THE TRIP TO ALBANY
After calls or emails from Indians, Tommy and I
were anxious to know about our two homes.
We decided to make a 1-day trip to see Albany
for ourselves, and check out our homes. We left
at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of January 19th.
We had heard that Crown Hill had suffered, so as
we came into Albany on Dawson Road, to stop and
check on my parent's grave, and to ask about the
graves of several friends.
CROWN HILL CEMETERY
area (to the right of the office) where
monuments are flat and not upright, there was no
visable damage except to the little ornaments
placed on the monuments. At that point, the only
visable damage were the canopies used for
We didn't have the needed time to spend at Crown
Hill, since we had to get to Blackbeard's by
1:00 pm. So, instead of spending time at
the Smith plot, we went to the office to ask
directions for locating family plots for about 5
friends who asked if I would check on their
family's plots. Marty K. Thornhill, of Crown
Hill Cemetary was kind enough to say she would
have the information ready for me before 5 p.m.
when they closed. So we left for
Blackbeards and special friends!
I had put a notice on FaceBook and Vintage
Albany GA, that we would be at Blackbeard's at
1:00 p.m. and suggested any who could ... join
us. I personally invited only one person
creator of Vintage
Albany Georgia ...
I figured it was time the two of us met face to
face, and I was so delighted she was able to
join us! I was also delighted that
Janice Hayes McLendon ('55), Frances Wright
('55) Simpson and husband, Roger; Tommy
Pattiston ('54); Tom Herrington ('56); Betty
Rehberg ('74); Faye McFee Cook ('55) and husband
Dan ('54). The picture below to the right adds
Dan Cook and Beverly Smith ('55) Herrington.
A great surprise for us was that Dan was able to, for the first time,
be without the use of his
wheel chair ... using his seat/walker!!!
We said our goodbyes, got lots of Indian hugs
and started our tour of Albany areas.
First, to 11th Avenue:
The Herrington family ...
Tommy ('56) David ('60 ) and Kay Herrington
('62) ... lived at 1112 11th Avenue.
Neighbors were Nancy Castleberry ('57), Wayne
Kennedy ('55), Charlie Foster ('55), Jimmy
Farmer and Bob Lewis.
The Herrington home suffered no damage from the
trees that fell. The driveway entrance,
however looked as if the earth pushed up and
broke the concrete into pieces. We met the
owner and he was puzzled as to why. He had
been able to have the downed trees taken away
... yet to the West, piles of trees and brush
... 8th & Taft
FSU Squad Car stopped on Taft ... house
on this corner
facing 8th with untold damage
... Slappey, Turning
East on 3rd
McBeth Home in the 60's and 70's
We had heard about the damage to the beautiful
oak trees that formed the canopy effect on 3rd and 2nd ...
still we were not prepared ...
THE LIME SINK
If I remember correctly, across the
street from the Lime Sink is The Kahn's ('55)
family home (below).
We drove over to Rawson Circle, which we heard
was an area that suffered the most damage ...
but it actually looked pretty good, with neat
piles of wood waiting for the "pick up" truck
So we turned West on 3rd, heading back
Slappey and beyond ...
Many took piano lessons from Mrs. Ceil
Crouch in this home - no visable damage!
Crossing Slappey and Continuing up 3rd
Presently, this is the Albany Home of Governor
George D. Busbee. The
house was originally built in 1956, and was the
home of Gus and Rachel Spies, and Sonny ('57) and
... Then 3rd
Avenue to ...
1605 Orchard Drive: Neighborhood
consisted of ... the
Smith Family ... Beverly
('55), Sharon ('58) and Tina ('61). Neighbors
were Ben Allison ('55), Dr. McKemie (house in
background), Linda Jones ('56), Ted Cahill
('55), Mary Jean Cook ('55), Carol Hallowell
('55), and Ray Ragsdale ('57).
Work on the roof was already in progress.
Tree went through the carport entrance to
kitchen, and damage to dining room, and back
bedroom suite ... boarded up.
Mother's precious Rose of Sharon's crushed ...
Several AHS Indians lived one block over ...
Cahill home on left with a huge amount of damage ...
next door, Cook home left untouched
Two homes across the street - Jones home (R) showed
roof damage, next door the Hallowell (L) only a hole in front
yard where tree was uprooted.
The Ragsdale's Home (side entrance
straight ahead) - no damage from this view
LAST STOP ...
CROWN HILL CEMETERY
It appeared that most damage affected the
"standing monuments" both under trees and out in
the open; but the flat monuments were not
affected ... much to my relief. Even
though Bill Dorough ('69) had emailed me that
"all was well" ... it was good to see for myself
I changed the flowers ... said goodbye to
Mother, Daddy and little Lukie
... and we left for HOME in
But ... for many AHS
Indians and other Albanians ...
trying times still loom ahead.
We are proud and thankful for
the Indians who have given their
time and money to help those in
distress. We send our
warmest thoughts and prayers for