Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 323: Eat at the Tally-Ho restaurant in Selma

The Tally-Ho restaurant in Selma, Ala.
The Tally-Ho restaurant in Selma is considered one of the most unique restaurants in the entire state of Alabama, and it’s also reportedly haunted. I put a trip to this restaurant on my “bucket list” several years ago, and finally got the chance to officially visit it the other day. Not only was it a fine place to eat, but it was also a little spooky.

If memory serves me correctly, the first time I ever heard of the Tally-Ho was a few years ago when I saw it listed on the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.” In the most recent version of that list, the Tally-Ho’s New York Strip steak is listed among the best dishes in the state. However, when I visited the Tally-Ho on March 18 with my wife and daughter, I didn’t actually see that dish on the menu. (It’s possible that I overlooked it, and I could have asked the waiter about it, but I didn’t.)

My interest in this restaurant was also sparked thanks to 2013 book, “Haunted Alabama Black Belt” by David Higdon and Brett Talley. According to this book, the Tally-Ho is haunted by the ghost of a woman called “Betty,” a ghost that supposedly gives off the “sweet fragrances of lilac” perfume. Guests also claim to have seen the chandelier in the main dining room “swing wildly” for no apparent reason.

Before actually going to this restaurant, I always kind of pictured it as being in downtown Selma, but it’s actually located at 509 Mangum Avenue, which is in more of a residential part of town. My wife, daughter and I drove there for supper on March 18, and had a nice meal. Instead of the New York Strip, I got the fried oysters and even tried escargot for the first time ever. The food was great.

Interestingly, the restaurant’s menu included information about the restaurant’s unique history, saying that it had been in business as a restaurant for over 70 years, but the exact date that the Tally Ho was built remains a mystery. It is known that the building started out as a summer cabin in the woods for the Thrash family, but it was eventually turned into a “tea room.” The story goes that they picked the name “Tally Ho” after pulling it out of a hat.

If you’ve never been to the Tally-Ho, I highly recommend it. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. They’re closed on Sunday. For more information about the restaurant, visit its Web site at www.tallyhoselma.com.

Also, if you haven’t read “Haunted Alabama Black Belt,” I highly recommend it as well. Not only does it provide more information about the Tally-Ho, but it’s also filled with cool information about other haunted locations in Selma and elsewhere in Alabama’s Black Belt Region.

In the end, how many of you have eaten at the Tally-Ho restaurant in Selma? What did you think about it? Did you have any spooky experiences while visiting the restaurant? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for March 28, 2017

Congressman Terry Everett
MARCH 27, 2003

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .56 inches of rain on March 17 and .07 inches on March 18. He reported a high of 84 degrees on March 19 and a low of 44 on March 23.

Kiwanis Club President Patricia Flower welcomed Johnny Mack Grace to this past Tuesday’s club meeting. Grace was the guest speaker and is a Vietnam veteran. He told the club about his time in Vietnam and how he was injured.

More than 200 Alabama farmers attended the annual Washington, D.C. Legislative Trip March 17-18 sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation. While in Washington, Federation members met with Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman as well as congressman and senators from Alabama. Pictured are Congressman Terry Everett, Melinda Dunn and Federation Secretary/Treasurer Steve Dunn of Conecuh County.

Sgt. Oranda Fair deployed to Kuwait: Sgt. Oranda “Bear” Fair, Headquarters 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Ft. McPherson, Ga., has been deployed to Kuwait to an undisclosed location.
He graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1993 and joined the United States Army. He is the son of Diane and Willie J. Fair, both of Evergreen.

Lori Ellis placed a yellow ribbon on the fence downtown to honor her son, Spec. Justin Ellis, who is currently awaiting deployment at Fort Benning, Ga. to go fight in the Gulf War. Her husband, Mike, served in the first Gulf War in 1991.

MARCH 30, 1978

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported .03 inches of rain on March 22. He also reported a high of 80 degrees on March 24 and lows of 36 on March 20 and March 26.

Nine criminal cases are set Spring Docket: There are nine cases set on the Criminal Docket for the Spring Term of Circuit Court of Conecuh County, according to Circuit Clerk Jean Ralls. All of the cases are set for Monday.
History is probably being made as no jurors are being called for duty for the term of criminal court. Attorneys for all of the defendants have indicated that all of their clients will enter pleas of guilty Monday.

Albert Daryl Harper of Evergreen has been named to the Dean’s List at Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Ga., for the winter quarter.

March of Dimes Super Walk ’78 set Saturday: Several hundred Conecuh Countians, mostly students in county schools, will take part in Super Walk 78 this Saturday to raise funds for the March of Dimes. These funds will be used in the National Foundation’s fight against birth defects.
The walkers are to meet at Fort Dave Lewis National Guard Armory at eight o’clock Saturday morning. After final instructions are given, the walkers are to get underway as near nine o’clock as possible.
The walk begins and ends at the Armory and covers 12 miles. Lunch will be served at the Armory at the conclusion of the walk. Awards and prizes will also be given to the walkers at that time.

MARCH 26, 1953

Evergreen City Clerk John Hunter Thornley has tendered his resignation to the City Council and Mayor Vernon B. Millsap and the resignation has been accepted. Mr. Thornley will serve on in the post of city clerk until sometime in April in order that the city officials may have adequate time to employ his successor.
Mr. Thornley became city clerk in September of 1945 and has served continuously in that post since then.

L&N Discontinues Trains No. 7 and 8: As of today (Thurs., March 26), Louisville and Nashville Railroad Co. will discontinue Montgomery and New Orleans trains 7 and 8. Both of these trains were “locals” and have been handling the mail service for all the local stops between Montgomery and New Orleans. Discontinuance of these trains will greatly affect and handicap the local mail service especially the incoming southbound mail.

ARRIVES IN GERMANY: With the 43rd Infantry Division in Germany – Sgt. First Class James W. Tolbert, whose wife, Charlotte, lives on Route 2, McKenzie, Ala., recently arrived in Germany and is serving with the 43rd Infantry Division.
The 43rd, now stationed in southern Germany, is undergoing constant field training as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Army.
SFC Tolbert is serving with Co. B of the 143rd Tank Battalion. Before reentering the Army in March 1949, Tolbert was a farmer. His father, James A. Tolbert, lives on Route 1, McKenzie.

MARCH 29, 1928

Mr. T.S. Hagood, widely known and greatly beloved citizen of this county, died at his home five miles east of Evergreen Tuesday afternoon at the ripe old age of 81 years.
At an early age, he was called into service in the Confederate army, where he served faithfully during the war. For a period, he was held as a prisoner in Chicago.
Funeral services were held from the Baptist church at three o’clock Wednesday afternoon, with a large concourse of relatives and friends present. Dr. J.G. Dickinson, his pastor, assisted by Dr. W.M. Cox, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the services, after which interment was made in the old cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Booker, who live near Herbert, are the proud parents of a set of triplets which were born to them March 12. The babies are all girls and weighed when born 2-1/2, 2-3/4 and three pounds respectively. This is such an unusual occurrence in this vicinity that it has attracted considerable attention. Not a few people have made visits to the home to see the triplets. This is perhaps the first set of white triplets on record in Conecuh County.

Miss Ethel Raye, Principal of the Burnt Corn School, left for her home in Garland last Thursday afternoon. She will return in a few weeks when the measles epidemic is over, to finish out the school term.

MARCH 25, 1903

Butler County is to have a new courthouse. The Greenville Advocate says that the contract has been let and the old building is now being torn down.

The annual reunion of Confederate veterans will be held in New Orleans May 19-21.

W.S. Oliver, a prominent merchant, and also Mayor of Repton, was here Monday on business.

W.D. Goodson shipped the first strawberries of the season yesterday. They went to Nashville.

Luman Savage Jr. will leave about April 1 for Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he will take a course in bookkeeping. He will go by ocean steamship from Savannah. He will be absent several months.

Pettus Day returned last week from Nashville, where he has been attending medical lectures in Vanderbilt University. He will spend the vacation at home.

Poles are being put up for a telephone line from Mt. Union and Herbert to Evergreen and these two little towns will in a short while have telephone connection with the outside world.
The new line will be connected with the local exchange here. It is to be hoped that the citizens of Brooklyn will at once build a line from that place to Evergreen. This done, nearly all the principal communities in the county will be connected by telephone or telegraph with Evergreen.

Today in History for March 28, 2017

City of Evergreen, Ala. historical marker at L&N Depot.
March 28, 1515 – St. Teresa of Avila was born in Gotarrendura, Spain. Her books include “The Way of Perfection” (1566) and “The Interior Castle” (1580).

March 28, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Elizabeth Proctor was accused of witchcraft.

March 28, 1774 - Upset by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property by American colonists, the British Parliament enacted the Coercive Acts, to the outrage of American Patriots.

March 28, 1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza, one of the great western pathfinders of the 18th century, arrived at the future site of San Francisco with 247 colonists.

March 28, 1782 - The United Netherlands recognized American independence.

March 28, 1814 – During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom defeated the United States Navy in the Battle of Valparaíso, Chile.

March 28, 1817 - John Gassaway Rush was born in Orangeburg District, South Carolina. In 1860, he and his wife donated land for a church to the McIntosh community, and the Andrews Chapel was constructed on this property.

March 28, 1818 – The Butler Massacre occurred near Pine Barren Creek. Three were killed by Indians, including Capt. Butler (Butler County, Alabama was later named in his honor.)

March 28, 1862 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Glorieta Pass ended in the New Mexico Territory, two days after its start on March 26. Union forces stopped the Confederate invasion of the New Mexico territory. Confederates, under the command of General Henry Hopkins Sibley, lost 36 men killed, 70 wounded, and 25 captured. The Union army lost 38 killed, 64 wounded, and 20 captured.

March 28, 1862 – During the Civil War, Federal reconnaissance of the mouth of Saint Augustine Creek in Georgia was conducted. Confederate operations began into Scott and Morgan counties, Tenn. A skirmish was fought at Bealton, Rappahannock Station, Va.

March 28, 1863 – During the Civil War, a good portion of Jacksonville, Fla. was burned by the forces of Commander Duncan and the U.S.S. Norwich. This was a part of a campaign to stop Floridians supplying salt, beef and other supplies to Confederate forces.

March 28, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at the Danville and Hickham Bridge in Kentucky; and in the vicinity of Hurricane Bridge, West Virginia. A Federal operation was also conducted that encompassed La Grande, Moscow, Macon and Belmont, Tenn.

March 28, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Federal steamer, USS Diana, was captured in the vicinity of Pattersonville, La. by Major General Richard Taylor’s Confederate force. Confederates also captured the Federal steamer, Sam Gaty, in Missouri.

March 28, 1864 - A group of Copperheads attacked Federal soldiers in Charleston, Ill. Five were killed and 20 were wounded.

March 28, 1864 – During the Civil War, a federal operation to Caperton’s Ferry, Ala. began.

March 28, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought in the vicinity of Danville and Mount Elba, Ark.; with Indians along the Eel River in California; at New Hope, Ky.; along Obey’s River in Tennessee; and at Bloomery Gap, West Virginia. A 20-day Federal operation also began in eastern Kentucky.

March 28, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal operation was conducted between Aldie and Middleburg, Va. A Federal operation was also into Gloucester County, Va.

March 28, 1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met with Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman and Admiral David Dixon Porter at City Point, Va.

March 28, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Elyton, Ala. (Jefferson County), with Brig. Gen. James H Wilson‘s Union cavalry force.

March 28, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought along Bull Creek in Christian County, Mo.; in the vicinity of Boone and Snow Hill, N.C.; and in the vicinity of Germantown, Tenn. A three-day Federal operation between Fort Pike, La. and Bay St. Louis, Miss. began. A 15-day Federal operation also began in the Deep Bottom, Va. vicinity.

March 28, 1868 – Norman A. Staples, the owner of the ill-fated steamboat James T. Staples, was born at Bladon Springs in Choctaw County, Ala.

March 28, 1875 – Evergreen, Ala. was officially incorporated. (According to the Ala. League of Municipalities, Evergreen was incorporated on this date in 1873.)

March 28, 1886 – The Rev. E.E. Cowan was scheduled to preach at the Monroeville Methodist Church on this Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

March 28, 1896 - Miss Wills, the teacher at the Manistee community school, was to leave for her home at Pine Hill, Ala. on this Saturday.

March 28, 1904 – Whipple Van Buren Phillips, H.P. Lovecraft’s grandfather, passed away from a stroke at the age of 70 around midnight at his home at 454 Angell St. in Providence, R.I. He was buried in Swan Point Cemetery.

March 28, 1906 - Prof. I.A. Weaver, who had been teaching in Monroeville, Ala. for several months, left for his home at Lineville on this Wednesday.

March 28, 1906 - Misses Katie Scott and Mary Gregg, who had been visiting Mrs. Chas. King, left on the Str. Nettie Quill on this Wednesday to return to their home in Mobile, Ala.

March 28, 1909 - Alabama journalist and author Lael Tucker Wertenbaker was born in Bradford, Pa.

March 28, 1909 – Award-winning author Nelson Algren was born in Detroit, Mich. His books include “A Walk on the Wild Side” (1956).

March 28, 1914 – American explorer, poet and painter Everett Ruess was born in Oakland, Calif. He mysteriously disappeared in November 1934 near Escalante, Utah.

March 28, 1914 – Monroe County High School’s baseball team beat Vredenburgh, 21-0, in Vredenburgh on this Saturday. This was MCHS’s first game of the season.

March 28, 1915 – Confederate veteran Charles Monroe (Mays) Carter passed away at the age of 76 at his home near Mexia, Ala. after an illness of several weeks. Born on Dec. 12, 1838 at Mt. Willing in Lowndes County, he enlisted as a private at Scotland with Co. H, 17th Alabama Regiment. He was discharged after one year when his enlistment ended. He re-enlisted with the 54th Alabama Regiment. He is buried at Mexia Cemetery.

March 28, 1915 – The first American citizen was killed in the eight-month-old European conflict that would become known as the First World War when Leon Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer and native of Massachusetts, drowned when a German submarine, the U-28, torpedoed the cargo-passenger ship Falaba, on its way from Liverpool to West Africa, off the coast of England.

March 28, 1920 – The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affected the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.

March 28, 1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.

March 28, 1923 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the baseball team at the State Secondary Agricultural School had started the season with a victory over Georgiana, “witnessed by a fair crowd in spite of the threatening weather. The game was featured by the pitching of Dave Lewis and three base hits by Amos and Hines.”

March 28, 1923 – The Evergreen Courant reported that J.D. Deming had been catching some very fine trout recently. He’d landed five fish, the aggregate weight of which was 25 pounds. Two of the number weighed 6-3/4 pounds and 6-1/2 pounds, respectively.

March 28, 1923 – This day’s edition of The Evergreen Courant carried an advertisement for the letting of the contract for the construction of the state and federal aid road from Evergreen to Belleville and also the bridge across Murder Creek. This advertisement also indicated that actual work on these projects would begin before July 1.

March 28, 1929 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the first movement of Conecuh County strawberries by express started with a rush that week with the advent of warm weather, the continuation of which would likely mean that cars would begin moving sometime the following week. The first full crates came in to both Evergreen and Castleberry on Mon., March 25. Steve Howard brought and shipped to Birmingham, Evergreen’s first crate while at Castleberry, R.B. Findley started the season off with four crates which were brought by G.T. Young and also shipped to Birmingham.

March 28, 1929 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the northbound and southbound work crews, which were clearing and grading for the Evergreen-Castleberry highway, would meet in about 30 days, according to estimate on Tues., March 26, by W.L. Flaughter, resident engineer of the state highway department.

March 28, 1935 – In Lovecraftian fiction, Miskatonic University’s Peaslee Australian Expedition left Boston Harbor, destined for Australia, where it searched for ancient ruins in the Great Sandy Desert.

March 28, 1936 – Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, in southern Peru.

March 28, 1940 - Poet, novelist and short-story writer Russell Banks was born in Newton, Mass. His books include “Hamilton Stark” (1978), “Continental Drift” (1985) and “Lost Memory of Skin” (2011).

March 28, 1951 – During the First Indochina War, in the Battle of Mạo Khê, French Union forces, led by World War II hero Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, inflicted a defeat on Việt Minh forces commanded by General Võ Nguyên Giáp.

March 28, 1953 – Pro Football Hall of Fame back Jim Thorpe died at the age of 65 in Lomita, Calif. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.

March 28, 1958 – Florence, Ala. native W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues,” passed away in New York City at the age of 84.

March 28, 1961 - A U.S. national intelligence estimate prepared for President John F. Kennedy declared that South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and the Republic of Vietnam were facing an extremely critical situation.

March 28-April 3, 1963 – “To Kill A Mockingbird” was shown at the Monroe Theatre in Monroeville, Ala.

March 28, 1963 - Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets.

March 28, 1967 - The Phoenix, a private U.S. yacht with eight American pacifists aboard, arrived in Haiphong, North Vietnam, with $10,000 worth of medical supplies for the North Vietnamese.

March 28, 1968 – Author and journalist Iris Chang was born in Princeton, N.J.

March 28, 1968 – The Monroe Journal reported that Coach Robert Hines had announced that Patrick Henry Junior College would field a baseball team for the first time in 1968 with the first game to be played against NAAS Whiting Field of Milton, Fla. A total of 14 players were on PHJC’s first team: Larry Gilbert, Milton, Fla.; Douglas Fergerson, Plantersville; Dan Gilbert, Leroy; Tommy McMillon, Monroeville; Larry Blackwell, Milton, Fla.; Jerry Browder, Milton, Fla.; Bobby Marshall, Jay, Fla.; James Real, Beatrice; Butch Lovinggood, Camden; Charles Sexton, Highland Home; Dwight Wilson, Uriah; James Henderson, Selma; Mike Grindle, Southside (Selma); Marvin Marrow, Selma; Managers, Mike Martin, Camden, and Dan Young, Uniontown.

March 28, 1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States and one of the most highly regarded American generals of World War II, died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 78.

March 28, 1969 – Evergreen High School played in a spring football jamboree in Luverne, Ala. that included Evergreen, Luverne, Union Springs and Georgiana. Evergreen played Luverne in the first half (12-minute quarters), and Union Springs played Georgiana in the second half. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head football coach, and his assistants included Mike Bledsoe and Charles Branum.

March 28, 1969 – Lyeffion, Repton, Frisco City, Excel and J.U. Blacksher played in a spring football jamboree at J.U. Blacksher High School at Uriah. Lyeffion played Frisco in the first quarter; Excel played Repton in the second; Blacksher played Frisco in the third; Excel played Lyeffion in the fourth; and Repton played Blacksher in the fifth.

March 28-30, 1969 – The movie, “Cool Hand Luke,” played at the Pix Theatre in Evergreen, Ala.

March 28, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Conecuh County High School was conducting spring football drills in preparation for fielding its first football team for the first time since the late 1930s in the fall of 1974. To wrap up spring drills, the Blue Devils were scheduled to play Repton and Frisco City in a jamboree at the Repton High Bulldog Field at 7 p.m. on Sat., March 30. CCHS players and coaches included Randy Chavers, Eddie Ryals, Chris Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gerald Anderson, J.W. Monk, Bill Baker, Johnny Godwin, Stan Pate, Keith Merritt, Michael Gantt, Eddie Garner, Willie Jones, Angelo Dees, Duncan Smith, Carl Sanders, Michael Sims, Phillip Etheridge, Wendell Kast, Ricky Godwin, William Ryals, Paul Ellis, Donnie Green, Rusty Bethune, Johnny Chavers, Homer Holland, Dennis Darby, Bill Godwin, Steve Pate, Hugh Bradford, Floyd Coleman, Bobby Barnes, Wade Wilcox, Donnie Laster, Royce Baker, Rusty Wilson, Ricky Reeves and Andy Pate.

March 28, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Olen Brooks, the son of Mrs. Ida Woods, formerly of Evergreen, Ala. was recently saluted by The Southern Star newspaper of Lansing, Mich. Brooks participated in major sports including basketball, football, track and wrestling. During the wrestling season, Olen won three of his matches. He wrestled at 155 pounds. His shortest pin took him 26 seconds and the longest four minutes. Olen came in third in the City Meet.

March 28, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that eighth-grader Phillip Harold Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Harold of Evergreen, was the winner of the spelling bee held at Marshall Middle School in Evergreen, Ala. Phillip, whose mother was the former Laurice Adams, was scheduled to compete in the state finals in Birmingham on May 4 in a contest sponsored by The Birmingham Post-Herald.

March 28, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that police officer James R. Taylor of the Evergreen Police Department was attending the ninth session of the Southwest Alabama Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala.

March 28, 1977 – Novelist Lauren Weisberger was born in Scranton, Pa. Her books include “The Devil Wears Prada” (2003).

March 28, 1977 – Sri Lankan-English explorer and mountaineer Eric Shipton died in England at the age of 69.

March 28, 1979 - At 4 a.m., the most significant accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry occurred when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island failed to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat.

March 28, 1981 - J.B. (Jr.) Andrews and son, Timmy, did a father-and-son act on a pair of large turkeys on this Saturday morning, according to The Evergreen Courant. Junior’s Tom weighed 18 pounds and had a 9-1/2 inch beard while Timmy’s big bird weighed 13 pounds and had a 3-1/2 inch beard.

March 28, 1983 - Trial of cases on the State Bar Criminal Docket, Conecuh County, Ala., were scheduled for trial this week as Circuit Court was set to begin on this Monday at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of the Conecuh County Courthouse with Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding.

March 28, 1984 - Bob Irsay, owner of the once-mighty Baltimore Colts, moved the team to Indianapolis.

March 28, 1990 – President George H. W. Bush posthumously awarded Oakville, Ala. native Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
March 28, 1999 - In Cuba, the Orioles beat the Cuban National Team, 3-2. It was the first time since the 1950's that a U.S. team had played in Cuba.
March 28, 2003 – In a friendly fire incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attacked British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.

March 28, 2014 – Former U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton Jr. passed away at the age of 89. Denton was born in Mobile on July 15, 1924, to a family that traced its heritage back to the French Catholic founders of Mobile. In 1964 he was assigned, as a U.S. Navy pilot, to the USS Independence (CVA-62), which was deployed off the coast of North Vietnam. In July 1965, Denton led a bombing mission over North Vietnam and was shot down and captured. He spent 48 of his 91 months of imprisonment in solitary confinement, one of the longest periods of any American POW. His book, “When Hell Was in Session,” which recounted his POW experiences, was made into an NBC television movie in 1979 starring Hal Holbrook.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., March 28, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): Trace.

Week to Date Rainfall: Trace.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.90 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 1.10 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 21.50 inches

Notes: Today is the 87th day of 2017 and the ninth day of Spring. There are 278 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for March 27, 2017

MARCH 30, 1978

Aggie nine opens season with two wins: The Evergreen Aggies opened up their 1978 baseball campaign with impressive wins over J.F. Shields and Southern Normal.
In the opener Tuesday of last week, Evergreen rode the pitching of Ernest Williams and a balanced hitting attack to defeat J.F. Shields, 15-0. The game was delayed for rain, the forfeited by Shields after three innings.
Williams struck out eight. Wendell Parker belted a two-run homer in the second for Evergreen.
Friday night, the Aggies traveled to Brewton to take on Southern Normal, and came away with an 8-2 victory. Darnell Spears got the win for Evergreen. Turner Murphy pitched two innings of relief.
Tony Rogers had two homers while Wendell Parker had one round tripper for the Aggies.
The Aggies played T.R. Miller Tuesday night.

All American honors go to Wylie Tucker: Wylie Tucker, the dynamic little point guard for the University of Montevallo basketball team, added another honor to his growing list of accolades Thursday when word was received from the NAIA National Office in Kansas City, Mo. that he had gotten honorable mention in the voting for the NAIA All-American.
Only one other player in Montevallo cage history has ever received such laurels, that being Gerald Douglass, a second team All-American in 1975.
The 5-8 Tucker, a resident of Tuscaloosa who was born in Evergreen, completed an outstanding four-year career at Montevallo with his best season ever in his senior campaign.
The Falcon sparkplug paced the team in scoring with 410 points for a 13.3 average, hit 45.1 percent from the floor and 75.3 percent on free throws, handed out 163 assists (5.3 per game) and picked up 82 steals.
He was named MVP of both the Montevallo Tip-Off Tournament and the Capital City Classic and was All-Tournament in the Blue-Gray Tournament.
Tucker earned Southern States Conference and District 27 Player of the Week honors for Feb. 19-25, and at the end of the year was named to the All-Southern States Conference Team and the All-District 27 Team.
His ability and leadership were prime factors in the Falcons’ fine 20-12 record, the second-most wins in the school’s history.
In his career, Tucker scored 1,253 points, placing him third on the all-time scoring list at Montevallo. He is the all-time leader in games played (118) and assists (487).
During his four years at UM, the Falcons won the conference tournament twice, won the UM Tip-Off Tournament twice, won the Magic City Classic and the Blue-Grey tournament once each, and participated in the District 27 playoffs twice. In fact, Tucker sank the shot that beat Jacksonville State University in the 1975 District 27 championship game and sent the Falcons to the National Tournament.
Montevallo’s record during the Wylie Tucker era was a fine 76-43.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tucker of Tuscaloosa. Tucker is a physical education major. An all-around student, he was selected as a senior class favorite by his classmates.
Wylie Tucker is an excellent example in pointing out that one doesn’t necessarily have to be big or score lots of points to be deserving of All-American status.

MARCH 26, 1953

From “This Week’s Wash” by Bob Bozeman: I turned down a cup of coffee bribe to get the chance to tell this one on Sam Granade, hope you appreciate it enough to make this great sacrifice worthwhile.
Sam is a turkey hunter of the first water. He’s killed plenty of turkeys in his time (born and reared in Washington County where wild turkeys roost on yard fences, you know) but not so many that he isn’t proud of every one he gets. Of course, he’s no different from other hunters (and fishermen and golfers) and doesn’t have much to say about the ones that he missed.
Tuesday morning before it was good daylight Sam got his first turkey of this season… and jumped into his car and hurried to town before the bird’s body had time to cool. Sam showed that bird to everybody he could find and those he couldn’t find when he got to town he waited for – in fact, he stayed downtown so long showing off the turkey that I’m told it spoiled.
After all that you’d think that it was really some Tom, but it was a mere little bird weighing around 19 pounds. E.B. Horton killed the biggest turkey of this season and probably as big as has ever been killed in this neck of the woods. E.B. got this king of the gobblers on the first day of the season last Friday, and it weighed in at over 22 pounds.

MARCH 29, 1928

NOTICE TO AUBURN ALUMNI: There will be a meeting of the Auburn Alumni of Evergreen and Conecuh County at the courthouse in Evergreen on the night of April 3 at eight o’clock. J.V. Brown, Athletic Director of Auburn, and R.B. Brown, freshman coach, will be present at this meeting to discuss important matters with reference to the future plans of the institution and it is earnestly hoped that all old Auburn students in this vicinity will be present. – G.O. Dickey, R.F. Croom.

Today in History for March 27, 2017

Union Major General Frederick Steele
March 27, 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reached the northern end of the Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida.

March 27, 1775 - Future President Thomas Jefferson was elected to the second Continental Congress as a Virginia delegate.

March 27, 1776 - The British left Boston and sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

March 27, 1794 – The United States Congress and President George Washington established a permanent navy and authorized the building of six frigates.

March 27, 1814 – During the War of 1812, the Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought in Central Alabama. Andrew Jackson led a force of Americans, Creeks and Cherokees against Red Stick Creeks which were led by Chief Menawa. Attacking the Red Stick stronghold of Tohopeka on the banks of the Tallapoosa River, Jackson's men killed more than 900 people. The victory soon led to the end of the Creek War and the cession of 23 million acres of Creek territory to the United States.

March 27, 1815 - Alabama author William Russell Smith was born in Russellville, Ky.

March 27, 1820 - English admiral and explorer Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield was born in Cheltenham, England.

March 27, 1822 – French novelist and poet Henri Murger was born in Paris.

March 27, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette spent the night at the Gachet House in Lamar County, Georgia.

March 27, 1834 – French explorer and mountaineer Pierre Gaspard was born in Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, France.

March 27, 1836 – During the Texas Revolution’s “Goliad Massacre,” on the orders of General Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican army butchered 342 Texas POWs at Goliad, Texas.

March 27, 1844 – American general, explorer and Medal of Honor recipient Adolphus Greely was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

March 27, 1862 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal operation began on and around Santa Rosa Island, Fla.

March 27, 1862 - A five-day Federal operation between Middleburg and White Plains, Va. began. Confederate General John Bankhead Magruder was known as “Prince John” for his rather flamboyant approach to life in general and his uniform in particular. He was in charge of forces on the Peninsula as McClellan’s Army of the Potomac was inching its way toward Richmond, Va. In consequence thereof, General Joseph E. Johnston was ordered from Richmond to reinforce him.

March 27, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Palatka, Fla.; in the vicinity of Madisonville, Ky.; along the Rio Bonito in the New Mexico Territory; and along the Woodbury Pike, Tenn.

March 27, 1864 – During the Civil War, Secretary of the Navy Welles sent orders to the USS Wyoming, docked in Baltimore, Md. Her commander, John P. Bankhead, was instructed to sail in search of the CSS Shenandoah, Lt. Waddell commanding. The last report of the location of Shenandoah had her leaving Melbourne, Australia, and that report was five weeks old.

March 27, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Branchville, Brook’s Mill, Little Rock and Benton, Ark.; with Indians along the Eel River in California; in the vicinity of Columbus, Ky.; at Livingston, Miss., which was located 14 miles north of present day Ackerman, Miss.; at Deepwater Township, Mo.; and at Louisville, Tenn. A four-day Federal operation including Pine Bluff, Mount Elba and Long View, Ark. also began.

March 27, 1864 - Several times during the Civil War there were outbreaks of fighting against the government by its own citizens who sympathized with the “other side.” One such occurred overnight and into tomorrow in Charleston, in central Illinois. “A dreadful affair took place in our town”, the local newspaper said, when a group of about 100 Copperheads attacked Federal troops who were home on leave. Five were killed and more than 20 wounded before reinforcements arrived and restored order.

March 27, 1865 – During the Civil War, Union Major General Frederick Steele’s column from Pensacola, Fla. reached Canoe Station near Atmore, Ala. and encamped.

March 27, 1865 – During the Civil War, Union Gen. E.R.S. Canby, with 32,000 men, laid siege to Spanish Fort. The siege would last for 13 days.

March 27, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln met with Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman at City Point, Virginia to plot the last stages of the Civil War. Lincoln went to Virginia just as Grant was preparing to attack Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s lines around Petersburg and Richmond, an assault that promised to end the siege that had dragged on for 10 months. Meanwhile, Sherman’s force was steamrolling northward through the Carolinas. The three architects of Union victory convened for the first time as a group–Lincoln and Sherman had never met—at Grant’s City Point headquarters at the general-in-chief’s request. Less than four weeks later, Grant and Sherman had secured the surrender of the Confederacy.

March 27, 1865 – A three-day Federal operation between Winchester and Woodstock, Va. began.

March 27, 1868 – Patty Smith Hill, who wrote the song “Happy Birthday to You,” was born in Anchorage, Ky.

March 27, 1879 – National Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman and manager Miller Huggins was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He would go on to play for the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals and also managed the Cardinals and the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

March 27, 1884 – German zoologist and explorer Richard Böhm passed away at the age of 29 in Katapana, Katanga.

March 27, 1886 – Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrendered to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.

March 27, 1896 - At the Monroe County (Ala.) Courthouse, by special request, on this Friday evening, itinerant freehand artist Robinson, the “Lightning Charcoal Artist,” appeared in “a refined exhibition of rapid freehand drawing, introducing dexterous left and right hand sketches. Portraits, landscapes, caricatures, etc. will constitute the program, and an interesting and instructive entertainment is promised. To each person upon entering the door will be furnished a chance in the prize picture. The holder of the lucky number will be given a life-size, nicely finished portrait and frame.”

March 27, 1896 - J.A. Grace, the proprietor of the Upper Warehouse at Claiborne, visited The Monroe Journal office on this Friday.

March 27, 1899 - The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.

March 27, 1904 - On Sunday evening, while he was visiting the home of a crony, Alderman Gray, Whipple Van Buren Phillips, H.P. Lovecraft’s grandfather, was seized by a “paralytic shock,” likely a stroke. He died the following day, near midnight at his home at 454 Angell Street in Providence, R.I.

March 27, 1910 – In Lovecraftian fiction, Edith Brendall disappeared from Bonn, Germany and her body was discovered in the Rhine River on April 4 of the same year.

March 27, 1912 – President William Howard Taft’s wife, Helen Herron Taft, and the wife of the ambassador from Japan planted the first of Washington, D.C.’s cherry trees, scions from the most famous trees in Tokyo, the ones that grow along the banks of the Arakawa River.

March 27, 1913 – German SS officer Theodor Dannecker was born in Tübingen, a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

March 27, 1915 – Conecuh County Sheriff Williams and Deputy Davis arrested Finley Cowling near Brooklyn, Ala. for the alleged theft of a horse belonging to Dr. M.M. Strickland of Minter in Dallas County. The horse was recovered and Cowling was placed in jail.

March 27, 1915 – J.D. Skinner of Belleville, Ala. reported that while traveling from his home to Bermuda a few days before he saw “quantities of boll weevils flying about. If any great number come out of hibernation this early they will die out before they get something to feed on.”

March 27, 1915 – Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, was put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.

March 27, 1916 - Author Catherine Rodgers was born in Camp Hill, in Tallapoosa County, Ala.

March 27, 1916 – Allen Page, who had been appointed notary public and justice of the peace at Castleberry, was in Evergreen, Ala. on business on this Monday.

March 27, 1918 - In the wake of Russia’s withdrawal from World War I and its acceptance of the humiliating peace terms set by the Central Powers at Brest-Litovsk, the Balkan republic of Romania annexes Bessarabia, a strategically important area of land located on its eastern border and bounded on the south by the Danube River and the mouth of the Black Sea.

March 27, 1923 – Poet Louis Simpson was born in Kingston, Jamaica.

March 27, 1927 – Explorer and biologist William Healey Dall died at the age of 81 in Washington, D.C.

March 27, 1928 – Confederate veteran Thomas Smallwood “T.S.” Hagood of Evergreen, Ala. passed away at the age of 80. Hagood was born in Bragg, Lowndes County, Ala., on June 30, 1847. He joined the Confederate army at Dalton, Ga. in March 1863 and served with Co. I of the 45th Alabama Infantry. Hagood was captured at Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864, imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Ill. And was paroled on June 18, 1865. He was buried in the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

March 27, 1933 – Football coach Vince Gibson was born in Birmingham, Ala. He went on to play guard at Florida State and served as the head coach at Kansas State, Louisville and Tulane.

March 27, 1943 - Author Perry Lentz was born in Anniston, Ala.

March 27, 1947 – The Monroe Journal reported that W.A. Hendrix of Monroeville, Ala. and Fred T. McClendon of Union Springs, who owned and operated a circuit of some 30 theaters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, were having a modern new theater built in Frisco City, Ala. Construction started that week and the management hoped to open in June. The new theater planned to operate on a full time basis with the latest and best movies.

March 27, 1947 – The Monroe Journal reported that C.E. Hart of Flomaton, Ala., the owner of the Hart Sand & Gravel Co., was opening a place of business on Double Branch between the creek and the Frisco Railroad on the Monroeville-Old Salem road. Earlier that week a bin with a capacity of 22 yards of gravel had been constructed and sand and gravel washing bins were in the process of construction. It was expected that two six-inch pumps would be installed to pump the gravel and sand from the creek bed and the surrounding area into the wash bins and from there to bins for sand and gravel, after it had passed over the screens.

March 27, 1950 - Novelist and poet Julia Alvarez was born in New York City.

March 27, 1952 – Truman Capote's stage adaptation of his novel, “The Grass Harp,” directed by Robert Lewis, opened at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre, where it ran for 36 performances.

March 27, 1956 – On this Tuesday morning, the U.S. Navy began using Middleton Field in Evergreen, Ala. “as a training field again,” according to The Evergreen Courant.

March 27, 1956 – English cosmologist and academic John A. Peacock was born in Shaftesbury, England.

March 27, 1959 - Funeral services for Oscar McNeil, 80, a prominent Frisco City, Ala. resident, were held on this Friday at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Frisco City. For many years he operated one of the first mercantile establishments in the area. He was a director of the bank at Frisco City and a deacon in the Baptist Church.

March 27, 1963 – Director Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tenn.

March 27, 1964 - The “Good Friday Earthquake” killed 131 people in Alaska. Lasting almost five minutes, it was the most powerful recorded quake in U.S. history-- 8.4 on the Richter scale.

March 27, 1965 – A plane crash near the Drewry community in Monroe County, Ala. claimed the lives of Reuben Ludger Lapeyrouse, 33, and Keaton C. Hardy, 43, both of Mobile. A third man, Clay Medley Godwin, 22, of Mobile survived the crash, but died a short time later. Lapeyrouse was the head of the Lapeyrouse Grain Corporation, and Godwin worked in the office at Lapeyrouse Grain Corp.

March 27, 1965 - Following several days of consultations with the Cambodian government, South Vietnamese troops, supported by artillery and air strikes, launched their first major military operation into Cambodia.

March 27, 1969 – The Evergreen Courant reported that six members of Boy Scout Troop 40 in Evergreen, Ala. were inducted into the Order of the Arrow during the recent Alabama-Florida Spring Camporee.

March 27, 1969 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Spec-5 Lowell Jernigan had received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Jernigan, a 1964 graduate of Evergreen High School and later the University of Alabama, was an instructor at the Atomic Demolition Munitions Systems Branch, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Division, Dept. of Engineering and Military Science, U.S. Army Engineer School, at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

March 27, 1973 - The White House announced that, at the request of Cambodian President Lon Nol, the bombing of Cambodia would continue until communist forces ceased military operations and agreed to a cease-fire.

March 27, 1976 – The first segment of the Washington Metro opened, and some 50,000 people stood in line for hours to take a free ride on the Red Line, which ran from Rhode Island Avenue to the Farragut North underground station.

March 27, 1976 – NBA power forward Danny Fortson was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He would go on to play for the University of Cincinnati, the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics, the Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks and the Seattle SuperSonics.

March 27, 1977 - Two 747s collided on a foggy runway in the Canary Islands in the worst accident in aviation history -- 583 died.

March 27, 1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan hosted a luncheon honoring the members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

March 27, 1986 – The Evergreen Courant reported that State Representative J.E. “Jimmy” Warren of Castleberry, Ala. had qualified to seek re-election to the Alabama House of Representatives. Warren, first elected in 1970, was seeking his fifth term in office.

March 27, 1986 – NFL linebacker Titus Brown was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He went on to play for Mississippi State and the Cleveland Browns.

March 27, 1989 - Sport Illustrated exposed Pete Rose's gambling activities. The magazine article alleged Rose bet on baseball from the Riverfront dugout using hand gestures with an associate.

March 27, 1994 - Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina were hit by a series of tornadoes that killed 42 people.

March 27, 1994 – A church in Piedmont, Ala. collapsed during a tornado, and 19 people inside were killed.

March 27, 2001 – Stanley Guy Busby, 75, of Repton, Ala. died at Monroe County Hospital. Busby, who ran a dairy for many years, was a driver for Poole Truck Line and a retired CDL instructor from Reid State Technical College. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.

March 27, 2007 - NFL owners voted, 30-2, to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool.

March 27, 2012 – Evergreen, Ala. city officials presented local basketball star Chris Hines with a special proclamation and key to the city during a special ceremony at Evergreen City Hall.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., March 27, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.90 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 1.10 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 21.50 inches

Notes: Today is the 86th day of 2017 and the eighth day of Spring. There are 279 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.