Picturing The Past: Royal Café Has Become Lily T Clothing Company


January 7, 2019

The young men pictured are identified as Walter Whitmire, Luther Cooper and Tommy Whitmire. However, Tommy Whitmire was only 9-years-old when his brother, Walter, died in 1919. It is more likely the young man on the right is Roland or Rush Whitmire. They would have been 17 and 15 years of age, respectively, in 1915. (Courtesy photo)

This week's featured photograph dates to the second decade of the 20th century and was likely taken around 1915. Although the image does not include enough of the building to definitively identify where it was located, the architectural details around the door and windows are very similar to the section of the McMinn building, where the Lily T Clothing Company is today.

A search of the Sylvan Valley News revealed the first mention of the Royal Café in a paragraph on May 24, 1912. However, the business actually got its start 17 months earlier when Spurgeon Osborne opened the Royal Lunch...

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