Friday, June 24, 2016

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Fri., June 24, 2016

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.75 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.00 inches.

Notes: Today in the 176th day of 2016 and the fifth day of Summer. There are 190 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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 283: Eat kimchi

As best that I can remember, the first time I ever heard of kimchi was in early 1999 when I was in basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. In our platoon, we had a guy from California, who was of obvious Asian descent. One of the drill sergeants asked him if he was Korean, and when he said yes, the next question had to do with kimchi.

For those of you unfamiliar with kimchi (pronounced “kim-chee”), it’s a traditional fermented Korea food made from vegetables with lots of spices and seasoning. In Korea, it’s traditionally made in large pots that are buried in the summer and unfrozen in the winter. Even though it might not sound like the most appetizing thing you’ve ever had, just about everyone who’s eaten some will tell you that it’s pretty good.

Ever since I first heard about kimchi, I’ve been curious about it, and several years ago I added it to my “bucket list.” Since then, I’ve kept my eyes open for an opportunity to sample this traditional Korean dish for the first time. The opportunity to do so arose a week or so ago, which led to me trying kimchi for the first time ever Monday of last week.

The breakthrough came a few weeks before that when my sister told me that jars of kimchi can be found in most Super Walmarts, in the section where they keep the bagged lettuce. Sure enough, the next time I was in our local Walmart, I found two jars of kimchi right where she said I’d find it. Best of all, one jar cost only around $5.

The 14-ounce, glass jar of kimchi I bought was called King’s Spicy Kimchi: Korean Marinated Cabbage, which is produced by King’s Asian Gourmet of San Francisco, Calif. The label boasted that its contents were low carb, gluten free and contained no cholesterol, no MSG and no preservatives. The label went on to say that King’s kimchi is “Fit for a King,” and that “King’s Kimchi is a hand-crafted blend of fresh nappa cabbage, savory seasonings and meticulously selected spices. King’s Kimchi is naturally fermented to bring out its full-bodied flavor and is a nutritious part of every Korean meal. Kimchi can be served as a side dish or can easily enhance the flavor of everyday dishes such as hamburgers, tuna salads and dips.”

Kimchi over white rice.
Ingredients in King’s kimchi include nappa cabbage, garlic, green onion, hot pepper, sugar, salt, paprika and ginger. Interestingly, the jar’s red metal top carried the following warning: Fermentation creates natural bubbling and pressure that may bulge cap. SPICY. To prevent leakage, cover cap with napkin and open slowly over sink.” Elsewhere on the label, it says, “Perishable, Keep Refrigerated, Contents may overflow due to natural fermentation.” For the record, I followed these instructions and easily opened my jar without incident.

I tried kimchi two different ways, plain and over white rice. I prefer it over white rice because the rice absorbs a lot of the juice. I also found the individual pieces of kimchi to be very chewy, but not unpleasantly so. It was also very spicy, reminding me of the pizza tastes after a healthy application of red pepper from the shaker at Pizza Hut. Otherwise, it reminded me a lot of eating boiled cabbage or sauerkraut.

Any way you want to describe it, kimchi is good, and I’d eat more of it again in a heartbeat. Don’t turn your nose up at it until you’ve tried it. If you liked good, spicy foods, then you should give kimchi a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

In the end, how many of you have ever eaten kimchi? What did you think about it? What other types of unusual foods would you recommend trying? Let us know in the comments section below.

Montgomery Rebels baseball stopped in Evergreen 76 years ago in 1940

I don’t know what’s got into the Atlanta Braves lately, but whatever it is, they shouldn’t change a thing.

As of Monday, the Braves had won five straight games, including a three-game sweep of the division rival, New York Mets. This five-game winning streak is the longest such streak of the season for the Braves, so far, topping a four-game streak they put together in late April.

Atlanta had the day off on Monday, but were scheduled to begin a two-game series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in Miami. Atlanta’s fared well so far this season against Miami, having gone 5-1 against the Marlins as of Monday.

Despite their 23-46 overall record, Atlanta hasn’t done bad against division opponents this year. Through Monday, they were 12-5 against teams in the National League East with about 93 games still left in their regular season schedule. Atlanta’s been at the bottom of the division standings pretty much since the beginning of the season, but if they continue to play like they’ve been playing this past week, they might be able to pull themselves up to a more respectable position in the standings.

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I was looking through some of my notes earlier this week and was reminded that Saturday, June 25, marks the anniversary of a somewhat unique sports-related event in the history of Evergreen. It was on this day in 1940 – 76 years ago – that the Montgomery Rebels of the Southeastern Baseball League stopped in Evergreen to eat on their way to Mobile for a series against the Mobile Shippers.

This event was such a big deal at the time that The Evergreen Courant newspaper had a front page story about their visit to Evergreen in the June 27, 1940 edition. That story read as follows:

“MONTGOMERY BALL CLUB PAYS VISIT HERE TUESDAY MORNING: The Montgomery Rebels of the Southeastern baseball league honored our fair city with a visit Tuesday morning when they stopped to dine at a local café, enroute for a series with the Mobile Shippers. The Rebs are holding down third place in the league standings, and are enjoying the best season they have had in years. More power, we say, to the capital city horsehiders.”

The Southeastern Baseball League was an old minor league organization that dated back to 1910, and in 1940 it was considered a Class B league, that is, it was four levels below Major League Baseball. Over the years, a wide variety of teams were part of the Southeastern League, but in 1940 the league included the Montgomery Rebels, the Mobile Shippers, the Gadsden Pilots, the Jackson (Miss.) Senators, the Pensacola Pilots, the Anniston Rams, the Selma Cloverleafs and the Meridian Bears.

Montgomery had a middle-of-the-pack team in 1940. They finished the season in fourth place behind first-place Gadsden, second-place Jackson and third-place Pensacola. Anniston came in fifth, and Selma was sixth. Mobile finished the season seventh overall, just ahead of Meridian.

The 1940 Rebels, who played their home games at Cramton Bowl on Madison Avenue in Montgomery, had an impressive roster, including at least seven players who played in the Majors. Those Major League players included second baseman Bill Adair of Mobile, pitcher Ivy Andrews of Dora, pitcher Orville Armrust of Beirne, Ark., outfielder Tom Cafego of Whipple, W.V., pitcher Larry Crawford of Swissvale, Pa., first baseman Bob Prichard of Paris, Texas and pitcher Ernie Wingard of Prattville.

Today in History for June 23, 2016

U.S. General George McClellan
June 23, 1611 – The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson's fourth voyage set Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay. They are never heard from again.

June 23, 1775 – German adventurer and author Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz died in Berlin.

June 23, 1776 - Off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, British Commodore Sir Peter Parker notified General Sir Henry Clinton of his intention to land on the South Carolina mainland the next day.

June 23, 1780 – During the American Revolution, the Battle of Springfield was fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township).

June 23, 1812 – During the War of 1812, Great Britain revoked the restrictions on American commerce, thus eliminating one of the chief reasons for going to war.

June 23, 1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.

June 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Righter, Va. and the USS Massachusetts captured four vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

June 23, 1862 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee met with his corps commanders to plan an attack on General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Launched on June 26, the attack would break the stalemate of the Peninsular campaign in Virginia and trigger the Seven Days’ Battles.

June 23, 1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln took a train from Washington to West Point, New York. The next day he called on Winfield Scott to discuss Union strategy in Virginia.

June 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Pineville and Raytown, Mo.; at New Kent Courthouse, Va.; and at Augusta, Ark.

June 23, 1863 - Union General William Rosecrans marched his troops out of their camp in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the Federal Army of the Cumberland began the Tullahoma Campaign against the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

June 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Rover and Unionville, Tenn. and near Papinsville, Mo. The destruction of Sibley, Missouri also took place on this day.

June 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, Confederate forces overwhelmed a Union garrison at the Battle of Brasher City in Louisiana.

June 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 36.

June 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, combat occurred of Jones' Bridge, Va. Skirmishes were fought at Nottaway Court House, Cove Gap, and New Castle, Va.; and at Okolona, Miss.

June 23, 1865 – During the Civil War, at Fort Towson in the Oklahoma Territory, Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the last sizable and significant rebel army following the Battle of Doaksville. Watie was the last Confederate general in the field to surrender.

June 23, 1866 – The first issue of The Monroe Journal newspaper was published in Claiborne, Ala. Z.D. Cottrell was the newspaper’s editor.

June 23, 1868 – The typewriter was patented on this day by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisc.

June 23, 1896 – On this Tuesday night, Jeff and Fayette Salter, who had been confined in the Conecuh County Jail for several months awaiting trial on a charge of murder, escaped. The combination on the cell door, for some cause, was not turned on as usual on Tuesday evening, and finding it unlocked, they managed to get the door open and climbed on top of the cage and prized the tin ceiling loose overhead, through which they reached the loft. They tore their blankets into strips and tied them together, by the means of which they made their escape from the building through a small aperture over the main door. Sheriff Irwin and his deputy, J.R. McCreary, at once began a search for the escaped prisoners, but up to June 25, no trace of them had been found. Sheriff Irwin offered a reward of $100 for their apprehension and detention.

June 23, 1912 - Author Douglas Fields Bailey was born in Dothan, Ala.

June 23, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the following slate of new officers had been elected at Greening Masonic Lodge, No. 53, in Evergreen, Ala.: J.T. Amos, Worshipful Master; T.B. McDonald, Senior Warden; Byron Tisdale, Junior Warden; H.H. Floyd, Treasurer; J.A. Smith, Secretary; J.W. Hagood, Senior Deacon; L.J. Mixon, Junior Deacon; F.N. Hawkins, Tyler; H.L. Tucker and S.L. Tisdale, Stewards; G.E. Mize, Chaplain; E.C. Barnes, Marshal.

June 23, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the following slate of new officers had been elected at Sepulga Masonic Lodge No. 233: Jese A. Jones, Worshipful Master; S.S. Kendrick, Senior Warden; W.T. McCrory, Junior Warden; J.E. Dean, Treasurer; T.A. Jones, Secretary; J.T. Salter, Senior Deacon; E.O. Mixon, Junior Deacon; C.C. Lane and C.A. Sims, Stewards; C.G. Middleton, Tyler; F.M. Fletcher, Chaplain.

June 23, 1915 – “One of the foulest and most horrible crimes ever committed” in Conecuh County, Ala. occurred on this Wednesday night when John Salter and Robert Watkins murdered Martha Lassiter and tried to rob and murder Wiley House. They also burned House’s home near Burnt Corn to hide their crime, which they confessed to on June 26.

June 23, 1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retired 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire.

June 23, 1920 – Lewis Lavon Peacock died of influenza at the age of 75. He was buried at Flat Rock Church.

June 23, 1924 - Author C. Eric Lincoln was born in Athens, Ala.

June 23, 1926 – 8,040 college applicants in 353 locations around the U.S. were administered an experimental college admissions test that would eventually become known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the SAT.

June 23, 1927 – The Evergreen Courant featured a large, front-page announcement telling readers that the owners of The Courant had bought The Conecuh Record from owner Alice Whitcomb and that the two papers had been combined into The Evergreen Courant.

June 23, 1927 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Judge and Mrs. S.P. Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. E. Powell and Mrs. W.C. Relfe were enjoying a week’s camp fish at Judge Joh. D. Leigh’s lake near Brewton.

June 23, 1928 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City, N.J. He received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975 for his Civil War novel, “The Killer Angels.”

June 23, 1929 - Author Babs H. Deal was born in Scottsboro, Ala.

June 23, 1940 – During World War II, German leader Adolf Hitler surveyed newly defeated Paris in now occupied France. During the three-hour tour of the architecture of Paris, Hitler was accompanied by architect Albert Speer and sculptor Arno Breker, and this tour was Hitler’s only visit to the city.

June 23, 1941 – The Lithuanian Activist Front declared independence from the Soviet Union and formed the Provisional Government of Lithuania. It lasted only briefly as the Nazis will occupy Lithuania a few weeks later.

June 23, 1942 - Frances Caroline Adams, the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams of the Lyeffion community, drowned about 12:30 p.m. on this Tuesday in a hole of water near the home in which she and several other children were playing. Her younger brother also got into the hole and was at the point of drowning when help arrived, but he was revived. According to reports, the tragedy occurred at a hole of water in a gulley near the Adams home. Evidently recent heavy rains had washed the hole much deeper than anyone knew about, as it was discovered after the accident that the water was over a man’s head. The little girl, her younger brother and some other children were playing in the water and got beyond their depth. One of those who made it to the bank went to the house and gave the alarm. When the mother and neighbors reached the hole, the little girl had disappeared beneath the muddy water, but the little boy was clinging to something which enabled him to keep his head out of the water some of the time at least.

June 23, 1951 - Alabama author Peter Huggins was born in Oxford, Miss.

June 23, 1951 - A 200-mile stretch of Kansas was hit by one of the most expensive hailstorms in U.S. history, with over $15 million in crops and property damage.

June 23, 1953 - Author Roy Hoffman was born in Mobile, Ala.

June 23, 1961 – Writer David Leavitt was born in Pittsburgh, Pan.

June 23, 1961 – During the Cold War, the Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and banned military activity on the continent, came into force after the opening date for signature set for the Dec. 1, 1959.

June 23, 1964 - At a news conference, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that Henry Cabot Lodge had resigned as ambassador to South Vietnam and that Gen. Maxwell Taylor would be his replacement.

June 23, 1969 - Ben Het, a U.S. Special Forces camp located 288 miles northeast of Saigon and six miles from the junction of the Cambodian, Laotian and South Vietnamese borders, was besieged and cut off by 2,000 North Vietnamese troops using artillery and mortars. The base was defended by 250 U.S. soldiers and 750 South Vietnamese Montagnard tribesmen. The siege lasted until July 2 when the defenders were reinforced by an allied relief column.

June 23, 1972 – As related to the Watergate Scandal, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman were taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

June 23, 1976 – Actor, director and photographer Aaron Ruell was born in Fresno, Calif. He is best known for his role as Kip Dynamite in “Napoleon Dynamite.”

June 23, 1976 – NFL wide receiver Brandon Stokley was born in Blacksburg, Va. He went on to play for Louisiana-Lafayette, the Baltimore Raves, the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants.

June 23, 1989 - Tim Burton’s noir spin on the well-known story of the DC Comics hero “Batman” was released in theaters.

June 23, 2009 – American physician and explorer Jerri Nielsen passed away at the age of 57 in Southwick, Mass. She is best known for self-administering a biopsy, and later chemotherapy, after discovering a breast tumour while in Antarctica until she could be evacuated

June 23, 2013 – Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

June 23, 2013 – About 16 militants stormed a high-altitude mountaineering base camp near Nanga Parbat in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan and killed ten climbers, as well as a local guide.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., June 23, 2016

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.75 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.00 inches.

Notes: Today in the 175th day of 2016 and the 96th day of Spring. There are 191 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Today in History for June 22, 2016

June 22, 1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.

June 22, 1757 – English lieutenant and explorer George Vancouver was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. He is best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. He also explored the Hawaiian Islands and the southwest coast of Australia.

June 22, 1775 - The Congress issued $2 million in Continental currency.

June 22, 1807 – In the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacked and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake. This was one of the incidents that led up to the War of 1812.

June 22, 1813 – During the War of 1812, after learning of American plans for a surprise attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario, Laura Secord set out on a 30 kilometer journey on foot to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.

June 22, 1839 – Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge and Elias Boudinot were assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.

June 22, 1841 – The City of Mobile, Ala. deeded the Jewish Rest section, also known as the Old Hebrew Burial Ground, of Magnolia Cemetery to Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim, the oldest Reform Jewish congregation in the state of Alabama. Jewish Rest is the oldest Jewish burial ground in Alabama. The Jewish Rest section was full after only a few decades and led to the establishment of two additional Jewish cemeteries in Mobile, the Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery for the Reform congregation and the Ahavas Chesed Cemetery for the Conservative congregation.

June 22, 1844 – Children’s book author Harriett Mulford Lothrop was born in New Haven, Conn.

June 22, 1861 – During the Civil War, Pro-Union men met in Greenville, Tennessee, to pledge allegiance to the United States.

June 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Bayou des Allemands, near Algiers, La.; near White Oak Swamp and in the Shenandoah Valley around Strasburg, and Winchester, Virginia; and at New Creek, West Virginia.

June 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, a Federal combined arms operation began from Ship Island, aboard the steamer, Creole, to Pas Christian, Mississippi.

June 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, the Thirty Sisters of Charitiy arrived at Fortress Monroe, Va. to administer to the sick and wounded of the Federal Army of the Potomac.

June 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Aldie and Dover, Virginia, as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia continued its northern movement; near Birdsongs Ferry on the Big Black River in Mississippi; at Hill’s Plantation along Bear Creek, Mississippi; at Greencastle, Pennsylvania; and in Powell Valley, Tennessee.

June 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege at Vicksburg entered Day 35.

June 22, 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman sent Union General Andrew J. Smith on an expedition to destroy Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry. Smith left LaGrange, Tennessee, the same day.

June 22, 1864 - Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to capture a railroad that had been supplying Petersburg, Va. from the south, and extend their lines to the Appomattox River. The Confederates thwarted the attempt, and the two sides settled into trenches for a nine-month siege.

June 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at White River Station on the White River in Arkansas; and at Snead’s Ferry and another at Swansbororough, North Carolina. Fighting also took place near Zion Church and at Culp’s Farm in Georgia, and an engagement occurred near the Jerusalem Plank Road in Petersburg, Va.

June 22, 1865 - President Johnson declared the Federal blockade of the Southern states, in existence since April 1861, at an end.

June 22, 1865 - Brig. General Stand Watie surrendered the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole and Osage Battalion at Doaksville in the Indian Territory.

June 22, 1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

June 22, 1898 – German novelist Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabruck, Lower Saxony, Germany. His most famous novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” was published in 1929.

June 22, 1903 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell was born in Carthage, Mo. He went on to play his entire career (1928-1943) for the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

June 22, 1906 – Screenwriter Billy Wilder was born in Austria and he ended up producing and directing such movies as “Double Indemnity” (1944), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and “The Apartment” (1960).

June 22, 1910 – Amasa Coleman Lee married Frances Finch. Their daughter, Harper Lee, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

June 22, 1911 – The Conecuh Record reported that a Federal grand jury had indicted nine of Conecuh County, Alabama’s best known farmers for conspiracy to commit peonage. They were J.E. Dean and two sons, T.L. Brantley, W.T. McCrory, S.S. Kendrick and Steve Hanks and his two sons. They surrendered to the U.S. Marshal at Mobile and were released on bond.

June 22, 1915 – The weather bureau thermometer in Evergreen, Ala. on this Tuesday reached 104 degrees during a heat wave that hit Conecuh County.

June 22, 1915 - Around 10 p.m. that night, a “windstorm of considerable intensity” and rain struck Evergreen, Ala. and did “considerable damage to property and crops.” The front and back end of the livery stable building of R. Millsap Jr. was demolished. A house on Pecan Street being built by J.R. Smith was “raised from its pillars” and a number of trees were also uprooted.

June 22, 1915 – On this Tuesday night, John Salter and Robert Watkins, who had just completed a two-year term at the Banner mines for burglary, arrived in Evergreen, Ala. on the No. 3 train. They would later confess to the brutal murder of Martha Lassiter, the attempted murder of Wiley House and the robbery and burning of House’s residence near Burnt Corn on June 23, 2015.

June 22, 1916 - Alabama author and Poet Laureate Helen Norris was born in Miami, Fla.

June 22, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that the Armor Lodge Knights of Pythias had conferred the rank of Page upon one candidate. They also elected officers for the ensuing term.

June 22, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that Ray Tucker of Montgomery was at home for a few days recovering from typhoid fever.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that the following officers had been elected at Tunnel Springs Lodge No. 578 for the following year: F.S. Dailey, worshipful master; C.J. Jackson, senior warden; R.L. Lewis, junior warden; T.A. Nettles Sr., treasurer; W.S. Nash, secretary; F.D. Morrison, senior deacon; T.A. Nettles Jr., junior deacon; J.J. Jernigan, tyler.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that the following officers had been elected at Burnt Corn Lodge No. 489 for the following year: Jas. K. Kyser, worshipful master; Wm. G. Hairston, senior warden; Enoch M. Salter, junior warden; Henry H. Brantley, treasurer; Ajax O. Brantley, secretary; Hugh C. Fountain, senior deacon; Francis C. Thames, junior deacon; Henry J. Roberson, tyler; Thomas H. Salter, John H. Waters, stewards; Isaac S. Ridgeway, chaplain.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that the following officers had been elected at Excel Lodge No. 655 for the following year: Riley Kelly, worshipful master; William Bradley, senior warden; R.C. Brown, junior warden; G.W. Salter Sr., treasurer; J.S. Williams, secretary; Lee Cohron, senior deacon; Julius Wright, junior deacon; J.E. McNiel, E.C. Wasdan, stewards; John Roley, tyler; L.B. Cohron, chaplain.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that the following officers had been elected at Beatrice Lodge No. 691 for the following year: Wm. M. Hestle, worshipful master; J. Neal Andress, senior warden; Julius J. McMillan, junior warden; Stephen D. Andress, treasurer; Walter McPherson, secretary; Aaron P. Majors, chaplain; Wm. A. Marshall, senior deacon; Leslie J. Robbins, junior deacon; John Sanders, Mack Helton, stewards; Wick W. Riley Sr., tyler.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. C.B. Simmons was in New York taking a special course in dentistry.

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Journal employee E.M. Salter “was laid up for a few days this week with sickness.”

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that good rains had “visited all sections of the county heard from within the last week, proving of great benefit to growing crops. The rain came just in the nick o’ time to assure maturity of corn in many instances.”

June 22, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Judge W.G. McCorvey had returned from the Democratic national convention in St. Louis. The Judge reported that the convention was “harmonious and enthusiastic throughout.” He had “not yet explained to the satisfaction of his suffrage friends how it came about that one Alabama vote was recorded against the equal suffrage plank of the platform.”

June 22, 1916 - Callie Faulk was taken to Selma on this Thursday for a surgical operation. “Her many friends are pleased to learn that the operation was successful and latest intelligence from the sanitarium where she is being treated indicates that her condition is improving,” The Monroe Journal reported.

June 22, 1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.

June 22, 1937 - Alabama native Joe Louis defeated James J. Braddock at Chicago's Comiskey Park to become the first black heavyweight boxing champion since Jack Johnson in 1908. Born near Lafayette as Joseph Louis Barrow, the "Brown Bomber" held the world heavyweight title until 1948.

June 22, 1939 - Joe Louis defeated Max Schmeling in 124 seconds.

June 22, 1940 - Confederate soldier William George Riley died and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala. Born on Sept. 12, 1842, he was the brother of Monroe Guards commander Thomas Mercer Riley.

June 22, 1940 – France was forced to sign the Second Compiègne armistice with Germany.

June 22, 1941 – Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

June 22, 1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.

June 22, 1949 – Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren was born in Oklahoma City.

June 22, 1960 – Two “children” of Albert II, the first monkey projected into space, came to Evergreen, Ala. as part of the Civil Air Patrol’s second annual air show at Middleton Field.

June 22, 1962 – Members of Greening Masonic Lodge No. 53 in Evergreen, Ala. were scheduled to attend Evergreen Baptist Church together in observance of St. John’s Day. Rev. Staples was slated to preach the sermon.

June 22, 1964 – “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown was born in Exeter, New Hampshire.

June 22, 1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller's book, "Tropic of Cancer," could not be banned.

June 22, 1967 – The Evergreen Courant reported that in Junior League baseball action the Orioles beat the Pelicans, 18-2; the Yankees beat the Giants, 4-2; the Chicks beat the Orioles, 7-2; the Dodgers beat the Giants, 5-2; the Dodgers beat the Yankees, 27-2; and the Chicks beat the Orioles, 7-6. Players involved in those games included Johnny Andrews, Dwight Bennett, Daniel Byrd, Mark Daniels, Larry Darby, Jerry Daw, Kenny Dittman, Lonnie Finley, Sammy Garrett, Billy Hall, Steve Hall, Bruce Hutcheson, David Majors, Gary McInvale, Jerry Peacock, Keith Pugh, Travis Sims and Charlie Ward.

June 22, 1969 - Judy Garland died in Chelsea, London from an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping aids. She was 47.

June 22, 1969 – The Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

June 22, 1971 - In a major engagement near the Demilitarized Zone, some 1,500 North Vietnamese attacked the 500-man South Vietnamese garrison at Fire Base Fuller.

June 22, 1972 – The Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

June 22, 1972 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Richard R. Brown, a native of Conecuh County, had accepted the post of headmaster of Sparta Academy. He had been athletic director and head basketball coach at North Florida Junior College in Madison for seven years. Brown held a B.S. degree from Troy State University with a double major in history and social science and a minor in physical education; an M.S. degree in physical education from the University of Southern Mississippi and an additional major at Florida State University in administration-supervision. Brown had had experience in teaching and administration on the junior high school, high school and college levels. During the four years he was head basketball, football and track coach at Madison (Fla.) High School, his teams won the North Florida Conference title in football three years, the title in basketball four years, in track three years and the district title in track two years. He was elected High School Basketball Coach of the Year in 1958. A frequent speaker at athletic banquets and civic clubs, Brown was elected Florida Junior College Coach of the Year in 1965. His basketball teams set national all-time scoring records. The 1972 team broke its own national scoring record by averaging 115.3 points per game, winning 24 games and losing six. Brown had had two losing seasons in 17 years of coaching and had produced many four-year college athletes in football and basketball.

June 22, 1972 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Andrew Harvey, 35, had been charged with the murder of Calvin Crenshaw, according to Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock. Action had been waived to the grand jury and bail was set at $5,000. According to Chief Deputy Bill Kent and Deputy Marshall Jones, Crenshaw was shot about 9:30 p.m. on Sat., June 17, at Harvey’s wife’s apartment in the housing project off Magnolia Avenue in Evergreen. Kent and Jones were assisted by the Evergreen Police Department in investigating the shotgun shooting.

June 22, 1972 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Fred Stevens had been elected Chairman of the Board and President of the Corporation of Sparta Academy. Charles Burt was vice-chairman and vice-president. John Nielsen had been elected treasurer and Mrs. Barbara K. Register was secretary. Other members of the board of directors of the private school were Alton Johnson, Frank Pate, Wayne Hutcheson, Eugene Darby, James Street, Eldon Scott, Dr. Carl Wilson, John Law Robinson, William Ward, James S. Cook, James Ansley and Bill Johnson.

June 22, 1972 – The Evergreen Courant reported that interest and activity were increasing in the election for Mayor of the City of Evergreen and of five members of the City Council. The election was set for Tues., Aug. 8. Up to this date, the race for mayor had drawn three candidates, dentist Joe Hagood, businessman Coy Harper and cosmetologist Robert Moorer.

June 22, 1972 - South Vietnam’s 21st Division, decimated by repeated attempts to relieve An Loc, was replaced by the 25th Division. At the same time, U.S. helicopters flew 18th Division troops to positions south of An Loc to replace badly battered 9th Division troops that had also been trying to get to the city.

June 22, 1977 - John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. He served 19 months.

June 22-July 2, 1978 - An interdenominational Beulah camp meeting was to be held at the Beulah Camp, 1-1/4 miles south of Highway 84, between Excel and Repton. The services were scheduled each day with prayer time at 7 a.m., morning preaching at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon preaching at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Mack Hamby was the president of Beulah camp.

June 22, 1979 – Defensive tackle Troy Archer, 24, of the New York Giants died in a traffic accident in North Bergen, N.J.

June 22, 1981 - Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon.

June 22, 1990 - Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

June 22, 2002 - Darryl Kile of the St. Louis Cardinals was found dead in his hotel room in Chicago, Ill.

June 22, 2005 - Aruban police detained and arrested Paulus van der Sloot, Joran van der Sloot's father, for questioning in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. He was eventually released on June 26, 2005.

June 22, 2012 – The episode of “The Dead Files” featuring the King Plantation House at Uriah, Ala. originally aired on the Travel Channel.

June 22, 2013 - The Evergreen Heat captured Conecuh County, Alabama’s first ever state championship at the Alabama Sports Festival’s 16-and-Under youth basketball tournament in Hoover. Players on the team included Jahod Booker, Keyshawn Roache, Ceauan Smith, Azavian Ingram, Matthew Likely, Mikyie Dees, Tyrell Riley and Latreal McCreary. In addition to the team’s gold medal finish, Roache was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The team’s coaches were Earnest Boykin and Bryan Boykin.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., June 22, 2016

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.75 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.00 inches.

Notes: Today in the 174th day of 2016 and the 95th day of Spring. There are 192 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.