Fred Bailey writes: I grew up in Edison, across the street from Mr. Joe and “Miss” Lynnette Jackson. They owned this business that we called “the freezer locker”. I believe the formal name of it was Calhoun County Frozen Foods…I was born in Edison in 1950. I worked for the Jacksons for a couple of months back then to earn money for college. Cows and hogs were slaughtered and processed there. Monday was “hog killing day”- also custom deer processing was done, as well as cold storage for the public. Horace Shepard, Jr, as well as a great man- a black man named “Sam” who taught me a lot about life, worked there along with the Jackson’s two son: Tom, who is my age, along with the older brother Joe, Jr, and of course Mr. Joe as well as “Miss” Lynnette also worked there. Life was much simpler back then- but though I like to look back on it- I really don’t miss it.
Tag Archives: South Georgia Streamline Moderne Architecture
Though not Streamline Moderne (or Art Moderne) in the purest sense, this house, whether built this way or modified to this appearance, exhibits strong elements of the style. It’s quite rare in residential examples, especially rural ones.
O’Neal School Neighborhood Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Here’s yet another South Georgia landmark about to be lost to “progress”. Streamline Moderne architecture, characterized by curving forms and long horizontal lines, is akin somewhat to Art Deco and has been disappearing nearly as fast as our tobacco barns and country stores. (Thanks to Lew Oliver for correctly identifying this form for me). Since it doesn’t have the same aesthetic, it’s harder to drum up widespread preservation support, or even interest for that matter. But it’s a highly endangered form in our area. A preservationist friend recently made me aware that the razing of this structure was imminent; even though it was a hard fought battle, the local preservation group relented and has allowed the tear-down to move forward.
Buddy Bryan, who first identified this for me in 2010, wrote: “This old market on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street was originally owned by Buster Branch during the late ’40s and 50′s and known as Branch’s Market.” It wasn’t the first supermarket in Tifton, though, as I had originally thought. Matt Brown writes: The first super market in Tifton was the A & P Super Market… The A & P was located on 3rd Street across from Lang Printing. The building was completed and the A & P opened in the summer on 1947. Branch’s Market opened in 1948. I know these facts because my father, uncle and grandfather were the contractor’s that built the A & P food store…W P Brown & Sons. The building is still in use today and through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s was home to the Goodyear Tire & Service Center.
This view, and the one below, show the Second Street side of the building, as well as the old South Georgia Ice Company. I think the ice company took over the market building at one point, as well.
The last two shots are detail studies of the iconic curved corner with the glass bricks and lamp post.
Though the forthcoming tenant, Colony Bank, has submitted plans “incorporating” these historic details, it will be a far cry from the original, and in my opinion, an insult to the original architecture.
Update: Branch’s Market was razed in 2014.
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!