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Railroads were integral to the settlement of Fitzgerald in the late 1890s and for much of its history have been one of its main economic components. The city commissioned Dylan Ross to create this colorful mural. You may recall Dylan as the artist behind the brilliant Andy Griffith Show mural in Broxton.
These are among the last of the millworker’s houses in the Fitzgerald Cotton Mills that haven’t been covered with vinyl siding.
The utilitarian structures were provided to employees of the mill and many families remained in them after the mill closed.
This was the last in original condition; I photographed it in 2009 and it was razed by 2010.
The Fitzgerald Cotton Mills, seen on a vintage postcard, circa 1912.
This house and the Bond-Carroll House about twelve miles from town are said to have been built by brothers. I imagine it had other occupants after the Bonds but it’s best known today as the longtime residence of Don & Norma Morris. It is slightly more formal than the country house.
Lydia Cook shared this history of the house, via Ramona Hansbrough: The house was built in 1910 by E.E. Hawks, married to my great grandmother, Ina Strickland Hawks. The story goes that he wanted to build a home on high ground in Fitzgerald, Ga. He spared nothing when purchasing materials, even to having the gorgeous wood fireplaces imported from England. E.E. Hawks was from Commerce Ga., and so was Ina Strickland .They married and in 1910 moved into the new home in Fitzgerald. E.E. Hawks passed away in 1939 on a business trip to Atlanta. Ina continued to live in the house and her daughter, Ruby Hawks Mann and her husband lived in the house with her mother. After a few years, in 1957 Mama Hawks passed away, so her daughter Ruby Hawks Mann and her husband E.C. Mann continued to live in the house.
In 1961 the house went from the Mann family to the Cox family. Henry and Lila Cox, my dad’s parents bought the house and lived there until 1982 when both passed away. At that time, my parents Elzie H. Cox and Elaine Mann Cox bought the house from the brothers, Edward Cox and Billy Cox. Elzie passed away in 2001, but Elaine still lived there alone until 2008 when she moved back to Florida to be near her daughters, Ramona and Melanie.
When I was paying my respects to family members recently, I came across this memorial in Evergreen Cemetery. The name was familiar because when I was growing up, I recall my grandmother and great-grandmother speaking fondly of Lark Martin as Fitzgerald’s most famous hero of World War II. They even had a copy of The Saturday Evening Post which featured a story about him. Captain Lark E. Martin, Jr., was born on 9 October 1922 and when he was still a teenager, he was already a B-24 pilot serving in the Pacific Theater with the Jolly Rogers Bomber Squadron, 5th Air Force, based in Port Moresby, New Guinea. A little over a month before his 20th birthday, on 2 September 1943, while piloting the “Battlin’ Betts”, Martin was killed in action. His co-pilot, engineer, radio tech, and five passengers were also lost.