Thanks to Don King, former police chief of Leary, I can confirm that this was the old jail/calaboose. Mr. King writes: This is the old jail. It was once located where the library is now. The old jail was purchased by the peanut mill and moved there. The library (block building) was once the jail that replaced the wooden jail structure.
Leary is one of my favorite little towns to explore in Southwest Georgia and in the past decade I’ve seen most of these structures vanish from Main Street. John McKinney shared this photo, circa 1950, to help put things into perspective. The Boyd monument, which is now in a green space at the end of the street, is seen here in its original location.
Kay Houston Sheppard writes: This was the Ed Sheppard house in Edison. His first wife was Mamie Haddock from Damascus. They had several children, one of them being James Haddock Sheppard, Sr, who married Louise McAllister from Ft. Gaines. Their children were Mayme, Jim, Jr (Bubber), and Bill. Bubber married Agnes Toussaint from New Jersey. Their children are Jim, III, Ed, and Hank. Jim and Hank live just outside of Edison.