Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for May 21, 2019

Belleville Baptist Church

14 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 2005

Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .03 inches of rain on May 15. He also reported highs of 87 degrees on May 11, May 12 and May 13 and a low of 57 on May 9.

The vault built on the Probate Office that held all of the public records was the first victim of the demolition crews that began tearing down the Conecuh County Courthouse last Thursday morning. Two track hoes made short work of the 1956 addition to the building and work was progressing as rubble was being removed Tuesday afternoon.

Kara Layton, daughter of Jerry and Karen Layton and Sharon Layton, was named Conecuh County’s 2006 Junior Miss Saturday night at Reid State Technical College Auditorium. Whitley Roberts, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Roberts, was named first runner-up and Erin Brock, daughter of Randy and Pam Brock, was named second runner-up. The program was presented by the Conecuh Women’s League.

Evergreen’s Miss Troy University, Avington Hart, will be honored with a “Miss Alabama Send-Off Party” on Mon., May 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bolden-Cardwell Building at the Evergreen First United Methodist Church. Avie’s Miss Alabama Platform is “Volunteering” and she will be recognizing members of the STARS Program (Students Taking a Responsible Stand). Avie is the daughter of Bill and Ruth Hart.

39 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1980

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 2.41 inches of rain on May 7 and 0.1 inches of rain on May 9. He reported a high of 87 on May 8 and a low of 47 on May 10.

Members of the 1980 graduating class of Sparta Academy are Reta Mixon, Lesa Ralls, Missi Thacker, Selina Garvin, Sara Philyaw, Ginger Blackmon and Nancy Armstrong; Cook Morrison, Greg Crabtree, Michelle Street, Robert Bozeman, Cindy Joyner, Ira Cook, Leigh Daniels and Richard Tate; Ronny McKenzie, Lisa Bowers, Sonny Bradley, Melinda Carter, Gary Johnson, Margie Birkhead, Terry Peacock and Angie Mullen.

Bob Morris exhibited the Grand Champion Monday at the 15th annual Conecuh County FFA and 4-H Market Hog Show at Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard’s show arena on North Main Street. J.W. Andrews, president of the Stockyard, is congratulated by John Bewley, master of ceremonies and member of the sponsoring Evergreen Kiwanis Club, after buying the champ for the stockyard for 87 cents per pound.

Selina Ann Garvin, who will graduate summa cum laude, is valedictorian of the 1980 graduating class of Sparta Academy.

Lesa Ellen Ralls, who will graduate magna cum laude, is salutatorian of the graduating class of 1980 of Sparta Academy.

64 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1955

New Armory, Ft. Dave Lewis, To Be Dedicated Sat., May 21: Large Crowd Expected At Dedication Ceremony: The late Major Dave Lewis will be honored Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when the new armory in Evergreen will be officially designated Ft. Dave Lewis and presented to the local unit, Battery C, 117th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day celebration here. The new armory was completed several months ago at a cost of approximately $100,000.

Salk Polio Shots To Be Resumed Next Tuesday: The Salk polio vaccine clinics which were scheduled to begin Tuesday of this week were postponed one week due to a shortage of vaccine. The Conecuh County Health Department was notified by telegram from the State Health Department Monday of the postponement. The vaccine will be available next week and the clinics will begin Tues., May 24, and continue each day through Fri., May 27.
The clinics are scheduled ONLY for those children who were given the first polio vaccine shots.

DAR’s Sponsor Historical Tour: On Thursday morning, May 12, members of the local D.A.R. chapter took 12 girls from Evergreen High School on a county historical tour that featured a trip to the Baptist Church in Belleville.
During the tour, Mrs. Jeretta Newton told the history of the church, which is the oldest one standing in Conecuh County. Each student will write a theme about the tour. The writer of the best theme will receive a five dollar prize.

89 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1930

Evergreen-Castleberry Highway Now Open: The paving on Highway 31 between here and Castleberry is now open to the public, the opening having taken place last Sunday. Work on the shoulders is not quite complete, but is being finished as rapidly as possible. The newly made shoulders on this section of the highway present a danger that the traveling public should take notice of, and avoid accidents which might easily occur in the event cars are driven off the paving while going at high rate of speed.

Conecuh County High School at Castleberry announces its complete commencement program which begins on Thursday night, May 15, with an operetta followed on Friday night by the junior play. The commencement sermon will be delivered on Sunday by Rev. T.Y. Fleming, pastor of the Baptist church at Brewton. Then on Tuesday night, the graduating exercises will occur with Rev. A.S. Shafter, pastor of the M.E. Church at Andalusia, delivering the graduating address.

CONCERT TO BE GIVEN IN REPTON: The Repton music pupils of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Trueman will be presented in a concert at Repton Tues., May 20, at 8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

392 Cars Berries Shipped From County: Figures gathered by this newspaper this week disclose that a total of 392 cars of berries have been shipped from this county during the season just closed as compared with 613 cars shipped last season.

139 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1880
THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR

XX: Please notice the XX mark upon the margin of your paper. Your subscription has expired and we will be very glad to have you renew.

Rev. Bishop Wilmer baptized three persons at the Episcopal Church, Sabbath last.

The regular publication day of The Star is Saturday, but for “fear of accidents in a well-regulated family,” we frequently print this paper several days ahead of time.

Mr. Richard Shipp, one of our oldest citizens, is dangerously ill at his residence in Evergreen.

John Buffington of Conecuh County has been carried to the Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa by Sheriff Robt. McCreary.

NOTICE: On the 31st day of May next, between the hours of 10 o’clock a.m. and 4 o’clock p.m. in front of the courthouse door of Conecuh County, we will let the building of a new bridge over Sepulga River, where or near where the Staple’s Bridge now stands, to the lowest and best bidder. The successful bidder will be required to give a good and sufficient bond in double the amount of bid to keep said bridge in good repair, and for the safe passage of the traveling public, for the term of five years, we reserving the right to reject any and all bids. Specifications and dimensions of bridge on file in Probate Judge’s office. – F.M. Walker, Judge, For the Comissioners.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., May 21, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.40 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 22.30 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for May 20, 2019

Adolph and Elizabeth Toepperwein

14 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 2005

Miller graduate joins SA coaching staff: Sparta Academy’s renewed conviction to reviving its football program took another step recently when the school hired Daniel Wilson as an assistant football coach.
Wilson, who has coached junior high sports at Monroe Academy the last three years, is a product of T.R. Miller High School, where he was a standout lineman.
He added that Sparta has hired a gem in head coach Don Hand, who has a “ton” of experience. Hand has been director of the AISA’s athletic department for the past several years.

Salter to appear on national TV show: Eddie Salter of Evergreen, will appear on Turkey Call, a hunting series produced by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The show will air on The Outdoor Channel on the following dates: Thurs., May 19, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. (EST); and Sun., May 22, 2005 at 7 p.m. (EST).
Salter, an NWTF member and Hunter’s Specialties Pro-Staff member, will hunt eastern longbeards in Ohio with NWTF member and Hunter’s Specialties Pro-Staff member Matt Morrett. The show will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at what pro-staff members do in the hunting industry and take a look at some of the country’s best-known hunters.

Tony Hodges and his son, Samazki, caught this 11-pound catfish on Mon., May 9, while fishing at the Evergreen Municipal Park.

39 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1980

Sparta girls do well at Tri-State Track Meet: The Sparta Academy Girls Track Team did themselves, their school, their parents and their town “proud” with their performance in the Tri-States Private Schools Track Meet held Saturday in Jackson, Miss.
The mile relay team placed fourth with a time of 4:28.2. Lynn Hyde placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 7-1/2 inches (short of her jump of 16 feet, four inches that won first place in the state meet).
The mile relay team, which also won first place in the State Private Schools Association Track Meet, is composed of Lynn Hyde, Lesa Ralls, Miss Price and Cheri Johnson.
The girls are coached by Richard Brown. Coach Brown, who also is head coach of the male football and basketball teams at Sparta, said “I am extremely proud of these young ladies and their achievements in track this year. I would also like to point out that of the four only one, Lesa, is a senior. So, the Sparta Girls Track Team could well be considered ‘hard-to-beat’ in future state and regional competition.”

64 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1955

Honors Received By Evergreen High School Students for 1954-55: The following is a list of Evergreen High School students who have won various honors and awards during the past year – New Cheerleaders for 1955-56, Erin Cook, Eddie Bell Kindig, Ann Stillwell, Anita Johnson and Pattie McGehee; Advertiser-Journal All-State Football Team, first string, Richard Taylor, Ward Alexander, honorable mention, Randy White, Wayne Douglas, Buck Lewis; First District Tournament Basketball team, Randy White; Football Scholarships, University of Alabama, Ward Alexander; Junior Colleges, Jimmy Frazier, Wayne Douglas, Richard Taylor; Winner first Flight Evergreen Golf Tournament, Joe Hagood.

Lyeffion Stops McKenzie In 10 Innings 10 to 9: Lyeffion outscored McKenzie in a close, extra-inning ball game last Sunday, 10-9.
Donald Evers started off on the mound for Lyeffion and was relieved by Eugene Davis. Kenneth Tomlinson completed the battery.
Lyeffion will play in McKenzie next Sunday.

89 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1930


Shooting Experts Here Monday, May 19: For those who like their thrills early and often the shooting exhibition to be given here on May 19 by the Topperweins, Mr. and Mrs., will provide a measure of satisfaction that can seldom be equaled. Topperwein, a veritable magician with rifle, shotgun and revolver has roused audiences all of America to vigorous enthusiasm for the past third of a century. He is widely acclaimed the world’s greatest fancy shot. The exhibition is given under the direction of Wild Brothers Hardware Co.
But, while Topperwein is a whole show in himself, local residents are to have the opportunity for a real double header, for in Mrs. Topperwein, they will see a woman shot as sensational in her breath-taking stunts and accurate quick shots as her famous husband himself. Together, they make a shooting team never to be forgotten and, once seen, never to be missed if opportunity presents them again.

139 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1880
THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR

The young gentlemen of Evergreen desire to organize a Base Ball club, to continue during the dull Summer months. Cannot this be done? Our young friend, Ernest McCreary, will take the names of those who desire to become members.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., May 20, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.40 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 22.30 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper of Monroe County, Alabama

Mary Badham as 'Scout Finch'

14 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 2005

‘Scout’ to visit here on Saturday: Child actor Mary Badham, who portrayed “Scout” in the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will return to Monroeville Saturday at the Old Monroe County Courthouse.
Badham will reminisce about her work on the film with Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck during the “Scout Returns to Maycomb” event from 2 to 3 p.m. A question-and-answer period will also be held.

Frisco City High School’s football team rolled up 382 yards of total offense on their way to a 32-0 stomping of John Essex in spring football action Friday night in Frisco City.
Junior Jeffery Williams, who missed the entire 2004 season due to injury and who hadn’t played a down of football since spring drills last year, led the Whippets defensively and was one of the team’s top ground-gainers.
(Other top FCHS players in that game included Donald Dees, Scotty English, DeAngelo Hill, Leonard Hollings, Chris Mason and Carlos Powe. Troy Quinn was FCHS’s head football coach.)

COTTON PATCH FESTIVAL: Music in the form of soloists, quartet groups and guitar-playing energized approximately 700 folks at the 13th annual “Cotton Patch” Festival in Uriah last Saturday.
Ronnie Lambert was emcee and several quartets, vocalists and instrumental groups brought an air of excitement to this yearly event.
“This year’s festival was a big success,” festival chairperson Patricia McCullers noted, and she believes that proceeds will be highly beneficial to the Uriah Arts Council.

39 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1980

The Monroeville Jayceettes chose Jennifer Carmen Byrd and Jessica Carlie Byrd, the twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley Byrd Jr. of Pleasant Hill, as the Monroe County Healthy Babies for 1980. The babies, selected in conjunction with Healthy Baby Week (May 11-17), were chosen because they were the first babies born in Monroe County Hospital on Mother’s Day. Jennifer weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and Jessica weight six pounds, 7-1/2 ounces. On the side of Mrs. Byrd’s bed are some of the gifts she received from local merchants, including two towel and washcloth sets, two layette shirts, several gift certificates, a newborn set and a receipt for a free dinner.

Vols make semifinals: A five-run rally in the bottom of the second inning gave the Monroe Academy Volunteers a 5-2 victory over Ashford Academy, sending the Vols into the state private school semifinals.
The third and deciding game at Volunteer Park Tuesday was made necessary when the two teams split a doubleheader Monday in the opening day of the best-two-of-three series.
(Top players on MA’s baseball team that year included Boyd Bradley, David Carpenter, Sammie Carter, Tim Chunn, Trip Hendrix, Joey Langham, Doug Smith, Greg Tatum, Jeff Tatum, Rick Williams and John Wilman. Eddie Tyler was MA’s head baseball coach.)

This 4-foot, one-inch rattlesnake was shot near Clausell about 3 p.m. Sunday by Charlie Boulton, Lonzo Mosley and Roy Tate of Monroeville. The rattler, which Boulton estimated to weigh about 20 pounds, had 17 rattles and one button.

64 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1955

Pvt. George E. Snow of Uriah is now serving with the U.S. Army and is a member of the 447th Signal Battalion (Construction), located in Pirmasens, Germany. Snow will have 17 more months of duty before he returns to the States. He graduated from the J.U. Blacksher school in 1954 and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Snow of Uriah, Rt. 2.

Locals Lose One, Win One In Week: Righthander Joe Stevens, who pitched so creditably for Monroe County High this season, made his debut on the mound for the Monroe County entry in the Dixie Amateur League Thursday night in Atmore, and hurled seven-hit ball only to lose, 8-6. However, seven-hit pitching by Bill Hite conquered the State Farm by a score of 9-2, in Monroeville Sunday afternoon, as the locals ran their season record to four wins against five defeats.
(Other players on Monroe County’s team that season included Al Clenner, Paul Fowler, Frank Hadley, Edsel Johnson, Les Prouty and Curt Wideman.)

Kiwanians To See Color Film Friday: Color films of Nebraska, having to do with farming in that state, and color movies made on a trip through the mountains will be shown to members of the Kiwanis Club when they meeting Friday.
Ward Ostberg will show the films and give the program discussion. The session will be held at the Hi-Ho Restaurant during the noon hour.

89 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1930

MRS. LUCIAN JONES ENTERTAINS STUDY CLUB AT LUNCHEON: Mrs. Lucian Jones entertained the Monroeville Study Club at luncheon on Saturday morning. This social meeting took the place of the regular meeting. Mrs. C.G. Yarbrough of Pensacola, who was formerly a member of the Club, was a guest. Mrs. E.T. Millsap was made a member of the Study Club. Mrs. Straughn was the winner in the penny wise contest. She was presented with a chiffon handkerchief.

Mrs. W.R. Blackwell of Frisco City, accompanied by her son Howard, Mrs. T.E. Stacey, and little Grace Blackwell of Repton, left Sunday for Kerrville, Texas to visit Mr. W.L. Blackwell, who has been out west for the past two years on account of his health.

BAND CONCERT MONDAY; MUSIC RECITAL WEDNESDAY: The Monroe County High School Band and Orchestra will be presented in a concert at the school auditorium on Monday evening, May 19, at eight o’clock, Mr. J.C. Williams, directing. The music class under the direction of Miss Sara Dennis will give a recital on Wednesday evening, May 21.

The Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Alabama will meet in 58th annual session in the city of Montgomery on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20th and 21st, and this promises to be one of the most constructive sessions ever held by this body in the Grand Domain of Alabama. The meeting will be presided over by Grand Chancellor Tully A. Goodwin of Florala, and recorded by Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, Joe King Stanley of Montgomery.

139 YEARS AGO
MAY 17, 1880

Mr. Rikard was born in Edgefield District, S.C., Jan. 14, 1805 and with his father removed to this state at an early age, settling on Limestone Creek, near Monroeville, where his boyhood days were spent. He afterwards moved to Flat Creek, where he died. A good citizen, a devout Christian, an honest man, has gone. Let us greatly draw the mantle of charity over his frailties, and strive to emulate with possible zeal, his honor, his integrity and his uprightness.

Perdue Hill – We had the pleasure of meeting in our office last week Dr. F.D. Thompson, now a prominent physician of Sherman, Texas, and formerly a resident of Perdue Hill in this county. The doctor is an educated and cultivated gentleman, is modest and dignified in bearing, with pleasing address and polished manners, and we are not surprised to know that he captivated the heart and won the hand of one of Sherman’s most wealthy and accomplished belles. We regret to learn that Dr. T will only remain a short time with us.

River Dots – We regret to learn from the Montgomery Advertiser that Capt. Finegan, who has been for many years well and favorably known along the Alabama River as a popular and successful steamboat commander, has concluded to take his boats, the John T. Moore, Maggie Burke, Robt. E. Lee and Lucy Grastrell, out of the Alabama River trade and transfer them to the Memphis and Helena trade, on the Mississippi. The many friends of Capt. Finegan here, and all along the Alabama River, will regret his determination to go elsewhere, but as he has done so they will wish for him both fame and fortune.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., May 19, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.40 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.40 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 22.30 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Son of freed slaves recalls seeing the Nettie Quill for the first time in 1886


(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 93 he recalls the good old days” was originally published in the Jan. 27, 1972 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

“I can still remember just about anything that has ever happened in my lifetime. See this scar on my chin? I fell against the cooking pot when I was three years old and burned my chin. My mamma was cooking peas. I liked peas so well I couldn’t wait for them to get done. I was going to slip me some out of the pot.”

I visited Mack Lawrence Johnson of Beatrice one afternoon and as we talked about the old days, he told me about his life as a child on the banks of the Alabama River. Mack Lawrence is blind now and doesn’t hear too well, but his memory is remarkable. He remembers dates, days of the week and time of the day as though it happened yesterday.

“I was born on Tuesday, the 10th of December 1878, near Johnson’s Woodyard on the Alabama River. I was the fifth of 15 children. My mamma and papa was born in slavery and was freed about the time the war was over. There was seven boys and eight girls in the family. I am the only one of them that is living now.

“We used to raise cotton on the river bank, and we would watch the river boats come up the river on their way to Montgomery and Wetumpka. The boats would tie up at Johnson’s Wood Yard and pick up firewood and unload freight for the people along the river. We would go aboard and look around just about any time we wanted to.

“I remember the day the steamboat ‘The Nettie Quill’ came up river for the first time. It was on a Wednesday evening, during the first week in September of 1886. The sun was about tree top high on the west bank of the river. She took on about three and a half cords of wood for her boilers. She was the first boat to come up the Alabama that was equipped with electric lights. Capt. Quill let us children go up in the wheelhouse and look around.

“In later years, I worked at Johnson’s Wood Yard. I was freight agent there in the early 1900s. After I left there, I started to do blacksmith work. I could always build good wagon wheels. I built the tall ones for the log carts.

“I could still build a good wheel, if I could just see. That’s my biggest trouble. I’m still as limber in my joints as I ever was. Do you believe that I can put my foot behind my head?”

I told him that he might hurt himself, but in spite of my objections, he placed his right foot against his right ear, with little or no effort. I was glad that he didn’t ask me if I could do the same.

As I was about to leave, I asked this amazing man what he liked to do most of all, now that he didn’t get around like he used to.

“I like to talk. A good conversation with my old friends is better than going to the doctor. I plan to live a long time yet, and I want you to tell my friends to come and see me. You come back too. You’re a good listener.”

He gave the names of some of his old friends, and I promised I would see these people and give them his message. As I left the room, the thought occurred to me that somewhere in this man’s life, some of the iron that he worked as a blacksmith must have gotten into his bloodstream. A man with his determination couldn’t be all flesh and blood.

[This column was also accompanied by a photo of Johnson and included the following caption: Mack Lawrence Johnson, 93, of Beatrice recalls memories of his early life.]

(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 to Vincent William Singleton and Frances Cornelia Faile Singleton, during a late-night thunderstorm, on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served as a U.S. Marine paratrooper in the Korean War, worked as a riverboat deckhand, lived for a time among Apache Indians, moved to Monroe County on June 28, 1964 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from June 28, 1964 to Dec. 14, 1987. He was promoted from the enlisted ranks to warrant officer in May 1972. For years, Singleton’s columns, titled “Monroe County history – Did you know?” and “Somewhere in Time” appeared in The Monroe Journal, and he wrote a lengthy series of articles about Monroe County that appeared in Alabama Life magazine. It’s believed that his first column appeared in the March 25, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal. 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.)