Centennial celebrations were held from Sunday September 13, through September
19, 1914. A research mistake led to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary
in 1914. The actual anniversary was in 1915.
Schedule of Events
Sunday September 13: Religious Day – Services in all the churches
of the city.
Monday September 14: Kenton County Day – Morning - Opening of the
Pure Food and Industrial Exposition at the Market House on Madison Avenue,
Opening of the Arts and Sciences Exhibitions at the old Y.M.C.A. Building
at 8th and Madison Avenue, Opening of the Historical Exhibition at the
Carnegie Library on Scott. Afternoon - Opening of the Midway at Second
and Scott, Crowing of the Centennial Queen and the arrival of Simon Kenton
at the foot of Greenup Street. Evening – Industrial and Historical
parade, Opening of the Musical production entitled “Covingtonia,”
Outdoor cabaret and masked costumed contest on Madison Avenue between
Fifth and Ninth Streets. Notes: The Centennial Queen was Miss Myrtle Kinsey.
Float winners of the Industrial and Historical Parade were: 1st Place
Eilerman and Sons, 2nd Place Bavarian Brewery, 3rd Place Dan Cohen Shoes
and honorable mention to Fred Pieper Jewelry.
September 15: Fraternal Orders Day – Gathering of the Fraternal
Orders, Competitive drills at the Latonia Race Track, Parade of the Fraternal
Orders, “Covingtonia” presentation at the Lyric Theater and
Outdoor street cabaret and masked costumed contest.
Wednesday September 16: Campbell County and Homecoming Day – Reception
for the pioneers of Covington and homecoming guests hosted by the mayor,
“Covingtonia” presented at the Lyric Theater, Reception of
the Newport delegation, Auto floral parade and Outdoor cabaret and masked
Thursday September 17: Governor’s, Mayor’s and Kentucky State
Grange Day – Morning – Reception of the President of the United
States, Reception of Governor’s and Mayor’s and meeting of
the Kentucky State Grange. Afternoon – Motorboat race, Canoe races
and Swimming Contest at the riverfront. Evening – Banquet in honor
of the President of the United States, “Covingtonia” presentation,
Outdoor cabaret and masked costumed contest. Notes: President Woodrow
Wilson sent his regrets in a letter to the Mayor. The Kentucky Governor
was represented in Covington by Lt. Governor Edward McDermott.
Friday September 18: Cincinnati Day – Reception for the Cincinnati
Business Association, “Covingtonia” presentation, Masked and
costumed grotesque parade and Outdoor cabaret.
Saturday September 19: Mothers and Children’s Day - Children’s
Parade and Pageant, Grand athletic meet at the Latonia Race Track, “Covingtonia”
presented, Outdoor cabaret and masked costumed contest and closing ceremonies.
Rich & Cooke Feed Store Fire 1885
On March 24, 1885, the Rich & Cooke Flourmill and feed shop was destroyed
by fire. The building was located on Madison Avenue south of 7th Street.
When the fire department responded, they found the fire hydrants frozen
solid. It took nearly twenty minutes to get running water. In the meantime,
the flames had spread to several nearby buildings on Madison and 7th Streets.
By the time the fire was extinguished, the flames had destroyed the Rich
& Cooke Building, and twelve other buildings, including: Clark Brothers
Honey Store, Joseph Anthe’s Cigar Shop, Ruttle and Schlickman’s
offices, the coal office of Brewster Bond and a machine shop. The loss
totaled between $75,000 and $100,000.
Kentucky State Journal, March 26, 1885, p. 5; Charles R. Ridder,
ed., History of the Covington Fire Department. (Covington, KY) 1893.