By Dwight Williamson
Another relic of the town of Logan is in the process of disappearing. URCO Incorporated purchased the property from the State Auditor’s Office for taxes and employees are currently razing the 102-year-old structure located on Hudgins Street across from the Logan Post Office.
The building was built and opened in 1912 as Guyan Supply Company just as the local coal industry started to boom. Located next to the railroad tracks, it was convenient for the unloading of goods from trains which the fast growing area needed. Incorporated in 1904, the business was started prior to the building’s construction with 250 shares at $1 00 each for “the purpose of dealing in wholesale and retail; specifically, feed, flour, sewer tile, miners’ supplies, iron pipes and to acquire, own and lease real estate necessary for said purposes” as noted in County Clerk records.
U.B. Buskirk, who had built and originally lived in what became known as the “Hinchman House” that now is a parking lot at the end of Hudgins Street, was one of the stockholders, as was attorney J. Carey Alderson, who opened the first bank in the county (Guyan Valley Bank).
In 1913 there was a new agreement for the purposes of “enlarging and modifying the incorporation.” Capital stock was listed at $25,000 with the new stockholders being J.R. Godby (50.43 shares), S.B. Browning (101.86), Mary Browning (1), J.C. Elkins (17.14), Ella Godby (1) and T .E. Browning (68.57 shares). Added to the certificate was the ability of the company to “lease and sell real estate and to operate and mine coal.”
In 1914, the stockholders, with S.B. Robertson serving as president of the company, voted to change the name of the company to Browning Land Company. The site has served many purposes over the years, including the Galleria flower shop; the last business being the Closet Swap now located on Main Street.
Mike Urioste, owner and operator of HURCO, who is responsible for the demolition of many area structures, noted there are no steel beams in the building as wood was used in its place.
“The building might have been saved,’’ he said, “but the flat roof was the main problem and it would cost a considerable amount to repair.”
Urioste said his immediate plans once demolition is completed are to put down a paved parking lot.
*Published with permission. This article first appeared in The Logan Banner, February 28, 2014.