A MODEL LIVERY STABLE
WHOSE PROPRIETOR, JESSE M BRIGHT, REALIZES THE MEANING OF ENTERPRISE
The livery business came naturally to Mr Bright. From early
youth he was accustomed to the care and use of horses, and though
still a young man has an exhaustive knowledge on this subject which
would mean success to any veterinary surgeon. In a measure, perhaps
he inherited an unusual pro?ncy in the handling of horses, his father
Mr E C Bright having been in the stage and livery business during
most of a long and useful life.
For thirty one years, Mr Bright Sr, ran a stage line between Morgantown and Fairmont prior to coming to Keyser in 1881.
Here he secured the mail contract between Keyser and Moorefield, operating a stage line between those points. HE afterward ran a stage to Maysville, and still later in Petersburg, this last named line being still conducted by him. In 1880, he purchased Knight & Purgitt's livery business, and three years later, on Jesse M Bright attaining his majority, presented his son with a half-interest, April 15,1895, the subject of this sketch purchased his father's interest in the livery moving the business to a location near the Keys House.
As was to be expected, the early training of Mr Bright and his love for his vocation insured success, and when the Grimes livery was offered for sale, he purchased the property for $2,550, through an agent, taking possession of the premises April 5th last.
He is now conducting an essentially modern and up-to-date livery, feed and boarding stable, equipped and stocked in a fashion that leaves nothing to be desired; a concern that any man in the business might be proud to be in possession of. The building has a front size of 100 feet and a depth of 130 feet with a row of stalls on either side, and a large floor space set apart for carriages, etc. he possesses every requirement of the business, being equipped with ?hydrant water, electric lights, a telephone (No 47) and other conveniences, is ventilated on sanitary principles, and well lighted. The second story is principally utilized as a hay loft, containing also, however a neatly furnished sleeping room occupied at night by a hostler, who is at the service of urgent callers.
From ten to fifteen horses are kept for hire, and the vehicle equipment embraces, besides surveys, buggies, coaches, etc., a number of conveyances suitable for picnic or outing parties. Mr Bright is so situated that he can furnish carriages and *acks for all occasions, such as wedding, parties, funerals, etc., everything that comes from his premises being stylish, and up-to-date. A specialty is made of furnishing rigs for commercial men. Taken all together this is one of the best equipped livery stables in the State.
Mr Bright also deals extensively in baled hay and straw, and in the rear of the stables is located his wellstocked coal yard.
Davis coal being a specialty.
Jesse M Bright is a native of W Va, having been born in Morgantown in 1871. He owns two attractive residences in Keyser, in one of which on Mozelle St, he lives with his charming wife, and two boys. On Oct 20, 18(?9)4, he married Miss Nannie M McIlwee of Romney, W Va. Mr Bright is a stockholder in the W VA Building Company and is a gentleman who is firmly convinced of Keyser's future greatness. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.
TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 28, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD
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