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Picturing the Past 39: Hawkins Feed Mill

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at 10:25 AM

Hawkins Feed Mill, in a photo dated July 16, 1952. (T-G file photo)
One of the earlier Picturing the Past blogs I did showed Clift Feed Mill on Deery Street in 1963.

Here are the same buildings, but from July 1952 when the complex was known as Hawkins Feed Mill and T.D. Hawkins Gin & Feed Co. Is this the same Hawkins family that owns ag-related businesses in Wartrace today?

Look around rural Bedford County and you'll see lots of small farming operations. But the area's economy is far less agriculture-based than in years past.

NOTE: Beginning Thursday I'm starting a blog series about the riot which led to the burning of Bedford County Courthouse 75 years ago. The key days will be posted 75 years later to the day, and I didn't realize when I planned this that those days would be on a weekend. Each day will be on the site from now on, so you catch up later. These will combine what you read in the T-G's 1969 Sesquicentennial edition (taken from the Bedford County Times report) and some very in-depth wire service reports which whoever wrote the '69 accounts wouldn't have had access to.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Thanks David for yet another great picture. I am thinking that T.D. Hawkins was Thomas, and the Wartrace Hawkins was Guy. There may have been a kinship there, but I am not sure. I think that Guy was involved in the Dairy business.

I will be looking forward to the riot photos and stories.

Keep up the good work. You are doing a tremendous service to those of us who a little older as well as the younger folks who never got to see and experience some of these things from the past.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 10:50 AM

Thanks for the long ago pictures of so many familiar places. I remember the many times I drove by the mill. I was in Korea in 1952 when this was made, but I remember it vividly from the 40s. Thanks for sharing these pictures. It was not so easy or cheap to make pictures back in those days.

-- Posted by Grits on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 8:44 PM

Take a look at the Shelbyville Times Gazette "Information- Imperssions' of Shelbyville and Bedford County published Spring 1988. There is a 1923 pic of Hawkins Gin Co. with horses and wagons loaded. There are 176 pages of Shelbyville info.

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 4:45 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.