Monday, May 30, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for May 30, 2016

52 YEARS AGO
JUNE 4, 1964

Sr. League meets, lists players: The second meeting of the Evergreen Senior League was held in the Civil Room of the Court House Monday night, June 1, 1964 at 7:30. The meeting was presided over by President Bill Chapman. After discussing the general rules and specifications governing League play, the managers completed their rosters by bidding on the new players coming into the league.
The rosters for the Senior League are:
Braves: Johnny Brown, Jud Stinson, George Stinson, Bobby Sasser, James Adams, Grover Jackson, Don Hansen, Forrest Simpson, Charley Wild, John Adams, Gray Sullivan and Eddie Rawls.
Pirates: Mike Moorer, Tommy Chapman, Benny Burt, Ronnie Chastain, Steve Baggett, Johnny Thornley, Glenn Bolton, Eddie Thornley, Harold Hamiter, Ralph Deason, Elliott Quarles and Wayne Hicks.
Indians: Knud Nielsen, Claude Nielsen, Ed Smith, Bill Snowden, Bubba Mininger, Bill Bailey, Wayne Caylor, Jerry Caylor, Thomas Riley, Larry Wright, Tommy Weaver and Dan Johnson.
Tigers: Wayne Pate, Eddie Ellis, Miles Covin, Ronnie Elliott, Jerry Johnson, Bubba Faulkner, Donald Brewton, Herbert Ellis Jr., Bobby Jernigan, Dallas Kelly and Emmett Price.

About 50 youths are expected to participate in the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Fifth Annual Conecuh County 4-H Fish & Wildlife Camp next Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Camp Director Elbert Williams.
The camp is permanently located at Tal Stuart’s Pond near Belleville.

67 YEARS AGO
JUNE 2, 1949

“Check” Ellis To Play With Brewton Millers: Chester “Check” Ellis Jr. was to begin working out with the Brewton Millers of the Alabama State League tonight and expects to sign with the Class D club in a few days. “Check,” a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher, talked with Miller manager Norman Veazy Monday and was told to report for practice today.
“Check” has been attending Troy State Teachers College, and for the past two months has pitched for Colquitt in a very fast semi-pro loop in South Georgia. He was a star athlete at Evergreen High School, where he received his diploma, and played with the Evergreen Greenies last year after completing a hitch in the Navy.

Evergreen Handicap Golf Tournament Starts Today: Thirty-four men and four ladies are scheduled to tee off this afternoon at the Evergreen Country Club golf course in the Evergreen Golf Club’s Handicap Tournament. The golfers will start play at 1:30 this afternoon (Thursday).
(Men in the tourney included Truman Hyde, Jack Newman, Horace Deer, C.T. Ivey, Temple Millsap, Dr. Bill Turk, Waynard Price, Sam Cope, Henry Sessions, Roy Pace, Ray Canterbury, Lawton Kamplain, Bayne Petrey, Frank Johnson, Bob Bozeman, Bonnie King, Sam Granade, Bill Cardwell, C.A. Jones, Dr. Joe Hagood, Alfred Long, Harry Monroe, Byron Warren, Willard Williams, Edwin Page, Knud Nielsen, Zell Murphy, L.K. Wiggins, Hub Robinson, Bob Kendall Jr., Billy Carleton, Vernon Millsap, Sonny Prie and Herman Bolden. Women in the tourney included Helen Kamplain, Velma Cope, Mary Nielsen and Katie Newman.)

82 YEARS AGO
JUNE 7, 1934

Evergreen Bows Down To Andalusia: Last Thursday, the Evergreen nine met the Andalusia Senators on the local field and met with defeat by a score of 10 to 6. (Andalusia left fielder) Nelson led in the defeat of Evergreen with a credit of four runs.
(Evergreen’s lineup in that game included Kendall, second base; Hanna, center field; Melton, right field; Steen, third base; Fergison, shortstop; Hansen, left field; English, catcher; Jones, pitcher; and Barfield, first base.)

EVERGREEN LOSES SECOND GAME TO ANDALUSIA SUNDAY: Evergreen’s nine motored over to Andalusia to get revenge from the Andalusia Senators, but were again defeated by a score of 3 to 0.
(Evergreen pitcher) Hyde kept the Senators guessing and with the support of the team, it was impossible for Andalusia to advance the score.
A number of fans drove over and witnessed the game.
It seems evident that Andalusia fans back their team well and this is of great advantage to them. Let’s fall in line from their example and help the locals along.
The present standing of the teams in this league are in order, as follows, Florala holds the lead with Greenville, Evergreen and Luverne for second place; Andalusia, fifth; and Chapman at the bottom.

Today in History for May 30, 2016

John Alexander Logan
May 30, 1432 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. The 19-year-old, who claimed heavenly voices had urged her to lead France to victory over England, was condemned by the Church and executed for heresy.


May 30, 1539 - Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed at Tampa Bay, Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.

May 30, 1783 - The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner and was called "The Pennsylvania Evening Post"

May 30, 1806 – Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife, Rachel Donelson Robards, of bigamy.

May 30–31, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette stayed in Pittsburgh.

May 30, 1842 – John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill in London with Prince Albert.

May 30, 1849 – Henry David Thoreau self-published “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,” his first book.

May 30, 1854 – The Kansas–Nebraska Act became law, establishing the U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas.

May 30, 1861 – Randolph County, Ala. native and Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell enlisted in Co. I of the Second Florida Infantry in Jasper, Fla. at the age of 17.

May 30, 1861 - Union troops occupied Grafton, Va.

May 30, 1861 – During the Civil War, at a convention in Knoxville, a group of Unionists denounced Tennessee's secessionist actions.

May 30, 1862 - The Confederates abandoned the city of Corinth, Mississippi. After the epic struggle at Shiloh, Tennessee, in April 1862, the Confederate army, under the command of P.T. Beauregard, concentrated at Corinth, while the Union army, under Henry Halleck, began a slow advance from the Shiloh battlefield toward the rail center at Corinth. Halleck’s men entered a deserted Corinth later that day. Although an important city had been forfeited to the Union army, Beauregard’s army remained intact and, with it, Confederate hopes in the West.

May 30, 1862 – During the Civil War, Tuscumbia Bridge in Mississippi was destroyed.

May 30, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Fair Oaks and Front Royal, Virginia and at Tranter's Creek, North Carolina.

May 30, 1863 – During the Civil War, Robert E. Lee restructured his Army of Northern Virginia, creating three corps under James Longstreet, Dick Ewell and A. P. Hill.

May 30, 1863 – The siege of Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 12.

May 30, 1863 – During the Civil War, an affair occurred at Point Isabel, Texas and a skirmish was fought at Jordan's Store, Tennessee.

May 30, 1864 - Confederates attacked Union troops at Bethesda Church, Va.

May 30, 1864 – During the Civil War, combats occurred at Shady Grove, Old Church and Armstrong's Farm, Virginia, and a skirmish was fought at Greenville, Tennessee.

May 30, 1868 – Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") was observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5).

May 30, 1890 - Dave Foutz hit the first Dodger home run.

May 30, 1894 - Bobby Lowe of the Boston Red Sox became the first player to hit four home runs in one game.

May 30, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that Alabama Gov. William C. Oates had appointed Capt. Thomas A. Nettles, John I. Watson and Thos. A. Rumbly to serve as members of the Board of Confederate Pension Examiners for Monroe County.

May 30, 1896 – Filmmaker Howard Hawks was born in Goshen, Indiana.

May 30, 1909 – W. Roach, who lived near Castleberry, Ala., allegedly killed his wife and child on this night with a shotgun. He claimed he did so in self defense and surrendered to the Conecuh County Sheriff, who put him in jail.

May 30, 1911 – At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ended with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

May 30, 1915 – Monroe County High School’s four-day fourth-annual commencement exercises began on this Sunday at 11 a.m. with a commencement sermon delivered by Dr. B.F. Riley of Birmingham, Ala.

May 30, 1916 – Senior Class Exercises of the Second District Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala. were scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

May 30, 1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

May 30, 1922 - Max Flack of the Chicago Cubs and Cliff Heathcote of the St. Louis Cardinals were traded for each other between the morning and afternoon games of a Memorial Day twin bill. They played one game for each team.

May 30, 1927 - Walter Johnson recorded his 113th career shutout. It was also the final shutout of his career.

May 30, 1927 - Jim Cooney of the Chicago Cubs became the sixth player to record an unassisted triple play against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He caught Paul Waner's line drive, stepped on second to double Lloyd Waner and then tagged Clyde Barnhart coming from first.

May 30, 1927 - Johnny Neun of the Detroit Tigers became the seventh player to record an unassisted triple play.

May 30, 1932 - The New York Yankees dedicated a plaque to Miller Huggins.

May 30, 1933 – Alabama Attorney General Thomas E. Knight Jr. issued a press release about Conecuh County, Alabama’s “lion” incidents.

May 30, 1935 - Babe Ruth of the Braves played in his final game. He went hitless against the Phillies.

May 30, 1937 - Pitcher Carl Hubbell got his 24th consecutive victory.

May 30, 1941 - Author Maud McKnight Lindsay died in Tuscumbia, Ala.

May 30, 1943 – Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and punt returner Gale Sanders was born in Witchita, Kansas. He went on to play for Kansas and the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

May 30, 1946 - Carvel William "Bama" Rowell of the Braves hit a home run that shattered the Bulova clock in Ebbets Field.

May 30, 1955 – Irish novelist Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in southeast Ireland.

May 30, 1958 – On this Memorial Day, the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

May 30, 1962 - Pedro Ramos of the Cleveland Indians pitched a three-hitter and hit two home runs in a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. One of his home runs was a grand slam.

May 30, 1963 – Willie Holder, a farmer who lived 2-1/2 miles from Evergreen, Ala. on the Loree Road, brought the first cotton bloom of the 1963 crop by The Courant.

May 30, 1963 – A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis was held outside South Vietnam's National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.

May 30, 1966 - In the largest raids since air attacks on North Vietnam began in February 1965, U.S. planes destroyed five bridges, 17 railroad cars and 20 buildings in the Thanh Hoa and Vinh areas (100 and 200 miles south of Hanoi, respectively). Others planes hit Highway 12 in four places north of the Mugia Pass and inflicted heavy damage on the Yen Bay arsenal and munitions storage area, which was located 75 miles northeast of Hanoi. A U.S. spokesman attributed the unprecedented number of planes taking part in the raids to an improvement in weather conditions.

May 30, 1968 - The Beatles began recording the "White Album."

May 30, 1969 - South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, concluding a four-day visit to South Korea, told reporters at a news conference that he would “never” agree to a coalition government with the National Liberation Front (NLF). Regarding the role of the NLF in possible elections, Thieu said, “If the communists are willing to lay down their weapons, abandon the communist ideology, and abandon atrocities, they could participate in elections.”

May 30, 1970 - Voting for baseball's All-Star game was returned to the fans.

May 30, 1971 - Willie Mays hit his 638th home run. He set a National League record of 1,950 runs scored.

May 30, 1976 – National Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey passed away at the age of 86 in Miami, Fla. During his career, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brooklyn Robins, and he also managed the Brookly Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.

May 30, 1976 – NBA center Radoslav Nesterović was born in Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia. He went on to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the San Antonio Spurs, the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers.

May 30, 1977 - Dennis Eckersley pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the California Angels.

May 30, 1981 - Author Howell Vines died in Bessemer, Ala.

May 30, 1981 - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the quickest to get 1,000,000 people to attend games in a season. It took 22 games.

May 30, 1982 – Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major League debut and began his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played that would last for 17 seasons. The streak ended on Sept. 20, 1998.

May 30, 1983 - Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended for one week for his public criticism of umpires.

May 30, 1987 - Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds became the first National League player to hit three grand slams in a month and set a National League record of 19 home runs in April and May.

May 30, 1992 - Scott Sanderson of the New York Yankees became the ninth pitcher to beat all 26 teams.

May 30, 2001 - Barry Bonds hit two home runs to move into 11th place on the major league career list with 522.

May 30, 2005 – Natalee Ann Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. disappeared while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba.


May 30, 2006 – “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” by Charles Shields published by Henry Holt & Co.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., May 30, 2016

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.40 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 10.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 24.25 inches.

Notes: Today in the 151st day of 2016 and the 72nd day of Spring. There are 215 days left in the year.

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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Monroe Journal's News Flashback for the month of May 2016

USS Decatur (DD-936)
FIVE YEARS AGO
MAY 5, 2011

Apache helicopter pilot killed: A Dutch instructor pilot was killed when his Apache helicopter collided with a steel cable over the Alabama River at Packer’s Bend that guides the ferry there.
The accident happened around noon Thurs., April 28.
Capt. Richard van de Perre was piloting the helicopter when it apparently collided head-on with a steel cable stretched across the river at an estimated 50-60 foot height that helps guide the Davis Ferry, operated by the Monroe County Commission, as it crosses the river. The cable shattered the cockpit windshield and apparently killed van de Perre instantly.

Excel’s Lady Panthers closed out regular season play Tuesday of last week in Excel with a 5-2 loss to Thomasville’s Lady Tigers.
(Courtney Addison) pitched five innings against Thomasville and allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out two.  (Kayla) Jordan relieved her in the sixth and shutout the Lady Tigers.
(Other standout softball players on Excel’s team that year included Morgan Agerton, Lauren Anderson, Amy Hudson, Claire Jordan and Hunter Silcox.)

Prior to the first performance of the “To Kill a Mockingbird” play in Monroeville last Thursday, Georgia-Pacific officials announced the company will donate $150,000 to construct an amphitheater on the grounds of the Old Monroe County Courthouse.

20 YEARS AGO
MAY 2, 1996

The Monroe Journal has been sold: Ownership of The Monroe Journal has changed, and the new owners pledge to continue the newspaper’s tradition of outstanding community journalism.
New owners are Kermit P. “Bo” Bolton and Jodie Bolton of Flomaton and Journal editor Marilyn Handley. The sale was announced Tuesday by former publisher Steve Stewart.
The Stewart family sold The Journal to the Boltons. Ms. Handley purchased a minority of the newspaper’s stock from the Boltons, Bo Bolton said Tuesday.

Monroe Academy wrapped up its non-conference schedule Wednesday of last week at Escambia Academy at Canoe, beating the Cougars, 13-6.
Keith Gohagin, a senior center fielder, went four-for-four at the plate, slapping two doubles.
(Other players on MA’s baseball team that season included Trey Andrews, Travis Black, Justin Brown, Bud Hare, Ashley Hayward, Rob Hudson, Jake McCall. Joey Cameron was MA’s head baseball coach.)

“Circumstantial Evidence,” a book about a Monroeville murder case published in 1995, has been chosen as the 16th annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Winner. Its author, Pete Earley, will receive the award from Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy today (Thursday) at a ceremony held by the Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C.
The book details events surrounding the 1986 murder of Monroeville co-ed Ronda Morrison and the subsequent arrest, trial, conviction, sentencing and release of her accused killer, Walter “Johnny D” McMillan, who was released from Alabama’s death row in 1993.

23 YEARS AGO
MAY 27, 1993

Larry Woolfolk was named principal of J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice when the Monroe County Board of Education held a called meeting yesterday (Wednesday).
Woolfolk, 38, is currently the Shields assistant principal as well as a physical education teacher and junior varsity and varsity basketball coach.
Woolfolk will replace William Andrews, who is retiring June 30 after 26 years as principal of the school, which has about 345 students in grades 7-12.

Faulkner signs Howard: Jeff Howard, a 6-foot-1 standout pitcher at Monroe County High School for the last four years, has signed a baseball scholarship with Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette.
Howard completed his senior season with an .080 earned-run average, a 10-2 pitching record, 108 strikeouts, seven home runs and a .385 batting average. The highly sought-after left-hander led MCHS to the semifinals of the 5A state baseball playoffs, where the team suffered a pair of losses to state champion Daphne High School.

Packer’s Bend ferry needs repairing: The ferry serving Packer’s Bend has been declared unsafe for use and needs to be repaired or replaced, the Monroe County Commission was told Tuesday.
County Engineer Robert English said the ferry was brought in for a routine maintenance inspection about two weeks ago, and it was discovered that the bottom was rotting. The ferry will be out of service until the problem is solved.
English estimated the monthly traffic on the ferry, which operates eight hours a day Monday through Friday, at 300 trips per month.

24 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1992

Area residents will be able to take a close-up look at the new $700-million Alabama Pine Pulp Co. (APP) mill at Claiborne during its grand-opening celebration tomorrow (Friday).
On Friday, entertainment by school bands will begin at 11 a.m. Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt is expected to speak at the noon ceremony, which will also include comments by other government officials and George Landegger, chairman of Parsons & Whittemore Inc. of New York, the first that constructed the mill and owns and operates it.
The site for the new mill was dedicated in October 1989, and the first pulp was produced on Dec. 7, 1991.

Matthew “Matt” Redditt of Uriah has been named honorary king of the fifth annual Shrine Classic All-Star High School Football Game to be played June 20 in Mobile.
Redditt, the 12-year-old son of Wayne and Laura Redditt, will sit on this year’s throne along with honorary queen Courtney Harris, a five-year-old from Mobile.
Matt, a sixth-grader at J.U. Blacksher High School at Uriah, is currently playing outfield and first base for the Uriah Braves Little League Baseball team in the South Monroe Little League.

Chad Sessions, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Sessions of Monroeville, has been chosen for the Southern Pine Electric Cooperative’s 1992 Washington Youth Tour Program.
Sessions is a junior at Monroe Academy. He and Ellie Robbins, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Robbins, will receive a one-week, expense paid tour of the nation’s capital. Miss Robbins is a junior at Hillcrest High School.

34 YEARS AGO
MAY 20, 1982

Quiet on set! As a New Orleans camera crew waits, “That’s Incredible” producer Mark Grossen gives instructions to boat drivers Sunday at Haines Island Park. The network television program, which highlights the unusual, is doing a segment about Yancey Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Smith of Frisco City. Yancie, 13, participated in beauty pageants and is said to be both the youngest drag boat racer in the country and the only female to race drag boats.

Excel award winners: The Excel High School Quarterback Club held its annual sports banquet Saturday in the school’s cafeteria. Awards were given for the top 1981-82 baseball and basketball athletes. The winners and their awards were: best defensive baseball players, Tom Reed and Hagen Lambert; best baseball batting average, Mark Crutchfield; Roy Stacey 100-Percenter Award, Billy House; most runs batted in, Pat Downs; best field goal shooting and rebounding averages in basketball, Robert Costic, and best free throw-shooting average, Earl Hollinger.

Repton cross-burning being investigated: The Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a cross-burning last week on the lawn in front of Repton High School.
Deputy Sheriff James Lambert said Repton principal David Johnson reported the cross-burning in front of the school sign when he discovered it at the beginning of school Wednesday of last week.
The cross was burned sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday, Lambert said, and although the incident appeared to be a prank, it is under investigation.

35 YEARS AGO
MAY 7, 1981

A local bill providing for a referendum to determine if Monroe County citizens want to elect their superintendent of schools was scheduled to pass the state Senate yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, according to State Senator Reo Kirkland of Brewton.
The bill last month passed the House of Representatives, where it was introduced by Rep. Jimmy Warren of Castleberry.
After the bill is passed and signed by the governor, the question of whether the school superintendent should be changed to an elected position will be put before county voters at the next general, special or county-wide election.

A dramatic win riding on the strength of two Burke Chance home runs put the Monroe County High School Tigers in the semi-finals for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 3A baseball crown.
Chance’s second home run of the game Saturday, a solo shot to left field with one out in the top of the ninth inning, gave the Tigers a heart-stopping comeback win over the Charles Henderson High School Trojans in Troy. Chance had tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning with a lead off home run for the Tigers.
(Other standout MCHS players in that game included Billy Bowen, Tony Feaster, Von Ham, Toddy Hamilton, Kelvin Lett, John McCarthy and Keith Nettles. Howard Busby was MCHS’s head baseball coach.)

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad has announced plans to abandon within three years a 16-mile spur running from Camden to Nadawah, according to reports from the Washington Bureau of The Montgomery Advertiser.
Nadawah, located near the Wilcox County line, is a small community in the eastern tip of Monroe County.

38 YEARS AGO
MAY 25, 1978

Clearing the way: These bulldozers are clearing the land for the construction of a Monroeville city recreational park in Clausell, which is expected to be completed and ready for use by the end of the summer, according to city Public Works Superintendent Lyle Salter. Clearing began the first of this month and has been hampered only slightly by rainy weather.

Coach Bill McPherson of Frisco City High School presents V.P. “Junie” Burns with a plaque holding the names of Frisco City football players who have received the school’s most valuable player award named in his honor. Burns, a former Frisco City athlete, played college ball at Auburn University, where he was selected to the Coaches’ All-SEC team. He coached rather than accept offers to play pro football, carrying his team to a state championship. During World War II, he was wounded in the Normandy Invasion and has numerous medals. Each year the recipient of the award receives a trophy and his name is added to the plaque.

Senator won’t seek re-election: Reversing himself, state senator Maston Mims of Uriah this week announced that he would not seek re-election.
Mims, a first-term senator who is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, last fall became the first person to announce intention to run in the Sept. 5 Democratic primary for his District 31 seat. But this week, Mims said “new opportunities” had surfaced “which conflict with (Mims’) running for the state Senate in this year’s election.”

40 YEARS AGO
MAY 13, 1976

Dr. Elijah Williams of Evergreen, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Clausell, drowned last Thursday morning while fishing in a private pond near Evergreen, according to the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department.
Williams, 68, was pronounced dead by the coroner after his body was recovered from the pond by the Conecuh County and Bermuda rescue squads. Law enforcement officials said the boat from which Williams was fishing apparently capsized.

Patrick Henry fourth in state, best finish in school history: The Patrick Henry Junior College Patriots competed in the Alabama Junior College Athletic Association state baseball playoffs for the first time this past week and were defeated by both Calhoun and Chattahoochee Valley at Faulkner State in Bay Minette Wed., May 5.
The Patriots lost the opening game, 10-5, after giving up a three-run lead to the Warhawks of Calhoun in the fifth inning. They lost 6-4 in the second game that afternoon to Chattahoochee Valley of Phenix City.
(Players on Patrick Henry’s team that season included Johnny Bartlett, Buddy Black, Al Carr, Nicky Cofield, Eddie Crockett, Jerry Ferrell, Robert Fischer, Wayne Griffith, Tim Pullen, Larry Snowden and Greg Wright. John Lampkin was head coach.)

The Monroeville Fire Department, the Peterman Fire Department and the Bermuda Fire Department were among six departments called to Evergreen last Thursday night to aid firemen there who were extinguishing a large fire in the downtown area.

49 YEARS AGO
MAY 18, 1967

WHAT IS THIS CRITTER? – Leon Godwin of Mexia said he didn’t know what “this critter was” when he got into his car last Thursday night at his home and saw it in the driveway. Mr. Godwin said whatever it was, he decided to run it over with his car. After killing it, he discovered it was an armadillo, very rare for this part of the country. But there must be some kind of an invasion of them though because Fielder Reed of Mobile killed one at the home of Mrs. Mamie Lynam’s at Excel over the weekend.

Monroe County High dropped the third and final game of the Pine Belt Conference playoffs to Jackson High Tuesday for the PBC baseball championship.
Monroeville lost the first game last Thursday, 3-1, at Jackson, came back with a 2-1 verdict here Friday and then lost the deciding game, 11-2.
(Players on MCHS’s team that season included Pete Black, Gary Downs, Rusty Pitts and John Williams.)

Murder Charge Brings 20-Year Prison Term: Lieutenant McMillian, 33-year-old Monroeville man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge by a Monroe County Circuit jury Monday afternoon.
McMillian had been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Mildred Dale, who was killed June 19, 1966 in a café near Monroeville.
The jury, composed of 11 women and one man, deliberated about 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdict on the reduced charge.

50 YEARS AGO
MAY 5, 1966

State Jaycee Officer: Joe McKissick, a member of the Monroeville Jaycees, was elected state vice-president of the Jaycees at a district Jaycee meeting in Citronelle last Saturday night. He will serve a one-year term. As a vice-president of the state organization, Mr. McKissick will represent the six clubs in the district at all state meetings, will preside over district meetings, etc.

The Frisco City Whippets won one game and lost one last week and with two more games left on the schedule show a 4-4 record for the year.
The Whippets dropped a 5-1 decision to Monroeville Monday but came back with a 10-1 win over Beatrice Friday.
Monroeville picked up its five runs on only three hits off loser Jim Kelly. Winning pitcher Gary Downs allowed five hits with Frisco getting its lone run in the sixth inning.
Kelly came back Friday to record the win over Beatrice on a two-hitter. Fred Till took the loss for Beatrice.

A flying club was organized in Uriah last Thursday night. The men named the organization “The Flying Six.”
Les Hayles, president of the club, stated that the purpose of the club was for them to have mutual ownership in a plane and to learn to operate a plane on an economical basis.
C.E. Snow Jr., financial chairman and secretary, said the club plans to expand its membership at a later date.
Charter members of the club are Randolph Lambert, Alvin Smith, Mr. Snow, Lloyd (Whitey) Chunn and Mr. Hayles.

53 YEARS AGO
MAY 23, 1963

Graduation Plans Listed For Schools Throughout Area: Graduation exercises are scheduled at area schools during the following week when 146 Monroe County students and 25 Repton seniors will receive diplomas.
All baccalaureate sermons are planned for Sun., May 26, with commencement programs in Monroe County set for Monday night, May 27, and Fri., May 31, in Repton.

The Monroe County High School Tigers captured the Pine Belt Conference crown last Friday with a 5-2 victory of the Millry Wildcats. Monroeville’s finals record was 10-3 overall and 8-2 in conference.
(Players on MCHS’s team that season included Freddie Biggs, Gary Downs, Louie Hayles, Tim Jones, Tommy McMillon, Richard Otterberg, Ray Owens, Lloyd Sturdivant, Billy Taylor, Seth Watkins, Jimmy Wible and John Williams. Ronald Dees was head coach.)

UNUSUAL CATCH – Eddie Phillippi, eight-year-old resident of Peterman, caught the three and one-fourth pound eel pictured above. The eel measured 31 inches and was caught at Hardee’s pond near Beatrice.

Meeting Held Monday To Promote Jr. College: A group of businessmen and representatives from civic and study clubs met with Rep. Ralph Jones Monday afternoon at the Hi-Ho Restaurant to formulate plans for locating a state-supported junior college in Monroe County.
A delegation of Monroe County residents plans to meet with Gov. George Wallace and State Superintendent of Education Austin Meadows in Montgomery Wednesday, May 29, to discuss the county as a location for a college.

55 YEARS AGO
MAY 11, 1961

Nell Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” received the Literary Award at a banquet meeting of the Alabama Library Association held in Tuscaloosa April 13-14. The 57th annual convention was held in the Hotel Stafford when the theme for this year’s convention was “The Rising South,” which took up where our Civil War Centennial Commemoration left off.
At the annual banquet, John Hyatt, director of the Anniston Public Library and Chairman of the Literary Award Committee, presented the1960 award to Nell Harper Lee. Miss Lee, in turn, presented the award money to the Monroe County Library for the purchase of books.

Uriah Man Member Of Recovery Crew For Alan Shepard: Participating in recovery operations for Navy Commander Alan Shepard, first U.S. astronaut, was the destroyer USS Decatur.
Serving aboard the destroyer was Travis O. Jaye, commissary-man second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Jaye of Route 1, Uriah, Ala.

A resolution congratulating Miss Nelle Harper Lee of Monroeville for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was passed by one branch of the Legislature Tuesday.
Passing the resolution paying tribute to Miss Lee for the recognition given “To Kill a Mockingbird” was a breeze for the House of Representatives, but Sen. E.O. Eddins of Marengo County objected to immediate consideration in the Senate, and it went to the Rules Committee there. Senator Eddins said he thought it should be studied before being voted on.

64 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1952

Little River State Forest is set to open Friday, May 16.
The state forest, located on Highway 11 between Atmore and Uriah is open to the public year round; however, the bath house, concession and swimming facilities will be in operation only during May, June, July and August.
State Forester J.M. Stauffer says the recreational area on Little River State Forest is being operated primarily for teenagers and that no profits are being realized by the state.

The Monroeville entry in the Dixie Amateur League picked up their first and second victories in league play as they rebounded from their previous defeat to Atmore with a 19-3 decision over the Escambia Countians in Atmore Thursday night and a 7-6 victory over the Jay nine Sunday afternoon.
Lefthander Tunney Cardwell proved of value to the local squad as he went the route in both contests showing a lot of action to his new batterymate, Marion Watson, who made his debut in a Monroeville uniform, banging out a two-run triple and a double in the Atmore tilt.
(Other players on Monroeville’s team included Clenner, Finlayson, Hanks, Bob Riley, Joe Tucker and Watkins.)

A list of six promotions for enlisted personnel in Monroeville’s Battery D of the 108th AAA National Guard Battalion were released this week.
Promoted from corporal to sergeant were James B. Barnes, Jessie Brooks and Andrew H. Welch. Elevated from private, first class, to corporal were Glenn H. Bayles, James D. Brown, George Klepac Jr. and Joseph H. Wood. All promotions were effective as of May 1.

65 YEARS AGO
MAY 3, 1951

Monroe County authorities were using bloodhounds early this morning (Thursday) in an attempt to track down two fugitives who escaped from the county jail at approximately 10:30 Wednesday night.
The two escapees are Tom Bailey and Henry Jones, both in jail on an indictment of second degree burglary.
Sheriff Nicholas said that this was the first escape to occur in more than eight years.

Monroeville, with two league games under its belt against potent Pensacola and Atmore, take on the other two “toughies” in the league this week, playing host to strong Selma tonight (Thursday) and journeying to Thomasville for the tilt Sunday afternoon.
Manager LeVaughn Hanks has announced that Edward Coniff, brilliant Mobile athlete who hurled for the Galveston, Texas professional team last summer, has joined the club and will be available for the duty on an average of once a week.
(Other Monroeville players that season included William Bayles, Cannon, Tunney Cardwell, Finlayson, Johnson, McKelvery, O’Keffe, Riley, Stephens, Tucker, Watkins, Buck Weaver.)

John Hill, editor of The Frisco City Sun since its establishment last June and assistant editor of The Monroe Journal, has resigned his position with the two papers effective at the end of this week. He will assume the duties of public relations representative of the Alabama Electric Cooperative in Andalusia next Monday.
He will be succeeded on the Sun and Journal staff by Riley N. Kelly of Excel.

Principals of Monroe County’s five high schools and one junior high school have been re-elected by the Monroe County Board of Education to return for the 1951-52 school terms, and all have indicated that they will return.
These principals include the following: Monroeville Schools – R.H. Vickery; Frisco City Schools – B.E. Lee; Beatrice Schools, John Harbour; Excel Schools – John Baggett; Uriah Schools – John Sawyer; Goodway (junior high) – C.E. Arnold.

68 YEARS AGO
MAY 27, 1948

Funeral Conducted For Slaying Victim: Funeral services for Leonard Howard Jordan, 25, of Monroeville were conducted Friday afternoon from the Assembly of God Church in Excel with the Rev. A.L. Shell officiating.
Mr. Jordan died Thursday morning about 1:15 as the result of knife wounds suffered the previous night in an altercation at a Little River fishing camp near Chrysler. Four youths, all residents of McCullough and vicinity, have been jailed at Bay Minette in connection with the slaying.
Mr. Jordan died approximately 40 minutes after being stabbed five times about midnight last Wednesday. His death occurred at Repton Hospital.

Monroe County voters will go to the polls again next Tuesday but this time there will be only one local candidate on the ballot.
He is John M. Coxwell of Monroeville, county solicitor, who is seeking one of the two positions as delegate from the First District to the Democratic National Convention this summer. He is opposed by three Mobilians.

Work of marking the streets of Monroeville was well under way this week and Mayor Charles Cole said it will continue until all streets on which persons are now residing are properly marked.
The work is the outgrowth of efforts of the town to obtain free mail delivery within its corporate limits. The Post Office Department has refused to consider such delivery until streets have been named and marked and houses numbered.

70 YEARS AGO
MAY 9, 1946

An unusually heavy vote was cast in the county primary election on Tuesday.
In the race for sheriff, E.E. Nicholas won over his opponent, J.L. Bowden.
In the race for representative, W.W. Garrett and W.E. Deer will enter the second primary with O.O. McGinty running third, according to incomplete returns.
Melton Linam defeated C.C. Ward and G.E. Lambert for Commissioner in District One.
In District Three, E.M. Deer is said to have received a majority over his opponents, J.L. Dees and Victor Salter.

Twenty-six graduates of the Monroe County High School will receive diplomas at exercises to be held Tuesday night, May 21.
Following is the list: Emma Lou Agee, Evelyn Fay Andress, William Sam Bowden, Ouida Inez Byrd, Betty Hixon Chambers, Mabrey Thomas Easley, A.D. Dickson, Jean Farish, Thelma Louise Hall, Edith Grey Hightower, Saranne Hundley, Sue Millsap Jones, Patsy Estelle Lazenby, William Sadler McGraw, Ethel McKinley, Jacqueline Jean Pickett, Thomas Edward Riley, Julia Frances Ryland, Nancy Elizabeth Sheffield, Spurgeon D. Terry Jr., Owen Locke Lear Thompson, Margaret Katherine Thompson, Margaret Elizabeth Watson, Alice Jeannette Wiggins, Lonnie J. Wiggins Jr. and Debe Catherine Williams.

Building On Square Being Dressed Up: The post office is being treated to a new coat of paint and other minor repairs are being made.
Painters are dressing up the front and applying a new coat of paint to the interior of the V.J. Elmore Store.

79 YEARS AGO
MAY 20, 1937

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

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

Funds For Rural Lines Released: The Rural Electrification Administration has advised that contract for the construction of distribution lines in Monroe County has been approved. The transmission line will be extended from Baldwin into the southwest corner of this county and serve homes between Uriah and the Alabama River.

83 YEARS AGO
MAY 25, 1933

Typhoid Fever In Monroeville: The Health Officer, Dr. T.E. Tucker, reports that there are two cases of Typhoid fever in Monroeville, a colored woman and a white man. He also reports clinics are being conducted in several places in the county each week, including Fountain, Monroe Station, Mineola School, A.E. Tucker’s place and Mexia. These clinics are conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On other days, vaccine can be secured at the office.

The Monroeville baseball team played Frisco City on the local diamond last Thursday afternoon with Monroeville winning the game by a 10-5 score. A return game was played on the Frisco City diamond on Friday afternoon with Monroeville again victorious by a 9-8 score.
On Sunday afternoon Monroeville played Chapman at that place, losing the game by 8 to 7 in 11 innings.
Chapman will meet Monroeville this Thursday afternoon on the local diamond. A hotly contested game is anticipated.
A grandstand has recently been completed at the Monroeville diamond and comfortable seats have been installed.

Mr. J.C. Hudson is building a swimming pool and fish pond on Hudson branch about one-half mile east of the courthouse. Workmen have been engaged about a week cutting the foundation ditch for the dam and spillway. According to the survey made by an engineer, the several springs at the head of the branch will afford a pond covering about two acres, the deepest point being about seven to eight feet.

85 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1931

The graduating exercises of the Frisco City High School were held in the high school auditorium before an audience of 400. The address was given by C.C. Sanders of Judson College.
Mr. Sanders brought a very interesting message to the class and to the people. He chose as his subject, “Success.”
A number of other special features were included on the program. The diplomas were presented to the class of five girls and 12 boys by County Superintendent H.G. Greer. Mr. Greer was former principal of this high school. The high school band contributed several selections to the program.

Baseball Game, Girls Vs. Married Men – June 4th: There will be a ball game at the high school ball park in Monroeville on Thursday afternoon, June 4, with the girls playing the married men. The game is sponsored by the Monroeville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Those who saw a game of this type last fall at the local diamond will not want to miss this game. The girls are out to whip the men’s team for they received the low end of the score at the last game.

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

94 YEARS AGO
MAY 18, 1922

Some of our merchants have begun to observe the six o’clock closing rule which usually prevails during the summer months.

Rev. A.E. Shafer delivered the commencement sermon of the Repton school Wednesday evening.

Judge Fountain and Dr. S.J. Yarbrough of Monroeville and Dr. D.R. Nettles of Peterman attended the Shriners ceremonial in Mobile last week.

Harry Kearley sustained a very painful injury when a cut-off saw mangled one of his fingers while at work at the Hudson-Rikard mill last Thursday.

Mr. A.L. Slaughter of Lower Peach Tree was among Monroeville friends Tuesday. Mr. Slaughter stated that work is progressing steadily on the oil well at Lower Peach Tree. The well is now more than 2,200 feet in depth and promoters of the enterprise have an abiding confidence in the ultimate development of a producing well.

The Moulton-Blacksher Orchard company at Uriah shipped on Tuesday the first car lot of snap beans that has ever gone out of the county. The company has 75 acres in beans and shipments during the season are expected to aggregate 25 cars. Should this experiment prove satisfactory from a financial standpoint the acreage devoted to this crop will be materially increased next season.

CASH OR CREDIT – BUENA VISTA, ALA. – BEATRICE, ALA. – Buy – Sell – Trade – General Merchandise, Buggies, Wagons, Saddles, Coffins, Etc., Mules, Horses, Cattle – J.J. FINKLEA & SON

COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM, BEATRICE HIGH SCHOOL: Wed., 8 p.m., Graduation exercises.


(Compiled by Lee Peacock of Excel from archived editions of The Monroe Journal at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville.)

Today in History for May 29, 2016

John Pemberton
May 29, 1500 – Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias died at the age of 48 (some sources say 49) in a shipwreck near the Cape of Good Hope. He sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa in 1488, reaching the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic, the first European known to have done so.


May 29, 1677 – The Treaty of Middle Plantation established peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.

May 29, 1721 - South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.

May 29, 1736 – American “Founding Father” and first Virginia governor Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Colony of Virginia, British America.

May 29, 1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.

May 29, 1780 – During the American Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Waxhaws near Lancaster, S.C., the British, under commander Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, continued attacking after the Continentals laid down their arms, killing 113 and critically wounding all but 53 that remained.

May 29, 1781 - Captain John Barry, commander of the American warship Alliance captured the HMS Atlanta and the HMS Trepassy.

May 29, 1790 – Rhode Island became the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th U.S. state.

May 29, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Braddock, Pa.

May 29, 1848 – Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th U.S. state.

May 29, 1862 - P.T. Beauregard began moving troops out of Corinth, Miss. The evacuation was completed the next day.

May 29, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Whitesburg, Ala.

May 29, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Seven Pines, Virginia; near Boonville and Corinth, Mississippi; at Kickapoo Bottom, Arkansas; and near Wardensville, West Virginia.

May 29, 1863 - Ambrose Burnside offered his resignation over the Vallandigham affair. Lincoln refused to accept it.

May 29, 1863 – The siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 11.

May 29, 1864 - Union troops lost another foot race with the Confederates in a minor stop on the long and terrible campaign between Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Grant was getting frustrated. After the Totopotomoy, Grant slid south to Cold Harbor, just 10 miles from Richmond. His impatience may have gotten the best of him. At Cold Harbor, Grant would commit the foolish mistake of hurling his troops at well-fortified Confederates, creating a slaughter nearly unmatched during the war

May 29, 1864 – During the Civil War, an “action” occurred at Moulton, Ala.

May 29, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought on the Fordoche Bayou Road in Louisiana and at Hamlin, West Virginia.

May 29, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Austin, Nevada.

May 29, 1865 - Andrew Johnson granted a Presidential pardon to those who directly or indirectly aided the Southern war effort. He restored property rights to the South with the exception of slaves. Unlike Lincoln's declaration in December 1863, Johnson created an exception for property owners whose holdings totaled $20,000 dollars or more.

May 29, 1865 - President Andrew Johnson appointed William Holden as provisional governor of North Carolina, a blueprint for his plans of Presidential Reconstruction. Holden was instructed to call a constitutional convention of men who had signed an oath of allegiance to the United States.

May 29, 1874 – English author G.K. Chesterton was born Gilbert Keith Chesterton in London.

May 29, 1880 – German philosopher Oswald Spengler was born in Blankenburg, Germany.

May 29, 1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton placed his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.

May 29, 1886 - The County Convention was scheduled to meet on this Saturday, according to The Monroe Journal.

May 29, 1900 – Charles Pawson Atmore, General Passenger Agent of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, passed away from apoplexy at the age of 66 in Louisville, Ky. He was buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

May 29, 1901 - Seven days into the Constitutional Convention of 1901 a petition submitted by Booker T. Washington and 23 other African-American leaders was read to convention delegates, all of whom were white. The petition asked that the black Alabamian be given "some humble share in choosing those who shall rule over him." Nevertheless, with the ratification of the Constitution of 1901 in November, blacks--along with poor whites--were effectively disfranchised.

May 29, 1903 – Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, near London, England. His family moved to the United States when he was four years old, and he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Hope died in 2003, two months after his 100th birthday.

May 29, 1906 – English author T.H. White was born Terence Hanbury White in Bombay, India, to English parents employed by the British civil service. He is best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, “The Once and Future King,” first published together in 1958.

May 29, 1909 – The Conecuh Record reported that about four inches of rain fell in Evergreen, Ala. on this day and 1-1/2 inches fell the day before.

May 29, 1911 – The government thermometer reached 100 degrees on this day in Evergreen, Ala.

May 29, 1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” premiered at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

May 29, 1914 – English explorer, hunter and author Henry Seton-Karr passed died at the age of 61 in Canada’s greatest maritime disaster when the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River when he was returning to England from a hunting trip in British Columbia.

May 29, 1914 – Edgar Lee Masters published the first poem of what would later be collected and published as “The Spoon River Anthology” in 1915.

May 29, 1915 – The Bowles baseball team beat Skinnerton, 17-12, on this Saturday.

May 29, 1916 - The New York Giants won their 17th consecutive road game.

May 29, 1916 - Author Virginia Pounds Brown was born in Birmingham, Ala.

May 29, 1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was born in Brookline, Mass.

May 29, 1918 – Wm. T. Broughton and Zeilin Simpson, who both died in World War I, were inducted into the Army and sent to Camp Sevier, S.C. for training.

May 29, 1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, and not subject to antitrust laws.

May 29, 1922 – In connection with the ongoing commencement exercises at the State Secondary Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala., a baseball game was scheduled to be held on this Monday at 3:30 p.m.

May 29, 1942 - A movie version of Alabama author Octavus Roy Cohen's book “Gallant Lady” was released.

May 29, 1946 – German SS officer Martin Gottfried Weiss, after being found guilty of "violating the laws and usages of war," was executed by hanging at Landsberg prison at the age of 40.

May 29, 1950 – The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

May 29, 1951 - C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.

May 29, 1952 – Country music legend Hank Williams and his wife, Audrey, were divorced.

May 29, 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday. "A symmetrical, beautiful, snow cone summit," Hillary said of the peak that is 29,028 feet above sea level.

May 29, 1954 - The first meeting of the annual Bilderberg group, a secretive, invitation-only gathering with the elite from such fields as politics, commerce, and banking, was held.

May 29, 1955 – New Hope Baptist Church at Natchez, Ala. held its 100th anniversary homecoming.

May 29, 1955 - John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was born in Ardmore, Okla.

May 29, 1959 – Repton High School was scheduled to hold its graduation exercises at 8 p.m. in Repton, Ala. Starr Smith of Montgomery was to deliver the graduation address, and Principal E.H. Penny was to deliver the diplomas.

May 29, 1962 – First baseman Fred Whitfield, a native of Vandiver, Ala., made his first Major League start, two days after his Major League debut. He went 1-for-4 for the St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field with his first hit coming in the fourth inning, a RBI single off Al McBean that scored Red Schoendienst.

May 29, 1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in Major League Baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.

May 29, 1963 - A delegation of Monroe County, Ala. residents planned to meet with Gov. George Wallace and State Superintendent of Education Austin Meadows in Montgomery on this Wednesday to discuss Monroe County as a location for a new prospective junior college.

May 29, 1965 – Repton High School was scheduled to hold graduation exercises on this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the school auditorium in Repton, Ala. Dorothy Waller was the valedictorian, and Willene Powell was the salutatorian. Twenty-three seniors were expected to receive diplomas.

May 29, 1965 - Dick Allen of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a 529-foot home run out of Connie Mack Stadium.

May 29, 1967 - Noel Gallagher, the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis, was born in Longsight, Manchester, England.

May 29, 1967 - Economist and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt was born in St. Paul, Minn.

May 29, 1972 – Sparta Academy held its first ever graduation exercises on this day at 8 p.m. at Stuart-McGehee Field in Evergreen, Ala. Members of the class included Forrest Brantley, Robert Carleton, Terry Chapman, Martha Gaines, Gary Gibson, Donnie Griggers, Beth Harper (salutatorian), Kitty Horton, Deborah Josey, Crawford King (valedictorian), Mary Ann Mack, Charlotte McCreary, Mike McKenzie, Joey Nix, Carey Stinson, Larry Tranum, Mike Turner, Shelia Ward and Dwight Watson.

May 29, 1972 - In a joint communique issued by the United States and the Soviet Union following the conclusion of summit talks with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev during President Richard Nixon’s visit to Moscow (the first visit ever by an U.S. president), both countries set forth their standard positions on Vietnam. The United States insisted that the future of South Vietnam should be left to the South Vietnamese without interference. The Soviet Union insisted on a withdrawal of U.S. and Allied forces from South Vietnam and an end to the bombing of North Vietnam.

May 29, 1974 - U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

May 29, 1976 – Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

May 29, 1976 – NBA power forward and center Raef LaFrentz was born in Hampton, Iowa. He went on to play for Kansas, the Denver Nuggets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers.

May 29, 1981 – The Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. were designated a National Historic Landmark.

May 29, 1984 - The Boston Red Sox retired the No. 9 jersey of Ted Williams and the No. 4 jersey of Joe Cronin.

May 29, 1986 - The first issue of "The Frisco Citian" newspaper was published in Frisco City, Ala.

May 29, 1987 – In Monroeville, Ala., Alabama Bureau of Investigations agent Simon Benson conducted a tape-recorded interview in the county courthouse with Karen Kelly, whom he suspected of lying about the Vickie Lynn Pittman murder, according to Pete Earley’s book “Circumstantial Evidence.”

May 29, 1990 - Rickey Henderson stole his 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record.

May 29, 1992 - Tim Raines of the Chicago White Sox stole his 700th career base.

May 29, 2001 - In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

May 29, 2003 – High Ground Burial in Baldwin County, Ala. and the Dulaney Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. were added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

May 29, 2004 – The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.


May 29, 2015 – NFL defensive back and Olympic track athlete Henry Carr, a native of Montgomery, Ala., died at the age of 73 in Griffin, Ga. He played football at Arizona State and for the New York Giants.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., May 29, 2016

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.40 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 10.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 24.25 inches.

Notes: Today in the 150th day of 2016 and the 71st day of Spring. There are 216 days left in the year.

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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Singleton shared words of patriotic wisdom as Memorial Day approached

George Buster Singleton
(For decades, local historian and paranormal investigator George “Buster” Singleton published a weekly newspaper column called “Somewhere in Time.” The column below, which was titled “Price was paid for our freedom” was originally published in the June 2, 1988 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

As most of you know, Memorial Day has been set aside by our Congress to honor and pay tribute to the many, many thousands who gave their lives in the service of our country.

I have often wondered if it was possible to think back and look through time and check the records for the past 200 or so years and pick out the one individual who gave more toward preserving our freedom than anyone else. Then, by the same token, I have wondered who might have given just as much and never been remembered at all. This, to me, is the most heartbreaking.

Most often if we picked out the best-known, it would be some great general of an outstanding series of battles or the great commander of some great invasion. This is good and true. They deserve all the credit that is given them, but there were thousands who never received more than a telegram from the Department of War telling someone of their passing. And sometimes it was many years before this word was forthcoming.

Few of you given any thought to the little guy, or the least-known, who sleeps somewhere in one of the many national cemeteries throughout the world, or who was reported missing in action and was never heard from again. Many, many times these individuals were the ones who had less to fight for – material things, that is – than most anyone else.

I remember quite well the circumstances of the second World War. I can recall that dreadful Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, when President Roosevelt declared war on the Japanese empire. I was not old enough for the draft, but I remember many young men dropping out of school, many in their senior year, to go forth and do battle with the enemy. I remember this one young man who didn’t have a family. He had always lived with distant relatives so that he would be near a school that he could attend. He dropped out of his senior year and enlisted in the Army Air Force as a tail gunner on a B-25 bomber.

During the first mission that he made over Nazi Germany, the bomber that he was in was shot down, never to be heard from again. The only word that was ever received was “missing in action.”

Another member of the same high school class was flying over Burma. The C-47 disappeared, never to be heard from again. Ten years later, the U.S. government finally declared him to be dead. During the 10 years, word came to the family that he had been seen somewhere in Burma in a POW camp. But it was never confirmed.

Four other members of the same class trained for just a few weeks. Their first action was the Normandy invasion. As they stepped from the landing crafts on the edge of the dry land, they were killed. Two more were killed when the ship that they were serving on was hit by a German U-boat.

I do not mean to insinuate that the above-mentioned individuals gave any more than the other thousands who paid the supreme price with their lives. But there were so many who maybe didn’t seem to get the chance to prove themselves; maybe a little more time, a little more experience, would have made all the difference.

Throughout the years and during all the wars, we have had the forgotten ones. This is the way that it has always been. I don’t think we as Americans intend to omit anyone from the rolls of honor. But as time goes on, the thoughts of those who fell almost unnoticed tend to become further and further in the spans of time.

I know, too, that we cannot dwell on the past all the time. We have to face the future and the world as a whole. We cannot hide within our past and submerge ourselves with pity.

We have got to remember that our freedom has not been given to us free. It has been paid for with a price. And most times it was paid for by the ones who could afford to pay for it with the least.

So the next time that you feel like that all has gone wrong and you wish that you could go to the ends of the earth, stop and remember that only here, in this America, my America, all things are possible.

Regardless how much we think that we have got it bad, we are always ahead of the game, because there were those who didn’t get the chance or the time to think about it. Their date with destiny was at hand, and they were not late for their appointment.

 (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 on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School, served in the Korean War, moved to Monroe County in 1961 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from 1964 to 1987. For years, Singleton’s column “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. 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.)