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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 1, 2016

By Bill Kombol

The Franklin company store was once featured in an artist’s drawing from an 1887 promotional flyer which even listed the names of the storekeeper, cashier, and clerks.

The Franklin company store was once featured in an artist’s drawing from an 1887 promotional flyer which even listed the names of the storekeeper, cashier, and clerks.

This photo was taken inside the Franklin company store, but neither the date nor the two persons have been identified. In popular culture, the “company store” has been disparaged in song lyrics (“I owe my soul to the company store”) and by perceptions that it was a monopolistic institution whose sole purpose was gouging workers. However, the reality was somewhat different. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 2, 2016

By Bill Kombol

This photo was taken inside the Franklin railway station in September 1909. Telegrapher John Greggs is seated at the front desk with an unknown associate to his right.

This photo was taken inside the Franklin railway station. Telegrapher John Greggs is seated at the front desk with an unknown associate to his right.

Today’s population has little comprehension of the world that existed before the advent of modern communication. A century ago life in a remote coal mining town such as Franklin was carried on without telephone, radio, or television, and certainly no texts or internet. (more…)

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