20 June 2009

A Main Street in Macon

This month, A Festival of Postcards is showcasing "Main Street."

The caption on the front of this postcard is "Third Street Intersection, Showing Dempsey Hotel, Macon, Ga." There is a handwritten date of May 31, 1947. The Dempsey Hotel was in operation from 1913 - 1983. In the early years, it was a luxury hotel that held lavish galas and candlelit dinners. Today, it is an assisted living apartment complex for the elderly.

This postcard was "made only by Tichnor Bros., Inc., Boston, Mass." It was "pub. by Service News Co., Macon, GA." It contains a George Washington 1 ¢ stamp, and is addressed to Mrs. C. Hirschemiller of Cincinnati, Ohio. The initial greeting from the senders, Wally & Betty, is "Hi Mom, dear --." They go on to mention a red X marked on the front of the postcard is where they were while writing. I don't know Wally, Betty, or Mrs. Hirschemiller, but I think that information is pretty cool. I can easily go stand where they once were more than sixty years ago. I hope their trip was a good one.

What does this have to do with Lincecum Lineage? It's somewhat of a stretch, but follow me for a moment... The actual address of the Dempsey Hotel / Apartments is 523 Cherry Street. This is a main street in downtown Macon that does connect to my family tree. A cousin, Charles Drury Peavy, was the secretary, treasurer, and manager of Wood-Peavy Furniture Co. in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Guess where they were located -- 558 and 560 Cherry Street! Not far from the Dempsey at all.

Just shy of one year ago, a kind relative sent me a copy of a letter written by Charles Peavy on company letterhead. It is was dated January 1899 and mentions many family members. To me, it is a priceless treasure.

Charles Drury Peavy (1864-1925) was buried in the Byron City Cemetery; Peach County, Georgia. More on that later. :-)


Laurie said...

I am very impressed by the grave photographs and the ephemera as well! Fantastic!
Best wishes

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks a bunch, Laurie!

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

I was just going through all my blog links to check that they worked when I realized that your blog is not registered over at the Technorati Search Engine for blogs. I know this because when I google "Main Street in Macon" my Festival site comes up but not your original article! Which is not fair!
A lot of bloggers are now using Technorati so I strongly suggest you head on over there and "claim your blog".
Evelyn in Montreal

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks for the tip, Evelyn! I thought this blog was registered at Technorati... I'll have to check on that.

Anonymous said...


i googled the wood- peavy furniture company because my great-grandfather was charles peavy. i didn't really expect to find anything, but apparently, i found a distant cousin. i would be very curious to see a copy of that letter. it looks like it was dated 1899 which is the year my grandfather jack peavy was born. his older brother, my great uncle charlie was, i believe, the the eldest son of charlie peavy sr. when he passed away down in macon around 1980 or so we went down and cleaned out his house. i believe that to this day my mother still has the hand-written ledgers from back in the day.

i'm planning to start doing a family tree from both sides of my family soon. if you would be willing to share any info. that you have on the peavy family, i would be happy to do the same.

my e-mail address is rh at taconicdesign dot com.



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