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PATRON + Brundidge, Alabama was nearly leveled by a tornado April 8, 1937



BRUNDIDGE is a town in the southeastern part of Pike County. The population was 2,076 at the 2010 census, down from 2,341 in 2000. It was founded prior to the Civil War by George C. Collier who established a trading post and saloon in the area. The town of Brundidge was located on the old stagecoach road from Troy to Dale County, and was long known as COLLIER’S Store, but changed to Brundidge in 1854, in honor of an early settler, James M. Brundidge, who was a prominent citizen and the founder of the local Masonic lodge.

Among the early settlers were G. C. COLLIER, first merchant; DR. JOHN KENDALL KNOX and DR. JOHN RUSSELL first physicians; REV. ANTHONY S. DICKINSON, Methodist, and REV. J. M. MACON, Baptist, first preachers; PROF. JOHNSON, PROF. CARR and PROF.PRIEST early teachers; JOHN CRUMPTON, T. J. PIERSON, W. J. SEAY and the NICHOLSON, CARR, DINKINS, McSWAIN. WILLIAMS, CARLISLE, FAULK, REID, WOOD, HENDRICKS and FLEMING families. Many of them were well-to-do and of a high order of intelligence and culture. Several of them owned and cultivated large plantations, raising cotton, sugar-cane, corn, peanuts, melons, fruits, etc., and cattle and hogs were produced in abundance.

The town of Brundidge was incorporated in 1893, and the Brundidge Banking Company opened in 1900. The town soon became known for its cane-growing and marketed much syrup, besides large quantities of peanuts which was sold to manufacturers of oil.

From Elba Clipper, Elba, Alabama April 15, 1937
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Brundidge native, “Alonza E. Johnston, opened a peanut butter mill, and his Johnston Oil Company was soon shipping more than two million jars per year. The company also produced velvet bread and mayonnaise, and operated warehouses, gins, and an ice plant.

The business has ceased operation. The old Johnston Mill and General Store has been adapted as a museum. The mill, as well as the Lightfoot House in Brundidge, are both listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.” (Wikipedia)

Today, Brundidge is the second largest city in Pike County, Alabama.

Sources .—Brewer, Alabama (1872), p. 505; Polk’s Alabama gazetteer, 1888-9, p. 239.

From Elba Clipper, Elba, Alabama April 15, 1937
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