gradthin.gif (327 bytes)




1.    Edwin Wiley Grove was born in Whiteville, Tennessee, in 1850 and  moved to Paris in 1874.

2.    He became a clerk in a drug store for Dr. Samuel Houston Caldwell, Nathan Bedford Forrest’s
       battlefield surgeon, and A.B. Mitchum, a prominent Paris businessman.

3.    Grove produced “Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic” in 1878 and established  the Grove Pharmacy in 1880.

4.    “Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic,” a preventative and treatment for malaria, quickly became a household
       name. By 1890, more bottles of the chill tonic were sold than bottles of Coca-Cola.

5.    The British Army made the tonic standard issue for every soldier going to mosquito-infested lands.

6.    Grove’s principal investor, Col. O.C. Barton, became Paris’ first millionaire. In 1916, Col. Barton                    built Cavitt Place—now home to the local historical museum, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.

7.    Grove formed the Paris Medicine Co. in 1886, which grew so large it moved to St. Louis in 1889.
       Ownership and the board of directors remained largely in Paris.

8.    The Paris Medicine Co. produced the world’s first cold tablets—Grove’s Bromo Quinine.

9.    Grove established a summer residence in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1898.

10.   Grove Park Inn was dedicated on July 12, 1913. William Jennings Bryan as the keynote speaker.

11.   Grove spent $100,000 to build one of the nation’s first motor roads in North Carolina.

12.   Thomas Wolfe in his book, You Can’t Go Home Again, criticized E.W. Grove for tearing down the old
         Battery Park Hotel in Asheville and building a downtown area in its place.

13.   In 1905, Grove became the principal stockholder in the Atlanta Georgian, which later became the
        Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
14.   According to family members, Grove bought one million acres in Mexico. He wanted to sell it to the
        United States government to square off the U.S.-Mexico border. The plan did not materialize.

15.   In 1902, the Henry County Court rejected Grove’s first offer to endow a public, tuition-free high school
        due “to the Prevalence of smallpox for the past three years” in the
        county and other reasons.

16.   On July 3, 1905, Grove’s second offer was made to the county court and was accepted.

17.   The cornerstone for E.W. Grove-Henry County High School was laid in a Masonic ceremony following
         a parade from downtown Paris on June 26, 1906. Among other items, a chill tonic bottle and a package
         of Bromo Quinine tablets were placed in the cornerstone.

18.   Grove Tower was designed by Chattanooga architect, Reuben Harrison Hunt, who had designed the
        Henry County Court House, built in 1896.

19.   The high school became the first privately endowed public secondary school in Tennessee and the third
         county public high school in the state—following Lake and Rhea counties.

20.   Thirty students took classes in the Paris City Hall until the Tower was completed.
21.   The school was one of the nation’s first institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
        and Secondary Schools.

22.   Grove Tower held the nation’s first vocational agricultural program under the 1917 Smith-Hughes Act.

23.   Principal Dudley M. Clements was the nation’s first vocational agricultural teacher under the federal act
        and was instrumental in creating the Future Farmers of Tennessee—a forerunner of the Future Farmers
        of America—and established the nation’s first FFA leadership training camp in Doyle, Tennessee.

24.   The school’s first graduation took place at a Sunday tent revival in 1908. There were two graduates.

25.   Cavitt Hall, originally a girls’ dormitory, was built in 1910 and supported largely by Col. O.C. Barton.

26.   In 1907, Grove provided uniforms for the school’s first football team, the Chill Tonics.

27.   Grove sent money to purchase apples, oranges, and peaches for the students and regularly gave money
        for other school needs.

28.   Grove paid for much of the construction of First Presbyterian Church in Paris, where his funeral took
        place in 1927.

29.   Grove died in his new Battery Park Hotel in Asheville. His death made front-page news in St. Louis,
        Asheville, and Paris. He is buried with his family in the Paris City Cemetery.

30.   Grove began construction of the Grove Arcade, the nation’s first indoor shopping mall, in downtown
        Asheville. The Arcade was completed two years after Grove’s death.

31.    In 1996, E.W. Grove School became the nation’s first institution for high school freshmen with its own
         campus. Grove Tower, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, was restored as
         a Homecoming ’86 project and became the home of the Henry County Board of Education.


gradthin.gif (327 bytes)