The Mann Hardware Company, wholesale and retail, with a capital of $50,000, was formally organized in Greenwood on Thursday of last week, and the firm will be ready for business about October 1st next. A $10,000 building will be constructed on the corner of Howard and Washington streets, where the old blacksmith shop formally stood, and it will be one of the most modern and complete hardware houses in the State of Mississippi when completed. The officers elected at the organization are as follows: George A. Wilson, President, Ben L. Jones, vice-president, W. W. McNeill, secretary and treasurer and J. E. Mann, manager; Directors: J. E. Mann, W.W. McNeill, Geo. A. Wilson, W. T. Chapman and Samuel J. Stein. The firm's new building will be 2½ stories high and an ornament to the city. The firm is composed of a number of the city and county's best and most progressive businessmen and its success is a forgone conclusion. A general wholesale and retail hardware business will be transacted.
Just north of the hardware firm's proposed building, Mr. Samuel J. Stein has let the contract for the erection of a new 2½ story hotel building, which will be occupied and conducted by Mr. Joe Stein. The new hotel will have fourteen handsomely furnished rooms, two modern dining rooms and will be run on the European plan. Greenwood is growing so rapidly and steadily that she is in need of additional hotel accommodations, and the new hotel will not be completed too early to meet the growing demands in this line. The two new building will be quite an addition to the appearance of Howard Street, and we wish for the owners of the same that success which their splendid enterprise and progressive spirit deserves.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, July 5, 1901
Plans have been let by Sam J. Stein for the erection of a first-class restaurant and hotel to be occupied by Joe Stein September 1. There will be two dining rooms, one private. The cuisine to be thoroughly metropolitan and the service in every way high class. There will be 14 rooms for guests.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, July 5, 1901
Mr. Joe Stein moved into his new quarters, Tuesday, a fine 3 story building next to the corner of Howard and Washington streets. While the interior is not wholly finished and the decorations in place, still one can get an idea of its beauty and thoroughness even as it is. Mr. Stein will certainly have a finely equipped hotel and restaurant in all its details and his enterprise in enlarging to the extent that he has, justifies the patronage of a pleased community. Success to him.
From The Enterprise, October 25, 1901
Mr. Joe Stein, proprietor of the Hotel Greenwood, announces that he will soon begin the erection of a handsome sample room on the north side of the main building.
The new addition will be 60x24 feet and handsomely finished throughout.
Mr. Stein says that he is compelled to make the addition in order to accommodate his drummer friends, and that he expects to spare no pains or expense in catering to the traveling public.
The contract for the new structure will be let within the next week or ten days.
From The Commonwealth, May 21, 1904
Mr. W. C. Robbins of Meridian, has bought out Mr. Joe Stein's hotel business and will in future conduct Hotel Greenwood. Mr. Robbins is an affable gentleman, an experienced hotel man, and we hope he will succeed here. Mr. Stein will locate in Chicago at an early date, and engage in business there. His friends here regret to lose him, but wish for him success in the "Windy City".
From The Commonwealth, January 18, 1907
Mr. J. B. Guthrie recently bought the business of Hotel Greenwood and is now in charge of same. Mr. Guthrie has a thorough knowledge of how a good hotel should be conducted and proposes to put that knowledge into practical operation in the management of Hotel Greenwood. He has had the building renovated and is prepared to take proper care of the traveling public. Hotel Greenwood has free sample rooms for drummers, a cottage annex for ladies and is centrally located. Mr. Guthrie will appreciate a share of the public patronage, and guarantees satisfactory treatment to all.
From The Commonwealth, November 1, 1907
Greenwood is to have an up-to-date café, something it has needed for quite a while. The Greenwood Hotel has been leased by the Tuminnellos of Clarksdale, and they will at once open an European plan hotel.
The first floor will be a first class café, where the choicest bills of fare will be served in style. The building will be so arranged as to make it appropriate for a pretty café, and it will no doubt receive a handsome patronage.
With the coming of this hostelry, Greenwood will have three of the best hotels in this part of the state.
From The Commonwealth, March 11, 1910
The European Hotel and restaurant, under the management of Mr. V. Dantone, Jr., has just completed remodeling the old Greenwood Hotel building on Howard Street where things have taken on a much improved and prosperous air.
These people have gone to a big expense to fix things up from a standpoint of good service and beauty and it is very likely that they will draw a good share of the business of the city and transients in both their rooming and restaurant departments.
These gentlemen come to Greenwood from Clarksdale and they think that Greenwood is the finest little city this side of Memphis.
From The Commonwealth, April 22, 1910
The restaurant of Tuminello & Co. at the old Greenwood Hotel, has been closed during the heated term and will be reopened on the first of September, when its owners will give us a first-class café and hotel.
From The Commonwealth, July 22, 1910
The European Hotel and Restaurant closed their doors last week, and the old Greenwood Hotel building is now vacant.
From The Commonwealth, November 4, 1910
The Elks have moved into the upstairs of the Stein hotel building on Howard Street, where they will be domiciled until the new home is erected. H. L. Walden & Co. has the contract for constructing the new home and will begin work on the building at once. It will be one of the handsomest structures of the kind in the State.
From The Commonwealth, November 22, 1912
Mr. S. Barack of St. Louis has rented the old Greenwood Hotel Building and will open a first class Department Store. The building is being remodeled and stacks and stacks of new goods are now arriving. They will have everything in readiness for the opening of the new store on Saturday, October the 4th. See their announcement elsewhere in this issue. The new store will carry a complete line of high grade merchandise for men, women and children and cater to the best trade of this territory. Mr. Frank Abrams, also of St. Louis, is manager of the store here. He has just lately returned from the Northern and Eastern markets where he purchased the stock of goods for the new store. He says that he has bought as high grade lot of Ladies Ready-to-wear, Men's Clothing, hats, shoes, etc., as was ever shown in a Greenwood store and that when the new store is opened the same will be offered to the trade of this territory at the same prices that they can be bought for in big department stores of any large city which is much lower than the people here have been paying. All that he asks is that you come and see this new stock of goods before buying your winter goods. If he does not have the right goods at the right prices, you are under no obligation to buy. Saturday of next week is opening day. Watch for their big announcement.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, September 26, 1913
The Stein Grocery Company, which, by the way, is the largest retail grocery in Mississippi, will move into bigger quarters next month as soon as the same are completed. The old Greenwood Hotel building is being overhauled and remodeled for their use and you will not recognize it as the same place when the workmen finish with it. The stairway will be torn out, windows installed on the side, and an elevator system installed. The whole place will be handsomely fixed up for the reception of the grocery store. Stein Grocery Company buys groceries by the car load and they needed more room. They will occupy all three stories of the building, both the upper stories being used for storage. It will give them more room to handle their large and ever growing grocery business and will be a valuable asset to this business block.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, April 14, 1916
The Stein Grocery Company has moved into their handsome new three story home-the old Greenwood Hotel building-which has been remodeled throughout for this progressive and ever reliable retail grocery firm. In fact, the owners of this staunch establishment have decidedly one of the largest, handsomest and most popular retail grocery stores in the State. It would be a credit to any city, and we congratulate the owners upon acquiring such attractive and modern quarters for their extensive business.
From The Commonwealth, May 19, 1916
Greenwood is to be the domicile of a $100,000.00 wholesale dry goods company, and the stock in same is being rapidly subscribed for by representative citizens and businessmen of the city and county. Messrs. C. R. Crull and W. S. Kenney are the progressive promoters of this splendid business enterprise for our city and county. They are both business men of high class and extensive experience, and the name for the new firm will probably be The Crull-Kenney Dry Goods Company, and these gentlemen are to be in charge of the management of the business. The stock of this proposed wholesale dry goods business is being distributed among ninety-two merchants and planters-only $1000.00 stock being sold to each of 90 subscribers and $5000.00 each to Messrs. Crull and Kenney. The shares of stock are to be issued in denominations of $100.00 each.
The three story brick building on Howard Street, formerly occupied by the Stein Grocery Company, has been leased by Messrs. Crull and Kenney for the home of the new dry goods house, the charter of incorporation is being prepared, and the firm will be ready for business as soon as the charter has been approved and the full amount of the capital stock has been subscribed and paid in cash.
The success of a properly conducted wholesale dry goods house in Greenwood cannot be questioned by anyone. Our location is ideal. We are in the heart of the richest agricultural section in the world. Our people are patriotic almost as a whole in the matter patronizing home institutions. They have given sufficient patronage to make successful our wholesale grocery, hardware and drug firms-and it is a foregoing conclusion that they will likewise support a first-class wholesale dry good house.
Here's to the success of the new wholesale dry goods company.
From The Commonwealth, January 29, 1919
S. M. Harris has acquired the Palace Billiard Parlor from N. J. Harris, and Saturday will move from the present location on Market Street to the former Whittington Dry Goods Home on Howard Street. He will be open for business in the new building Monday morning.
The Palace Billiard Parlor is equipped for six new pocket billiard tables and one "snooker" table. In their new quarters in the "Weiner Building", which is being remodeled and redecorated, Mr. Harris, who is well known here and who has been in the recreation business for many years, expects a big patronage. In announcing this transfer, Mr. Harris said: "I have purchased the entire interest of the "Palace Billiard Parlor", from Mr. N. J. ( Jake ) Harris. Having had past experience in a business of this kind, I am sure that I know how to operate a Billiard Hall so that all will enjoy playing or ´loafing´ with us." I have rented the ´Weiner Building´, next door to Jordan Furniture Co., and as soon as I can make proper repairs and put in some addition equipment, I will move my place to this location. I am sure after moving that I will have one of the best located and best equipped Billiard Parlors in the state, and I assure all that the place will be properly conducted."
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 16, 1928
The Palace Billiard Hall, which last week was acquired by Sam Harris, is now located in its new home on Howard Street in the Weiner Building, which was formerly occupied by the Whittington Dry Goods Company.
The building has been thoroughly redecorated. Handsome lighting fixtures and other necessary changes have made this one of the most attractive places in the city.
New linoleum, paper and paint have worked wonders with this place. A shine parlor has been added, too. This new place is being managed by N. J. ( Jake ) Harris, who has been connected with recreational projects in Greenwood a long time.
The billiard hall opened last Monday afternoon, following its removal from Market Street.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 23, 1928