Doctors and Tailors

Doctor’s and Tailor’s

Herald Dispatch, January 13, 1966

Written by: Charles Collett

Submitted by: Robert Kingrey


Dr. Joseph W. Lowry for several years was the best-dressed man in Ironton. The doctor attended to the politicians, and the newspapers gave him a bad time to which he paid but little mind, especially at election time.

His tailors were Dittmer & Mahle on the Center Street, now a part of the Kresge location. Three other tailors had shops at the location now covered by the Kresge building—S. J. Sheridan, M. L. Skorer and Maxey, the tailor. Mr. Skorer had a very attractive blond young wife and many men went there just to let her take their measurements.

It takes a real old-timer to remember Charles C. Rikhoff who made my dad’s clothes during the Gay 90’s. His last shop was on Vernon Street adjoining the old Baptist Church. The first tailor I knew was G. W. Broadwell at Second and Center. When he retired he had a little fruit stand selling popcorn, chewing gum and cigars on the site of the Hotel Marting.

Many readers remember he had the first phonograph in town with a horn and gave free concerts each evening at sundown, and people carried folding chairs and sat on the sidewalk across the street to listen to the music.