The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala. published four editions 50 years ago during the month of November 1964. Those papers were dated Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26. What follows are a few news highlights from each of those newspapers. Enjoy.
NOV. 5, 1964
The Monroe County Board of Education has announced the appointment of James Allen, head coach at Monroe County High School, as principal of MCHS and at the same time moved assistant coach Ronald M. Dees to head coach of the Monroeville school.
This action was taken by the board at a meeting Friday.
The changes in positions at the Monroeville school were made with the resignation of B.E. Lee, principal, who will assume the presidency of the new Monroe County Junior College, which is supposed to begin construction about the first of the year.
The changes will become effective Feb. 1, according to R.H. Vickery, county superintendent of Education.
Dalton C. Baker of Frisco City has been named clerk for the city of Frisco City effective Nov. 2. He replaces Robert Carter, who resigned to enter private business.
A former Brewton service station attendant has been sentenced to a nine-year and 10-month term in federal prison. After pleading guilty to charges of robbing the Union Bank at Repton last June of $16,000, 21-year-old Lawrence Earl Vonderau was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Thomas of Mobile Tuesday.
E.H. Williams Will Attend Matinee Show: E.H. Williams, father of Hank Williams, will be present at the matinee showing of “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” life story of Hank Williams, showing at the Monroe Theatre Sunday.
Mr. Williams, famous country singer, died New Year’s Day, 1953, at the age of 29. He had spent most of his boyhood life in Monroe County.
NOV. 12, 1964
Suspect Is Found Dead In Vehicle: Mrs. Evelyn Booker, 42, of Causeyville, Miss. was found dead in her car last Friday morning near Meridian, according to Deputy Sheriff Alton Allen.
Mr. Allen said Mrs. Booker was discovered in her auto parked on a dirt road leading to her home after she telephoned him that she intended to kill herself.
She had been free on $10,000 bond in the September death of her husband, J.D. Booker, pending action of the Lauderdale County (Miss.) grand jury which meets Monday.
Her husband died in a Meridian hospital Sept. 7 about 36 hours after he was shot in the bedroom of his home. Mrs. Booker was arrested and charged with murder shortly after her husband’s death.
The Bookers were former residents of Monroeville.
A coroner’s jury ruled Mrs. Booker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A .38 caliber pistol was found in her lap, the deputy said. She was shot once just above the right ear, he said.
The official results of last Tuesday’s election were announced this week after a canvass of the votes by the Monroe County Election Board Friday.
The poll showed Probate Judge David M. Nettles received 1,664 as a write-in candidate for the unexpired or two months short term for probate judge, defeating N.S. (Nick) Hare who had 1,114 votes.
Judge Nettles also won election to a full term as probate judge, polling 3,019 votes.
NOV. 19, 1964
Hugh B. DuBose, 66, of Birmingham and a native of Monroeville, died in a Birmingham hospital last Wednesday night.
Mr. DuBose, who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Alabama in 1950 on a platform that included a call for state operated race tracks, had moved to Birmingham in 1930.
Since moving there, he had organized several restaurants and private clubs and also founded the DuBose Publishing Co.
At least 174 new homes have been built within the city limits of Monroeville since 1956, according to figures through Nov. 16.
The date for the annual Frisco City Christmas parade has been changed from Fri., Dec. 11, to Sat., Dec. 12, according to C.P. Wilkerson, chairman.
Parade time will be 10 a.m., Mr. Wilkerson said.
The Monroe County High Tigers used a 21-point first half and a controlled offense in the second half to down traditional rival Frisco City, 21-12, in the season’s finale for both teams.
MCHS finished the season with a 5-5 record while the Whippets dropped from an 8-1-1 record in 1963 to a 3-5-1 record this year.
A $275,000 damage suit has been filed in U.S. District Court against Peterman Lumber Co. of Peterman by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as a result of an accident Sept. 16 involving a log truck owned by Peterman Lumber Co. and an L&N freight train at a crossing in Corduroy near Beatrice.
NOV. 26, 1964
A Frisco City man was killed instantly in an automobile-truck collision about eight miles north of Atmore on Highway 21 Friday night, according to the Alabama State Troopers.
Charles Elliott Bailey, 25, of Frisco City was identified by State Trooper Billy J. Tipton as the person who was fatally injured in the wreck.
According to Trooper Tipton, Mr. Bailey was traveling south on Highway 21 when his car ran into the side of a truck trailer, which was traveling north of Highway 21.
The driver of the truck-trailer was Frank Turberville Jr., 28, of Monroeville, according to the trooper. Mr. Turberville was not injured, the trooper said.
The accident happened about 6:45 p.m., Trooper Tipton said.
J.R. Harper was named president of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce in an election by the board of directors Monday.
Other officers named by the directors were Bob McMillon, first vice president and president-elect, which is a new office created by the board this year; B.M. Davis, second vice president; and R.B. Williams III, treasurer.
The Repton Bulldogs closed out a successful football season last Friday night and pleased a homecoming crowd with a 49-0 win over Coffee Springs.
Repton finished the season with a 5-1-3 record, holding six of their opponents scoreless.
Sam Williams of Monroeville, fullback with Presbyterian College of Clinton, S.C., leads the Blue Hose in rushing with 566 yards in 121 carries – a 4.7 average.