Wednesday, June 20, 2018

100-year-old news highlights from The Wilcox Progressive Era

William W. Brandon of Tuscaloosa

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the June 20, 1918 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

Hon. W.W. Brandon of Tuscaloosa, candidate for governor, was in Camden the past week, shaking hands with his friends and looking after his interest in general. Judge Brandon is a genial personality and active campaigner.

Beatrice Masons Elect Officers: At a regular Communication of Beatrice Lodge No. 691, A.F.&A.M., the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Wm. M. Hestle, Worshipful Master; J. Neal Andress, Senior Warden; J.M. Mims, Junior Warden; S.D. Andress, Treasurer; J.W. Fountain, Secretary; W.L. Forte, Chaplain; Joe M. Holloway, Senior Deacon; W.W. Hestle, Junior Deacon; W.A. Marshall, Senior Steward; W.M. McPherson, Junior Steward; Mack Helton, Tyler.

Prof. M.B. Partin of Neenah was in Camden Tuesday.

Hon. N.D. Godbold was a recent visitor to the capital city.

Dr. Z. Moore of Lamison is in Camden this week attending meeting of the Exemption Board.

There will be a patriotic song service at the Auditorium on Thursday evening, the 20th, at 6:45. Everybody invited. Come out and sing. If you can’t sing, come out anyway.

The many friends of Mr. Peyton Burford will be pleased to know that he has received his commission as lieutenant. It requires real merit, under severe tests, for one enlisting as a private to attain the rank of lieutenant within a few months, and while Lt. Burford’s friends are not surprised, they are gratified that he is attaining the rank for which his good qualities so fit him.

The School Improvement Association of Awin sold ice cream at the school building Saturday afternoon and night, June 15. Proceeds were $60. Mr. O.C. Weaver, our Superintendent, made an excellent talk in the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Hawthorne and Miss Rosa Boltz left Sunday for Flomaton, where they joined the son and nephew, Judson Hawthorne, who has been transferred from California to an officers training camp at Jacksonville. We are glad to note recognition of Judson’s worth by the authorities and feel sure he will make good.

Extensive preparations are underway in every school district in the county to hold special meetings on June 28 to secure pledges to War Saving Stamp purchase. The county is well organized and no doubt will “go over the top.”

Books for census enumerators have all been mailed out. Any enumerator who has failed to receive same will please notify me at once. – O.C. Weaver.

Sunday was scheduled as the hottest day on record for the past 50 years in Mobile, for same date in June. It was a little warm in Camden.

Mr. Henry Roberts of Mt. Hope brought in a nice lot of watermelons Tuesday. These are the first of the season.

Mrs. W.H. Lloyd of Pineapple spent several days this week with her granddaughters, Mrs. O.C. Weaver and Mrs. J.C. Jones.

Camden's Jimmy Newberry was among county's greatest athletes


This coming Saturday – June 23 – will mark 35 years since the death of one of the greatest athletes that Wilcox County has ever produced – professional baseball pitcher Jimmy Newberry.

Newberry, who was born James Lee Newberry in Camden on June 9, 1919, passed away on June 23, 1983 at the age of 64 in Cook County, Ill. During his 64 years, Newberry lived an eventful life that saw him play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues and in Japan after World War II. In fact, he was one of the first two African Americans to ever play on a professional baseball team in Japan.

Most sources agree that Jimmy (sometimes spelled “Jimmie”) was the sixth child of Wilcox County residents, Will and Lula Newberry. By 1935, their family had moved to Birmingham, where in 1944, Jimmy, who went by the nickname “Schoolboy,” broke into professional baseball as a 25-year-old, right-handed pitcher for the Birmingham Black Barons. Jimmy played for the Black Barons in 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1948.

Four seasons later, in 1952, Jimmy made history when he and former Black Barons teammate John Britton became the first two African American players to play on a Japanese professional baseball team, the Japanese Pacific League’s Hankyu Braves. Jimmy, then 33 years old, pitched for the Braves just that one season, but it was a notable season. He went 11-10 overall with an earned run average of 3.23 and 100 strikeouts.

Jimmy Newberry
Jimmy returned to the United States and bounced around minor league baseball for three more seasons. He played for the Abilene Blue Sox in the West Texas-New Mexico League in 1954. In 1955, as a 36-year-old, he played for three different teams – the Port Arthur Sea Hawks of the Big State League, the Amarillo Gold Sox of the West Texas-New Mexico League and the Big Spring Cosden Cops of the Longhorn League.


The 1956 season was Jimmy’s last in professional baseball. That year, he played his final season for the El Paso Texans, a team in the Class B Southwestern League. Jimmy started in just five games that season and posted an overall record of just 0-1 in those games. He must have realized that the time had come to hang up his spikes.

Despite my best efforts, I was unable to find out much more about Jimmy’s life after professional baseball. Apparently, he moved to Illinois and settled in the Chicago area. Jimmy died in Bremen Township, Ill., which is southwest of Chicago in southern Cook County. Some sources say that Jimmy was buried in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery, but I was unable to find his grave among available cemetery records.

In the end, there is no doubt that Newberry was one of the greatest professional athletes to ever call Wilcox County home, and it’s a shame that more isn’t known about his life and career. If anyone in the reading audience has any additional information about Newberry’s life and baseball career, please let me hear from you. Chances are, Jimmy still has relatives in Wilcox County today, and I think many readers would be interested in hearing about what Jimmy did with his life between 1956 and 1983.

Today in History for June 20, 2018


June 20, 1597 – Dutch cartographer and explorer Willem Barentsz, who was around 46 years old, died at sea in the Arctic region.


June 20, 1776 - Archibald Bulloch was elected the first president and commander in chief of Georgia's temporary government.

June 20, 1782 – The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.

June 20, 1783 - The Battle of Cuddalore took place between the British and French navies. It was after peace had been signed in Europe but prior to the news reaching India.

June 20, 1787 – Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the “United States.”

June 20, 1819 – Opera composer Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne, Germany.

June 20, 1837 - Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

June 20, 1858 – Writer Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His most famous book, “The Conjure Woman,” was published in 1891.

June 20, 1861 – Nobel Prize-winning English biochemist Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

June 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, Union forces captured Ship Island, Mississippi.

June 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Des Allemands, Louisiana and at New Bridge and Gill's Bluff, Virginia.

June 20, 1863 - During the Civil War, West Virginia was admitted into the Union as the 35th U.S. state, or the 24th state if the secession of the 11 Southern states were taken into account. The same day, Arthur Boreman was inaugurated as West Virginia’s first state governor.

June 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, an engagement was fought at La Fourche Crossing, Louisiana. Skirmishes were also fought at Rocky Ford, Senatobia, Mud Creek and Matthew's Ferry in Mississippi and at Middletown, Maryland.

June 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 33.

June 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Buford's Gap, White House and at King and Queen Court House in Virginia and at White's Station, Tennessee.

June 20, 1875 – A skilled practitioner of the frontier art of the tall tale, the mountain man Joe Meek, 65, of Virginia died on his farm in Oregon. His life was nearly as adventurous as his stories claimed.

June 20, 1893 - A jury in New Bedford, Mass. found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

June 20, 1896 - A “difficulty” occurred between Mr. Tosia (sic) Shirley and his brother Isaac at the home of the former six miles east of Monroeville on this Saturday, in which Isaac shot Rosia (sic) with a 38-caliber pistol, the ball taking effect in the left breast and piercing the lung. Dr. McDaniel was called and dressed the wounds of the injured man. He reported Mr. Shirley’s injuries quite serious but not necessarily fatal. The difficulty between the brothers grew out of a trivial matter. Isaac had been drinking.

June 20, 1899 - A fire in Fort Pickens' Bastion D reached the bastion's magazine, which contained 8,000 pounds of powder. The resulting explosion killed one soldier and obliterated Bastion D. The force of the explosion was so great that bricks from Bastion D's walls landed across the bay at Fort Barrancas, more than 1-1/2 miles away.

June 20, 1900 – Baron Eduard Toll, leader of the Russian Polar Expedition of 1900, departed Saint Petersburg in Russia on the explorer ship Zarya, never to return.

June 20, 1905 - Alabama author Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans, La.

June 20, 1907 – As of this date, there had been 16 cases of smallpox at Chestnut. The community had put on hold all public gatherings as of this date, though people in the community hoped to start up Sunday School again in the near future.

June 20, 1907 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Monroeville post office would be shortly removed to the vacant building adjoining Barnett & Jackson’s hardware store on the east side of the square.

June 20, 1907 – The Monroe Journal reported that Burnt Corn Lodge No. 489 had elected the following officers for the ensuing Masonic year: J.K. Kyser, worshipful master; J.F. Salter, senior warden; H.S. Ellis, junior warden; H.C. Fountain, senior deacon; C.E. Dean, junior deacon; H.H. Brantley, treasurer; A.O. Brantley, secretary; I.S. Ridgeway, chaplain.

June 20, 1907 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroeville Lodge No. 153 had elected the following officers for the ensuing Masonic year: T.M. McMillan, worshipful master; W.G. McCorvey, senior warden; J.B. Barnett, junior warden; D.J. Hatter, treasurer; Q. Salter, secretary; F.W. Hare, senior deacon; I.B. Slaughter, junior deacon; D.K. Smith, tyler.

June 20, 1907 – The Monroe Journal reported that Hall of Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 266, A.F.&A.M., had elected the following officers for the ensuing Masonic year: D.D. Cole, worshipful master; J.R. Montgomery, senior warden; S.E. Northrup, junior warden; Theo. Harris, treasurer; Z. Turberville, secretary; W.H. Northrup Jr., senior deacon; N.D. Montgomery, junior deacon; J.A. Montgomery, tyler; Rev. A.J. Lambert, chaplain; W.D. Lambert, senior steward; C.S. Dees, junior steward; and Chas. Weatherford, marshal.

June 20, 1907 - Miss Mary Stallworth left on this Thursday for Mobile where she planned to take a special course in music. Stallworth had been re-elected teacher of music at the Moore Academy in Pine Apple for the next session.

June 20, 1910 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet and short-story writer Josephine Winslow Johnson was born in Kirkwood, Mo.

June 20, 1912 - The New York Giants and the Boston Braves combined for 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven to the Braves' 10 runs. The Giants won the game, 21-12.

June 20, 1915 – The weather bureau thermometer in Evergreen, Ala. on this Sunday reached 100 degrees during a heat wave that hit Conecuh County.

June 20, 1918 - Author Marie Downs Chitwood was born in Boaz, Ala.

June 20, 1919 - During the final days of the Versailles Peace Conference held in Paris, France, the German cabinet deadlocked over whether to accept the peace terms presented to its delegation by the other nations at the peace conference – most notably the Council of Four: France, Britain, the United States and Italy – and ratified the Versailles Treaty.

June 20, 1924 – Guitarist Chet Atkins was born Chester Burton Atkins outside Luttrell, Tenn.

June 20, 1929 – The Monroe Journal reported that the walks that the Monroeville Junior Chamber of Commerce was having paved on the square would soon be completed, and “as soon as the grass gets to growing, Monroeville will have a real beautiful square for the people of the county as well as others to look upon when in Monroeville. In order to take care of some of this expense now, the Junior Chamber of Commerce is putting on a program for the Fourth of July, and we hope that every business house will close that day and come out to Williamson’s park and do their part in helping make it a success.”

June 20, 1929 – The Monroe Journal printed an act of congress providing for the erection of headstones at government expense at the graves of deceased Confederate soldiers. “Surviving relatives who may wish to take advantage of the privilege granted by the act can obtain all necessary information and blanks for making application by communicating with Congressman John McDuffie who will be glad to render all the assistance in his power.”

June 20, 1930 - Author Philip James McFarland was born in Birmingham, Ala.

June 20, 1935 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson was born in Alliance, Ohio. He went on to play for Purdue, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

June 20, 1936 - Alabama author James Agee and photographer Walker Evans departed New York for Alabama to gather the material that will be used in their book “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.”

June 20, 1936 – Oakville, Ala. native Jesse Owens set a 100-meter record at 10.2 seconds.

June 20, 1937 – Evergreen’s baseball team lost to Century (Fla.), 9-5, at Gantt Field in Evergreen, Ala. on this Sunday. Jim Lane, Al Hansen and Doc Jones all pitched for Evergreen. Lane hit a home run in the eighth inning, and Hansen hit one in the second. Century’s Lefty Adams was the winning pitcher and also led his team with a three-for-five showing at the plate.

June 20, 1941 - The U.S. Army Air Forces was established, replacing the Army Air Corps. The Army Air Forces were abolished with the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947.

June 20, 1942 – During the Holocaust, Kazimierz Piechowski and three others, dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, stole an SS staff car and escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

June 20, 1945 – The United States Secretary of State approved the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to America.

June 20, 1946 – The Evergreen Greenies baseball team was scheduled to play Niceville in Evergreen, Ala. at 3 p.m. on this Thursday afternoon.

June 20, 1946 – Evergreen’s golf team was scheduled to play Monroeville’s golf team at the Evergreen Golf Club on this day around 1:30 p.m. Monroeville’s team included 16 golfers led by Lucian Jones and Hotch, while Evergreen’s team was led by Deming Jones and McGehee.

June 20, 1946 – The Evergreen Courant reported that 97-year-old John Cunningham, Evergreen’s oldest citizen, had been notified by the Montgomery Fair that he had won a $50 prize as the oldest father in a contest sponsored by the store for Fathers Day.

June 20, 1950 – National Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School in Jefferson County, Ala. and immediately signed with the New York Giants. He would make his Major League debut on May 25, 1951 for the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

June 20, 1951 – Poet Paul Muldoon was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland.

June 20, 1952 – Novelist Vikram Seth was born in Calcutta, India.

June 20, 1957 - The Red Sox took a better grip on second place as they defeated the Yankees, 12-9, on this Thursday night. Ray Granade, winning pitcher, and Ronnie Hayes, the loser, were hit freely as the Yanks blasted eight hits while the Sox collected five. The Red Sox hit for extra bases three times with ducks on the pond as Johnny Snowden belted a triple and a double. His teammate Bill Hammond hammered out a triple. Yankees Jerry Johnson, Jim Ward and Robert Rigsby banged out two hits apiece, one a double by Ward.

June 20, 1957 – In Evergreen, Ala., the Chicks and the Pelicans battled to a 15-15 deadlock on this Thursday night. Ronnie Jackson and Joe Glass hurled for the Chicks. William Patten, Mike Minninger and Steve Baggett took the mound for the Pelicans. A seven-run rally in the fifth by the Pelicans tied the game.

June 20, 1957 - Eddie Clyde Tuggle Jr., age 19, a former resident of Evergreen, Ala., drowned while water skiing near Tampa, Fla. on this Thursday morning. Tuggle graduated from Evergreen High School in 1955. Born on Oct. 7, 1937, he was buried in the Orange Hill Cemetery in Tampa, Fla.

June 20, 1963 – The Monroe Journal reported that one of the leading contenders for the Monroeville Little League crown was the White Sox, coached by Allen Martin. Members of the team were Johnny Wiggins, Frank Martin, Joe Whatley, Mark Adams, Pete Black, William Crawford, Mitch Bayles, Gerald Skinner, Windell Simmons, Jim Haynes, Butch Nettles, Wayne McKenzie and Lee Lynch.

June 20, 1963 – The Monroe Journal reported that Joe Morris, principal of J.U. Blacksher High School in Uriah, Ala. for the previous year, resigned the position that week, reportedly to accept employment in private industry. The resignation was effective June 30. R.H. Vickery, county superintendent of education, said the resignation was to be submitted to the county board of education at the next scheduled meeting, which has been set for June 28. Morris, appointed principal to fill the vacancy created by the death of John Sawyer in 1962, previously had served as coach at the school for approximately three years.

June 20, 1963 – In Evergreen Senior Baseball League action, the Tigers stretched their winning string to four on this Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Bubba Faulkner was the winning hurler while Steve Baggett was tagged with the loss.

June 20, 1963 - Sarah Susan Sheffield Wilson, age 103, died at her residence in the Mt. Union community on this Thursday. She was believed to have been Conecuh County’s oldest citizen at the time of her death. Born on May 21, 1860, she was buried in the Sepulga Cemetery at Mt. Union.

June 20, 1964 – The Union Bank of Repton was robbed of $16,386. About two months later, FBI agents arrested two men from Brewton, Lawrence Earl Vonderau, 20, and Junior Wesley Bernard, 39, in connection with the robbery.

June 20, 1964 - Gen. William Westmoreland succeeded Gen. Paul Harkins as head of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV).

June 20, 1967 – During a meeting on this Tuesday night, the Evergreen City Council named City Clerk Miller Sellers as purchasing agent for the city. Sellers was named purchasing agent to comply with Alabama’s new bid law, which was to go into effect on July 1, 1967. The law required all governmental agencies (state, county and municipal) to seek bids on all purchases of $500 or more.

June 20, 1972 – In connection with the Watergate scandal, an 18½-minute gap appeared in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.

June 20, 1972 - President Richard Nixon appointed General Creighton W. Abrams, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, to be U.S. Army Chief of Staff.

June 20, 1975 – “Jaws,” a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s “Star Wars.” “Jaws” was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound.

June 20, 1975 – To mark their Monroeville Little League title, the Mets of the Monroeville Little League presented Coach Billy Ghee with a plaque of appreciation on this Friday night at Bud Lathram Field. The team won the league title with a 12-2 record. Members of the team included Reginald Grandison, Coach Billy Ghee, Troy Wearren, Ray Laffitte, Leslie Brown, Michael Howard, Clifton Harris, Vincent Coaston, Jim Watson, Marshall Gibbs, Pat McKenzie, Joe Rowell and Donald Harris.

June 20, 1976 – The B&S Arena on Stacey’s Farm, 18 miles north of Evergreen, Ala., off State Highway 83, was scheduled to host its first ever rodeo on this Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event was to include Bronco riding, bull riding, barrel racing and calf roping.

June 20, 1976 – Major League Baseball left fielder and first baseman Carlos Lee was born in Aguadulce, Panama. He went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins.

June 20, 1976 – Major League Baseball outfielder and third baseman Rob Mackowiak was born in Oak Lawn, Ill. He went on to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago White Sox, the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals.

June 20, 1977 – The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the largest construction project ever completed in U.S. history, began to pump oil for the first time.

June 20, 1978 - Charlie Graddick, candidate for Attorney General, made a brief visit to Evergreen on this Tuesday. Graddick planned to be back in Conecuh County on June 22 to make more personal contacts. He had compiled an outstanding record as District Attorney in Mobile and earned widespread recognition for this vigorous and successful prosecution of criminals.

June 20, 1978 – Temperatures reached 100 degrees in Evergreen, Ala., according to weather reporter Earl Windham.

June 20, 1982 - Pete Rose played in his 3,000th major league game. It was also his 523rd consecutive game.

June 20, 1989 - The "Batman: Motion Picture Soundtrack" was released by Prince.

June 20, 1994 - The Detroit Tigers' streak of 25 straight games with at least one home run ended. The lost the game, 7-1, to Cleveland.

June 20, 1997 – Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported 1.80 inches of rain Evergreen, Ala.

June 20, 1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hit two home runs for the second straight game. The feat set a Major League Baseball record of 16 home runs in June.

June 20, 1999 - Lawrence Phillips became the first NFL Europe player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

June 20, 1999 - Faith Chapel Assembly of God Church at Franklin celebrated its 60th anniversary on this Sunday. Along with celebrating the church’s beginning, the congregation recognized the woman who organized, built and continues to preach every Sunday, Mary Watford Stabler. Stabler organized the church on June 18, 1939, and in 1941 the church had enough money to buy an old building that once served as a Baptist church. A newer church building was built in 1956.

June 20, 2001 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 38th home run of the season. The home run broke the Major League Baseball record for homers before the midseason All-Star break.

June 20, 2001 – Andrea Yates, in an attempt to save her young children from Satan, drowned all five of them in a bathtub in Houston, Texas.

June 20, 2002 - Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins set a major league record for second basemen when he got a hit in his 34th straight game.

June 20, 2003 - Jose Canseco was arrested after testing positive for steroids, a violation of his probation that stemmed from a nightclub brawl.

June 20, 2003 - John “Fat” Claiborne, 56, of Evergreen passed away on this Friday in a Georgiana hospital. He held membership at Lookout Lodge No. 325, where he served as worshipful master. He was a self-employed businessman and a former member of the Evergreen City Council.

June 20, 2004 - Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds got his 500th career home run.

June 20, 2007 - Sammy Sosa of the Texas Rangers got his 600th career home run. The hit came against, the Chicago Cubs, his former team.

June 20, 2013 – The Shack (Old Scout Hut) in Andalusia was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., June 20, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 16.25 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 171st day of 2018 and the 92nd day of Spring. There are 196 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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for June 19, 2018

The Wendy's restaurant construction site in 2015.

THREE YEARS AGO
JUNE 18, 2015

Evergreen weather observer Betty Ellis reported .01 inches of rain on June 9, .35 inches on June 11 and .14 inches on June 12. She reported highs of 93 degrees on June 13 and June 14 and a low of 68 degrees on June 12.

Construction of Wendy’s to start: Evergreen city officials learned earlier this week that Monday will be another landmark day at the growing Liberty Hill Development in Evergreen.
During an Evergreen City Council meeting Tuesday evening at Evergreen City Hall, City Economic Development Director Bobby Skipper told the council that construction work at the cooperative district, which is located just off Interstate Highway 65’s Exit 96 in Evergreen, was a week ahead of schedule and should wrap up by the end of the month.
Skipper also noted that work at the cooperative district has progressed to the point that the construction of the new Wendy’s restaurant is scheduled to begin on Monday. Not long thereafter, construction is due to begin on the new Zaxby’s and Shoney’s restaurants, which will be located in the cooperative district near Wendy’s.

The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) recently released the results of a study that showed that Conecuh County was the third-most deadly county in the state for drivers.
Based on the number of fatal accidents over the past 20 years and the county’s population, Conecuh County was ranked third on the list of 10 deadliest counties in Alabama behind No. 1 Greene County and No. 2 Lowndes County.

28 YEARS AGO
JUNE 21, 1990

Richard Melton, president of the Student Government Association at Hillcrest High School, is congratulated by Dr. Bill Robbins, principal of Hillcrest, for the excellent job the SGA did in erecting the Hillcrest High School monument at the entrance of Jaguar Road. Wayne Hammonds, sponsor, and Alex Johnson, vice principal of Hillcrest, were very instrumental in the erection of the monument.

Conecuh County voters will face a much shorter ballot when they return to the polls Tuesday to vote in the Democratic and Republican Primary Run-off Election. Polls will open at eight o’clock Tuesday morning and close at 6 p.m.
On the Democratic ballot there is only one county race, the run-off for tax assessor. Sherry Atkins and Terry Sullivan are in the runoff for the Democratic nomination. Atkins led the county on June 5 with 1,452 votes to 1,173 for Sullivan.
The runoff for State Representative, District 64 (Conecuh and Monroe counties), is grabbing a lot of attention. Veteran State Rep. J.E. (Jimmy) Warren and Wayne Thames are in the runoff. Warren, first elected in 1970, led 1,921 to 1,765 in Conecuh in the June 5 voting, and also led by a slim margin in Monroe County.

Evergreen Mayor Lee F. Smith has been elected to serve on the Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Committee for the year 1990-91.

53 YEARS AGO
JUNE 17, 1965

The first cotton bloom of the 1965 crop to be brought to The Courant was turned in on June 5 by Les Crosby, good farmer of the Fairview community.
Crosby is a well known and highly respected farmer who has been doing a good job in agriculture for a number of years. In years past, he has often had the honor of bringing in the first bloom, first open boll and first bale of the year.

The Evergreen Rotary Club’s sixth annual Conecuh County 4-H Club Fish and Wildlife Camp got underway yesterday morning and will end this afternoon at five o’clock. Some 50 boys had registered to participate in the two days and a night camp.
The county camp is the largest and best of its type in the state and has produced numerous award winners since its inception. It is held each year at D.T. Stuart’s Pond near Belleville.

Sen. Sparkman visits here Friday: Plans are complete for U.S. Senator John Sparkman’s visit to Conecuh County tomorrow, according to Wheeler Foshee Jr. of Red Level, who is coordinating plans for the visit in Conecuh, Covington and Butler counties. Sparkman will be in the area June 18 through June 21.
Two meetings are scheduled in Evergreen during the senator’s visit to this county. The senator will be the honored guest at the countywide tea at the Evergreen Recreation Center from three to five o’clock p.m. Friday afternoon. Mrs. J.T. Ward is general chairman of the event.
Tomorrow night, the senator will deliver the principal address at a barbecue supper at the Recreation Center.

78 YEARS AGO
JUNE 20, 1940

FIRST COTTON BLOOM EXHIBITED HERE FRIDAY: L.E. (Eugene) Salter of Evergreen brought to The Courant office last Friday the first cotton bloom seen at this at this office so far this year. Mr. Salter states that he has 40 acres in the field from which this bloom came, and that there are a few blooms scattered over the entire field. Mr. Salter’s cotton withstood the late freeze in fine shape but the recent rains have caused considerable damage.

GREENING LODGE NO. 53 ELECTS OFFICERS FOR YEAR: At a regular meeting of Greening Lodge No. 53 A.F.&A.M. held June, 14, 1940, the following officers were elected to serve the ensuing year: T.J. Mills, worshipful master; C.C. Hagood, senior warden; T.P. Whitten, junior warden; W.S. Dreaden, treasurer; W.G. Jones, secretary; A.D. Hansen, senior deacon; S.H. Ridgeway, junior deacon; and John Stamps, tyler.

The Repton Masonic Lodge No. 575 A.F.&A.M. met Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Masonic Hall. A feature of the meeting was the election of officers for the ensuing year which are: Worshipful Master, Dr. E.L. Kelly; Senior Warden, E.M. Musgrove; Junior Warden, J.S. Nall; Treasurer, W.W. Kelly; Secretary, J.C. Brown; Senior Deacon, W.J. Nall; Junior Deacon, H.H. Richerson; Tyler, A.R. Brantley; Chaplain, A.B. Owens; J.E. Nettles and W.J. Nall, auditors.

128 YEARS AGO
JUNE 19, 1890
THE STAR

We have learned that it is likely that Mr. Shields, who will succeed Mr. T.J. Ansley on the L&N road, will occupy the Methodist parsonage.

Col. P.D. Bowles and Mr. C.P. Deming were among the Evergreen visitors to Mobile on “Governor’s Day” last Friday.

Mrs. Austill, wife of Jere Austill, one of the pioneers of Conecuh County, and noted as an Indian fighter during the first settlement of the country, died in Mobile last week at an advanced age.

WANTED: Old United and Confederate States Postage Stamps, Highest cash price paid for same, also Confederate Music Bonds, and War Relics. – H.H. Fosdick, Mobile, Ala.

An Ordinance: That after June 20, 1890, it shall be unlawful for any hog to run at large on the streets of Evergreen, and any hog found so running at large shall be taken in custody by the marshal and impounded and kept by said marshal for a period of five days, after which such animal will be sold to pay expenses and marshal’s fee. That the fee of the marshal for impounding shall be one dollar for each animal. W.D. ATKINSON, Mayor; W.E. LIVERMAN, Clerk.

We learn that there has been some violation of the prohibition law recently at Castleberry, but we are sure the law-abiding people of that place will not suffer this state of things to continue long if they can prevent it.

Today in History for June 19, 2018

Wolff, Upton and Albritton with "Bigfoot" resolution.

June 19, 1586 – English colonists left Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America.


June 19, 1623 – Mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

June 19, 1776 - Benedict Arnold notified General Sullivan that his garrison had successfully moved out of Montreal and that they had seized some spirits and molasses in that town.

June 19, 1776 - In Boston Harbor, an armed Connecticut vessel along with several schooners seized two British ships and took 200 sailors and soldiers prisoner.

June 19, 1778 - The Patriots returned to Philadelphia after nine months of British occupation. The British had abandoned the city the previous day.

June 19, 1778 - U.S. General George Washington's troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.

June 19, 1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers, 23-1. Cartwright umpired.

June 19, 1850 - Author Louise Clarke Pyrnelle was born on her father's plantation near Uniontown, Ala.

June 19, 1861 - All the border states had problems with sections of their territory which felt more closely aligned with the opposing side. In the case of Virginia, the mountainous parts of the state, closest to Ohio, were strongly pro-Union and resolved to do something about it. On this day, Francis H. Pierpont was named “provisional governor of Federal Virginia.” A lawyer who had made a fortune in the railroad business, he had never before held public office. The territory was later admitted to the Union as West Virginia.

June 19, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at New Creek, West Virginia.

June 19, 1862 - Union General Henry W. Benham was arrested for the Battle of Secessionville. The attack had not been approved.

June 19, 1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln also outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

June 19, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation. News of the document reached the South, and Southerners realized they couldn't stop the inevitable.

June 19, 1862 - Every war produces an arms race, and the American Civil War, coming as it did at a time of technological advancement anyway, was no exception. One such new nastiness was put to work in the James River on this day. Commander Maury of the Confederate States Navy was in charge of placing “electric mines” near Chaffin’s Bluff to deter Union ships. Explosive charges were to propel pieces of boiler plate through a watertight wooden barrel. The batteries that powered the detonators were borrowed from the University of Virginia.

June 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Lenoir's Station, Tenn.; on the Greenleaf Prairie, Oklahoma; and near Petersburg, West Virginia. An action also occurred on the Coldwater River in Mississippi.

June 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 32.

June 19, 1864 – The most successful and feared Confederate commerce raider of the Civil War, the CSS Alabama, captained by Mobile’s Raphael Semmes, was sunk at the end of a fierce and spectacular naval battle with the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Cherbourg, France. The Alabama had docked there for maintenance and repairs after 22 months of destroying northern commerce on the high seas during the Civil War. During its career, the Alabama captured 66 ships and was hunted by more than 20 Federal warships.

June 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Siege of Petersburg, Va. began.

June 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Noyes' Creek, Ga.; at Eagle Pass, Texas; and at Iron Bridge, Oklahoma. An affair also occurred at Grossetete Bayou, Louisiana.

June 19, 1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas were finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

June 19, 1868 - Attempting to convince hostile Indians to make peace with the United States, the Jesuit missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet, 67, met with the great Sioux Chief Sitting Bull at his camp along the Powder River in present-day Montana.

June 19, 1903 – National Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig was born in New York City. He would play his entire career (1923-1939) for the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

June 19, 1903 - The baseball game between Brewton and Evergreen played in Evergreen on this Friday was said to have been “one of considerable local interest, though there was ragged playing on each side, neither of the teams having had very much practice. For the first six innings, it looked as if the game would result in a victory for Evergreen, but some bad playing on the infield by Evergreen lost the game to Brewton.” Brewton won, 9-6.

June 19, 1906 - During a thunderstorm on this Tuesday morning, a negro man and mule were killed and three negro women were severely shocked by lightning on the David Watts plantation in Wilcox County. The “unfortunate people sought shelter from the storm under a tree in the field where they were at work. Lightning struck the tree, killing the man and mule outright and rendering the women unconscious.”

June 19, 1906 – German SS officer Walter Rauff was born in Köthen, Germany.

June 19, 1910 - The real Karl Ruprecht, the basis for the fictional Col. Karl Ruprecht Kroenen in “Hellboy,” was born in Gratkorn. He grew up to become an Austrian Nazi official and folklorist. He studied German and English philology and folklore at the University of Graz, then at the University of Vienna, and then from 1934 on at the University of Königsberg.

June 19, 1916 - J. Daniels of the Tunnel Springs Turpentine Co. was a business visitor to Monroeville on this Monday.

June 19, 1917 - Miss Mittie Harris gave a recital at the Camden Grammar School Auditorium on this Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. She presented the dramatic reading, “All of a Sudden, Peg.” Admission was 25 cents. Harris was a gifted elocutionist and an enjoyable evening was assured. The program was interspersed with piano solos.

June 19, 1917 - During the third year of World War I, Britain’s King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with the use of German titles and surnames, changing the surname of his own family, the decidedly Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to Windsor.

June 19, 1917 - Dougal Salter left on this Tuesday for Ft. McPherson, where he planned to enlist in the hospital corps.

June 19, 1919 – Film critic Pauline Kael was born in Petaluma, Calif.

June 19, 1924 – Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle Leo Nomellini was born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He went on to play for Minnesota and the San Francisco 49ers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

June 19, 1927 - John Pierce, Virgil Brooks, J.J. Pierce and his grandson, Otis Pierce of Evergreen, left on this Sunday morning for the Alabama River, where they planned to spend a few days on a fishing trip.

June 19, 1934 - The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was established.

June 19, 1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 established the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate radio and TV broadcasting.

June 19, 1937 – On this Saturday night, Edward Farish, Mattie Farish, Earl Brown and two mules were injured when a car driven by Richard Brown collided with a wagon occupied by Edward Farish, Mattie Farish and Robert Farish. The accident occurred “on the highway leading to Evergreen just a short distance east of the overhead bridge.” Edward Farish, Mattie Farish and Earl Brown, who was a passenger in the car, were taken to Carter’s Hospital in Repton for treatment.

June 19, 1940 - J.C. Hamilton, Evergreen businessman, exhibited in front of his shop on this Wednesday morning a large bob cat that he and his dogs killed while engaged in hunting fox on Tues., June 18. The cat was reddish brown in appearance and measured 31 inches from his nose to the tip of his tail. He stood 16 inches high. Hamilton and his 12 dogs happened upon the animal close to McGehee’s farm between Evergreen and Tomlinson’s Mill.

June 19, 1943 - The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

June 19, 1945 – Short-story writer and memoirist Tobias Wolff, best known for his memoir, “This Boy’s Life,” was born in Birmingham, Ala.

June 19, 1945 - Author Paul Allen was born in Selma, Ala.

June 19, 1945 – Music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus was born in San Francisco.

June 19, 1945 - At a regular communication of Alabama Lodge No. 3, held on this day, the following officers were elected: A.M. Thompson, Worshipful Master; J.T. McArthur, Senior Warden; V.M. Genwright, Junior Warden; W.N. Wiggins, Treasurer; W.S. Nash, Secretary; K. Branum, Senior Deacon; L.R. Gulsby, Junior Deacon; Alvin Luker, Tyler; B.H. Bailey, Marshal.

June 19, 1947 – Novelist Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

June 19, 1952 – A giant, new power transformer was unloaded from a railroad car in Evergreen, Ala. and moved to the substation near the Evergreen city limits on U.S. Highway 31. To load the 103,000-pound transformer on the truck, a ramp had to be built so that the truck’s body was even with the railroad car. When this was done, the huge 14,400 KVA transformer was lifted with powerful jacks and rollers placed under it so that it could be moved onto the truck.

June 19, 1961 – Kuwait declared complete independence from the United Kingdom.

June 19, 1964 – The final episode of the TV show, “The Twilight Zone,” aired on CBS after a five-year run. The iconic series, hosted by Rod Serling (who wrote 92 of its episodes) was known for using sci-fi to relay strong social commentary. TZ had a healthy afterlife in syndication, and spawned two TV remakes, and a feature film.

June 19, 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by the U.S. Senate.

June 19, 1965 – Air Vice-Marshal Nguyễn Cao Kỳ became Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu became the figurehead chief of state.

June 19, 1968 - In a public ceremony at Hue, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu signed a general mobilization bill. Under the new measure, men between the ages of 18 and 43 were subject to induction into the regular armed forces. Men between the ages of 44 and 50 and youths between 16 and 17 years old were eligible to serve in the part-time civilian People’s Self Defense Organization.

June 19, 1969 – Beginning on this Thursday, a special one-week showing of “Gone with the Wind” was scheduled to be presented at the Pix Theatre in Evergreen, Ala. It was not to be shown in the area for another seven years.

June 19, 1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the anti-trust exemption that Major League Baseball uses was constitutional. The court called upon the U.S. Congress to repeal the sport's special status.

June 19, 1973 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his 2,000th career hit.

June 19, 1979 – Explorer and scholar Paul Popenoe died in Miami, Fla. at the age of 90.

June 19, 1979 - Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Darrel Ledkins and Sheriff Lenwood Sager confiscated some of 900 marijuana plants on this Tuesday near Manistee. The Sheriff’s Department had been watching the marijuana patch for two months, since the plants were about an inch high, said Sager. Some of the plants were about seven feet tall when pulled up. No arrests had been made, as of June 21.

June 19, 1981 - "Superman II" set the all-time, one-day record for theater box-office receipts when it took in $5.5 million.

June 19, 1997 – Alabama State Senator Pat Lindsey presented the public library in Evergreen, Ala. with a $7,000 check “for any purchases that will help the library to grow.” Accepting the check were Library Board Chairman Rebekah Poole, Vice Chairman-Secretary Joye Fordham and Library Director Vern Steenwyk.

June 19, 1999 - Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.

June 19, 1999 – On this Saturday morning, eight members of the Bower Memorial Baptist Church in Evergreen joined 63 others in the Bethlehem Association in Monroe County for a weeklong mission trip to Monticello, Ky., where they help build a new church building for the Steubenville Baptist Church. The eight people from Evergreen who went on the trip were Warren Johnston, Lottie Johnston, Rodger Carroll, Laura Carroll, Travis Cobb, Betty Powell, Geraldine Denton and Hughie Denton.

June 19, 2003 - Presley-Fluker finished their season as the 2003 Babe Ruth League Champions on this day. Members of the team were Justin Gary, John Goodson, Nick Klaetsch, J.T. Murphy, Ryan Moore, Coach Glen Gary, Darvin Mims, Jesse Crawford, Jonas Claiborne, Chase Brown, Coach Jonas Claiborne, Daniel Ballard, Quinton Lee and Austin Murphy.

June 19, 2007 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. native Andy Phillips was called up to the New York Yankees after Josh Phelps was designated for assignment. Throughout the 2007 season, Phillips became an important part of the team as a result of injuries to first baseman Jason Giambi and Doug Mientkiewicz. Due to these injuries, Phillips found himself used in the role of primary first baseman for the Yankees.

June 19, 2007 – The al-Khilani Mosque bombing in Baghdad left 78 people dead and another 218 injured.

June 19, 2008 – The Monroe Journal reported that Excel’s White Sox had captured first place in the South Monroe Little League’s Major League division for players ages 11-12 that season with a 13-3 record. Team members were Drew Greene, Colin Welch, Dylan Goodman, Brett Gorum, Christian Gross, Peyton Thrasher, Coach Tad McMullen, Jake Tucker, Cameron Bratcher, Ty McMullen, Manager Billy Hyde, Lawrence Hyde, Dusty Greene and Coach Keith Greene.

June 19, 2017 – Alabama State Senator Greg Albritton presented Evergreen Mayor Pete Wolff and Evergreen City Councilman Luther Upton with an official Alabama Senate resolution that formally declared the City of Evergreen to be the “Bigfoot Capital of Alabama.” The presentation was made at the WPPG 101.1 FM radio station in Evergreen.


Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., June 19, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 16.25 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 170th day of 2018 and the 91st day of Spring. There are 197 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.