Lowndes County History
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.
Laws Drug Store was 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.
Two men in downtown Columbus, circa 1930s
Two men stand in front of the OK Motor Company in an image from around the 1930s. OK Motor Company dealt Ford and Lincoln automobiles. It was located at 401-403 Second Avenue South, which is now the parking lot on the corner of College Street and 4th Street South today.
Otto Kochtitzky served as OK Motor Company's president, while Julia Kochtitzky worked as secretary-treasurer.
Local beauticians, circa 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, circa 1960s.
Two boys in the Stephen D. Lee High School Band Room, circa 1960s
Two boys work on 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, circa 1960s
This image is believed to have been taken at Propst Park. Individuals include:
Front Row (L to R): Clyde Edwards, Randy Edwards Eddie Gore, Edward Gore, "Sonny" Blevens, unidentified male, 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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