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Posted on May 25, 2018 at 4:06 PM by Jamesan Stuckey
Be sure to mark your calendar for June 9th. A group of experts from the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be in the Archives Conference Room from 12-4PM to answer any questions you may have regarding artifacts in your personal collection.
This is a FREE event and marks a renewed partnership between the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society, Upson Historical Society, and the Thomaston-Upson Archives. Previous Archaeology Day events were held in the Archives, from 2006-2010.
Feel free to bring anything you have unearthed such as pottery or arrowheads and discover what others have found. Archaeologist Stephen Hammack offered, “People want to know what type of artifacts they have and how old they are. We can tell them anything about an artifact; we just can’t tell them how much it’s worth.”
Come learn about the prehistory and history of Upson County as well as Middle Georgia, in this one day only event, and don’t forget your artifacts!
Posted on May 17, 2018 at 1:57 PM by Jamesan Stuckey
If you’re a member of the Upson Historical Society, you may likely remember a column which frequently appeared in the monthly newsletter. Beginning in 1997 with Elizabeth Adams Storey, the “I Remember When” series would recollect Thomaston related history throughout the years. Then, in 1998, Mr. Hartford Pryor took over writing the column for the next 12 years. Living in Thomaston since he was five years old, Pryor would write stories about working in Thomaston Mills, all the stores that occupied Five Points, making snow ice cream in the 1930’s, and nearly anything else that came to mind. Here in the Archives, we’ve retained these stories.
Try visiting us sometime and read about the story of the “Blind Man’s Store” on the corner of Holston Dr. and Triune Mill Rd.
Here is one discussing the Vali-Jean Inn and Paulk’s Pharmacy.
I remember when the engineering department of Thomaston Mills, now known as “The Pink Palace”, and located on Barnesville Street across from the front gate of the Thomaston Division, was a picture show. East Thomaston Baptist Church, which was up the street on Avenue F, used that building for Sunday School in the morning and BYPU (Baptist Young Peoples Union) in the evening. The upstairs was used by “The Eastern Star Lodge” and “The Woodmen of the World”.
(In) later years, Doctor Elijah A. Paulk rented this building and opened Paulk’s Pharmacy. There was a large hotel across from the drug store that Dr. Paulk and his wife, Valery, opened. They rented out the rooms and served meals. The hotel was named “Florence Hotel”, but Mrs. Paulk changed it to the “Vali-Jean Hotel.” Dr. and Mrs. Paulk lived there 12 years. Sometimes Mrs. Paulk would let other people come in and eat. Mrs. Paulk had to hire a crew to help feed everybody. She had about the same number of carry-outs going to the mill as she had eat-ins. She was one good cook. Once you tried it out, there was no stopping. The meal was approx. $1.25…
(Hartford Pryor's "I Remember When Columns" no. 100-3)
Photos: Florence Hotel, 1925, Historical Photos Collection, Thomaston-Upson Archives and Mr. Hartford Pryor, ca 1990's
Posted on May 3, 2018 at 4:31 PM by Jamesan Stuckey
An excellent quick guide for storing your family photographs.
*The following list is from www.organizedphotos.com Click link below for proper credit*
Look for products that state they are acid free and pvc free. (If using tissue paper or other paper products as dividers, look for the term “buffered” as well!)