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Sylacauga in 1887

Presented by Bettye Lessley: In the early spring of 1887, the 316 hardy Americans who made up the little community nestled in the peaceful valley surrounding The Coosa, decided their “Town” had reached the point where it should be incorporated and accordingly did so on February 15, of that year, under the name of Sylacauga. […]

Albert Branscomb

Presented by Bettye Lessley: He was reared at Union Springs and educated at Birmingham Southern and Emory University. His first work after leaving college was Director of Wesley Foundation at the University of Alabama. During his twelve years as a minister, he has been pastor of the churches at Gorgus, Sycamore, Aliceville, North Highlands Birmingham, […]

Sylacauga’s First Newspaper

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The first newspaper published in Sylacauga was The Sylacauga Argus. On or about Saturday, July 9, 1887, Volume I of the paper was printed. The location of that first edition and the one which was printed the following week is unknown. The editor of this newspaper was H. G. McCall. Argus […]

St. Thomas United Methodist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “The Listener” “I, J. M. Ridgeway, have some words of encouragement to say to the city of Sylacauga. I would like to urge all of you to think how far we have come in the past 40 years. “When I came to minister at St. Thomas United Methodist Church in December […]

Houses in Sylacauga Numbered

Presented by Bettye Lessley: It was 1942. The City of Sylacauga was growing, and the houses were to be renumbered. The Junior Chamber of Commerce, who were called the Jaycees, had agreed to tackle the job and were already working on it. They had conferred with several city planning experts and looked over the plans […]

Road’s End

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “We had all tried so hard, worked, prayed and worked again. There are ten of us. Time and time again we had played, this group of ten, composing an orchestra. We played in our home town, and in other towns always getting a good word and a fairly good name. But […]

Road’s End Revisited

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Lorena Rush played the piano. Betty Cox played first saxophone. Carolyn Rush played tenor saxophone. Bonnie Faye Talley played fourth saxophone. Rosemary Peters was the drummer. Billy Rowe played first trumpet. Larry Edmunds played second trumpet. Eldridge Wyatt played baritone saxophone. Williard Gay played trombone. Melford Williams played trombone. We were […]

Legion Stadium

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Sylacauga officials received notice in February of 1946 that they would be receiving a fair share of the Federal Works Agency’s recent allocation of the state. They were advised that of the $23,275 granted Tuesday for planning four Alabama projects estimated to cost $731,500, Sylacauga would get $2,025 for plan preparations […]

Bottling companies in Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The Comer Library is often contacted by telephone, by e-mail and in person by people seeking the history of bottling in Sylacauga. A search revealed that as early as 1917 L. M. Veazey Bottling Works advertised high grade carbonated drinks such as Ginger Swing, Pep-To-Lac and My Cola. Also in 1917 […]

Sylacauga Water Works

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The City of Sylacauga is faced once again with the problem of a water shortage. This is one of many times that it has been a problem for the city. The following article is from The Sylacauga News, Thursday, September 24, 1925. “Water supply will be ample for Sylacauga. Just a […]


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