Thursday, September 3, 2015

100-year-old news highlights from The Evergreen Courant from September 1915

French 'His Night Out' poster
It’s that time of the month again, time to take a trip down memory lane and review all of the interesting things that took place in Conecuh County 100 years ago, way back in September 1915.

In the Sept. 1, 1915 edition of The Evergreen Courant, editor and owner George W. Salter Jr. reported, under the headline “Kills Friend While Hunting,” that “while out hunting on Cedar Creek on Saturday morning last Ernest Frazier shot and killed his friend, L.A. Palmer, mistaking him in the underbrush for a turkey, it is said. Deceased is survived by a wife and several children. The tragedy is greatly deplored and by no one more than Frazier who made the fatal mistake.”

Elsewhere in that week’s paper, Salter reported that “Uncle Jake Franklin, residing near Brooklyn for many years, died on Aug. 27 at the age of 107 years. Citizens residing in the vicinity where he died state that they believe his age is given correctly.”

Readers that week also learned that “Oscar Baxley, a member of the Brewton Military Co., was accidentally shot in the foot by a fellow soldier Thursday last while at the encampment in Montgomery and died from the effects of the wound the following day.”

Salter also advised readers that week to not “forget to see the ‘Wildfire,’ featuring Lillian Russell, at the Arcade (Theater) Thursday night, admission 10 and 20 cents. Charlie Chaplin, the funniest man in the world, in ‘His Night Out,’ Monday night, admission five cents and 15 cents.”

Salter also reported that week that “J.R. Myers of Owassa has been appointed registrar for this county. Under the new law, there is only one registrar for each county, instead of four as heretofore.”

In the Sept. 8, 1915 edition of The Courant, Salter reported that “Prof. L.H. Lewis, member of the Agricultural school faculty, arrived this week from his home in Blocton preparatory to the opening of the school.”

That week’s paper also included the following notice – “Members of Camp Wm. Lee, No. 338, will meet at the courthouse on the first day of October. Camp dues at five cents per capita for state reunion; all urged to attend or send dues in stamps to T.A. Jones, Adjutant. Failure to come or pay dues, may lose membership. By order of G.R. Boulware.”

Also that week, under the headline “At The Arcade Friday,” readers learned that “’Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch’ will be shown in five reels at the Arcade on Friday. Everybody who has read the book will be glad to see this picture. The show will open at five o’clock in the afternoon and 7:45 at night. Music will be furnished by the string band. Admission 10 cents and 20 cents.”

Readers that week also learned that “Aubrey Brown has recently established a drug business at Brooklyn. His numerous friends hope he will meet with success.”

Salter also reported that week that “County Court Monday had much the appearance of circuit court times. As a result of the days business, the county road crew was increased considerably.”

Readers that week also learned that the “Conecuh County teachers institute convened here Monday and will be in session probably until Friday. There is a fine attendance of teachers and the sessions quite interesting.”

In the Sept. 15, 1915 edition of The Courant, in news from the Effie community, it was reported that “two of the most interesting baseball games of the season were played between Holly Grove and Belleville Saturday. The first game was a tie, 6-6, and the second was, 4-5, in favor of Belleville.

“Burnie and Clinton Sanders attended the ball game at Belleville Saturday last and report plenty of dinner and a jolly time.”

Salter also reported that week that “probably the largest crowd that ever attended a session of commissioners court assembled here Monday. Most of them were here in the interest of improving public roads in various sections. All who cared to be heard were given a patient hearing.”

Readers that week also learned that the “contract was awarded by the commissioners court on Monday to Fowler & Watson, local contractors, for the construction of a road from Burnt Corn Creek to Bermuda and from the stage road to Repton.”

Salter also reported that week that “work on the state aid road has progressed to a point beyond the Stallworth mill site. When completed this will be one of the prettiest stretches of graded road in the county. It is 32 feet wide.”

In news from the Lenox community it was reported that “preparations are being made to complete the new school building at this place in which the state has liberally assisted.”

Salter also reported that week that “the price of cotton on the local market reached 10 cents yesterday.”

Also that week, readers learned that “the annual convention of the Conecuh County Sunday School Association closed this afternoon after a two days session in which a large number of Sunday schools of every denomination took part.”

In the Sept. 22, 1915 edition of The Courant, under the headline “Schools Open,” it was reported that “the Agricultural School and City School opened Thursday last.

“The Agricultural School starts off with a splendid enrollment of pupils. The outlook is for the largest enrollment in several years.

“The City School is full to overflowing. It was necessary to provide additional room and very cozy apartments have been provided in the old Baptist church where the first and second grade will be taught.
“Both schools are now getting down to real business and a good year is promised.”

Also that week, Salter reminded readers that “three weeks from today Conecuh’s first county fair will open and the prospects now are for a fine display of livestock, poultry, agricultural products, canned goods and ladies fancy work.”

Readers that week also learned that the “first car load of Conecuh County corn was shipped this week by F.L. Riley Dept. Store. This scores one big point in favor of diversification.”

Salter also reported that “cotton reached 11 cents yesterday and farmers are selling as rapidly as they get it ginned. This price will bring much of last year’s cotton from hiding places.”

Readers that week also learned that the “World Film Co. will present ‘The Daughter of the People,’ featuring Laura Sawyer, at the Arcade Theatre on Friday. On Wednesday, Mary Pickford will be shown in ‘The Eagle’s Mate.’”

Salter also reported that week that “D.C. Sawyer is spending a few days here with old friends. Mr. Sawyer was for many years agent of the express company here, but some dozen years ago he removed with his family to Montgomery and some years later to Chattanooga.”

In the Sept. 29, 1915 edition of The Courant, it was reported that the “opening of the Conecuh County High School was quite encouraging, the attendance on opening day being 52 percent better than on the corresponding day last year, and new students are coming in every week.”

In news from the Mt. Zion community, it was reported that the “Mt. Zion public school opened Monday, Sept. 30, with W.F. Chandler of China as principal and Miss Stella Mason of Wilcox County, assistant. Forty pupils were enrolled that day and the number has increased to 48.”

Salter also reported that “cotton has been selling on the local market for 12 cents and continues to play around that figure. Farmers who have any to sell are elated.”

Readers that week learned that the “Evergreen friends of Prof. C.M. Dannelly congratulate him upon his recent appointment to the important position of chief clerk in the office of state superintendent of education.”

It was also reported that “Capt. E. Downing of Castleberry was here a few days ago and was greatly pleased over the record made by the Conecuh Guards at Montgomery encampment. He said two prizes were offered and his company took both, that the deportment of his men was very highly complimented by the commanding officers. He is justly proud of the record of his company and is to be congratulated.”

Salter also reported that week that “Blake Webb, a seven-year-old inmate of the Orphans Home, died on Monday and his remains were shipped to Flomaton for interment. The little fellow had been a sufferer for a long while.”

Well, I guess that’s all that space will allow for this month. Next month, I plan to take a look at the events of October 1915 in Conecuh County. Until then, if you get the urge to research the county’s past yourself, take advantage of the Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library’s excellent selection of old newspapers on microfilm and other resources. The library’s friendly and courteous staff will be more than happy to get you started.

Who do you think will win this week's slate of SEC games?

College football will get underway later this week, and while there are a number of good games on the schedule this week, there will be no head-to-head match-ups between the 14 SEC teams. For what it’s worth, here are my picks for this week’s slate of games involving teams from the SEC.

I like Alabama over Wisconsin, Louisville over Auburn (!), South Carolina over North Carolina, Texas A&M over Arizona State, Mississippi State over Southern Miss, Tennessee over Bowling Green, Florida over New Mexico State, Georgia over Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri over Southeast Missouri, Vanderbilt over Western Kentucky, Arkansas over UTEP, LSU over McNeese State and Ole Miss over UT-Martin. 

Last week: 0-0. So far this season: 0-0.

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Those of you who watched Sparta and Hillcrest play last Friday night got to see a couple of remarkable games.

Hillcrest’s 56-13 win over Monroe County High School Friday night was Hillcrest’s biggest win ever over the Tigers from Monroeville and gave the Jaguars a 16-8 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. Friday night’s 43-point victory was Hillcrest’s biggest win ever over the Tigers, going back to a pair of 34-point wins in 2013 and 1999.

Friday night’s game was also remarkable because it was Hillcrest’s first game on the newly resurfaced playing field at Brooks Memorial Stadium. Many fans also got to see first hand the new, nice-looking retaining wall on the south end of the stadium, which lends the stadium a classy, old-school look.

One other thing comes immediately to mind about last Friday night’s game against Monroe County. Many remarked about the lengthy first quarter, which seemed to have encompassed as much time as nearly a full half of play. The game kicked off as scheduled around 7 p.m., but the first quarter didn’t officially end until 7:53 p.m., almost a full hour later. Some in the stadium thought that they were reading the scoreboard wrong, but due to a lot of passing, penalties and time outs, this 12-minute quarter just ended up taking a lot longer than usual.

Sparta’s 32-9 win over Southern was Sparta’s second straight victory over the Cougars and gives Sparta a 6-5 edge in the all-time series between the two schools in football.

Tomorrow (Friday) night, Sparta will face a much more familiar opponent in Crenshaw Christian. Tomorrow night’s game will be the 28th all-time meeting between these two schools in football, and Sparta currently holds an 18-9 lead in the all-time series. Sparta hasn’t lost to Crenshaw since 2011, which happens to be the last time the two teams played in Luverne.

Hillcrest will face Opp tomorrow night in Opp and the Jags will find out what they’re made of this year when they take on the Bobcats, one of the top-ranked teams in Class 3A so far this season. Many believe (myself included) that Hillcrest has the potential to be very good this season, and an upset win over Opp will put the Jags in the driver’s seat in the race to the top of the 3A, Region 1 standings. 

Today in History for Sept. 3, 2015

Eddie Stanky in 1953.
Sept. 3, 1777 – During the American Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Cooch's Bridge in Delaware, the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time. Patriot General William Maxwell ordered the “Stars and Stripes” banner raised as a detachment of his infantry and cavalry met an advance guard of British and Hessian troops. The rebels were defeated and forced to retreat to Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania, where they joined General George Washington’s main force.

Sept. 3, 1782 - In the Indian Ocean, the British and French fought in the Battle of Trincomalee.

Sept. 3, 1783 – The American Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain. This event formally recognized the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war. The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Continental Congress on January 14, 1884

Sept. 3, 1783 – Great Britain ceded both east and west Florida to Spain. No northern boundary was fixed for the Floridas under this Treaty of Cession. Spain claimed the northern boundary to be at 32 degrees 28 minutes north latitude as fixed by the British Royal Proclamation of 1767. The United States claimed the northern boundary to be at 31 degrees north latitude, as fixed by the Treaty of Paris.

Sept. 3, 1813 – Soldiers from Glass Redoubt, a small fort just south of Suggsville near the Alabama River in Clarke County, Ala., were sent to the home of Ransom Kimball, about a mile from Fort Sinquefield, where they recovered the bodies from the Kimball-James Massacre and returned to Sinquefield with them in an oxcart.

Sept. 3, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Worcester, Mass. and Tolland, Conn.

Sept. 3, 1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.

Sept. 3, 1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.

Sept. 3, 1849 – Write Sarah Orne Jewett was born in South Berwick, Maine.

Sept. 3, 1855 – John DeLoach was commissioned for his first of four terms as Monroe County, Alabama’s Circuit Court Clerk. He would be recommissioned for the same office in August 1859, July 1865 and August 1868.

Sept. 3, 1856 – Architect Louis Henry Sullivan was born in Boston, Mass.

Sept. 3, 1861 - Confederate troops led by General Leonidas Polk entered Columbus, Ky., negating Kentucky's neutrality and caused the Unionist legislature to invite the U.S. government to drive out the invaders. This preemptive move against the forces of General Ulysses S. Grant, who waited across the Ohio River in Illinois, proved costly for the Confederates. Kentucky's Unionist legislature invited Federal troops in to drive away the invaders, and on September 6, Grant occupied Paducah and Southland, at the mouths of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively.

Sept. 3, 1862 – Florence Elizabeth Chandler Maybrick was born in Mobile, Ala., the daughter of William George Chandler, a partner in the banking firm of St. John Powers & Company, and at one time mayor of Mobile. In 1889, she was convicted in Great Britain of murdering her considerably older husband, James Maybrick, a suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings.

Sept. 3, 1863 – Ward’s Raiders burn the Coffee County Courthouse, a two-story frame structure, at Elba in Coffee County, Ala.

Sept. 3, 1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, Pa. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. John Brallier was the first openly professional American football player, when he was paid US$10 by David Berry, to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association in this game.

Sept. 3, 1903 – The Atmore Record newspaper was established.

Sept. 3, 1906 – The 14th annual session of the Southwest Alabama Agricultural School opened in Evergreen, Ala. with nine teachers. J.A. Liner was principal.

Sept. 3, 1907 – Anthropologist and author Loren Eiseley was born in Lincoln, Neb.

Sept. 3, 1910 - Boll weevils were first discovered on Alabama soil in Mobile County. The devastation the insect would cause to cotton throughout the South ultimately spurred agricultural diversification away from "King Cotton."

Sept. 3, 1914 – The Monroe Journal announced the opening of a new mercantile store owned by M. Katz of Selma and the start of plans for the construction of an electric light plant in Monroeville.

Sept. 3, 1914 – It was announced that during the preceding summer months, the Monroeville chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy had awarded Crosses of Honor to Confederate veterans C.M. Biggs, Whit B. Green, William Green, Tomas Lewis and J.M. Helton.

Sept. 3, 1915 – Major League Baseball second baseman and manager Eddie Stanky, who would go on to adopt Alabama as his home state and become the head coach at the University of South Alabama, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. During his Major League career, he played for the Chicago Cubs, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Boston Braves, the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to manage the Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers. He passed away at the age of 83 in Fairhope, Ala. on June 6, 1999.

Sept. 3, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Amos Weatherspoon of Evergreen, Ala. “died of disease.”

Sept. 3, 1926 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie was born in Chicago. She was a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her 1984 book, “Foreign Affairs.”

Sept. 3, 1933 – Evergreen beat Ft. Deposit in baseball, 6-2, on this Sunday afternoon at Gantt Field in Evergreen, Ala.. Evergreen players included Barfield (first base), Jones (pitcher), Kendall (short stop), Elmer “Longboy” Kelly, Hansen (centerfield), Joe Hagood (right field), Mack Binion (catcher), Tom Melton (third base), Hanna (second base) and “Skeeter” Amos.

Sept. 3, 1940 – Nearly 3,000 votes were cast in a Monroe County, Ala. election to determine if liquor should be outlawed or sold legally in the county through the state store system. The measure was voted down, 1,472 to 1,167.

Sept. 3, 1944 – Diarist Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, arriving three days later.

Sept. 3, 1945 – Conecuh County, Alabama’s public schools were scheduled to open for the first day of classes for students. Harvey G. Pate was Conecuh County Superintendent of Education. Pate announced that for the first few weeks of school short schedules would be observed so that pupils could assist in harvesting the cotton and peanut crops.

Sept. 3, 1947 - The New York Yankees got 18 hits in an 11-2 win over Boston. All 18 hits were singles.

Sept. 3, 1947 – The classic children’s bedtime story, “Goodnight, Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, was published.

Sept. 3, 1954 – Former Conecuh County, Ala. Sheriff William Abbott Moore passed away at the age of 68 in a local hospital after a long illness. A native of the Brooklyn community, Moore moved to Evergreen in 1923 to become Chief Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff A.M. Barfield. In 1926, he was elected Sheriff and for the next 24 years was either Sheriff or Chief Deputy, alternating between these offices with his brother, J.G. Moore.

Sept. 3, 1957 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves recorded his 41st career pitching shutout.

Sept. 3, 1963 – Annie Baxter of Louisville, Ala. was struck by a Volkswagen car in front of Harper’s Furniture Co. on West Front Street in Evergreen, Ala. on this Tuesday night around 9 p.m. Baxter was the mother of Evergreen High School English teacher Anzolette Harden. The Volkswagen was driven by Michael Lewis Piper of Durham, N.C.

Sept. 3, 1964 – Conecuh County, Ala. schools opened on this day for the 1964-65 school year.

Sept. 3, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant announced that a project had been launched to erect a suitable historical marker on the grounds of the Belleville Baptist Church in Belleville, Ala.

Sept. 3, 1970 – Dan Bilbro Jr. and Lovelace Lowe killed a large rattlesnake on the Old Sparta Road in Conecuh County, Ala. The snake had 16 rattles and a button and was about five feet long.

Sept. 3, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that members of Boy Scout Troop No. 40 in Evergreen, Ala. had completed a 50-mile canoe trip from Travis Bridge to McGowin’s Bridge on the Sepulga River. Boys completing the trip included Jeb Barron, Lester Daw, Oliver Garrett, Sammy Garrett, Chuck Neese, Gene Price, Lewis Price, Terry Pugh and Frederick Stevens.

Sept. 3, 1970 - Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57 in Washington, D.C.

Sept. 3, 1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs ended his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played.

Sept. 3, 1971 – Sparta Academy played its first football game ever, a 13-13 tie against Greenville Academy in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 3, 1976 – Sparta Academy’s football team beat South Butler Academy, 20-0, in Evergreen, Ala. Bobby Johnson, Jerry Peacock and Andy Skipper led Sparta’s rushing attack with 355 yards and three touchdowns. Bobby Padgett led Sparta’s defense with seven solo tackles and nine assists.

Sept. 3, 1976 - The Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars and sent back the first close-up, color images of the planet's surface.

Sept. 3, 1977 - Sadaharu Oh of Japan’s Yomiuri Giants hits the 756th home run of his career, breaking Hank Aaron’s professional record for career home runs. He retired in 1980 with 868 home runs.

Sept. 3, 1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was ended in a 7-7 tie after 19 innings the previous day. The Mariners won the game, 8-7.

Sept. 3, 1984 - Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season.

Sept. 3, 1986 - The Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 in the 18th inning. The game ended after 14 innings were played. The two teams had used a record 53 players the day before.

Sept. 3, 1987 – Congressman Bill Dickinson of Alabama’s 2nd District was scheduled to visit Evergreen, Ala. to speak to constituents in the council meeting room at Evergreen City Hall at 10 a.m. on this Thursday morning.

Sept. 3, 1990 - Bobby Thigpen set a major league record when he got his 47th save.

Sept. 3, 2000 - Kenny Lofton tied a major league record when he scored in his 18th straight game.

Sept. 3, 2001 - Bud Smith became the 16th major league rookie to throw a no-hitter. It was his 11th career start.

Sept. 3, 2005 - All four of the detained suspects in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brooks, Ala. were released by a judge despite the attempts of the prosecution to keep them in custody, on the condition that they remain available to police.

Sept. 3, 2007 - Adventurer Steve Fossett vanished after taking off on a solo flight over the Nevada desert.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.0 inches

Week to Date Rainfall: Trace.

Month to Date Rainfall: Trace.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 9.90 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 33.95 inches

Notes: Today is the 246th day of 2015 and the 73rd day of Summer. There are 118 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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Sept. 2, 2015

SEPT. 7, 1978

“Finishing touches are made to complete the improvement of the ‘home side’ bleachers at Sparta Academy’s Stuart-McGehee Field. The splintered, wooden seats are now covered with concrete, a project the school feels will be appreciated by local fans.”

“The Evergreen Aggies dropped a 31-0 decision to the W.S. Neal Blue Eagles in their second outing of the year this past Thursday night.”
Outstanding Evergreen players in that game included Sanford Moye, Wendell Parker and Keith Rabb. Charles Branum was Evergreen’s head coach.

“The host Conecuh County High Blue Devils lost a heart-breaker to Lyeffion High’s Yellow Jackets in sudden death overtime Friday night. The regulation game ended in a 0-0 tie, but because this was an area game, the teams went into an overtime period which Lyeffion won, 6-0, at Thomasson Field in Castleberry.
“Fullback Kenny Gorum plunged over from the three for the only score. Michael Goldthrip’s extra point try was wide.”
Outstanding Conecuh County High School players in that game included Rickey Reeves. Donald Wiggins was head coach.
Outstanding Lyeffion players in that game included Mike Brown, Eric Finklea, Rickey Gill, Rickey Johnson, Donald Lee, David Mims, Herman Mobley, James Riley, Tim Searcy and Ardell Taylor. Ronny Williams was head coach, and Ed Johnson was assistant coach.

SEPT. 5, 1963

“Aggies, Jackets open here Friday nite at 8: It’s Aggies vs. Yellow Jackets here Friday in a fierce cross-county rivalry being renewed after some 25 years or more. Kickoff in the season opener for Evergreen and Lyeffion High Schools is at 8 p.m. in Evergreen’s Brooks Stadium and a capacity crowd is expected to be on hand.”
“Lyeffion, as the smaller school, draws the underdog role, but the Jackets are not lacking in supporters and not all of the live at Lyeffion. Coach Shirley Frazier launched his coaching career at Lyeffion three seasons ago with a squad composed mostly of junior high boys. Most of that group are still here, now grown into strapping senior high students.
“This experience, plus blazing backfield speed and a strong forward wall has Lyeffion supporters looking for much better things this fall. The Jackets have shown enthusiasm and desire in pre-season drills and should be at a keen edge tomorrow night.”
Probable starters for Lyeffion included Harold Brown, Pat Brown, Homer Chavers, Mickey Fountain, Donnie Garrett, Ronnie Golson, John Grimes, Larry Hardee, Lee Hardee, Keith Holcombe, Don Jones, Heyward Salter and Harold Wilson.
Probable starters for Evergreen included Scott Cook, Paul Deason, Alvin Dees, Tommy Hartley, Sid Lambert, Mike Mininger, Jimmy Raines, Robert Rigsby, Brent Thornley, Jimmy Warren, Jimmy Weaver. John Robinson was Evergreen’s head coach.
(Evergreen went on to win the game, 26-0.)

SEPT. 2, 1948

“Football is just around the corner. Evergreen will play Repton here Friday night, Sept. 17, in the first game of the season. Both teams began practice Wednesday and will be scrimmaging next week. Supporters of both programs are claiming vast improvement and a tight game is forecast.”

“WHO CAN TOP THIS: Last week, The Courant carried a story about Tom L. Salter of Evergreen, Route Two, who killed 24 hawks this year. Mr. Salter is noted for his annual toll of hawks.
“Monday Mr. A.G. Stinson of Evergreen, Route C, walked into The Courant office with a string of bird feet several feet long. Mr. Stinson killed the birds to whom these feet belong in the first six months of this year and hasn’t hunted since.
“Mr. Stinson bagged a total of 23 hawks, 30 crows and seven owls in the six months. He stated that all the birds were killed within a short distance of his home. He killed most of them with a 20-gauge shotgun, double-barrel, hammer-cocking-type.
“The Courant is open for bird stories that can top this one.”

From “This Week’s Wash” by Bob Bozeman – “James Kelly has been visiting here this week and reports that all of the Kelly family are fine. Understand that Robert was here over the weekend, but didn’t see him. Robert is in demand since he works in the ticket office at the Auburn-Alabama game.”

SEPT. 7, 1933

“Evergreen Trims Team From Fort Deposit: The Conecuh County lads took the heavy end of the score of 6 to 2 in a game with the Ft. Deposit team Sunday afternoon played at Gantt Field. Jones for Evergreen held the Lowndes County boys to four hits, while Bevis for Ft. Deposit yielded up eight bingles. Bevis was relieved in the eighth by Hudson. Seven of the visitors were retired via the strikeout route by the lanky twirler from Brooklyn while Bevis was credited with four strikeouts and Hudson one.
“Barfield, Evergreen’s first baseman took off honors in batting, getting a three-bagger and a double. Kendall, shortstop who has been out of the last several games, was back in fine fettle and got a couple of singles as well as playing a good game at short. ‘Longboy’ Kelly got two hits but failed to get an opportunity to catch any flies in the left garden.
“Hansen played spectacular ball in center by robbing Ft. Deposit players of at least three hits in what is ordinarily known as ‘Texas league’ territory. Joe Hagood played right field and didn’t make a bobble, sacking several hits labeled for extra bases.
“Mack Binion, relief catcher was behind the plate throughout the contest and his performance at this position won the approval of those who witnessed the game. Mack’s going to be a strong contender for this position on somebody’s team some day. Tom Melton, served on the hot corner and played it like it was his regular position. Tom’s good anywhere he plays. Maybe he’s little too venturesome on bases at times but he’s a valuable man.
“Hanna at second always plays heads up baseball and the game Sunday afternoon was no exception. Playing deep in his position, he succeeded in robbing Ft. Deposit players of several hits with thrilling catches.
“The local team has only one more game before the ‘little world series,’ the schedule of which has not been announced. Greenville comes here next Sunday for this game. Negotiations are under way for a game at Milton Thursday it is reported.
“Greenville has cinched the pennant for the second half according to reports and Evergreen will play with that team for championship honors. Five games are to be played if necessary. The first of these will be played in Evergreen it is said, the exact date to be announced later.

“Opening of colleges has served to cripple the local outfit to some extent. Elmer Kelley and Mack Binion left Monday for Auburn. Losing those two players is enough to make Manager scratch his head several times. Then ‘Skeeter’ Amos is on the bench with an injured leg with considerable doubt entertained as to his being able to play anymore. Efforts are being made to get Kelley and Binion excused from college duties long enough to play in the series but at present it is not known whether this can be done or not.”

Today in History for Sept. 2, 2015

Sept. 2, 1666 - The Great Fire of London broke out, a major conflagration that burned for three days. When it was over, 400 acres of the city had been charred, and thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed.

Sept. 2, 1789 - The United States Treasury Department was founded. President George Washington named his former aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, to head the new office.

Sept. 2, 1813 – About 100 Creek Indians, led by Prophet Francis, attacked Fort Sinquefield in Clarke County, Ala.

Sept. 2, 1821 – Richard Francis Burton was baptized at Elstree Church in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

Sept. 2, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Boston, Mass. and Lexington, Mass.

Sept. 2, 1842 – Confederate soldier William Augustus Riley was born at Pineville in Monroe County, Ala. He enlisted in May 1861 in Montgomery with Co. H, 2nd Alabama Cavalry, but was discharged for disability in September 1861. He re-enlisted with Co. G, 7th Alabama Cavalry in the fall of 1863. In the 1907 Confederate census, he was living in Evergreen.

Sept. 2, 1849 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Albert Spalding was born in Byron, Ill. He went on to play for the Rockford Forest Citys, the Boston Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings and he also managed the White Stockings. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

Sept. 2, 1850 – Humorist and newspaperman Eugene Field was born in St. Louis, Mo.

Sept. 2, 1861 – During the Civil War, at the Battle of Big Dry Wood Creek (also known as Big Dry Wood Creek and the Battle of the Mules) was fought in Vernon County, Mo.

Sept. 2, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Dallas, Mo.

Sept. 2, 1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restored Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope’s disaster at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, on Aug. 29 and 30. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, saw much of his army transferred to Pope’s Army of Virginia after his failure to capture Richmond, Virginia, during the Seven Days’ Battles in June 1862.

Sept. 2, 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman's troops marched into Atlanta, Ga. Confederate troops evacuated the city the day before.

Sept. 2, 1892 – J.D. Foster was commissioned as Monroe County, Alabama’s Sheriff.

Sept. 2, 1894 – Novelist and journalist Joseph Roth was born in Brody, Ukraine.

Sept. 2, 1901 -  The Southwest Alabama Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala. opened for the 1901-02 school year. Prof. J.A. Duncan was principal, N. Stallworth was president of the Board of Control and Jonathan A. McCreary was board secretary.

Sept. 2, 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sept. 2, 1911 - Author Sara Elizabeth Mason was born in Demopolis, Ala.

Sept. 2, 1914 – A baseball game between the “Fats” and the “Leans” in Monroeville, Ala. was cancelled “on account of rain and the sloppy condition of the diamond.”

Sept. 2, 1915 – “Wildfire,” starring Lillian Russell, was scheduled to be shown at the Arcade Theater in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 2, 1917 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched and won two entire games of a doubleheader versus Brooklyn (5-0 and 9-3).

Sept. 2, 1918 – Clyde Williams, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Williams of Evergreen, Ala., reached home on this Monday morning from Austin, Texas, where he graduated from a three-month aviation training school. He was on a 13-day furlough.

Sept. 2, 1930 – In Lovecraftian fiction, Miskatonic University’s Pabodie Antarctic Expedition left Boston Harbor, destined for the Antarctic, where it was to collect fossils from the rock there.

Sept. 2, 1934 – Humorist and Southern Baptist minister Grady Nutt was born in Amarillo, Texas.

Sept. 2, 1935 - Legislation requiring licenses for Alabama drivers and authorizing the creation of a State Highway Patrol was approved. Beginning in October, annually renewable licenses were issued to qualified drivers at least 16 years old. License fees were designated to fund the State Highway Patrol, which Gov. Bibb Graves established in December.

Sept. 2, 29135 – George Gershwin finished his opera “Porgy and Bess.”

Sept. 2, 1945 - Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began.

Sept. 2, 1945 - The USS ALABAMA led the US fleet into Tokyo Bay where the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, officially ending World War II.

Sept. 2, 1948 – Future NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw was born in Shreveport, La.

Sept. 2, 1951 – The Eighth District of the American Legion was scheduled to meet at the Community House in Evergreen, Ala., beginning at 2 p.m.

Sept. 2, 1957 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set a record for left-handed pitchers when he recorded his 41st shutout.

Sept. 2, 1959 – Major League Baseball outfielder Drungo Hazewood was born in Mobile, Ala. He played one season (1980) for the Baltimore Orioles.

Sept. 2, 1961 - The estate of Ty Cobb was estimated at $11.78 million. Cobb had died two months earlier.

Sept. 2, 1962 - Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record when he played errorless for his 74th consecutive game.

Sept. 2, 1963 - Gov. George Wallace postponed the opening of Tuskegee High School to prevent its integration. State troopers enforced the order, preventing the school from becoming Alabama's first racially integrated public grade school. Wallace took similar action in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile, but four Huntsville schools were integrated on September 9th.

Sept. 2, 1964 – Clay Carroll, a 23-year-old pitcher from Clanton, Ala., made his Major League debut, taking the field for the first time for the Milwaukee Braves and hurling two shutout innings against the Cardinals.

Sept. 2, 1965 – The Monroe Journal reported that Billy Dailey had resigned from the Monroeville, Ala. Police Department, which he joined on April 15. W.H. Hines was Monroeville’s mayor.

Sept. 2, 1965 – A four-team football jamboree was scheduled to be held in Monroeville, Ala. on this Thursday night. The jamboree included Monroe County High School, W.S. Neal, Andalusia and Chatom. Ronald Dees was MCHS’s head coach.

Sept. 2, 1966 - The Miami Dolphins played their first regular-season game. They lost the game to the Oakland Raiders, 23-14.

Sept. 2, 1969 - NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek." The show had debuted on Sept. 8, 1966.

Sept. 2, 1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs set a National League record when he played in his 1,117th consecutive game.

Sept. 2, 1971 – Monroe County High School’s football practice field was officially named “Reddoch Field” in honor of longtime athletic supporter Joe Reddoch. A ceremony marking the official naming of the field took place at halftime during a 21-14 MCHS win over Flomaton.

Sept. 2, 1973 - J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the best-selling fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” died at the age of 81 in Bournemouth, England.

Sept. 2, 1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.

Sept. 2, 1981 - The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners played to a 7-7 tie after 19 innings. It was the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was resumed the following day and the Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings.

Sept. 2, 1982 – The Howard-Raybon House in Greenville, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 2, 1985 - It was announced that the Titanic had been found on Sept. 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years.

Sept. 2, 1986 - The Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs played 14 innings and used 53 players in the game. Houston won the game, 8-7, when the game resumed the next day.

Sept. 2, 1986 – Alabama native Bo Jackson made his Major League Baseball debut when he took the field for the Kansas City Royals.

Sept. 2, 1990 - Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox set a major league record with his 47th save.

Sept. 2, 1994 – The Dellet Plantation at Claiborne, Ala. added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sept. 2, 1995 - In Cleveland, Ohio, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum officially opened.

Sept. 2, 1996 - Mike Greenwall of the Boston Red Sox set a major league record when he drove in all nine runs in a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Sept. 2, 1996 - David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched in a game for the first time in four months after an aneurysm was removed from his shoulder.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season. The record at the time was 61 held by Roger Maris.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hit his 56th home run of the season.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox hit his 30th home run of the season. He joined Mark McGwire, Rudy York, Ron Kittle and Jose Canseco as a player that hit 30+ home runs in his first two years.

Sept. 2, 1998 - Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers signed a six-year contract for $36 million. The deal made him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.

Sept. 2, 1999 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 400th career home run.

Sept. 2, 2002 – The Web site officially launched with 75 geocaches.

Sept. 2, 2003 - Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers established a major league record with his 55th consecutive save.

Sept. 2, 2004 – The movie “A Love Song for Bobby Long” was first released at the Venice Film Festival. Written and directed by Shainee Gabel, the screen play was based on the novel “Off Magazine Street” by Ronald Everett Capps. John Travolta played Bobby Long, and Scarlett Johansson played Purslane Will.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Sept. 2, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): Trace.

Week to Date Rainfall: Trace.

Month to Date Rainfall: Trace.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 9.90 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 33.95 inches

Notes: Today is the 245th day of 2015 and the 72nd day of Summer. There are 119 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.