Wednesday, November 22, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Wilcox Progressive Era

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Nov. 15, 1917 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

Death of Sherwood Bonner: A sad and tragic accident caused the death last Friday evening of Sherwood Bonner, the bright, manly, esteemed and beloved elder son of Mrs. D.H. Turner.
Last Friday evening, while riding a motorcycle which was ridden by him and Harvey Tait, a school mate, and while the rear light was being lit by Harvey Tait, he did not see a horse and buggy approaching, driven by Mr. G.G. Cunningham Jr. of Selma, and in a moment a collision occurred that caused his death early Saturday morning.
The funeral services were held at the home of his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Turner, Saturday morning, Rev. B.H. Grier officiating. The burial was in the Camden Cemetery.
The entire student body of the Wilcox County High School attended his funeral. The boys were in uniform, in honor of the deceased.

The state vital statistics of Wilcox County show that there were births, 22; deaths, 50; birthrate, 22 percent; death rate, 11 percent. The prevalent diseases are typhoid fever, malaria, pulmonary tuberculosis, diphtheria, pellagra, measles and smallpox.

Prof. Harris of the Monroe County High School was a recent visitor to Prof. O.C. Weaver, County Superintendent of Education, a few days ago.

Mr. Thomas A. Cook of Dallas, Texas writes to us that Lawrence Lee Stallworth, a Spanish war veteran, died there several weeks ago, leaving a widow and three boys, aged eight, six and three years. He has a sister living at Tinela, Ala.

The Wilcox County High School boys in their uniforms make a hike almost every Friday night three or four miles, and they look very soldierly in their uniforms.

First Lt. Sam McDowell of Camden, who has been located at Camp Harris in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been visiting his brother, Sheriff McDowell, and other relatives. He will return to his regiment now in New Jersey.

Postmaster Dannelly informs us that he has learned that the contract for the daily mail to be established between Catherine and Camden has been awarded to Mr. W.F. McWilliams. The service is to begin Dec. 1.

The Camden post office has been made the supply office for the distribution of stamps to the 30 post offices in the county. All postage stamps for all county post offices will in future be gotten here.

Entertainment at Oak Hill: On Wednesday night, Nov. 28, there will be given an entertainment at the Oak Hill School for the benefit of the school. – Miss Nettie Lou Andress, Principal.

Mr. G.W. Watson, county registrar, is making his rounds for the purpose of registering the voters of our county. Important elections will be held in 1918 and those entitled to registration should do so. All registered voters must pay their poll tax before Feb. 1 or they cannot vote.

Cotton Report: There were 6,247 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Wilcox County from the crop of 1917 prior to Nov. 1, 1917 as compared with 3,477 bales ginned to Nov. 1, 1916. – C.S. Dale, Special Agent.

Wilcox Academy won the AISA Class AAA state football title 21 years ago today

John Gartman and Robert Gartman at Morgan Academy in 2003.
This year’s Iron Bowl will be played on Saturday, and many readers will have football on their minds this week. Some in the reading audience might also remember that today – Nov. 22 – marks the 21st anniversary of one of the most significant dates in Wilcox County football history. It was on this day in 1996 that Wilcox Academy captured its second of three all-time Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) football state titles.

Wilcox Academy’s 1996 team, led by AISA Hall of Fame head coach Robert Gartman, was one of the greatest football teams in Wilcox County history. The team went 11-2 overall, scoring an average of 28.2 points per game and posting a 10-game winning streak that ended with an epic road win over Mobile Christian in the state championship game.

Wilcox Academy opened the 1996 season on Aug. 30 with a 7-0 loss to longtime rival Morgan Academy, but the Wildcats bounced back the following week to beat Fort Dale Academy, 49-6. The following Friday night, Sept. 13, in Mobile, region opponent Mobile Christian handed Wilcox Academy what turned out to be its final loss of the season, 45-3.

That loss apparently set Wilcox Academy on fire as they proceeded to put together one of the most remarkable seasons in school history. The following week they beat Patrician Academy, 10-7, and followed that with a 42-20 win over Escambia Academy on Sept. 7 at Canoe. The next week, Wilcox Academy downed Lowndes Academy, 21-13, and the Wildcats followed that with a big 31-12 win over in-county rival Catherine Academy the following week.

Wilcox Academy picked up its sixth win of the season the following Friday, Oct. 18, when they beat long-running rival Monroe Academy, 54-13, in Camden. The next Friday, Oct. 25, the Wildcats beat region foe Faith Academy, 44-6, in Camden before wrapping up their regular season schedule the following Friday, Nov. 1, by blasting region opponent Marengo Academy, 44-7, in Linden.

Wilcox Academy finished its 1996 regular season schedule with only two early-season losses, and, as fortune would have it, the Wildcats got plenty of opportunity for revenge in the playoffs. In the opening round of the state playoffs on Nov. 8, Wilcox Academy faced Morgan, the team that beat Wilcox Academy in their season-opener, and the Wildcats handed the Senators a 24-14 loss. The following Friday, in the semi-final round of the playoffs, Wilcox Academy eliminated the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots, 28-12, setting up an epic rematch against Mobile Christian in Mobile.

Mobile Christian, led by veteran head coach Glenn Vickery, entered the Class AAA state title game with a 10-2 overall record and riding a six-game winning streak. Proving that old adage that it’s hard to beat a good team twice, the Wildcats captured the AISA’s Class AAA state title by defeating the Leopards, 17-13, in Mobile.

Wilcox Academy’s team that season featured a number of outstanding players, including junior quarterback John Gartman, senior defensive lineman Richard McDonald and senior running back Will Curl. McDonald was named as a first-team all-state defensive lineman by the Birmingham News and the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). John Gartman and Curl were also honorable mention all-state selections in the Birmingham News.

Wilcox head coach Robert Gartman, who played football under Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama, was named the ASWA’s AISA Coach of the Year. Robert Gartman, who was inducted into the AISA’s Hall of Fame in 2005, coached at Wilcox Academy for a total of five seasons, from 1996 through 2000, posting a 47-15 overall record at the school with each of his five teams qualifying for the playoffs. He retired from coaching in 2011 with seven state titles under his belt.

In the end, I want to mention that I serve on the board of directors for the Alabama High School Football Historical Society, which has a really nice website, If you visit that website, you’ll notice that some information is missing regarding Wilcox Academy’s 1996 state championship team. With your assistance, I would like to try to fill in the blanks for that team and others from Wilcox County. Also, if anyone in the reading audience has a full roster and complete schedule for the 1996 Wilcox Academy team, I’d like to review copies of them, if possible. Thanks in advance for your help and enjoy your Thanksgiving (and the Iron Bowl).

Today in History for Nov. 22, 2017

Nov. 22, 1307 – Pope Clement V issued the papal bull “Pastoralis Praeeminentiae” which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets.

Nov. 22, 1574 – Spanish navigator Juan Fernández discovered islands now known as the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.

Nov. 22, 1643 – French-American explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, was born in Rouen, Normandy, France.

Nov. 22, 1718 – During a battle off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") was killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

Nov. 22, 1763 – British Lt. Thomas Ford took possession of Fort Tombecbee, located on Jones’ Bluff, on the west side of the Tombigbee River in Sumter County, Ala., and he renamed it Fort York.

Nov. 22, 1783 - John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, died in his home state of Maryland.

Nov. 22, 1812 – During the War of 1812, seventeen Indiana Rangers were killed at the Battle of Wild Cat Creek.

Nov. 22, 1819 – Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the name “George Eliot,” was born in Warwickshire, England. She is best known for her novels “Adam Bede” (1859) and “Middlemarch” (1871).

Nov. 22, 1819 – Coffeeville, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

Nov. 22, 1823 - Alabama author John Gorman Barr was born in Milton, N.C.

Nov. 22, 1825 - Benjamin Faneuil Porter was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in Charleston, S.C. at the age of 18. He joined the law office of the Honorable George B. Eckhart and remained there until the fall of 1828. He would go on to become a doctor and lawyer, live in Claiborne, Ala. for about six years, before becoming a state legislator, judge and Mayor of Greenville, Ala.

Nov. 22, 1833 - Whipple Van Buren Phillips, the grandfather of H.P. Lovecraft, was born in Moosup Valley, Foster, Rhode Island.

Nov. 22, 1841 – Thomas Elijah Robbins was born and would go on to serve as a private in Co. E of the 4th Alabama Infantry (Conecuh Guards). He was mortally wounded at the age of 20 at the Battle of Gaines Farms (First Battle of Cold Harbor) on June 27, 1862. Robbins’ remains were brought back to Alabama and were laid to rest in the Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery in Wilcox County. His grave marker bears the date of Aug. 9, 1862, which may have been the date that he was actually buried because some records indicate he was killed in action on June 27.

Nov. 22, 1861 – During the Civil War, the Confederate Department of the Indian Territory was established.

Nov. 22, 1861 – During the Civil War, a two-day Federal bombardment of Confederate lines about Pensacola, Fla., including Forts Barrancas and McRee, began.

Nov. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, a seven-day Federal expedition from Fort Ruby, in the Nevada Territory, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains began.

Nov. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, the Confederate salt works facilities in Matthews County, Va. were destroyed.

Nov. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, a Federal reconnaissance mission from Williamsburg, Va. toward the Chickahominy River began.

Nov. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Winchester, Va. and near Halltown, W.Va.

Nov. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Lake Borgne, La.; near Houston, Mo.; at Fayette, Miss.; and near Winchester, Tenn. A skirmish also began at Camp Davies and moved on toward Rienzi, Miss.

Nov. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, a nine-day Federal expedition began against Fort Esperanza on Matagorda Island in Texas.

Nov. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal expedition from Devall’s Bluff to Augusta in Arkansas began.

Nov. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Griswoldville, Ga.; at Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; and at Front Royal, Rude’s Hill and Mount Jackson in Virginia.

Nov. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, Confederate General John Bell Hood began the Franklin-Nashville Campaign by invading Tennessee in a desperate, unsuccessful attempt to draw Union General William T. Sherman from Georgia.

Nov. 22, 1877 - Alabama sportswriter Bozeman Bulger was born in Dadeville, Ala.

Nov. 22, 1888 – The lumber mill at Fulton, Ala. officially began as a partnership between Marcus B. Behrman and Joseph Zimmerman who had acquired eight acres of land and a total of $3,850 each in either cash or real property to form the Virgin Pine Lumber Company.

Nov. 22, 1889 – The Monroe Journal reported that the “loud noise which we heard (at River Ridge) some time ago was a large meteor. It fell about three o’clock in the evening.”

Nov. 22, 1890 – Charles de Gaulle, who was general and president of France from 1959 to 1969, was born in Lille, France.

Nov. 22, 1895 – Three warehouses, containing furniture, undertakers’ goods, grain, groceries and other items, between the Savage & Roberts store and the Locklin House at Perdue Hill were destroyed by fire on this night. The fire was believed to have been caused by arson.

Nov. 22, 1899 - The Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated in New Jersey.

Nov. 22, 1899 - Alabama author Howell Vines was born in Short Creek, Ala.

Nov. 22, 1899 – Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael was born Hoagland Howard Carmichael in Bloomington, Indiana.

Nov. 22, 1902 – Dr. Walter Reed, who served as post surgeon at the Mount Vernon Arsenal and Barracks in the 1880s, passed away in Washington, D.C. at the age of 51. He died from peritonitis due to a ruptured appendix and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Nov. 22, 1907 – The flag of the Conecuh Guards was presented to the Alabama Department of Archives and History by Col. Pickney D. Bowles and Capt. James W. Darby, both formerly of the 4th Alabama Infantry, a.k.a. the “Conecuh Guards.”

Nov. 22, 1914 – Paranormal author Charles Berlitz was born in New York, N.Y.

Nov. 22, 1914 – Escambia County, Ala. Tax Collector William Jackson Holland, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Escambia County, Ala. died at his home in Brewton after a short illness. Holland, a 67-year-old Mason, moved to Escambia County from Conecuh County in 1872 and served 17 years as Escambia County Tax Collector. Prior to his death, he’d served four consecutive terms as tax collector and was a little over a year into his present term when he died. Born on Nov. 29, 1846, he was buried in the Union Cemetery in Brewton, Ala.

Nov. 22, 1914 - The first extended battle fought between Allied and German forces in the much-contested Ypres Salient during World War I came to an end after over one month of fighting.

Nov. 22, 1915 – R.G. Scott of Eliska and his son, U.S. Army Lt. Charles Scott, visited The Monroe Journal. The War Department had assigned Lt. Scott to an “important post” in the Philippines, and he was set to depart for that assignment in early December. In the meantime, Lt. Scott was spending a few weeks with his parents at Eliska.

Nov. 22, 1916 - Jack London, one of the best novelists to chronicle the last wild western frontier of Alaska, died at the age of 40 from kidney failure in Glen Ellen, California.

Nov. 22, 1917 – Italian-German archaeologist and explorer Teoberto Maler died at the age of 75 in Mérida, Yucatán.

Nov. 22, 1919 – Argentinian explorer and academic Francisco Moreno died at the age of 67 in Buenos Aires.

Nov. 22, 1923 – The home of Judge F.J. Dean in Evergreen, Ala. was completely destroyed by fire during the afternoon. The origin of the fire was unknown, but it was believed to have been caused by “rats in the attic igniting a match.”

Nov. 22, 1926 – Major League Baseball pitcher Lew Burdette was born in Nitro, West Va. He would go on to play for the New York Yankees, the Boston Braves, the Milwaukee Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs, the Philadelphia Phillies and the California Angles.

Nov. 22, 1927 – The musical “Funny Face” premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre in Midtown Manhattan).

Nov. 22, 1931 – The football (soccer) club Al-Mina'a Sports Club was founded in Iraq. Based in Al Maqal, Basra, the club plays in Iraqi Premier League and is one of the most popular clubs in Iraq football, particularly in the south.

Nov. 22, 1931 – Wilcox County Probate Judge Patrick McArthur Dannelly, 60, died in a Montgomery hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident about 10 miles from Montgomery on the Mobile Road on Nov. 19. Born on May 5, 1871, he was buried on Nov. 23 in the Camden Cemetery.

Nov. 22, 1941 - Wade Johnson of Excel killed a 10-point buck on the T.R. Miller property in Cedar Creek swamp on this Saturday morning. The buck weighed 160 pounds when dressed and carried a perfect set of antlers. Johnson was hunting with Jess Beasley of Brewton when the deer was killed.

Nov. 22, 1943 – Major League Baseball pitcher Wade Blasingame was born in Deming, New Mexico. He would go on to pitch for the Milwaukee Braves, the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.

Nov. 22, 1946 - Ceylon P. Strong was elected chairman of the board of directors of the recently organized Hospital Association of Conecuh County at a meeting of the directors representing the several beats of the county, which was held at the Sunday School building of the M.E. Church on this Friday night.

Nov. 22, 1950 – Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter Greg “The Bull” Luzinski was born in Chicago, Ill. He would go on to play for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox.

Nov. 22, 1950 – Major League Baseball outfielder Lyman Bostock was born in Birmingham, Ala. He went on to play for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels.

Nov. 22, 1952 – President Harry S. Truman, a prominent Freemason, donated to the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern Jurisdiction, a stone removed from the White House during its restoration and rebuilding. The stone shows an interlaced square and compasses with a vertical bar descending to a small cross bar on its left side.

Nov. 22, 1957 – Alabama assistant football coach Jerry Claiborne attended the Excel-W.S. Neal football game in East Brewton to scout a Neal fullback. Instead, he discovered a 6-foot, 190-pound Excel junior named Lee Roy Jordan, who would go on to become an All-American at the University of Alabama and star in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.

Nov. 22, 1962 – The Evergreen Courant reported that “Bobbie,” – Conecuh County’s “Panhandling Dog” – had collected $40 at Claud Murphy’s Store for the United Fund. The year before, the trained dog collected $60 for the United Fund, tuberculosis and cancer charity drives.

Nov. 22, 1962 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Barbara Stinston had been named Miss Homecoming and Brenda Ellis Miss Football during Evergreen High School’s recent homecoming activities. Gayle Ryland was crowning homecoming queen during Repton High School’s homecoming game.

Nov. 22, 1963 – About 12:30 p.m. in Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally was seriously wounded while riding in a motorcade. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was later inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was later captured and charged with the murder of both the President and police officer J. D. Tippit. Oswald was shot dead two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody.

Nov. 22, 1967 - General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, briefed officials at the Pentagon and said that the battle around Dak To was “the beginning of a great defeat for the enemy.”

Nov. 22, 1968 – The Beatles released “The Beatles” (known popularly as “The White Album”).

Nov. 22, 1969 - Graphic novelist, illustrator, and film director Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran.

Nov. 22, 1972 - The United States lost its first B-52 of the Vietnam War when the eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam.

Nov. 22, 1974 - Coach Charles Branum and his Evergreen High School Aggies were scheduled to open the 1974-75 basketball season at Lyeffion High School gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. on this Friday night. His starters for the 74-75 season were 6-foot-6 Ronald Fantroy and 6-foot-5 Alfonzo Holder at forwards, 5-foot-5 Chuck Jones at one guard and Percy Jones, 6-0, at the other guard. Center was manned by 6-foot-4 Gene Stallworth. The Aggies top two substitutes were Willie Ingram and Albert Stallworth. The second team consisted of four tenth-graders, Walter Bullock, Johnny Jackson, Nelson Bradley and Marion Stanton and eleventh-grader Edwin Rankin.

Nov. 22, 1975 - "Dr. Zhivago" appeared on TV for the first time. NBC paid $4 million for the broadcast rights.

Nov. 22, 1980 - Twenty-five high school seniors were scheduled to compete for the 1981 Monroe County Junior Miss title on this Saturday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Patrick Henry Junior College auditorium in Monroeville, Ala. Contestants included Diane Brake, Pamela Ann Brown, Lyn Byrd, Sheryll Arlene Chandler, DeLois A. Clausell, Pamela L. Corbett, Angie Crawford, Linda Godwin, Debra Lynn Horton, Cathy Kelly, Lisa Lloyd, Genevelyn Yvonne Logan, Lori Lynne Moore, Jennifer Anne Nettles, Lisa Faye Nettles, Gwendolyn Elaine Odom, Collins Denise Parker, Kelli Elena Reynolds, Marcia Stallworth, Emily Swift, Fairy Watson, Margaret Kay Watson, Mary Beth Whiddon, Sharon Denise Wiggins and Tammy Lynn Wiggins.

Nov. 22, 1986 - Alabama author William Bradford Huie died in Guntersville, Ala.

Nov. 22, 1986 - An Iranian surface-to-surface missile hit a residential area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, wounding 20 civilians.

Nov. 22, 1987 - The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident took place. An intruder wearing a Max Headroom mask was successful in interrupting the signal of two Chicago TV stations with their own video broadcast featuring various antics.

Nov. 22, 1989 - Kathryn Thornton, a native of Montgomery and graduate of Auburn University, became the first woman to fly on a military space mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery. Thornton became the second woman to walk in space in 1992. Dr. Thornton retired from NASA in 1996 to join the faculty of the University of Virginia.

Nov. 22, 1989 – Hillcrest High School’s girls basketball team was scheduled to play its first home game of the season on this Tuesday at 5 p.m. against W.S. Neal.

Nov. 22, 1992 – The Rhonda Morrison murder and Walter “Johnny D” McMillian case was profiled on 60 Minutes.

Nov. 22, 2003 – During what is now referred to as the “Baghdad DHL Attempted Shootdown Incident,” shortly after takeoff from Baghdad International Airport, a DHL Express cargo plane was struck on the left wing by a surface-to-air missile and forced to land.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  0.70 inches.

Fall to Date Rainfall: 8.20 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 80.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 326th day of 2017 and the 62nd day of Fall. There are 39 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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Nov. 21, 2017

Alabama Gov. William D. Jelks
NOV. 27, 1947

Hoomes Given 20 Years By Conecuh County Jury: After a comparatively short period of deliberation last Thursday evening, the Conecuh County petit jury which tried Elbert J. Hoomes on a first-degree murder charge found him guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced him to the penitentiary for a term of 20 years.
The trial was moved to Evergreen from Brewton on a change of venue granted by Judge F.W. Hare when the defendant plead that he could not get a fair trial in Escambia County. It was begun about 10 o’clock Wednesday morning and was completed late Thursday afternoon.

Gov. James E. Folsom has issued a proclamation setting aside Nov. 27 as Thanksgiving Day in Alabama.
In issuing the proclamation, Gov. Folsom asked Alabamians to go to church on Thanksgiving Day “to humbly thank Almighty God for the many blessings so bountifully bestowed upon our state and nation.”
Folsom further called upon citizens of the state “to ask Divine guidance that they may more fully shoulder responsibilities of citizenship and preserve the peace that we have won at such a tragic cost.”

Lt. Albert Hugh Holman has arrived in Guam and will be stationed there until the first of May.

Mr. and Mrs. Byron Warren and children are spending today with relatives in Enterprise.

NOV. 24, 1932

Agricultural School Closed Indefinitely: Prof. W.Y. Fleming, principal of the Agricultural School, announced to his pupils Wednesday before dismissing them for Thanksgiving holidays that school would be closed until some arrangements had been made for its continuance.
A meeting of the patrons of the school was held Monday afternoon for the purposes of devising a means of keeping it open. It was decided that an effort would be made to raise $750, which Prof. Fleming estimated was necessary to keep going for the remainder of this semester which will end about Jan. 15.

Dr. J.M. Carr Buried At Ft. Deposit Friday: Funeral services were held for Dr. J. Mark Carr, age 55, well known citizen of Brooklyn, who died suddenly at his home Friday afternoon. Rev. O.C. Stewart, pastor of the Baptist Church at Brooklyn was in charge of the services.
Dr. Carr, who had been almost an invalid for many years, was found dead in his garden by his wife when she returned home for school Thursday afternoon.
Deceased was a native of Ft. Deposit, having moved with his family to Brooklyn seven years ago where he had made his home since. His wife has held a position as teacher in the Brooklyn School since they moved there.

Repton: Dr. W.R. Carter attended the Southern Medical Convention in Birmingham last week.

The Masonic Home benefit party of the past week was given at the home of Mrs. H.C. Thomas with Mrs. S.J. Brundage as joint hosts. Several progressions of bunco were played at eight tables, and light refreshments were served.

NOV. 28, 1917

Our Boys Safe in France: Several cablegrams received here during the past week by relatives and friends from members of the Rainbow Division announced their safe arrival “somewhere in France.” This good news was a relief to many anxious relatives and friends.

Owassa: Mrs. T. Brooks entertained a few friends at a candy drawing on Friday night last.

Fire broke out in the roof of the White House hotel on Saturday afternoon, but was quickly extinguished by the bucket brigade before the fire department could respond. A serious fire was thus narrowly averted.

A sneak thief went into the hallway of Prof. Bennett’s home on Friday night last and relieved him his overcoat, hat and cup. The thief has not been apprehended.

Castleberry: A number of people attended the circus at Evergreen Friday.

Lt. Waddy McCreary came down from Camp Wheeler last week to spend a few days with his parents, Judge and Mrs. Dunn. He was accompanied by Mrs. McCreary.

Union Thanksgiving services will be held at the Baptist church tomorrow (Thursday) morning at seven o’clock. Dr. Dickinson will preach a special Thanksgiving sermon. The public is cordially invited to attend this service.

NOV. 29, 1902

S.A. Lowrey, our newly elected county superintendent of education, was here on Saturday to take charge of the books and papers of his office. Any teachers or other persons desiring to communicate with him should address him at Betts, Ala.

Burglar Captured: The party who burglarized the store of Mr. W.M. Newton at Belleville last week was captured by Deputy Harvey Riggs at Flomaton on Thursday last and brought here and lodged in jail. His name is Author Wright, a young boy. When captured he had on his person several articles of the stolen goods. He confessed his guilt and told where the stolen goods were concealed. Wright was tried before Justice R.H. Riggs at Belleville on Saturday and bound over to await the action of the grand jury.

R.H. Ellis of Repton has been appointed notary public by Gov. (William D.) Jelks.

J.G. Guy, a prosperous farmer of Herbert, was here yesterday and paid us a visit.

Jas. H. Tucker of Monroe spent Friday here en route home from the reunion at Montgomery.

Fiddler: Public school opened here on Monday with an average attendance and with new equipment, all out of debt. Miss Ethel Bennett of Georgiana is in charge.

Betts: Miss Emma Betts is teaching a flourishing school here.

NOV. 24, 1887

The friends of Mr. A.D. Sampey were shocked Wednesday night of this week to hear of his sudden death. He had been in court most of the day, engaged in the settlement of an estate which he represented, and was compelled to leave court and go to the hotel to bed. Physicians were summoned and did all in their power for him, but it did not avail.
He was carried home in his buggy and died about 5:30 p.m., surrounded by his weeping, sorrow-stricken family. The immediate cause of his dissolution is supposed to have been the rupture of a blood vessel.

D.W. Kyser will open a public school in Castleberry Dec. 4.

Mr. Jno. Warr, who lives near Walker’s Mill, in Mill beat in this county, had the misfortune to lose his dwelling house and out houses and all their contents by fire one day this week.

Col. P.D. Bowles has been visiting the Gulf City during the week.

Lizzie, the great performing elephant, will amuse the crowds that will attend the circus at Evergreen Sat., Dec. 3.

For some time past, the passenger trains between here and Gravella have been rocked. For a time it seemed difficult to locate the perpetrators of this outrage, but now two of them have been caught and are in jail in default of bail. The rock throwers were (three little boys).

Today in History for Nov. 21, 2017

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Nov. 21, 1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers signed the 200-word Mayflower Compact in part to ease tensions between the Puritan Separatists and the other passengers, and every adult male passenger had to sign the compact before going ashore.

Nov. 21, 1643 – French-American explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was born in Rouen, Normandy, France.

Nov. 21, 1694 – Prominent Freemason and writer François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) was born in Paris, France.

Nov. 21, 1776 – In what proved a fateful decision, Continental Commander in Chief General George Washington wrote to General Charles Lee in Westchester County, New York, to report the loss of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and to order Lee to bring his forces to New Jersey.

Nov. 21, 1789 – North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution and was admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

Nov. 21, 1814 – General Andrew Jackson left Mobile, Ala. for New Orleans.

Nov. 21, 1818 – The site of the first Alabama state capital at Cahaba was approved with Huntsville to serve as a temporary capital while the new site was being developed.

Nov. 21, 1818 - Autauga County was created by an Act of the Alabama territorial legislature, almost one year before Alabama became a state. The county was named for the Autauga Indians, members of the larger Creek Confederacy, who once lived in the area. Autauga County's proximity to the cotton-growing Black Belt made it a manufacturing giant during the 19th century.

Nov. 21, 1836 – Thirty-three-year-old David Moniac of Alabama, the first Native American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, was killed at the Battle of Wahoo Swamp in Sumter County, Fla. He is buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Nov. 21, 1861 – During the Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed Judah Benjamin as his Secretary of War. Benjamin’s appointment came after the Battle of First Bull Run, Va. in July 1861, Confederate Secretary of War Leroy Walker resigned amid criticism that the Confederate army did not pursue the defeated Yankees. Although Benjamin had no military experience, his appointment allowed Davis to dominate Confederate military affairs by placing his trusted friend in the position of secretary of war.

Nov. 21, 1861 – During the Civil War, 10,000 Confederate volunteers were called out in Mississippi for the defense of Columbus, Ky. by Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.

Nov. 21, 1861 – During the Civil War, Confederates destroyed stores and munitions at Warsaw, Mo.

Nov. 21, 1861 – During the Civil War, Confederate Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman was assigned to the command of Forts Henry and Donnelson, on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers in Tennessee.

Nov. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Petite Anse Island and Bayou Bonfouca, La.

Nov. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed James A. Seddon as the Secretary of War.

Nov. 21, 1863 – Anthologist and writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch was born in Cornwall.

Nov. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Jacksonport, Ark. and at Liberty, Va. A two-day Federal operation from Fort Pillow, Tenn. began, and a Federal expedition from Bealeton toward Thoroughfare Gap, Va. began.

Nov. 21, 1863 - The Union army began maneuvering into position in the Chattanooga, Tenn. area. The Union armies that had been bottled up in Chattanooga since the battle of Chickamauga had reached its disastrous conclusion were about to be idle no longer. U.S. Grant was on the scene and settling the last details of the breakout battle with his commanders. Sherman was to engage in a complicated movement requiring not one but two crossings of the Tennessee River to get to the Confederate right flank. Thomas was to strike the center, a formation known as Missionary Ridge. Hooker, who was doing much better since his reassignment to the west, was to move into the valley below Lookout Mountain then attack the Confederate left.

Nov. 21, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln was confined to bed with a mild case of smallpox. He believed his recent speech at Gettysburg, Pa. was a failure.

Nov. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, legend holds that it was on this day that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln composed a letter to Lydia Bixby, a widow and mother of five men who had been killed in the Civil War. A copy of the letter was then published in the Boston Evening Transcript on Nov. 25 and signed “Abraham Lincoln.” The original letter has never been found.

Nov. 21, 1864 - The Confederate Army of Tennessee, under the overall command of Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood, set out from Florence, Ala. for Tennessee under the following commands: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Cheatham’s Army Corps; Lieut. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee’s Army Corps; Lieut. Gen. Alexander peter Stewart’s Army Corps; and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Cavalry Corps.

Nov. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Clinton, Eatonton, Gordon, Griswoldville and Macon, Ga.; and in the vicinity of Fulton, Mo.

Nov. 21, 1870 - Alabama author Mary Johnston was born in Buchanan, Va.

Nov. 21, 1877 – Thomas Edison announced his invention of the hand cranked cylinder phonograph dubbed the "talking machine.” “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was the first recording made for it.

Nov. 21, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that the McCreary & Co. store at Turnbull, Ala. had been burglarized one night during the preceding week. The burglars stole a new suit of clothes, a barrel of flour, a side of bacon and a few smaller articles.

Nov. 21, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that Miss Ada Thames of Perdue Hill, Ala. was teaching a flourishing school at Packers’ Bend. There were 16 regular attending pupils enrolled in the school.

Nov. 21, 1902 – The Philadelphia Football Athletics defeated the Kanaweola Athletic Club of Elmira, New York, 39–0, in the first ever professional football night game.

Nov. 21, 1904 – Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer was born in Leoncin, Poland.

Nov. 21, 1904 – Jazz saxophonist and pioneer Coleman Hawkins was born in St. Joseph Mo. He is best remembered for his 1939 record, “Body and Soul,” was entered into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2004.

Nov. 21, 1916 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He would go on to play for Columbia and the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965.

Nov. 21, 1916 - With World War I in full swing, the popular monarch Franz Josef of Austria died at the age of 86, after reigning for 66 years.

Nov. 21, 1919 – The USS Herbert, which was named after Greenville, Ala. attorney and former Secretary of the Navy Hilary A. Herbert, was officially commissioned with Lt. Commander E.A. Logan in command.

Nov. 21, 1920 – National Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and outfielder Stan Musial was born in Donora, Pa. He would go on to play his entire professional career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Nov. 21, 1931 - The University of Southern California surprised Notre Dame with a last-minute game-winning field goal at the new Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The victory won USC the national championship and snapped Notre Dame’s 26-game winning streak.

Nov. 21, 1931 - Milton Ladd, Dr. Townsend and Stanley Fountain, all of Mobile, Ala., participated in a dove hunt near Belleville, Ala. and were joined by Dr. H.C. Fountain and Mr. W.D. Lewis of Evergreen, Ala.

Nov. 21, 1933 – Work began on Wheeler Dam, 16 miles north of Wilson Dam in Florence, Ala.

Nov. 21, 1934 - The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.

Nov. 21, 1937 – American playwright Tina Howe was born in New York City.

Nov. 21, 1940 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Evergreen High School’s basketball team, which won the 1940 county championship, had begun practice for the coming season under new head coach James C. Smith. Players on the team included D.C. “Papa” Garner, Edsen Johnson, Marvin Hanks, Derrill Moorer, Randy Moorer, Judson Murphy, Knud Nielsen and Fred Owens.

Nov. 21, 1941 - Senator Lister Hill advised The Monroe Journal in a telegram on this Friday that President Roosevelt had approved a paving project for the town of Monroeville in the amount of $72,275. Monroeville Mayor Hendrix told The Journal that these funds, when available, would be added to the $30,000 borrowed by the town of Monroeville some months ago, and would be applied on material and labor for paving the streets of the town. The mayor also stated that county road machines would be used on the project and work would probably begin on the street running north from the J.A. Lazenby property.

Nov. 21, 1946 – Evergreen High School, under Coach Wendell Hart, beat Pike County High School (Brundidge), 54-0, in Evergreen, Ala. on a rain-soaked field. Standout Evergreen players in that game included Brantley, Billy Carpenter, Davis, Ivey, Logue, Glenn McIntyre, Pierce, Robinson, Ryan.

Nov. 21, 1947 – Evergreen High School closed out the 1947 season with a 6-1-2 record by battling to a 0-0 homecoming tie with T.R. Miller High School at Brooks Stadium in Evergreen, Ala.

Nov. 21, 1953 - The British Natural History Museum announced that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, was a hoax.

Nov. 21, 1955 – At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce in Monroeville, it was reported that carrier mail delivery service for municipal Monroeville was to begin around the middle of January 1956. Commerce officials stated the tentative time for the beginning of the service was obtained from the Post Office Department and was pending completion of a number of details, including the erection of letter boxes and the possible procurement of a delivery truck.

Nov. 21, 1958 – National Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Mel Ott died in New Orleans, La. at the age of 49, a week after being involved in an automobile accident in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. He played his entire career for the New York Giants and also managed the Giants from 1942 to 1948. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1951.

Nov. 21, 1959 - Major League Baseball lifted the ban on inter-league trades.

Nov. 21, 1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, Texas. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas with Kennedy’s assassination.

Nov. 21, 1966 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman was born in West Covina, Calif. He would go on to play for Oklahoma, UCLA and the Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Nov. 21, 1967 – During the Vietnam War, American General William Westmoreland told news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."

Nov. 21, 1968 – Deaf-mute five-year-old Samuel Moore of Repton, Ala. was killed in a car accident when he ran in front of a 1967 Datsun driven by Ronald W. Howington of Range around 5:30 p.m. in Repton.

Nov. 21, 1969 – National Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was born in Donora, Pa. He would go on to play for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Nov. 21, 1970 – During the Vietnam War’s Operation Ivory Coast, a joint United States Air Force and Army team raided the Sơn Tây prisoner-of-war camp in an attempt to free American prisoners of war thought to be held there.

Nov. 21, 1971 – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan was born in Houston, Texas. He went on to play for Texas Southern and the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of fame in 2014.

Nov. 21, 1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.

Nov. 21, 1974 - The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law.

Nov. 21, 1975 - Bob Atheney began bowling for 265 hours spread over 11 days.

Nov. 21, 1977 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears ran for an NFL record 275 yards against the Minnesota Vikings.

Nov. 21, 1977 – Milwaukee Brewers President Bud Selig fired his team’s manager, Birmingham, Ala. native Alex Grammas, and General Manager Jim Baumer. Grammas ended his managerial career with a record of 137-191.

Nov. 21, 1981 – Alabama offensive tackle Wesley Britt was born in Cullman, Ala. He went on to play for Cullman High School, the University of Alabama and the New England Patriots.

Nov. 21, 1982 - The National Football League resumed its season following a 57-day player's strike.

Nov. 21, 1983 – The Evergreen City Council appointed James Powell as the city’s permanent police chief. He’d been serving as acting chief for a number of months prior to this date.

Nov. 21, 1985 – Eddie Salter, Evergreen’s World Champion Turkey Caller, was scheduled to be interviewed on the 5:30 p.m. news on WAKA TV, Channel 8, Selma. Salter had won numerous turkey calling contests over the Southeast and was marketing his own turkey caller. He was generally recognized as one of the top turkey hunters in the state and was named to the State’s Top Ten in 1984.

Nov. 21, 1985 - The TG&Y Family Center in Evergreen, Ala. was scheduled to hold a grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. after a period extensive remodeling. TG&Y opened its Evergreen center on June 8, 1978.

Nov. 21, 1986 – In the Class 5A state playoffs, Eufaula High School beat Monroe County High School, 7-0, in Eufaula. Outstanding MCHS players in that game included Jerome Betts, Sidney Carmichael, George Coker, Robert Howard, Willie Kidd, Torey Kimberl, Cale Lindsey, Tony McPherson, Art Owens, Steve Ramer, Allen Richardson, John Tomlinson, Manning Williams and Mark Williams. Howard Busby was MCHS’s head coach.

Nov. 21, 1987 – Two-term Alabama governor James “Big Jim” Folsom passed away at the age of 79 in Cullman, Ala. He was buried in the Cullman City Cemetery.

Nov. 21, 1988 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell passed away at the age of 85 in Scottsdale, Az. He played his entire career, 1928-1943, for the New York Giants. He was incuded into the Hall of Fame in 1947.

Nov. 21, 1995 – The agreement known as the Dayton Accords was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on the outskirts of Dayton, Ohio.

Nov. 21, 2004 – The Paris Club agreed to write off 80 percent (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.

Nov. 21, 2007 - With Aruban investigators citing what was described as newly discovered evidence, Joran van der Sloot and Satish and Deepak Kalpoe were rearrested on suspicion of involvement in "manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the death of (Alabama’s Natalee) Holloway."

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Nov. 21, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  0.70 inches.

Fall to Date Rainfall: 8.20 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 80.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 325th day of 2017 and the 61st day of Fall. There are 40 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.