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  1. Contrary to popular belief, the project was not built by the WPA. It was built by the Resettlement Administration.

  2. My family moved here in 1940 and lived eight wonderful years. It was a perfect place go grow up in. We lived at 263 Magnolia Street, next door to the Leonard Lawson family and across the street from the Harry Daniels
    family. When the war started my Father went to Millington, Tennessee, as a Civil Engineer, to help build the Naval Air Station. My Mother kept us in Alabama for the next six years, hoping we could live there forever. We moved in 1948. Thanks for all the history and pictures. It really took me “home”.

  3. My father, James w. Adkins, and my mother, Lamana Adkins, moved to our home on 508 Chalkville Road in 1942. I would walk to a house on North mall to pay the rent. My dad went to work at Oakridge, TN. My dad returned home at the end of WWII and he purchased the house we lived in.

    Me and my brother lived in that house until we married. I married Jack Martin in 1957 and we have continued to living in Trussville where we raised our two children, Mark and Malea. My Brother, Gary, married June McGinnis in 1962 and had two children, James and Shannon. He moved several times, but eventually moved back to Trussville and lived where he lived until he passed away.

    Four generations – Me, my mother, my brother our children and grandchildren all grew up in Trussville and attended Trussville Schools.

    My father and mother continued living at 508 Chalkville Road until their deaths in 1983 and 1986 respectively. After my dad passed away, I renovated the house to minimize expenses. When my mother passed away, the house was sold.

    Trussville, with it’s schools and our church, has always been me and my family’s home.

    1. HELLO WANDA, I AM GARY MCREYNOLDS, DAG WAS AND IS MY NICK NAME. GARY AND I WERE GOOD FRIENDS AL THE WAY THROUGH HI SCHOOL. WE BUILT A NEW HOUSE IN PINSON IN 1968 MOVED TO JUPITER FL. IN 1973 THEN TO ORLANDO 1988 THEN TO DEBARY FL. IN 1996. WE JUST BUILT A HOUSE IN LAKE CITY, FL. WE NOW LIVE THERE. IT IS A LITTLE LIKE TRUSSVILLE BACK IN THE 50″S. I WAS IN YOUR WEDDING AND STILL GOT THE PICTURE OF ME AND GARY THERE. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN, STEVE AND JEANNIE, JEANNIE AND HER FAMILY STILL LIVE IN JUPITER AND STEV AND HIS FAMILY LIVE HERE IN LAKE CITY.

    2. Wanda- I have an Article that was in my mom’s scrapbook about you. If you’ll give me an email address I’ll send you a copy. It’s from around 1956ish.

  4. i did not know there was a furnace in trussville.

  5. I go to Trussville quite often. Gotta try to find this. Does Trussville have a library?

    1. Yes on Park Drive next to the “old” high school…

  6. Meredith Osborne Morgan

  7. Graduated Hewitt in 1984,last class from the old high school

  8. Meredith Osborne Morgan

  9. Richard Healy
    Thought you’d get a kick out of it

  10. My grandmother lived in the first house on Parkway Drive next to the park. Her sister and husband Mayor Charles Grover lived next door. Charlotte Marshall Cooper’s outlived his wife and stayed in his house until he died. He owned both houses.
    I loved visiting and playing in the Cahaba and in the parks.

  11. Is anyone getting a written or oral history of this area

  12. Thank you for this reminder of our history!

  13. My Uncle Henry lived in one of the original “project” houses. His was a sing!e family on a large lot. Beautiful old house he lovingly restored and kept up. I wanted to move in there about 20+ years ago but they are priced out of my range now. I love journey have been mostly kept up.

    There was also another project up in Palmerdale, they all had 5 acres and a barn. Again out of my price range.

  14. Love living in Trussville! My grandmother used to live in one of these homes. I have great memories from my childhood of the neighborhood and making new memories now!

  15. My daddy called the WPA program – We Piddle Around. Has anyone else heard it referred to this way? He wasn’t trying to insult the Program, he just said that’s what people called it back then.