Thomaston’s second mural will soon be completed, as artist Shannon Lake has been working steadily on the project for several weeks that will greet visitors as they enter the square from Highway 19 South. The new mural commemorates the O.W. Jones and Son Hardware store that was located on the corner of Gordon and Center Streets in Thomaston. Thomaston residents now know the store as Rescue Me Market, operated by Lane Coggins and Deanne Avery.
The O.W. Jones firm opened in 1910 in Thomaston. Originally it was a partnership between O.W. Jones, A. C. Adams and W. S. Johnston and the company was known as the Jones-Adams-Johnston Company. The business was bought out by O.W. Jones and his son O. D. Jones in 1927. Throughout the 50 years it operated on the square, it sold everything from livestock to household appliances.
When completed, the new mural will display three pictures. The first is a picture of Oscar Davis Jones (son), Al Frieze (family friend) and O.W. Jones, the depiction taken from a photo provided by Linda best, O. W. Jones’s granddaughter. The second is a picture of the store in its heyday and the third is a picture of a pick-up truck from the period. As of last week, Lake had completed the picture of the pick-up truck and was expected to be done with the picture of the three gentlemen by the end of the weekend.
The City of Thomaston is funding the $17,500 project from the general fund. It is part of the city’s ongoing effort to beautify the downtown area. This is the second mural Lake has painted in town, with the first being on the side of English’s Café, depicting the county courthouse and square in the 1920s. He also has done murals in Barnesville, Griffin and Hapeville.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1