Sunday, October 19, 2014

75-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from October 1939

Monroe Journal Editor A.C. Lee.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville published four editions 75 years ago during the month of October 1939. Those papers came out on Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. A.C. Lee was the newspaper’s editor, and E.M. Salter was the business manager. What follows are a few new highlights from each of those papers. Enjoy.

OCT. 5, 1939

Plans for the Hog Festival and show to be held in Monroeville on Tues., Nov. 14, were discussed at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce held Monday night.

Mr. A.H. Johnson, prominent Monroeville merchant, died at his home here about nine o’clock last Thursday night, following a heart attack.
Mr. Johnson was born and reared at Franklin, and in early life held responsible positions on steamboats on the Alabama River, as long as they made regular runs. After that time, he went into the mercantile business at Franklin. With the exception of a couple of years spent at Foley in Baldwin County, Mr. Johnson had been a resident of Monroeville for the past 16 years, and about two years ago, he opened a dry goods store here.

The Monroe County High School and Atmore High School football teams will play at the Monroeville Athletic field on Friday night, Oct. 13, at eight o’clock. These are two strong teams and football fans will have an opportunity to see a real game. Come out and give both teams your support.

Manager Bill Hendrix of the Monroe Theatre announces that the motion picture, “Inside the Maginot Line,” has been secured from The March of Time for showing here Sunday and Monday, Oct. 8 and 9.

According to figures made public Monday by the Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, there were 3,734 bales of cotton ginned in Monroe County from the crop of 1939, prior to Sept. 16, as compared with 13,047 bales ginned from the crop of 1938 to the same date.

OCT. 12, 1939

Dr. W.W. Eddins To Open Office Here: Dr. W.W. Eddins was in Monroeville Tuesday and announced that he would open an office here for the practice of medicine. His office will be located in the Hudson Building across the street, in front of the Monroeville Bus Station.
Dr. Eddins is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Eddins of Peterman. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and of the University of Chicago. He served his internship in Mobile and Birmingham.
Dr. Eddins will open his office the later part of this week.

The Fall Term of Circuit Court convened Monday morning with Judge F.W. Hare presiding.

Keen interest is being manifested in the Grove Hill-Monroeville football game, to be played at Grove Hill on Friday night, Oct. 20. This promises to be the outstanding game of the season in South Alabama. Football fans will remember the exciting games between Monroeville and Grove Hill in past years, and this game promises to be just as exciting as those of former years.
A special meeting of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce was held Monday night. Dr. J.S. Whisenhunt, E.V. Chapman, W.C. Brady, A.L. Hanson, Paul S. Jones, G.A. Carleton, H.C. Gilmore and Ocie Newton of Grove Hill were present and plans for the game were discussed. The president of the Chamber of Commerce appointed committees to handle all details in connection with the game.

OCT. 19, 1939

MCHS Team Loses To Atmore 32-7: The Atmore eleven rolled over the Monroe County High School football team at the athletic field here last Friday night, winning by a score of 32-7.
Harvey, Owens and Vickey led the brilliant passing and running attack of the Atmore team.
Monroeville’s only touchdown was scored by Yarbrough.
The Monroeville team will play Grove Hill on the Grove Hill field Friday night. A large crowd from Monroeville is expected to attend. Those who go will see a big game, probably the biggest of the season.

Several large rattlesnakes have been killed in the Monroeville area within the past few weeks. One large snake was killed by game warden C.V. Hines last week while out in the woods trying to locate some hunters. Warning is given to all who go in the woods to look out for these dangerous snakes. A large rattler was killed on the S.W. Westbrook place Monday after the snake had just swallowed a rabbit.

Mr. J.M. Minish died suddenly last Wednesday night in a hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. Mr. Minish was owner of the furniture factory here and had gone home a few days prior to his death to visit his family, when stricken. Funeral services were held at Butler, Tenn. last Thursday afternoon. Surviving him are his widow of Butler, Tenn. and one son, Mr. J.L. Minish of Monroeville.

OCT. 26, 1939

Lee Motor Co. Erecting New Building: Dirt was broken last Friday morning for a new brick garage and sales room to be occupied by Lee Motor Co. The building will be erected on the lot south of the Sinclair Service Station and will contain 8,000 feet of floor space.

Grove Hill Defeats Monroeville, 34 to 6: Grove Hill High defeated the Monroeville High football team in Grove Hill last Friday night by the score of 34 to 6.
The game started out like Monroeville would be able to score at will as they ran across a touchdown early in the game, but Grove Hill soon rallied and played a magnificent game the rest of the way.
Stevens, Pullen and Yarbrough were outstanding for Monroeville while Moss, Downey and Shipworth played well for Grove Hill.
One of the largest crowds ever seen in this section witnessed the game. It being estimated that more than 1,500 people were present. A large delegation of Monroeville fans went over for the game.

J.B. Henderson Dies In Hospital Sunday: Mr. J.B. Henderson, 65, of Fountain died in the Repton Hospital Sunday about noon as a result of injuries said to have been inflicted by J.G. Noble last Friday morning.
The difficulty followed an argument over a debt said to have been owed Mr. Henderson’s son for labor performed for Noble. Mr. Henderson was struck on the head with an automobile clutch hub. He died of a fractured skull on Sunday afternoon.
Henderson had lived at Fountain for a number of years. Noble moved to Fountain from Evergreen two or three years ago and was operating a saw mill. Both men have families.

Mr. Noble is in the county jail. No date has been set for a preliminary hearing. 

Today in History for Oct. 19, 2014

J.E.B. Stuart
Oct. 19–22, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary.

Oct. 19, 1859 - Soldiers under Col. Robert E. Lee and Lt. J.E.B. Stuart captured abolitionist John Brown after his raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

Oct. 19, 1864 – At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Union Calvary General Philip H. Sheridan defeated Confederate General Jubal Early's troops at Cedar Creek in Shenandoah Valley.

Oct. 19, 1864 – In what is known as the St. Albans Raid, Confederates entered Vermont from Canada and raided the town of St. Albans.

Oct. 19, 1882 – Flames destroyed the two-story house belonging to Dr. J.T. Russell in Monroeville.

Oct. 19, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. William Hopkins of Monroeville died from wounds. Army Pvt. Robert E. Thames of Roy (Frisco City), Army Pvt. Percy W. Johnston of Monroeville, Army Pvt. William R. Hart of Andalusia and Army Pvt. Thomas J. Bell of Opp “died from disease.” Thames is buried at Polar Bridge Cemetery at Manistee.

Oct. 19, 1924 – H.P. Lovecraft completed “The Shunned House,” which was originally published in 1928’s “The Shunned House.”

Oct. 19, 1928 – Dr. Milton Monroe McPherson Sr., professor emeritus of history at Troy State University, was born in Pineville near Beatrice. He would go on to write “The 90-Day Wonders – OCS and the Modern American Army.”


Oct. 19, 1928 – Excel played McKenzie in football, but little is known about the game, including where it was played, who won and the final score.

Oct. 19, 1931 - Spy novelist David Cornwell who writes under the name John le Carre was born in Poole, England.

Oct. 19, 1934 – Excel beat Wallace, 19-0.

Oct. 19, 1939 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Mrs. J.W. Grace “who lives in the northern part of the county on Evergreen, Route 2,” killed a rattlesnake near her home that was five feet, two inches long and had 16 rattles.

Oct. 19, 1949 – NFL quarterback Lynn Dickey was born in Osawatomie, Kansas. He would go on to play for the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers.

Oct. 19, 1951 – Under head coach Walter Allen, Excel improved to 4-1-1 on the season with a 39-0 win over Millry in Frisco City.

Oct. 19, 1954 – The Evergreen City Council considered a proposal to keep the Evergreen Airport partially lighted at night after the federal government notified them that they would withdraw the service of keeping the runways lighted and the beacon operating. The concil considered paying the cost of operating the beacon and maintaining the lights on a standby basis, so that the field could be used in emergencies at night by aircraft in trouble.

Oct. 19, 1954 – Evergreen High School head football coach Wendell Hart was named The Montgomery Advertiser’s “Coach of the Week” after his team’s 6-0 win over undefeated Greenville on Oct. 15. Hart, Assistant Coach Bill Parsons, Capt. Richard Taylor and Co-Capt. Ward Alexander attended a luncheon on this day at the Montgomery Quarterback Club and their picture appeared in the Oct. 20, 1954 edition of The Montgomery Advertiser.

Oct. 19, 1956 – Under head coach W.C. Majors, Excel improved to 2-3 on the season with a 26-13 win over Beatrice High School in Beatrice.

Oct. 19, 1963 – Under head coach Reed Hughes, Wilcox County High School beat Excel, 27-13, in Excel. Ed Comer was Excel’s head coach.

Oct. 19, 1967 - The 100th episode of "Batman" aired on ABC.

Oct. 19, 1968 – Under head coach Carvel Rowell, Excel improved to 5-1 with a 33-0 win over J.U. Blacksher in Excel.

Oct. 19, 1973 – Under head coach Lee Holladay, Excel improved to 8-0 on the season with a 42-6 win over Lowndes County in Excel.

Oct. 19, 1974 – Under head coach Lee Holladay, Excel improved to 7-0 on the season with a 38-14 win over J.U. Blacksher in Excel.

Oct. 19, 1975 – As of this date, Evergreen had received 94.2 inches of rain since Jan. 1, 1975.

Oct. 19, 1978 – In an unusual game in which Excel’s football stadium hosted a regular season football game between two teams from outside Monroe County, Millry played Dozier. Because of the distance between the two schools, they decided to play in Excel, which is roughly halfway between Millry and Dozier.

Oct. 19, 1979 – Evergreen High School upset T.R. Miller, the No. 1-ranked team in 3A, 16-14, at Brooks Memorial Stadium.

Oct. 19, 1984 – Under head coach Roland Pettie, Georgiana High School improved to 5-3 with a 34-6 win over Excel in Excel. Larry Allen was Excel’s head coach.

Oct. 19, 1990 – Under head coach Bo Bishop, Excel improved to 6-1 on the season with a 33-0 win over Frisco City in Frisco City.

Oct. 19, 1991 – Under head coach Bo Bishop, Excel improved to 6-1 on the season with a 43-12 win over Frisco City in Excel.

Oct. 19, 2001 – Under head coach Al Bowen, Excel dropped to 5-3 on the season after a 22-14 loss to Greene County in Excel.

Oct. 19, 2002 – Under head coach Al Bowen, Excel improved to 5-3 on the season with a 21-14 win over Georgiana in Excel.

Oct. 19, 2007 – Under head coach Andy Lambert, Excel improved to 6-2 on the season with a 24-7 win over Flomaton in Excel.

Oct. 19, 2012 – Under head coach Richard Anderson, Excel improved to 2-6 on the season with a 41-14 win over Southside-Selma in Excel. 

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Oct. 19, 2014

Temp: 50.0 degrees F.

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches

Humidity: 83 percent (Humid)

Conditions: Partly Cloudy; moon visible; dew on the ground; cows and birds audible.

Barometric pressure: 29.61 inHg.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.30 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 2.30 inches

Fall to Date Rainfall: 2.70 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 53.15 inches

NOTES: Today is the 292nd day of 2014 and the 28th day of Fall. There are 73 days left in the year.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Does 'phantom lady' continue to roam the Red Hills area of Monroe County?

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 “Woman at well vanishes mysteriously,” was originally published in the Oct. 21, 1993 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

There was a time when the Red Hills area was a thriving community. But as other old communities within the county, this area has fallen by the wayside.

Quite a bit of activity once abounded across the red clay hills as the early settlers dug their living from the soil and built their homes from the rough lumber sawed from the pine and oak timber that dotted the hillsides.

As you travel the back roads of this area, you can yet see where many of the old home places once stood. An old, crumbled soap-rock chimney or a few rotted logs give evidence that here was once a home where perhaps children played and the sounds of laughter rode the winds of the evening.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to stand beside an old, broken crepe-myrtle bush or an abandoned well and visualize the hard work and sometimes the hardships that took place there.

Old homeplaces

A few days back, I ventured once more into this area. I stopped and visited several of these old homeplaces. As I searched my mind for some of the many stories that had been told to me about these places by a good friend, now deceased, I realized that a lot had happened along these ridges that were crisscrossed with the paths of yesterday.

I headed east past the Red Hills cemetery, toward the Locke Hill area. I remembered the story about an old homeplace that was located near the narrow road, a short distance to the south. As I slowly made my way across what now was an old abandoned field, I wondered if anything remained of the old place since my friend and I visited here last. I wondered if the remains of the old well could yet be seen, it had been several years since my last visit to this old homesite.

After parking my motorcycle, I began the search for the old well. A feeling of great excitement seemed to fill the afternoon air. Very little was left of the old homeplace to remind me that there here was once a small farmhouse where hard work and strife was as evident each day as was the coming dawn.

Tall weeds and brush had taken over the old homesite. A few rocks that had supported the small farmhouse lay almost hidden by the tall weeds and underbrush. As I searched for the old well site, the wild goldenrods seemed ever so determined to try and hide from the view the bygone events and signs of the hardships of yesterday.

Fallen into disrepair

Standing beside the old well, I thought of the story that had been told to me by a friend. The story was that after the old house had fallen into disrepair, the old well was still used by those who came this way.

Many a wagon load would stop for a refreshing cool drink from the large wooden bucket that hung from the rusty chain and roller. Then, one day, as a passing farmer and his family pulled up in their wagon, a tall, longhaired lady was seen drawing water from the well. As they stared in disbelief and amazement, the tall lady poured the water from the wooden bucket into a large pitcher there on the well curbing.

As the tall lady picked up the water-filled pitcher and turned to walk away, the team of mules hitched to the wagon panicked and began to buck and kick and try to run away.

In the excitement of trying to calm the team of mules, the tall lady with the long, snow-white hair disappeared into thin air with her pitcher of water.

After getting his team under control, the excited farmer looked for evidence as to where the mystery lady might have gone. Everyone on the wagon had seen the tall lady pour the water in the large pitcher. The large well bucket was wet, and some water yet remained in the wooden bucket. But the tall lady in white had vanished from view.

Soon, the word had been spread across the red-clay hills by the excited farmer and his family about the mystery lady at the well. But the story of the phantom lady with the long, white hair drawing water from the well was not to end for a while. Several more times she was seen at the well, filling her large pitcher with fresh well water. Then as before, she would pick up the large pitcher and step into oblivion.

Stops at the well for fresh water by those passing became less and less frequent. Those who traveled the road made every effort not to pass the area after the evening shadows began to settle across the abandoned homestead.

The large wooden well bucket dried out and fell apart from lack of use. The rough plank curbing rotted and fell into the deep well. And the structure that held the well roller and rusty chair gave way and disappeared into the abandoned well. But there were some who yet traveled the narrow road and reported seeing the ghost of a tall, white-haired woman standing by the old, abandoned well, filling her large pitcher from the old wooden bucket.

The community of Red Hills has long passed into history. Nothing remains to remind you of this large rural community but the large cemetery and the few abandoned homesites that can yet be seen if you search the red-clay hills and the thick underbrush.

The stories of its past will soon be forgotten as the winds of time continue to darken with age the granite markers that mark the final resting places of those who settled here.

But I’m sure, the ghost lady with the long white hair still returns unnoticed to the old well for a pitcher of fresh water, only to disappear again, back into the passageways of eternity.


(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.)

Today in History for Oct. 18, 2014

Cyrus Reed Teed
Oct. 18, 1540 - The largest Indian battle in North America occurred at the village of Mabila (or Mauvila) between Hernando de Soto’s Spaniards and Chief Tuscaloosa’s warriors. Accounts vary, but most agree that the Indian village and most of its more than 2,000 inhabitants were destroyed, including Chief Tuscaloosa. The exact location of this battle has eluded researchers for centuries.


Oct. 18, 1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon when Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland. The survey included other areas that would eventually become the states of Delaware and West Virginia.

Oct. 18–19, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived by steamer in Petersburg, Va. for a visit to Yorktown for festivities marking the 43rd anniversary of the battle.

Oct. 18, 1839 - Cyrus Reed Teed, an eclectic physician and alchemist turned religious leader, was born in Delaware County, N.Y. In 1869, after an "illumination," he took on the name Koresh, and proposed a new set of scientific principles including a Hollow Earth theory.

Oct. 18, 1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.


Oct. 18, 1851 – Herman Melville's “Moby-Dick” was first published as “The Whale” by Richard Bentley of London.

Oct. 18, 1863 - Union General Daniel Sickles returned to visit his old command, the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He was recovering from the loss of his leg at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July 1863, and the visit turned sour when the army's commander, General George Meade, informed Sickles that he would not be allowed to resume command until he completely recovered from his injury.

Oct. 18, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred near Huntsville, Ala.

Oct. 18, 1873 - The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.

Oct. 18, 1889 – The Monroe Journal reported that there were four steam, one water and six horse and mule ginneries within a five-mile radius of Monroeville.

Oct. 18, 1904 – Journalist Abbott Joseph “A.J.” Liebling was born in New York City. His 1956 boxing book, “The Sweet Science,” is generally considered to be one of the finest sports books ever written.

Oct. 18, 1916 - A strong earthquake occurred around 4 p.m. in an unnamed fault east of Birmingham, with the epicenter near Easonville in St. Clair County. The earthquake caused buildings to sway in downtown Birmingham and tied up all phone lines in the city with 25,000 calls recorded at the main exchange in the hour following the quake. Two additional weaker tremors were reported that evening.

Oct. 18, 1918 – During World War I, Army PFC Joseph M. Wright of Georgiana and Army Pvt. Milton McLeod of Grove Hill “died from disease.”

Oct. 18, 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) was founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.

Oct. 18, 1924 – At 10 a.m., a general meeting of all strawberry growers in the Castleberry area was held in Castleberry.

Oct. 18, 1924 - Red Grange of Illinois scored four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes of a game against Michigan. He scored a fifth touchdown, intercepted a pass and threw a touchdown-pass in the second half.

Oct. 18, 1928 – Sportscaster Keith Jackson was born in Roopville, Ga.

Oct. 18, 1929 – Excel and Monroe County High School played in Monroeville, but the result of that game is unknown.

Oct. 18, 1933 – Pro Football Hall of Fame player and coach Forrest Gregg was born in Birthright, Texas. He would go on to play for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys before serving as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Toronto Argonauts, Cincinnati Bengals, Packers, SMU Mustangs and Shreveport Pirates.

Oct. 18, 1935 - Peter Boyle, who won an Emmy Award in 1996 for a guest-starring role on the science-fiction drama “The X-Files,” was born in Norristown, Pa.

Oct. 18, 1935 – Excel defeated Monroe County, 14-7, in Monroeville.

Oct. 18, 1939 – Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka was born in Carnegie, Pa. He would go on to play for the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. He would later serve as the head coach of the Bears and New Orleans Saints.

Oct. 18, 1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, who allegedly assassintated John F. Kennedy in 1963, was born in New Orleans, La.

Oct. 18, 1942 – MLB left fielder and designated hitter Willie Horton was born in Arno, Va. He would go on to play for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

Oct. 18, 1950 – Dorothy Forstein mysteriously disappeared from her Philadelphia home, and her disappearance remains one of the most unusual, unexplained crimes in American history.

Oct. 18, 1950 - Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.

Oct. 18, 1952 – MLB third baseman and manager Jerry Royster was born in Sacramento, Calif. He would go on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.

Oct. 18, 1956 - NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

Oct. 18, 1957 – Under head coach W.C. Majors, Excel improved to 1-2-2 on the season by beating Beatrice, 35-0, in Excel.

Oct. 18, 1962 – Under head coach Gerald R. Irby, Excel picked up its first win of the season by beating Beatrice, 25-2, in Beatrice.

Oct. 18, 1967 - The American League granted permission for the A's to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.

Oct. 18, 1969 – Under head coach Carvel Rowell, Excel improved to 7-0 on the season with a 40-0 win over J.U. Blacksher at Uriah.

Oct. 18, 1975 – Under head coach Lee Holladay, Excel improved to 8-0 on the season with a 16-8 win over J.U. Blacksher at Uriah.

Oct. 18, 1977 - In the sixth game of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in a row off of three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers. Only the great Babe Ruth had ever hit three homers in a single World Series game (and he did it twice, once in 1926 and once in 1928) —but he didn’t do it on consecutive pitches or even consecutive at-bats. Jackson’s amazing home-run streak helped the Yankees win the game and the series, the team’s first since 1962.

Oct. 18, 1980 – Under head coach Lee Holladay, Excel improved to 5-3 on the season with a 21-20 win over J.U. Blacksher in Excel.

Oct. 18, 1980 – Robert Gaston Bozeman Sr., who passed away in October 1974, was inducted into Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor.

Oct. 18, 1984 – The Evergreen Courant reported that William S. Stallworth of Evergreen had been officially accepted into West Point Military Academy.

Oct. 18, 1985 - A television version of Alabama author Robert R. McCammon's book “Nightcrawlers” was broadcast as part of the “Twilight Zone” series.

Oct. 18, 1985 – Under head coach Roland Pettie, Georgiana improved to 4-3 on the season with a 35-0 win over Excel in Georgiana. Excel dropped to 1-7.
  
Oct. 18-20, 1991 – The first South East Regional Fly In (SERFI) was held at Middleton Field in Evergreen.

Oct. 18, 1996 – Under head coach Al Bowen, Excel improved to 6-1 on the season with a 41-14 win at McIntosh.

Oct. 18, 1997 - Hanson sang the national anthem at the opening game of the World Series.

Oct. 18, 1997 – Under head coach Al Bowel, Excel improved to 7-0 on the season with a 34-6 win over McIntosh in Excel.

Oct. 18, 2013 – Under head coach Richard Anderson, Excel improved to 3-5 on the season with a 33-16 win over Southside-Selma in Selma.

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Sat., Oct. 18, 2014

Temp: 65.7 degrees F.

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.00 inches

Humidity: 83 percent (Humid)

Conditions: Partly Cloudy; misty in the distance; moon visible; dew on the ground; security lights still on in the distance; dogs and birds audible.

Barometric pressure: 29.49 inHg.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.30 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 2.30 inches

Fall to Date Rainfall: 2.70 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 53.15 inches

NOTES: Today is the 291st day of 2014 and the 27th day of Fall. There are 74 days left in the year.

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Oct. 17, 2014

Homer Faulkner in 1969.
30 YEARS AGO
OCT. 18, 1984

“Wilcox Wildcats knife Sparta: Wilcox Academy knifed Sparta Academy, 14-12, in a game played in Camden Friday night.
“Jim Marino paced the Warrior runners as he carved out 63 yards on 22 attempts and scored a touchdown on a two-yard run.
“Al Etheridge had three receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown on a pass good for 62 yards (from quarterback Jeff Walker).”
Other standout players in that game included Lee Adams, Tommy Conway, Chris Cook, Thad Ellis, Thomas Floyd, Shannon Kendall, Chad Grace, Lynn Ralls, Jim Reed, Mark Rigsby, Brandon Salter, Todd Townson and Tim Wilson.

“Repton defeats McKenzie 12-7: The Repton Bulldogs laid hold to the No. 1 ranking last week when they defeated the previously ranked No. 1 McKenzie Tigers by the score of 12-7. Repton was ranked No. 2 last week in the 1A polls and will more than likely move up to the No. 1 spot this week.”
Repton’s first touchdown came on a one-yard run by John Thompson Jr. with 4:25 to go in the first quarter.
McKenzie’s only touchdown came on a one-yard run by David Crittenden with 4:23 left in the third quarter. Stacey Reid added the extra point.
Repton’s winning touchdown came on a two-yard run by Winston Davison with 10:38 left in the game.

45 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 1969

“PUNTING QUARTERBACK – Quarterback Homer Faulkner of Evergreen is handling the punting for Livingston University this year. Faulkner, a 185-pound junior, averaged 41.2 yards per kick for the Tigers in 1968.”

“Big, tough Tigers and passes hand Aggies first loss 14-0: A big, strong, talented and unbeaten Baldwin County High School team used the forward pass with devastating effect to hand the Evergreen Aggies their first loss of the season, 14-0, in Bay Minette Friday night. An overflow crowd including over a thousand from Evergreen witnessed the hard fought contest.
“Workhorse (Jimmy) Bell ran hard as ever and that’s plenty hard as he picked up a net of 70 on 14 carries. His counterpart, (Larry) Peacock, went for 33 on 11 tries in heavy traffic.
“Ernest Shipp topped the Aggie defenders with eight individual tackles and a number of assists and also graded good on blocking. Coach Wendell Hart and assistants Mike Bledsoe, Charles Branum and Mickey Goneke thought that Jimmy Hamiter and Bell showed much improvement on defense. Hamiter had five individuals. Co-Capt. Eddie Ralls, probably the most consistent performer for the Aggies, had six individuals and high grades on blocking. Ronald Halford had a big second half and one of his best games of the year.
“Frank Wilkerson’s sharp Aggie band won the halftime battle, before the game started, hands down. Evergreen performed prior to the start of the game so that Bay Minette could have all the halftime rest period for homecoming activities.”

60 YEARS AGO
OCT. 21, 1954

“Evergreen Aggies Take 6-0 Victory To Halt Greenville Winning Streak: Coach Wendell Hart’s terrific Evergreen Aggies stunned Coach Luke Whetstone’s great Greenville Tigers here last Friday night and halted their 18-game winning streak in most impressive style as they took a 6-0 homecoming victory. The game was played before a record-breaking crowd of over 3,000 persons.”
Evergreen quarterback Jimmy Frazier scored the games only touchdown on a one-yard run.

“Evergreen Coach Wendell Hart Selected As ‘Coach Of Week’: Coach Wendell Hart was selected by the Montgomery Advertiser and the Montgomery Quarterback Club as the ‘Coach of the Week’ for his team’s great victory over undefeated Greenville last week. Coach Hart, Asst. Coach Parsons, Captain Richard Taylor and Co-Captain Ward Alexander were all guests of the Montgomery Quarterback Club last Monday at a luncheon. Their picture appeared in the Tuesday morning Montgomery Advertiser.”

“Fire Department Host To Aggie Footballers: The Evergreen High School football squad were the guests Tuesday night of the Evergreen Fire Department at a banquet at the Evergreen Community House. This is the second year the Fire Department has feted the boys, and this year the occasion was especially a joyful celebration with the Aggie squad fresh from a victory over their arch rival, Greenville.
“Barbecued chicken was served to the assembled footballers and firemen. J.W. Weaver welcomed the players and congratulated the squad on their fine record, and Coach Wendell Hart thanked the Fire Department on behalf of the team.”

“Repton High’s Bulldogs jumped back into the win column last Friday night as they trounced J.U. Blacksher of Uriah, 31-6, on the home field.”
Players scoring touchdowns for Repton included Floyd Morgan, Eddie Kelly and Ray Blackwell.
Other outstanding Repton players in that game included Tommy Nall and Wendell Roberson. Albert Arnold was Repton’s head coach.
Nelson Smith scored on a 50-yard screen pass for Blacksher’s only touchdown.

“Lyeffion fell victim to a mighty Coffeeville Panther offense last Thursday night by a 39-7 count.
“The Yellowjackets came to life as they went 67 yards in the third quarter for their only score. The night’s most beautiful play came on this drive as Wayne Thames broke loose over the middle, cut to his left and raced 53 yards for the touchdown.
“Thames was leading ground gainer with an even 100 yards net in 17 carries for nearly six yards per carry.”

“All three county schools will see action at home this week as Lyeffion meets J.U. Blacksher High of Uriah here Thursday night, Repton plays W.S. Neal of Brewton in Repton Friday night and Evergreen meets neighboring McKenzie at home Friday night.”

75 YEARS AGO
OCT. 19, 1939

“Dr. H.C. Fountain attended the Western Fields Trials near Dallas, this week, where he acted as one of the judges.”

“G.E. Thompson, Sam Buford, James Nettles Jr. and Warren Stallworth Jr. attended the football game between Frisco City and Beatrice on Friday night. Frisco City won from Beatrice, 36 to 7.”

“EXTENSION CLASS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION: All those interested in earning credits in Physical Education at Troy State Teachers College are asked to meet at the Vocational building at the Evergreen High School at nine o’clock on Saturday morning, Oct. 21. Mr. Curren Farmer, Director of Physical Education at Troy will be in charge of this class.”

90 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1924

“After having played two games in foreign territory, the Evergreen Aggies have returned to their own backyard, and will entertain the Florala team on the local grounds next Fri., Oct. 17. This game will be of particular interest to Evergreen fans because of the fact that Grady Vaughn, former Aggie coach, is now the Florala mentor. Game will be called at 3:30 p.m. at Gantt field, and it is urged that every Evergreen citizen who desires to boost their local boys shall attend.”


“That Conecuh County can well boast of efficient officers is evidenced by the fact that C.L. Barlow, game and fish warden, has been offered the position of district game and fish warden, his territory to embrace five counties. Rather than move his residence from Evergreen, Mr. Barlow declined the appointment, and has tendered his resignation as county warden, as Conecuh is to be placed into the district mentioned.”