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Sep 11

Unknown Photo of Upson Schoolhouse

Posted on September 11, 2019 at 11:51 AM by Jamesan Stuckey

Can you help identify the school or individuals in this photograph? This was recently found in a storage cabinet at the Pettigrew-White-Stamps Home. Believed to be Upson County related, as it had school superintendent, Gordon Holstun's name written on the back.

Any help is most appreciated!

May 16

1996 Olympic Torch Comes to Thomaston

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:34 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

Do you remember when the Olympic Torch passed through Thomaston?

On July 12, 1996, Thomaston was honored as one of the cities to host a torch relay event. When the ceremony started around 10:00 p.m. on that Friday night, thousands took part in lining the relay path. It was indeed a monumental event.

Thomaston’s then mayor, Dr. Ed Cliburn spoke to crowd on the significance of that night stating, “You go home tonight and find a page off of a calendar and draw a circle around July 12, and keep it for the rest of your lives. This will never happen to us again.”

1960 Olympic Gold Medalist, Martha Pennyman, encouraged the mass by saying, “I remember when I was very young, I dreamed of going to the Olympics and winning a gold medal, so I worked hard to do that. You, too, can work hard to achieve the best you can… Remember that a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” She ended her words with stating, “May I leave this with you. May we always remember the power and glory of this moment and the light it brought into our lives.”

(Thomaston Times, July 15, 1996)

According to another article from the Thomaston Times, July 10, 1996, the relay order was stated as the following:

• First, Dr. Jim Elsey is scheduled to take the first leg, which will begin on Highway 36 in the vicinity of Goshen Rd. 
• Next Patty Hendricks of Woodland, Ga will carry the torch from Peachbelt Rd. to 112 South Green St. 
• The next two slots were unassigned by the time of the newspaper’s publishing.
• John Fulghum, a 14-year-old from Pike County, will then take the torch from Cherokee Rd. to Upson Ave. 
• Myrl Mallory (pictured) is described as next in the relay through her route is not described. 
• Then Colonel Frank Black, a retiree with the U.S. Air Force was then to carry it Forest Avenue, turn on West Gordon Street, and carry the torch to the stage which stood on the south side of the courthouse. 
• Mrs. Martha Hudson Pennyman was to then carry the torch offstage and hand it to an unidentified runner.
• Patricia Williams was said to be the next recipient
• Next up was Judy Covert who was to carry it to the DOT Maintenance Drive. 
• Other runners identified were married couple, George and Thelma Reddick. George actually gave up his part of his leg of the relay so Thelma could participate with him.

What are your memories of this event?

See photos for citation.

Thomaston Times, July 15, 1996

Myrl Mallory Carries the 1996 Olympic Torch. July 12, 1996, Historical Photographs Collection, TUA

Mar 29

Lyon's Finer Foods, Now Country Cupboard

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:14 PM by Jamesan Stuckey

The next time you go into the Country Cupboard to feed your reuben craving, (I know it’s a necessity for me!) try to imagine a little over 70 years ago when the place first opened as Lyon Finer Foods. In an article from the Thomaston Times, June 7, 1946, the second store from Alvin L. Lyon had its grand opening, in the same location as today’s Country Cupboard as well as The Gathering Grounds.

“Thomaston’s newest food store, Lyon’s Finer Foods, opens today in a brand-new building designed expressly for this store and it is fully equipped with all types of store equipment and new store fixtures which were built in the store to specifications…. One of the newest features in the store was the establishment of a bakery, where all bakery work is conducted in view of the customer. It will specialize in all types of breads and delicate pastries.” (Thomaston Times, 6/7/1946)

Within our holdings we carry a video titled, “Our Home Town” (1947) which shows many Thomaston businesses of the day, including a tour of the new Lyon’s Finer Foods. Indeed, the first thing you would see upon entering was the impressive bakery counter. See snapshot from video below.

Still from "Our Home Town" (1947), inside Lyon's Finer Foods (bakery counter)

The other location for Lyon’s Grocery Store opened years earlier, and was on the south side of the courthouse square in the present-day Hair & Beauty Studio, next to West Central Georgia Bank.

(Lyon's Finer Foods, Lateral File: History, Thomaston-Upson Archives) See photos for citation.


Pat Woodson assisting customer, Lyon's Finer Foods: Historical Photographs Collection, TUA

Still from "Our Home Town" (1947) of the exterior of Lyon's Finer Foods