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May 14, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry

© 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.

May 14, 1904: For two weeks the St. Louis World’s Fair had been attracting thousands of visitors. People from Appanoose County had a special reason to attend. Israel, the 11 year old son of Max and Ethel Futoransky, was a national typing sensation. He was invited to exhibit his talents at the Fair. Israel could type 135 words a minute, maintain the speed without marks on the keys and with his eyes closed. His parents were Russian immigrants. They opened the Centerville Grocery and Wall Paper Supply House on the west side of the Square. It was the story of the Jews in Centerville. Their businesses were flourishing. There were seven on the Square. On the Levee there were five more. One, on the corner of Elm Street, was the pop factory of Hyman Chapman, another immigrant from Russia. The plant produced 35 different flavors of soft drinks. The business increased its output 10 times in less than 20 years.

Every day workers packed 4,800 bottles into 200 wooden cases. They were delivered by cart to the railroad depots for distribution to surrounding towns and cities. (179)

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