Tractors, large combines, and cotton-picking machines spelled the downfall of many agricultural towns throughout the South. As mechanization robbed laborers of their jobs, they moved away, taking their buying power with them. If towns could not generate other sources of income, they floundered, which is what happened to many of the farming towns in Jackson County. Here, Edgar Nicholson of Swifton holds his son Tim on a series 60 tractor pulling a combine. (Courtesy of J.W. Hulen.)