Monday, March 19, 2018

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for March 19, 2018

Terry Wilson as "Bill Hawks" on "Wagon Train"

MARCH 19, 2015

Sparta Academy’s varsity baseball team recorded its first win of the season last Thursday afternoon when they shut out the defending 2A state champion Clarke Prep Gators, 11-0, at Baggett Field in Evergreen.
Junior right-hander Hunter Bolton got the pitching win, giving up just four hits in five innings of work on the mound.

Hillcrest High School’s varsity baseball team dropped to 0-8 on the season during the past week after a series of four loses against Carver, Luverne, Ariton and Samson.
Class 6A G.W. Carver High School beat Hillcrest, 10-3, Tuesday of last week in Montgomery.
On Friday, Hillcrest traveled to Luverne High School, where they faced Class 2A Luverne in the opening round of the Squadron-Tiger Spring Classic. Luverne won, 13-1. Later that day, Hillcrest faced Class 2A Artion, and Ariton won, 13-0, in Luverne.
On Saturday night, Hillcrest played Class 2A Samson at Highland Home High School, one of two sites for tournament games, and Samson won, 7-3.

Hillcrest High School’s varsity softball team picked up its first win of the season Monday of last week by beating Georgiana, 20-4, in Georgiana.
Hillcrest junior Dominique McCreary got the pitching win, throwing all three innings and recording seven strikeouts. McCreary also went 3-for-4 on offense with two runs, five RBI and four stolen bases.

MARCH 15, 1990

Cynthia Pugh, daughter of Keith and Jatricia Pugh, is participating in the Jr. Miss Rodeo Alabama pageant that is being held at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery this week. The Miss Rodeo pageant is sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the annual Southeastern Livestock Exhibition and Rodeo. Cynthia is sponsored by the Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association and the Evergreen Saddle Club, of which she is a member.

State Turkey Calling Contest set in Jackson: The Clarke County Wildlife Association will be sponsoring the 21st Annual Alabama State Turkey Calling Contest on March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Joe McCorquoddale Auditorium in Jackson.
Trophies will be awarded in a junior (15 years old and under) and a senior division. An owling contest will also be held. The contest is open only to Alabama residents.
Door prizes will be given away, provided by local merchants. A special drawing will also be held for a “Turkey Hunters Special” 12-gauge shotgun.
Admission is $5 and includes membership into the Wildlife Association.
The CCWA would remind all contestants to be registered no later than 6:45 p.m. Sat., March 17. The master of ceremonies will be Tom Henley of Jackson.

MARCH 18, 1965

World Championship RCA – RODEO and LIVESTOCK WEEK – March 17-20 – Coliseum, Montgomery, Ala. – Featuring the stars of TV’s “Wagon Train,” Charley Wooster & Bill Hawks – 5 Big Performances, Wed.-Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. Matinee 3 p.m.

MARCH 21, 1940

Monroe Turkey Hunt Results In Tragedy: Monroeville, Ala., March 16 – A turkey hunting expedition near here today cost two lives – those of a hunter who was shot by mistake and his father, who summoned to the scene, dropped dead when he saw his son lying on the ground.
The victims were George McCall, the huntsman and his father, Thomas McCall.
Sheriff J.L. Bowen, who investigated, said George McCall and Ellis Rawls had gone turkey hunting on a plantation near Perdue Hill.
After the two men separated in the woods, McCall soon killed a turkey and slung it across his shoulder while he continued the hunt. Rawls, on a nearby hill, sighted what appeared to be a live turkey moving in the distance. He fired one shot with a .22-calibre rifle and saw the turkey fall.
When he reached the spot where he shot the turkey Rawls discovered he had shot George McCall. The bullet entered his mouth and emerged at the back of the victim’s head. Bowen said Rawls did not know he had shot McCall until he reached the scene.
The dead man’s father, summoned to the spot, dropped dead when he reached his son’s lifeless body. Witnesses said he apparently suffered a heart attack due to the excitement.
No charges were placed against Rawls early today.
Surviving young McCall, a resident of Claiborne, are his widow and three young children. The widow, two sons and four daughters survive the elder McCall.

First Closed Season On Game Fish Announced: For the first time in history, Alabama will have a closed season on game fish in 1941. The Conservation Advisory Board recommended to Conservation Director Walter B. Jones that the month of April 1941 be declared closed to game fishing, and the regulation will be signed and promulgated in a few days. The peak of the fish spawning season in Alabama is during the month of April, it was show. The board wanted to give the public plenty of time to be notified of the new closed season, therefore the regulation was not made effective until 1941. Prior to passage of the regulation, Alabama was one of only four states in the Union not having a closed season on fish. States surrounding Alabama have closed seasons and during that time numerous fishermen from other states descend upon Alabama and take fish, it was shown.

Today in History for March 19, 2018

March 19, 1590 - William Bradford, the founder and governor of the Plymouth Colony, was born in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.

March 19, 1628 - The Massachusetts colony was founded by Englishmen.

March 19, 1687 – French explorer RenĂ©-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, or Robert de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, was murdered by his own men near present-day Huntsville, Texas. He was 43 years old.

March 19, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Abigail Williams denounced Rebecca Nurse as a witch.

March 19, 1734 - Thomas McKean was born in Chester County, Pa. He served as president of the state of Delaware, president of the U.S. Congress under the Articles of Confederation and chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.

March 19, 1809 – Russian writer Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was born in Great Sorochintsy, Ukraine.

March 19, 1813 – Scottish explorer and medical missionary David Livingston was born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

March 19, 1819 – The Selma Land Company was formed by George Caleb Tate.

March 19, 1821 – Sir Richard Francis Burton was born at 9:30 p.m. to Captain Joseph Netterville Burton and Martha Baker Burton in Torquay, Devon, England. He would grow up to be an English geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier and all-around adventurer. His books include “A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah” (1855), and he wrote the definitive English translation of “A Thousand Nights and a Night,” which is mostly commonly referred to as “The Arabian Nights.”

March 19, 1822 - The city of Boston, Mass. was incorporated.

March 19, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Savannah, Georgia.

March 19, 1831 - The first reported bank robbery in U.S. history occurred at the City Bank at 52 Wall Street in New York City. Using a set of duplicate keys, shoe salesman Edward Smith committed the robbery and stole $245,000 in bank notes and Spanish doubloons.

March 19, 1842 – Honore de Balzac’s play “Les Ressources de Quinola” opened at the Odeon Theater in Paris.

March 19, 1848 - Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois. He would grow up to become a gambler, sheriff and Deputy Town Marshal of Tombstone, Az., where he took part in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

March 19, 1860 – U.S. politician William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Ill. On April 8, 1918, Bryan, a famed orator, congressman, three-time Democratic Presidential nominee, spoke at the Old Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Ala. in favor of national prohibition.

March 19, 1861 – During the Civil War, Fort Clark, Fort Inge and Fort Lancaster, all in Texas, were abandoned by Federal forces.

March 19, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Indians in Owen’s River Valley, Calif.; at Carthage, Mo.; at Strasburg, Va.; and at Elk’s Mountain, West Va. A five-day Federal operation began in Johnson County, Mo., and Federal reconnaissance took place on May River in South Carolina.

March 19, 1862 - The mission to take back the Mississippi River and thus divide the Confederacy had two naval leaders: Flag Officer Andrew Foote was working down from the north. He was currently hung up at Island No. 10, downriver from New Madrid. Mo. His opposite number was Flag Officer David Farragut, moving up from the South. He stopped in Biloxi on this day for newspapers. “They speak volumes of discontent...” he wrote in his report. “The cord is pulling tighter. God alone decides the contest, but we must put our shoulders to the wheel.”

March 19, 1863 – The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, was destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000.

March 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought along Frog Bayou, Ark.; at Hazel Green, Ky.; at Liberty, Spring Hill and Richland Station in Tennessee; and in the vicinity of Winchester, Va. Federal reconnaissance to False River, La. was conducted, and a five-day Federal reconnaissance toward Doniphan, Mo. took place.

March 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, the USS Hartford and the USS Monongahela successfully passed the Grand Gulf, Miss. batteries on the Mississippi River. A year later and Flag Officer David Farragut, although Admiral Farragut by this time, was not much further up the Mississippi. Admittedly he did not have a great deal of help in the matter. He had started the week with seven ships, but the others had been damaged or destroyed in battling Port Hudson. He contented himself today with going ashore towards Natchez to tear down telegraph lines.

March 19, 1863 – 59TH ALABAMA: The 59th Alabama was attached to First Battalion, Palmer’s Brigade, Department of East Tennessee, Second Battalion Gracie’s Brigade, Department of East Tennessee, Third Battalion attached to Department of East Tennessee.

March 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Indians on the Eel River in California; along the Cumberland River in Kentucky; at Black Bayou, La.; at Beersheba Springs, Tenn.; and at Laredo, Texas. A Federal operation between Rolling Prairie and Batesville in Arkansas took place, and a five-day Federal operation between Lexington and Jackson in Missouri began. A Federal operation took place between Salem and Orleans in Virginia.

March 19, 1864 - Charles Marion Russell, one of the greatest artists of the American West, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

March 19, 1865 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Bentonville began in Johnston County, N.C. Union General William T. Sherman defeated Confederate General Joseph Johnston in the battle, and by the end of the battle two days later, Confederate forces had retreated from Four Oaks, North Carolina. The Union lost 194 men killed, 1,112 wounded, and 221 missing, while the Confederates lost some 240 killed, 1,700 wounded, and 1,500 missing.

March 19, 1865 – Lt. Col. Andrew B. Spurling led his forces out of Fort Barrancas in Florida and moved them to the east side of Blackwater Bay, completing the move by March 21 thanks to help from the steamer, Metamoras. Advanced elements of Spurling’s troops reached Milton, Fla. on March 19.

March 19, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Welaka and Saunders in Florida; at the Neuse River Bridge, close to Goldsborough, N.C.; and at Celina, Tenn. A five-day Federal operation between Warrensburg and Columbus in Missouri began.

March 19, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that “the Hibbard place” had been bought by the Monroeville Methodist Church and was to be repaired and converted into a parsonage.

March 19, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that a number of young gentlemen and ladies of Monroeville had called for a meeting to organize a temperance society. “They succeeding in obtaining a sufficient number of names and after adopting a constitution, a petition was filed in the probate court authorizing them to proceed with the work reformation.”

March 19, 1894 – Comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley was born in Brevard, N.C.

March 19, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that W.H. Louiselle of the Bear Creek Mill, was in Monroeville a few days before.

March 19, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. S.W. Yarbrough of Monroeville had been awarded the contracts for carrying the U.S. mail on the star routes from Monroeville to Pine Apple and from Evergreen to Perdue Hill for the term of four years, beginning on July 1.

March 19, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Burnt Corn community, that Dr. W.F. Betts had just completed a “handsome residence opposite Mr. Kysers.”

March 19, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that John Chunn had the misfortune to lose a barn containing a quantity of cotton seed, oats and farming implements by fire at Tinela.

March 19, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Manistee community, that farmers were quite busy planting corn and preparing their lands for cotton.

March 19, 1896 – Jno. McLeod, who lived just over the Monroe County line in Wilcox County, committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol, while intoxicated, at Bell’s Landing. He was a close relative of the Hon. E.R. Morrissette.

March 19, 1900 - Archeologist Arthur John Evans began the excavation of Knossos Palace in Greece.

March 19, 1905 - French explorer S. de Segonzac was taken prisoner by Moroccans.

March 18, 1906 – German SS officer Adolf Eichmann was born in Solingen, Rhine Province, Germany.

March 19, 1914 - Editor and author Thomas Cooper De Leon died in Mobile, Ala.

March 19, 1916 – The Rev. J.E. McCann of Andalusia occupied the pulpit at the Methodist church in Monroeville, Ala. on this Sunday morning and evening. Dr. McCann made a special appeal at the morning service on behalf of Emory University.

March 19, 1916 – On this day, the First Aero Squadron, organized in 1914 after the outbreak of World War I, flew a support mission for the 7,000 U.S. troops who, six days earlier, had invaded Mexico on President Woodrow Wilson’s orders to capture Mexican revolutionary Francisco Pancho Villa dead or alive.

March 19, 1918 – The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

March 19, 1919 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Ralph McCreary had reached home during the past week from France, where he’d landed in October, but too late to see active service at the front. McCreary said that “the Huns knew his outfit was about to get in the mix-up, and they were anxious for the armistice before that happened.”

March 19, 1925 – The Monroe Journal published the following “Program of the LaFayette Centennial Celebration” to be held at Claiborne on April 9, 1925 – “The Marquis de LaFayette, represented by a member of the French Embassy at Washington will arrive at Fort Claiborne Thursday morning at 10 o’clock April 9, 1925 on the Alabama River packet John Quill. He will be escorted from the ferry, the original landing place of the Marquis April 5, 1825 by Hon. John McDuffie, representing Mr. Dillette of old Fort Claiborne, a company of prominent men of the county, a group of old soldiers of the Confederacy, Boy Scouts, Indians and a United States Marine Band to the grounds prepared for the celebration. The addresses will be made from the rostrum on which LaFayette made his address 100 years ago.”

March 19, 1925 – The Monroe Journal published the following “SPECIAL NOTICE” – “The LaFayette Ball to be given at the Masonic Hall, Perdue Hill, April 9, will be in costume. The costumes may be rented from J.C. FISHER, Inc., 255 South 9th St., Philadelphia, Pa. Less than 20 costumes $2.50 each; 20 or more, $2 each; wigs, 50 cents extra. Orders should be mailed not later than March 25.”

March 19, 1925 – The Monroe Journal published the following “SPECIAL NOTICE” – “The people of the county attending the LaFayette celebration at Claiborne April 9 are requested to bring baskets containing the following: cakes, pies, sandwiches, salads, pickles. The bread will be furnished and the meats will be barbecued on the grounds. The dinner will be served in cafeteria style and ladies from different communities have been appointed to help. On arrive, please deliver baskets to the committee in charge.”

March 19, 1927 – National Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Richie Ashburn was born in Tilden, Neb. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

March 19, 1933 – Novelist Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey. His first book, “Goodbye Columbus,” won the National Book Award, and his book “Portnoy’s Complaint” was the best-selling book of 1969.

March 19, 1935 – Lester and Bob Atkinson of Andalusia, Ala. unearthed 113 rare, old coins, including a $5 gold piece, in an old corn field near River Falls. Some of the coins dated from as far back as 1600.

March 19, 1936 – The Monroe Journal reported that the work on the new school building in Monroeville, Ala. had gone forward rapidly during the favorable weather of the past few weeks. The brick walls had been built to the second story and in a short time the roof was expected to be reached. The building was rapidly taking shape and many favorable comments on the beauty of the new building were being heard from those who have viewed it up to that date.

March 19, 1936 – The Monroe Journal reported that two murder cases were scheduled for trial the following week before Circuit Judge F.W. Hare at the regular criminal week for Monroe County’s circuit court. Both these cases were for murder in the second degree. Otis Pines was to be tried on Tues., March 24, in connection with the death of another man. On Wed., March 25, Cleveland Andress was to go on trial for the killing of a Montgomery man near Beatrice several months before. The two men were said to have become involved in a quarrel and Andress killed Montgomery by hitting him over the head with a large stick.

March 19, 1944 – During World War II, Nazi forces occupied Hungary.

March 19, 1945 – During World War II, Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree," ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed before they could fall into Allied hands as German forces were retreating.

March 19, 1945 - The commander of the German Home Army, Gen. Friedrich Fromm, was shot by a firing squad for his part in the July plot to assassinate the Fuhrer. The fact that Fromm’s participation was half-hearted did not save him.

March 19, 1950 - Author James Redfield was born near Birmingham, Ala.

March 19, 1952 - George W. Estes, age 44, popular and well-known teacher of Vocational Agriculture at Lyeffion High School, died at a Greenville hospital, following an illness of many months. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ and a Mason. He was buried in the Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Conecuh County.

March 19, 1953 – Army PFC James P. Westry of Wilcox County, Ala. was killed in action in Korea. Westry was a member of the 461st Infantry Battalion, Heavy Mortars. Some sources say he was wounded while fighting the enemy in North Korea on March 19, 1953 and was evacuated to the United States where he died on April 14, 1953. Westry was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

March 19, 1953 - Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real" premiered in New York City.

March 19, 1954 - A judge issued an injunction calling for Wilhelm Reich’s orgone energy accumulators to be destroyed and the banning of Reich's books containing statements about this energy. Reich was a psychiatrist and scientist who believed he'd discovered a form of energy, which he called "orgone."

March 19, 1962 – Highly influential artist, Bob Dylan released his first album, “Bob Dylan,” on Columbia Records label.

March 19, 1964 – The Evergreen Courant reported that John Nielsen had been named Evergreen’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Evergreen Jaycees. Nielsen was an executive at Knud Nielsen Co. and was extremely active in civic and church affairs. He was also the vice-president and president-elect of the Rotary Club, Republican Chairman of Conecuh County and deacon of Evergreen Baptist Church.

March 19, 1964 - Sean Connery began shooting his role in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger."

March 19, 1965 – The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, was discovered by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after its destruction.

March 19, 1966 - Steve Sloan and Paul Crane, All-American football players while playing with the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in 1965, were to be the guest speakers at the First Baptist Church in Monroeville, Ala. on this Saturday night during Youth Week activities. Rev. L. Reed Polk, pastor, said the service was open to the public.

March 19, 1970 - The National Assembly granted “full power” to Premier Lon Nol, declared a state of emergency, and suspended four articles of the constitution, permitting arbitrary arrest and banning public assembly.

March 19, 1976 - Actress Rachel Blanchard was born in Toronto, Canada.

March 19, 1976 – NBA point guard Andre Miller was born in Los Angeles, Calif. He went on to play for the University of Utah, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Portland Trailblazers, the Washington Wizards, the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs.

March 19, 1983 - Sue Hawsey killed a 16.5-pound gobbler on this Saturday morning, according to The Evergreen Courant. The turkey had a six-inch beard and the spurs measured 13/16 of an inch.

March 19, 1986 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported 2.41 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

March 19, 1991 - NFL owners voted to take the 1993 Super Bowl away from the city of Phoenix because Arizona didn't recognize Martin Luther King Day.

March 19, 1992 – The Evergreen Courant reported that journalism professor Ed Williams, a Conecuh County, Ala. native, had been named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts. Williams was recognized at the Student Government Association’s annual Honors Day Banquet. A 1971 graduate of Evergreen High School, Williams was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Williams of Owassa. He attended Jefferson Davis State Junior College in Brewton from 1971-72 and received his B.S. and M.A. degrees at the University of Alabama.

March 19, 1992 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Hillcrest High School’s baseball team were “on a record-setting pace with an early 5-2 record and three consecutive wins.” The Jags were scheduled to play at Excel High School on this day and were set to avenge an earlier loss against Andalusia High School on Fri., March 20, in Evergreen, Ala.

March 19, 1992 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Sparta Academy’s baseball team returned eight starters from the previous year’s 12-8 team. Mike Bledsoe was Sparta’s head coach.

March 19, 1993 – Hillcrest High School’s baseball team was scheduled to begin area play against Charles Henderson of Troy in Evergreen.

March 19, 1998 – The Alabama House of Representatives passed a resolution that designated Conecuh County as the Collard Green Capital of Alabama.

March 19, 2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq. The attack, using cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, were aimed at Iraqi leaders thought to be near Baghdad.

March 19, 2010 – The Wiley Estis Cemetery and the Willis Estis Cemetery in Clarke County, Ala. were added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

March 19, 2013 – The Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

March 19, 2013 – A series of bombings and shootings killed at least 98 people and injures 240 others across Iraq.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., March 19, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 1.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.65 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 10.95 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 10.35 inches.

Notes: Today is the 77th day of 2018 and the 86th day of Winter. There are 288 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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper of Monroe County, Alabama

MARCH 19, 2015

Georgia Pacific buys Rocky Creek: Georgia Pacific officials announced Friday the company had concluded an agreement with RoyOMartin for the transfer of RoyOMartin’s Rocky Creek lumber operations at Mexia to Georgia-Pacific.
Rocky Creek has approximately 110 employees. Closing of the transaction is expected shortly, according to GP officials.

J.U. Blacksher improved to 8-4 last Thursday in Red Level when the Bulldogs pounded Red Level High School, 11-1, in five innings.
Andrew Redditt and Tanner Weaver combined to pitch a one-hitter and lead the Bulldogs to the win.
(Other standout Blacksher players in that game included Tanner Brooks, Charlie Scruggs and Hunter Turberville.)

During the March meeting of the Monroe County Board of Education Thursday in Monroeville, the board approved retirement requests from 11 employees, including five teachers and an assistant principal with a combined 184 years of service.
Teachers retiring and their years of service are as follows: Paralee Broughton, an English teacher at Monroe County High School (MCHS), 39; Diane Turner, a fourth-grade teacher at J.F. Shields School, 34; Mary Kyles, a fifth-grade teacher at Monroeville Middle School, 30; Brad Moore, a physical education teacher at Excel School, 29; and Marsha Burt, at fourth-grade teacher at Monroeville Elementary School, 21 years.
Kenny Smith, an assistant principal at MCHS, will also retire with 31 years of service.

MARCH 15, 1990

Blacksher students tops at science fair: Paulette Lambert and Anthony House, both of J.U. Blacksher School, were the overall winners in the Monroe County science fair held at J.F. Shields High School March 6.
Miss Lambert was the overall winner in the senior division for her physics project, Electricity and Sound.
House won the overall competition in the junior division for his physical science project, Changing Mechanical Energy into Heat.

MA season to begin Monday: Monroe Academy returns the nucleus of its 1989 baseball team that won the Alabama Private School Association 3A West Region regular-season championship, but the core of that nucleus is missing.
B.J. Wallace, a heralded left-handed pitcher from Excel, graduated last May and is now pitching for Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. on a full athletic scholarship.
(Players on MA’s 1990 team included John Abernathy, Nick Ackerman, Dallas Gamble, Jeff Griffin, Chris Hare, Craig Ivey, Matt Moorer, Stephen Newsome, Land Sikes, Keith Tucker, Mitchell Turberville, Sam Ulmer and Tim Wholers. Gary Caldwell was head coach.)

Ghytana Shelton, an eighth-grade student at J.F. Shields High School, won first place in the Monroe County spelling bee Friday at Monroeville Elementary School. Shelton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clemmie Shelton of Beatrice, spelled the final two words – guardian and handicap – to win the match.

MARCH 18, 1965

FIRST STUDENT – Gayle Wells of Repton became the first student to register at the new Monroe County Junior College. She will graduate from Repton High in May. Here she is shown signing the form for entrance with B.E. Lee, president, looking on. Gayle plans to take secretarial science at the junior college. The college will open for classes this fall, Mr. Lee said.

Members Urge Tearing Down Old Courthouse: The Monroeville Chamber of Commerce went on record Monday night urging the city to enforce the anti-littering laws in an effort to clean up the city.
Unanimous approval of the decision came at the first quarterly membership meeting, which was held at the Community House.
The Chamber also urged the tearing down of the old courthouse and beautification of the area, making a parking lot out of another portion of the space now occupied by the old courthouse.

School Is Named For H.G. Greer: The Rosenwald Junior High School at Tunnel Springs has been changed to Greer Junior High in memory of H.G. Greer, former superintendent of education in Monroe County.
R.H. Vickery, superintendent, said the change will be effective next school term.
Request for the name change was made by the school’s board of trustees and the principal, O.J. Carmichael.
The request was approved by the school board.

Juanita Williams was named winner of the J.U. Blacksher Beta Club’s beauty pageant, which was held at the school recently.

MARCH 21, 1940

Mr. R.H. Vickery, principal of the Monroeville Elementary School, attended the A.E.A. in Birmingham last week.

Mr. Clyde Marshall, who has been superintendent of the mechanical department of Lee Motor Co. in Frisco City, has been transferred to Monroeville and will be in charge of the repair department in the new shop here.

Two Men Dead, Result of Hunting Accident: Mr. George McCall and his father, Mr. Thomas McCall, died early Saturday morning as the result of a hunting accident which occurred on the Locklin Plantation near Perdue Hill.
Sheriff J.L. Bowden, who went immediately to the scene of the accident, said George McCall and Ellis Rawls went turkey hunting before daylight Saturday morning. When they reached the hunting grounds, McCall and Rawls separated and in a short time McCall killed a turkey. He placed the turkey on his shoulder and started in the direction of the place he had left his companion. Rawls had taken his stand on top of a hill and seeing what he thought was a turkey approaching him from the bottom of the hill, he fired one shot with a .22 caliber rifle and saw the turkey fall.
He ran to the spot and discovered that instead of killing a turkey, he had killed his companion, George McCall. The bullet entered the lower lip and came out the back of his head.
Thomas McCall was notified of the accident and went to the scene. Amid the excitement on reaching the body of his son, he is said to have suffered a heart attack and dropped dead.

MARCH 18, 1915

As Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the observance of Memorial Day on April 26, I desire to obtain the name of every Confederate veteran in Monroe County. If someone in each community will kindly furnish me with a list they will oblige the committee by writing at once – D.F. Ellisor, Chairman.

Circuit Court: The spring term of the circuit court convened on Monday, Judge Benj. D. Turner, Chatom, presiding. After invocation by Rev. A.J. Kempton, the grand jury was empaneled and charged by His Honor in a most lucid manner. Mr. E.A. Thompson is foreman and Mr. J.A. Sawyer bailiff.
There was very little litigated business on the civil docket and the petit jurors were all discharged on the third day of the term.
Judge Turner has already won a warm place in the esteem of the bar, court officials and our people generally through his ready grasp of the situation, his rapid dispatch of business and his unfailing courtesy.

Hon. Oscar L. Gray was a visitor to the city this week, looking over the local situation to see what manner he can best serve his constituents on assuming his seat in congress. Mr. Gray’s friends in Monroe are always delighted to see him and especially gratified to see him looking so well.

Mr. E.P. Morrisette of Peach Tree was a pleasant caller at The Journal office while in the city the first of the week.

Mr. W.C. Tucker was up from Jeddo Monday.

Today in History for March 18, 2018

Former Selma, Ala. resident Edgar Cayce

March 18, 1314 – Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake.

March 18, 1541 - Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi River.

March 18, 1760 – American Revolutionary War soldier William Hillhouse was born (some sources say 1752) in South Carolina. One of the founders of the Greensboro, Ala. Presbyterian Church, he served as a private, sergeant and lieutenant in the South Carolina militia. He died on April 28, 1848 in Oktibbeha County, Miss. and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville, Miss.

March 18, 1766 – During the American Revolution, after four months of widespread protest in America, the British Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act of 1765, which was passed on March 22, 1765 to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Parliament also passed a Declaratory Act that asserted the British government's total legislative control over the colonies.

March 18, 1774 - Lord North brought up the Port Bill (The Boston Port Act).

March 18, 1778 - British Loyalists and Hessian mercenary forces assaulted the local New Jersey militia at Quinton's Bridge in New Jersey.

March 18, 1783 - General George Washington wrote a letter to Congress to assure them that the unrest with army officers was over.

March 18, 1790 – John Greene Sr. was born in Abbeville District, S.C. He moved to Conecuh County in 1816 and later established the first school in Conecuh County. He was selected as a State Representative in 1824 and 1828 and represented Conecuh County at the Secession Convention in 1861 and at the Constitutional Convention in 1875.

March 18, 1813 - David Melville patented the gas streetlight.

March 18, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Beaufort, South Carolina to a 13-gun salute and spoke to citizens from the John Mark Verdier House.

March 18, 1830 – Scottish author and newspaperman James Stuart, who was traveling by stage from Montgomery to Mobile, wrote in his book “Three Years in North America” that on this day he “proceeded on the stage from Greenville to Price’s Hotel, 15 miles. Price himself had driven me from Greenville; his wife had an excellent breakfast prepared… She had lived a long time in South Carolina, but liked Alabama quite as well, were it not for the want of schools for her children, the climate was more healthy, and her husband better paid… The population in this neighborhood is still very thin; but there are patches here and there of corn crops. The wheat is already in the ear on the 18th of March.”

March 18, 1834 - The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed in Pennsylvania.

March 18, 1835 - Charles Darwin left Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass.

March 18, 1837 - Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States, was born in Caldwell, N.J.

March 18, 1837 – William Lawrence Locklin passed away at Claiborne, Ala. at the age of 62. He moved to Georgia to Claiborne in 1812 and established Alabama’s first cotton gin there in 1817. He was buried in Claiborne Cemetery in Monroe County, but his gravestone no longer exists.

March 18, 1842 – French poet Stephane Mallarme was born in Paris.

March 18, 1852 - Businessmen in New York established Wells, Fargo and Company, destined to become the leading freight and banking company of the West.

March 18, 1861 – During the Civil War, the Arkansas State Convention in Little Rock, Ark., voted 39 to 35 against seceding, but decided to conduct another vote later in the year. The governor of Texas, Sam Houston, quietly departed the state rather than swear allegiance to the Confederacy. A skirmish was fought with Indians near the Kootenay River in the Washington Territory.

March 18, 1862 – Butler County native Thomas H. Watts began serving as the Confederate States Attorney General. His term ended on Oct. 1, 1863, two months before he began serving as Alabama’s Confederate governor.

March 18, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Spring River (or Salem), Ark.; at Point Pleasant, Mo.; and near Middletown, Va. Confederate troops began arriving in the vicinity of Corinth, Miss. from Tennessee. A 12-day Federal operation in Johnson, Saint Clair and Henry Counties in Missouri began.

Marc 18, 1862 - Very nearly all the high cabinet positions in the Confederate government changed hands on this day. Judah Benjamin, who had been criticized frequently for his handling of the War Department, was shifted to Secretary of State. The criticism followed him to his new job, even though he performed brilliantly; the fact of the matter was that many Southerners were uncomfortable with a Jew in a position of such authority. The newly appointed head of the Department of War was George W. Randolph of Virginia. Gen. Thomas Bragg was replaced by Thomas Watts. The party who started the whole shuffle, former Secretary of State R. M. T. Hunter, departed for the Senate.

March 18, 1864 - The U.S. Sanitary Commission Fair in Washington, D.C. closed with President Abraham Lincoln commending the organization for its work on behalf of Union soldiers.

March, 18, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Monticello and Spring Creek in Arkansas. Sherman and Grant plotted military strategy at Cincinnati, Ohio. A Federal operation from Island No. 10 to New Madrid, Mo. began.

March 18, 1865 – During the Civil War, the Congress of the Confederate States adjourned for the last time.

March 18, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Amite River, La.; at Livingston, Tenn.; in the vicinity of Dranesville, Va.; and in the vicinity of Benton’s Crossroads, Bushy Swamp and at Mingo Creek in North Carolina.

March 18, 1865 – During the Civil War, the final movement of Sherman’s army began near Bentonville, N.C. The left wing under General Slocum was preceded by Kilpatrick’s cavalry. Facing him was General Wade Hampton, famous horseman in his own right. The two began with a skirmish at Benton’s Cross Roads. Johnston began maneuvering his 20,000 Confederates to oppose Slocum’s 30,000 Federals. The full Union army opposing him numbered nearly 100,000.

March 18, 1865 – 59TH ALABAMA: Around 4:30 a.m., the brigade was on foot again. They marched down White Oak Road, close to a creek called Hatcher’s Run. They halted not far from the woods, close to the creek and stayed until March 21. The 59th was placed on picket duty up and down Hatcher’s Run – on rotation with the brigade’s other regiments.

March 18, 1877 – Internationally known psychic Edgar Cayce, who lived in Selma from 1912 to 1925, was born in Hopkinsville, Ky. Known as the "sleeping prophet," he was considered the most documented psychic of the 20th century, giving readings to thousands of seekers while in a trance state. When he was 35 years old, he moved to Selma, where he operated a photography studio and lived in a building on Broad Street in downtown Selma from 1912 until 1923. Many psychic readings were given there during that time.

March 18, 1887 - Dr. R.I. Braughon of Perdue Hill was scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Monroe County Courthouse on this Friday night on the subject of the “Science of Language and English Composition.”

March 18, 1893 – Poet Wilfred Owen was born in Shropshire, England. Two years after his death at the age of 25 in World War I, the “Poems of Wilfred Owen” was published in 1920.

March 18, 1901 – Writer Manly Hall was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He was fascinated by the occult and he traveled all over lecturing. He wrote quite a few books, and he is most famous for “The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabalistic, and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy” (1928).

March 18, 1909 - Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short wave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a "ham" operator.

March 18, 1909 – Future U.S. President Harry S. Truman was raised to the degree of Master Mason at Belton Lodge No. 450 in Grandview, Missouri.

March 18, 1911 - Theodore Roosevelt opened the Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. It was the largest dam in the U.S. at the time.

March 18, 1915 – Miss Christine J. Tinling of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union spoke at the Conecuh County Courthouse in Evergreen, Ala. at 8 p.m.

March 18, 1915 – During World War I, at the Battle of Gallipoli, three battleships were sunk during a failed, ill-fated British and French naval attack on Turkish forces in the Dardanelles, the narrow, strategically vital strait in northwestern Turkey separating Europe from Asia.

March 18, 1918 - Alabama author and Poet Laureate Morton D. Prouty was born in Illinois.

March 18, 1919 - The Order of DeMolay was established in Kansas City.

March 18, 1925 – This day’s edition of The Evergreen Courant carried an announcement saying that stated communications of Greening Lodge No. 53 were held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. J.T. Amos was Worshipful Master at that time, and R.S. Smith was Secretary.

March 18, 1927 – Writer and editor George Plimpton was born in New York City.

March 18, 1928 – Former Confederate soldier James Hiram Rachels passed away at the age of 83 and was buried in the Red Hills Cemetery near Franklin, Ala. Born on Oct. 17, 1844, Rachels served with Co. H of the 62nd Alabama Infantry, which was called the “Boy Brigade” because it was formed from boys ages 16 to 19, who made up a company of Alabama Reserves. The unit was organized as the 62nd Alabama Regiment at Mobile. Stationed at Fort Gaines, the regiment was in the bombardment of that place, losing several killed and wounded, and the remainder captured. The prisoners were taken to New Orleans and Ship Island, and were subjected to brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy. They were exchanged in Mobile Bay on Jan. 4, 1865 and placed in garrison at Spanish Fort, as part of Thomas' brigade (with the 63rd Alabama). The regiment withstood the siege there for six days, with some losses, and was then relieved by Holtzclaw's brigade. It served through the siege and bombardment of Blakeley, losing a number killed and wounded, and was captured in the assault on the works. Taken to Ship Island, the men were exchanged in time to be surrendered with the department. The regiment was composed wholly of young men, and was complimented in special orders by Gen. Liddell for its conduct at Spanish Fort.

March 18, 1932 – Writer John Updike was born in Reading, Pa.

March 18, 1936 – “These Three,” a movie version of Alabama author Lillian Hellman's play “The Children's Hour,” with a screenplay written by Hellman, was released.

March 18, 1940 – During World War II, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. The Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain during the meeting.

March 18, 1942 - The third military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.

March 18, 1952 – Pro Football Hall of Fame center Mike Webster was born in Tomahawk, Wisc. He went on to play for the University of Wisconsin, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

March 18, 1953 - National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. It was the first Major League Baseball franchise shift since 1903.

March 18, 1959 - U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

March 18, 1964 – Evergreen (Ala.) city councilman and mayor pro tem W.H. “Henry” Sessions qualified to run for the mayor’s seat in the upcoming municipal election. Sessions was the owner of Conecuh Quick Freeze, led the ticket for council in his first political race in 1960 and was serving on Governor George C. Wallace’s Committee of 100.

March 18, 1969 – The United States began secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.

March 18, 1970 - The NFL selected Wilson to be the official football and scoreboard as official time.

March 18, 1970 - A movie version of Alabama author Jesse Hill Ford's book, “The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones,” was released.

March 18, 1970 - Returning to Cambodia after visits to Moscow and Peking, Prince Norodom Sihanouk was ousted as Cambodian chief of state in a bloodless coup by pro-western Lt. Gen. Lon Nol, premier and defense minister, and First Deputy Premier Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak, who proclaimed the establishment of the Khmer Republic.

March 18, 1974 – NFL quarterback Brian Griese was born in Miami, Fla. He would go on to play for Michigan, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears.

March 18, 1974 – Weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.2 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

March 18, 1976 – Major League Baseball pitcher Tomo Ohka was born in Kyoto, Japan. He went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians.

March 18, 1976 – Major League Baseball outfielder Scott Podsednik was born in West, Texas. He went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago White Sox, the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

March 18 1976 - Bobby Stewart, well-known farmer and cattleman of the Fairview community, qualified on this Thursday as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Chairman of the Conecuh County Commission.
March 18, 1981 - The first episode of "The Greatest American Hero" aired on ABC.

March 18, 1989 - A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

March 18, 1990 - The 32-day lockout of Major League Baseball players ended.

March 18, 1990 - In Tampa, Fla. a Little League Baseball player was killed after being hit with a pitch.

March 18, 1990 – The “Gardner Heist,” the largest art theft in U.S. History, occurred at the Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum in Boston, Mass.

March 18, 1993 – Hillcrest High School’s baseball team was scheduled to play Frisco City in Evergreen.

March 18, 1994 – Episode No. 18 of “The X-Files” – entitled “Miracle Man” – aired for the first time.

March 18, 1994 - Four guns and 25 boxes of ammo were confiscated from Kurt Cobain after his wife, Courtney Love, called police fearing he was going to commit suicide. He did commit suicide about three weeks later.

March 18, 1997 – Conecuh County, Alabama’s “Mystery Crack” appeared sometime between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Conecuh County Road 73, 4.8 miles east of Repton, in the Springhill community. The crack grew to 300 yards in length and as much as 60 feet wide in some places with varying depths of up to five to 23 feet.  A thick, slippery layer of clay was blamed.

March 18, 2004 – Gov. Bob Riley vetoed House Joint Resolution No. 100, which proposed making Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey the state spirit, saying that Alabama “should not set a precedent of endorsing a commercially sold product.” In response, the Alabama Legislature acted quickly and in a rare move overrode Riley’s veto by a vote of 54-7 in the House on March 18 and 19-8 in the Senate on April 6.

March 18, 2009 - Sparta Academy sixth-grade teacher Cecelia Sellers was presented with the WSFA Channel 12 News Class Act Award on this Wednesday at the Evergreen school.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., March 18, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): Trace amount.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.95 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.65 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 9.95 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.35 inches.

Notes: Today is the 76th day of 2018 and the 85th day of Winter. There are 289 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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

What ever became of the Finchburg 'mystery mask' found in March 1976?

 Stone mask found by Collins McKinley near Finchburg.

(For decades, local historian and paranormal investigator George “Buster” Singleton published a weekly newspaper column called “Somewhere in Time.” The column below, which was titled “Mask discovery deepens mystery of Finchburg urns” was originally published in the March 18, 1976 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

A couple of weeks ago, I brought to my readers’ attention the finding of two burial urns from India in Monroe County. Today I have something more to add that will deepen the mystery.

Strange as it seemed that these urns found their way halfway across the world, stranger still is what was found later at the same location near Finchburg.

After finding the urns and seeing the interest they created, Collins McKinley of Franklin decided he would return to the spot and see if he might find something that would shed some light as to why the urns were there.

But this was not the case. The mystery was not solved; it was only deepened by the excavation of a stone mask.

Hollow eyes, mouth

The mask is about 12 inches long and eight inches wide. The eyes and mouth are hollow as though something else belongs in the impressions. The back of the mask is slightly concave, or curved, as if it were designed to fit on or cling to something. The material is of a crude form of cement, roughly mixed, with small stones and pebbles throughout.

If it’s true that something is missing from the eyes and mouth, then it’s possible to assume that maybe they were precious stones or a metal of value. This might explain why all of these things were here in the first place. This might be the reason why they were buried, so as not to be found for a long, long time.

Maybe the person or person who brought these items here removed the valuable stones or metal from the mask and then buried it to conceal the evidence. Maybe there is another reason.

Are they connected?

There are no writings on the mask to identify its origin. Could it be that the mask and the urns are not associated? But why would they turn up in the same place?

Could the mask have come from one part of the world and the urns from another? This doesn’t seem likely. I find myself believing that the three are associated in some way or another.

To speculate as to how they arrived here, maybe sometime back through the years an old sea captain or sailor brought them to these shores and then up the river. He found it easier to bury them and remove them from sight than to answer a million questions.

But through all the speculation and wondering, the mystery remains. Behind the grim, sightless eyes, the truth awaits – but the answer is slow in coming.

(This column was also accompanied by a photo of the mask, taken by Singleton, that included the following caption: Stone mask found by Collins McKinley near Finchburg.)

(Singleton, the author of the 1991 book “Of Foxfire and Phantom Soldiers,” passed away at the age of 79 on July 19, 2007. A longtime resident of Monroeville, he was born during a late-night thunderstorm on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served as a U.S. Marine paratrooper in the Korean War, worked as a riverboat deckhand, lived for a time among Apache Indians, moved to Monroe County on June 28, 1964 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from June 28, 1964 to Dec. 14, 1987. For years, Singleton’s columns, titled “Monroe County history – Did you know?” and “Somewhere in Time” appeared in The Monroe Journal, and he wrote a lengthy series of articles about Monroe County that appeared in Alabama Life magazine. It’s believed that his first column appeared in the March 25, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal. He is buried in Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville. The column above and all of Singleton’s other columns are available to the public through the microfilm records at the Monroe County Public Library in Monroeville. Singleton’s columns are presented here each week for research and scholarship purposes and as part of an effort to keep his work and memory alive.)