George Randall was six months
Thomas Albert Randall and Agnes Serena Ross both grew up in Lakeland and were married on December 24, 1941. They had four children at the time of this 1949 photo. They are twins Janet (far right) and Jacqueline (far left), Thomas, and Pamela. The youngest child, George, was born in 1953.
Top image is James Adams Park below is the Randall Home on Navahoe Street
This Navahoe Street residence was built around 1900 and is believed to be one of the original houses built by Lakeland developer Edwin Newman. This house was once home for Leonhard and Elizabeth Exel, German immigrants who were the last white family to leave the community in the late 1940s. The home was purchased by Thomas and Agnes Randall in 1951. Since that time it has sheltered three generations of their family. The home was a frequent gathering place for the youngsters of Lakeland.
George Elliott Randall was six months old in 1954, when this photograph was taken. “What a time we had getting him ready for this picture,” his mother remembered. “His sister Janet walked him up and down the street and fed him plenty of Sugar Babies.” This photograph of young Randall was taken by Verdell Nesbitt, Lakeland’s own photographer.