From our archives: Great news – shoe factory returns
What we thought: 100 years ago
Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph on Dec. 10, 1913.
Up to citizens
to fulfill pledge
The Citizens’ Association has pledged itself to deliver to the Brown Shoe company of St. Louis $10,000 to apply on the purchase price of the local factory. The company, acting on that pledge, has moved to Dixon. They are even now equipping the old Watson-Plummer factories for operation and within a short time will be employing a large number of men and women, in fact as large a number as they can secure.
It is now up to the citizens of Dixon to fulfill their pledge, which they will gladly do.
Dixon is not giving anything away. It is simply buying something and buying it cheap. It is no exaggeration to state that nothing has occurred in this city since the “old shoe factory days” that has meant so much to the prosperity of the city as the purchase [by] the Brown Shoe company of the plants here that have been empty so long.
We have been longing for and dreaming of the time when those old days would come back. They are here. We are surely willing to pay the small price asked and that, mind you, has been promised.
Some of our citizens will benefit more from the factory than others. We all have patriotism enough, it is hoped, to want Dixon to prosper, whether our bank account is enlarged or not. Those whom it will help the most should pay the most.
Property interests will probably show the greatest material benefit. The public utilities companies, such as the gas, light and street car companies, the water company and the telephone company, will realize a great benefit, for they do not or will not have competition. They have franchises, and whatever business is brought to the city by its growth, in their several lines, will go entirely to them.
All business will be benefited, however, and he who is afraid of competition shows a poor spirit indeed.
The investment is a safe one because if the Brown Shoe company is willing to invest fifty thousand or more dollars in buildings here and twenty thousand in machinery, the ten thousand the merchants invest will be safe from any fear of cessation of business on the part of that company. They are a wealthy, prosperous concern and are investing their money here to make shoes.
Everyone in Dixon should do his share.
The sweetest words of tongue or pen:
The shoe factory is going to start again.
And now that the deal has been closed – as readers of the Telegraph learned exclusively – a lot of eager people will wait for the sound of that old familiar whistle.
One pleasing feature of the transaction is that while other cities are complaining of slack conditions and retrogression, Dixon has been steadily advancing the past two years, and yesterday’s good news is but a fitting climax for the progress of 1913.
New business houses, enlarged hospital, a lot of new pavement and macadam, contracts let for seven new sewers, an auto fire truck and the reopening of the shoe factory. Certainly it’s going to be a merry Christmas.
Plan municipal Christmas tree
Dixon is to have a “Municipal Christmas Tree” for all the children in the city, if the plans of certain residents mature.
The idea of a municipal Christmas tree originated with an Eastern woman and was a success in her town and brought so much joy to the little children that other cities are adopting the idea. Dixon people who are interested have decided that they would like to have one in Dixon, and they are now working on the plan.
The “tree” will be located out of doors on the northwest corner of the court house yard, and each night during holiday week, the choirs of the city will sing Christmas carols around it, and with their hearty cooperation, the success of the plan seems assured. They plan to have a band concert one evening.
Their Christmas challenge to the city is that the good cheer and fellowship of Christmas must be kept in our hearts throughout the year and the remembrance of the carols and the happy Christmas must cheer us as in olden times.
Hints to brides
Dixon girls who expect to get married during the holidays are offered the following suggestions:
It is well to send out invitations along about this time, as it is best to prepare your friends in time, for when they receive invitations late, say only a week before the wedding, they are often out of funds, and the gifts would not be as costly or as numerous as if the “bids” are sent in plenty of time.
The first part of December is a good time to have showers, and if you can keep ’em going until after the holidays, you may receive after Christmas a lot of gifts that others have found useless, and the chances are you won’t have to buy anything for several months.