Ferris Moore ~ Ray City Iceman

Ferris Moore (1906-1978)

Born Feb 17, 1906, Ferris Moore was the son of Hattie and J. Lacy Moore, and the grandson of Rachel J. Shaw and James Burton Moore.

About 1929  Ferris C. Moore married Bertice Vickers. The couple first made their home not far from Ray City in Lois, GA  where Ferris worked as a farmer.  Later, they moved to Ray City to live next door to Ferris’ father.  Their house was on the south side of Main Street and just east of Cat Creek. Their children, William Moore and Jan Moore, attended the Ray City School.  Their neighbors included Frank and Mary Lou Sirmons, Yancy and Ora Carter, and Martha Grissett.

Home of Ferris and Bertice Moore. Ray City, GA.

Home of Ferris and Bertice Moore. Ray City, GA.

In Ray City, Ferris Moore worked as an iceman. He delivered ice to local residences every other day.  He had an icehouse located on Paralleled Street, next to the tracks of Georgia & Florida Railroad.  The icehouse was a small shed, perhaps 10 by 10 feet. There was a small porch that served as a loading dock.

The  ice came from an ice plant in 300 pound blocks, and the iceman used an ice pick to cut what ever size blocks were needed. An eight pound block of ice sold for a nickel. The ice delivery man worked alone, with the ice loaded on an open truck and covered with a tarp.  Most people had an “ice box”  that served as a refrigerator of sorts,  and an eight  pound block of ice would last just about two days.

The 1940 census of Ray City shows Ferris Moore was a businessman and employer, managing a cold storage facility.  His father, James Lacy Moore was working as an ice dealer.

At times, Ferris Moore took handyman jobs in Ray City.  In 1951, when Rossie and Lessie Futch moved the home  at 507 Jones Street, Ferris Moore helped to paint the interior.

Ferris Moore died July 1, 1978 in Ray City, GA.  He was buried at New Ramah Cemetery.

Ferris G. Moore and Bertice Vickers Moore, New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia

Ferris G. Moore and Bertice Vickers Moore, New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia

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Ray City, GA Home of James Lacy Moore

James Lacy Moore (1879-1949), who served as Mayor in the 1940s, lived at several Ray City addresses over the years.  In 1910,  J. Lacy Moore and his family lived in a house on Jones Street.  Their neighbors were Lorenzo D. Carter, and Benjamin Palmer.

At the time he registered for the draft for World War I, Moore gave his permanent address as Rural Free Delivery Route 1 (RFD-1), Ray City, GA. By the time of the 1920 census, the Moores had a farm place on the Valdosta and Ray City Road next to the farm of his parents, James Burton Moore and Rachel Shaw Moore.  Lacy Moore was farming there on his own account.  In 1930, Lacy and Hattie Moore were living in town in Ray City; they owned a home valued at $2500.

After the 1930s Lacy and Hattie Moore owned a Ray City home on the south side of Main Street between Martin Lane and Cat Creek.  Their son, Ferris Moore, lived in the house next door to the west.  To the east were the homes of June McGee and his mother Mary Jane Bostick McGee.

Home of James Lacy Moore. Main Street, Ray City, Georgia.

Home of James Lacy Moore. <br> Main Street, Ray City, Georgia.

James Lacy Moore ~ Mayor of Ray City, GA 1942-1944

James Lacy Moore (1879 – 1949) was born on October 6, 1879 in Berrien County, GA,  the son of John Burton Moore and Rachel Shaw.

At the age of 21 he married  28-year-old Harriet Augusta “Hattie” Swindle.  Lacy and Hattie Moore made Ray City their lifelong home.

Most of his life Lacy Moore worked on a farm, although in 1910 he was working as a meat market salesman.  One of his farm hands was James Cornelius Lester. He was a short, slender man with blue eyes and dark hair.

In 1942, J. Lacy Moore was elected Mayor of Ray City, Georgia.

 

James Lacy Moore. Mayor of Ray City, GA. 1942-1944

James Lacy Moore. Mayor of Ray City, GA. 1942-1944

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