Chester S. Williams, Paul R. Williams' father, opens a confectionary shop with John Brame at 163 Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. A confectionary store sells sweet foods including candy, cakes, pastries, candy fruits and ice cream.

Today Abe Schwab's, a dry goods store, is located at 163 Beale Street.

Confectionary shop window
A. Schwab
Parent's Marriage Certificate

That same year Chester Stanley Williams and Lila A. Wright are married on February 25 in Avery Chapel, AME Church, Memphis.

unloading cotton Memphis TN

Cotton Consumed

LA Times November 18, 1887

Costly fire destroys bales of cotton in Memphis. Cotton from West Tennessee is transported to the Mississippi River where it is loaded and shipped to textile plants to make cloth.

William G. Low House, Rhode Island

The William G. Low House in Rhode Island designed by McKim, Mead and White is a key example of Shingle-style architecture. Built in 1887, this one-and-a-half story summer house continues the area's long tradition of wood construction. The massive and low-pitched overall gable form is covered with shingles. The shingle covering is the source for the name of this architectural style.

The principles in the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White are known for their Beaux Arts designs at the turn of the 20th century. Charles Follen McKim, William Rutherford Mead and Stanford White are powerful arbiters of elegance for the wealthy.

William G. Low House
William G. Low House