Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Site of old covered bridge in Wilcox County is hard to reach nowadays


I was out riding around on Friday afternoon and stopped for something cold to drink at the Oak Hill Grocery. When I walked out of the store, I really had no plan, so I decided to head north on State Highway 21. About 5-1/2 miles later, I saw a sign that said “Hamburg Road,” and my thoughts turned to something I’d read about the old Hamburg community a year or so ago.

I recalled that the book “Covered Bridges of Alabama” by Wil Elrick and Kelly Kazek, which was published in October 2018, contained a 1938 black and white photo of a covered bridge across Pine Barren Creek on the Hamburg Road. Longtime residents of that area told me that the covered bridge was located between Hamburg and the McBrydes community, but that it was replaced years ago by a more modern bridge.

With all of this in mind, I turned down the Hamburg Road and began to follow it through the dense woods east of Highway 21. This dirt road was in good shape and about two miles from the blacktop, I encountered a white, wooden sign that read “Hamburg Cemetery, Founded Early 1800s.” A black arrow on the sign pointed me down a shadowy lane that ended in a metal gate across the path.

I drove down to the gate for a closer look and found it locked up tight with multiple padlocks. As prehistoric-sized horseflies buzzed all around me, I stood there at the gate and looked for any sign of the old cemetery. Seeing none, I hopped back in my truck and backed down the lane to the Hamburg Road.


Old covered bridge at Hamburg in 1938.
I continued east towards Pine Barren Creek and was surprised a few minutes later to see three large turkeys sprint across the road as if they had pressing business to attend to elsewhere. I slowed to let them pass, knowing that their days were probably numbered until the start of next turkey season. Less than a mile later, I came upon the old Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Community Day School.

I parked, got out of the truck and strolled around the grounds for a few minutes, looking at the old church, school and sprawling cemetery. Many of you will remember that Alabama Heritage magazine recently listed this old church and school on its list of “Places in Peril,” an annual list of “places that have suffered from neglect, indifference and insensitive development.” According to Alabama Heritage, the church was built in 1912, and the school was built in 1915.


When I got back in the truck, I checked my phone and was surprised to see that I had decent signal, so I pulled up Google Maps to see if I was still tracking towards the old bridge. I then turned left back onto the Hamburg Road, but less than a half-mile later I was met with an unexpected surprise. The nice, smooth dirt road that I’d been traveling down suddenly petered out into a washed-out trail that became overgrown with tall grass off in the distance.

Even though all of the maps I had and Google Maps showed an established county road all the way to Pine Barren Creek and beyond, my eyes were seeing something else entirely different. That little voice in my head began telling me to turn around and head back the way I came or else I’d end up stuck out in the middle of the woods on a hot August afternoon. I learned years ago to pay attention to that little voice, and it’s so far kept me out of a lot of trouble.


Hamburg Community Day School.
On Saturday, I was telling a friend of mine about my field trip down the Hamburg Road, and he informed me that I’d actually been pretty close to Pine Barren Creek. He said it was probably less than a mile away, but he’d heard that the bridge there had fallen in some time ago. He said it might be possible to reach the old bridge site from the McBrydes side of the creek, but he couldn’t say for sure.

In the end, I enjoyed my drive down the old Hamburg Road and seeing the old church and school house. I can only imagine how this once-thriving community looked in its heyday when houses and farms dotted the length of this old country road. Also, before I close out, if anyone knows if Pine Barren Creek can be reached from the McBrydes side of the old bridge, please let me know. I’d like to see the site of the old covered bridge with my own two eyes, if possible.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.80 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.50 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  4.10 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 8.30 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 32.95 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 20, 2019


16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.07 inches of rain on Aug. 12, 0.5 inches on Aug. 13 and 0.6 inches on Aug. 16. He also reported a high of 92 degrees on Aug. 15 and a low of 69 degrees on Aug. 12.

Joy Wilson, owner of Joy’s in downtown Evergreen and Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce Secretary Shani Meeks invite everyone to come by Joy’s during Business After Hours next Thurs., Aug. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Joy says she will have many new items on display along with some delicious refreshments.

Frank Chavers was recognized at last week’s meeting of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club for his 10 years of service.

Evergreen students admitted to School of Math and Science: The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce that 116 new students from all corners of the state will leave the comforts of home to become part of the unique and challenging environment at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. Thirty-eight counties are represented in the entering classes of 2005 and 2006.
The new students at ASMS this academic year from Conecuh County are Candace Samuels, daughter of James and Jacquelene Royster of Evergreen; Ralph Grace II, son of Ralph and Gheta Grace of Evergreen; and Katie Fountain, daughter of Kenneth and Jeanell Fountain of Repton.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

Former Mayor Henry Sessions death saddens: Former Evergreen Mayor William Henry Sessions, 64, died Thursday morning, Aug. 10, at 11:45 o’clock of an apparent heart attack at the Sam Cope summer home near Gulf Shores.
Mayor Sessions was a native of Troy, a member of a prominent, pioneer South Alabama family. He lived in Montgomery for a number of years and had lived in Evergreen over 31 years.
He served on the Evergreen City Council one term, 1960-64, and then as mayor from 1964 to 1972, when he chose not to seek re-election. He served part of an unexpired term as mayor in 1973-76.
He was a member and former president of the Evergreen Rotary Club and a Mason and Shriner.
Mayor Sessions and his late father-in-law, C.H. Moorer, founded Conecuh Quick Freeze, Inc. in 1947. This firm became a most successful meat processing firm and enjoyed an enviable reputation for its quality products, particularly hickory smoked sausage, hams and turkeys. Under Mayor Sessions’ able management, Conecuh Quick Freeze, Inc. grew from a small locker plant into a meat processor employing around 50 people and its products gained wide acceptability under the “Conecuh Maid” label.
He volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw many months of combat service with the Seabees (Navy Construction Battalion) in the South Pacific during World War II.
Graveside services were Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Magnolia Cemetery with Dr. Sam Granade and the Rev. Braxton McCurley officiating.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Local National Guard Unit At Fort McClellan For Two Weeks Training: Battery “C,” 177th Field Artillery Battalion (N.G.U.S.), local Guard unit, left Sun., Aug. 16, for Fort McClellan, Ala., for summer camp and two weeks training. The unit is part of the famed 31st Dixie Division.
Lt. Wiley Sanders Jr. will be in command of the unit at camp. Lt. Sanders was appointed 2nd Lt. and assigned to the unit in May of this year. This will be his first experience as a Guardsman as he served in the Navy during World War II.

Oil Hunt Continues With Drilling On Well Near Evergreen: Drillers are now seeking oil only one and one-half miles from Evergreen’s southeastern city limits.
Lyle Cashion Company’s rig was moved during the weekend to land owned by Dr. John W. Deming of Alexandria, La. and began drilling what is known as the John W. Deming No. 1.
The rig is located a short distance south of the Evergreen-Brooklyn highway and can be seen from the highway. Access to it is possible by taking the road leading to the home of H.S. Hagood.

Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 11 - George M. Jones of Evergreen was awarded a master of music degree at the University of Rochester’s recent 103rd commencement.
Jones, who lives at 113 Bruner Ave., took his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester also, receiving a bachelor of music degree in 1951.

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

CASTLEBERRY: Prof. Geo. M. Veazey, Principal of the Conecuh County High School, very ably filled the pulpit at the Baptist Church Sunday morning and night for the regular pastor, Rev. R.D. Wright.

Andalusia Man Called By Death: Judge J.M. Prestwood, Prominent Citizen, Dies At Home In Andalusia: Stricken suddenly Wednesday night about nine o’clock, Judge J. Morgan Prestwood, 47, died at 9:30 o’clock. Judge Prestwood was taken slightly sick Tuesday, but no alarm was felt over his condition until he took a sudden turn for the worse early Wednesday night and passed away within a few minutes.
Judge Prestwood was prominently identified with the civic, religious and political life of Andalusia for many years and had served this senatorial district composed of Conecuh, Covington and Butler counties in the Alabama legislature as state senator during the Kilby administration. He later was elected mayor of Andalusia and in 1927 was named circuit judge by Gov. Bibb Graves.
In the Democratic primary of last May, Judge Prestwood was nominated for a full term and would have been re-elected in the November general election had not death intervened.

J.H. Robison made a trip from Birmingham to Mobile via an air mail plane during the past weekend. He left Birmingham at 7:10 a.m. and arrived Mobile 9:30 a.m.

Dr. W.A. Stacey of Skinnerton presented a 10-pound rutabaga at this office this week. Believe it or not, it’s the truth.

116 YEARS AGO
AUG. 19, 1903

Attention Veterans: All members of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee, United Confederate Veterans, are requested to meet in the Circuit court room in Evergreen at 10 o’clock a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1903. A full attendance is expected. By order of the commander. – P.D. Bowles, Commander; N. Stallworth, Adjutant.

Dr. E.A. Smith of Tuscaloosa, State Geologist, spent several days here last week. He is investigating the limestone formation in this section of the state.

Death of Elisha Hart: Elisha Hart, a worthy and esteemed citizen of this county, died on the 12th inst. at his home in Old Town beat, after a lingering illness, aged about 70 years. Mr. Hart was an unpretentious man, plain in his walk and conversation, honest and faithful to every trust, and his example in life is worthy of emulation by all.

Change of Management: I wish to give notice to my friends and the public generally that I am again in charge of the old Delmonico, now the New Magnolia Hotel, near the depot, and will endeavor to please all who favor me with their patronage. The tables will at all times be supplied with the best the market affords, and the rooms kept clean and comfortable. I solicit the same liberal patronage accorded me while in charge of the business before. Yours to please, F.N. Hawkins.

Death of John C. Donald: A.H. Donald received a telegram on Saturday afternoon announcing the death of his brother, John C. Donald, at his home in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Donald was born in this county in 1853, and removed in 1878 to Atlanta, where he remained for a few years, removing from there to Columbia, where he has sine resided.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Aug. 20, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.70 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.70 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.30 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 7.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 32.15 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Aug. 19, 2019

Evergreen boxer Clint Jackson

16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Case Brundage, five-year-old son of Jeff and Cassie Brundage of Evergreen, shows off his catch of the day. Case reeled in five of the 10 catfish caught, which totaled 16 pounds.

The (Evergreen City) Council was presented a copy of their ad for the Hillcrest High School football program and informed that the band boosters are not charging them for the $200 advertisement. The council voiced their appreciation for their generosity, but passed a motion to go ahead and pay for the ad as they have in years past.

30 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1989

In 1986, students of the late Coach Wendell Hart promoted a fundraising campaign designed to offer a scholarship in his memory to Conecuh County students.
The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a great teacher and an outstanding coach. Coach Hart touched the lives of many students through his caring attitude.
The scholarship committee is proud to announce that the first scholarship will be awarded at the end of the 1989-1990 school year.

Clinton Jackson has been sentenced to serve a life sentence in the state penitentiary in the kidnapping of Evergreen bank executive Tom Salo. Circuit Judge Sam Welch of Monroeville handed down the sentence.
Jackson, a native of Evergreen, was something of a local hero when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic boxing team in the late 1970s.
A Conecuh County Circuit Court jury found Jackson guilty of kidnapping, first degree, on June 29 after one of the longest trials ever held here. The trial began on a Monday and continued through Thursday.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

Sparta Academy’s ‘Everything Goes’ is Saturday night: Saturday night, Sparta Academy’s version of “Everything Goes” will be presented at Stuart-McGehee Field. This will be something that the people of Conecuh County have never seen before, and probably will never see again.
The festivities will begin at six o’clock at the school with concession-type food on sale highlighted by all flavors of homemade ice cream.
At seven o’clock, a scrimmage game will be played featuring the 1978 Sparta Warriors and their new head coach Rob Kelly. School patrons will want to welcome Coach Kelly and his family who come here from Monroe County. They are natives of that county and for the last two years Coach Kelly has been an assistant coach at Monroe Academy and established a reputation as an outstanding coach.
After the scrimmage game, there will be a short intermission, and then, hold on for it, will be time for “Everything Goes.” This will feature a catch-all of some of the people of Conecuh County. Come out and see the fun and see who is playing (you probably won’t believe it.)
New stadium bleachers have been purchased and are being installed.

Eddie’s Barber Shop softball team repeated as champions of the Evergreen Men’s Softball League this summer. The team defended its championship by compiling a record of 20 wins and five losses. Players are Wendell Burt, Arlton Hudson (manager), Eddie Salter, and Phil Harold; Bill Bailey, Doug Williams, Terry Chapman, Joe Andrews, Sammy Brown, Stanley Johnson and Mike Windham. Terry Frierson and Terry Peacock are not pictured.

45 YEARS AGO
AUG. 15, 1974

Trip Hendrix holds the trophy awarded him as the Most Valuable Player in the American League of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League at the all-star game Friday night at Ward Alexander Park. Trip will be a fifth-grader at Sparta Academy this fall and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hendrix.

These players from the Chicks and Pelicans were chosen for the all-star team in the American League of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League. They are Ronnie Hildreth, Cricket Jordan, Trip Hendrix, Stan Stuckey, Connery Salter, Lance Riley, Lee Talbert, Herbert Rabren, Gary Weaver, Ed Carrier, Trent Carrier, Max Cassady, Russ Raines and managers Robert Eggers, Wade Crutchfield, Wade Salter and Eddie Reeves.

When Conecuh County High School fields its first football team since before World War II this fall the Blue Devils will have these spirited young cheerleaders urging them on to victory. They are Captain Tammy Weaver, Barbara Scott and Barbara Daw; Co-Captain Denise Reed, Diana Joseph and Janice Avant. The girls attended the cheerleading clinic at Troy State University July 21-26.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Greenie Bats Explode On Baker Team 17 To 3: The Evergreen Greenies unleashed a 19-hit assault on the Baker, Fla. nine here Sunday afternoon and pounded out a 17 to 3 win. The Greenies pushed across four runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third, then sent 12 men to bat in the fourth with nine of them scoring.
J.W. Windham hurled five-hit ball as he faced only 33 batters in nine innings. In all but three innings, the Baker team was returned three up, three down. Windham struck out six batters and walked four. Baker got two runs in the first and one in the top of the ninth.
The fourth inning was something of a record on the local diamond. Every man who went to bat either scored or made an out, there were no runners left on base. Every man but one scored once, and Edsel Johnson scored twice. Johnson got two hits in the game and both came in the fourth.
Warren Bolton led the Greenie hitters with four hits in five trips including a triple and a single. Jeff Moorer had three for five; Windham, Cullen Edson, Gillis Jones, Johnson and John Greel Ralls, two hits each. Chamberlin collected two hits, the only Baker batter to get more than one.
The Greenies will play Red Level here Sunday afternoon in Brooks Stadium at three o’clock.

Aggie Gridders To Report Monday; Coach Hart Greets Ten Lettermen: Around 40 boys are expected to report for the initial practices of the 1953 football season at Evergreen High School Monday. Coach Wendell Hart states that workouts will be limited to conditioning drills and non-contact work during the first week. Alabama high school rules do not permit the players to don pads for contact work until Sept. 1.
Coach Hart has asked all candidates for the 1953 Aggie 11 to report to Memorial Gym at two o’clock Monday afternoon. At that time, the boys will be weighed and measured for equipment. They will also meet their new assistant coach, Bill Parsons of Americus, Ga.
The Evergreen coaches will have a corps of 10 lettermen from the 1952 squad around which to build their team this year. Heading the returning veterans are Capt. Sam Cope and Alt. Capt. Ward Alexander Jr.
(Other returning lettermen included Lavon “Bud” Ward, Ronnie Edson, Wayne Douglas, Paul Hanks, Lamar Sheffield, Richard Taylor, Wayne Bell and Jimmy Frazier.)

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

BURNT CORN: The young people of this place enjoyed a hike and sunrise breakfast last Tuesday a.m. They report a fine time.

Vacation Needs – Anything You Need In Tackle – Minnows, All Kinds – Reels, $2.75 Up – Lines, Casting and Fly – Spinners, Flies – “Gold Medal” Camp Equipment – WILD BROTHERS HARDWARD CO, Evergreen, Ala.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.60 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.45 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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

Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer

16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Monroeville Fire Chief Eddie Everette announced the retirement of a firefighter and the promotion of two others in his department recently.
According to Everette, Capt. Ronnie Chastain of Monroeville has retired after 31 years of service.
Capt. Ronnie Darby of Monroeville was recently promoted from lieutenant. Darby has more than 23 years of fire service.
Lee Pettis, an eight-year veteran of the city’s fire department, was recently promoted to lieutenant.

Monroe Academy, J.U. Blacksher, Excel and Monroe County (MCHS) high schools have scheduled preseason exhibition games this week.
For the first time in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, its member schools may compete in scrimmages against other member schools in the spring and again in the summer prior to the start of the regular season.
In the Alabama Independent School Association, in which MA is a member, schools may do the same this year.

Dr. Pamala Gibbs joins Lane Medical: After years of being a nurse, Dr. Pamala Gibbs answered a call from God to begin the long process of becoming a physician.
Joining Lane Medical Group’s practice, Gibbs is the newest addition to the MCH medical staff. An internal medicine specialist, she practiced in Atmore prior to making her move north.
Before moving to the Monroeville area, the Gibbs family attended church at Annie Jones Methodist Church in Walnut Hill, Fla.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

50-year pin: William Smith, Worshipful Master of Monroeville Masonic Lodge No. 3, presents Dr. W.H. Hines with a 50-year pin. Dr. Hines joined the lodge in 1928 and has held every office in the organization.

South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars: The South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars lost in the opening round of the 14- and 15-year-old tournament held in Bay Minette, but looked good with new green, white and gold uniforms. Members of the team, based in Frisco City, are Terry Waters, Jimmy Watson, Tracy Womack, Bill King, Ricky Till, Mifford Hill, Trey Wilson and James Richardson; Coach Julius Lambert, David Byrd, Greg Tatum, Robert McMillian, Bryan Baggett, Jerry Waters, Tom Watson and Coach Hugh Wilson.

Former Gov. Albert Brewer said here last Thursday that he would assign “a real high priority” to construction of a bridge over the Alabama River in the Eureka Landing area if elected governor this year.
Brewer also said the Highway 84 bridge at Claiborne is “dangerous” – too narrow and entered off a curve – and “obviously needs attention.”
Brewer brought up the Eureka bridge and answered a question about the Highway 84 bridge during an interview that was part of a stop here of a little less than an hour. He also shook hands in Southtown Plaza Shopping Center and had a snack at a nearby restaurant.
His campaign reportedly had been contacted by residents of the Eureka area who would have a much shorter drive to jobs west of the river with a Eureka bridge. Now they must go through Claiborne.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Monroeville’s new $89,000 National Guard Armory has been estimated to be completed within the next two months.
Lt. R. Jeff Martin, Commanding Officer of the local unit, Battery D of the 108th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, stated the Brice Construction Co. of Birmingham, which began construction of the structure in June, plans to end work within the next eight weeks.
Formal dedication ceremonies of the Armory will be held when it is complete, Lt. Martin declared, with both county and state government officials and State National Guard Officers present for the event.

Football practice at four Monroe County schools – Monroe County High, Frisco City, J.U. Blacksher and Beatrice – will begin next week while it is slated to begin at the fifth school, Excel High, sometime immediately following.
Monroe High and Frisco High will stage initial drills on Monday while night sessions will be started by Beatrice some time during the week and Blacksher High will hold its first meeting on Thurs., Aug. 27. No announcement has been received from Excel on drilling plans.
Practice at the schools will begin with conditioning drills until Sept. 1 when candidates for this year’s squad will put on pads for actual scrimmaging.

San Francisco, Calif. – Completing a nine-month tour of combat duty in the Far East, the fast attack aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea returns here Aug. 14. Serving aboard is William T. Stanton Jr., seaman, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Stanton, and husband of the former Miss Ouida Byrd, all of Mexia.

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

Mr. W.A. Deer of Claiborne was among Monroeville friends Tuesday. Mr. Deer’s information is that work will begin on the construction of the bridge across the Alabama River at Claiborne in the early Fall.

TOWN OF JONES MILL WILL VOTE TO CHANGE ITS NAME: In response to a petition signed by 80 percent of the qualified electors of the Town of Jones Mill, the Town Council has ordered an election (on Sept. 17) to vote on the proposition of changing the name of said town. The new name proposed for the town is Frisco City.

HORRIBLE TRAGEDY IN MONROEVILLE: As the culmination of bad feeling known to exist between the parties, one man is dead and the other is in jail suffering from injuries received in a bloody encounter Tuesday evening.
Mr. Joe Faulkenberry, who had served as night watchman in Monroeville for several months, met Harry Helton, blacksmith, in the Lathram Hardware store late Tuesday evening and a few moments thereafter occupants of adjacent buildings were startled by several pistol shots fired in rapid succession. Rushing to the scene of the unusual disturbance, Mr. Faulkenberry was found lying on the floor, weltering in his life-blood. Mr. Helton stood by with a smoking pistol in his hand and blood flowing from a wound in his shoulder.
While it is known that bad feeling had existed between the parties for a fortnight or longer, no one seems to know just the true circumstances under which the fatal encounter occurred.
Mr. Faulkenberry was regarded as a quiet, peaceable citizen and everyone was shocked by the tragedy.

141 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1878

We are glad to learn, as we do from Capt. W.B. Kemp, that the people of the Pineville neighborhood are thoroughly alive to the importance of a speedy completion of the S&G railroad through the county, and that Pineville will subscribe at least $15,000, provided the road is run via Pineville and Monroeville.

Mount Pleasant – We regret to learn that Mr. D.H. Boyles, one of our worthy county commissioners, intends moving to Texas, having sold out for that purpose. We trust our friend David will yet change his mind and continue to live in Monroe, one of the most glorious old counties in the state, where he has hosts of friends.

Kempville – Desiring to relieve himself of any responsibility in the premises, one of his bondsmen has turned Mr. B.M. Burns, who is charged with killing Mr. Wm. Ashley at Evergreen some time last year, over to the sheriff of Conecuh County. This will necessitate the making of a new bond by Mr. Burns, which, we presume, will be done immediately. The bond is $15,000.

Died – We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dr. J.T. and Mrs. Ella Packer in the death of their infant child, which sad event occurred a few days.

Dental Notice – The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Claiborne and vicinity that he will devote three days preceding the third Sabbath in each month to his profession in that neighborhood. He would also give notice to the citizens of Monroeville that he will spend the week following the third Sabbath of each month at that place. Office near Watson’s hotel. The hard times and difficulty of getting money will in all cases be taken into account and all work guaranteed. – W.A. Lock.