Thanks to Fred Kelso for submitting these articles from 1914-1930

  1. NEW INDUSTRIES FORMED IN MISSISSIPPI
    The Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald    May 20, 1913


    Pinehurst Hotel Company, Laurel, capitalized at $40,000; W.B.Rogers, A.A.Edwards, W.F.Rumble and others.
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  2. MISSISSIPPI ITEMS
    The Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald    September 17, 1914


    The first house ever erected in this city was destroyed Tuesday. It was a pine log affair on Maple Street, occupied by Negroes. It was built thirty years ago, when Laurel consisted of merely a saw mill.

    There were over 2,000 attendants at the opening of the city schools. The enrollment is expected to reach 4,000. The new Pinehurst Hotel, with 100 rooms, has been completed.
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  3. NEW HOTEL IS OPENED
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune    November 5, 1914


    Laurel Citizens Sit At Grown-In-Mississippi Banquet
    Special to The Times-Picayune
    Laurel, Miss, November 4, 1914 – Nearly four hundred guests were present last evening when Hotel Pinehurst was opened with a “grown in Mississippi” dinner, prepared and served by the ladies of the Episcopal Church under the auspices of the Laurel Commercial Club. The dinner was arranged for competition for the handsome silver cup by a well-known Jackson jeweler, donated through the State Department of Agriculture. The city which distances the showing made by Laurel last evening will have to score high. The menu was excellent, consisting entirely of edibles collected from the farms of Mississippi, and was faultlessly served. All of the 103 members of the Commercial Club were present, and this alone counts for 30 per cent in the competition for the cup. As the event marked the opening of Laurel’s handsome new hotel, the Pinehurst, which has just been completed at a cost of more than $100,000, Manager Pontaine aided materially in making the event a success, and was accorded a resolution of thanks by the Commerical Club for his interest in the affair.
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  4. ARCHITECT CHOSEN FOR LAUREL’S NEW THEATRE
    The Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald    March 18, 1926


    Laurel, Miss, March 18 – Emile Weil of New Orleans has been chosen architect for the new theatre which will be erected at the rear of the Pinehurst Hotel, at a cost of approximately $80,000. L.W. Duffee of Laurel is to be associated with Mr. Weil in drawing of the the plans. The building, which will seat approximately 1000 people, will have an entrance throught the new annex of the hotel, which is now under contruction.
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  5. CONTRACT AWARDED FOR LAUREL’S NEW THEATRE
    The Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald    June 14, 1926


    Laurel, June 14 – The Norman Construction Company of Laurel was awarded the contract for the erection of the new theatre building for the Strand Amusement Company, which will be constructed at the rear of the Hotel Pinehurst annex. The playhouse will have a seating capacity of 1000 persons, tiled and marble lobbies, a steel projecting room, monster pipe organ and typhoon cooling system. The amount of the winning bid was $52,000 for the building. The plant when completed and fully equipped will cost in the neighborhood of $100,000. Emile Weil, Inc., New Orleans architects, drew the plans. L.W. Duffee of Laurel is associate architect.
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  6. BODENHAMER URGES UNIVERSAL SERVICE IN ADDRESS
    The Biloxi-Gulfport Daily Herald    November 25, 1929


    Laurel, Miss, Nov. 25 – The American Legion will urge the adoption by Congress this winter of the resolution looking toward passage of the universal service law. O.L. Bodenhamer, national commander of the legion, said this in an address here today following a luncheon given in his honor by the Marvin E. Stainton post of the American Legion.

    The luncheon was attended by Legionnaires from other posts in the section of Mississippi, the local Legion Auxiliary and members of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, who arranged their own luncheons to be with chief of the veterans.

    Commander Bodenhamer arrived in Laurel at 9 o’clock this morning and participated in a conference of Legionnaires from South Mississippi at the Arabian Theatre before noon. He was the honored guest of the consolidated luncheon of veterans and civic clubs, and the public was invited to hear his address immediately thereafter in the auditorium of the Y.W.C.A.
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  7. THEATRE MANAGERS INDICTED AT LAUREL
    The Huntsville Daily Times    October 12, 1930


    Laurel, Miss Oct 11 – Officers of the Strand Amusement Company, operators of the Strand and Arabian Theatres, motion picture houses, have been indicted on three counts each for operation of the two theatres on Sunday, by the grand jury which has made its final report to Judge W. Joe Pack in circuit court here. Those indicted are Charles Green, Ben Schneider and W.S. Taylor. The theatres have been operated without charge on Sunday for several weeks.

    Numerous other violations of the Sunday laws were brought to the attention of the grand jury, but no other indictments were made. This was explained in the grand jury report in the following words:

    “We have had a great amount of evidence before us as to the violation of the Sabbath day, and it is alarming to every member of this grand jury of the growing spirit among the people and even the Christian people, to disregard, set aside and desecrate Sunday. We have returned a few indictments, but we had evidence of over seventy violations of the Sunday law. But of our motion, and without the advice or suggestion on the part of any person or attorney, have referred these seventy or eighty cases to the county court, to the justice of peace court and to the mayor’s court, where they can be handled, tried and disposed of with speed and without much cost to the tax payers.”
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