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By Erin Schwager

Preserving the Past

Historical Society records community's history


Erin Schwager

Old-fashioned advertising • The backdrop in the Rex Theatre dates back more than 100 years, around 1914 or 1915, when advertisement of businesses was important.

Orchard residents consider it a fortunate town when it comes to preserving the history that has taken place hundreds of years ago.

Those who have toured the District 57 Schoolhouse or visited the Rex Theatre, have found stories about the places incredible.

In 1914, the lot of land north of the Commercial Hotel went up for sale, so Austin C. King, Jr., a banker at the time, along with Lloyd M. Drayton, purchased the land. The two men were interested in progressing the community and they thought a movie theater would be beneficial to the town.

The Rex Theatre held its grand opening, Novemb...

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