South Main Street-South Lee Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
This Craftsman-style home was built, circa 1910, by a local bank president who soon thereafter sold it to a Mr. Lee, who was a member of the bank’s board. Robert E. Lee (no relation to the Confederate general I presume) seems to have been the primary owner at least through the 1940s. His wife operated a private kindergarten in the house for many years. It was likely a rental property for some time thereafter. In the mid-1970s, Steve & Joanie Young began a restoration of the house which is still evident today. My good friend, Blaine Bostelman lived in the house in the early 1990s and completed cosmetic restorations. I appreciate him sharing some of the history.
Frances Hiers (Coota) Whitworth shared this: My life long friends,”Brother” Massee, Edna Earl Steed, James Lineberger, Eleanor McClendon, Mary Ellen Newcomer and Jerry Heller went to Mrs. Lee’ s kindergarten! I have pictures of a rust color house with ‘ chillun posing on the front steps and also on the seesaw in the back yard. Also had a goldfish pond. Lyman Brewer tells the story that he got expelled from Mrs. Lee’s kindergarten the first day he went because he pushed a little girl in the goldfish pond!!! Our snack was graham crackers and orange Kool-Aid!! We played a lot OUTSIDE and colored inside! Learned to take turns and always do what Mrs. Lee said to do!!! I’m so thankful and blessed to have been brought up in Fitzgerald in the 1930s and 40s!! “Coota” Hiers Whitworth. F.H.S class of 1947