Sunday, June 24, 2018

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

Alabama Governor Bibb Graves

16 YEARS AGO
JUNE 27, 2002

Air ambulance service to begin in summer: Seriously ill or injured patients in Monroe County will now have quick access to medical facilities in the southeastern United States.
A non-profit air ambulance service, Eagles’ Wings Air Ambulance, Inc., begins service this summer.
A Piper Cheyenne airplane has been outfitted with medical equipment designed for the ill or those patients who need organ transplants, Terry Chapman, president of the new company, said.
Chapman said the idea for the air ambulance service came from Pilots for Christ, which is an international organization that provides transportation for people in medical and other types of emergencies.

Dedication for gym is Saturday: The J.F. Shields High School Alumni Association will dedicate the school’s gymnasium in honor of W.R. Averette Saturday at 9 a.m. at the school in Beatrice.
Averette taught and coached at Shields for over 35 years. During his time there, he led the school to its first state basketball championship.
Members of the Monroe County Board of Education unanimously agreed to name the gymnasium after Averette during an April 11 meeting after (alumni gym dedication chairman George) Roberts presented the board with a petition signed by 150 people.

Roberts, McClure winners: Monroe County Commissioners Alex Roberts and Carlisle McClure of Monroeville earned the Democratic party’s nominations Tuesday in the runoff election.

40 YEARS AGO
JUNE 22, 1978

Taking shape: This is a recent aerial view from the southeast of the Alabama River Pulp Co. plant now under construction on the Alabama River at Fountain. The $284-million plant is designed to produce 1,000 tons a day of high-grade bleached kraft pulp. The main building, visible here, is about 1,200 feet long. The tall structure left of the building houses twin digesters, and a giant smoke stack is behind the main building. (Photo by Max McAliley)

Repton took a slight lead in the South Monroe Babe Ruth League standings last week as it defeated two opponents and tied another in a game that had to be called because of a time limit.
(Other teams in the league included Frisco City, Uriah and Excel. Top players for Repton included Jerry Waters, Terry Waters, Tom Watson and Tray Wilson. Top players for Frisco City included Tommy Agee, Brian Baggett, David Byrd, Jerome Richardson and Percey Riley. Top players for Uriah included Jeff Brooks, George Dinc, Mark Fralick, Eugene Garrett, Frank Griffin, Chris Harrison, Greg Middleton and Johnny Nichols. Top players for Excel included Phil Bowen.)

National Guardsmen back from camp: Nearly 100 Army National Guardsmen from Jackson, Monroeville and Evergreen have returned from their annual 15-day training period at Camp Shelby, Miss.
A contingent of the 778th Maintenance Co., commanded by Capt. Freddie Smith, spent the two weeks providing direct support maintenance for the summer camp units. The 778th had a wide range of direct support maintenance tasks while at camp.

65 YEARS AGO
JUNE 25, 1953

New officers for Alabama Masonic Lodge No. 3 at Monroeville were elected at a meeting held Tuesday.
Chosen as Worshipful Master was Kermit Branum while the other following officers were also elected: B.C. Jones, senior warden; M.F. Russell, junior warden; W.J. Falkenberry, treasurer; W.S. Nash, secretary; D.L. Russell, chaplain; W.D. Pickens, senior deacon; J.G. Turberville, junior deacon; F.A. Watkins, senior steward; Wayne Colin, junior steward; and T.E. Hall, tyler.

The Indians regained their first place position in the local Little League by downing the Yankees, 5-3, on Monday night while the Red Sox gained another victory by edging the Senators, 1-0.
Indian pitcher, Simmons, gave up only five hits to the Yanks as they traveled to the plate 24 times while losing hurler, Pugh, allowed the Indians seven hits in 24 times at bat.
Winning Red Sox hurler, Dunn, allowed the Senators five hits for 23 times at bat while Senator pitcher, Weatherford, gave up only one hit to the Red Sox in 17 tries.

Little Cliff Farish spent last weekend in Beatrice with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Farish.

The 12th annual encampment of the interdenominational Beulah Camp meeting, located off U.S. Highway 84 between Excel and Repton, has been set this year for July 2-12. Guest ministers for the meeting will be Dr. E.R. Overly and the Rev. Marvin H. Osborne, outstanding evangelists. Song evangelists Joseph L. and Alice Crouse will direct singing at the camp.
Both board and lodging are available on the camp grounds in the form of a hotel and cottages.

90 YEARS AGO
JUNE 28, 1928

Mr. A.C. Lee and the editor of The Journal (Q. Salter) went to Mobile Monday to be present at the dedication of the state docks.

ROBERT BAGGETT HONORED: Competing with 450 boys of the Alabama Industrial School, Robert Baggett, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Baggett of Monroeville, was recently awarded a medal for being the second best commander in a military drill and review staged in honor of Governor Bibb Graves. About 2,000 people from different parts of the state were present. The medal was awarded by John S. Tilley, secretary to the governor and member of his staff.

Monroeville was connected with Mobile on Monday with the new bus line which will be operated by Mr. W.S. Bowden. The bus will leave Monroeville making stops at intermediate points for passengers. Those who want to go to Mobile and return the same day will have five hours for pleasure or the transaction of business.

Judge M.M. Fountain left Sunday for Houston, Texas, where he will attend the Democratic Convention.

Mr. Lucian Jones has returned from Birmingham where he spent several days with his mother who has been quite sick.

Miss Eunice Duke of Grove Hill, who has been visiting her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Robinson, was delightfully entertained at a fish fry Thursday evening at Claiborne Ferry, given by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson.

140 YEARS AGO
JUNE 25, 1878

Pine Apple – The body of a man was found on Monday lying in a grove in the suburbs of Pine Apple, The body, when found, presented a horrible and sickening sight. The head was split open and flies and maggots and buzzards had indeed made a loathsome and nauseating spectacle of the corpse. It had evidently laid there several days.
LATER – We learn that another man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder, and when he was closely questioned, acknowledged to having committed the terrible crime. Cause, jealousy.

Perdue Hill – The new saloon of the Hill is handsomely fixed up, and looks neat, cozy and enticing. The liquors and cigars are the best brands, the wines are the best the market affords, and the best beer is always kept on tap.

River Dots – The palatial steamer Mary, Capt. Quill’s boat, certainly deserves well at the hands of our people. The Mary is regular and prompt and runs both summer and winter; she runs during the dull as well as business season, and at times at a great loss to her owners, no doubt – all for the accommodation of the people. Capt. Jno. Quill is a clever and accommodating gentleman, and Mr. Clay King, as first clerk, had won many ladies’ hearts, made hosts of warm friends, and we wish all – the Mary and her excellent officers – the continued success they so well merit.

Mr. Find. McCorvey is in a semi-conscious state, being kept completely under the influence of opiates. When aroused, he recognizes his friends, however, and is disposed to talk, but is unable to do so any length of time and then scarcely above a whisper.

Today in History for June 24, 2018

Grave of Thomas Franklin Riley in Monroeville, Ala.

June 24, 1314 – During the First War of Scottish Independence, the Battle of Bannockburn concluded with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognize Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton.


June 24, 1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion. This outbreak of dancing plague or dancing mania is also known as St. Vitus’ Dance. Scientists tend to believe it was due to ergot poisoning or mass hysteria.

June 24, 1497 – Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing in the service of England, landed in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

June 24, 1542 – Mystic and poet St. John of the Cross was born in Hontiveros, Spain and is the patron saint of mystics, contemplatives and Spanish poets.

June 24, 1597 – The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Bantam (on Java).

June 24, 1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovered the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present-day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

June 24, 1664 - New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.

June 24, 1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), was founded in London.

June 24, 1777 – Scottish commander and Arctic explorer John Ross was born in Inch, Wigtownshire, Scotland.

June 24, 1778 - The Continental Congress returned to Philadelphia. They had been in York, Pa. during the British occupation of Philadelphia.

June 24, 1779 – During the American Revolutionary War, the Great Siege of Gibraltar began.

June 24, 1803 - Matthew Thornton, one of New Hampshire’s delegates to the second Continental Congress and an ex post facto signer of the Declaration of Independence, died at age 89 while visiting his daughter in Newburyport, Mass.

June 24, 1831 - Alabama author Rebecca Harding Davis was born in Washington, Pa.

June 24, 1842 – Journalist, satirist and short-story writer Ambrose Bierce, nicknamed “Bitter Bierce,” was born near Horse Cave Creek in Meigs County, Ohio. He wrote essays, journalism, and satire, and he’s well known for his short stories, especially “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (1890) and “The Devil’s Dictionary” (1906). He volunteered for the Union Army when the Civil War broke out and fought in some of its bloodiest battles.

June 24, 1861 - Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Va.

June 24, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Jackson, Missouri.

June 24, 1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met with retired General Winfield Scott at West Point, N.Y. to discuss Union strategy in Virginia. Scott was a hero of the Mexican War and the commander of all Union forces at the outbreak of the Civil War.

June 24, 1862 – During the Civil War, Federal reconnaissance was conducted from Washington to Tranter’s Creek, N.C. Skirmishes were also fought on Hamilton’s Plantation, near Grand Gulf, Miss. and at Mechanicsville, Virginia

June 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Mound Plantation, near lake Providence, Bayou Boeuf, and Chacahoula Station in Louisiana; and at Middleton, Big Springs Ranch, Christina, Hoover’s Gap and Liberty Gap in Tennessee.

June 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 37.

June 24, 1864 - Union commander Ambrose Burnside approved the plan for troops to dig a tunnel toward the Confederates at Petersburg, Va. with the intention of using gunpowder to blow a gap in the Rebel fortifications. The explosion was successfully set off on July 30.

June 24, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Allatoona and Spring Place, Ga.; at Roanoke Station, Va.; at Morganfield, Ky.; at Ashwood, Miss.; at Point Pleasant, La.; at Rancho Las Rinas, Texas; and along the Yellow River in Florida.

June 24, 1864 – Colorado Governor John Evans warned that all peaceful Indians in the region must report to the Sand Creek reservation or risk being attacked, creating the conditions that will lead to the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.

June 24, 1865 – During the Civil War, commercial restrictions were removed from states and territories west of the Mississippi River by President Johnson.

June 24, 1878 - The body of a man was found on this Monday lying in a grove in the suburbs of Pine Apple. The body, when found, presented a horrible and sickening sight. The head was split open and flies and maggots and buzzards had indeed made a loathsome and nauseating spectacle of the corpse. It had evidently laid there several days. The Monroe Journal later learned that another man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder, and when he was closely questioned, acknowledged to having committed the terrible crime. Cause, jealousy.

June 24, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the following officers had been elected for Monroeville Masonic Lodge No. 153 for the ensuing year: S.H. Dailey, Worshipful Master; T.L. Sowell, Senior Warden; W.W. McMillan, Junior Warden; D.J. Hatter, Treasurer; A.M. Leslie, Secretary; J.F. Fore, Senior Deacon; G.W. Salter, Junior Deacon; and Isaac Andress, Tyler.

June 24, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. J.M. Wiggins of Lower Peach Tree visited his father that week.

June 24, 1895 – Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, who was known as the “Manassa Mauler,” was born in Manassa, Colo. and went on to reign as the heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.

June 24, 1896 - Booker T. Washington, president of Tuskegee Institute, became the first African American to be awarded an honorary degree by Harvard University. Born into slavery in Virginia, Washington moved to Alabama in 1881 to open Tuskegee Normal School. He soon gained fame as an educational leader among black Americans, a fact which Harvard recognized with a Master of Arts degree.

June 24, 1896 – A large, public installation of Masonic officers and basket dinner was held on this Wednesday in “Mertins’ grove” in Evergreen, Ala. A large crowd attended the event, which was called to order around 10 a.m. and Past Grand Master John G. Harris of the Grand Lodge of Alabama was brought in and introduced to the lodge. The ensuing procession, which consisted of more than 100 Masons, was formed by Marshall O’Bannon of Brewton and marched into the grove, where a temporary rostrum had been arranged. Harris was then introduced by Prof. Liner. Before proceeding with his speech, Harris offered a short prayer. He then began his address, which lasted more than an hour, on the history and objects of Masonry. “His address was characterized by all who heard it as the grandest effort of his life. It was replete with truth, wisdom and common sense, and was truly edifying, not only to the public, but to members of the fraternity as well.” After the address, Col. P.D. Bowles, as installing officer, installed the officers-elect of Greening Lodge No. 53, Burnt Corn Lodge No. 489, Mt. Union Lodge No. 541, Norris Lodge No. 301 and Georgiana Lodge No. 285; after which “dinner was announced and everybody was invited to partake of the sumptuous spread of the most delicate and delicious as well as substantial viands that the appetite could wish for, spread out on two long tables reaching almost across the grove along side the Baptist church. It was a pleasant occasion and will long be remembered by all who were so fortunate to be present.”

June 24, 1896 – The Hon. Chas. L. Scott of Mount Pleasant visited Monroeville, Ala. on this Wednesday to attend the senatorial convention.

June 24, 1896 - Miss Willie Johnson of the River Ridge community was accidentally shot by her little brother Carlie on this Wednesday. He was carrying his rifle through the house and not knowing it was loaded, “handled it carelessly” and it went off and struck Willie in the neck, according to The Monroe Journal. She apparently eventually recovered from her wounds.

June 24, 1900 - Alabama author Zelda Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, Ala.

June 24, 1903 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Robert Powell and wife of Montgomery, Ala., after spending several days fishing at Garland, had returned home.

June 24, 1903 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, at the regular communication of Greening Lodge No. 53, A.F.&A.M., the following officers were elected: H.A. Shields, Worshipful Master; J.T. Amos, Senior Warden; D.W. Powell, Junior Warden; M.W. Etheridge, Treasurer; Geo. W. Salter Jr., Secretary; Y.M. Long, Senior Deacon; E.E. Newton, Junior Deacon; J.H. Stamps, Tyler; H.L. Tucker and T.H. Millers, Stewards.

June 24, 1903 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, at a regular communication of Repton Lodge No. 575, the following officers were elected: Geo. W. Salter Sr., Worshipful Master; John S. Watson, Senior Warden; Wm. M. Newton, Junior Warden; Jas. E. Robinson, Treasurer; Chas. E. Kelly, Secretary; Andrew J. Straughn, Senior Deacon; Henry L. Dees, Junior Deacon; Geo. W. Lee, Tyler; James W. Langham, Wm. Williams, Stewards; and John W. Breedlove, Chaplain.

June 24, 1906 – A group of young people gathered at Rikard’s Mill on this Sunday to go boat riding, but they didn’t ride long after they found alligator tracks on the bank of the creek.

June 24, 1907 - Mizpah Lodge No. 667, F.A.&A.M., planned to celebrate St. John’s Day at Manistee on this day. A basket picnic dinner was to be served and visiting Masonic brethren were cordially welcomed. Citizens living within convenient distance were invited to attend with well-filled baskets.

June 24, 1907 – Thompson Hamilton (Hamp) Coker died at his home at Abbot in Conecuh County, four miles from the place he was born, at the age of 83 years. The deceased was at one time sheriff of Monroe County, and was held in esteem by those of our older citizens who knew him. Born on May 26, 1825 in Monroe County, he was buried in the Mount Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery at Skinnerton. He was widely known throughout Southwest Alabama, having served as Monroe County Sheriff for four years, before moving to Evergreen.

June 24, 1908 – Former U.S. President Grover Cleveland died of a heart attack at the age of 71 in Princeton, N.J. He had served as President of the United States for two separate terms (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).

June 24, 1912 - The remains of Maggie Relfe Donaldson, who died on June 23 at her home in Montgomery, were brought and interred in Evergreen cemetery on this Monday afternoon. Deceased was a sister of W.C. Relfe of West Side. She was 52 years old and was survived by her husband and three children. Robert Relfe and Payne Robertson of Montgomery came down to the funeral of Donaldson on this Monday. Deceased was a sister of Relfe.

June 24, 1914 - The Monroeville, Ala. baseball team played Atmore and “as usual, came off victor, the score being four to three.”

June 24, 1915 – On this Wednesday morning, John Salter and Robert Watkins were arrested at a residence in Evergreen, Ala. They would later confess to the brutal murder of Martha Lassiter, the attempted murder of Wiley House and the robbery and burning of House’s residence near Burnt Corn on June 23, 1915.

June 24, 1915 - Young Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, made the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane.

June 24, 1916 – Poet John Ciardi was born in Little Italy in Boston’s North End.

June 24, 1916 - John F. McKinley, postmaster at River Ridge, was shot and instantly killed on this Saturday night. McKinley had just arisen from the supper table and walked out on the porch at his home when, without warning, the fatal shot was fired from the darkness, evidently at close range, the entire charge of buckshot taking effect in the chest. McKinley died almost immediately. The alarm spread quickly over the community and a number of neighbors soon gathered but nothing was found to indicate the identity of the assassin. Sheriff Sawyer was notified of the crime and hastened to scene. Investigation was instituted and certain circumstances were discovered, casting strong suspicions upon certain individuals upon the strength of which several arrests were made. Among those taken into custody were William McKinley and Ed McKinley, father and son, the latter a young man about 20 years old and mail carrier on the star route between Tunnel Springs and Franklin. After remaining in jail several days, the McKinleys notified Solicitor McDuffie and associate prosecuting attorneys that they wished to make voluntary statements concerning the killing and the opportunity was given each of them to do so under oath. When brought before the Solicitor, Ed McKinley made a clean admission of the whole horrible affair, confessing circumstantially and in detail how he deliberately planned and executed the crime. The statement of the father, Wm. McKinley corroborated that of his son as regards a previous threat and an admission of guilt after the crime was committed. He stated that he endeavored to dissuade his son from the violent purpose and thought he had succeeded in doing so. It was not believed that the father had any criminal connection with the affair.


June 24, 1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of the National Football League.

June 24, 1928 - Babe Ruth smashed out his 28th homerun of the year in the third inning of New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game in New York on this Sunday. No one was on base. Russell was pitching for the Red Sox. The drive put Ruth 19 games, 15 days and four homeruns ahead of the pace he followed the previous year to establish a new season record of 60. Ruth hit his 28th and 29th homers in 1927 year in his 29th game on July 9, Ken Holloway of Detroit being victim. This Sunday’s game was Ruth’s 60th. On June 24 in 1927 he had only 24 homes runs to his credit.

June 24, 1928 - Judge M.M. Fountain left on this Sunday for Houston, Texas, where he planned to attend the Democratic Convention.

June 24, 1930 – Thomas Franklin “Frank” Rumbley, one of the older citizens in the Monroeville area, died on this Tuesday about noon at the age of 62. He was buried Wed., June 25, the service being in charge of the Masonic Lodge, of which Rumbley had been an honored member for a long time. Born on Aug. 2, 1867 in Alabama, he was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Monroeville.

June 24, 1935 - Journalist Pete Hamill was born on this day in 1935 to Irish immigrants in Brooklyn. He is best known for his 1995 book, “A Drinking Life.”

June 24, 1937 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Col. Jim Walton of Meridian, Miss., the Secretary-Director of the General Sam Dale Historical Society, was in Conecuh County, Ala. that week, “checking records and unraveling the ancient history of Sam Dale and his connection with history of the county, especially the battle of Burnt Corn.”

June 24, 1937 – Baseball teams from Evergreen and Brewton were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Gantt Field in Evergreen, Ala. on this Thursday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

June 24, 1937 – Novelist Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, India.

June 24, 1938 – Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

June 24, 1938 – Major League Baseball first baseman Don Mincher was born in Huntsville, Ala. He would go on to play for the Washington Senators, the Minnesota Twins, the California Angels, the Seattle Pilots, the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers.

June 24, 1939 - Mrs. A.C. Lee, Miss Nelle Lee and Edwin Lee attended the Sowell-McKinley wedding in Atmore on this Saturday.

June 24, 1939 – Poet Stephen Dunn was born in Forest Hills, N.Y. His poetry collection, “Different Hours,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

June 24, 1942 - John Hosea King, age 71, a well-known and respected farmer and Freemason, died at his home eight miles east of Evergreen at 1 a.m. on this Wednesday morning, following an illness of about two weeks. Deceased was a native and lifelong resident of the community in which he lived. He engaged in farming and sawmilling and was one of the leading citizens of his community. Born on Dec. 20, 1867, he was buried in the King Cemetery at Flat Rock.

June 24, 1947 - Pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine UFOs over Mount Rainier, Wash., which he described as like "saucers skipping over the water." His sighting was the first widely reported UFO sighting, kicked off the modern UFO era and led the press to coin the phrase 'flying saucers.'

June 24, 1948 – The Evergreen Courant reported that J. Cliff Harper had resigned his post as principal of Evergreen High School during the past week to accept the position of full time secretary of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Harper was to assume his new duties on July 1 when he relieved Sellers Strough who had served in a part-time capacity as secretary for 25 years. This was a big step forward for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. This full-time post had long been needed to bring the state’s high school sports organization up to par with other states such as Texas, Georgia and New York. Harper and his staff of workers were to have offices in Montgomery. Strough was to work with Harper for the first month acquainting him with his new duties. Mr. and Mrs. Harper and Mr. and Mrs. Strough of Birmingham were attending the national meeting of the Executive Secretaries of the State Athletic Associations in Piquot Lake, Min. They were to be there for a week during which time rules, regulations, etc. for the next year would be discussed and voted on. Harper had served as principal at Evergreen High School for the previous two years. He was a native of Pineapple, Ala. and earned his A.B. at Birmingham Southern where he played end on the football team. After having coached two years at Sardis High School, Harper earned his M.S. at Auburn in 1939. He then served as principal and coach at Spring Garden High for four years and at Georgiana for one year before entering the Army. Harper entered the Army as a private and was separated from the service as a captain. While in the Army, he served as a director of athletics and physical training. Harper’s record at Evergreen High School had been outstanding. A firm believer in a strong athletic and physical training program, he organized an excellent intra-mural program at Evergreen High. He also set up and directed a summer recreation program for the City of Evergreen.

June 24, 1948 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Conecuh County Superintendent of Education H.G. Pate had announced that J.J. “Jack” Finklea, a former citizen of Evergreen, then living in Cuthbert, Ga., had accepted the position of principal of the Evergreen High School, succeeding J. Cliff Harper, who resigned the week before. Finklea, with his wife and two children, planned to move to Evergreen to assume his duties around July 15.

June 24, 1948 - The Evergreen Greenies were scheduled to play Booneville at McCullough on this Thursday. Their game in Evergreen on Sun., June 20, was rained out.

June 24, 1951 – On this Sunday afternoon in Conecuh Amateur League play, the Loree Dollies were scheduled to play the Paul Aces at Paul, Ala.

June 24, 1952 – In their first game of the season, Evergreen’s Junior American Legion baseball team lost to Andalusia, 8-7, in Andalusia, Ala. Evergreen pitcher Hugh Ellington struck out three, walked one and gave up six hits on the mound and led the team at the plate with two hits.

June 24, 1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, was aired on NBC starring William Boyd.

June 24, 1954 – During the First Indochina War, at the Battle of Mang Yang Pass, Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambushed G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.

June 24, 1960 - At a meeting of the Monroe County Board of Education on this Friday, Joe Shelton Morris Jr. of Eutaw was named coach at J.U. Blacksher High School at Uriah, while Miss Elva Deitz of Montgomery was elected vocational home economics instructor at Beatrice High School.

June 24, 1962 – Greening Masonic Lodge No. 53 in Evergreen, Ala. was scheduled to install its newly elected officers during a regular meeting on this day.

June 24, 1962 - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

June 24, 1963 – In Evergreen Senior Baseball League action, the Tigers downed the Indians, 9-5, on this Monday night to strengthen their grip on first place, improving to 5-0 on the season. A triple by Jerry Johnson was the big hit of the Tigers’ seven-run first inning. Singles by Clint Ward, Jimmy Warren and Paul Deason helped put three tallies across the plate for the losers in the third. Wayne Pate was the winner on the hill although he was relieved in the fourth by Bubba Faulkner. Bill Snowden and Knud Nielsen were the Indian pitchers with Snowden taking the loss.

June 24, 1963 – In Evergreen Senior Baseball League action, the Braves whipped the Pirates, 5-2, on this Monday night to take over second place in the Senior League pennant race. Including this night’s win, the Braves record were 3-2 while the Bucs were 2-3. The Braves scored three runs in the first frame on only one hit, a single by Terry Coleman. Grover Jackson took the hill win, with Johnny Brown pitching the last inning for the victors. Chastain was the loser although Steve Baggett took over after two outs in the first inning. Brave shortstop Terry Coleman was injured when struck in the eye by a throw in the fourth inning. He was taken to the Conecuh County Hospital for examination.

June 24, 1968 - Jim Northrup of the Detroit Tigers tied a Major League Baseball record when he hit two grand slams in one game.

June 24, 1970 – Birmingham, Ala. native Lee May hit the last home run in the history of Cincinnati’s Crosley Field during the park’s final game. The game-winning shot came in the eighth inning off San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal.

June 24, 1970 - In an amendment offered by Senator Robert Dole (R-Kansas) to the Foreign Military Sales Act, the Senate voted 81 to 10 to repeal the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.

June 24, 1973 - Graham Martin was sworn in as Ambassador to South Vietnam, replacing Ellsworth Bunker, who had served in that position since April 1967.

June 24, 1974 - Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" was released.

June 24, 1975 - The Monroeville City Council on this Tuesday voted to accept preliminary plans for remodeling of the city hall and to advertise for bids on the work. Bids on renovation of the city hall were to be opened at 8:30 p.m. July 22. Bill Wiggins of Southern General Contractors, Inc. of Monroeville, who had helped design the renovation, said construction might take five or six months to complete.

June 24, 1976 – NFL running back and assistant coach Brock Olivo was born in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to play for Missouri and the Detroit Lions and also served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina and the Kansas City Chiefs.

June 24, 1979 - Bob Watson of the Houston Astros hit for the cycle against San Francisco. On Sept. 15, 1979, he became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues when he did it with the Boston Red Sox.

June 24, 1983 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department, under Sheriff Edwin L. Booker, had seized 75 marijuana plants from a field in northeast Conecuh County, Ala., between McKenzie and Travis Bridge. The plants were six to 10 feet in height and had an estimated street value of $15,000. The marijuana was spotted from the air by a helicopter used by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

June 24, 1984 – The Blueberry Hill lounge on State Highway 59 between Uriah and Huxford in Monroe County was destroyed by fire on this Sunday. The building was already engulfed in flames at 12:30 p.m. when the Atmore Fire Department arrived with eight men and two trucks, according to Atmore Fire Chief Charles Rutherford. He said the fire was reported in Atmore at 12:15 p.m. by a neighbor.

June 24, 1993 - Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter was seriously injured while opening his mail when a padded envelope explodes in his hands. The attack just came two days after a University of California geneticist was injured by a similar bomb and was the latest in a string of bombings since 1978 that authorities believed to be related. In the aftermath of the attack on Gelernter, various federal departments established the UNABOM Task Force, which launched an intensive search for the so-called “Unabomber.”

June 24, 1997 – The U.S. Air Force issued a 231-page report, titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed,” dismissing the long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. They suggested that recovered bodies were not those of aliens but crash test dummies used in parachute experiments.

June 24, 1997 – The 12-2 Braves were named the league champions on this Tuesday night as Evergreen Little League closed out the 1997 season. The members of the Braves were Jonathan Booth, Bryan Boykin, Pierre Evans, Robert Kent, Josh Macks, Anthony Maxwell, Jonathan Rodgers, Bryson Stallworth, Edward Thomas, Josh Watson and Josh Williams. The team’s coaches were Jackie Gorum, Ronnie Kent and Jerry Evers.

June 24, 1999 – The Monroe Journal reported that Excel’s Giants won the South Monroe Little League championship in the Major League division for the second straight season, recording a perfect 12-0 record that season. Team members included Trisha Smith, David Busby, Adam Smith, Brian House, Cade Jay, Bobby Farish, Coach Steve McInnis, Neal Butler, Kyle Dorriety, Blake White, Coach David Tuberville, Trent Dawson, Josh House, Coach Bruce White and Jerry Elliott.

June 24, 1999 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Monroeville Little League’s 11- and 12-year-old all-stars drew a first-round bye in the District 3 tournament in Bay Minette. The team was to play on Sun., July 4, at 5 p.m. against the winner of a game between Lowndes County and Bay Minette that was set to be played Sat., July 3, at 2 p.m. Members of Monroeville’s team included Terrell Armstrong, Charley Kirkland, Josh Lowery, Josh Goldman, Leterius Leggitte, Terrance Wiggins, Gecoby Penn, Watson Black, Anthony Stovall, Demetrius Harris, Terrell Richardson and Jeremy Rush. Coaches included James Harris, Marshall Gibbs and Wynesta Stanton.

June 24, 2003 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.

June 24, 2005 – The first geocache ever established in Conecuh County was placed near the southbound rest stop on Interstate Highway 65, south of Evergreen, Ala.

June 24, 2013 - The pilot episode of "Under the Dome" aired.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., June 24, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  6.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 27.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 175th day of 2018 and the 96th day of Spring. There are 192 days left in the year.

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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Singleton describes stormy 1997 visit to the top of Nancy Mountain

View from atop Nancy Mountain in Monroe County, Ala.

(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 “Storms are like armies” was originally published in the May 29, 1997 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

Strange, how just about the time when one thinks that they have become an accurate weather forecaster, they then find that they know absolutely nothing as to weather forecasting. This past Saturday, the 24th of May, I decided that I would take some time off from the chores that my dear wife had assigned and ride over to one of my favorite places of rest and relaxation. Looking to the northwest, I decided that the few thunderheads floating on the horizon poised no threat of me getting wet during the early afternoon. So, I mounted my motorcycle and headed northwest toward one of my favorite places, Nancy Mountain.

As I headed up Highway 41, I noticed that those thunderheads seemed to hang lower and had become much heavier over to the west. As I raced along toward my destination, and the thunderheads seemed to grow larger and larger and become heavier and darker. I was beginning to doubt my ability to follow the weather as I raced toward the high hill overlooking the river. I knew that if I could make it to the top of Nancy Mountain, I could protect myself from the weather by getting under the pavilion there atop the high hill.

Luck was with me; I parked my motorcycle under the pavilion and just as a few large drops of rain began to fall and make a very soothing sound on the leaves of the trees and the top of the pavilion. As the rain grew harder, I knew that I was in for some time of relaxation and contentment.

I selected myself a comfortable place; I then turned my eyes toward the deep valley before me, and the heavy dark thunderheads that had gathered over the mighty river there in the distance. As the dark, heavy clouds assembled, the thought came to mind just how much they resembled a great army preparing itself for battle. I thought of the times of long ago when great armies of the past would come face to face on the fields of conflict for the battle to the death of the losing army.

I watched as the front-most line formed and drew closer together as if preparing for the great charge that was to follow. The many small clouds seemed to gather slowly and attach themselves to the rear flanks of great masses that stood ready to do battle.

Then, as if all the movements were pre-planned, great blades of lightning streaked across the front of the ready army of thunderclouds as giant swords were being flashed as a show-of-force spectacle. The foremost thunderhead seemed to boil straight up like a giant pot that had boiled to overflowing.

As if some prearranged command had been given, the mighty army of thunderheads began to move slowly to the east. Great streaks of rain looked as if a giant curtain had been dropped below the line of the mighty thunder warriors – as if their intent was to cover the enemy completely while the great army moved onward to do battle with their unseen opposition.

As I sat in awe and marveled at the great spectacle that was before me, I wondered how anyone who had ever witnessed a movement of this magnitude could ever doubt for a moment if there is a God. I felt like the writer of the great hymn “Rock of Ages” as he sought shelter on the rocky side of a cliff from a storm such as this. And as I sat there and watched with amazement, I felt that I had been led here today for the purpose of witnessing this great event, as though it had been pre-planned for my benefit and mine alone.

As the great army of the clouds moved onward to the east, the noise of the chariots and the thousands of horses’ hooves faded into the distance. The low rumble of the thunder sounded as if the battle had been fought and only a few skirmishes on the flanks of the great army were being taken care of as the defeated stragglers were rounded up.

The winds had now softened to a whisper through the tall pine trees as if saying that it was all over. Peace was being restored to the top of Nancy Mountain. The raindrops clung to the leaves as though awaiting a signal to the earth. Small animals came out of their shelters as if they had been waiting for the mighty advancing army to bring peace to their land.

I stood for a moment facing the great river and the deep valley below me. I knew once again why I had come. I raised my arms to the heavens; this was my place, the place where I could draw strength from my surroundings. This was my place where I could talk to my Creator and he would listen. And, I would know through Him that all things are possible.

Regretfully, I rolled my motorcycle from under the canopy. I felt that I was leaving a friend. I took one last look across the vast valley before me. As I made my way down the wet dirt road, these words kept ringing in my head: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.”

(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. He was promoted from the enlisted ranks to warrant officer in May 1972. 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 June 23, 2018


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 23, 1878 - Martin Sweeny, a former Indian agent and Arizona mining entrepreneur, was murdered near Tombstone, Arizona, in a dispute over a mining property.

June 23, 1879 - A match game of baseball was played in Evergreen on this evening between the Greenville and Evergreen Baseball Clubs. The score resulted as follows: Evergreen 29, Greenville 16.

June 23, 1886 - A “little negro boy” was killed near Monroeville on this Wednesday by a falling tree, according to The Monroe Journal.

June 23, 1889 – Russian poet Anna Akhmatova was born Anna Andreyevna Gorenko near the Black Sea port of Odessa in Ukraine.

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

June 23, 1907 - Elijah Gulsby died at his home near Peterman on this Sunday, after several weeks sickness with typhoid fever. W.L. Rikard and son, E.L., attended the burial of Gulsby near Peterman on this Sunday.

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

June 23, 1912 – Mathematician and logician Alan Mathison Turing was born in London, England.

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

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

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

June 23, 1915 - Exactly one month after Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, the Italian army attacked Austro-Hungarian positions near the Isonzo River, in the eastern section of the Italian front; it would become the first of twelve Battles of the Isonzo fought during World War I.

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

June 23, 1920 – Confederate veteran Lewis Lavon Peacock died of influenza at the age of 75 and was buried at Flat Rock Church in Conecuh County, Ala. Born on Sept. 20, 1844, he served as a corporal in Co. D of the 59th Alabama Infantry. During the Civil War, he fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, claimed to have been wounded at Petersburg and was among the Confederates who surrendered with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox in April 1865. No photo of Peacock is known to exist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 23, 1930 - The Monroe County Board of Education, at its meeting on this Monday, let the contract for building the school at Frisco City, to replace a building there that was destroyed by fire a few months before. There were more than a dozen bids offered for this construction, and the contract was awarded to Messrs. Cumbie & Dean of Clayton, Ala. for $53,855.10. That price covered the building completed, including plumbing and heating system. The building was to be constructed of brick, was to be a combination elementary and high school building of sufficient capacity to care for 600 pupils and was to have a large and commodious auditorium. It was to be a modern building in all particulars. The contract called for completion not later than Jan. 1, 1931. The finances were provided by the County Board of Education, the State of Alabama and the Town of Frisco City.

June 23, 1936 – Monroeville’s baseball team beat Thomasville in a non-league game at Legion Field in Monroeville.

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

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

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

June 23, 1945 - Lamar Roberts died early on this Saturday morning in a hospital in Atmore as a result of injuries sustained in the crash of his car and a truck he was meeting on a hill south of Little River about eight p.m. on Fri., June 22. Sheriff Nicholas and Deputy C.A. Sizemore reached the scene shortly after the accident but reported that the cause of the crash could not be determined.

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

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

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

June 23, 1953 - New officers for Alabama Masonic Lodge No. 3 at Monroeville were elected at a meeting held on this Tuesday. Chosen as Worshipful Master was Kermit Branum while the other following officers were also elected: B.C. Jones, senior warden; M.F. Russell, junior warden; W.J. Falkenberry, treasurer; W.S. Nash, secretary; D.L. Russell, chaplain; W.D. Pickens, senior deacon; J.G. Turberville, junior deacon; F.A. Watkins, senior steward; Wayne Colin, junior steward; and T.E. Hall, tyler.

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

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

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

June 23, 1969 - Ben Het, a U.S. Special Forces camp located 288 miles northeast of Saigon and six miles from the junction of the Cambodian, Laotian and South Vietnamese borders, was besieged and cut off by 2,000 North Vietnamese troops using artillery and mortars.

June 23, 1969 - G.E. Hendrix was reelected Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge No. 702 in Frisco City on this Monday evening. Elected to serve with Hendrix during the ensuing year were J.N. Youngblood, senior warden; Randolph Lambert, junior warden; Jeffie Jones, secretary; C.P. Wilkerson, treasurer; Morton Carpenter, senior deacon; Rayford Sawyer, junior deacon; Sam Brooks, tyler; L.B. Headley, chaplain; John Sigler, senior steward; W.C. Majors, marshal.

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

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

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

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

June 23, 2009 – American physician and explorer Jerri Nielsen passed away at the age of 57 in Southwick, Mass.

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

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

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sat., June 23, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.10 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  6.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 27.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 174th day of 2018 and the 95th day of Spring. There are 193 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.

Masonic news from the June 26, 1896 edition of The Evergreen Courant

Col. Pinckney D. Bowles
The following Masonic news items were originally published in the June 26, 1896 edition of The Evergreen Courant newspaper in Evergreen, Ala.

The Masonic Installation: Seldom are there public occasions which afford so much genuine pleasure and enjoyment as did the occasion of the public installation of Masonic officers and basket dinner in the Mertins’ grove on last Wednesday.
From early in the morning to the time the meeting took place, people came in from every direction – some to attend the Masonic meeting and some to attend the public speaking at the courthouse – and the town presented a scene seldom witnessed here.
The lodge was called to order shortly before 10 o’clock, and by the time the 10 o’clock train arrived, all the preliminaries had been arranged and Past Grand Master John G. Harris of the Grand Lodge of Alabama was brought in and introduced to the lodge.
The procession, which consisted of more than 100 Masons, was formed by Marshall O’Bannon of Brewton and marched into the grove, where a temporary rostrum had been arranged. Major Harris was then introduced by Prof. Liner. Before proceeding with his speech, Major Harris offered a short prayer. He then began his address, which occupied more than an hour, on the history and objects of Masonry. His address was characterized by all who heard it as the grandest effort of his life. It was replete with truth, wisdom and common sense, and was truly edifying, not only to the public, but to members of the fraternity as well.
After the address, Col. P.D. Bowles, as installing officer, installed the officers-elect of Greening Lodge No. 53, Burnt Corn Lodge No. 489, Mt. Union Lodge No. 541, Norris Lodge No. .301 and Georgiana Lodge No. 285; after which dinner was announced and everybody was invited to partake of the sumptuous spread of the most delicate and delicious as well as substantial viands that the appetite could wish for, spread out on two long tables reaching almost across the grove along side the Baptist church.
It was a pleasant occasion and will long be remembered by all who were so fortunate to be present.

Witherington's grave.
Resolutions of Respect: At a recent meeting of the Masonic lodge at this place, the following resolutions were adopted in respect to the late Samuel L. Witherington, deceased, who was an honored officer and member of the lodge:
Died, at his residence in Evergreen, Ala., on the evening of the 24th day of April 1896 after a short illness, Brother Samuel L. Witherington.
He was born in Conecuh County Oct. 22, 1858, aged 38 years, six months and two days. He was a member of Greening Lodge No. 53, A.F.&A.M.
He was a devoted lover of his family, a sincere Christian and an upright Mason. Those who knew him best loved him most, and all who met him was attracted by his face, which was always lighted by a smile. He held the confidence of all with whom he met. He was an honest man.
Whereas, it has pleased the great Architect of the Universe to call our brother Junior Warden from labor to refreshment, from the lodge on earth to the celestial lodge above, Therefore, be it Resolved by this Lodge, -
First, that in the death of Brother Witherington we have lost one of our brightest lights and a good man and faithful brother, his family a kind and affectionate husband and father, and the community one of its best citizens.
Second, that we will ever cherish the memory of our deceased brother, and will try to emulate his walk in life. Although a young member, he carried the tenets of the order into everyday practice.
Third, that while we deeply deplore his loss, we believe the reaper has gathered one who was reaped for the harvest, and that our loss is his eternal gain, and we bow in humble submission to Him who chasteneth us for our good.
Fourth, that the secretary send a copy of these resolutions to the Conecuh Record and the Evergreen Courant and request them to publish the same, and that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the lodge.
Fifth, that the secretary present a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased in token of our sympathy in this their sad bereavement.
J.T. Amos, J.C. Travis, M.W. Etheridge, Committee

Dr. A.H. Feagin of Georgiana attended the Masonic picnic Wednesday and while here gave us a pleasant call.

Hon. C.D. Henderson of Brewton was in town Wednesday to attend the Masonic celebration.