Local History

Jones Bakery- History Fact by Ginger Clifton

Jones Bakery- History Fact by Ginger Clifton

Sweet Memories It has become quite trendy these days to title books, The ———‘s Daughter. You may have read some of these with the Lightkeeper’s, the Preacher’s, and even the Duke’s daughter. This February writing is from the Breadman’s daughter. You may not have...

Big Blue Spring

Big Blue Spring

BIG BLUE SPRING Record regarding the West half of the Northeast quarter of Section 29, Township 21, Range 4 East within the city limits of Sylacauga, Alabama.   The location of what is known as the Big Blue Spring.  Tract Book Reference: Talladega...

Early Days of Sylacauga

Early Days of Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye LessleyEARLY DAYS OF SYLACAUGASome Historic Reminiscences of General Interest to the People of Talladega County. Away back in the early thirties, yes, in 1833, when my father came to TalladegaCounty and bought the old man Hayes place, at what was...

First National Bank

First National Bank

“Beautiful New Building Of The First National Bank Demonstrates Growth Of Sylacauga In Past 30 Years.” Structure Is One Of Finest In The South.” “Alabama Marble Is Used Throughout Building.” When the doors of Sylacauga’s first banking institution were thrown open to...

Sylacauga Cotton Oil Company

Sylacauga Cotton Oil Company

SOUTHERN COTTON OIL COMPANY One of Sylacauga’s Oldest Industries Concern is of Material Aid to Farmers, Operate Modern Gin, Purchase Cotton Seed and Distribute Scoco Fertilizers over Trade Area. One of the oldest industries in the city of Sylacauga is the Southern...

The Wisconsin Alabama Lumber Company in Walco

The Wisconsin Alabama Lumber Company in Walco

The Wisconsin Alabama Lumber Company “Last summer our little city was electrified when the press dispatch came from Chicago announcing the location of a million dollar lumber company in our midst.  The news seemed too good to be true, but soon the telegrams began...

Broadway

Broadway

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...

Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga

Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in SylacaugaFifteen 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...

The Herd Brothers

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...

Rising Star Baptist Church

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,...

Barnes-Prather House

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. The Barnes-Prather House Lot No. five (5) in Block two (2)  in the city of Sylacauga, bounded on the north by lot of Mrs. Alice...

Mignon Baptist Church

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...