Like every other community, the village known as Sicily Island has seen its share of changes in the landscape, buildings, and businesses throughout the years. Newman Avenue has been known for some time now as the "main street" of the tiny village and it is here where most of the dramatic changes have occurred.
The photographs below are posted in an attempt to preserve a portion of the history of this tiny village. Most people refer to this village as Sicily Island or by its former name, Florence. No matter where life leads me, I will always call it home.
Newman Avenue, 1927 (LtoR): Yancey Brothers (later C. S. Montgomery), Drug Store with Dr. Gordon's office on back, Variety store (originally the T. J. Chisum store), J. W. "Wes" Ogden Grocery (originally the I.A. Steele Store; later, O. G. Wynn Grocery, then Gordon's Grocery), O. G. Wynn Grocery (later, Blacksmith Shop, then Pool Hall), and Woodman Hall.
Of the stores listed above, the only buildings still standing are the old Variety Store, the I. A. Steele Grocery and the Pool Hall.