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Georgian Motor Court, 1940s, Cordele

georgian motor court cordele ga art deco neon sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Jason Salter shared this history on 15 June 2010: This was built and owned by the Shearers. It was built in 1940. The owners lived in it for a time. The motel was opened in 1942. In the 50′s an office was built off to the side where it currently sits now. Another building was added too make larger rooms in 1950. In 1954 a house was built and the family moved into the house from the motel. In 1970 the land was sold to William and Inez Johnson. They operated the motel until 1982 and then it closed. Interstate 75 came through and businesses lost out to traffic there.

Ritch McCutchen writes, via Facebook: I bought the farm from the estate of Palmer Greene who had a lengthy career as a politician. He was the tax collector here for many years followed by service as a state representative then as a state senator. He sold the motel site to Mr. Shearer. Mr Shearer’s estate sold it to William Johnson a retired rural postman.

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Southern Motel, Cordele

southern motel sign us 41 cordele ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

I first photographed this sign in 2008 and though I pass through the area a few times a year, I can’t recall if the sign is still standing. The Southern Motel was owned and managed by Mr. & Mrs. Jack Kirk. It was a modern brick motel which, judging from a 1961 postcard, was likely built in the mid to late 1950s, It’s hard to imagine that highways like U. S. 41 were the interstates before we had interstates. I’m aware that many people consider these sorts of properties and old signage nothing more than eyesores. There are others who absolutely love them. I don’t think many of them will be saved, but they’re a nice reminder of the world before interstates.

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Unidentified Church, Crisp County

Crisp County GA Hatley Area Vernacular Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Other than having been told that this was a black congregation, I know nothing of this church.

Crisp County GA Hatley Area Unidentified Vernacular Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

“Tar paper” churches were once common but now most are gone.

Crisp County GA Tar Paper Church Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Williams Store, Raines

Raines GA Crisp County Williams General Store Ghost Town Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Raines Station was a whistlestop on the Albany & Northern Railroad.  The Albany & Northern was founded about 1895, so the Raines settlement would have come into being sometime soon thereafter. The tracks once ran beside this old store, owned by Confederate veteran Isaiah Williams, who served with the 60th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The store was open as recently as  the late 1970s. Thanks to Mr. Williams’ great-great grandson, Fred Gleaton, for sharing the history of the place.

Raines GA Crisp County Williams General Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Lori Odom Jones wrote: As a child I remember going to Raines Station to get collard greens and other stuff. I still remember the inside of the store and that they had an old Ouija Board in there. That was the first time I ever saw one. I begged and begged for one and my mama finally bought it. Sadly…it predicted the age my mama would die as 43 and she did. Coincidence? I threw that thing away. Funny how reading these posts bring back so many memories.

Clyde Watson recalls: I remember this store very well in the early 1950’s it was operated as Barry Mercantile Company, by John C Spears. I went to West Crisp School and would work for John on Saturdays and after school on the days he needed me. At that time there was a Grist Mill to left side of the store and I ground meal for customers on Saturday, I was able to work there for three years. Also sometime before maybe there was a store as well but the upstairs was a doctor’s office. When I worked there the remnants of the doctor’s office was still there, some old papers and such, but John and his mother Mrs. Arlette did not want anyone up there very long at the time.

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Nancy Williams Memorial Methodist Church, Raines

Raines GA Crisp County Nancy Williams Memorial Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This congregation was established in 1906. It has been inactive for about 20 years, but the grounds and church building are still well-maintained.

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Sandhill Crane, Crisp County

Sandhill Crane Grus candensis During Migration in Crisp County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Among North America’s largest birds, Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are quite familiar during their annual migrations from the northern reaches of the continent to the southern United States and Mexico. They’re known for their loud calls and their habit of gathering in large numbers. I encountered around a thousand individuals yesterday feeding in freshly plowed fields saturated with recent rains.

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Cordele Public School Photos, Circa 1911-1912

Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Circa 1911 Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20141B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1911

These real photo postcards, made by an itinerant traveling photographer, provide a nice portrait of South Georgia schoolchildren in the early 20th century. They were acquired through the estate of a cousin, whose husband is identified in a couple of the cards. These are important social documents as they bear witness to the early days of the concept of government-funded public schools. They were still a relatively new concept in America, especially in the rural South at this time.

Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20142B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1912

I’m not sure why there are two different views of the second grade class; perhaps they were made in different seasons. Somewhat odd to me is that the teacher is only pictured in one of the images (below).Cordele Public School GA Circa 1912 2nd Grade Itinerant Photographer Real Photo Postcard Circa 1912 Teacher Collection of Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20142B Grade-Cordele Public School, Unknown Photographer, Circa 1912

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