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Presented by Bettye Lessley: BROADWAY By Mr. W. T. Coker I was the first man to move a stock of merchandise to the present business section of Sylacauga, said Mr. W. T. Coker. It was back in ’91 and it was the Smith Brothers stock which marked the opening of their new store on the […]

Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga Fifteen Cars Wrecked, Traffic Delayed, No One Seriously Injured Friday afternoon a rear end collision occurred between two freight trains near the Sylacauga Brick Company yard, on the Central of Georgia tracks in which one locomotive was rolled down an embankment after completely […]

The Herd Brothers

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Five Herd brothers came to America from Scotland. Their names were: George, the oldest; David, Alexander, John and Thomas, who said that they were “Lowlanders.” All of the Herds had served their apprenticeships in the marble business in Scotland. Thomas Herd returned to Scotland. Alexander, called “Sandy,” married and lived in […]

Rising Star Baptist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: On January 21, 1879, in consideration of $25.00, H. G. Darby sold to “the Rising Star Colored Baptist Church” three (3) acres of land, lying in the extreme north east corner of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter, Section #32, Township 21, Range 4 East in the Coosa Land District […]

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 […]

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