Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKET LIST UPDATE No. 212: Watch the original three “Star Wars” movies back to back to back

The original “Star Wars” trilogy is one of the most iconic series of science fiction movies ever produced, and all three movies are still very popular among audiences of all ages. While I’d seen all three of these movies - “Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” – I couldn’t honestly say that I’d seen the full, theatrical versions. Up until this weekend, I’d only seen the edited for TV versions.

In June 2012, as part of my on-going “bucket list” project, I watched all three “Lord of the Rings” movies back to back to back, and that was a cool movie-watching experience. Later, I got to thinking about how neat it would be to do the same thing with the original three “Star Wars” movies, which is why I added that to my “bucket list” a couple of years ago. On Sunday, I finally took the time to sit down and watch all three of the “Star Wars” movies in order, and it was everything that I expected it to be, that is, a lot of fun.

My first challenge was to find copies of all three movies, but, as luck would have it, I found a relatively inexpensive three-pack containing DVDs of all three movies at Wal-Mart a few months ago. This three-pack sat on top of my desk at home for weeks and weeks, but I finally found enough time to watch them without interruption on Sunday. I put the first movie in around 11 a.m., and we watched all three in order without interruption for the six hours or so. The last movie ended a little after 5 p.m.

“Episode IV: A New Hope” is 121 minutes long, and “The Empire Strikes Back” is 124 minutes long. “Return of the Jedi” is the longest of the three movies with a run time of 132 minutes. In all, that’s six hours and 17 minutes. I have to admit that about half way through “Empire Strikes Back” I did get a little sleepy, but I fought through it.

How does a “Star Wars” marathon stack up against a “Lord of the Rings” marathon? In some ways, it’s better and worse. For one, the “Star Wars” marathon is shorter, especially if you’re watching the director’s cut of the “Lord of the Rings” films. I’d say they both have about the same amount of action, but there’s probably more bloodshed in the “Lord of the Rings.”

Special effects in both movies are also top notch, but since the “Lord of the Rings” movies are more recent, their special effects seem more up to date. I’d say the acting in both trilogies are about on the same level. If I had to watch one or the other over again, it’s a toss up. It would really depend on what kind of mood I’m in.

In the end, how many of you have ever watched the original three “Star Wars” movies back to back to back? What did you think about the experience? Which of the three movies is your personal favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

Today in History for April 20, 2015

Patrick Henry
April 20, 1534 – Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, set sail from St. Malo, beginning his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, the island of Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 20, 1775 – During the Revolutionary War, the Siege of Boston began, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.

April 20, 1775 - Virginia's Royal Governor Lord Dunmore attempted to take the gunpowder from the Williamsburg magazine. Patrick Henry led Patriots in standoff with Dunmore's troops until a settlement was negotiated by Carter Braxton.

April 20, 1777 - In Kingston, the first New York state constitution was formally adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York.

April 20, 1789 – George Washington arrived at Grays Ferry, Philadelphia while en route to Manhattan for his inauguration.

April 20, 1801 – John Sampey Sr., one of Conecuh County, Alabama’s original settlers, cattle farmers and Methodists, was born in Belfast, Ireland.

April 20, 1818 – Burnt Corn was first mentioned on this day in the Acts of the Post Roads, an act that established a postal road “from Fort Mitchell, by Fort Bainbridge, Fort Jackson, Burnt Corn Springs, Fort Claiborne and the Town of Jackson to St. Stephens.”

April 20, 1832 - Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.

April 20, 1836 – U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.

April 20, 1841 - In Philadelphia, Pa., Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," was published in Graham's Magazine. His story has been credited with launching the detective genre or the 'whodunit' into popular culture.

April 20, 1850 – Sculptor Daniel Chester French 1850 was born in Exeter, N.H. He created the Minute Man statue in Concord, Mass. and the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

April 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia. Two days earlier he had been offered command of the Union army.

April 20, 1864 - The Battle of Plymouth, N.C., ended with the rebels capturing Plymouth. Confederates had attacked four days before in an attempt to recapture forts that had been lost to the Union two years before.

April 20, 1889 - Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary.

April 20, 1907 – A large “Memorial Day” celebration was held at Tunnel Springs, Ala. and the featured speaker was the Hon. W.R. Sawyer of Montgomery.

April 20, 1912 – Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and Fenway Park in Boston.

April 20, 1914 – The Ludlow Massacre occurred in Ludlow, Colo. after the National Guard opened fire on a group of striking coal miners.

April 20, 1916 – The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 7–6, in 11 innings.

April 20, 1920 - In Starkville, Miss. and Waco, Ala., 88 people were killed by a tornado.

April 20, 1921 – The Evergreen Courant reported that more than six inches of rain had fallen during the past week, including 3.5 inches on April 11 and nearly three inches on April 15.

April 20, 1921 – In Butler County, Ala. Circuit Court, Jake Crenshaw, who was charged with the murder of Mrs. Foster Gafford, was convicted the second time and sentenced by Judge Gamble to hang on May 30.

April 20, 1930 – Lambert C. Mims, who would serve four terms as Mayor of Mobile, was born in Uriah, Ala.

April 20, 1937 – Ralph Clyde “Shorty” Propst, former Alabama football star, visited Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Ala. during a recruiting trip for Memphis College (now Rhodes College).

April 20, 1939 – Fantasy writer Peter S. Beagle was born in New York City. He is best known for his 1968 book, “The Last Unicorn.”

April 20, 1945 – Heisman Trophy winning football player and coach Steve Spurrier was born in Miami Beach, Fla.

April 20, 1951 – The first organizational meeting of what would become Monroeville Little League was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Ala.

April 20, 1953 – British novelist Sebastian Faulks was born in Newbury, England.

April 20, 1959 – Astronomer Morris K. Jessup, the author of “The Case for the UFO,” was found dead in Dade County, Fla., and his death was ruled a suicide. He was heavily involved in earlier research of the “Philadelphia Experiment.”

April 20, 1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.

April 20, 1979 - Millie Steans Cunningham, a native of Evergreen, Ala. who died on Nov. 18, 1978 in the infamous massacre and mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, was buried at First Zion Church Cemetery in Conecuh County.

April 20, 1981 – The 36th Annual Conecuh County 4H and FFA Steer Show was scheduled to be held at the Evergreen, Ala. Cooperative Stockyard Livestock Arena.

April 20, 1986 – Pitcher Roger Clemens, then just 23 years old, had broken Steve Carlton’s modern (post-1900) record of 19 strikeouts in a single game during an outing against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.

April 20, 1998 – According to the “USA Snapshots” feature in this day’s issue of USA Today, 52 percent of all adult Americans believe that encounters with the dead (ghosts) are possible.

April 20, 2010 - In the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. Eleven workers were killed. 

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., April 20, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 5.65 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 6.85 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 16.20 inches

Notes: Today is the 110th day of 2015 and the 32nd day of Spring. There are 255 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 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from April 1905

The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of Editor and Proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 100 years ago during the month of April 1905. Those issues, which can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, were dated April 6, April 13, April 20 and April 27. What follows are a few news highlights from each of those editions. Enjoy.

APRIL 6, 1905

Circuit Court: Judge John T. Lackland, the new presiding judge, arrived Sunday and convened the Spring Term of the Monroe County Circuit Court shortly after two o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The criminal docket is unusually heavy, there being several capital cases set for trial next week.

DEATH OF COL. HIBBARD: Leading Attorney of Monroeville Bar Passes Away: Col. Bertrand L. Hibbard calmly breathed life’s last fleeting breath at his home in this place at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning, April 2, aged 63 years.

LOST CHILD: Causes Uneasiness and Excitement Until Found Sunday: Great excitement prevailed in the vicinity of Tekoa last Sunday on account of a little boy who became lost in the woods and much uneasiness was felt for several hours until the little wanderer was found.
A little son of Mrs. Evan Manning, aged about five years, went into the woods with several boys older than himself, when their dog jumped a rabbit. The boys followed in pursuit, but the little fellow being unable to keep up, was lost off from his companions and wandered about in the woods for several hours.
The older boys returning from the chase discovered that their companion was missing and reported the fact. The neighborhood was soon alarmed and searching parties went in all directions. After several hours, the little boy was finally overtaken several miles from home and restored to the arms of his half-distracted parents.

HOBSON TO LECTURE: A number of his local admirers have induced Captain Richmond Pearson Hobson of “Merrimac” fame to deliver one of his noted lectures in Monroeville, and his managers have designated Wednesday evening, April 12, as the date. The lecture will take place in the court house and seats are now on sale.

APRIL 13, 1905

Cooper B. Scott, who fired the first gun at Fort Sumter, died at Gainesville, Ga. on the 7th inst., aged 65 years.

MANISTEE: The Bear Creek Mill Co. have got their dam repaired and are going again.
Mr. J.M. Lambert of Nero is repairing the grist mill dam of Mr. George Harris which was torn out by the big freshet some weeks ago. Mr. Lambert will operate it this season as repairs are complete.

BEUNA VISTA: Since posting my usual weekly letter to The Journal, a very tragical affair occurred Monday afternoon about four o’clock, almost in sight of my door. Everett Jones, the 15-year-old son of Mr. Tom Jones, shot and instantly killed a negro boy named “Jack,” who was a farm hand in the employ of Mr. Ollie Finklea. Young Jones entered the “Kearly” field where Jack, another negro and Mr. Lacy Courtney were at work. Everett Jones carried his shotgun. He quarreled with the negro, and after some words, fired his gun, shooting the boy Jack in the head, causing instant death. Young Jones has respectable parents. After, the rilling Young Jones walked off, and has not been caught, or arrested at this writing.

The Hobson Lecture: Capt. Richmond P. Hobson delivered one of his justly celebrated lectures on the topic “American Naval Supremacy” at the courthouse Wednesday evening to a house filled with the county’s most prominent and intelligent citizens.

APRIL 20, 1905

The capture of Will Ptomey, the negro who shot and seriously injured Prof. Claude Hardy at Pine Apple some weeks ago, is reported to have been accomplished at Waco, Texas. A reward of several hundred dollars had been offered.

The Brewton grand jury indicted F.L. Hancock who killed Prof. Jessee Troutman at Canoe last New Year, charging murder in the first degree. The case was continued for trial until the fall term. An effort to remove the trial to another county on account of the alleged inability of the defense to secure a fair trial, failed.

The Spring term of Monroe Circuit Court adjourned on Saturday morning after two weeks of steady grind.
Following are the more important cases disposed of:
- Jim Stallworth, murder, sentenced to 45 years in the penitentiary.
- Tom Stevenson, murder, sentenced to 37 years in penitentiary.
- Robert Packer, murder, life imprisonment

Mrs. Levi Garner, an aged lady of Sepulga, died on Saturday night  from the effects of a snake bite inflicted a week before. She got up during the night and stepped on the reptile, a rattlesnake, on the floor which bit her foot twice. She became speechless in a few seconds and suffered great agony until death. She was 75 years old. – Evergreen Courant.

APRIL 27, 1905

Dr. R.A. Smith left for New York Tuesday to accompany a patient who goes to be operated upon.

Fire at Nadawah: Fire was discovered in the drying house of the Shoal Creek Lumber Co. at Nadawah on last Saturday afternoon about three o’clock. Pumps were at once set to work and a steady stream of water was poured on the highly combustible material, but to no purpose. The loss is estimated at about $10,000, with $9,000 insurance. – Camden Banner.

Town Election: An election for the purpose of electing a Mayor and five Councilmen for the town of Monroeville, Ala. is hereby ordered to be held in the courthouse on Mon., May 1, 1905. M.R. Sowell and N.T. Stallworth are hereby appointed managers to hold such election. – J.W. Fore, Mayor.

A Strawberry Centre: One of the busiest places in this section at present is the little town of Castleberry, the activity being caused by the opening of the strawberry season at that place. Ordinarily, the population of the town is about 250, but at present it is nearer 3,000, about 2,000 berry pickers being there besides commission men, spectators and prospectors.
In the vicinity and adjacent to Castleberry there are something like 600 acres planted in strawberries and new farms are being opened up all the time.

Messrs. Bayles, Hybart and Burns are now fitting up a handsome law office in the old court house next door to the bank.

Today in History for April 19, 2015

Captain James Cook
April 19, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Abigail Hobbs, Bridget Bishop, Giles Corey and Mary Warren were examined. Deliverance Hobbs confessed to practicing witchcraft. Mary Warren reversed her statement made in early April and rejoined the accusers.

April 19, 1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.

April 19, 1770 - Captain James Cook, who at the time held the rank of lieutenant, sighted the eastern coast of what is now Australia and is credited with discovering New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.

April 19, 1775 – The American Revolutionary War began with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord. The first shots of the war were fired when British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington.

April 19, 1782 – John Adams secured the Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.

April 19, 1802 - The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.

April 19, 1840 – Confederate solider Joseph Franklyn Watson was born in Wilcox County, Ala. He was taken prisoner at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and forwarded to Point Lookout, Md. He was paroled on Feb. 14, 1865. He died in Brewton on June 18, 1926 and was buried in Union Cemetery in Brewton.

April 19, 1861 – During the Civil War, the Baltimore riot of 1861 occurred as a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore attacked United States Army troops marching through the city. Four Union soldiers and nine civilians were killed.

April 19, 1861 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Blockade against southern ports. The blockade kept the rural South from being able to stay well supplied for the duration of the war.

April 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Dickson Station, Ala.

April 19, 1864 – A Confederate operation against Unionists began in Marion County, Ala.

April 19, 1865 – The funeral service for Abraham Lincoln was held in the East Room of the White House. His body then began a two-week journey back to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

April 19, 1897 - The first Boston Marathon was held. It was the first race of its type in the U.S. John J. McDermott of New York won with a time of 2:55:10.

April 19, 1899 - Author James Saxon Childers was born in Birmingham, Ala.

April 19, 1904 – J.B. Barnett Sr. opened Monroe County Bank for the first time on the ground floor of the old pre-Civil War courthouse, between two present day courthouses in Monroeville, Ala. The bank moved to southwest corner of the square in 1909.

April 19, 1909 – The Rev. S.O.Y. Ray, the newly elected financial secretary of the Orphans Home in Evergreen, Ala., delivered a sermon at the Baptist Church.

April 19, 1914 – Around 3:30 a.m. (on a Sunday morning), a wood frame house belonging to Mrs. C.S. Rabb on Perryman Street near the cemetery in Evergreen, Ala. caught fire and burned down. Flames spread quickly and the home’s occupants barely escaped with their lives, all contents were destroyed, building a total loss.

April 19, 1915 – Castleberry, Ala. Mayor J.M. Thomas visited Evergreen on business.

April 19, 1927 – The Greenville (Ala.) Grammar School was “gutted by fire” early on this Sunday morning. Nearly 400 students attended the school, which was located on Commerce Street, between Church and Pine Streets. The cause of the fire was unknown.

April 19, 1927 – Actress Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in prison for her role in the play “Sex,” which she also wrote and directed.

April 19, 1931 – Poet Etheridge Knight was born in Corinth, Miss.

April 19, 1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.

April 19, 1949 – The fourth annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show was held in Evergreen, Ala.

April 19, 1957 – Wayne Davis, a small boy from New Brunswick, N.J who was visiting his grandparents near Evergreen, Ala., was killed on this night when he ran into the path of a car 5.3 miles north of Evergreen on Highway 83.

April 19, 1958 - The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played the first Major League Baseball game on the West Coast. This was also the first game in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

April 19, 1959 – Astronomer Morris K. Jessup contacted Dr. Manson Valentine and arranged to meet with him the next day, claiming to have made a breakthrough regarding an event known as the Philadelphia Experiment. Jessup would be found dead the next day.

April 19, 1960 – Major League Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.

April 19, 1960 – Decatur, Ala. native Marv Breeding made his Major League debut, taking the field for the Baltimore Orioles

April 19, 1966 – The California Angels opened Anaheim Stadium against the Chicago White Sox.

April 19, 1968 - In Chicago, the National League approved expansion to Montreal and San Diego. Dallas-Fort Worth failed in its bid for a National League franchise.

April 19, 1981 – NFL strong safety Troy Polamalu was born in Garden Grove, Calif. He went on to play at Southern California and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

April 19, 1987 – “The Simpsons” premiered as a short cartoon on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

April 19, 1993 – The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas ended when a fire broke out. Eighty-one people die, including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.

April 19, 1995 – The Oklahoma City bombing occurred as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168, including 19 children. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.

April 19, 1996 - Dateline NBC conducted an interview with former astronaut Edgar Mitchell during which he discussed meeting with officials from three countries who claimed to have had personal encounters with extraterrestrials. He offered his opinion that the evidence for such "alien" contact was "very strong" and "classified" by governments, who were covering up visitations and the existence of alien beings' bodies in places such as Roswell, New Mexico. He further claimed that UFOs had provided "sonic engineering secrets" that were helpful to the U.S. government.

April 19, 1999 - Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 19-year career. He was suffering from a back problem.

April 19-20, 2002 – The Mockingbird Players of Monroeville performed “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, sponsored by the Mobile Bar Association.

April 19, 2003 – Raoul Finelon established the first ever geocache in Monroe County, “Boo Radley’s Surprise,” on The Square in downtown Monroeville, Ala.

April 19, 2003 – Army Sgt. Troy Jenkins, 25, assigned to B Co., 3rd Bat., 187th Inf. Reg. based in Fort Campbell, Ky.; was wounded by an explosion while on a dismounted patrol with other soldiers in Iraq. He died five days later.

April 19, 2005 – The baseball field at Monroe County High School in Monroeville, Ala. was renamed the “Ronald M. ‘Ronnie’ Dees Baseball Field” in honor of former coach Ronnie Dees.

April 19, 2006 – The Monch Riley Home in Andalusia, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

April 19, 2009 – The Lifetime Movie Network aired “Natalee Holloway,” a television film based on Beth Holloway's book “Loving Natalee.” Starring Tracy Pollan as Beth Holloway-Twitty, Grant Show as George "Jug" Twitty, Amy Gumenick as Natalee Holloway and Jacques Strydom as Joran van der Sloot, the film retells events leading up to the night of Holloway's disappearance in 2005, and the ensuing investigation in the aftermath.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., April 19, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.05 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: 5.05 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 5.65 inches

Spring to Date Rainfall: 6.85 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 16.20 inches

Notes: Today is the 109th day of 2015 and the 31st day of Spring. There are 256 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 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

'At Bell's Landing reunion yesterday is remembered'

George Buster Singleton
(For decades, local historian and paranormal investigator George “Buster” Singleton published a weekly newspaper column called “Somewhere in Time.” The column below, which was titled “At Bell’s Landing reunion yesterday is remembered,” was originally published in the April 29, 1982 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

The bell of the old Presbyterian Church tolled gently as it signaled the start of the Bell’s Landing reunion this spring. The first Saturday in April is a day looked forward to by the many people who are descendants and friends of the early settlers of the once thriving community on the river in north Monroe County.

The old church looked its best, with everything clean and shining. Fresh flowers graced the interior, and the old pews and stained-glass windows added an air of age and dignity. The old piano sat on the corner of the stage as though waiting for someone to sit down and strike the keys into a beautiful hymn such as “Amazing Grace” or “In the Sweet By and By.”

The church yard had been raked clean of leaves from the giant oaks that stand as silent sentinels around the old church. An air of laughter and anticipation settled over the people, with hugs and handshakes the order of the day. Everyone was glad to see everyone else. Kinfolks were greeted and old friendships renewed. Certain instances or occasions were remembered, and conversations always ended with a laugh or smile, or if one looked closely, a faint tear that might have gone unnoticed.

After the business of furthering the best interests of the preservation society and the maintenance of the old church building, a short historical program was given. Dates were mentioned, family names, old buildings and early businesses talked about. Certain locations were pinpointed by those who knew them. This was a Saturday to be remembered.

Then finally that wonderful dinner on the grounds. A box here, a basket there – before you knew it, there was more food than one could imagine. Everyone talking, everyone eating, each in their own way, enjoying this beautiful day with the people they knew and loved.

As I watched these gracious people enjoying themselves, I could understand why some had traveled great distances to be at the homecoming. And I knew, as one or two slipped away to stroll quietly among the neatly kept graves in the adjacent cemetery, that they had come to visit loved ones long departed, too. As each returned to the groups, a little quieter, a little more thoughtful, a lot wiser, the words of a little-known writer came to mind.

“Linger awhile and walk with me into the shadowy mist that was yesterday. Stroll across the faded pages of history and from our hardships, learn the ways to a better and fuller life.

“Pass me not, for I am the spirit of your ancestors. In your veins flow my blood and that of my fathers..

“Linger awhile, if only for a moment, and through your thoughts, I will know that I am remembered.”

(Singleton, the author of the 1991 book “Of Foxfire and Phantom Soldiers,” passed away at the age of 79 on July 19, 2007. A longtime resident of Monroeville, he was born on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from 1964 to 1987. He is buried in Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville. The column above and all of Singleton’s other columns are available to the public through the microfilm records at the Monroe County Public Library in Monroeville. Singleton’s columns are presented here each week for research and scholarship purposes and as part of an effort to keep his work and memory alive.)