Sunday, May 20, 2018

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

Mary Badham as "Scout"

10 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 2008

Mary Badham, known internationally as the child actor who played Scout in the film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be the featured guest for “A Day in Maycomb” Saturday.
Teachers, students and the general public are invited to the Old Monroe County Courthouse Museum on Monroeville’s historic downtown square for a day of immersion into the historical surroundings associated with the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“A Day in Maycomb” features a special presentation from 12:30-2:30 by Badham, who is now a professional speaker on “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Excel’s Lady Panthers capped a season of one-run wins and losses with one more Tuesday of last week in the rubber game of a Class 2A, Sub-state playoff series against Wicksburg High in Newton.
Wicksburg broke a 1-1 tie in the third game of the best-two-of-three-game series with a run in the bottom of the sixth and made it stand up to get a 2-1 win.
Excel, which bounced back from a 9-3 loss in the first game against Wicksburg to post a 5-1 win the second game and force the third and deciding game, finished the season with a 30-17 record under Coach Charlotte Wiggins.
(Top Excel players that season included Alycia Baggett, Amy Hudson, Claire Jordan, Kayla Jordan and Kelsey Ledkins.)

Monroeville’s Mockingbird Court recently visited Congressman Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, at his Mobile office and presented him with Rikard’s Mill grits, Monroe Sausage and Auntie Em’s homemade rolls. 

35 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1983

Larinda Stallworth of Beatrice admires her newborn son, who last week was named the Monroeville Jayceettes’ Healthy Baby during Healthy Baby Week at Monroe County Hospital. Mr. Stallworth and her husband, Alonzo, named the boy Darrius. He was born last Thursday and weighed 7 pounds, 2-1/2 ounces. The Jayceettes annually honor the first baby born at the hospital during Health Baby Week and present the mother and father with gifts donated by local merchants. Donating gifts for this year’s project were Bedsole’s, M. Katz Store, B.C. Moore’s, TG&Y, Plaza Pharmacy, Revco Drugs, MarDee’s Misc., Monroeville Pharmacy, The Boodleheimer, Williams Drug Store and Medical Center Discount Drugs.

The Frisco City High School track and field team recently participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A state track and field meet at Troy State University. The team completed the meet in fifth place. (Members of the team included Darren Smith, Robert Byrd, Shannon Scruggs, Ben Smith, LaTonya Darby, Brenda Davison, Susan Davison, Walter Anderson, Brian Taylor, Rodney Franklin, Foster Agee, Janie Dean, Steve Davison, John Dailey, Charlie Davison, Frank Files and Perry Williams.)

Touring the emergency room at Monroe County Hospital during a hospital wide open house Sunday afternoon are Dr. Francis Nicholas and wife, head emergency room nurse Gail Turberville, hospital administrator Gene Sharpe, Monroe County Red Cross blood drive chairman Susan Sanderson, Dr. Hardy Downing, employee Nicky Caston and Robin Sanderson. The event was held during National Hospital Week.

60 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1958

Monroe Mills will celebrate 21 years of operation in Monroeville with its annual “Monroe Mills Day,” scheduled for Thurs., May 29.
The annual vacation period will begin and festivities are planned during the afternoon and evening at Vanity Fair Park.
Over 2,000 persons, including employees and immediate families, are expected to be on hand for the celebration during the afternoon at Vanity Fair Park.

Native of Chatom Named Assistant Coach At MCHS: Ronald Mozley Dees, 23-year-old native of Chatom, has been named as new assistant coach at Monroe County High School, H.G. Greer, Superintendent of Education, said Wednesday.
Mr. Dees is a graduate of Washington County High School and McNeese State College, Lake Charles, La., having played varsity football at both institutions. For the past year, he has been assistant coach at Lafayette College, Lafayette, La.

Members of Excel, Frisco City and Uriah 4-H Clubs took top honors at the Monroe County 4-H Fat Calf and Market Hog Show held Wednesday at the Farmers Cooperative Market in Frisco City.
Grand Champion Steer was shown by Harry Sawyer, member of the Excel club and son of Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Sawyer, Monroeville Rt. 1.
Reserve Champion steer was owned by Lester Scott, Frisco City, Rt. 2. First place winner of the hog show Class II (litter of hogs ready for market) was Clark Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelburne Harris, Uriah.

85 YEARS AGO
MAY 18, 1933

Mr. J.B. Barnett will attend the State Bankers meeting in Montgomery this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Jones and George Thomas visited relatives in Tuscaloosa this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Finch, Mrs. A.C. Lee and Miss Louise Lee spent the weekend in Atmore.

“Cool Knights,” a three-act musical comedy, is being presented at the Frisco City School auditorium at eight o’clock Friday evening, May 19. The ladies of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Union are sponsoring the production, which is under the direction of Miss Kathleen Strickland.
The cast includes Bonnie Sims, Lotan Jones, Ellen Burns, Frank Echols, Lucile Blackburn, Abe Martin, Alma McMillan, Burney King, Euline Hendrix, Wiley Long, Jessie Lee Long, Levaughn Hanks and Bud Hanks.

Men Leave For Forestry Service: Twelve boys from all sections of the county, accompanied by Mrs. D.R. Nettles, director of unemployment relief, left Wednesday for Mobile, where the boys will take physical examination at the recruiting station for work in the reforestation program. Ten is the quota allotted Monroe County in the second call for workers. Two are being taken as substitutes in the event any of those selected should fail to pass the examination, which is very rigid.
After the examination in Mobile, the boys will journey to Fort Benning, Ga., where they will spend a period of two weeks in training for their six months work in the national forests of the country.

110 YEARS AGO
MAY 21, 1908

ATTENTION VETERANS! The George W. Foster Camp No. 407 U.C.V. will hold a meeting on Sat., May 30, 1908 for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuring year and appointing delegates to the reunion to be held in Birmingham July 9-11. The members are urgently requested to attend and pay dues for the present year. – T.S. Wiggins, Adjutant.

Sheriff M.M. Fountain is in Brewton for a few days.

On the night of the 19th inst. a posse of avaricious Monroevillians sought out the home of Rev. W.H. Boyd and when they found it they called him out and gave him such a pounding as he cannot soon forget. His purse also was taken in charge and when returned to him it was plethoric beyond his recognition. As for silver and gold they knew he had --. In kind he declares he can never repay and his only means of redress is to pray that our good Lord will repay them a hundred fold in this life and in the world to come life everlasting.

The concluding entertainment of the school closing exercises took place last Friday evening when the medals were awarded to the following pupils: High School department, Charles R. Broughton for declamation, Miss Ruth Simmons for recitation; Intermediate department, Ernestine Lazenby for declamation, Maud Yarbrough for recitation. For scholarship, George Yarbrough; for attendance, Emma Yarbrough.

Mr. Laban Turk of Turkestan, one of Monroe’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, was among Monroeville friends the first of the week.

Today in History for May 20, 2018

W.S. Whisenhant Woodmen memorial, pictured at left.

May 20, 685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain was fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who were decisively defeated.


May 20, 1497 – John Cabot set sail from Bristol, England, on his ship, Matthew, looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

May 20, 1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India when he arrived at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

May 20, 1506 – Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the Americas, passed away in poverty at the age of 54 in Valladolid, Crown of Castile, Spain.

May 20, 1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.

May 20, 1520 – The massacre at the festival of Tóxcatl took place during the Fall of Tenochtitlan, resulting in the turn of the Aztecs against the Spanish.

May 20, 1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” the first modern atlas.

May 20, 1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

May 20, 1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior.

May 20, 1774 - The Parliament of Great Britain gave royal assent to the Massachusetts Government Act. The act abrogated the existing colonial charter of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and gave its royally-appointed governor wide-ranging powers.

May 20, 1774 - The Parliament of Great Britain enacted the Administration of Justice Act (Act for the Impartial Administration of Justice). The Act granted a change of venue to another British colony or Great Britain in trials of officials charged with a crime growing out of their enforcement of the law or suppression of riots.

May 20, 1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence.

May 20, 1776 – American-Canadian explorer Simon Fraser was born in Mapletown, New York.

May 20, 1778 - In Pennsylvania, the Battle of Barren Hill took place as British forces made an unsuccessful attempt to trap Continentals that were defending Valley Forge.

May 20, 1799 – Novelist Honore de Balzac was born in Tours, France.

May 20, 1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.

May 20, 1834 – Marquis de Lafayette, who visited Claiborne, Ala. on April 1825, passed away at the age of 76 in Paris, France.

May 20, 1839 – Mitchell Burford Salter was born near Evergreen, Ala. On April 20, 1861 in Evergreen, Salter enlisted as a private in Co. E, 4th Alabama Infantry. His right arm was amputated at the Battle of Gettysburg, and the bone from his arm is on display in the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. After his discharge, he went to work for the U.S. government gathering taxes and continued that work until the war ended. Salter died in 1920 and is buried in Old Evergreen Cemetery.

May 20, 1860 – Noah Dallas Peacock (Lewis Lavon Peacock’s older brother) married 20-year-old Martha Caroline Bridges at Rocky Head, Ala.

May 20, 1861 - North Carolina became the 11th state to secede from the Union.

May 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, the state of Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality, which would last until Sept. 3 when Confederate forces entered the state.

May 20, 1861 - During the Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala. to Richmond, Va.

May 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, an act was committed on this day which, in later days, would no doubt set off a media frenzy of unprecedented proportions, not to mention a legal and constitutional crisis. At a prearranged time (in the middle of the afternoon) every U.S. Marshall in the North went to pay a visit on the local telegraph office. There the marshals confiscated every single telegram which had been sent for the past year. The intent was to ferret out spies or suspicious patterns of messages.

May 20, 1862 - The Union Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862. The act allowed an adult over the age of 21, male or female, to claim 160 acres of land from the public domain. Eligible persons had to cultivate the land and improve it by building a barn or house, and live on the claim for five years, at which time the land became theirs with a $10 filing fee.

May 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fort Gibson in the Indian Territory and at Salem and Collierville, Tenn. The Union demonstration against Kinston, North Carolina began. The siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi entered its second day.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, at the Battle of Ware Bottom Church, which was part of the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fought in this Confederate victory.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Crooked River, Fla. and at Greenville, Miss.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, Union Lt. Col. Joseph Bailey had rescued the waterborne side of the Red River Expedition earlier when he built a dam which raised the water level and allowed his ships to pass some rapids. On this day, he helped out the army of Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks, rigging a bridge out of a large number of steamships anchored and lashed side-by-side. Once the armies passed over this walkway to the side of the river they were officially supposed to be on, the ill-fated Red River Expedition was officially over at last.

May 20, 1864 - President Lincoln signed the legislation creating the Official Records.

May 20, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Pawnee Rock, Kansas; near Longwood, Missouri; and at Deer Creek, Wyoming.

May 20, 1871 – The people of unincorporated Greenville, Ala. voted on this day to accept a charter granted by the legislature on March 9, 1871 to incorporate the City of Greenville. John B. Lewis was elected the first Mayor of the City of Greenville.

May 20, 1873 - Acting at the behest of a Reno, Nevada tailor who had invented the idea, Levi Strauss secured the necessary patents for canvas pants with copper rivets to reinforce the stress points.

May 20, 1883 - The Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia began erupting on this date.

May 20, 1894 - The first bloodshed of the 1894 miners' strike occurred when a strike breaker was killed by striking miners near Birmingham, Ala. In their first show of industrial strength and discontent, 8,000 Alabama miners left the job in April 1894. The strike was over by August, as the powerful coal companies prevailed with the help of the State Militia and leased convicts.

May 20, 1905 - The George W. Foster Camp, United Confederate Veterans, held its annual meeting in the Monroe County Courthouse on this Saturday afternoon in Monroeville, Ala. Capt. Thomas J. Emmons was re-elected commander, and Capt. Thomas S. Wiggins was chosen adjutant. Thomas A. Nettles and J.A. Grace were picked as delegates to the annual reunion on June 14-16 at Louisville, Ky., and J.I. Watson and N.J. Stallworth were picked as alternates.

May 20, 1906 - Rev. F.M. Fletcher filled his regular appointment on this Sunday at Mt. Pleasant. A large congregation attended.

May 20, 1908 – The final day of commencement exercises at the Agricultural School in Evergreen were scheduled begin on this Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with the Hon. A.E. Gamble of Greenville delivering the literary address. That night the graduating exercises were scheduled to occur, closing out the 14th annual session of the school. The graduating exercises and awarding of diplomas was to take place in the chapel that night. The graduating class included Ben F. Rountree, Oscar C. Moorer, Edwin W. Hagood, Homer B. Tisdale, Miss Ida Murphy, Miss Minnie B. Guerry, Miss Gertrude O. Tisdale, Miss Marcella McCreary, Miss Mary McCreary and Miss Olive McCreary.

May 20, 1909 – Conecuh County Sheriff J.F. Irwin returned from East St. Louis, where he went to arrest a man named “Milne,” who was wanted in Conecuh County for murder.

May 20, 1915 - A movie version of Alabama author Augusta Jane Evans Wilson's book “God's Witness” was released.

May 20, 1915 - British, Canadian and Indian troops launched a new round of attacks against a reinforced German line around the village of Festubert, located in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.

May 20, 1916 - The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting, “Boy with Baby Carriage.”

May 20, 1916 - The small town of Codell, Kansas was struck by a tornado. But what was truly incredible was Codell was hit by a tornado on the same date in 1917, and yet again in 1918. Further, all three storms came through around the same time-- in the early evening.

May 20, 1917 - Orrie P. Curry and Miss Emma Dearborn were married at high noon on this Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Dearborn, on Belleville Street; Rev. D.W. Haskew officiating. The marriage was a very quiet affair, only the immediate family and a few friends being present.

May 20, 1917 - Poplar Springs Camp No. 623 of the Woodmen of the World unveiled the monument of sovereign W.S. Whisenhunt (Whisenhant) at Pleasant Hill cemetery at Manistee at 2:30 p.m. All Woodmen and the public were cordially invited to attend. G.W. Riley was Camp Commander, and T.N. Ikner was Clerk.

May 20, 1917 - Jasper Hayle of Manistee lost his barn, two fine mules, one horse, all feed stuffs and farming implements, in a fire on this Sunday morning, “supposed to have been on incendiary origin,” according to The Monroe Journal. “The loss was a heavy one, coming as it did at the busy season on the farm and when all feedstuff is unusually expensive.”

May 20, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. George Lee of Evergreen, Ala. “died from disease.”

May 20, 1920 – Montreal radio station XWA broadcast the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.

May 20, 1921 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser was born in Detroit, Mich. He went on to pitch for the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

May 20, 1922 - Author James Ralph Johnson was born in Fort Payne, Ala.

May 20, 1922 - Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel returned to the New York Yankees lineup. They had been suspended on Oct. 16, 1921.

May 20, 1927 – Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and defensive end Bud Grant was born in Superior, Wisc. He went on to play for the University of Minnesota and the Philadelphia Eagles and he also coached the Minnesota Vikings.

May 20, 1929 – Lyeffion High School was scheduled to hold its graduation exercises, and Dr. J.B. Hobdy, director of vocational education, was to deliver the graduating address. J.T. Dykes was Lyeffion’s principal.

May 20, 1930 – Repton’s music pupils of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Trueman were scheduled to present a concert at Repton on this Tuesday at 8 p.m. The public was cordially invited to attend.

May 20-21, 1930 - The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias of Alabama were scheduled to meet in their 58th annual session in the city of Montgomery on this Tuesday and Wednesday, and it promised “to be one of the most constructive sessions ever held by this body in the Grand Domain of Alabama,” according to The Monroe Journal. The meeting was to be presided over by Grand Chancellor Tully A. Goodwin of Florala, and recorded by Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, Joe King Stanley of Montgomery.

May 20, 1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

May 20, 1933 - The FBI's hunt for Bonnie and Clyde began when the United States Commissioner at Dallas, Texas issued a warrant against Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

May 20, 1935 – During an Evergreen City Council meeting in the office of Mayor C.A. Jones on this Monday night, traffic policeman Harry L. Riley was promoted to Chief of Police to replace J.C. Grant, who had resigned earlier that day to accept a job with the State Highway Department.

May 20, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that a large crowd attended the graduation exercises of the eighth grade of Goodway School, held in the school auditorium. The program was as follows: Salutatory, Cleveland Jones; Class Will, Burnett Lane; Class Prophecy, Hazel Booker; Valedictory, Evelyn White; Graduation Address, Rev. Cameron; Presentation of Diplomas; Class Song, Graduating Class. The members of the eighth-grade class were Burnett Lane, Luvern Coker, Evelyn White, Vera Nell Morris, Iva Wiggins, Mary Spears, Doris Matheny, Cleveland Jones and Hazel Booker.

May 20, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Rural Electrification Administration had advised that the contract for the construction of distribution lines in Monroe County had been approved. The transmission line was to be extended from Baldwin County into the southwest corner of Monroe County and serve homes between Uriah and the Alabama River.

May 20, 1941 - Taft Wright of the Chicago White Sox set an American League record for 13 consecutive games with RBIs.

May 20, 1942 – During a storm, three military planes crashed in Conecuh County, Ala. and five more crashed near Atmore, Ala. en route from Crestview, Fla. to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, resulting in five deaths. All of the planes were piloted by British cadets who were assigned to Maxwell Field for training.

May 20, 1942 - Lt. Laula M. Middleton, son of Mrs. Evelyn Middleton of Fairview, Ala., was awarded his “war wings” at Foster Field, Texas after a period of intensive training since Nov. 8, 1941. Upon receiving his wings, he was immediately transferred to Orlando, Fla. for advanced training.

May 20, 1943 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, after graduating recently from the officer candidate school at Fort Sill, Okla., Winton D. McIntyre of Evergreen, Ala. was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He was assigned to Camp Gruber, Okla.

May 20, 1946 – English-born poet W.H. Auden became a U.S. citizen.

May 20, 1946 - Claude Passeau made his first error since September 21, 1941. He set the pitcher's fielding record at 273 consecutive errorless chances.

May 20, 1947 – The first organizational meeting of the Monroeville Kiwanis Club was held at the Tally-Ho Restaurant in Monroeville, Ala. and Owen Ivey was elected as the club’s first president.

May 20, 1950 – Seven people were killed in a two-vehicle accident on this Saturday morning around 6:15 a.m. on the Loree Road, just inside the city limits of Evergreen, Ala. Those killed included Jay Sawyer, 30, of Frisco City; Leonard Bryant, 21, of Frisco City; Walter Johnson, 26, of Frisco City; James Johnson, 25, of Frisco City; and General Rodgers, 33, of Monroeville; Mario Salter of Evergreen; and Mary Bozeman.

May 20, 1953 - Using a phrase that would haunt Americans in later years – “Now we can see [success in Vietnam] clearly, like light at the end of a tunnel” – Gen. Henri Navarre assumed command of French Union Forces in Vietnam.

May 20, 1955 - Color films of Nebraska, having to do with farming in that state, and color movies made on a trip through the mountains, were to be shown to members of the Kiwanis Club when they met on this Friday. Ward Ostberg was to show the films and give the program discussion. The session was to be held at the Hi-Ho Restaurant during the noon hour.

May 20, 1959 - The New York Yankees were in last place for the first time since May 25, 1940.

May 20, 1961: The Freedom Riders arrived at the Greyhound bus terminal in Montgomery, Ala. where they are attacked by an angry mob. The Freedom Ride, an integrated bus trip from Washington D.C., through the Deep South, was formed to test the 1960 Supreme Court decision prohibiting segregation in bus and train terminal facilities. Before reaching Montgomery, they had already suffered violent reprisals in Anniston and Birmingham. The Freedom Ride eventually resulted in a campaign that caused the Interstate Commerce Commission to rule against segregated facilities in interstate travel.

May 20, 1963 - A group of businessmen and representatives from civic and study clubs met with Rep. Ralph Jones on this Monday afternoon at the Hi-Ho Restaurant in Monroeville to formulate plans for locating a state-supported junior college in Monroe County.

May 20, 1966 – Army PFC Obie Clyde Simmons, 20, of Brewton, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam. Born on March 2, 1946, he was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brewton. He was a member of Troop D, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.

May 20, 1969 – The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ended as Hill 937 in South Vietnam was finally captured by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops.

May 20, 1971 - Peter Cetera of the band Chicago was beaten up by four men at a Chicago Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. The men objected to the length of Cetera's hair. Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery.

May 20, 1976 – Major League Baseball catcher Ramón Hernández was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He went on to play for the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, the Baltimore Orioles, the Cincinnati Reds, the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

May 20, 1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.

May 20, 1980 - The submarine Nautilus was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

May 20, 1980 – Evergreen, Alabama’s new park and recreation area was officially named Evergreen Municipal Park in an action by the Evergreen City Council during a meeting on this Tuesday night.

May 20, 1980 – At around 1:15 a.m., a tornado struck Conecuh County, Ala., causing damage in and around Evergreen. The storm damaged the residence of Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key, including a pickup truck and house, and the yards of Mabry Cook and Harry Ellis. Two businesses, Evergreen Fertilizer & Chemical Co. and Daniels Floorcovering, also suffered damages, and there was extensive loss from damage to timber.

May 20, 1982 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a cross-burning during the previous week on the lawn in front of Repton High School. Deputy Sheriff James Lambert said Repton principal David Johnson reported the cross-burning in front of the school sign when he discovered it at the beginning of school on Wed., May 12. The cross was burned sometime late Tues., May 11, or early Wed., May 12, Lambert said, and although the incident appeared to be a prank, it was under investigation.

May 20, 1984 - Roger Clemens got his first pitching victory.

May 20, 1988 - Mike Schmidt hit his 535th home run to move into eighth place on the all-time list.

May 20, 1991 - Jeff Reardon got his 300th career pitching save.

May 20, 1993 - Mandy Riley was awarded the Joe Wayne Wright Jr. Memorial Scholarship during Honors Day ceremonies at Sparta Academy. Presenting the award to Mandy was Mrs. Pat Wright, mother of Joe Wright Jr. This was the second year this scholarship had been awarded.

May 20, 1995 - Marty Cordova tied a rookie record when he recorded home runs in five consecutive games.

May 20, 1997 - Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox reached base safely for the 15th straight time.

May 20, 2005 – Don Hand became the head football coach at Sparta Academy in Evergreen, Ala., replacing Gerry Watson.

May 20, 2006 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Babe Ruth for second place with his 714th career home run.

May 20, 2017 – A UFO incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on this Saturday near Montevallo in Shelby County. The witness in this case said he was standing in his driveway, looking for lightning from a distant storm, when he saw a “glowing orange light” fly overhead toward the west. He said he was immediately struck by the fact that there was no sound whatsoever coming from the object, which was flying just below the thick clouds. A minute or so later, the witness saw two more lights traveling the same path, side by side, but somewhat staggered. A few seconds later, three more lights in a triangle-shape flew overhead in the same direction. The man ran inside to get his wife and son, so they could see the objects, and as he waited for them to come outside, he saw two more fly overhead. “They were all completely silent and moving at a quick but steady pace,” the witness said. “They were definitely moving nonstop. My heart was racing, and it seemed really surreal, like I was watching a movie. It was kind of disturbing. They didn't appear to fly like anything one would logically believe capable.”

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., May 20, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.25 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 18.35 inches.

Notes: Today is the 139th day of 2018 and the 61st day of Spring. There are 227 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, May 19, 2018

George Singleton describes 'Holy Ground' between Monroe County's Limestone and Flat creeks

Flat Creek, Limestone Creek area described by Singleton.

(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 “Indian legacy: Holy Ground revisited” was originally published in the Sept. 16, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

The hooting of an owl broke the silence over the swamp as we stood knee deep in grass and viewed the area around us. “This is the place all right; this is it. It’s been a long time, but I never forget a place like this.” These were the words of Tom Snyder, who had shown me the way to a small section of land, deep in the swamps of Limestone and Flat creeks, known as the Holy Ground.

“It’s about a quarter of a mile across,” stated Tom. “There’s places sunk in the ground just about the size of a grave all over the area. The ground is real soft, won’t hold up much. When I was a boy, we used to cross this place with wagons on the way to Claiborne. Just about every time we crossed here, the wagons and mules would bog down. The ground just won’t hold any weight at all.

“They used to tell that the reason the ground gave way was that the spirits of the Indians that were buried here didn’t want no one to cross over the ground. I think that’s why it’s called the Holy Ground.

“It’s been this way ever since I can remember. I’m 86 years old. I guess that I’m about the only one left that knows about the Holy Ground.

“Don’t ever hear anything about these kind of things any more. All forgot about; but I’m glad you brought me here. If you hadn’t, I would never have got to come.”

I had talked to Tom Snyder one afternoon about some places of interest in and around the Hixon Quarter settlement. Having lived in the vicinity all his life, I had been told that if anyone knew about these things, Tom Snyder did. In our conversation, the Holy Ground was mentioned. I became interested in the place and began to ask questions.

“I’ll show you sometimes, when we got more time,” Snyder had said. The right time presented itself and here I was, standing right in the middle of the Holy Ground. While standing there among the weeds and timber, I thought of all the people who had passed this way and probably never knew this place existed.

Whatever the reason, I’m sure that the early Indians of this area had cause to name this place what they did. It would be interesting to learn of its history. Being part Indian myself gives me much more reason.

(This column was accompanied by a picture of Snyder, and the caption read as follows: Tom Snyder visits the area known as the Holy Ground. It is located in the swamps of Limestone and Flat Creeks.)

(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 to Vincent William Singleton and Frances Cornelia Faile Singleton, 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.)

Today in History for May 19, 2018

Eddie Salter of Conecuh County, Ala.

May 19, 1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two sons, whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage.


May 19, 1776 – During the American Revolutionary War, a Continental Army garrison surrendered in the Battle of the Cedars.

May 19, 1778 - In Pennsylvania, the Marquis de Lafayette learned of a British plan to surprise, surround and capture Continentals defending Valley Forge. The attempt made the next day was unsuccessful.

May 19, 1780 – In what’s called “New England's Dark Day,” a combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 a.m. Scientists later suggested it was due to a massive wildfire in Canada.

May 19, 1795 – New Hampshire patriot Josiah Bartlett died at the age of 65 in Kingston, N.H. He signed the Declaration of Independence, served as a governor and a Supreme Court chief justice in New Hampshire.

May 19, 1795 - American merchant Johns Hopkins was born on a tobacco plantation in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

May 19, 1796 - The first U.S. game law was approved and called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.

May 19–20, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette stayed in Cincinnati, Ohio.

May 19, 1836 - During a raid, Commanche, Kiowa and Caddo Indians in Texas kidnapped nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker and killed her family. Adopted into the Commanche tribe, she lived a happy life until Texas Rangers recaptured her and forced her to return to live again among Anglo-Americans.

May 19, 1845 – Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England.

May 19, 1848 – During the Mexican–American War, Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for $15 million.

May 19, 1856 - Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner began a two-day speech on the Senate floor over the controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. On May 22, Southern Congressman Preston Brooks savagely beat Sumner for comments made about South Carolina Senator Andrew D. Butler, Brook's cousin.

May 19, 1858 - A pro-slavery band led by Charles Hameton executed unarmed Free State men near Marais des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.

May 19, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at City Point and Gaines' Mill in Virginia and at Searcy Landing, Ark.

May 19, 1862 - Lincoln rescinded David Hunter's emancipation of the slaves in his department and used the opportunity to call for a gradual emancipation.

May 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, Union General Ulysses S. Grant made contact with Rear Admiral David Porter, sailing north from New Orleans with supplies.

May 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, the first assault against Vicksburg, Miss. took place as William Tecumseh Sherman launched a full scale frontal assault against Rebel lines in Vicksburg. He was repulsed with heavy losses, especially near the Stockade Redan.

May 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Siege of Vicksburg began its first day in Mississippi and continued until July 4.

May 19, 1864 – The Battle of Spotsylvania, Va. ended after 12 days of fighting. The battled resulted in 18,000 Union casualties and 12,000 Confederates casualties.

May 19, 1864 - Author Nathaniel Hawthorne died in his sleep at the age of 59 in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

May 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, Congress passed legislation creating the Official Records.

May 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Fayetteville and Norristown in Arkansas; at Welaka and Saunders in Florida; at Kingston, Ga.; at Dandridge, Tenn.; and at Harris' Farm, Va.

May 19, 1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, Georgia.

May 19, 1873 - Henry Bascom Steagall, longtime Alabama congressman, was born in Clopton in Dale County, Ala. He represented Alabama's Third Congressional District from 1915 until his death in 1943. He was co-sponsor of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, which established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and also introduced banking reforms. Steagall was named chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, in 1931, during Herbert Hoover's presidency early in the Great Depression. It was a time when the public questioned the dependability of banks as a result of the 1929 collapse of the stock market. After his death, Steagall was publicly recognized on the floor of Congress as an important ally for farmers and credited with stabilizing the nation's banking industry. Ozark's National Guard Armory was renamed Fort Henry B. Steagall in his honor in April 1965.

May 19, 1890 – Ho Chi Minh, the first President of Vietnam, was born in Kim Liên, Nghệ An Province, French Indochina.

May 19, 1897 – Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol.

May 19-21, 1903 - The annual reunion of Confederate veterans was scheduled to be held in New Orleans.

May 19, 1906 - About 25 or 30 from McWilliams attended the memorial services held at Indian Springs church on this Saturday.

May 19, 1906 - The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williamson of Beatrice died at the home of his brother and was buried in the Hickory Flat church yard.

May 19, 1908 - The alumni address, part of the commencement exercises at the Agricultural School in Evergreen, was delivered by Wm. H. Crawford of Montgomery on this Wednesday morning.

May 19, 1910 - Cy Young of the Cleveland Indians got his 500th pitching win.

May 19, 1912 - American League president Ban Johnson told the Detroit Tigers that if they continued to protest Ty Cobb’s suspension they would be banned from baseball.

May 19, 1914 – The Wilcox Mineral Springs at Schuster, Ala. opened for the Summer Season with John H. McWilliams as proprietor.

May 19, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the “electric light plant was out of commission a couple of nights due to a breakdown of the dynamo.”

May 19, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the “convict camp will be removed this week to the old Grange Hall. The road work will then proceed to Flat Rock. The portable cage for sick prisoners was taken to the camp yesterday.”

May 19, 1916 - Representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reached an accord, known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, by which most of the Arab lands under the rule of the Ottoman Empire were to be divided into British and French spheres of influence with the conclusion of World War I.

May 19, 1917 - Prof. Bennett was in Evergreen on this Saturday looking for a home, preparatory to moving to Evergreen with his family to take up his duties as County Superintendent of Education on Oct. 1.

May 19, 1917 - There was to be a meeting of the Geo. W. Foster Camp, United Confederate Veterans, in Monroeville at 3 p.m. on this Saturday. All members were urged to be present. Annual dues, 15 cents for each member, had to be paid at this meeting, otherwise the Camp was to forfeit its charter.

May 19, 1918 - The Washington Senators played their first Sunday game and beat Cleveland, 1-0, in 18 innings.

May 19, 1920 – Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, Ala. held its annual commencement exercises, and Dr. J.S. Thomas of the University of Alabama delivered the baccalaureate address. Four boys and six girls were given diplomas, including Rosa Pate, Helen Albreast, Albert Smith, Dewitt Hancock, Edward Suddith and Forrest Castleberry. Prof. Sellers Stough was also elected principal for another year.

May 19, 1925 – Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb.

May 19, 1930 – Playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago.

May 19, 1930 – The Topperweins, a husband-and-wife trick-shooting team, was scheduled to perform a shooting exhibition in Evergreen, under the direction of Wild Brothers Hardware Co.

May 19, 1930 - Monroe County High School’s Band and Orchestra was scheduled to perform a concert at the school auditorium on this Monday evening at 8 p.m. with Mr. J.C. Williams, directing. The music class under the direction of Miss Sara Dennis was to also give a recital on Wednesday evening, May 21.

May 19, 1933 – Monroeville’s baseball team played Frisco City on the Frisco City diamond on this Friday afternoon with Monroeville winning by a 9-8 score.

May 19, 1935 - The National Football League (NFL) adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

May 19, 1935 - T.E. Lawrence, "Lawrence of Arabia," died at the age of 46 from injuries in a motorcycle crash in Bovington Camp, Dorset, England.

May 19, 1935 – Evergreen’s baseball team beat Opp, 8-3 and 10-1, in a doubleheader on this Sunday. Skin Hyde pitched both games for Evergreen, giving up just four runs and striking out 10 in 16 innings of work.

May 19, 1941 – The Viet Minh, a communist coalition, formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam.

May 19, 1942 - Paul Waner of the Atlanta Braves became the third National League player to get 3,000 hits.

May 19, 1948 - Frank M. Hart, age 72, beloved citizen of the Old Town community, died at his home on this Wednesday, following an illness of many months. Hart was a native of the community in which he died, and had lived his entire life there. He was survived by a wife and one son, Wendell Hart of Evergreen.

May 19, 1955 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the following list of Evergreen High School students won various honors and awards during the previous school year – New Cheerleaders for 1955-56, Erin Cook, Eddie Bell Kindig, Ann Stillwell, Anita Johnson and Pattie McGehee; Advertiser-Journal All-State Football Team, first string, Richard Taylor, Ward Alexander, honorable mention, Randy White, Wayne Douglas, Buck Lewis; First District Tournament Basketball team, Randy White; Football Scholarships, University of Alabama, Ward Alexander; Junior Colleges, Jimmy Frazier, Wayne Douglas, Richard Taylor; Winner first Flight Evergreen Golf Tournament, Joe Hagood.

May 19, 1955 – The Monroe Journal reported that Pvt. George E. Snow of Uriah was now serving with the U.S. Army and was a member of the 447th Signal Battalion (Construction), located in Pirmasens, Germany. Snow had 17 more months of duty before he returned to the States. He graduated from the J.U. Blacksher school in 1954 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Snow of Uriah, Rt. 2.

May 19, 1959 – The North Vietnamese Army established Group 559, whose responsibility was to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route was the Ho Chi Minh trail.

May 19, 1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday."

May 19, 1962 - Stan Musial set the National League hit record when he got his 3,431st hit.

May 19, 1963 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" was issued to the public in a press release. Begun April 16 from the Birmingham City Jail, where King was under arrest for participation in civil rights demonstrations, the letter was addressed to eight local clergymen who had recently urged civil rights leaders to use the courts and local negotiations instead of mass demonstrations to promote their cause in Birmingham. King's letter, which soon became a classic text of the civil rights movement, rejected the clergymen's plea.

May 19, 1963 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine published Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

May 19, 1964 - The United States initiated low-altitude target reconnaissance flights over southern Laos by U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft.

May 19, 1970 – Army Spc. Frank Deamon Salter, 21, of Evergreen, Ala. was killed in action in Quang Tri, Vietnam. Born on Dec. 3, 1948, he was buried in the Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church Cemetery in Evergreen.

May 19, 1972 - Units of South Vietnam’s 9th and 21st Divisions, along with several South Vietnamese airborne battalions, opened new stretches of road south of An Loc and came within two miles of the besieged city.

May 19, 1973 - The East v. West All Star Baseball Game of the South Alabama Conference was scheduled to be played on this Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Waltman Field in Johnson Park in Andalusia, Ala. All-Stars from Covington and Crenshaw counties were to play against Butler and Conecuh county all-stars. The game was sponsored by the Andalusia Lions Club with proceeds going to Alabama Sight Conservation. Major League and college scouts were to select five players to go to Mobile the following Saturday to play in the Southern Division game. All-Stars chosen from Conecuh County included Charlie Johnson and Wavie Ausby of Evergreen and Steve Anthony and Jackie Gorum of Lyeffion.

May 19, 1974 - Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube.

May 19, 1976 – NBA power forward and center Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville, S.C. He went on to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.

May 19, 1988 - The Boston Red Sox retired Bobby Doerr's No. 1 jersey

May 19, 1993 – Two people were killed on Interstate Highway 65 when the Conecuh County Road 22 overpass collapsed and fell across the southbound lane of the interstate. In July 1993, two lawsuits were filed in Conecuh County Circuit Court by the families of the two people killed in the tragic accident.

May 19, 1994 – The Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places (13 Alabama Ghosts)

May 19, 1999 – Hope Well Church at Furman in Wilcox County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

May 19, 1999 – The Stanley School near Florala in Covington County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

May 19, 1999 - "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" was released in the U.S., and it set a new record for opening day sales at $28.5 million.

May 19, 2002 – The last episode of “The X-Files” aired on Fox.

May 19, 2002 - Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees got his 287th win and tied for 22nd place on the all-time victory list.

May 19, 2005 - "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" brought in $50.0 million in its opening day.

May 19, 2005 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Sparta Academy had hired Daniel Wilson as an assistant football coach. Wilson, who had coached junior high sports at Monroe Academy the previous three years, was a product of T.R. Miller High School, where he was a standout lineman. Prior to this, Sparta hired head coach Don Hand, a former director of the AISA’s athletic department.

May 19, 2005 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Eddie Salter of Evergreen would be appearing on Turkey Call, a hunting series produced by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The show was scheduled to air on The Outdoor Channel on the following dates: Thurs., May 19, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. (EST); and Sun., May 22, 2005 at 7 p.m. (EST). As part of the show, Salter, an NWTF member and Hunter’s Specialties Pro-Staff member, hunted eastern longbeards in Ohio with NWTF member and Hunter’s Specialties Pro-Staff member Matt Morrett. The show took viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at what pro-staff members do in the hunting industry and a look at some of the country’s best-known hunters.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sat., May 19, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.30 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.05 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.05 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 7.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 18.15 inches.

Notes: Today is the 138th day of 2018 and the 60th day of Spring. There are 228 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.

Today in History for May 18, 2018


May 18, 1652 - Rhode Island passed the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.


May 18, 1675 – French Jesuit missionary and explorer Jacques Marquette died from the effects of dysentery at the age of 37 near the modern town of Ludington, Mich.

May 18, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Mary Easty was released from prison. Following protest by her accusers, she was again arrested. Roger Toothaker was also arrested on charges of witchcraft.

May 18, 1783 - The first United Empire Loyalists arrived in Canada to take refuge under the British.

May 18, 1798 – Benjamin Stoddert, the first Secretary of the U.S. Navy, was appointed to office.

May 18, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Georgetown, Ky.

May 18, 1827 – Mark Butler Travis was born at Old Town in Conecuh County, Ala. A veteran of the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, he served as Conecuh County’s Circuit Clerk. He also fought at the Battle of Bull Run.

May 18, 1830 – Confederate soldier John Adville Stacey of Monroe County, Ala. was born. In February 1862, he enlisted in what would become the 36th Alabama Regiment of Volunteers and was mortally wounded at Chickamauga on Sept. 19, 1863. He died from his wounds on Oct. 9, 1863 and was buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Marietta, Ga.

May 18, 1833 – Edward Amos Stacey was born and he later enlisted in what would become Co. F of the 36th Alabama Regiment of Volunteers on April 10, 1862. Edward survived the wounds he received at Nashville and Spanish Fort, where he was captured and imprisoned at Ship Island, Miss. He passed away at the age 74 on May 28, 1907 and was buried near his parents at Polar Bridge Cemetery at Manistee.

May 18, 1858 - Alabama author John Gorman Barr died aboard a ship en route to Melbourne, Australia.

May 18, 1860 - Abraham Lincoln won the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later become the United States Secretary of State.

May 18, 1861 - An obscure California newspaper casted first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in an unflattering light. Quoting a report in the Sacramento Union, the Humboldt Times recounted a tale of how Mrs. Lincoln had usurped her husband’s presidential duty of appointing federal offices. According to the report, Mary Todd Lincoln, in an effort to help her beleaguered husband deal with a slew of office-seekers, took it upon herself to appoint a stranger–whom she had met on the train–to any office he desired.

May 18, 1861 - Arkansas was admitted to the Confederacy.

May 18, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Sewell’s Point, Va. The U.S. Navy essentially sealed off Northern Virginia by its blockade of the Rappahannock River.

May 18, 1862 – During the Civil War, the surrender of Vicksburg, Miss. was demanded by Federal forces. Farragut’s blue water naval vessels had worked their way up the river from New Orleans. The surrender demand was refused by Vicksburg authorities.

May 18, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Woodstock, Va.

May 18, 1863 – The Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. began as Union General Ulysses S. Grant surrounded the city, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. The Confederates did not surrender until July 4.

May 18, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Cheneyville, Merritt’s Plantation and on the Bayou Sara Road in Louisiana; at Hog Island, Mo.; along Skull Creek and on Pope’s Island in South Carolina; on Horn Lake Creek, Tenn.; near Island No. 82, about 15 miles from Greenville, Miss.; and in the vicinity of Fayetteville, West Virginia. Federals captured Hayne’s Bluff, Miss.

May 18, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fletcher’s Ferry, Clarksville, and near Searcy, in Arkansas; at Cassville, Kingston, and Pine Log Creek in Georgia; in Pike County and along the Wolf River, in Kentucky; at Yellow Bayou, Bayou De Glaize, Calhoun Station, Norwood’s Plantation, and Old Oaks, in Louisiana; in Neosho, Mo., and another at Carthage, Mo.; at City Pont, Va. and at Foster’s Plantation, Va.

May 18, 1864 – During the Civil War, action had been comparatively slow for several days around Spotsylvania Court House, Va. This ended on this day with an assault at dawn by the corps of Hancock and Wright on Robert E. Lee’s left flank. This attack and several more all failed. Grant renewed his motion around Lee’s right flank.

May 18, 1871 - The Kiowa Chief Satanta joined with other Indians to massacre a wagon train near the Red River in northeastern Texas.

May 18, 1885 – The Monroe Journal reported that, as of that date, the Monroe County Jail in Monroeville, Ala. held 10 inmates.

May 18, 1896 – The United States Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine was constitutional. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.

May 18, 1897 - A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel “Dracula” was staged in London.

May 18, 1897 - William Joyce of the New York Giants set a record when he hit four triples in one game.

May 18, 1897 - Film producer, director and three-time Academy Award winner Frank Capra was born in Bisacquino, Sicily.

May 18, 1905 – The Monroe Journal announced that the Monroeville Library had been moved to the upstairs of a building on the “east side,” formerly occupied by Messrs. Wiggins, Hybart & Bayles. Lucille Bizzelle and Mary Stallworth were in charge of the library’s management. During the summer, the library was open Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and every Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

May 18, 1907 – The first sermon preached in the Old Salem Church’s second building was conducted this day by Elder J.A. Monsus.

May 18, 1908 – Flomaton, Ala. was officially incorporated.

May 18, 1909 – The Andalusia Star newspaper, which was founded in 1896, absorbed The Andalusia News.

May 18, 1910 – The Earth passed through the tail of Comet Halley.

May 18, 1911 – During an argument, Henry Barlow of Evergreen, Ala. shot Martin Sheffield in the right arm and chest, and Sheffield’s wound was so serious that his arm had to be amputated at the shoulder in Montgomery. Barlow surrendered to the Sheriff and was released on bond.

May 18, 1915 – On this Tuesday, the Rev. D.F. Ellisor left Monroeville, Ala. to attend the annual session of the Pythian Grand Lodge in Montgomery as the representative of the local lodge.

May 18, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that the Evergreen Equal Suffrage Association was organized on Wed., May 10, with a membership of about 20. Mary Henderson was elected chairman of the association and Mrs. Lewis Crook chairman of the registration committee. On Tues., May 9, the Castleberry Equal Suffrage Association was organized at Castleberry with Mrs. S. Castleberry as chairman. These associations were affiliated with the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association, which was in turn affiliated with the National Equal Suffrage Association. Both organizations were effected under the direction of Lola C. Trax, National Organizer of Baltimore, who was touring Alabama under the auspices of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association.

May 18, 1916 – The day’s edition of The Monroe Journal, under the headline “Successful Memorial Service,” contained the following short article – “We the U.D.C.’s of the Monroeville Chapter wish to express through The Journal our deepest thanks to those gentlemen who helped to make our annual memorial service a success. Especial thanks are due Mr. John McDuffie, Prof. Harris, Rev. C.A. Williams and Mr. Kempton who conducted the service. We thank Mrs. Williams for her aid in singing. Monroeville should be proud of her home talent. The patriotic addresses were fervent and inspiring, while the historical sketch by Prof. Harris was a model of style and diction. We also thank the gentlemen of the committee on entertainment and all who contributed anything towards making the day a happy one for those who wore the gray.”

May 18, 1917 – Some six weeks after the United States formally entered World War I, the Selective Service Act of 1917 was passed by the U.S. Congress, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription and resulting in the call up of soldiers to fight in World War I.

May 18, 1917 - School closed at Pine Hill on this Friday after three big nights of first class entertainments.

May 18, 1922 – The Monroe Journal reported that “some of our merchants have begun to observe the six o’clock closing rule which usually prevails during the summer months.”

May 18, 1922 – The Monroe Journal reported that Judge Fountain and Dr. S.J. Yarbrough of Monroeville and Dr. D.R. Nettles of Peterman attended the Shriners ceremonial in Mobile during the previous week.

Ma 18, 1931 - The commencement exercises of the Monroe County High School were scheduled to begin on this Monday evening with a recital by the members of Juliette Hardy’s music class. On the following Wednesday evening, John C. Williams was to present the band in a concert. The Junior-Senior play, “Broken Dishes,” was to be presented at the school auditorium on Fri., May 22. The cast included Alice Stallworth, Jack Bowden, Mildred Farish, Jas. A. York, William Barnett, Merwin York, Albert Nettles and Winston Burns. The play was a comedy hinging around a henpecked husband who drinks something from a jug and then trouble begins.

May 18, 1933 – As part of the “New Deal,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a Congressional act creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. This New Deal program would have a lasting impact on Alabama, especially the northern third of the state. As its focus, TVA constructed hydroelectric dams on the Tennessee River, which, among other benefits, brought electricity to rural areas and attracted industry.

May 18, 1933 - The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game was announced. It was to be played on July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World's Fair.

May 18, 1933 - The Monroeville baseball team played Frisco City on the Monroeville diamond on this Thursday afternoon with Monroeville winning the game, 10-5.

May 18, 1934 - Jimmie Foxx hit the first home run in Comiskey Park.

May 18, 1937 – National Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was born in Little Rock, Ark. He went on to play his entire career (1955-1977) for the Baltimore Orioles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

May 18, 1937 - Funeral services were held on this Tuesday morning for Alvin Rhoad of Buena Vista, whose body was found in Flat Creek, near Corduroy on Monday morning, May 17. Rhoad left home on Sat., May 15, to go fishing and when he failed to return home, a search of the swamp was made and he was found in a deep hole in the creek. He had evidently slipped from a high bank into the water and in an effort to swim out, was caught by some of the hooks which he had set. Interment was made in the cemetery at Buena Vista.

May 18, 1938 - President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation to create the Natchez Trace Parkway. The parkway closely parallels the original Natchez Trace, and in some locations remnants of the original route may still be seen. The Natchez Trace is a prehistoric route that was used for untold years by herds of bison and other grazing animals to move between salt licks located near Nashville and the southern grasslands along the Mississippi River. Humans later used the worn trail for hunting and trade. In 1801, the U.S. Army began improving the route, making it wide enough to be navigable by wagon. The Trace runs for about 30 miles through the northwestern part of Alabama in Lauderdale and Colbert counties.

May 18, 1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.

May 18, 1943 - Arrested on charges of sabotage, two Covington County, Ala. farmers were in custody on this Tuesday pending arraignment before the U.S. commissioner in Montgomery, according to D.K. Brown, special agent in charge of the Birmingham Field Division of the FBI. Willard Powell and R.A. “Ab” Roberts were charged with the instigation of 14 forest fires on the property of the Jackson Lumber Co. at Lockhart, between February 1942 and February 1943. The 14 fires did an estimated damage of $25,000, and by federal code, the burning of merchantable timber in wartime was sabotage.

May 18, 1946 – National Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Reggie Jackson was born in Wyncote, Pa. He went on to play for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees and the California Angels. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

May 18, 1948 - A movie version of Alabama author Lillian Hellman's play “Another Part of the Forest” was released.

May 18, 1949 – The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was incorporated

May 18, 1950 – The Evergreen Greenies of the Dixie Amateur League suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of undefeated, league-leading Monroeville, 8-2.

May 18, 1955 – Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ended.

May 18, 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the third time.

May 18, 1956 – The first ascent of Lhotse, 8,516 meters, by a Swiss team.

May 18, 1958 – Evergreen High School’s Baccalaureate Service was scheduled to be held on this Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Evergreen. The Rev. Stanley Kelley, a recent graduate of the Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a graduate of Evergreen High School, was to preach the Baccalaureate sermon.

May 18, 1959 – Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman, a prominent Freemason, was presented with his 50-year Award, the only U.S. President to reach that auspicious anniversary.

May 18, 1961 – Construction was completed of a new gym at Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, Ala.

May 18, 1966 - U.S. Representative Melvin Laird (R-Wisconsin) stated that because the Johnson administration was not providing the American public with precise information on planned troop deployments to Vietnam, a “credibility gap” was developing.

May 18, 1967 – The Monroe Journal published a photo under the headline, “WHAT IS THIS CRITTER?” that showed Leon Godwin of Mexia with an armadillo, which were almost unheard of in the area at that time. Godwin said he didn’t know what “this critter was” when he got into his car on Thursday night, May 11, at his home and saw it in the driveway. Godwin said whatever it was, he decided to run it over with his car. After killing it, he discovered it was an armadillo, very rare for this part of the country. But there must be some kind of an invasion of them though because Fielder Reed of Mobile killed one at the home of Mrs. Mamie Lynam’s at Excel during the previous weekend.

May 18, 1968 – Army SFC Wallace Sylvester Little, 29, of Riverview in Escambia County, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam. Born on May 18, 1939 in Chambers County, Ala., Little was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Valley in Chambers County. He was a member of Troop C, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam.

May 18, 1969 - More than 1,500 communist troops attacked U.S. and South Vietnamese camps near Xuan Loc, located 38 miles east of Saigon, and after five hours of intense fighting, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces were driven off.

May 18, 1970 – Comedy writer and actress Tina Fey was born in Upper Darby, Pa.

May 18, 1971 – Professional baseball pitcher and Monroe Academy graduate Billy Lyle “B.J.” Wallace was born in Mobile, Ala. He played college baseball at Mississippi State and pitched for the U.S. national team in the 1992 Summer Olympics, where he set an Olympic record for strikeouts in one game (14 against the Italian national team). He was selected in the first round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos.

May 18, 1973 - A donkey basketball game was scheduled to be played at the Lyeffion High School Gymnasium at 8 p.m. on this Friday. In addition to the laugh provoking game, there was to be a contest with a prize awarded to the first person to put a diaper on a donkey. The game was sponsored by the Lyeffion Quarterback Club and admission prices were $1 for adults and 75 cents for students.

May 18, 1974 – Monroe County High School, led by Coach Ronnie Dees, won the Class 3A state baseball title with a 5-0 win over Sheffield. MCHS opened the best-of-three series on May 17 with a 3-2 win over Sheffield. On May 18, MCHS lost its only game of the season, falling to Sheffield, 4-0, before winning the tie-breaker.

May 18, 1974 - Keith Pugh, a junior at Monroe Academy, placed first in the 440-yard dash at the Southeastern Invitational Track Meet on this Saturday in Selma. Keith’s time was 50.8 seconds. He placed second in the board jump and second in the triple jump. The meet was sponsored by the Alabama Private School Athletic Association. Schools from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi participated. Keith became eligible for the tri-state contest by winning five events in the state track meet held May 11 in Greenville. Janice Pugh, a ninth-grader at Monroe Academy, also participated in the track meet. She placed second in the high jump and hurdles. Keith and Janice were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Pugh of Evergreen.

May 18, 1976 – NBA small forward and shooting guard Ron Mercer was born in Nashville, Tenn. He went on to play for Kentucky, the Boston Celtics, the Denver Nuggets, the Orlando Magic, the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs and the New Jersey Nets.

May 18, 1978 - Girls and boy athletes of Sparta Academy were honored at the Sparta Quarterback Club’s annual Athletic Banquet held in the school gymnatorium on this Thursday night. Wayne Frazier of Brewton was the principal speaker. The Jerry Peacock Memorial Trophy was presented for the first time ever at the banquet with the honor going to Gray Stevens. The trophy was given by the Class of 1977 in memory of their late classmate who was an outstanding athlete and student and drowned in a tragic accident in 1977. The Class of 1977 provided a big, handsome trophy which was to remain at the school with the name of the athlete winning the honor to be engraved on it each year. The Jerry Peacock Memory Trophy was to be awarded to a senior male athlete who has been outstanding in football, basketball and baseball and was selected the most outstanding by the votes of the athletes participating in those sports. Athletes recognized in the various sports were: Girls Basketball, Best Defensive Player, Sharon Johnson; Best Offensive Player, Angie Driver; Best Free Throw Shooter, Michell Joyner; and Most Valuable Player, Mary Claire Robinson. Girls Softball: Hustler, Rosemary Ralls; Best Batting Average, Miss Thacker; and Most Valuable Player, Mary Claire Robinson. Football: Best Offensive Lineman, Harry Crabtree; Best Defensive Lineman, Greg Anthony; Best Offensive Back, Ronny McKenzie; and Best Defensive Back, Johnny Ralls. Basketball: Most Valuable Player, Gray Stevens; Best Rebounder, Tony Raines; Best Scorer, Terry Peacock; and Best Free Throw Percentage, Stevens. Recognized for winning All-District honors were: football, Harry Crabtree and David Sabino; basketball, Gray Stevens; and baseball, Terry Peacock. The girls track team was honored for winning the District III championship. Members of the team who qualified for the state finals and were recognized were: Cathy Johnson, Angie Driver, Cheri Johnson, Lesa Ralls, Leigh Daniels, Miss Price and Melinda Carrier.

May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded in a cataclysm that sent ash 12 miles into the air, and left 57 people dead and caused $3 billion in damages.

May 18, 1986 - A television version of Alabama author Winston Groom's book “As Summers Die” was broadcast.

May 18, 2000 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals passed Mickey Mantle on the home run career list. He ended the game with 539.

May 18, 2004 - Forty-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game, leading his team to a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. A “perfect game” is when a pitcher faces a minimum 27 batters, recording 27 outs.

May 18, 2006 – The Biggs Cemetery in Monroe County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

May 18, 2008 – “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was first released in theaters.

May 18, 2008 - Rev. John King was to be the guest speaker at Sparta Academy’s Baccalaureate services on this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Baptist Church.