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Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

C.J. Dunham & Co.

1910 - 1958

 
 
C.J. Dunham & Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, April 9, 2022
1. C.J. Dunham & Co. Marker
Inscription.  
(Successor to Julius Kline's Dry Goods Store)
1892 - 1910

Julius Kline established his dry goods and clothing business around 1892. Destroyed by the 1895 city fire, Kline reopened his business in the adjoining building to the north. In 1902 he hired Charles J. Denham who had recently arrived here from Georgia with his wife Mollie. Denham had worked as store manager for eight years when Kline decided to sell his thriving business. Denham bought the business in March 1910, leased Kline's building and fixtures for a term of five years and renamed it C.J. Denham & Co. In the summer of 1914 Denham purchased this building adjoining the Kline building, from the Indian River State Bank for $4000. The Post Office had occupied this building since the 1890’s, and when it moved to a new location in 1913, Mandaville’s Picture Show moved in and occupied the first floor, and the Western Union Telegraph Office moved the second floor over the picture show. Both relocated in November 1914 to make way for Denham’s new store. Denham contracted J.E. Easterly to build a 50 ft. brick addition onto the east side of this building. The store
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front was replaced with two plate glass display windows and marble. The building front became three floors and the back of the building was two floors. Denham held a stock reduction sale in his old store in January 1915 to make way for new merchandise. A five globe electric street light was installed in front of Denham's new store just in time to provide bright light for the "grand opening" on February 19, 1919, The quality, price and selection of merchandise offered could compare with any city store in the state. C.J. Denham, known statewide in mercantile circles, at various times maintained dry goods stores in Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach and Okeechobee, later selling them to devote more time to his Titusville investments. He died November 1935 after suffering a heart attack, and his wife Mollie managed the business until her death in June 1949. Mollie's brother-in-law, Lee R. Scott was appointed by the court as estate administrator, as there was no will. He became administrator of the store & continued to operate the business, assisted by his wife Sophia, until it was closed and the building sold in 1958.

Sponsored by: Irene & Phil Woodham in memory of Verna Spooner
 
Erected by Irene & Phil Woodham in memory of Verna Spooner.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
C.J. Dunham & Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, April 9, 2022
2. C.J. Dunham & Co. Marker
Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 28° 36.692′ N, 80° 48.451′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on South Washington Avenue (U.S. 1) north of Julia Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 337 S Washington Ave, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian River State Bank (a few steps from this marker); Losley’s Saloon & Alpine Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Huckabay & Budge Hardware (a few steps from this marker); Indian River State Bank - 1888 & Brady Grocery Store - 1886 (a few steps from this marker); Titus House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Music Shop / Jepson Furniture Store W.B. Knox Clothing & Men’s Furnishings (about 300 feet away); The Campbell Family Garden (about 300 feet away); The Happy Creek Garden (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
Also see . . .  Titusville Historic Walking Tour (pdf file). (Submitted on May 2, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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