Lyman F. Giddens’ Barbershop

Lyman Franklin Giddens 1876-1963 in his barber shop in Ray City. He served in many capacities for the Ray City community including Justice of the Peace and Mayor. Image and caption courtesy of berriencountyga.com

Lyman Franklin Giddens 1876-1963 in his barber shop in Ray City. He served in many capacities for the Ray City community including Justice of the Peace and Mayor. Image and caption courtesy of berriencountyga.com

Lyman Giddens’ barbershop was one of the historic businesses of Ray City, GA.

The barbershop was in a small one-story wooden building located on the south side of Main Street, about where the present day Post Office is located.  Next door, on the west of Franklin’s barbershop was the first gasoline station ever built in Ray City, GA.  The gas station was in a brick building constructed around 1925 by Gordon V. Hardie. The gas station was set back further off the street than the other businesses, but a shelter extended out from the building to cover the gas pumps.  Next in line was was Leon Bradford’s barbershop.  Then came the grocery store owned by Marvin and Arlie Purvis which was next to the tracks of  Georgia & Florida railroad.  Between Purvis’s Grocery Store and the tracks, was the big wooden water tower which provided water for the old steam engines that pulled the trains.  These buildings were located on the south side of Main Street just east of the tracks.

In addition to operating the barbershop, Lyman F. Giddens was Justice of the Peace. He conducted his official business out of the barbershop. He kept a desk in the corner of the shop that was always piled high with papers.

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1 Comment

  1. Bryan Shaw said,

    March 4, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Lyman Giddens was the husband of Essie Parrish and son-in-law of Bartow and Ida Jane Shaw Parrish. One of Lyman’s daughters was Ida Lou Giddens Fletcher. Just before she passed away, she donated the mirror you see in the right of the background of the photo. The photographer put a backdrop behind Lyman and also a piece of paper over the corner of the mirror to block the glare of the flash when the photo was taken. Often wondered what was behind the long piece of paper behind Lyman. Possibly his selections of aftershave and tonic water that was so much a part of the barber shop supply of that period.


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