Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Sept. 2, 2014

Rainfall (past 24 hours): Trace.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.05 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 0.05 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 3.30 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 46.65 inches

NOTES: Today is the 245th day of 2014 and the 74th day of Summer. There are 120 days left in the year.

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

Today in History for Sept. 2, 2014

Sir Richard Francis Burton
Sept. 2, 1813 – About 100 Creek Indians, led by Prophet Francis, attacked Fort Sinquefield in Clarke County.


Sept. 2, 1821 – Richard Francis Burton was baptized at Elstree Church in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

Sept. 2, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Boston, Mass. and Lexington, Mass.

Sept. 2, 1842 – Confederate soldier William Augustus Riley was born at Pineville in Monroe County. He enlisted in May 1861 in Montgomery with Co. H, 2nd Alabama Cavalry, but was discharged for disability in September 1861. He re-enlisted with Co. G, 7th Alabama Cavalry in the fall of 1863. In the 1907 Confederate census, he was living in Evergreen.

Sept. 2, 1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln restored Union General George B. McClellan to full command.

Sept. 2, 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman's troops marched into Atlanta, Ga. Confederate troops evacuated the city the day before.

Sept. 2, 1892 – J.D. Foster was commissioned as Monroe County Sheriff.


Sept. 2, 1917 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched and won two entire games of a doubleheader versus Brooklyn (5-0 and 9-3).

Sept. 2, 1935 - Legislation requiring licenses for Alabama drivers and authorizing the creation of a State Highway Patrol was approved.

Sept. 2, 1948 – Future NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw was born in Shreveport, La.

Sept. 2, 1957 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set a record for left-handed pitchers when he recorded his 41st shutout.

Sept. 2, 1961 - The estate of Ty Cobb was estimated at $11.78 million. Cobb had died two months earlier.

Sept. 2, 1962 - Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record when he played errorless for his 74th consecutive game.

Sept. 2, 1963 - Gov. George Wallace postponed the opening of Tuskegee High School to prevent its integration. State troopers enforced the order, preventing the school from becoming Alabama's first racially integrated public grade school. Wallace took similar action in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile, but four Huntsville schools were integrated on September 9th.

Sept. 2, 1966 - The Miami Dolphins played their first regular-season game. They lost the game to the Oakland Raiders 23-14.

Sept. 2, 1969 - NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek." The show had debuted on September 8, 1966.

Sept. 2, 1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs set a National League record when he played in his 1,117th consecutive game.

Sept. 2, 1971 – MCHS’s football practice field was officially named “Reddoch Field” in honor of longtime athletic supporter Joe Reddoch. A ceremony marking the official naming of the field took place at halftime during a 21-14 MCHS win over Flomaton.

Sept. 2, 1973 - J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the best-selling fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” died at the age of 81 in Bournemouth, England.

Sept. 2, 1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.

Sept. 2, 1981 - The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners played to a 7-7 tie after 19 innings. It was the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was resumed the following day and the Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings.

Sept. 2, 1986 - The Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs played 14 innings and used 53 players in the game. Houston won the game 8-7 when the game resumed the next day.

Sept. 2, 1990 - Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox set a major league record with his 47th save.

Sept. 2, 1994 – The Dellet Plantation at Claiborne added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sept. 2, 1996 - Mike Greenwall of the Boston Red Sox set a major league record when he drove in all nine runs in a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Sept. 2, 1996 - David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched in a game for the first time in four months after an aneurysm was removed from his shoulder.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season. The record at the time was 61 held by Roger Maris.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hit his 56th home run of the season.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox hit his 30th home run of the season. He joined Mark McGwire, Rudy York, Ron Kittle and Jose Canseco as a player that hit 30+ home runs in his first two years.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers signed a six-year contract for $36 million. The deal made him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.

Sept. 2, 1999 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 400th career home run.

Sept. 2, 2003 - Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major league record with his 55th consecutive save.

Sept. 2, 2004 – “A Love Song for Bobby Long” was first released.

Monday, September 1, 2014

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 171: Take the kids to the Battle of Fort Mims reenactment

'Indians' attack the 'Settlers' on Saturday at Fort Mims.
Fort Mims was a frontier stockade constructed about 200 years go at Tensaw in present day Baldwin County, Ala. At the onset of the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814, settlers flocked to this stockade for protection, but were wiped out during a horrific Creek Indian attack on Aug. 30, 1813. The end result was arguably the worst Indian massacre in U.S. history.

Today, Fort Mims is a state historic site that is overseen by the Fort Mims Restoration Association. The highlight of their annual calendar is the reenactment of the “Battle of Fort Mims.” This is a huge event that attracts visitors from all over the state and probably more than a few from outside of Alabama.

As best that I can remember, the only time that I’d ever seen the reenactment at Fort Mims was when I was in the fourth grade. My parents took me and my brothers and sister to see the reenactment, and I can still remember it. Not only is the reenactment educational, but it also puts history into action in a way that’s very hard to forget.

In an effort to encourage my kids to take an interest in local history, I’ve wanted to take them to this reenactment for a few years. I put this trip on my “bucket list” last year and finally scratched it off on Saturday. This year’s reenactment was held this past Saturday and Sunday, and we took the short drive to Tensaw on Saturday afternoon and arrived just in time to take a good walk around the historic site and to find good spots from which to watch the reenactment.

Despite the heat and the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, there was a sizeable crowd at Fort Mims to see the reenactment. The actual “battle” began around 2 p.m. and lasted 30 to 45 minutes. The “actors” did a first class job of showing how the Indians stormed the fort and how the settlers tried in vain to save themselves.

The “battle” featured lots of gunfire in the form of muskets and various frontier firearms loaded with loud, blank ammunition. There was also a fair amount of hand-to-hand combat and Indians using primitive weapons. More than a few of the settlers got “scalped,” but a few of the settlers got the upper hand over the Indians that were surging into the fort.

When it was all over, the reenactors jumped up, dusted themselves off and mingled with the crowd. There were a lot of photo opportunities, and everyone involved was happy to answer any questions we had. One of my kids even got to wield a heavy-duty Indian war club.

If you live in Alabama and have never been to see the reenactment at Fort Mims, I strongly encourage you to do so. Not only will it give you a better understanding of one of the most important events in the history of Alabama, but it’s also a good show. Maybe best of all, it’s free (aside from the time and gas it takes to get there).

In the end, how many of you have ever been to Fort Mims? How many of you have watched the reenactment of the Battle of Fort Mims? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Sept. 1, 2014

Lamar Matkin and wife, Enna, around 1941.
29 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1985

Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported .58 inches of rain on Aug. 26 and .02 inches on Aug. 29. He reported a high of 94 on Aug. 25 and lows of 68 on Aug. 25, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

“J.W. Weaver, Superintendent of the City Electrical Department, retired Friday after over 37 years of service with the city. Mayor Pat Poole presented Weaver with a plaque from the city in recognition of his long years of faithful and efficient service.”

“A liquor still was destroyed Wed., Aug. 28, by local authorities in the Lenox area. No arrests were made. According to officers, the still was capable of making from 20 to 25 gallons of moonshine at a time.
“Officers involved in the investigation and destruction of the still were ABC Agent Dennis Farr, Conecuh County Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Lambert and Conversation Officer Glenn McDaniel.”

“A Circuit Court Jury found for the plaintiffs and set damages at $83,000 in a trial held here Thursday of last week in a damage suit. The judgement was for Francis Thompson and Jean Thompson, represented by Attorney Wm. D. Melton.”

“Hurricane Elena passed by Castleberry with very little damage. The worse thing to happen was the electricity was off for several hours, but other than that no harm came to our little community.”

44 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 3, 1970

“County Directors change name to County Commission: The Conecuh County Board of Directors will be no more come Oct. 1. The county governing body has redesignated itself the Conecuh County Commission, effective on that date.
“This action complies with legislation approved in the last session of the state legislature requiring all county governing bodies to adopt a uniform designation which will be County Commission in ever county come Oct. 1.”

“E.G. Kivette got a whopping 54-1/2 cents per pound for his first of the season bale of cotton from Eugene Darby, agent for E-Z Flo Chemical Co., Owassa when the bale was auctioned off Tuesday noon at the L&N Depot here by Mayor Henry Sessions. The 665-pound bale was ginned at Castleberry Gin Co., represented at the auction by Mrs. Dorothy Glass.”

“A project has been launched to erect a suitable marker on the grounds of the historical Belleville Baptist Church.”

“Dan Bilbro Jr. holds this rattler which he and Lovelace Lowe killed recently on the Old Sparta Road. The snake had 16 rattlers and a button and was about five feet long.”

“These members of Evergreen Boy Scout Troop 40 had quite an outing last week as they made a 50-mile canoe trip down the Sepulga River. The boys put in at Travis Bridge and went down to McGowin’s Bridge. They are Oliver Garrett, Chuck Neese and Frederick Stevens, Terry Pugh, Lewis Price, Sammy Garrett, Jeb Barron, Lester Daw and Gene Price.”

59 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 1, 1955

“Byron Warren Becomes New Ford Dealer In Deal Which Was Consummated Sept. 1: In a business deal which was consummated to be effective today (Sept. 1, 1955), Byron Warren becomes the new Ford dealer for Evergreen and Conecuh County. Mr. Warren will operate as sole owner of the concern which henceforth will be known as ‘Warren Ford Co.’
“The consummation of this deal marks the end for a firm name ‘Evergreen Motor Car Co.,’ which is perhaps one of the oldest in this section of the state. This company was established Aug. 29, 1911 by C.P. Deming Sr., H.W. Dunn, W.B. Ivey and R.B. Lee. For a period of 44 years, it has operated under the same name in the same block on Rural Street and throughout its entire life has featured entirely and completely Ford automobiles and Ford products.”

“County Board Abolishes High School Tuition Fees: Following a meeting of the Conecuh County Board of Education held at the office of the County Superintendent Thurs., Aug. 25, announcement was made that the board had gone on record as favoring the abolishment of high school tuition fees in all high schools of the county effective with this school year.”

“Evergreen High School To Open Sept. 8: School will begin Thurs., Sept. 8. A short assembly will be held in the auditorium beginning at 8:30 o’clock. Rev. Sam Granade will have the devotional.”

74 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1940

Conecuh Schools To Open Doors Monday Morning: Parents and pupils will assemble at their respective schools over the county on Monday morning, Sept. 9, to participate in exercises that will officially open the 1940-41 session of Conecuh County schools. The opening will be preceded on Sat., Sept. 7, by a teacher’s institute.”

“Miss Ann Lou Watson, who will teach Home Economics in the High School, arrived Tuesday from her home in Huntingdon, Tenn.”

“Monroe County Voters Select ‘Dry’ Status: Monroeville, Ala. – Unofficial, but almost complete returned indicated today Monroe County had returned to a bond-dry status.
“Monroe County was one of 24 counties operating with state liquor stores and licensed sale of alcoholic beverage under the Alabama A.B.C. law.
“With only 10 small boxes unreported in yesterday’s referendum out of a total of 31, tabulation showed: For legalized sale, 1,079; against, 1,299.”

“A site has been purchased and tentative plans are being made for the establishment of a factory here in Evergreen for the manufacture of Venetian blinds.
“The site on which the plant will be located is the plot of ground that lies between the homes of Carey Ellis and A.K. Williams, near the end of Rural Street on the West side of town.”

89 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 2, 1925

“EVERGREEN SCHOOLS OPEN: Citizens of Evergreen fill the city school auditorium to its seating capacity Monday morning at 9:30 to witness the opening of the 1925-26 sessions of the Agricultural and City Schools. The program was scheduled to begin promptly at 9:30 o’clock, but for the reason that the secretary of the A.E.A. was expected to be present, there was a delay for the 9:40 train. For some reason, he did not arrive and the exercises were begun at 10 o’clock, as stated.”

“The public schools of the county will open on Oct. 5, and it was explained that the matriculation fee of $5 for each pupil was to take care of the expenses of the school for the first five weeks.”

“Mrs. Myrtle McClain (of Paul) entertained a few of her friends Thursday night with sacred harp singing.”

“The Courant publisher (Lamar Matkin) signed up this morning for an extensive advertising campaign for the Chevrolet Motor Co. who have just established an agency here.”

“WAR EXPLOSIVE TO BE DEMONSTRATED: Conecuh County Farmers to Have Opportunity to See Tests for Stumping and Land Clearing in Operation: Arrangements have been made with L.C. LeBron, Extension specialist in agricultural engineering to come to Conecuh County and demonstrate the use of pyrotol in stumping and land clearing.”

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Sept. 1, 2014

Temp: 72.9 degrees F.

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.05 inches

Humidity: 84 percent (Humid)

Conditions: Birds and bees audible and visible; cows audible; Mostly cloudy skies; Dew on the ground.

Barometric pressure: 29.61 inHg.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.05 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 0.05 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 3.30 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 46.65 inches

NOTES: Today is the 244th day of 2014 and the 73rd day of Summer. There are 121 days left in the year.

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

Today in History for Sept. 1, 2014

Aaron Burr
Sept. 1, 1807 – Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason in U.S. Circuit Court in Richmond, Va. due to lack of witnesses, despite the full force of the Jefferson administration’s political influence against him. Burr was accused of plotting to annex parts of Louisiana and Spanish territory in Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic.

Sept. 1, 1813 – The Kimbell-James Massacre occurred at Ransom Kimball’s large cabin about one mile from Fort Sinquefield in Clarke County, leaving 13 women and children dead. Six survivors escaped to the fort.

Sept. 1, 1824 – During his extended tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Sept. 1, 1841 – James G. Butler was commissioned as Monroe County’s Circuit Court Clerk.

Sept. 1, 1862 - Confederates captured Lexington, Ky., and Union General John Pope evacuated Centerville, Va.


Sept. 1, 1862 - In Virginia, the Battle of Chantilly took place two days after the Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Confederate General Robert E. Lee attacked retreating Union troops in the middle of an intense thunderstrom. Union officer Philip Kearny was killed when he accidentally rode behind Confederate lines at Chantilly, and General Robert E. Lee later returned Kearny's body under a flag of truce.

Sept. 1, 1864 - Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman laid siege to Atlanta, Ga., a critical Confederate hub, shelling civilians and cutting off supply lines. The Confederates retreated, destroying the city's munitions as they went.

Sept. 1, 1859 - A solar superstorm peaked with a massive coronal ejection heading directly toward Earth. Known as the Carrington Event, this powerful geomagnetic storm caused the failure of telegraph systems, and auroras were seen all over the world.

Sept. 1, 1875 – American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago.

Sept. 1, 1890 – Rube Burrow single-handedly robbed the northbound Louisville & Nashville passenger train No. 6 on the Escambia River, northeast of Flomaton. This was his eighth and final train robbery.

Sept. 1, 1894 – E.J. Ricou was appointed Monroeville postmaster, succeeding Mrs. M.C. McLean who resigned.

Sept. 1, 1896 – John D. Watson was commissioned as Monroe County’s Sheriff.

Sept. 1, 1902 – “A Trip to the Moon,” arguably the first science-fiction film, premiered in France.

Sept. 1, 1904 – Johnny Mack Brown, nicknamed “The Dothan Antelope,” was born in Dothan, Ala. He would go on to star as a halfback at Alabama and help lead the Crimson Tide to the 1926 national title. He later had a long, successful career as an actor in Hollywood.

Sept. 1, 1906 - Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox.

Sept. 1, 1934 - Following Alabama's lead, a nationwide textile strike began, with 15,000 Alabama workers among the 400,000 strikers nationwide. The Alabama strike, which had started in July, had survived threats of violence and even the brief abduction of strike leader John Dean. The largest walkout in Alabama and U.S. history at the time, the strike ended Sept. 22 after mediation efforts by the Roosevelt administration.

Sept. 1, 1950 – Army SFC Robert L. Booker of Conecuh County and Army PFC Willie D. Daw of Escambia County were killed in action in Korea.

Sept. 1, 1955 – Byron Warren became the new Ford dealer in Conecuh County when he bought out the old Evergreen Motor Car Co. and changed the name to Warren Ford Co.

Sept. 1, 1964 - Pitcher Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese man to play in U.S. baseball’s major leagues. Murakami pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the San Francisco Giants in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets in front of 39,379 fans at Shea Stadium.

Sept. 1, 1970 – E.G. Kivette got 54-1/2 cents per pound for his first of the season cotton bale from Eugene Darby of the E-Z Flo Chemical Co. of Owassa when the bale was auctioned off at the L&N Depot by Evergreen Mayor Henry Sessions. The 665-pound bale was ginned at the Castleberry Gin Co.

Sept. 1, 1978 – The Alston-Cobb House (Clarke County Historical Museum) in Grove Hill was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 1, 1988 – Gov. Guy Hunt declared Castleberry the “Strawberry Capital of Alabama”

Sept. 1, 1994 – The first ever J.F. Shields-J.U. Blacksher football game was played in Beatrice, and Shields won, 20-18.

Sept. 1, 1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 56th and 57th homeruns to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on Sept. 27.

Sept. 1, 2007 – “Into the Wild,” a film based on Jon Krakauer’s 1996 best-selling non-fiction book of the same name that tells the true story of a young adventurer who died in Alaska, debuted at the Telluride Film Festival before opening in wide release the following month.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

135-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from August 1879

The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville published four editions 135 years ago during the month of August 1879. Those papers came out on Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. Horace R. Hood was the newspaper’s publisher and editor. What follows are a few new highlights from each of those papers. Enjoy.

AUG. 4, 1879

The many friends of J.J. Autry announce him as a candidate for Circuit Clerk at the next election, subject to the action of the Democratic and Conservative voters of Monroe County.

The many friends of F. Metts announce him as a candidate for the office of sheriff at the next election…

The case of the state vs. Roberts will be carried before Judge Henry on a writ of habeas corpus.

Perdue Hill – Mr. Jno. L. Marshal, an excellent officer and a clever and intelligent gentleman, has tendered his resignation as justice of the peace in the beat No. 2.

“Where shall we get a coffin if a friend or relative dies?” is a question now easily answered. Go to J.A. Savage’s at Perdue Hill and you can be served on short notice.

Col. T.C. McCorvey of Tuscaloosa is recreating in Monroeville. His many friends here are always glad to see the colonel.

CIRCUIT JUDGESHIP – The name of Col. B.L. Hibbard of Monroe is mentioned in connection with the circuit judgeship of this circuit. – Clarke County Democrat.

Mt. Pleasant – A negro man under the employ of Mr. Jo. Boyles Jr. was shot and probably fatally wounded at the Mount a few nights ago. He was going from his house to his corn crib when someone emptied a load of buckshot in his thigh, crushing the bone and making a horrible wound. The negro is said to have been quiet and inoffensive and no cause is assigned for the cowardly act. The party who did the shooting is not known. Comment is unnecessary.

Buena Vista – Mr. J.B. Finklea died at Buena Vista several days ago.

Attempted Murder! – Jordon Collins, a colored man living near Mr. A.C. Hixon’s plantation in this county, shot Fannie Deese, a colored girl, in the face with small shot, several days ago. The girl is not expected to recover. The negro is still at large, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A Slight Error – We are informed by D.L. Neville, esq., that in the following statement, which appeared in The Journal last week, relating to the re-arrest of Charles Roberts for shooting D.W. Rankin, we have done an injustice to Judge Sowell:
Charles Roberts has been re-arrested on a warrant issued from the county court for the same offense. Saturday, a day set for hearing the case, Col. Hibbard, representing the defendant, moved to discharge the prisoner on the ground that he had been previously been tried and bound over for the same offense. The motion was ably argued pro and con by Col. Hibbard and D.L. Neville, esq.
Judge Sowell overruled the motion for the prisoner’s discharge, whereupon the counsel for the defense, waived a re-examination.
We certainly stated what we believed to be the facts in the case at the time and had no desire to place anyone before the public in a false light. Mr. Neville says that Mr. Roberts was arrested for murder, and not for the charge he had been bound over to answer.

AUG. 11, 1879

I respectfully announce myself a candidate for Circuit Clerk of Monroe County subject to the action of the democratic party of the county – W.R. AGEE.

The Monroeville Institute opens on the 22nd of September, with W.Y. Titcomb, principal, and Mrs. B.C. McCorvey, assistant.

CLAIBORNE – A GANG OF THIEVES SURPRISED – ONE KILLED AND ONE WOUNDED!
Claiborne has another real sensation. For years past merchants and others who have had goods, wares and merchandise to come through warehouses at Claiborne have met with short weights and short measures, and a plan of systematic stealing has been going on, until growing bold from past success, thieves took too many into their confidence and they have at last been caught up with.
Merchants would complain to their merchants in Mobile of short weights, and, in many cases, rather than have suspicions resting upon their houses for any intentional wrong, they would make good the losses. In some cases much ill feeling has been aroused between the country merchants and the Mobile merchants, and the latter have, in many instances, been forced to get clerks and other employees to make affidavits to the weights and measures as left their houses.
But “murder will out” and “truth is mighty and will prevail,” after a time. Sunday night, 31st inst., after the Emma had passed up the river, the freight was left on the wharf as usual at the Lower Warehouse in Claiborne, and with usually trusted guard to attend it. Having reason to suspect wrong doing on the part of the colored man left in charge of the freight, Mr. J.B. Crow, with a couple of young men were on the lookout.
About 10 o’clock at night, the following Negroes, eight in all, were caught in the act of bursting heads of barrels of flour and taking flour out and replacing head with surprising nicety, and extracting coffee from sacks: Allen Howard, Ran Taswell, Dick James, Adam Taswell, Lang Agee, Singleton James and Jesse McGrew. Rushing on them, the Negroes were ordered to give up, and refusing to do so, and starting to run, they were fired on, when Ran Taswell was shot in the leg, and died from the effects of the wound in about four hours, and Lang Agee was shot in the foot, but made his escape.
Jesse McGrew and Allen Howard were arrested and placed in jail, but Dick James, Adam Taswell and Singleton James also made good their escape, but the officers of the law are now after them, and may yet get the scoundrels.
Thus has one of the boldest and most shameless band of thieves been bursted up that has been organized in this section in many years.

The Roberts-Rankin Affair Again – We have received the following which we are requested to publish in justice to Mr. Roberts:
H.R. Hood, Esq.:
Editor Journal – As you evidently intend to desire to get the Roberts arrest properly before the public, you may publish as matters of fact, the following:
On the 21st day of July, Mr. Jno. L. Marshall, a Justice of the Peace for Monroe County, issued his warrant for the arrest of Chas. Roberts charging him with the offense of murder; Roberts was arrested and brought before Mr. Marshall on that charge, and after a full and thorough investigation of all the fact pertaining to the killing of D.W. Rankin by Roberts, in which investigation the state as well as the defendant was represented by counsel, Mr. Marshall decided that in his opinion Charles Roberts was not guilty of murder as charged, but guilty of manslaughter in the second degree; and accordingly the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Marshall, fixed bail in the sum of $400, which was given by Roberts without difficulty; thereupon Roberts was released from custody.
Judge Sowell, acting as a Justice of the Peace, then issued his warrant for the arrest of Roberts, charging him as did the first warrant with the offense of murder; after being arrested and brought before Judge Sowell, Roberts moved for his discharge, on the ground that the identical offense with which he stood charged before Sowell, had been judicially investigated by a competent magistrate viz: Mr. J.L. Marshall. Judge Sowell overruled this motion, and on Mr. Roberts declining to go into, and waiving a reexamination, Judge Sowell committed him to jail. – These are the simple facts.
FAIR PLAY.

A young man from the upper portion of the county, visiting friends at Claiborne a few days since, wanted to swim his horse across the Alabama to go over in Clarke to see his sweetheart, but was prevailed on not to risk so much for the fair one.

Mr. Lawrence Rikard, after a long and lingering illness, died at his residence, a few miles from Monroeville last week. He was about 70 years old and was buried at the Methodist Church burying ground Tuesday last.”

AUG. 18, 1879

The Selma & Gulf Railroad is again advertised for sale, and the 22nd of September next is the day appointed for such sale.

W.H. Nettles, who recently escaped from the Dallas County jail, passed through Kempville, in this county Monday, the 4th. He was seen by several parties, stopped and swapped horses and took dinner with an old countryman, and didn’t seem to be the least uneasy. He had three pistols – two derringers and a navy six – and was as happy as a big sunflower.
He got a bottle of whiskey from Mr. P. McGlinn and got drunk, and, meeting Charlie McClure, an old college mate, he told all about killing Powell in Selma some time ago; but said he intended to kill Powell’s brother and not the one he did kill. Nettles told other parties that his name was Ledger, and by this name he was traced to a point near the Florida line.
He said he was bound for Jacksonville, Fla., whither he was going for his health. From what we can learn, if Nettles is not caught, it will not be his (Nettles’) fault.

The record of crime in Monroe County for the past 30 or 35 days is very sad and shows a wanton and reckless regard of human life hardly to be equaled by any of the counties in the border states. We give below a summary account of the several murders and attempts at taking human life that have occurred in Monroe – one of the first settled counties in the state – which will afford food for thought for the law-abiding men, who have the welfare of our county at heart.
July 5th, Jesse D. Andrews and Daniel Powell got into a difficulty at Cokerville, when the latter was shot and killed. Andrews is still at large and defies arrest.
A few days later, a colored man, living near Mt. Pleasant, while passing from his house to his corn crib, after supper, was shot and mortally wounded by some party unknown. The assassin is still at large.
At about the same time, a colored girl, named Fannie Deese, living near Mr. Alfred Hixon’s place, was shot by one Jordon Collins, a colored man. The girl, it was thought, was mortally wounded, and may be dead. We are not informed, however, as to this. The murderer, or would be murderer, is still at large and defies arrest.
On the 21st ult., still a few days later, Chas. Roberts shot and killed D.W. Ranking at Perdue Hill. At this writing, Roberts is in custody, but was rearrested. The readers of The Journal are well informed as to this case.
And a few days ago, a man by the name of Davis was shot and wounded at Kempville while some parties from Wilcox were attempting to arrest him for some alleged offense.
This is a very good showing for one county.

Pineville – Jno. McCreary, Wm. Mac Stallworth and J.M. Herrington were appointed by the commissioners court, Monday last, a committee to let out the contract for building a bridge across Flat Creek on the state road leading from Pine Orchard to Smiths bridge on or near the Lindsey plantation.

Glendale – Died at his residence in this county on the 11th inst., after a protracted illness, Mr. Neil McCorvey in the 76th year of his age. He was a native of Robeson County, N.C. But for 60 years had been a respected and useful citizen of Monroe County.

Mr. R.A. Lambert has purchased his brother’s interest in the well-boring machine, and is now sole owner and proprietor of the same. Mr. Lambert can be addressed at Claiborne.

A new post office has been established at Simpkinsville with Mr. J.J. Simpkins as postmaster.

Sustained – In the habeas corpus proceeding before Judge Henry last Saturday in the case, state vs. Chas. Roberts, the opinion rendered by Judge Sowell the he had legal right to rearrest and try Roberts for murder was sustained.

Mt. Pleasant – Chas. L. Scott, J.W. Shomo and D.R. King were appointed by the court of county commissioners, last Monday, a committee to let out contract for building a new bridge across the bayou on the road leading from Mt. Pleasant to Gainstown.

AUG. 25, 1879

W.W. Wilkinson – The prince of Greenville merchants, and one of the wealthiest and most enterprising businessmen in South Alabama, recently went on a business trip to Boston, to lay in his large fall stock of goods, which he will be enabled to sell cheaper than anybody else to our country friends.

Strayed - Last December from his place near Monroeville, 22 head of sheep, marked: hole and crop in right ear and split in left ear. Any information concerning them will be thankfully received by Jno. H. Ryland.

Jail Delivery – Five persons – three whites and two Negroes – broke jail at this place last Tuesday evening about dusk.
It seems that Chas. Roberts (white) charged with murder, secured through some unaccountable means, a bar of iron, with which he prized the large iron bolt in his lock back, and thus opened his way into the alleyway in the jail where he found the keys to the other cells, and released the prisoners mentioned above. What could have been his object in this can only be conjectured. The following are the parties who escaped: Chas. Roberts, J.W. Collins and Jeff Powell, all white; and Tom Riley and Geo. King, both colored.
Roberts was rearrested about three o’clock a.m., the following day about two miles this side of Perdue Hill, by a posse of men composed of Jno. I. Watson, W.C. Tucker and Dr. Henry Rankin. Roberts it seems, was making his way back to Claiborne, where he formerly resided. When caught, he was completely exhausted, having walked all night, and made no resistance. Mr. Watson alone arrested Roberts.

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTS: The crime of which Roberts is accused – murder – gives an additional interest to anything connected with him. When Roberts was returned under arrest to Monroeville Wednesday, he had this to say with reference to breaking jail:
“I was kindly treated by the jailor, Mr. Parker. I wanted for nothing and so far as these things were concerned, I was satisfied.”
“But,” he added. “If I had have had nectar and ambrosia and a Brussels carpet, I could not have lost sight of the fact that I was in jail.”
In reply to the question in regard to the particulars of his escape, and peregrination and nocturnal ramblings, Mr. Roberts said:
“I got out of my cell about three o’clock in the afternoon, and while waiting till dark, expecting every moment to be detected, I thought it was the longest evening I ever experienced.
“When sunset did come, I was the first to get under the pickets. In running down the hill, back of the jail, I attempted to jump the ditch, and in doing so, fell into it and somewhat disabled myself. Here we parted, every man going his own direction; but Collins told me if I would follow him, he would carry me through safely.
“I then got lost and traveled through the woods for about 25 miles, going now one direction, then another. I finally got into a road and not knowing where I was, struck matches at every tree at a crossroads, looking for a sign board, but could find none.
“That is, by the way,” turning to a Journal representative, “an item for you – the want of sign boards at crossroads, which you might call attention to; not,” (added he smilingly) “to benefit fugitives, but for the public good.
“When arrested, I had just found out where I was, and was feeling good over my escape from imprisonment; but was completely worn out and exhausted, and had become somewhat careless and indifferent as to my fate. I knew parties would be on the lookout for me, and was not surprised.”
Mr. Roberts is an intelligent man, a fine conversationalist and talks freely about his attempted escape. He has been placed in an iron cage, and securely pinioned with shackles and irons. He will probably pay dearly for his attempted escape.
G.W. Collins (white) was found dead near Easts’ Store on the following day. His death was probably brought about by over-exertion. No others have been captured but are being pursued by the Sheriff’s deputies.

How It Was Done – The jailor is not to blame for the jail delivery last week. It has been the usual custom of Mr. Parker to leave the keys of the cells in the passage, in the day time, as he has to visit the jail three or four times a day to feed the prisoners. There was no danger in this, as the keys were clearly out of the prisoners’ reach, and besides, if they should get the keys, the large iron front door would still be to open, and it was never thought possible for this to have been opened without making sufficient noise to attract the attention of the outsiders.
The Negroes who refused to leave say that Mr. Roberts, with a piece of iron (which was afterwards found in the jail) which he broke from the wall in his cell, prized his own door open and with the keys in the passage, opened other cells then with a piece of wire found in one of the cells, they all succeeded in turning the bolt in the outside door, and thus effected their escape.
Mr. Roberts corroborates this statement with the exception that he was the first to get out of his cell. He says that, with a long string and a hook attached to it, Sandy, a colored man, succeeded in getting hold of keys and drawing them within his reach who opened the cells. He says he gave the negro $5 to free him, and $5 was found in Sandy’s possession.
We give this version in the matter in justice to Roberts. At any rate, no blame can attach to Mr. Parker, who is one of the most prudent, careful and painstaking jailors in the state.