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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 […]

60th Reunion SHS Class of 1948

Presented by Bettye Lessley: A special event of Saturday night April 12, 2008 was a dinner at the Sylacauga Country Club celebrating the 60th reunion of Sylacauga High School Class of ‘48. Thirty-two alumni and 17 spouses attended along with close friends of the class making a total of 52. The last reunion was held […]

Early Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Sylacauga is one of the oldest settlements in east Alabama. After the Indian wars of 1812, 1813 and 1814, many of Coffee’s and Jackson’s militia settled in Sylacauga, which is located in southeast Talladega County, Alabama. Talladega County was established in 1932, but the earliest date to legally own land here […]

Sylacauga Celebrations

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Although Sylacauga was not incorporated until 1838, settlers could claim land and have their deeds recorded as early as January of 1834. The City of Sylacauga chose the earlier date to celebrate the 125th year in 1959. The local newspapers featured many articles and pictures of people who were having fun […]

Claudio Boni, Marble Worker

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Many years ago articles of marble were displayed in the windows of the businesses in Sylacauga. Most of these items were for sale, but occasionally there would be a special creation by one of the area’s talented sculptors. One example of this was published in The Sylacauga News on Thursday, March […]

Cesare Pillade Falconi

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Mr. Falconi was born in Italy in 1856, and came to New York at the age of fifteen, making his home there for thirty years. From there he moved to Gantts Quarry, where he was employed by The Alabama Marble Company. Mr. Falconi converted the first finished product from there and […]

Sylacauga’s Marble Castle is gone

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Prior to 1940 many of the men who were employed by the local marble quarries were making marble markers for the graves of America’s soldiers. These markers were to be a certain size, and they had to meet specifications. They had to be perfect. However, sometimes a stone would be chipped […]


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