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March 31, 2013

BUILDING A LEGACY: Book details affect Day builders had on New Albany

NEW ALBANY — There is the Carnegie Center for Art & History along Spring Street in New Albany and the Bear building on Pearl Street that now houses the River City Winery. On the corner of State and Main is the Schmitt Furniture building and a short drive out U.S. 150 sits the old Mount Saint Francis school building.

All four structures have something in common in addition to being historic landmarks. All four, along with many others, were constructed by Stephen Day & Sons Carpenters and Contractors. From 1888 through 1930, Day & Sons were the general contractors or the carpentry contractors on several public buildings and houses in New Albany and Floyd County.

One of the family’s descendants, retired educator Ray Day, recently published a book titled “These Are The Good Old Days,” which not only discusses the history and affect the Day family had on New Albany, but also documents the structures the family’s business constructed. The book is 248 pages and has 350 images along with text. Day, who co-authored the book with Floyd County Historian David Barksdale, said the images play a major role in the work.

The book documented that the company built 21 commercial, school or church buildings and 65 homes in the city in a 30-year span and left its mark that can still be seen today. More homes were probably built by the family, but Day and Barksdale documented only 65 during research for the book.

During the Great Depression, the company went through some hard times, and after World War II, Day’s grandfather Clem, father Ed and his uncle Bernard opened Day Lumber along 15th Street in New Albany and continued to operate the business until it was destroyed by fire in 1975.

“It’s been quite a journey,” Day said of researching and writing the book which began with an email to Barksdale in November 2008.

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