Carol Atkinson Cross

This article was found in an old Greene County Herald Journal newspaper. This article was written circa 1895. The article was headed “ BUSY MADISON–A THRIVING CITY WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE”.

Madison Variety Works

Manufacturing and industrial enterprises of various kinds are moving Madison solidly to the front of progressive interior towns of the State. In this particular no enterprise has had a greater hand than the Madison Variety Works.

They were established a few years ago, but at once entered upon a profitable trade. This trade has constantly and steadily increased, and the goods manufactured by them are pushing their way into markets far from home. The plant has been enlarged to meet the growing demands, new machinery has been added and the output is now immense.

The works manufactures all kinds of furniture, chairs, tables, bedsteads,
bureaus, etc. etc. In this manufacture of these goods they use the best lumber, well seasoned, with latest and most improved machinery and skilled labor, their goods are not excelled on the market. There is also another point of advantage. They can afford to sell the same quality of goods to our merchants at much less than they could possibly be purchased and laid down from distant factories. Our dealers should remember this and buy from them. Visit their works when in Madison and you will be fully impressed with the truth of all we say or write them for illustrated catalogues and prices.

They also deal extensively in building material, rough and dressed lumber, laths; windows, sash, blinds, balusters and scroll work and quote Atlanta and Augusta prices. Remember them when you need anything in their line.

The Madison Variety Works designs are evidenced throughout the South of the Victorian Period. The works of the company was advertised and shipped to all points of the southern region. Many pieces of decorative wood being pulled from homes for restoration works of today can be seen to have the mark of the name imprinted on the back side of the woodwork.

Many Madison, Georgia homes have the designs of the company on porches, framework, mantles, and outside decorative woodwork and well as The Madison Variety Works cottages in Madison that were built by the company.

Millard Fillmore Atkinson, Alfred Overton Atkinson, Paul M. Atkinson owned and operated THE MADISON VARIETY WORKS. They were sons of Martha Jane Fort Atkinson and Atharates Atkinson of Madison, Georgia. Later, Joel Billups Atkinson, nephew, of these three men would operate THE MADISON VARIETY WORKS and he would invent a new mechanical saw. Billups Atkinson was the son of Mary Ann Carter and Marcellus Atharathes Atkinson brother of the three men. Most of THE MADISON VARIEY WORKS burned in later years. C. R. and C. L. Mason used the main office building for their office until the building was torn away. Madison Markets sits on the site, today, of THE MADISON VARIETY WORKS. Only one tin building remains.