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Can anyone identify this monument/memorial this young sailor is standing on? There appear to be two small US flags behind him as well as cannon balls at its base. The sailor, Watson Clark from Red Oak, AL, was on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga CV3 which entered Pearl Harbor about a week after it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The picture was likely taken in the late 30s or early 40s.

Elliot-Manning house 5 th Ave

The Elliott-Manning house is now gone and this lot is empty. The lot is southwest of the hospital (diagonal from hospital block on the south side of 5th Ave). Manning’s Landing on Lake Jackson is 365 yds behind this house. The camellia bush in this picture on the left of the steps still stands and lives on the empty lot.


The only information we have about this picture is that on the back it says “Miss Paul’s picnic group”.


Booth house. South 5th St. The Hughes mansion is in the background



Early Florala City School (date unknown). Help us identify where this school was located. One guess is that it was the school located at the current Greenwood cemetery. A school was located there on the AL-FL state line so that it could be used and supported by both AL and FL.

The pictures above show a poster of Florala business advertisements. The date is unknown, but may be around 1911. We are unsure how these posters were used but they were possibly posted around town on special occasions such as the June 24th Masonic celebrations. Click to enlarge to read.


This is not Florala, but Auburn AL, Apr 6, 1942. It shows Toomer’s corner. Toomer’s Drug store is the building on the right. Toomer’s trees are just outside of view in this picture to the right and left. Note the “Auburn Grill”. Many from Florala went to Auburn for an education. A lot of young people came during the war years to learn trades to assist in the war effort.


  • By Miki Meadows, March 28, 2017 @ 11:23 pm

    Thank you for posting these photos!

  • By Lan Lipscomb, October 9, 2017 @ 9:55 am

    When I saw the photo of downtown Auburn in 1942, a tear came to my eye. Although I was born in 1958, the Auburn of my childhood looked much like this picture. Of particular interest was my grandfather’s drugstore sign for Lipscomb’s Tiger Drugstore which I had heard had a mortar and pestle for its logo but which I had never seen. It’s just discernible in the picture, two shop signs to the left of the street lamp that’s behind the leftmost dark car in the row of parked vehicles extending from the right and past the center.

    My grandfather’s drugstore became my father’s in the late 1940s. After he came home from WWII and finished his pharmacy degree, my father took over the business from his father who was in poor health. It was thus a family business for 66 years, from 1922 to 1988. The whole building which included what was then a Florsheim’s shoe shop to the south and a tiny little jeweler’s shop belonging to T.I. “Ish” Jockish was passed down to me, the current owner. My great-grandmother bought the building in 1898 for $600.

    I am currently editing my father’s WWII letters home and would very much like to include this photograph. It shows the Auburn of that era and a number of businesses mentioned in his letters: the drugstore, Jockish’s Jewelers, the Gazes family’s iconic Auburn Grille, Manning’s Photography Studio above Toomer’s Corner–the rightmost building partly obscured by the brick pillar in the foreground.

    Would you, or the owner of the photo, give me permission to reproduce the photo in the edition of letters? I would be immensely grateful and would provide credit in whatever form you specify. I’m not sure when/if the letters will get published. It’s been a labor of love, but there’s been no great rush since I found the letters only a few years ago, long after my father died in 1993. If you do allow me to reproduce it, do you mind sending me the image in a .jpg or other conventional picture format? I would like very much to see if I can enhance some details and fit my memory to them. Although I am only 59, I’ve become aware of how few people remember Auburn from even the 1960s, my childhood time.

    No matter what you decide, I want to thank you for gratifying my morning.

    Lan Lipscomb
    551 Heard Ave.
    Auburn, AL 36830
    lanlipscomb1958@gmail.com or lanlipscomb@troy.edu

  • By Lan Lipscomb, October 9, 2017 @ 10:17 am

    About the pictures with the sailor standing in front of a memorial. One of the pictures shows what appears to be the breech end of a cannon. I know that many Civil War memorials were made from cannon placed upright, usually with a cannon ball to stopper the open barrel, and these often designated the place where a general was killed or where a general had a field HQ during an important battle. There are several such markers at Gettysburg, Shiloh, and one for the Battle of Atlanta–but none matching this image. I also found on the internet similar memorials in Civil War-era cemeteries, especially in the midwest. I hope that helps.

  • By Max Baker, October 9, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    I am delighted you made contact. Please feel free to use that image of Auburn in any way you want. If you ever publish anything, just say its from the Charles Baker family. The picture was in my father’s things (Charles Baker from Florala). His hobby as a young man was photography. I feel pretty sure he or a friend took the picture. He went to Auburn for some training in the war years so we know he was there. I may have another one or two of people on the sidewalk in Auburn. I’ll look to see if they reveal much about the storefronts. I’ll take a look at the original too and see if I can get a better copy.

    Best regards
    Max Baker

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