Fayette Past

This page is a collection of stories written by people associated with Fayette who wish to maintain the memory of events and people of the town’s past. Some of these writings are from personal memory while others have been researched to create a history of the city.

Hopefully, none of these writings contain anything libelous or mean spirited in any way, but should you find something you feel defames any person, then please use the “Contacts” button (upper right of screen) to contact us.

If you have material you believe would be of interest and would like to see published here, then please use the “Contacts” button to express your desire and you will be contacted.

It is not the purpose of the City of Fayette to make this an official history of the city; but rather a means to give readers interested in the past a way to gain some insight into events and people that have given Fayette its character and history. The City of Fayette does not and cannot warrant the correctness of the details contained in these stories. The details contained in these writings have not been verified by any city representative and should not be considered authoritative or official in any sense.


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Poultry Industry Can Thank Rasberrys by Fayette Historical Society

At one time Fayette was a producer of baby chicks.

Poultry Industry Can Thank Rasberrys for Healthy Flocks
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Pest House Was Tragedy by Fayette Historical Society

A glimpse of the fatality of contacting diseases many years ago.

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Progress Club Incorporated as a Service Organization by Fayette Historical Society

An account of the beginning and early work of the Progress Club and Library

Progress Club Incorporated
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Rotary Club Organized 1964

Rotary Club Organized 1964

(Dr Mabry seems to have come to Fayette from Pickens County)
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Brown Lumber Company by Laddie Porter from Nolen and Bobbie Sanders

Lumber business in the 1920’s required men, animals and assorted vehicles

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The William Walter (Will) Maddox That I Knew by Jack S. Butler, Sr.

Jack Butler grew up in Fayette in the 1920’s and 30’s before going to school at Auburn. He writes about Mr. Will Maddox and the lesson learned from a bet on the Joe Lewis – James J. Braddock fight.

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Jack Butler goes to college by Jack S. Butler, Sr.

Mr. Butler gives some insight into how he financed his college expenses.

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How “Cowboy” Strickland came by his name by Jack S. Butler, Sr.

Mr. Butler portrays a young man with a willingness and determination to take advantage of his opportunities.

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The Syrup Man’s Fine Car by Robert W. Maddox

Robert Maddox writes of his time as a teenager working at his father’s gas station.

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Grandpa’s Ponies by Robert W. Maddox

Robert Maddox writes about the cold, cold night when Dad said, “boy, we’ve got a mess going on downtown. Your grandpa’s ponies have got out of the barn, six of them are downtown galloping all over the place…”.

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MY LIFE AS A REDNECK GAS STATION ATTENDANT by Robert W. Maddox

Gas stations were a lot different in the 1950’s than they are today.

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My Daughter’s Car Part 1 by Robert W. Maddox

Looking for just the right car – a candy apple red MG.

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My Daughter’s Car Part 2 by Robert W. Maddox

Experiences with the MG

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Reuben Davis – Fayette’s First Doctor by Jackie Waldon

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Byler Road – Fayette’s Connection to Alabama’s First Road by Jackie Waldon

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A Brief History of Fayette County by Jackie Waldon

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Disease Killed More Civil War Solders Than Bullets by Jackie Waldon

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A County Divided by Jackie Waldon

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Hartsook Prison – addendum to A County Divided by Jackie Waldon

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A Pen Picture of Old and New Fayette by Jackie Waldon

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Article Printed in 1887 Predicted Great Things for Fayette by Jackie Waldon

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Origins of Frog Level by Jackie Waldon

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Creation of Lamar County from Part of Fayette by Jackie Waldon

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Disastrous Fire Destroys Fayette by Jackie Waldon

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John C Moore built the first hotel in Fayette by Jackie Waldon

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John C Robertson by Jackie Waldon

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Judge Burr Wilson by Jackie Waldon

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Judge Holland Bell by Jackie Waldon

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Location of the Railroad and Courthouse causes the death of “Old Town” by Jackie Waldon

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Martha Fort – one of largest land owners in Fayette County by Jackie Waldon

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New Court House Established by Jackie Waldon

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Old Town by Jackie Waldon

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The Clan Robertson by Jackie Waldon

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The First Circuit Court by Jackie Waldon

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The First Public Schools by Jackie Waldon

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The Grimsleys by Jackie Waldon

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The Hanging of William Kirby by Jackie Waldon

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The McCollum Family of the Ford by Jackie Waldon

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The Night the Stars Fell by Jackie Waldon

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The Robber Baron of Newtonville by Jackie Waldon

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The Settling of Ford’s Mountain by Jackie Waldon

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The Whitney House by Jackie Waldon

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