Friday, May 14, 2021

Bootleg Antiques welcomes Al Capone and other bootleggers to Columbia

Al Capone has returned to Columbia, at least in photographic form. Bootleg Antiques, at 135 Bridge Street, is currently displaying images of Capone and other bootleggers in its first floor windows. Also hanging there are fellow Depression-era gangsters John Dillinger and "Baby Face" Nelson. Like Capone, Nelson was involved in bootlegging, and Dillinger may have been also, since he was partners with Nelson at one point.

Legend has it that Capone was a frequent visitor to Columbia in the 1920s and 30s, when the town was known by some as "Little Chicago."

Friday, May 7, 2021

John W. "Bum" Klinestever is laid to rest

John W. "Bum" Klinestever

Several dozen family members, firefighters, and others gathered for a graveside service at Holy Trinity Cemetery this morning to pay their respects to John W. "Bum" Klinestever, who passed away on May 1, 2021. Ladder truck arches and a U.S. Flag were set up at the 10th Street cemetery entrance in tribute. Klinestever held the positions of chief, president, vice president and most recently trustee of the fire department. His obituary is HERE.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fire fries car on Chestnut Street this morning


The CBFD responded to a car fire on the 500 block of Chestnut Street this morning and quickly extinguished the blaze.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Midweek Update (Wednesday, May 5, 2021)

Workers removed a damaged steeple at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Tuesday:

Cargo plane into the clouds today. . .

It was a foggy morning on Tuesday:

More movement by ECS at the McGinness property on Monday and Tuesday:

James Cox flew his plane over the town on Monday:

Inspection on the Wrights Ferry Bridge today:

Canada Geese on the River Park boat ramp today:

Level Up's sign is up:

It appears to be the same one they used in Marietta:

The borough will hold a hearing on May 25 to consider approval of Level Up's liquor license.

Looks like the Manor Street School bell tower is being painted:

Ghost sign at Gorman Distributors (12th & Manor):

Formerly Colonial Metals:

Hemp fibers at Floyd's of Leadville:

Poking through at the bridge plaza: