|If you are
like me, and have a great sense of history for your home town, when
you are away it is always imperative that you visit the antique
stores and flea markets of the towns you visit. You never know
what you might find in these places far from home. I have
found quite a few treasures right here in our own shops; treasures
from here and treasures from far away.
Many years ago, Mary
Jane Gamble was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and she visited the
local flea market to peruse the various and sundry items and to her
astonishment she found a plate commemorating the great storm of
October 1898 that hit Brunswick with an amazing tidal wave. A
huge wall of water washed over Brunswick and the islands. Most
people don't realize that Brunswick is practically under sea level,
this area will flood very easily. A hurricane or tidal wave
will flood well over head height several miles inland.
On this particular day in October a huge tidal wave formed and
washed over the town of Brunswick, destroying many homes and
businesses. Quite a few people lost their lives in this storm.
Two young African-American girls, Anne and Maggie Evans (age 4 and 1
respectively) drowned in the flood quite possibly near their home at 711 Lee Street.
As the crow flies, that's over 6 miles from the ocean.
that Ms. Gamble found was created to commemorate this storm
and is a drawing of Newcastle Street looking towards Monk (or Monck
as it's spelled today) from what was then
City Hall. It was made in Austria and sent to Fleming & Waff
for sale in their store. Fleming & Waff was owned by
Charles C. Fleming and Howard J. Waff and was located at
216 Newcastle Street. They sold stationery and books and the
business may have been created shortly before 1898 as this is the
first time they show up in the city directory. By 1908 the
business was called Fleming & Bryant located at 1504 Newcastle
Street selling books, stationery, hand painted china, and fancy
By 1912 the business was known as Bryant's Bookstore
run by H.H. Bryant, Jr. and they sold stationery, office
supplies, pianos and talking machines. It appears that the men
who started the store decided to move on; Howard removed to
Virginia by 1918 and Charles C. Fleming may have removed to
While it would be hard to place a price on such a relic
without knowing more about the artist who created the plate, we do
know that Ms. Gamble purchased the plate at a staggering sum
of one dollar!