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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 […]

Sam Martin Ex Slave

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Sam Martin, Ex-Slave, Is Dead From Talladega Home. Samuel Martin, aged ex-slave, who served with the union army in the War Between the States, died Tuesday afternoon at his home on North Street, west, after a few weeks illness. Attention was called to his war service last Thanksgiving when he received […]

Local History Facts About World War II

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Sylacauga Boy Pall-Bearer to President When the news reels of the funeral of President Roosevelt were flashed on the screen and later when copies of Life magazine came out, Sgt. Major Roy Culberson was recognized by his family and friends. The pall-bearers for the president were chosen two from each of […]

Marble City Land & Furnace Company

Presented by Bettye Lessley: This document dated 1891 states the Marble City Land & Furnace Company will hold a land sale at Sylacauga on April 9th, 1891, at which time they will offer a limited number of business and residence lots to enlist your cooperation. Prices on business lots ten to twenty-five dollars per front […]

Dave Goldberg

Presented by Bettye Lessley: This article appeared in The Sylacauga News Friday, September 24, 1937

The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “Organization Meeting at City Hall Wednesday has 40 members” The organization meeting of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce was held Wednesday evening at the City Hall. Present were 40 members, leaders in the city civic life and a group fully cognizant of the opportunity and obligation which was theirs. Elected to […]

State Secondary Agricultural School

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Graduating Class of the State Secondary Agricultural School 1934, Sylacauga Alabama


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