Currently, a “block” in town means the section of town between two streets. In the late 1800s and early 1900s when one heard a new “block” was being constructed in town, the reference was to a building containing a block or group of two or more businesses. For example, in 1887 the C. H. Knight Block was constructed with three businesses on the ground floor and seven office spaces on the second floor. The three businesses in the C. H. Knight Block were the BRATTIN Jewelry Store, The Bee Hive (a shop where ladies’ dresses were made to order), and Union Billard Hall.
Prior to becoming the location for the C. H. Knight Block, a hotel stood on the southeast corner of Main Street and Franklin Street, in Brazil, Indiana. J. G. ACKELMIRE purchased the hotel and moved it to a vacant lot on Sherman Street, where he converted it into a residence.
Today the former C. H. Knight Block building houses Lynn’s Pharmacy.
The stone to the left was found in a flowerbed in Indianapolis. It is from a the top of a building known as the Geo. A. Knight Block, located on the south side of National Avenue in Brazil, Indiana. The stone has been donated by the current owner to the Clay County Historical Society. It will be on display in their museum at 100 E National Avenue. There is also a Knight Street, which is one block south of Jackson Street from Depot Street west to the First Christian Church on U.S. Highway 40 west of Brazil. Read more about George A. Knight.
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2014 is winding down and soon fall will be here. Most festivals and county fairs are done for the year but there are still a few events on the calendar.
The Annual Saline City Labor Day Picnic is scheduled to begin this weekend on Aug 30. Always a good time there with lots going on and lots of Clay County people serving up some wonderful food and entertainment. The Saline City Picnic first started back in the 1930’s be sure and stop in this year for a good time.
Center Point Fall Festival: Saturday, September 13th. Festivities begin at noon with lunch. Ham and Beans are served all day. Pappy’s Barbque will provide the evening meal. Free will offerings are accepted for all meals.
Celebrate Poland on Saturday September 13th and 14th. Festivities begin at 10:00 AM at the Poland Lions Club Park in Poland. Come to Poland and enjoy food concessions, crafts, flea market items, Live music, weavers, blacksmith, and Bubbles the clown. On Sunday the 14th, guest speaker Mike LUNDSFORD will be speaking at the Poland Chapel at 2:00 PM. Ice Cream will be hosted by Zion United Church of Christ at the Poland Chapel after the presentation. Read more on the town of Poland.