Record Group 214
Description: 25 digital images, 600 dpi TIFs, full color
Biographical Sketch: Martha E. Carlile (nee Wright) was born in Ashford, Houston County, Alabama, in
1926, to John r. and Susie Wright (nee Davis). She and her identical twin sister,
Mary Deyhle (nee Wright) were the youngest of seven children. A brother, Henry, was
a soldier in the US Army who was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge in
Carlile married James Earl Carlile in 1947. They had three daughters: Sherri Ann,
Mary Ellen, and Kimberly.
Carlile worked as a professional business accountant beginning in 1945, and in the
later 1950s partnered with Charles Adams to purchase Segrest Cotton Gin (Dothan, Alabama)
and Malvern Cotton Gin companies. The Segrest Gin was at the corner of Fortner Street
and South Park Avenue. She and Adams sold both gin companies between 1966 and 1969
after a reduction in US cotton tariffs made it more profitable for brokers to buy
Egyptian cotton than Wiregrass cotton.
In 1972, she obtained her real estate broker's license and joined her husband, Earl,
at Carlile Realty. She retired ca. 1980. As of 2016, Mrs. Carlile lives in Dothan
where she celebrated her ninetieth birthday.
Ms. Carlile supplied these family photographs and documents to be scanned as part
of the NEH- funded "Wiregrass Common Heritage Project" of the Wiregrass Archives and
Troy University Dothan Campus History Department. The Project held two Community Scanning
Days, June 18 and 25, 2016. Ms. Carlile was part-owner of the Segrest Gin Company
Scope / Content Note: Photographs concerning Ms. Carlile and her family through 1960. Many show her family
members working at the Segrest Gin Company of Dothan or doing road or train work in
the Dothan area. Others show her great-grandmother and many of her paternal relatives.
Also contains photos and newspaper ads concerning the Segrest Gin Compnay of Dothan.
One image (1976) notes Ms. Carlile won a prize at the National Peanut Festiveal for
her pine-straw basket entry; another is of a National Peanut Festival parade. Mrs.
Carlile and her daughter Mary Ellen selected these images from the family's larger
collection to contribute to the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project. Received in two
accessions, 213-16-0618, and 213-16-0625.
Processing Notes: Image 214-16-0625-005, the advertisement from the Dothan Eagle concerning Segrest
Gin Co., was so large the WCHP volunteer scanned it in thirds. Olliff reconnected
the images into a single JPG for display. The original TIFs remain.
Preferred Citation: Martha E. Carlile Collection, RG 214, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan
Campus, Dothan, AL.
Acquisition Method: Gift
Access/User Limits? Open per gift agreement
Proc Date: 6/27/2016 Processor: MTO
214-16-0618-001-Jimmy Clark –cleaning gin head. Segrest Gin, Dothan, Alabama. Ca. 1960.
214-16-0618-002-Segrest Gin, Dothan, Alabama, ca. 1960.
214-16-0618-003-Martha Carlile, Segrest Gin, Dothan, Alabama. Ca. 1960.
214-16-0618-004-Zeke Brunner 1955 or 1960, Segrest Gin and storage on Fortner (Charter House). Dothan,
214-16-0618-005: Mary and Martha Wright. Printed on reverse: "Bottom left, Mary and Martha Wright,
interested in physical activities are prominent on the tennis court at Junior High."
214-16-0618-006: John R. Wright, First Baptist Church on College Street, ca. 1940
214-16-0618-007: John R. Wright, Road Work ca. 1940
214-16-0618-008: John R. Wright, Bayline Railroad, ca. 1940
214-16-0618-009: Twins- Mary Wright (Deyhle) and Martha Wright (Carlile), ca. 1928
214-16-0625-001: Article and photos from Dothan Eagle 1976. Best entry in miscellaneous crafts. Martha
E. (Wright) Carlile, first on the left (pine straw basket entry). Houston County Arts
and Crafts Festival, 1976.
214-16-0625-002: Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton Gin). Fortner Street, Dothan, AL. ca. late 1950s
– early 1960s
214-16-0625-003: Jimmy Clark, Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton Gin). Fortner Street, Dothan, AL.
ca. late 1950s – early 1960s
214-16-0625-004: Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton Gin). Fortner Street, Dothan, AL. ca. late 1950s
– early 1960s
214-16-0625-005: Ad from Dothan Eagle. Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton Gin). Fortner Street, Dothan,
AL and Malvern, AL. Owners: Martha E. (Wright) Carlile and Charles H. Adams. ca. late
1950s – early 1960s
214-16-0625-006: Collection of cotton seed. Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton Gin). Fortner Street,
Dothan, AL. ca. late 1950s – early 1960s
214-16-0625-007: Cotton buyers with owner, Martha E. (Wright) Carlile. Segrest Gin & Storage Co, (Cotton
Gin) Fortner Street, Dothan, AL. ca. late 1950s – early 1960s
214-16-0625-008: Dothan Eagle article with a photo: Young Junior High School, Dothan AL. Dothan's
Young Junior Baby Tigers and Cheerleaders. Ca. 1960.
214-16-0625-009: Article published in the Orlando Sentinel, with photo. "Finger-licking politicking
– Reagan pushes tax cuts." President Reagan and Dothan Chamber of Commerce. President
Reagan and Louise Cramer. Date: 1986.
214-16-0625-010: National Peanut Festival Parade, Dothan, AL. ca. 1962
214-16-0625-011: Henry Emerson Davis, Jr. and Bryant Davis. Martha E. (Wright) Carlile's grandfather
& uncle. Dothan, AL. Book "Dothan. Our people. Our story" Vol. 1, page 56. Ca. late
214-16-0625-012: J. D. Wright (Martha E. (Wright) Carlile's brother), fourth from right, is shown
at Postal Telephone Service, a company like Western Union. Foster Street. Book "Dothan.
Our people. Our story" Vol. 1, page 102. Ca. 1929.
214-16-0625-013: Susie Diana Wright (Davis), wife of John R. Wright, Martha E. (Wright) Carlile's
214-16-0625-014: Martha E. (Wright) Carlile & Mary E. (Wright) Deyhle (twins), daughters of John R.
and Susie D. Wright. Dothan, AL. ca. 1926.
214-16-0625-015: Lewis Martin Wright – Martha E. (Wright) Carlile's Great Great Grandfather. Ca. 1800s.
John R. and Susie Wright Family. Left to right:
John David (J.D.) Wright (son)
Irell (Mixon) Wright (daughter)
Mathew Wright (son)
Susie (Davis) Wright (Mother)
John R. Wright (Father)
Martha E. (Carlile) Wright (daughter)
Mary E. (Deyhle) Wright (daughter)
Adelle (Carney) Wright (daughter)
Dothan, AL. n.d.
214-16-0625-017: Henry T. Wright, son of John R. & Susie Wright. Army – died in WW II (1940s).