Griffin’s Cold Storage, 1944, Ocilla

ocilla ga griffins cold storage photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

A nice example of Streamline Moderne architecture, this structure was sadly demolished in 2012. According to Hugh Roberts, this was originally known as McCranie’s Freezer Locker until around 1956 or 1957 it became Griffin’s. It was purchased from the McCranies by Webster (Web) and Wylene Whitley Griffin. Thanks to their son, Noah, for some of the historical background. Alan Griffin writes: I recall visiting Uncle Web’s place many times while growing up and fondly recall the smell of fresh pork shoulders on the pit, Web making his BBQ sauce, and of course sneaking a taste while helping chop the pork. In summer, we’d usually get to spend a week or two and we would explore every part of the building. The coolers ((hanging hogs, beef quarters and all) were always a welcome escape from the South Georgia heat in July! A cherished place of my youth!

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7 responses to “Griffin’s Cold Storage, 1944, Ocilla

  1. Doug Tatum

    Daddy and Mr Web were friends and fishing and coon hunting buddies. Daddy had 20 or so coon dogs and Mr Web gave him a ring when he had a drum of bones for the dogs. I sure hate it was torn down.

  2. My dad was good friends with those folks, being at the Ocilla Livestock barn, U can figure out why. Lots of our meats came from there all the time.

  3. Joe Cumbee

    Do you have any photos of the Old Ice Plant in Ocilla, GA? It was torn down years ago. My father ran it.

  4. Noah Webster Griffin JR

    Many fun filled days as I went to work with my parents Webster and Wylene Whitley Griffin Owners and operators of Griffin Cold Storade. i miss this place already. 😦

  5. My mother, Eleanor Blackwell, who later wrote a column for the Ocilla Star, worked here as did our neighbor Camilla Young. They took vegetables such as beans out of a shelling machine and put them into containers to be frozen. I remember them weighing each package to be sure it had the right amount. The cinder block cold storage building is a block from where I grew up. I was in both many times when they were thriving.

    • Thanks for sharing this memory, Joel.

      • Alan Griffin

        I recall visiting Uncle Web’s place many times while growing up and fondly recall the smell of fresh pork shoulders on the pit, Web making his BBQ sauce, and of course sneaking a taste while helping chop the pork. In summer, we’d usually get to spend a week or two and the cousins would explore every part of the building. The coolers ((hanging hogs, beef quarters and all) were always a welcome escape from the South Georgia heat in July! A cherished place of my youth!

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