Hewitt C. Davis Owner
Yet most are not aware of it. The Internet Movie Database has a listing for it here, but very little info is on it.
Made in Nashville, this silent era movie was filmed at Travelers Rest plantation and fairgrounds. It was about Sam Davis the Confederate boy hero of Tennessee. An article appeared on May 30 1915 in the local paper about this movie and my relative Joshua Brown an actual member of the Coleman Scouts was in the movie. Also cast members included Lucille Wilson Sudekum and brother in law Clarence “Hap” Sudekum.
By ELMER STEWART
Miz Diz’ Catfish Shanty Inc. officials announced today construction is under way on their prototype unit at 2823 Nolensville Road, just north of Thompson Lane.
A. H. (Pete) Crow, president of the fast-food chain, said the unit will be open for business within a month and a grand opening ceremony scheduled probably within 45 days.
“This unit will serve as the showcase for future development of both franchised and company-owned units,” Crow said. “It also will serve as the training headquarters for the personnel managing units within the system.”
Estimated cost of the prototype unit, including land on the west side of Nolensville Road, is $160,000. Crow pointed out the unit is larger than most planned for the chain because it includes the training facilities.
The Nolensville road unit will provide seating for 94 persons. It has a total area of about 3,000 square feet. The exterior features a rustic “shanty” appearance, and interior decor will carry out this theme, Cow said.
The firm opened its first unit in January at 3119 Dickerson Road, two blocks south of the interstate 65 interchange. It was used for test marketing before public opening.
Crow said another unit probably will be located in the Nashville area within the near future. All local units are company owned, he said. The firm now is processing almost 100 franchise requests from throughout the United States, Cow said.
“Fish is becoming an increasingly important item in the American diet and we have the advantage of offering the ideal product—a succulent white meat fish raised to specified standards using a Special high protein diet in a controlled environment at clear water ponds and tanks.
The catfish farming industry is growing by leaps and bounds and is making great technical advances which providle the production of high quality meat.”
Crow emphasized, however, the Catfish Shanty menu will offer other, non-fish items “to give greater choice than many fish-oriented restaurants.”
Crow, who served as executive vice president of McDonald’s Corp. in Chicago almost eight years before joining the Nashville-based firm, said the Chain will “appeal to family trade with fast and efficient service, clean and colorful surroundings and quality food control.”
The grand opening ceremony for the prototype unit will be scheduled for about two weeks after the unit actually opens, Crow said.
Mrs. Patricia Nash Dean, wife of Baseball Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean and the “Miz Diz” from whom the company takes its name, will be featured at the grand opening, he explained.
“The Deans love Nashville,” Crow said, “and they’re excited about the opening of the Nolensville Road unit.”
The prototype unit is being constructed by Clarence G. Schaub, general contractor; architects for the project arc Wilson & Odom.
Catfish Shanty annonced its international franchising plans in March. Frank C. Davis jr. owner of Frank Davis Buick Co. in Madison, serves as chairman of the board and Dennis C. Wright, Madison, attorney, is secretary of the board.
Home office of the firm is located at 408 Professional Plaza Building in Madison.
Nashville Banner July 21, 1969