Lucile is a tiny village located along the Miller/Early County line. It only had a post office for four years, from 1899-1903, and was a typical crossroads community, centered on agriculture. Originally known as Racketville, it was changed to Lucile in honor of postmaster Charles S. Middleton’s daughter. This historic store and filling station likely dates to the 1920s or 1930s, with some modifications over time.
George Wilkerson writes…I grew up in Lucille community and still live here today…Back in the mid 1950s [this was] a country grocery store ran by Mr. Bruce Bachelor and later by the Johnson family. Miss Lucille Johnson had a bait shop in the back of it for a few years.
I grew up in Lucille community and still live here today. The building with tin wall and false front was ran as a feed store in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Byron Bruner, then he ran a store at Springfield later. I remember the other building back in the mid 1950s being a country grocery store ran by Mr Bruce Bachelor and later by the Johnson family. Miss Lucille Johnson had a bait shop in the back of it for a few years
Thank you. I will update.
I grew up in south Mississippi in a county with only one town, but at least 8 communities whose boundaries were mostly a state of mind; as a matter of fact, it is the same now. Your description of this little area could fit any one of these communities. I very much enjoy your work.
These places are so important, and so overlooked in the modern world. Thanks, Mary, for sharing and for appreciating the work.