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Courtland resident recalls history of 'big yellow house'

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

COURTLAND — Peggy Hazle, a lifelong Courtland resident, knows the history of the Rebman-McGarry House that Lawanda Allison of Decatur is restoring.

A.F. Rebman Sr. built the home in 1905.

Hazle said Rebman's daughter, Mamie Rebman, late in life married Will Toms, who served as Courtland mayor during the 1950s.

She said the couple lived in the Rebman family home that some call "the big yellow house."

Hazle said that during that period, the Tomses built the gray house next door and relocated there.

"Mamie's sister, Lorena Rebman McGarry, and her husband, James, then moved into the yellow house, and that's how it got its name," Hazle said.

The coupled lived there until McGarry, a World War I veteran, died in 1992 at age 97, leaving the house vacant for all those years.

His widow died in an assisted living home in Florence in 2003. She was 101.

They're buried in Courtland Cemetery.

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