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1    Lincoln Suite
2    Hoosier Suite
3    William Henry Harrison
         Presidential Suite

4    Gen. John Hunt Morgan

5    Walter Gresham Room
6    Squire Boone Room
7    Governor's Suite
8    Sallie Kintner
         Honeymoon Suite

9    Dennis Pennington Room
10  Schoolmaster's Room
11  Joe Zimmerman Room
14  Innkeeper's Room
15  Spier Spencer Room
16  Drummer's Room

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Kintner House Inn

Dining Room

Drummer's Room

BRASS BED - Mahogany - rolling pin headboard with 4 carved posts, circa 1800
DESK - Cherry and Walnut Plantation Desk with flip-down top
TABLE - Drop-leaf Oak, English scalloped and barley twist legs
NEEDLE, EMBROIDERY & RIBBON CASES - Are from Griffin Dry Goods Store and were used during their 117 years of business  

      During the late 1800's and early 1900's, the Kintner House was frequently occupied by traveling salesmen, or "Drummers", as they were called at the time. The drummers kept the local stores supplied with merchandise. Before 1883, the drummers, who usually traveled by riverboat, would arrive in Corydon by stagecoach. After 1883, most drummers came in on the local train. They carried trunks or "drums" full of merchandise. After establishing headquarters in the Kintner House, they would set out their wares for the merchants to view. Orders were placed for appropriate items which were delivered at a later date. The drummers often hired a horse and carriage to call on stores throughout the county.
      Among the prominent department stores in Corydon's turn of the century history were W.H. Keller and Co., C.P. Trotter's "The Hub", and Griffin's Dry Goods.
      Keller's was the largest department store in Corydon for fifty-three years. Established in 1879 by W.H. Keller, the store originally sold only groceries. Mr. Keller's business was conducted in an unpretentious frame building at the Northwest corner of Capitol and Beaver Streets. In 1881, he added dry goods, clothing, boots, and shoes. In 1894, Will Keller decided to erect a new building and expand his business. The old frame building was moved into the middle of Beaver Street until the new, two-story, modern brick structure was complete.
      In 1895, W.H. Keller decided to bring his brothers Leonard C. Keller and Edward G. Kellerinto a partnership. The three brothers were joined by Thomas J. Hudson, a brother-in-law of W.H. Keller. The partners established the motto "We four and no more". W.H. Keller and Leonard managed dry goods, carpet, and ladies cloaks. Edward oversaw the clothing and furnishings departments. Hudson was in charge of boots, shoes, and hats. In addition to the retail trade, the firm owned eight huckster wagons which traded merchandise in four counties surrounding Corydon. Another wagon made trips to Louisville selling the large supply of farm producewhich Keller's collected. Smaller wagons made deliveries of groceries twice daily throughout Corydon.
   The four partners incorporated the business in 1903. A new enterprise was added, which was the manufacturing of wagons and spokes. That business evolved into the present "Keller Manufacturing", which is the largest manufacturer of dining room furniture in the country.Will and Edward eventually took over management of the new manufacturing company while Leonard became manager of the dry goods store with Mr. Hudson in assistance. W.H. Keller died in the fall of 1923. The following year, Leonard C. Keller became the sole owner of Keller's Dry Goods. He died in 1927 and his family continued operating the store for five years. In 1932, the Keller family closed out the retail store and sold the building.
     In October, 1894, Charles P. Trotter and Robert Gibson organized "C.P. Trotter and Co.", and ran a mercantile business known as "The Hub". Within the store's first year of business, Mr. Trotter purchased a new three-story building on Beaver Street facing the town square. The upper two floors were leased as apartments and offices and "The Hub" occupied the ground floor. The store sold hats, boots, shoes, notions, clothing, jewelry, mattings, franite and aluminum ware, window shades, trunks, calises, umbrellas, parasols, "fancy goods", gentlemen's furnishing goods, lamps, table cutlery, pictures, and other high quality goods. The great variety of merchandise and prices suited the tastes of their customers.
     Robert Gibson retired, and The Hub continued to flourish under the management of C.P. Trotter until he was 71 years old. In 1928 he sold his stock of merchandise to Meyer Gladstein who was operating a ready-to-wear business on Elm Street. Trotter sold the building in 1930 to Louis Berlin who opened a department store in the location. The building was renovated by the Kintner House, Inc. in 1986.
The Griffin family of Corydon operated a dry goods store in the town square for 117 years. Their first store was opened by Patrick Griffin and his brother-in-law Thomas McGrain in 1865 in the "Applegate Building" on Beaver Street. Patrick had left Corydon for California during the Gold Rush, where he and his brother opened a trading post. Following the Civil War, Patrick returned to Corydon where he put his expertise to work in "Griffin and McGrain". In 1868, they bought the east end of the block and built a two-story brick building. The two men sold dry goods, footwear, furniture, organs, and groceries for about twenty years before closing the business.
      On February 6, 1897, Patrick opened a new dry goods store in his original location in the Applegate Building. It was opened in his son's name, and was thereafter known as "Maurice Griffin and Company". The store was stocked with a wide variety of merchandise including notions, fabrics, hosiery, shoes, hats, and clothing.
      In 1920, the Griffins bought the building from Media Applegate Miller and the business was expanded to the second floor. Maurice was joined by his four sisters in operating the store. One sister, Olive, had a talent for making hats. She studied the craft in Louisville and operated the store's millinery department for many years. She kept a large stock of basic hats along with plumes, bows, lace, flowers, and other items required to trim them.
     Frederick P. Griffin, Maurice's son, was the third generation of Griffins to manage the family store. He continued in the dry goods business on the square for thirty years. In 1983, the stock was closed out, and the business closed. Fred Griffin sold the building in August, 1986 to the Kintner House, Inc. and currently it is occupied by the Griffin Building Antique Mall.