What I learn from my Activerain friends and blog readers. Free visit to Coolidge GA.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

One of my new-found blog friends who grew up in Searcy Arkansas read a comment from me that said I was raised in Coolidge Georgia so therefore I didn't know everything and everybody who used to live in Searcy.

I found something in the mail a few days later.  Jim Bohannon, who grew up in Searcy, had send me a 1920's map of Coolidge Georgia.  He very tactfully suggested that I was surely not around in 1920 but most little towns changed very little from year to year. 

I studied that map and my memories came flowing back.  I decided to see if Googlemaps had pictures of Coolidge.  They did!!!  So I took a walk around my old home town.  The most interesting thing that I found that was there when I lived there and hasn't changed one bit is the old Dr. Jones (I think that is what my mother called it) office building.  He was long dead then and even deader now.  But look at this building.  Imagine the old bottles and medicinal antiques.  Marvel, too, that is hasn't been changed or vandalized.  It has to be the Coolidge museum.

Old Dr. Jones building Coolidge GAThis is a picture that I took last year.  Google shows it still there. Interesting here is how houses in South Georgia were built up like this and had no underpinning.  Kids could climb under and play.

Dogs could climb under and get cool.

Snakes could climb under and come up through the cracks.

I wish I knew the history, the real history, of this old building.

 

 

Here's the Google view.

Coolidge GA

The main street through Coolidge was taken in by the four lane highway leaving almost no sidewalk space.  No wonder the city has suffered.

Main Street Coolidge GA

I checked on where my old eccentric and passed-on Aunt Mary used to live.  The house was always foliage -covered and low on the ground.  The highway took most of her yard too.

Aunt Mary's house

Then I stopped by my Aunt Sarah's house.  She has been passed on only a year or two and she was off the highway but it also had lots of foliage.

Aunt Sarah's house Coolidge GA

My half-brother Odell Dillard, also now passed on, built himself a brick house on Mamie Street in the 50's and I had to stop there too

Dillard's house. Cooldige GA

Just a few doors down was where I lived.  I didn't know it was Mamie Street.  Mail then just came to Mr. John Doe, Coolidge GA. If the mail was mailed in the town, it might just say John Doe, City. There were big old pecan trees in the yard and I'd pick up those pecans and sell them for a little change.

  Mamie Street Coolidge GA

The school was just a block away.  I walked to school every day.  The old gym where I played basketball shows in this picture.  Sadly the old school burned after it was forced to consolidate with a larger school 12 miles away but I entered one end of the building as a little 1st grader and exited the other end as a 12th grade graduate.  The things I learned there that have helped me most in life was typing and English.

Coolidge Ga school site

I could also walk downtown each day to get the mail from the post office.  I slipped on the polished floor one day, ruined my dress and a few days later the kind post office people presented me with fabric for a brand new dress.  Nice people worked there and they knew how poor we were and that my mother sewed most of our clothes.  This is the site of the OLD post office.  Now there is a big new one.

Old post office building Coolidge GA

Some people were not poor and lived in houses like these.  The houses are still there according to my walk with Google.

Big house Coolidge GA

Big house Coolidge GA

I regret to say that the one I lived in looked more like this one.

Old house in Coolidge GA

Three years ago, before this blogging started, I wouldn't have met Jim Bohannan, I wouldn't have known there was a 1920 map of my home town and I wouldn't have known how to travel to it through the Googlemaps.  So thanks to Activerain, Jim and Mr. Google for taking me on a memory trip to Coolidge Georgia, a little town that now has probably 500 souls and back then probably had 200. 

 

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Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
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I had to laugh at Dr Jones being even deader now.  Enjoyed your trip down your own memory lane with google.  I did that with my home town, odd to see all the changes mixed in with places that are just the same.  But I remember our house as being sooooo much bigger.  :)

May 30, 2011 05:14 AM #1
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Debbie Wantulok

Oh, what a lovely walk we had this morning with you through Coolidge, GA. My grandfather would have taken us to a town like that to visit some tiny little family owned restaurant for pie and coffe (my pick back then was chocolate pie and a coke). I couldn't ever figure out why we would drive a couple of hours to have pie and coffee when we lived in west Little Rock and could have pie and coffe just a short distance from the house. Somethings we just don't appreciate until we are older...

News Flash Ms. Barbara: Just because you made your own clothes didn't mean you were poor. We made our own clothes and we were'nt what I would call poor growing up. I could have as much money as I wanted...if I went to the fabric store...but I wouldn't get any assistance in purchasing a new dress already made...I had to earn that myself. I learned how to make about anything I wanted...I made jackets with welt pockets and put some inside (like men's jackets)...I had a few favorite patterns and I would combine the collar from this dress and sleeves from that one...I really enjoyed it better than shopping anyway and everyone always wanted my clothes. No generics...all originals. Of course there is a difference in homemade and custom made even though both happened at my sewing machine.

I wish we could purchase fabrics now like we did back then.

Thanks for the walk through and the discriptions of your hometown....it was a little early here for pie and coffee.

May 30, 2011 05:31 AM #2
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Don Thompson
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Barbara, you and the Google Man took us on an insightful tour of your home town. Very nice! Thanks.

You said " I was raised in Coolidge Georgia so therefore I didn't know everything and everybody who used to live in Searcy." Well you certainly have made up for that with your blog!

I second Miz Debbie's statement about home made clothes. Paula's mom made many of her clothes including formals. My mother made fun clothes for me and even my grandkids.

 

May 30, 2011 06:36 AM #3
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Rita Fong
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Barbara, wow, thanks for taking us with you to tour your old hometown.  It is amazing what technology and blogging do for us, it is so interesting to "walk" through Coolidge with you.

May 30, 2011 06:49 AM #4
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Barbara, thanks for taking me back in time with Coolidge and it is amazing how much is out on Google. The way that house is built up off the ground is amazing, AND that it is still there. Have a good Memorial Day.

May 30, 2011 07:16 AM #5
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
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Barbara, I have to say it again. Coolidge lost and Searcy gained. You are a great citizen and I look forward to meeting you someday.

May 30, 2011 07:42 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Virginia, I'm glad you explored your home town as I did.  Google is so amazing and makes me wonder how they can photograph all those small towns.  BUT, small towns would be much easier than doing large ones.  LOL

Debbie, I used to sew also.  My mother taught me how to sew on her old treadle sewing maching and it was so much fun to push that pedal.  Later on, we talked her into an electric one to take its place and she NEVER forgave us.  Every chance she had she'd complain about the electric one vs. the old treadle one.  There were so many sewing machines that they never became collectible and valuable.  I admit that I bought one for myself and it is in my foyer, treadle and all.  It's a Singer and even though I've never used it, I love it.

Don, continuing with the sewing story, I took Home Ec in high school.  Girls... Home Ec.... boys Shop, remember?  We were taught how to sew, how to use patterns, etc.  It really was pretty valuable lessons.  When was it that clothing prices came down so low that it was no longer economical to buy material and "make your own."

Rita, I'm giving you the "key to the city" of Coolidge!

Gary, it was a fun trip, I must admit, and required no gasoline.

Charles, you make me blush with that compliment.......

 

 

Jun 01, 2011 03:47 AM #7
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Godmother,

I bets you were a very young girl back then in 1920 but you can probably remembers if you tickle you memory gland.

Nutsy

Jun 03, 2011 10:43 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Nutsy, you flatter me again.  I don't know what I'm going to do with you. 

Jun 03, 2011 02:29 PM #9
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Julie Bryan
KeySouth Real Estate Group - Thomasville, GA
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Barbara...I am just beginning with Active Rain and I was navigating around and saw the Thomas County link, thus I found your blog on Coolidge and read it with interest! I was raised and still live in Thomasville, GA. It is a small world! I have a brother that lives in Conway AR...

Julie Busbee Bryan RE/MAX of Thomasville,GA

Nov 24, 2011 12:43 PM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Julie, thanks for the comment.  Wish I'd known you earlier because we had to settle the half-brother's estate after his son died.  We needed a REALTOR.  Thomasville was the big town that we'd visit from Coolidge....or Moultrie.  We were half way between the two towns.  You could ride the bus from Coolidge to either of those towns. 

I think the Googlemaps thing is so amazing!  To think that I actually was able to visit Coolidge without leaving my computer.  Memories sure flowed back. 

I do remember riding the Coolidge float in the Thomasville Rose Parade.  It was a big deal for me as a young girl.  I assume the Rose Parade still exists.  I also have a collection of The Big Oak post cards.  When we'd go to Thomasville, we'd have to see the Big Oak.

Nov 24, 2011 12:56 PM #11
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