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S.G. Thigpen Digital Collection

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From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Thigpen employees lined up. Nine men and five women stand in front of a brick wall.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Thigpen employees lined up. Twelve men and three women stand in front of Thigpen Hardware Company.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of S. G. Thigpen wearing a dark suit while sitting down at a desk with papers in his hand.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of S. G. Thigpen wearing a dark suit while sitting down at a desk looking through papers.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of S. G. Thigpen wearing a dark suit while sitting down at a desk with papers in his hand. In front of him are a microphone reading “WRJW” and radio equipment.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of an exterior view of Thigpen Hardware Company. A sign is painted on the brick exterior. Several automobiles are parked on the street.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a sawmill building with lumber extending outward. Caption says: “Last steam saw mill at Gainesville. Mill owned by Oscar Dean. Picture Taken in 1921. Near present boat house south of the Rouchon house - Building t-425. Picture furnished by Oscar D. Dean, Sr., Pearl River, Louisiana.”

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Three men standing and two men sitting near the remains of some machinery. Caption reads: “The remains of a stern-wheeler cotton boat on the East Pearl River. Shown in picture standing are Mr. Schultheis, Sr., John Schultheis and T. A. Dean. Sitting are O. D. Dean, Sr. and H. D. Dean. Picture taken in 1905 in front of present Jones house, Building T-302. Picture furnished by O. D. Dean, Sr., Pearl River, Louisiana.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Little Pete Thigpen, Tom Thigpen, Little Minnie Dean, Mr. Tom Thigpen, Little Alice Dean, Mrs. Oscar Dean with O. D., Jr. in her arms and Mrs. Thigpen (Tom Thigpen’s mother). Sunday afternoon of picture taking on the East Pearl. Upper right side of the picture shows cedar tree that now stands near the Rouchon building - T-425 - this tree has a wisteria vine on it at the present time. Picture furnished by Oscar D. Dean, Sr., Pearl River, Louisiana.”

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a body of water surrounded by trees and rung by a high sand bar. A wooden staircase is in the foreground on the left.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of two men standing next to a large pile of quartered wood. Two Bulls are standing. The man on the right is in a white shirt, suspenders and dark hat. The man on the left is in a dark suit and dark hat. Written on the back is “Mrs. Ethel Eves Reid, Rt. 3 Box 96, Picayune, MS”

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a man standing in the woods with his left hand on his hip and his right hand holding a length of wood. The man is wearing a hat, glasses, light shirt and gray pants. Caption on the back says “Stockstill”.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a small boy standing near a wagon pulled by a team of bulls. Four barrels are on the wagon. Conflicting captions are written on the back, varying in when the picture was taken, what is in the barrels, and other information. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "This picture made in 1896 shows ox team hauling rosin to the Simmons still in Picayune. The team belonged to Mr. Jesse M. Davis."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of two men logging in Caesar. One man stands near a team of oxen hitched to a wagon loaded with several large logs. A man is sitting on the logs. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Logging at Caesar in 1910."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a large group of people lined up in a “V” pattern with a woman in the center. Caption on the back explains this is the Pearson family and home. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Old home and family of H. L. Pearson. H. L. Pearson was the third white man to settle in the big interior area east of Picayune. His widow, shown in the center, was almost a hundred years old when this picture was taken. In the rear is the old time log house, the home of this family for almost a century."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a log home. Caption on the back explains “An early day Pearl River County house still being used.” Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "A log house, typical of this area 100 years ago, build by Alex Dossett about 90 years ago and now standing on the Dossett old place 12 miles southeast of Picayune and belonging to B. L. Dossett, a grandson whose home is nearby. Note the old time clay and stick chimney, the old time cow hide bottom chairs on the porch, and the heart pine log sills and foundation blocks."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Cora “Aunt Blue” Davis. Caption on the back describes her history in Picayune. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Mrs. Cora Davis, widely known as Aunt Blue, lifetime resident of Gainesville. She refused to move when NASA took over. Her house was loaded on the moving truck and hauled to its new location in South Picayune with her and all her belongings in it."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of two men, Prince Moeller and Leonard Wages, standing on either side of a hog hanging by its back legs from a tree over a bucket. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "The old way of butchering hogs. Leonard wages and Prince Moeller."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of W. F. Seal Home. Caption on the back reads: “The W. F. Seal old home among moss covered oaks on Pearl River at Walkiah Bluff. Courtesy of Wiley Seal.” Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "The W. F. Seal old home set among moss covered oaks on Pearl River at Walkiah Bluff."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a street view of Thigpen Hardware Co. Lumber warehouse behind a chain link fence. Several cars are parked around the fence. A man leans against one car on the right where Thigpen Hardware Co. can be seen in the background.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of the Picayune YMCA Swimming Pool. Many people are swimming or sitting on benches on the far side of the pool. Children are lined up to use three diving boards, one high and two low. The pool is surrounded by a chain link fence. Buildings are visible in the background. The caption on the back of the photo gives the history of the YMCA. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Picayune YMCA was established in 1928. In purpose and guiding principle it is, as the name implies, Christian. All ages compose its membership. Over 400 boys take part in the baseball program each year, over 400 in the football program, many in the basketball program, the teen-age center is the meeting place for many hundreds of young people. Tennis, bowling, the annual Gulf Coast invitational basketball tournament, swimming, and shuffleboard are among the other activities. The 'Y' has been a great influence in the life of Picayune."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of the Picayune YMCA Swimming Pool. There are three diving boards, one high and two low. The pool is surrounded by a chain link fence. Buildings are visible in the background.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of an aerial shot of Picayune High School and stadium. The junior high school is in the upper right. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Picayune High School with modern stadium in the rear and junior high school in the upper right hand corner."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of the Picayune high school auditorium, taken from the back of the auditorium. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "Inside the new modern high school auditorium with 1300 seating capacity showing over 300 students on the big stage."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of an automobile driving down a rural road. Can be found in the book Next Door to Heaven by S. G. Thigpen, with the caption, "A rural road out from Picayune in tung blossom time."

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of O. D. Dean, Sr. in a boat. According to the caption, Dean is preparing to dock at the rear of the [present location of ] the Rouchon Building in Picayune, MS.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Sarah Carroll in a portrait wearing glasses, a bonnet and dress. Photograph and caption are included in Work and Play in Grandpa’s Day by S. G. Thigpen.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of Col. L. O. Crosby, Sr. walking on the bottom left wearing a hat, white shirt and dark pants. An automobile is on the left in front of a wooden fence. An “L” shaped barn is in the background.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a large lawn with several small trees planted. The Crosby House is in the background, surrounded by bushes and trees with hanging moss. The house is white.

From the Thigpen (S.G.) Papers. Photograph of a water wheel sits in the forest surrounded by overgrown plants and trees.

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