The old A. B. & A. depot and passenger station is one of the most interesting such structures in South Georgia with a Spanish Mission Revival style and Ludowici tile roof. It now houses the Blue & Gray Museum (on the far left) and though somewhat maintained, needs significant rehabilitation.
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The Women’s Relief Corps, or W. R. C., was the auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic (G. A. R.), the leading Union veterans’ organization. Due to its Union beginnings, Fitzgerald had the largest G. A. R. post in the South. Union veterans and their sons built the hall for the W. R. C. It’s one of the most significant landmarks related to women’s history in South Georgia.
Running back Lauren Hargrove (1930-2009), whose nickname was the Phantom, became a local celebrity in Fitzgerald for his role in the 1948 State Football championship, in which the Purple Hurricane beat Decatur. In these rare photographs, he’s being presented a new automobile by Pontiac dealer Albert McCormick. In today’s world, such a gift wouldn’t be possible, but it’s amazing what hometown pride meant in those days.
Lauren was running back for the Hurricane from 1945 until graduating in 1948. In that time he was All-State, All-Southern, and Prep All-American. He also had a distinguished career for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1950-52, and was a letterman in all three seasons.
It’s amazing to think of how many car dealerships there were in Fitzgerald, or any small town, back then.
Here’s a ticket stub from the state championship game.
There’s even a book about the 1948 season, called Purple and Gold Boys, by C. R. Adams.
My friend Brenda Seabrooke, a Fitzgerald native and well-known author of children’s fiction, writes:
“…This was the house of William & Susie Troupe. He was the bookkeeper at the [railroad] freight office. His nephew Sonny Boy Troupe inherited it but after he died I don’t know who got it. I think the porch was removed to keep users out – it’s only a block from the old hospital site. I spent a lot of my childhood in that house. The Troups functioned as my grandparents. They were no relation but her nephew went to the same medical school my father did & my parents knew him.”