D. A. Phelps Building, Poulan

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Built by early Poulan businessman D. A. Phelps, this structure has served many purposes over the years. Hugh Harris West writes: This was Mr. Goodman’s Drug Store during my years in Poulaln. There was a gasoline pump out front at the corner and we could see the gasoline as it entered the glass top after being pumped. Dr. Harris came to Poulan about twice a week. His office was above the front of the store…At one time in the early 40’s the Post Office was in the rear of the building. Later, apartments were made in the upper and lower rear of the building. I understand that the Phelps family was an important part of Poulan’s development around the early 1900’s.

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7 responses to “D. A. Phelps Building, Poulan

  1. Joan Hawkins

    Thank you, sounds like they were very well known in the community. Do you know of any children or what the itnitials were for, whhat his first and middle names were? I am trying to see if he connects to my family tree.
    Thanks again for your help.

  2. Hugh Harris West

    This was Mr. Goodman’s Drug Store during my years in Poulaln. There was a gasoline pump out front at the corner and we could see the gasoline as it entered the glass top after being pumped. Dr. Harris came to Poulan about twice a week. His office was above the front of the store. You can see the stairs to the right of the building. At one time in the early 40’s the Post Office was in the rear of the building. Later, apartments were made in the upper and lower rear of the building. I understand that the Phelps family was an important part of Poulan’s development around the early 1900’s.

    • Joan Hawkins

      Wish I could find more information on the Phelps family, that is part of my “brick wall”.
      Any information would be greatly appreciated.

      • Hugh Harris West

        According to the Worth County History Book I have, Mrs. D.A. Phelps was the first president of the “Poulan Civic Club” and its chief promoter. The club was organized in 1912 by a group of forward thinging women in Poulan. In 1916 the club was re-organized as a federater “Poulan Woman’s Club” with Mrs. F. M. Kimble as the first president. The club did lots of charitable good for the school and the town. Ms. Irene Harshberger was mentioned as a surviving member at the publishing of the Worth County History. Ms. Irene was the librarian and cook at the Poulaln School lunchroom for many years while I was there.

  3. Joan Hawkins

    I am researching some Phelps in Georgia and have a picture of the headstone for Anna (wife of D A Phelps). Would like to know more about him.
    Thank you.

  4. A.T.

    This building was once a drugstore.

  5. A.T.

    I hate that this building fell into such disrepair. Here’s a little history about the park across from this row of buildings: There used to be a cotton mill. It burned down in the 1960s.

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