100 years ago in Redlands: Cope Commercial Co. buys Redlands Hardware & Stove Co.

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The Cope Commercial Co. ran this ad in the Redlands Daily Facts announcing its purchase of the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company the day of the sale, Aug. 31, 1920. (Redlands Daily Facts)

Aug. 31, 1920

Cope Company buys big store

One of the largest business deals ever made in Redlands was consummated in record time this morning when, a short time after the first approach had been made, the hardware stock of the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company had been sold by Charles H. Hersee, the owner, to the E.M. Cope Commercial Company. The deal was for a stock valued at about $50,000.

Mr. Hersee, who recently bough the interests of John C. Sering and Dale A. Chilson in the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company, has other interests, to which he wanted to give his attention. The store was placed on the market and within a short time an offer was made to the Cope Commercial Company. That company, learning of the utter impossibility of replacing the stock destroyed by fire under five or six months, this morning accepted the offer and the deal was completed. Mr. Hersee has not announced just what interests he has in view, but his many friends here hope that he will remain in Redlands.

The stocks of the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company and the Cope Commercial Company will be combined and the result will be one of the largest in Southern California. There was quite an amount of hardware and builders’ supplies saved from the big fire and the stock of the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company has been a most complete one. Edward M. Cope will directly manage the business and it will be conducted under the same equable and generous manner in which the Cope Commercial Company has always done business.

An enlargement of the stock is planned, even with the combination of the two stocks, and there will be nothing in the way of hardware, building and allied interest not carried in the big store. The business will be conducted at the Redlands Hardware & Stove Company place of business on Orange Street.

The combined staffs of the two stores will be used and up to the minute service will be the aim of the company. It will be a progressive and going business in every sense of the word.

The transfer of the business will be made tomorrow.

Aug. 31, 1920

Call Main 32 for election returns

The polls for the primary election today do not close until 7 o’clock tonight.

For information as to returns, call Main 32 any time after 8 o’clock tonight. There will be nothing gained in calling earlier, for the polls do not close until 7 and there will be no returns in before.

The vote is fairly heavy throughout the city, and much interest has been shown in some of the contests.

Aug. 31, 1920

Big new light in Bear Valley

Sojourners in the Big Bear Valley country recently have had their attention attracted to a weird and mysterious night light. There were many conjectures as to what might be the cause of the illumination, and everything from a forest fire to a falling star has been suggested. All guesses were wrong, however, as the fact is the light was artificial illumination for work being done by a motion picture company from the Ince Studios.

When the identity of the light is revealed the question naturally arises as to what is its source. The light is generated direct by an apparatus mounted on a Mack truck, which was driven to the Big Bear region expressly for that purpose. The Mack truck is of 3½-ton capacity, and the lighting equipment consists of a six-cylinder Seagrave engine, a special radiator, a huge generator, switchboard and the necessary wiring. The weight of the equipment is something in excess of four tons, and all of it is bolted down onto the frame of the Mack chassis.

Sept. 1, 1920

Biggin is elected supervisor at primary

Tuesday’s primary election brought out only about 30% of the registered vote of Redlands, but those who did turn out had a part in settling several of the contests, thus taking them out of the November election This was true of the race for county supervisor from the Third (Redlands) District, George S. Biggin being elected over A.E. Brock by a majority of 228 votes. This will mean that Biggin’s name will appear alone on the ballot in the November election and his election then is assured.

Sept. 3, 1920

Colvin speaks in Redlands

Dr. D. Leigh Colvin, the Prohibition candidate for Vice President, was here at noon today and made a short talk from the automobile in which he is touring Southern California, at the corner of State and Orange streets. About 200 persons heard him.

Sept. 3, 1920

Birthday party great success

Manager C.B. Yost of the Majestic Theater had the biggest birthday party of his life yesterday, when he entertained more than 700 children of Redlands at his theater with a special matinee. Mr. Yost has for several years entertained the children with a matinee party on his birthday but never did he have a more successful or more largely attended party. He even had difficulty in taking care of all of his guests, but the little tots helped by sitting two in a seat in some cases and several of the boys found seats on the floor in front.

The children were delighted with their entertainment and several of them surprised their host with gifts of flowers and cards. The pictures shown were “Scratch My Back” and a fine Hank Mann comedy, “Broken Bubbles.” In a brief talk Mr. Yost impressed upon his guests proper conduct for the theaters and all promised that they would never again disturb others by whistling during a show. He promised them another party on his next birthday and invited all of them to attend.

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