Lowndes County and Columbus both have a very rich history. Below are some images from the past. For more information about these images or to learn more about the past of Lowndes County and Columbus, please visit the Local History Department at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.
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Richard Laws at Laws Drug Store, 1995. Laws Drug Store was the oldest operating drug store in Columbus when it closed in 1995. Open for over 90 years, three generations of Laws had owned and operated the store.
Opened in 1905 by John R. Laws and Charles Colvin the first store was located on Fifth Avenue South. A few years later, the store moved to 221 Fifth Street South.
A photograph of two men from around the 1930s standing in front of the OK Motor Company, a dealer in Ford and Lincoln automobiles. It was located at 401-403 Second Avenue South (now the parking lot on the corner of College Street and 4th Street South).
The company president was Otto Kochtitzky while Julia Kochtitzky worked as secretary-treasurer.
Local beauticians, c. 1960s.
Front row (l to r): Johnie Manning Cockrell, Rosalie Harris, Lurleen Thompson, and Rosalie Morris
Back row (l to r): Annie Laurie Richardson, Paulette Moody, and Hilda Hopkins
R.E. Hunt High School Homecoming Parade, 1964.
Library staff, c. 1960s.
Two boys building a model of a library in the old library located in the Stephen D. Lee High School Band Room,
The Merchants and Farmers Bank Baseball Team.
We believe it was at Propost Park perhaps in the 1960s.
Individuals identified thus far include:
Front Row (L to R)--Clyde Edwards, Randy Edwards, Eddie Gore, Edward Gore, "Sonny" Blevins, unidentified?, and (no first name) Price.
Back Row (L to R)--Johnnie Will Tate, (no first name) Shelton, Kenneth Brown, Spencer Cotton, (no first name) Hairston, Larry Lockett, and Stacy Glenn.
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