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Picturing the Past 101: Rotarians and the Dixie Hotel

Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 11:44 AM

Shelbyville Rotarians in front of the Dixie Hotel in 1922 or 1923. (Submitted photo)
These members of Shelbyville Rotary Club were standing outside the Dixie Hotel on the Shelbyville square in 1922 or 1923.

From left, standing, are Albert Thomas, M.B. "Pete" King, Ulric W. Gunter, Frank B. Shapard, Rev. W.P. Crouch, E.B. Reed, W.P. Cooper, Dr. T.R. Ray, H.B. Cowan, A.B. McGill, (anyone noticed that in so many old photos people are identified only by initials?), Eustace Williams, James Aleck Tate, Elijah C. Huffman, club president Howard B. Shofner, H.P. Adams, Weakley Ruth, York P. Nicholson, E.B. McGrew and A. Bain Stewart. Kneeling are E.B. Maupin Sr. and J.O. Fly.

Many of these Rotarians' names are still recognizable to even younger people today, and many have descendants living in Bedford County.

It appears that the old hotel, even that many years ago, had already seen better days. Looks like an awning's falling down on a lower right side window.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Thanks David. That is history, and a picture that I had never seen before.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:56 AM

Now I remember that old hotel. I always thought the lobby was a work of art and it was always like stepping back in time whenever I walked in there.I believe it was demolished when I was about 20 years old. I've always heard that the heavily carved bar in the dining room/lounge brought a pretty penny when they held the auction. Another great pic David!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 12:08 AM

On Nov. 7 1959 a very nice lady from Simmons Jewelry invited me to have lunch with her at the Dixie Hotel. We had a very nice lunch and were getting ready to leave when a group of people up front were getting excited about something on the radio. We checked it out and found out Tennessee was playing LSU.The lady said she was going back to work and I could listen to the game if I wanted to. LSU had won 17 games so this was a big one with Billy Cannon as their star and the Chinese Bandits defense. Tennessee won the game 14-13 when Cannon failed the two point try, and I'm sure we were heard all over the square. I kept in touch with the lady and a few years later went back and bought a ring from her. Good Memories.

-- Posted by Cal t on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 3:16 PM

And the full res version...


-- Posted by Chad O on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 3:16 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.