Berrien County News
December 5, 1898
Mr. D.J. Rigell, a popular and industrious young man of the Milltown district, has engaged in the mercantile business at Ray’s Mill. The News wishes him all the business he anticipates.
David Jackson Rigell was born March 16, 1872 in Clinch County, Georgia. The 1900 Census shows that David Rigell was living in Ray’s Mill (Militia District 1144) on June 13th of that year. He was the head of household, a single white male, age 28. He could read and write, and gave his occupation as Merchandising. He owned his home. His neighbors were the widow Jemimah Boyd who was farming her own place with her son & daughters, and Elias Harnage & family who were renting a farm. Living in David Rigell’s household was his brother, Bryant Rigell, age 25, who was also occupied in General Merchandise.
Rigell’s general merchandise store, one of the historic businesses of Ray City, was located near the old mill at Ray’s millpond. The 1904 state publication Advantages of Georgia for those desiring homes in a genial climate, lists Rigell’s general store among the businesses at Ray’s Mill. The post office of that era was in the same building, and Rigell may have served as Ray’s Mill postmaster then. This building has since been moved about ½ mile east of its original location to the edge of the town of Ray City, GA and has been remodeled as a house. Also listed in the 1904 directory for Ray’s Mill was W. D. Brown’s Naval Stores.
About 1905, Mr. Rigell moved to Milltown, GA. (Lakeland) where he operated a store until his death.