Founded in 1892 by William Jacob Word, Word Lumber Company was located at 116 North Broad Street. It was a hardware store and headquarters for Word Building Company, which did residential and commercial subcontracting in Scottsboro for over 100 years. The business was run for many years by W. J.’s son Cecil, and later by his grandsons Bruce and Bob Yates. The lumber business was located on West Willow Street. Word Lumber closed after 122 in business in 2015.

Current view: unoccupied

1939: Word Lumber Yard, from City Hall

1949: Word Lumber from the JCHS yearbook

1950s: Newspaper photo

1960: Cecil Word from the city directory

1968: Word Lumber Yard

1968: Word Lumber ad in the yearbook

1972: Word Sawmill Employees

1972: Aerial view of Word Sawmill in the city directory

2015: Carolyn Lynch’s photo of Word’s farewell