAKE, BELL & CO.
WHOLESALE GROCERS, Have leased the big Shore Building on Third avenue, second door to the corner, for term of three years. They sold their old stand after the fire to Gwinn Bros. Wholesale trade respectfully solicted. 1104-1106-1108 THIRD AVENUE -HA, Jul 18, 1901
-Also see Alpha BOWEN Co.
BLACKWOOD, JOHN T.
BUY YOUR INSURANCE
NEEDS NOW
"It is better to be safe than to be
sorry"
John T. Blackwood
AGENT
Milton, West Va.

FIRE, LIFE, HEALTH AND
ACCIDENT
WINDSTORM and AUTOMOBILE
INSURANCE

-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
BOWEN, Alpha
BOOT AND SHOES-- RETAIL, Bowen, Alpha, 848 16th. -PHCD, 1910
-Also see Alpha BOWEN Co.
BOWEN, E. A.
Cool Beer AND KINDRED DRINKS, The Best in th City, at, E. A. Bowen's, 832 Third Ave., Free Lunch served every morning at 10 o'clock. DROP AROUND -HA, Jul 18, 1901
BOWEN DRESS CO.
Manufactures of Plain and Fancy Dresses, Wholesale and Retail, 1505-1507 3d av, Tel 2402 *(Proprietors Pinkney E. & Della Maud Bowen) -PHCD, 1914-1915
BRADY BROS
THE NINTH STREET GROCERS, Stock always Fresh and Complete. Goods Right--Prices Right. -HA, Jul 16, 1901
BRIGHT ELECTRIC SHOP
Phone 29711 Night 31169 Huntington, W.Va. -Submitted by Linda Haney
BROWN, J. M.
J. M. BROWN, Successor to A. J. Erwin, FLOUR, FEED, GRAIN, COAL. 1020 Third Avenue, Phone 185. Agents for the Ohio Fertilizer Co. -HA, Jul 18, 1901
BUMGARDNER, Jno. W.
-see Eagle Hotel
BUMGARDNER, W. L.
W. L. BUMGARDNER, -DEALER IN- Fine Wines and Whiskies, (Old Centre house) BARBOURSVILLE, W. VA, Having fitted up two commodious and suitable rooms in the old Centre House, I am prepared to accommodate the public fairly and squarely. -CE, Sep 20, 1881
BURKE, J. R.
J. R. Burke, Justice of the Peace, AND INSURANCE AGENT, Pike Street, MILTON, W. Va. - CR, Apr 28, 1898
BURNET HOUSE
R. F. Patterson, Prop't'r., BARBOURSVILLE, W. VA., This Hotel has recently been refurnished throughout,and first-class accommodations can be furnished on short notice. Boarding by the day or week. Good stableing attached. SALOON ANNEX STOCKED WITH, Whisky, Wines, Ale, Beer, etc. & etc. - CE, Sep 20, 1881
CALDWELL BROS.
CALDWELL BROS. insurance, Office over First National Bank, Rooms 7 and 8. -HD, July 12, 1908
CALLAWAY LUMBER CO.
C. M. CALLAWAY LUMBER CO., Manufacturers and Dealers in Poplar, Oak, Ash, and Hemlock Lumber, Fifteenth Street and Monroe Avenue, West Huntington -PHCD, 1910
CARTER, J. C.
J. C. CARTER & CO., Undertakers, Furniture and Carpets, 922 Fourth Ave. Bell Tel.57 -PHCD, 1910
CITY RESTAURANT
Come to the
CITY RESTAURANT
Where You Will Enjoy
Every Meal
Home-Made Pies

C. W. Barrett, Prop.

-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
DANAHER, W. J.
W. J. DANAHER,Merchant Tailoring, Popular Prices, Union Tailors., Dyeing, Cleaning, Pressing and Repairing, 409 Ninth Street. -HA, Aug 15, 1901
DAVIS, V. B.
V. B. Davis & Co., BUTCHERS, Have anything usually found in an up-to-date Meat Market. They are found on Ninth street almost opposite the court house. -HA, Jul 18, 1901
EAGLE HOTEL
THE undersigned, having lately leased, fitted up and furnished in good style the above commodious house, situated on the east side of Guyandotte street, and second door south of the Union Hotel, will open the same on the 14th (December) inst., for the accommodation of the traveling public and boarders. He flatters himself that by having his house well supplied with every thing needed to give satisfaction to his customers, and expects, by his assiduous attention to their wants, and strict attention in keeping good order about his house, will merit and rec eive a liberal share of the patronage of the public. JNO. W. BUMGARDNER. Dec. 9,1853-tf - GH, Dec 23, 1853
EISEMAN, I. L. & CO.
Our Sign: "THE BIG DEMIJOHN."
Look for Our Sign when You Want, Pure Rye and Barley Malt Whisky, Wines, & c., We Guarantee Our Goods, Five Full Measure, and Sell at Distillery Prices. Special Attention given to Mail Orders. I. L. Eiseman & Co., 319 Ninth St., Huntington, W. Va. -CR Oct 26, 1899, pg.4
ELLIOTT, W. J.
W. J. ELLIOTT,
UPHOLSTER
And General Work,
LACE CURTAINS A SPECIALTY.
No. 420 Eighth Street,
HUNTINGTON, W. VA. -CR, Thurs, Mar 8, 1900, pg.7
ELTING SIGN CO., THE
DAY & ELTING, Props., Illuminated Day and Night Signs, Relief Signs, Electric Signs, Manufactured Letters of all Kinds, Cloth Work, Carriage Painting, Rubber Tire Work Quickly Exceu, Champion Gas Signs, Brass Signs, Changing Color Signs, Etching, Enameling, Embossing, House Painting, HUNTINGTON, W. VA., Corner 4th Ave. and 11th St. -HD, Nov 3, 1904
ERWIN, A. J.
-see Brown, J. M.
FLESHER, Ira E. & CO.
Tin and Slate Roofing, House Spouting, Sheet Metal Work, Huntington, W. VA., 638 Fourth Avenue, Phone 202 -PHCD, 1910
FOUNTAIN DRUG STORE
When in Huntington call on Our Old Home Boy, Will S. Vinson, AT THE, Fountain Drug Store, 330 Ninth Street., Complete Line of Drugs and Sundries. -CR Oct 26, 1899, pg5
FOX, Sam
Sam Fox, TAILOR, Suits to Order, $18.00 up. Pants to Order, $5.00 up. Everything New and Up-to-Date. 1019 Third Ave. -HA, Jul 18, 1901
FUNK, Harry
Harry Funk, DEALER IN Brandies, Wines, Whiskies, TOBACCO and CIGARS, Cincinnati Lager Beer, Ale, Porter, and Mineral Waters. 3d Ave, between 8th & 9th Sts, Huntington, W.Va. -CE, Sep 20, 1881
GALLAHER DRUG CO.
Gallaher Drug Co., 914 Fourth Avenue, J. Frank Gallaher, founder. -HD, Jun 23, 1953
HARVEY, R. T. & CO.
-see Weil's Clothing House
HOLTZWARTH, R. H.
R. H. HOLTZWARTH, PLUMBLING and HEATING, Contractor and Supplies, 311 Eleventh St., Phone 807. -PHCD, 1910, pg.152
HOWELL, Henry
MILTON BARBER, Henry Howell. Firstclass Shaving and Hair Cutting., All Work Guaranteed., Shaving 10 cts. Hair Cutting 15 cts., Shop on Goodwin corner, B. L. Perry's Old Stand. -CR, Oct 26, 1899, pg.4
HUNTINGTON CHINA COMPANY
Corner 16th Street & 10th Avenue, Huntington, W.Va. -Submitted by Linda Haney
JOHNSTON UNDERTAKING COMPANY
Johnston Undertaking Co.
James E. Johnston, Manager
918-920 4th Ave.   Bell Tel 169   Residence, 1144 6th Ave. -PHCD, 1910, pg.177
JUSTICE INN
JUSTICE INN
Noted Over Southern West Virginia
as the Home of
FAMOUS CHICKEN DINNERS
1201 Main Street                  Phone 32
Milton, West Va.
-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
KAHN, B.
-see Weil's Clothing House
KIRBY, G. C.
G. C. Kirby, THE BARBER, Up-to-Date, SHAVING 10 cts. HAIR CUTTING 15 cents., Shop on South Side Main Street, Opp. C. & O. Depot, MILTON, W. Va., YOU ARE INVITED TO CALL. -CR Oct 26, 1899, pg 5
LAIDLEY, A. *(Albert)
LUMBER! LUMBER!, A. LAIDLEY having erected one of the very best saw mills in this section of the county, 3 miles South of South Landing, Cabell county, Va., in the midst of a large tract of Timber Land, is prepared to deliver on the bank of the Ohio, on short notice, to fill any bill that may be ordered for Poplar, White Oak, Yellow Pine, Beech or Sugar Tree Lumber, at the usual prices. Address A. LAIDLEY
{Ironton Register Copy}
N.B.--Corn will be ground for the neighborhood every Wednesday and Saturday. A L. -GH, Dec 23, 1853
LEWIS, C. R. *(Charles)
C. R. LEWIS, Attorney and Nortary, DEALER IN REAL ESTATE., Office South of the Baptist Church, MILTON, W. VA. - CR, Apr 28, 1898
LOCKE, J. R.
-see Sampson Roberts
LUNSFORD, E. C.
-see People Barber Shop
McCOLM, John D.
John D. McColm, Monuments and Markers, Selling $25,000 Stock At Wholesale Prices, Factory 135 Twentieth Street, Phone 538. -HD, March 22, 1922
McCULLOUGH, Frank F.
-see Thompson & McCullough
MEDFORD, Thomas
Thomas Medford, Manufacturer of and Wholesale Dealer in TINWARE, GLASSWARE, AND QUEENSWARE. Also Dealer in STOVES and CUTLERY, Nails and Bar Iron, BRASS and COPPER Kettles. Third Avenue, Huntington, W.Va. -CE, Sep 20, 1881
MERCHANTS HOTEL
Throughly Re-Fitted and Newly Furnished,
THE
MERCHANTS HOTEL,
Corner Ninth St. and Second Avenue,
HUNTINGTON, W. VA.
KING'S RESTAURANT PEOPLE,
Proprietors and Managers.
MEALS, 15c Lodging, 15c and 25c. -CR, Thurs, Mar 8, 1900, pg.7
METROPOLITAN HOTEL
Go To The METROPOLITAN HOTEL, Ice cold Beer, Wines and Liquors of all kinds. Fine lunches served every night., F. S. Weymouth, Manager. -HA, Aug 15, 1901
MILTON DRUE STONE
MILTON DRUG
STORE

J. W. Wilson, Ph.G., Prop.

MILTON, WEST VA

-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
MILTON LIVERY SALES
AND
Feed Stable., Good outfits kept constantly on hand., W. M. Sanford, Prop., MILTON, W. VA. -MS, Thurs., March 2, 1893
MILTON STAR
MILTON STAR, M. M. BALLENTINE, Editor and Publisher. MILTON, W.Va. -MS, Thurs., March 2, 1893
MONUMENT and MARBLE WORKS
MONUMENT and MARBLE WORKS, F. F. SWANSON, Dealer in, Tombstones, Monuments, And Artistic Decoration., All Kinds of Cemetery Work at Low Prices., Address orders to F. F. Swanson, Huntington, W. Va. -CR Oct 26, 1899, pg.5
MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY
The friendly and favorable attitude of the public toward the Hupmobile is a fitting reward for a car which gives continuous service at unusually low cost.
MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY (Incorporated)
Salesroom and Office, Corner Fourth Ave. and Eleventh St., Telephone 929
W. H. KINCAID, Manager
Vilas Clutter, Sales Manager
Service Station and Stock Room 1025 Court St., Telephone 4752.
B. M. GRAY, Service
LLOYD TITUS, Parts Dept. -HD, Jun 24, 1921
NORTHCOTT-TATE-HAGY CO.
High Class Tailors, 926-928 Fourth Avenue. -PHCD, 1910
PEOPLE BARBER SHOP
PEOPLE!
Go to the
PEOPLE BARBER SHOP
For Your Hair Cuts
25 Cents
E. C. LUNSFORD
Milton, W. Va.

-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
PERRY, J. M.
J. M. Perry, Dealer in, Fresh Meat and Sausage, Groceries, Produce, Cigars., Parrish Block, MILTON, W. Va. -CR Apr 28, 1898
PITTSBURG DISTILLING COMPANY
Pittsburg Distilling Co., Fine Whiskies, Brandies, Gins, Wines and Beers, At the Distillery's Prices. Fine Bowling Alley in connection. 848 Third Avenue, Huntington, W. VA. Cain Adkins, Manager. -CR, Thurs, Oct 26, 1899, pg.4
PRICE'S BLACKSMITH SHOP
Hawkins Building, opp. Kand Block, MILTON, W. VA., Blacksmithing and Repair Work of All Kinds, Horseshoeing a Specialty., I am better prepaired than ever to do good work promptly. Give me a call. -CR, Thurs, Apr 28, 1898
PUTHUFF & TERRELL
MILLINERY, To close out our stock of Trimmed Hats, a great reductions of prices is made, PUTHUFF & TERRELL, 811 THIRD AVENUE, Opera Block. -HA, Jul 16, 1901
ROBERTS, SAMP *(Sampson)
Watch Repairing
by
J. R. LOCKE
at
Samp Roberts Radio
Shop
Milton           Pike St.

-The Miltonian, Vol. 4 - No. 9, May, 1932
ROETTING
THE DRUGGIST, For Clean, Fresh Drugs. 1005 Third Avenue, Huntington, W. Va. -CR, Thurs, May 10, 1900, pg.3
ROOT, E. A.
E. A. Root,
Jeweler and Optician,
Dealer in
Watches, Clocks, Silver
AND OPTICAL GOODS.
315 Ninth Street, Huntington, W. VA. -CR, Thurs, Mar 8, 1900, pg.7
ROWSEY HOUSE
The Rowsey House, is new, neat and
commodious, the table always supplied
with the best the market affords.
Good sample room. Terms Low.
South and opposite Depot.
Mrs. Ellen Rowsey, Prop'ss. -MS, Thurs., March 2, 1893

1887 -J. N. Rowsey was granted a permit to keep a hotel on lot #6 on South Main Street, Milton, W. Va.

SAFORD, J. M.
BUGGIES, Sold by J. M. SAFORD, ONA, W. Va., Best Buggies on Earth Best, Prices. Everything Guaranteed., Samples on hand., Call and Examine. CR, Thurs, May 10, 1900, pg.3
SEARLS, E. A.
The E. A. SEARLS Co., Coal and Gas Stoves and Ranges, Furniture, Carpets and House Furnishing, 421-423 Ninth Street. -PHCD, 1910
SMITH, D. Morg
Reliable Liquor Store!, D. MORG SMITH, Corne Third Ave. and Eighth St., Huntington, W. Va., Pure Liquors, Wines, AND BRANDIES, The Jug Trade a Specialty. -CR, Thurs, Jan 18, 1900
SUTTON, John R.
JOHN R. SUTTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Cabell Court House, Virginia, Will practice in the County and Circuit Courts of CABELL, WAYNE, PUTNAM and MASON Counties.
Punctual attendance will be given in all matters entrusted to his care.
Refer to -R. L. MONTAGUE Esq., Middlesex Co., Va., Messrs, COPRON & GWYN, and CAMILLUS KIDDER, Bowly Wharf, Baltimore, Md. October 28, 1853-no30tf. -GH, Dec 23, 1853
SWANN, E. & Co.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever" is the usual remark as the tired, thirsty man steps into the FLORENTINE BAR, You see, it is all new, perfect in finish and appointments and to "Liquids"--well you have to try them to appreciate.
E. SWANN & Co. Proprietors.
SWENTZEL'S
Livery and Feed Stables., Pike Street, MILTON, W. VA., Good Rigs on Short Notice, Drummers' Conveyances a Specialty. -CR, Apr 28, 1898

UNDERTAKING!
SWENTZEL'S
Undertaking Rooms,
MILTON, W. VA.
Coffins, Caskets, Burial Robes,
In great variety, and at
Reasonable Prices. -CR, June 23, 1898, pg.3

TERRELL
-see Puthuff & Terrell
THOMPSON & McCULLOUGH *(Cameron L. Thompson)
C. L. THOMPSON      F. F. McCULLOUGH,
Thompson & McCullough, FIRE INSURENCE, We are agents for the Citizens Trust & Guarantee Co., and will furnish bonds for state, county, city and district officers and all officers of commissioners of the courts., 313 Ninth Street, Huntington, W. Va. 354 -HA, July 23, 1901
TURNER, T. C.
Livery and Sale Stable, T. C. TURNER, (9th St. opposite Merchants Hotel) FIRST CLASS Horses, Buggies, & Carriages TO HIRE. Horses broken by careful drivers and experienced trainers. Ample accommodations for a large number of horses with plenty of food and water in the yard. HORSES KEPT AT LIVERY. Particular attention given to Drovers at reasonable prices. Open day and night. Give me a call. Huntington, W.Va. -CE, Sep 20, 1881
WEIL'S CLOTHING HOUSE
REMOVAL! REMOVAL!, We will continue our Closing out Sale, AT COST, until Oct. 1st, when we remove into Room now occupied by R. T. Harvey & Co's Hardware Store N W. Corner 3d Ave. & 10th Street.
M. Weil's Clothing House, HUNTINGTON, W.VA., B. KAHN, MANAGER. -CE, Sep 20, 1881
WHEELER, E., Pharmacy
E. Wheeler's Pharmacy., No. 1005 Third Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia, New Stock. Prescriptions Carefully & Promptly Compounded, Fine line of Toilet Articles, Perfumery. -CR Oct 26, 1899, pg.4
WHEELER, J. C.
J. C. WHEELER, REAL ESTATE AGENT, Guyandotte, Virginia. WILL attend promptly to all business relating to buying or selling lands, paying taxes, redeeming and sold for taxes, drafting deeds, deeds of trust &c. Fees moderate. Dec. 3, 1853 -GH, Dec 23, 1853
WILSON, J. W.
J. W. WILSON, BARBER & HAIRDRESSER, Special attention given to hair cutting, dying, shampooing and shaving. Terms strictly cash. My motto is "clean towels, sharp razors, and clean shave." BARBOURSVILLE, W.VA. -GH, Sep 20, 1881
WIPPEL, Peter
P. WIPPEL, Next door to Post Office, does a general, Boot and Shoe REPAIRING, Business Workmanship is of the best. Prices always reasonable. -HA, Jul 16, 1901
Wippel Peter, 830 3d av and 416 9th. -PHCD, 1910


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