Saturday, October 25, 2014

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Sat., Oct. 25, 2014

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 2.30 inches

Fall to Date Rainfall: 2.70 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 53.15 inches

NOTES: Today is the 298th day of 2014 and the 34th day of Fall. There are 67 days left in the year.

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five new locations make list of 'Spookiest Places in Conecuh County'

Greasy Bottom Cemetery 'Spirit Cage' with 'haint paint'
Halloween is just eight days away, and in the spirit of that ghostly holiday, I present to you today The Courant’s fifth annual list of the “Spookiest Places in Conecuh County.”

As with previous editions of this list, I compiled it after discussing the subject with a number of the county’s lifelong residents and individuals well versed in the county’s long history. Without further ado, here’s the list:

· Church’s Chicken: Located on West Front Street in Evergreen, this is one of Evergreen’s best places to stop for fried chicken. However, some former employees say the restaurant’s haunted and what many readers may not know is that the restaurant was built on top of the spot once occupied by a large, two-story house that served for many, many years as Evergreen’s only funeral home. The house, which saw an untold number of funerals, was torn down decades ago to make way for the restaurant building.

· Conecuh County Department of Human Resources Building: Built on the site of the county’s old poor house, convict farm and a former World War II German prisoner of war camp, DHR workers claim to hear the sound of unexplained footsteps in the halls, especially in the building’s north wing, late in the day and after hours. Other employees have had their hair “blown back” by unexplained forces, and others claim to have seen the ghost of a “lady in a long, drab skirt.” Others claim to have seen the ghosts of “women walking with laundry” and the unexplained sounds of “clanking dishes.”

· Conecuh County High School Building: Former teachers at this Castleberry school claim to have heard, after school hours, the unexplained sound of running footsteps in the building’s attic when no one else was in the building. Built in 1936, this building now houses the Conecuh County Junior High School.

· Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library: Staff members at the library have had a number of unusual experiences in the building, which is located on Cemetery Avenue in Evergreen. Unusual occurrences at the building include unexplained temperature drops, thumping noises and the sound of someone coming up the stairs when no one is there. Staff members have also found lights on that should have been off and books “turned topsy-turvy” or misplaced on shelves as well as items on the floor, even though things had been in their proper place when they closed the building the day before. Other library workers claim to have seen a ghost outside on the library grounds. They describe this ghost as a young girl, wearing what looks like turn-of-the-century clothing and riding breeches, standing next to a phantom horse.

· The Evergreen Courant Office: Located on Rural Street in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Evergreen, unexplained noises can be heard during the day and after hours. Long time employees at The Courant jokingly say that the noises are just former employees who don’t know that they’ve passed their final “deadline.”

· First Evergreen Cemetery: Small cemetery located in Evergreen, just off Main Street, about a 1/4-mile south of the old Evergreen High School location. Contains some of the city’s earliest graves, including several unusual-looking unmarked vaults made with handmade bricks. Many of the cemetery’s graves are unmarked.

· Gallows Hollow: Located north of Lyeffion near the intersection of the CCC Trail and the Sepulga River, it’s where outlaw brothers Irvin and Stephen Ward were hung for the murder of Allen Page on Nov. 18, 1859. After the hanging, the old gallows were not removed following the execution and it stood for many decades as a reminder of the tragic murder at Fork Sepulga. The location of that murder and hanging, where the old gallows stood, was known thereafter as “Gallows Hollow.”

· Greasy Bottom Cemetery: Located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 and Jaguar Drive in Evergreen, this cemetery is said to contain between 300 and 500 graves, most of which are unmarked. Several of these graves are surrounded by “spirit cages” that are painted with light blue “haint paint” and are believed to keep ghosts near their graves. Oddly, most Evergreen residents are unaware of this large cemetery despite its size and location near one of Conecuh County’s busiest highways.

· Hawthorne House Site: This residence, which was located in Belleville and burned down in 2003, was used as a hospital for individuals injured in a train collision in October 1862 and as a hospital for Confederate soldiers hurt near the end of the Civil War. Many in the Belleville community believed that the Hawthorne House held the lingering spirits of countless Confederate souls. Lights, televisions and other modern conveniences in the home would often malfunction for no apparent reasons.

· Interstate 65: The 40-mile stretch of the interstate between Evergreen and Greenville was designated “The Haunted Highway” in the book, “Haunted Places: The National Directory” by Dennis William Hauck. Book claims that this section of highway is haunted by the spirits of displaced Creek Indians and has resulted in an “accident rate that is well above average.”

· King’s Crossing: This railroad crossing, located at the intersection of West Front Street and Belleville Street in downtown Evergreen, has been the site of countless accidents and deaths during the past century. At one time considered the most dangerous railroad crossing in Alabama and one of the most deadly in America, Evergreen Mayor Pete Wolff told The Mobile Press-Register in October 2013 that the crossing was “almost like a ghost crossing. It just invites people to run into trains, and not only do they pull in front of them, they even run into them from the side sometimes. We’ve had people that walked on the tracks and been run over. Sometimes a train will come and you can’t hear it. There’s just something weird about it.”

· Monster Road: The traditional nickname of what was also called the Hagood Road, which once connected Conecuh County Road 29 and Brooklyn Road, southeast of Evergreen. No one can say with any certainty how this road came to be named “Monster Road.” In May 2012, the Conecuh County Commission officially closed a portion of this road, three miles north of its intersection with Conecuh County Road 29.

· Old Beulah Cemetery: One of the county’s oldest cemeteries, which contains a number of old fashioned headstones and monuments. The cemetery is located near the intersection of Hagood Road and County Road 29, southeast of Evergreen.

· Old Carter Hospital: Located on Burnt Corn Street in Repton, this was once the only hospital for a hundred miles in every direction. Closed in the mid-1950s, when Monroe County Hospital opened in Monroeville, this structure has seen more than its fair share of pain, sickness and death.

· Old Castleberry Bank Building: Located in downtown Castleberry at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and West Railroad Street, this building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former bank president who committed suicide there during the Great Depression. A former employee who worked there in the 1980s said that she and fellow coworkers would hear a man’s voice even when there were no men in the building and would often catch an unexplainable whiff of cigar smoke. Objects inside the bank would also get moved around overnight while the bank was empty, employees said.

· Old Evergreen Hotel: This two-story building located at the corner of East Front Street and Mill Street in downtown Evergreen was once a thriving hotel that received thousands of visitors in its heyday thanks to railroad passengers passing through Conecuh County. The hotel has been closed for decades and now it’s completely boarded up, but many Evergreen residents have reported hearing unusual noises from inside the building when they walk past at night. “You can almost feel the chill as you pass,” one longtime resident said.

· Old L&N Train Depot: Located in downtown Evergreen and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this building is over 100 years old. Thousands of people passed through this train station during its heyday, and former employees have shared tales about hearing unexplained noises in the building at all times of the day and night.

· Old Sparta Site: According to “Shadows and Dust, Volume II” by Kevin McKinley, this is the location of a haunted well. The story goes that whispers can be heard coming from the well, which may have been constructed near the burial grounds of some long since removed Indian tribe.

· Sanders Cave: Large cave located about 3-1/2 miles northwest of Brooklyn. According to the June 1, 1967 edition of The Brewton Standard, it’s believed that Joseph Thompson Hare’s gang of robbers buried gold in the cave. Hare’s gang, which was organized in New Orleans in 1801, robbed overland travelers from New Orleans to Pensacola. Hare was eventually hanged in Baltimore in 1818 for robbing a U.S. Mail coach.

· Shipps Pond: This 43-acre lake is located between Castleberry and Brewton. In 1862, during the Civil War, plantation owner Henchie Warren supposedly sank a chest of gold and other valuables to the bottom of the lake to hide it from Union troops. Over the years, many have unsuccessfully tried to find this hidden chest, and a number of people believe that Warren’s chest of gold remains there today, waiting to be discovered beneath layers of black mud.

· Stoddard House: Said to be the most haunted location in all of Conecuh County, this one-story brick house is located south of Evergreen on U.S. Highway 31, near the Alabama Department of Transportation office. Former residents claimed to have endured a wide variety of unexplained experiences, including the sound of footsteps in the attic, knocking on walls, a baby crying, disembodied voices and seeing ghostly figures. Members of the Delta Paranormal Project’s Alabama Chapter investigated the home in January 2013 and reported that they believe the house is haunted by at least one spirit and maybe as many as three.

Other nominees for the list have included the Baggett Cemetery in Castleberry, the old Civil Air Patrol Building in Evergreen, the Hampden Ridge Cemetery near Old Fort Autrey, the Old Huggins Grist Mill site at Cohassett, the old Price Hotel-Stagecoach Stop at Owassa, the Old Pritchett Home in Evergreen, the old Ray Brothers Store site near Travis Bridge, the Old Red Wine Bridge near Castleberry and the Old Ward Plantation.

Before I close this thing out, I want to make perfectly clear that more than a few of these places are more than likely located on private property, so if you get the idea to visit any of these places (especially at night) you’d better get permission first or run the risk of trespassing. Also, if you plan to visit any of these places, especially cemeteries, respect your surroundings.


In the end, get up with me if you know a good local ghost story or have information about a spooky location in Conecuh County. You can reach me by calling 578-1492, by e-mail at courantsports@earthlink.net or by mail at The Evergreen Courant, ATTN: Lee Peacock, P.O. Box 440, Evergreen, AL 36401.

Today in History for Oct. 24, 2014

William Wayne Seay of Brewton.
Oct. 24, 1590 – John White, the governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returned to England after an unsuccessful search for the "lost" colonists.

Oct. 24, 1851 - William Lassell discovered Ariel and Umbriel, two satellites of Uranus.

Oct. 24, 1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph line across the U.S. was completed, spelling the end of the 18-month-old Pony Express. The first message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

Oct. 24, 1862 - Union General Don Carlos Buell was replaced by William Rosecrans. Buell was replaced because of his ineffective pursuit of the Confederates after the Battle of Perryville, Ky. on Oct. 8.

Oct. 24, 1865 - Henry Wirz was found guilty of conspiracy to injure the health and lives of Union soldiers and murder. On Nov. 10, he became one of the few people executed for crimes committed during the war.

Oct. 24, 1901 - Annie Edson Taylor celebrated her 63rd birthday by becoming the first person to survive a barrel ride over Niagara Falls.

Oct. 24, 1912 – Aviator Louis Mitchell, who was attempting a “daring descent” at the state fairgrounds in Montgomery lost control of his plane, fell 200 feet and was “crushed beneath the wreckage” of his plane. He died with three minutes of the fall.


Oct. 24, 1914 – W.P. Murphy, a 75-year-old Confederate veteran, died in Evergreen, and his remains were taken to Camden for burial. He had been bedridden for about six years prior to his death.

Oct. 24, 1914 – The No. 5 Passenger Train collided with a mule-drawn wagon opposite the Taliaferro, McCreary & Ivey Store in Evergreen, Ala. “badly wrecking” the wagon. The wagon’s driver and mules escaped without serious injury.

Oct. 24, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Ransom Bird of Owassa and Army Pvt. Jon Adams of Brewton both “died from disease.”

Oct. 24, 1926 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle was born in Marshall, Texas.

Oct. 24, 1926 – Harry Houdini gave his last performance at the Garrick Theater in Detroit.

Oct. 24, 1943 - The Green Bay Packers intercepted nine passes in a 27-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Oct. 24, 1948 – William Wayne Seay was born in Brewton. He would later join the Army and would receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on Aug. 25, 1968 near Ap Nhi, Vietnam.

Oct. 24, 1948 - The Chicago Cardinals scored 35 points in the third quarter on the way to a 49-27 victory over the Boston Yanks.

Oct. 24, 1955 - Los Angeles reached its 18th straight day of smog.

Oct. 24, 1965 - Fran Tarkenton of the Minnesota Vikings threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-41 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Oct. 24, 1970 – Army Staff Sgt. Carter Parker Jr. of Monroeville was killed in action in Vietnam.

Oct. 24, 1971 - Texas Stadium officially opened in Irving, Texas.

Oct. 24, 1976 - Chuck Foreman of the Minnesota Vikings rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oct. 24, 1984 – On the fictional “X-Files,” Fox Mulder joined the FBI on this day after graduating with honors from the Quantico FBI Training Academy earlier in 1984.

Oct. 24, 1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

Oct. 24, 1995 - In Cleveland, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders sang the national anthem in Game 3 of the World Series.

Oct. 24, 1996 - The Atlanta Braves played their last game at Fulton County Stadium. They lost to the New York Yankees, 1-0, in Game 5 of the World Series. The next season the Braves began playing at Olympic Stadium.

Oct. 24, 1998 - Ricky Williams of the University of Texas became the leading scorer in NCAA Division I history. At the end of the game, he had a total of 428 points.

Oct. 24, 2005 – Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corner of the Earth video game was first released.
  

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Fri., Oct. 24, 2014

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 2.30 inches

Fall to Date Rainfall: 2.70 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 53.15 inches

NOTES: Today is the 297th day of 2014 and the 33rd day of Fall. There are 68 days left in the year.

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Oct. 23, 2014

39 YEARS AGO
OCT. 23, 1975

“The Sparta Academy Warriors took an easy 56-20 victory over the Chickasaw Academy Chiefs at Stuart-McGehee Field to highlight homecoming activities Friday night. It ran their record to 6-1-1.”
Standout Sparta players in that game included Joe Andrews, Tony Baggett, Hugh Bradford, Steve DuBose, Bobby Johnson, Jamie McKenzie, Ronnie McKenzie, Tom Nielsen, Jerry Peacock, Jimmy Pierce, Ronnie Pugh, Jimmy Reeves, Woody Register, Walker Scott and Andy Skipper.

“The T.R. Miller High Tigers of Brewton downed the Evergreen Aggies, 22-8, here Friday night at Brooks Stadium.
“Philyaw drove in from the one and then ran in the two-pointer to close the gap to 16-8 in the fourth.”

“The Conecuh County High Blue Devils of Castleberry lost to Frisco City, 36-0, Friday night in Castleberry.
“Outstanding in defeat for the Devils were Dennis Jackson, Dennis Darby, Bob Barnes, Stan Pate, Ricky Reeves, Billie Baker, Phillip Etheridge and Billy Sanders.”

“The McKenzie High Tigers edged the Repton Bulldogs, 14-6, in Repton Friday night.
“Repton drew first blood in the first quarter when Bill Watkins scored from the six. A run for the bonus points failed, and it was, 6-0.”

54 YEARS AGO
OCT. 27, 1960

“Joy Lure’ Davis, Miss Football, was chosen by the Aggie football team. Joy Lure’ is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Davis of Evergreen. She is captain of the cheerleaders, has been a cheerleader for three years, is a member of the ‘E’ Club, Glee Club, Journalism Club, Masque Club, Pep Club, is Features Editor of the Annual and Vice President of the F.H.A.”

“The Evergreen Aggies made their homecoming a success with a 21-14 victory over the Frisco City Whippets. Wing-footed scatback Duncan Roberts and end Leon Stinson were the offensive and defensive stars for the victors, respectively. Roberts lugged the leather on 14 different occasions, including a 57-yard scoring run, for 124 yards and an 8.9-yard per carry average. Stinson latched on to two TD passes and made 15 tackles and assisted on 11 others.”
Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Johnny Ivey, Billy Melton and James Reaves.

“Wayne Thames has been named assistant manager of the Farmers Cooperative Market, Frisco City.
“Thames is a graduate of the Lyeffion High School, where he was an outstanding, three-letter athlete. He played quarterback and captained the football team and also earned letters in basketball and baseball.”

“The Evergreen Aggies play their last home game of the season tomorrow night when they meet Red Level at Brooks Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30.”

69 YEARS AGO
OCT. 25, 1945

“Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Davis, Misses Edna Earl Stinson and Faye Black are among those who will attend the Auburn-Georgia Tech football game in Atlanta, Ga. Saturday being weekend guests of Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. Willis A. Middleton."

84 YEARS AGO
OCT. 23, 1930

“Pep Meeting Turned Out To Be Near Riot: Tuscaloosa, Ala., Oct. 18 – A pep meeting on the eve of the Alabama-Tennessee game last night turned into a near riot when parading students of the university bombarded a moving picture theater with eggs and vegetables after being refused admittance.
“Several hundred students after the pep meeting on the campus marched to town. When they were refused admission to the theater, a small group of students marched on the curb market where eggs and produce were seized with which the theater was bombarded.
“The fire department was called out to assist police in dispersing the students. No arrests were made and only minor damage was suffered by the theater.”

“Messrs. L.W. Price, B.E. Jones, A. Cunningham Jr., J.E. Jones, John and Joseph Hagood attended the football game in Tuscaloosa Saturday.”

“A ball game between Castleberry and Repton was played at Repton Friday evening. The score was 25-0 in favor of Repton.”

“Big Terrapin Race To Attract Many Visitors Here Saturday: MERCHANTS COOPERATING WITH SPECIAL TRADE DAY BARGAINS: Everything is in readiness for the big Terrapin Race which is to be staged in Evergreen next Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 o’clock. Perhaps no event within the last decade has attracted the attention of the citizens of this county and other parts of the state as has this one. From all indications a record crowd will be in attendance unless weather conditions should interfere. The race will be held on the lawn at the courthouse.
“It is not definitely known just how many terrapins will be entered in this derby but it’s pretty safe to predict that at least 50 will be in the circle when the whistle sounds for the start. Another interesting thing about this contest is that it is not limited to any particular specie of the terrapin, turtle, gopher or tortoise family. Those who attend this race will see racers from all the species of this branch of the reptile family. And there will be all sizes and colors. Some of the fellows contend that small terrapins are the fastest and others say that the large turtles are the swiftest. There are still others that believe that to win in such a race one must have reptiles from bred-up racing strains and these fellows have sought racers from other sections where these derbies have been the vogue for a number of years. Then among the entrants are those fellows who are loyal to home products and institutions and these fellows will take you on for an argument any day that Conecuh County has just as fast running terrapins as any place on earth and needless to say these fellows are entering and wagering their bets on terrapins born and bred in old Conecuh. All of these much mooted questions will be settled Saturday when the race is staged.
“This contest is being put on under the auspices of the Lions Club of Evergreen.”

99 YEARS AGO
OCT. 27, 1915

“Our school (Effie public school) has one of the best basketball teams in the county and hope to play several match games this year with Evergreen Agricultural School and other teams.”


“GULF STATE FAIR – MOBILE, OCT. 26-NOV.2-15: An exposition of the Resources of the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, Agriculture, Horticulture, Live Stock, Poultry, Fisheries, Manufacturers, Education - $20,000 in Premiums $20,000 – Horse Racing – Night Horse Show – Thrilling and Comical Free Acts – Gorgeous Fireworks – Reduced Rates On All Railways.”

Who do you think will win this year's World Series?

By the time this column hits the streets, this year’s World Series will be in full swing. This year’s series features the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, and both teams are pretty evenly matched, so I can see this series going the full seven games. I’ll be shocked if it ends in a sweep.

The Royals haven’t won a World Series since 1985, so they’re long overdue for postseason success. As of Monday morning, they were 8-0 in postseason games this season, and they finished the regular season with a .549 winning percentage. Known for the speed on the base pads and in the outfield, the Royals were far and away the best team in the American League this year.

I sort of grew up a Giants fan, but this year’s Giants team is a lot different from those teams of the early 1990s. One good reason to pull for the Giants this year is pitcher Jake Peavy, who grew up in Mobile and played at St. Paul’s. As of Monday morning, Peavy was listed as the probable starter for yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) Game 2 in Kansas City.

In the end, I look for Kansas City to win it all, but I don’t think they’ll be able to sweep the Giants. Only time will tell, but it’ll be hard not to smile if KC doesn’t win their first title in nearly three decades.

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The eighth week of our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em contest is in the books, and after the dust settled after Saturday’s slate of games, the final standings showed that Glennis Curry remained in first place for the third straight week.

Barlow_91 moved up to second place from fourth place, and Steve Stacey dropped from second place to third place. Ricky Taylor went from sixth place to fourth place.

Sharon Peacock, Ricky Powell and Rod Sims were in a three-way tie for fifth place. Mike Dailey dropped from third place to eighth place. Johnny Davis moved up to ninth place from tenth place, and Mark Peacock jumped into the No. 10 spot.

I remained in the No. 13 spot for the second week in a row.

If you’re playing this local contest and didn’t finish in the Top 10, don’t fret. This contest will run for six more weeks, and it’s a marathon not a sprint. You’ll find that the standings will change a lot over the next month and a half.

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In the SEC this week, there are five head-to-head games between conference opponents on Saturday and one other game involving an SEC school.

Alabama will play Tennessee in Knoxville, and South Carolina will face Auburn in Auburn. Mississippi State will play Kentucky in Lexington, and Ole Miss will face LSU in Baton Rouge. Vanderbilt will take on Missouri in Columbia, and UAB will travel to Arkansas. Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M don’t play this week.

For what it’s worth, here’s how I see each of those games playing out. I like Alabama over Tennessee, Auburn over South Carolina, Mississippi State over Kentucky, Ole Miss over LSU, Missouri over Vanderbilt and Arkansas over UAB.


Last week: 5-1. So far this season: 55-15.

Today in History for Oct. 23, 2014

Florence Maybrick of Mobile, Ala. and James Maybrick.
Oct. 23, 1791 – Armstead Dudley Cary, who was Conecuh County’s first probate judge, was born in Gloucester County, Va. Also served as Receiver of the Land Office for the Sparta District and as Conecuh County Circuit Court Clerk.

Oct. 23, 1861 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all military-related cases.

Oct. 23, 1863 – Joel Lee, Conecuh County’s first Justice of the Peace, died at his home in Burnt Corn.

Oct. 23, 1864 – During the Civil War’s Battle of Westport, Union forces led by General Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under General Stirling Price at Westport, near Kansas City. This battle was the biggest conflict west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War.

Oct. 23, 1864 - Union General Grant ordered parts of three army corps, commanded by Generals Winfield Hancock, Gouverneur K. Warren and John Parke, to advance toward Confederate trenches along Hatcher's Run near Petersburg, Va. The goal was to cut the railroad supply line for the Confederates. On October 25, Union troops were turned back.


Oct. 23, 1882 – Dr. John Johnathan Dailey was born at Tunnel Springs. He attended Marion Military Institute and graduated from the University of Alabama Medical School in Mobile in 1906. He later practiced medicine in Beatrice, Skinnerton and Tunnel Springs.

Oct. 23, 1883 – The Greenville Advocate was awarded the First Premium of $100 and a Gold Medal at the Southern Exposition in Louisville, Ky. for being the best county weekly newspaper printed in the southern states.

Oct. 23, 1889 – B.F. Lambert, who’d been confined at the Monroe County Jail for weeks, was transported by Monroe County Sheriff Harrengton to the insane asylum in Tuscaloosa. Lambert was charged with assault on his mother, who he nearly killed, and he was the brother of I.S. Lambert, who was charged with the shooting of T.D. Hestle in 1888.

Oct. 23, 1941 – Mobile, Ala. native Florence Maybrick passed away at the age of 79 in South Kent, Conn. In 1889, she was convicted in Great Britain of poisoning her husband, James Maybrick, a suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings.

Oct. 23, 1942 – “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton was born in Chicago.

Oct. 23, 1943 – The mysterious Philadelphia Experiment was said to have been carried out on this day by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pa.

Oct. 23, 1945 - The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson.

Oct. 23, 1948 – North Dakota National Guard pilot Lt. George F. Gorman gave a sworn account of the widely publicized “Gorman UFO Dogfight” incident to investigators. His statement has since often been reprinted in future years in numerous books and documentaries about UFOs.

Oct. 23, 1962 – Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Doug Flutie was born in Manchester, Maryland.

Oct. 23, 1962 – NFL quarterback Mike Tomczak was born in Calumet City, Ill.

Oct. 23, 1975 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Brenda Royster had been selected as Miss Homecoming at Evergreen High School. First alternate was Patricia Gardner and second alternate was Judy Williams. Members of the homecoming court were Joan Gorum, Angela Ballard, Cathy Ballard, Marsha Kimbrough, Anita House, Sandra Reese, Alma Ray and Diane Weaver.

Oct. 23, 1981 – Excel head coach Lee Holladay led Excel to a 35-23 win over Conecuh County High School, recording his 100th win at Excel.

Oct. 23, 1988 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins passed for 521 yards, three touchdowns and completed 35 of 60 passes against the New York Jets. It was considered the single-best passing day in NFL history.

Oct. 23, 1993 - Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter won the World Series for his team by hitting a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski homered to break a 9-9 tie with the Yankees in the seventh game of the 1960 series, and it was the first time in baseball history that a team won the championship with a come-from-behind home run.

Oct. 23, 2005 - In Chicago, Ill., Lou Rawls gave his last performance when he performed the national anthem of the United States to start Game Two of the 2005 World Series.