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Barnes-Prather House

Presented by Bettye Lessley: On April 24, 1901, J. M. Lanning sold to L. F. and A. W. Barnes for $100.00 the following described lot. Lot No. five (5) in Block two (2)  in the city of Sylacauga, bounded on the north by lot of Mrs. Alice Oden, bounded on the east by the lot […]

Mignon Baptist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “100 Glorious Years” In 1902, a group of Christians, seeking a place to worship, organized the “Little White Church” on the corner of West Tenth Street and Norton Avenue. This was a community church used by many denominations. The Baptists of the community held Sunday School each Sunday afternoon at three […]

Marble City Cemetery

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The Marble City Cemetery officially opened in 1898 when the City of Sylacauga bought one acre of a wheat field from James T. Persons and wife, Catherine Permelia. D. A. Parker chose the site, and James A. Knight contacted the owner of the land and arranged for the purchase in April […]

First Presbyterian Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Members of The First Presbyterian Church of Sylacauga are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their church. This is a picture of the first church in which the early members met. The picture was copied from a painting by Mrs. Warree Lebron. The pastor is Reverend James B. Stanford. From Talladega Daily […]

Rozelle Service Station

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Rozelle Service Station 1924 & 1925 Rozelle Service Station was built in 1924 and 1925. It was located on the northwest corner of Main Avenue and Park Street. Frank M. Rozelle was the owner, but he often had someone else to run it for him. The second picture is what was […]

Comet Drive-In Theatre

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The Comet Drive-In Theatre had a gala grand opening on Friday, July 1, 1949. R. E. Brand of Columbus, Georgia designed the theatre and owners Messrs. E. D. Martin and Ray Martin, Jr. spared no expense providing new sound equipment and machines. It was known as the Comet Drive-In and contrary […]

Dr. Adair K. Whetstone

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Dr. Adair K. Whetstone was born October 1, 1878 in Titus, Alabama. He was inspired by his uncle, Dr. W. F. Beckett, to become a doctor. In 1904, he married Carrie Wood. He entered Birmingham Medical College in 1910 and became a doctor in 1914. Dr. Whetstone was a man of […]

Sylacauga High School Football Program

Presented by Bettye Lessley: September 20, 1947 Score of the Game: Sylacauga 27 Oxford 9 Businesses that bought ads: Sears, Peoples Drug, Howard-Parker Furniture Co., Goldberg Bros., Hagan Drug, Goldstein’s Jewelry, The Leader, Modern Cleaners, Avondale Mills, Marble City Dry Goods Co., Palace Drug and Clean, Inc.

Sylacauga Christmas

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Shown are Queen Joy II, Sue Malwitz, and King Cheer II, John Curlee, who were selected to reign over Sylacauga’s 1950 Christmas Carnival. Miss Malwitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Malwitz, is a student at Montevallo, and Mr. Curlee, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Curlee, Sr. is a student […]

First Baptist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The New Year in 1914. In 1910, in a hotel on the east side of Broadway in Sylacauga lived a young man named H. Victor May. He was seventeen years old. He worked as a printer in a local newspaper office. On January 15, 1914, he started a small newspaper which […]


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