Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the July 26, 1917 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

Within the next few days, those drawn for service in the first call for troops will be notified to report for examination.

Messrs. N.D. Godboldt, J.M. Bonner, McCrae Turner, Carl Watts and Dan Cook have received notice to report at Montgomery next week for examination for into Fort Oglethorpe training camp.

Prof. William Bryant has been elected as Superintendent of the Union Town school to succeed Prof. Emmett Kilpatrick, who resigned to enter the officers training camp. Camden boys are in demand and we congratulate Mr. Bryant on this deserved honor.

Unity Lodge No. 136 Free & Accepted Masons, Lower Peach Tree, Alabama: Whereas God in is infinite wisdom and all wise providence, has seen fit to remove from the scene of his earthly labor, our friend and Brother, Mr. C.C. Hare.
Resolved that we, the members of Lower Peach Tree Methodist Sunday school have lost a true and faithful friend, one who worked untiringly while he lived among us for the improvement of our school and to his efforts much of our success is due that we bow in submission to the will of our Heavenly Father who doeth all things well that we extend to his sorrowing widow and children our sympathy in this sad hour of affliction and commend them to the mercy of God, who alone is able to give comfort and consolation. That a copy of this resolution be spread on the minutes and a copy sent to the Alabama Christian Advocate and the Progressive Era for publication and a copy sent his family.
(Signed) Lamar Walker, J.H. Baker, S.P. Stabler, committee.

CATHERINE: The K. Pharr Caning Factory has been very busy of late, caning snap beans, having recently finished the fourth carload of blackberries.
Dr. McIntosh was a visitor to Camden this past week.
The autos that travel on the Jackson Highway which passes through our town are getting to be quite numerous.

Mr. J.B. Sessions of Bellview was a business visitor to Camden Thursday. He states prospects for crops as a whole are very promising.

Sunday School Convention: All Sunday School workers of all denominations in our county are invited to attend the annual convention of Wilcox County Sunday School Association, which will be held at Camden, Ala., Aug. 4th and 5th.

Dr. R.H. Kilpatrick of Irvington is visiting his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Ratcliffe.

Hon. John T. Dale and Mr. Presly Dale of Oak Hill were visitors to Camden Tuesday.

Bishop McCoy will occupy the pulpit at the Methodist on Sunday. This is a rare treat for Camdenites and many visitors from over the county is expected to be present.

Hon. P.E. Jones was a Selma visitor Friday.

Mr. Leslie Duke left this week for Hot Springs, Ark. where he will take treatment for about four weeks. His many Camden friends trust he will be greatly benefitted.

Does anything remain of the "once famous" Wilcox Mineral Springs resort?

One of the two Wilcox Mineral Springs hotels.
A week or so ago, I found myself at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, looking over some 110-year-old editions of The Monroe Journal newspaper. It was there that I stumbled across an item that many Wilcox County history buffs will find interesting.

In the July 11, 1907 edition of The Journal, editor Q. Salter published a large display advertisement that read as follows – “WILCOX MINERAL SPRINGS is now open for the season. The health-giving properties of these waters can be vouched for by many who have been benefitted by them. A hack line to and from the depot to meet the trains morning and evening. Every arrangement for the comfort and entertainment of guests will be carefully looked after. Special terms by the week, month or season, can be had on application to G.W. Stuart, Proprietor, Schuster, Alabama.”

I penciled all of this down in my notebook, and when I got home I searched my shelves for a book called “Historic Alabama Hotels & Resorts” by James F. Sulzby Jr. This 294-page book, which was originally published by the University of Alabama in 1960, describes over 50 old Alabama hotels and resorts, including Wilcox Mineral Springs.

According to Sulzby, who died in 1988 at the age of 82, the “once famous” Wilcox Mineral Springs was located about a mile from the east Wilcox County town of Schuster, which was about halfway between the Louisville & Nashville Railroad stations at Pine Apple and McWilliams. In 1903, entrepreneur George Washington Stuart constructed two hotel buildings at the site after finding four natural mineral springs that bubbled up out of the ground within a space of about 50 square yards.

Stuart, who ran the establishment with his wife Sallie, officially opened the resort on July 4, 1904, and this grand opening was such a big event that the L&N Railroad ran a special train all the way from Mobile to Schuster to accommodate the large crowds. When they arrived, guests found the natural springs covered by pavilions, an amphitheater that could seat 1,500 spectators, a bandstand, a dance pavilion, a baseball park with a grandstand, a five-acre pine grove with picnic tables and other fine accommodations.

For a time, crowds flocked to the resort because Stuart claimed that, like the pure waters at famous resorts like Hot Springs, Arkansas, the natural springs near Schuster were healthy and helped relieve a variety of ailments including bowel troubles, Bright’s Disease, cystitis, diabetes, dyspepsia, gastritis, gout, indigestion, irritable bladder, kidney troubles, nerve problems, rheumatism and stomach problems. The resort, which was also known as Schuster Springs, thrived for a time, but the crowds eventually began to thin, and the business took a major hit after one of the hotel buildings burned in 1908 followed by other fires that destroyed the bandstand and dance pavilion.

Sallie Stuart eventually passed away at the age of 60 on May 8, 1916, and her husband, George W. Stuart, passed away at the age of 79 on Sept. 7, 1931. They are both buried in the Ackerville Cemetery, about 15 miles east of Camden. By the time Sulzby’s book came out in 1960 only a few crumbling foundations were said to mark where the old Wilcox Mineral Springs hotel buildings once stood, and three of the four mineral springs had ceased to flow. I suspect that the site has changed even more during the past 57 years.

In the end, I’d like to hear from readers in the audience with more information about the Wilcox Mineral Springs and the Stuarts. Are there any visible remnants of the old resort remaining in the woods near Schuster? What became of the old baseball field and amphitheater? Does the last “health-giving” spring still bubble from the ground there or have any of the other three springs returned?

Today in History for July 26, 2017

July 26, 1775 - The U.S. postal system was established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general.

July 26, 1788 – New York ratified the United States Constitution and became the 11th state of the United States.

July 26, 1813 – Troopers on their way to the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek crossed the Alabama River, the horses swimming beside the canoes. They marched southeastward to the cow pens of David Tate. There they were again reinforced by a company from Tensaw Lake and Little River, that was commanded by an educated, courageous, energetic half-breed Creek, Dixie Bailey. The whole force now numbered 180 men.

July 26, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette departed Chester, Pa. for the Brandywine Battlefield ending the day in West Chester, Pa.

July 26, 1856 – Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland.

July 26, 1861 – During the Civil War, George B. McClellan assumed command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.

July 26, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at McCulla’s Store, Mo.. Fort Fillmore, near Mesilla, in the New Mexico Territory, was also abandoned by Federal forces.

July 26, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Spangler’s Mill, near Jonesborough, Ala.

July 26, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Mill Creek in the vicinity of Pollocksville in North Carolina and at Tazewell, Tenn.

July 26, 1862 – During the Civil War, a four-day Federal operation began in southwestern Missouri, and a four-day Federal operation between Newport and Young’s Cross Road began in North Carolina.

July 26, 1862 – During the Civil War, Federal reconnaissance was conducted in the vicinity of Orange Courthouse, Va.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, Morgan's Raid ended at Salineville, Ohio when Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers were captured by Union forces. Starting in July 1862, Morgan made four major raids on Northern or Northern-held territory over the course of a year. Although they were of limited strategic significance, the raids served as a boost to Southern morale and captured much-needed supplies.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, Sam Houston, who had opposed Texas' secession from the Union, died of pneumonia at the age of 70 at Steamboat House in Huntsville, Texas.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Sioux Indians at Dead Buffalo Lake in the Dakota Territory and at London, Ky.

July 26, 1863 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal expedition from Natchez, Miss. to Kingston, Liberty, and Woodville in Mississippi began. A four-day Federal operation between Plymouth and Foster‘s Mills also began in North Carolina.

July 26, 1864 – Confederate Major General Dabney H. Maury was assigned command of the Confederate Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana, headquartered in Mobile, Ala.

July 26, 1864 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal operation began between Searcy and West Point in Arkansas. A Federal cavalry operation from Atlanta to Macon, Georgia began. A five-day Federal operation in Johnson County, Mo. began.

July 26, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Shelbina, Mo.; at Wallace’s Ferry, in the vicinity of Big Creek, Ark.; at Decatur, Ga.; at Haddix’ Ferry, Ky.; at Muddy Branch and Falling Waters in Maryland; and at White’s Station, Tenn.

July 26, 1864 – During the Civil War, Federal operations were conducted in the vicinity of Rapidan Station, Va.

July 26, 1865 – During the Civil War, six Federal whalers were captured in the Bering Sea by the CCS Shenandoah.

July 26, 1879 – Monroe County Judge Sowell held a hearing in regard to Charles Roberts, who’d been rearrested on a second murder warrant in connection with the murder of D.W. Rankin on July 21. Col. Hibbard represented Roberts and argued that Roberts should be released because his case had already been “judicially investigated by a competent magistrate,” Justice of the Peace J.L. Marshall. Sowell disagreed and had Roberts put in jail. D.L. Neville represented the government at the hearing.

July 26, 1886 – The steamer “Jewel” gave an excursion from Montgomery to Point Clear on this day, according to The Monroe Journal.

July 26, 1894 – English author Aldous Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey.

July 26, 1896 - Prof. J.N. Powers and family returned home to Monroeville, Ala. on this Sunday “from a pleasant visit to relatives and friends” in Choctaw County.

July 26, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Pine Apple community, that Miss Etta Norred of Pineapple was teaching school at the Owens school house.

July 26, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported in news from Repton, that Mr. Stephens was moving to Selma and that Mr. Davis had moved into Mr. Stephens’ home and was the railroad foreman in Repton, Ala.

July 26, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Nero community, that the picnic at Hunter Old Mill was “as nice a one as anybody ever witnessed.”

July 26, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Peterman community, that Mr. Kennedy, the hardwood mill man, had moved his family back to Kentucky, their old home. Kennedy was still at Peterman running his mill.

July 26, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Chestnut community, that for the past two weeks, they had had lots of rain. “The water got high enough for a man to swim in Mr. B.C. Dawson’s corn field. Crops are nearly ruined but grass is looking fine.”

July 26, 1910 – E.J. McCreary returned home to Conecuh County, Ala. from a fishing trip near St. Andrews Bay and brought home a king fish about four feet long.

July 26, 1910 – News reached Evergreen, Ala. on this day that prominent Conecuh County citizen and former Confederate officer Pinckney D. Bowles had passed away at the age of 75 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cobb, in Tampa, Fla., where he’d been several weeks prior to his death. The news came in a telegram to J.S. Stearns, who was Bowles’s nephew.

July 26, 1911 – Teams from Evergreen and Montgomery played each other in baseball in Evergreen, Ala.

July 26, 1914 – The L&N Railroad began running a new train between Georgiana and Flomaton, where it connected with regular trains running to Mobile and Pensacola. The new train left Georgiana at 6 a.m. with the trains departing from Mobile and Pensacola at 4 p.m. This allowed patrons to transact business in Mobile and Pensacola or at any point along the line and return home the same day.

July 26, 1914 - Erskine Hawkins, famed jazz musician, was born in Birmingham, Ala. His band, the “Bama State Collegians,” became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in the late 1930s after gaining a following in New York and winning a recording contract with RCA Victor. The band's biggest hit was the immensely popular "Tuxedo Junction" (1940).

July 26, 1916 - During the epic Battle of the Somme, Australian troops taking part in their first offensive action on the Western Front battled the Germans at Pozieres, near the Somme River in France.

July 26, 1918 – During World War I, Army Cpl. James E. Hendrix, 23, of Roy (present-day Frisco City) was killed in action while serving with the 167th Infantry’s Machine Gun Co. at Chateau Thierry, France. Hendrix was buried in the American Cemetery at Seringes-et-Nesle, Aisne, France, Grave 103, Section J, Plot 2 and was later reburied at the Mexia Cemetery in Monroe County. He was born on Sept. 8, 1894.

July 26, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Horace Rigsby of Georgiana was killed in action and was buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Fere-en-Tardenois, Departement de l'Aisne, in Picardie, France.

July 26, 1918 – During World War I, Army PFC William T. Cheatham of Greenville was killed in action while serving with the 167th Infantry, 42nd Division. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

July 26, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. James Boggan of Atmore “died from wounds” while serving with the 327th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Division. He was buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle in Lorraine, France.

July 26, 1920 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield was born in Elmira, N.Y. He went on to play for UCLA and the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams, and he also coached the L.A. Rams for three seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965.

July 26, 1921 – Humorist Jean Shepherd was born in Chicago, Ill. The 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story,” is based on his 1967 book, “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”

July 26, 1922 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was born in Huntersville, N.C. He would go on to play for the New York Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the California Angles, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

July 26, 1928 – Movie director Stanley Kubrick was born in New York City.

July 26, 1928 - Gene Tunney beat Tom Heeney by a technical knockout in the 11th round at Yankee Stadium to retain the world heavyweight title.

July 26, 1931 - Farmers in the American Midwest saw their crops destroyed by a massive swarm of grasshoppers. The insect collective was so big that it allegedly blocked out the sun and devoured entire fields of crops.

July 26, 1932 - The store building and entire stock of goods belonging to Mr. W.H. Tucker at McGill were destroyed by fire early on this Tuesday morning. Soon after the fire was discovered, it was thought that the store might have been robbed and burned, but further investigation failed to furnish any clues.

July 26, 1934 – Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald was born in Roy, New Mexico. He went on to play for Oklahoma, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Los Angeles Rams, the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

July 26, 1938 – The Evergreen Greenies beat the Panama City Pelicans, 5-1, on this Tuesday afternoon behind the pitching of Lee Anthony. Anthony, “the tall Kansan,” allowed just three hits, struck out six and drove in three runs wit a double. Joe Cudillo led Everrgreen at the plate with two hits.

July 26, 1939 – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly was born in Olney, Texas. He went on to play for TCU and the Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

July 26, 1940 – The Monroe County Masonic Conference was held with the Frisco City Lodge, Frisco City, beginning on this Friday at 9 a.m. J.S. Southall, George U. Potter, and Mr. Brown of Mobile, district lecturer of the 23rd district, were among the out-of-town visitors.

July 26, 1944 – During World War II, the Soviet Army entered Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, capturing it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews survived out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation.

July 26, 1945 – The U.S. Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis arrived at Tinian with parts of the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

July 26, 1947 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States National Security Council.

July 26, 1947 - The Blacksher Store Co. at Uriah was scheduled to observe its first anniversary under new management on this Saturday, according to Frank Rush, vice president and manager. The store planned to conduct a special sale on that day, and any person whose birthday anniversary occurred on July 27 was to receive a silver dollar from the store upon bringing proof of his birth date. Actually the store’s anniversary was July 27 but since that date fell on a Sunday, the sale was set for Saturday. The Blacksher Store, one of the largest in Monroe County, was begun almost 40 years before. The ownership at that time was composed of D.W. Blacksher, president, and Rush.

July 26, 1948 - Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, "The Babe Ruth Story."

July 26, 1951 – During the Korean War, Army PFC Isaac Lee Jr., 22, of Monroe County, Ala. was killed in action. Born on Nov. 18, 1928, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

July 26, 1952 - Alabama Senator John Sparkman was named the Democratic vice-presidential running mate with Adlai Stevenson. Sparkman was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama in 1936 and served in that body until 1946 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until 1979. The Democratic ticket lost the election to Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

July 26, 1953 – The Evergreen Greenies were scored to play Baker, Fla. on this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Evergreen, Ala.

July 26, 1959 - Alabama author Rick Bragg was born in Piedmont, Ala.

July 26, 1962 – Lewis Ramsey, head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Evergreen High School, resigned to accept head coaching position at Brookwood High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

July 26, 1962 – The Monroe Journal reported that Winston Sessions of Monroeville and Douglas Hitson of Andalusia were attending summer school at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. They were seniors at Livingston State College and were majoring in Spanish. Winston was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville.

July 26, 1962 – The Monroe Journal reported that five new instructors for Monroe County schools were approved at a recent meeting of the Board of Education. Miss Bobby Nell Northrop had been named to the elementary school faculty in Frisco City. A graduate of J.U. Blacksher School at Uriah, Northrop was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at Auburn University, where she also served as head majorette. Mrs. Marlene Brantley Grissette of Excel was to replace Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville on the elementary school faculty at Excel. Gerald R. Irby, a native of Millry, had been named as coach and teacher at Excel. He replaced Charles Walston in the coaching position. Walston was to remain on the Excel faculty as a science instructor. For the previous five years, Irby had been an assistant coach at Satsuma High School in Mobile County. Benny G. Rhoades Jr., a Selma native, had been appointed coach and teacher at J.U. Blacksher School. He had been an assistant coach for four years in Shelby County and for one year in Geneva County. Mrs. Betty Watkins Irby had been hired as an elementary school teacher in Uriah.

July 26, 1968 - Spc. 4 Randle Varner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Varner, was scheduled to leave on this day for Fort Lewis, Washington and was to go on from there to Vietnam, according to The Evergreen Courant. He had spent a 30-day leave in Conecuh County with his parents after being assigned from Hunter AFB, Georgia to overseas duty.

July 26, 1968 – During the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese opposition leader Trương Đình Dzu was sentenced to five years hard labor for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.

July 26, 1972 - Although South Vietnamese paratroopers hoisted their flag over Quang Tri Citadel, they proved unable to hold the Citadel for long or to secure Quang Tri City.

July 26, 1974 - Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.4 inches on this day in Evergreen, Ala.

July 26, 1977 – Troy David Jenkins was born in Phoenix, Az. Jenkins grew up in Evergreen, graduated from Hillcrest in 1995, and was fatally wounded in April 2003 while serving in Iraq.

July 26, 1977 - The body of Jerry Peacock, 18, of Evergreen was pulled from the Alabama River by Monroe County Rescue Squad members at 11:30 a.m. on this Tuesday, Monroeville Police Chief Charles Colbert said. Fifteen squad members dragged the river from five small boats for nearly 17 hours before recovering the body. Bobby Johnson, 18, Evergreen, was piloting a small motor boat near the east bank of the river when the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Mon., July 25, Monroe County Chief Deputy Sheriff Larry Ikner said. Ikner said although Peacock reportedly did not know how to swim, neither man was wearing a life preserver.

July 26, 1979 – An organizational meeting for the varsity football team at Lyeffion High School was scheduled to be held on this Thursday night at 7 p.m.

July 26, 1990 – The Monroe Journal reported that construction of a new firefighter training facility had begun in Monroeville near the Monroe County Agricultural Center.

July 26, 1998 – According to The Regina Leader Post, Janet Gamble spotted huge footprints while jogging near her home in northern Saskatchewan. She alerted her husband, Dennis, and he and his brother videotaped the tracks to establish a permanent record. The footprints were 14-inch by seven-inches and came from something with a six-foot stride.

July 26, 2000 - Oasis stormed off stage after being hit with bottles, can and coins at a Swiss music festival.

July 26, 2001 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Evergreen Florist women’s softball team was the league champions that year with an impressive 13-1 record. Members of the team included Kyantrae Lewis, Shantavia Harrison, Louise Hines, Andrell Baxter, Selinda Thomas, Sha Matthews, Sabrina Harrison, Tricia Walmack, Melinda Baxter, Nebertha Matthews, Sabrina Baxter, Coach Tony Baxter, Stephanie Rudolph, Shaquella Spears and Manager Dot Floyd.

July 26, 2004 - The Arizona Diamondbacks ended their club-record losing streak of 14 games.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., July 26, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  6.10 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 15.45 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 59.00 inches.

Notes: Today is the 207th day of 2017 and the 36th day of Summer. There are 158 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for July 25, 2017

JULY 26, 2001

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 2.00 inches of rain on July 20 and .05 inches on July 21. He reported a high of 95 degrees on July 20 and a low of 65 on July 16.

Site being cleared for new school: Contractors and workers were busy Wednesday morning preparing to begin clearing the site for the new elementary school for the Conecuh County Board of Education. The site for the new school is located on Hwy. 31 South in Evergreen, directly across from the Kwik Kar Wash. The new facility will replace the current Evergreen City School building, which was constructed in 1925.

Harry Ellis of Evergreen was honored recently by WSFA-TV for continuing to contribute to the success of the Storm Team as a WSFA Weather Watcher. Harry recently attended an appreciation dinner for over 30 Weather Watchers who call the WSFA Storm Center regularly, reporting weather data from their respective hometowns. WSFA’s Rich Thomas commended Harry for “helping the Storm Team report accurate weather information from all around WSFA’s coverage area… especially during severe weather.”

Fair Lane Road, located just off Hwy. 31 near Evergreen Pottery, is one of several Conecuh County roads that have been slated for paving with funding from a Community Development Block Grant from the State of Alabama. Approximately 15 miles of dirt road will be paved with these funds.

JULY 22, 1976

Robert Gordon Kendall Jr., 61, died Saturday night, July 17, in a local nursing home after a long illness. He was one of Evergreen’s and Alabama’s most distinguished public servants.
Except for a few years spent in Florida as a boy, Senator Kendall was a lifelong resident of Evergreen. He attended Birmingham Southern College and graduated from the University of Alabama. After graduation, he returned to Evergreen and went into business with his late father, operating Kendall & Kendall.
During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including overseas service in the Pacific.
In 1946, he was elected State Senator from the old district that included Butler, Conecuh and Covington Counties. In 1950, he was elected to the House of Representatives from this county and re-elected in 1954. In 1958, he was again elected to the Senate, serving 16 consecutive years in the Legislature.
He was a leader in the Legislature, serving as speaker pro-tem, and had the distinction of being selected by the capitol press as the most outstanding member of both houses.
He served as State Highway Director, Director of the State Dept. of Industrial Relations and as Assistant Highway Director.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Evergreen Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Williamson and Dr. Sam Granade officiating. Burial was in the family plot in Magnolia Cemetery.

JULY 26, 1951

E.E. Adams of Evergreen, Route 1, was the first Conecuh County farmer to get an open boll of cotton to The Courant office this year. Mr. Adams, a well-known farmer of the Lyeffion community, brought his four-lock boll in Wednesday. A second boll was brought in Saturday by Abner Randall, a farmer who lives between Belleville and Castleberry.

Lt. William Wells of the U.S. Army has recently completed an advanced course of training for artillery officers at Ft. Sill, Okla. Lt. Wells is visiting relatives here this week en route to Fort Jackson, S.C. where he will rejoin Battery C, 117th Field Artillery Battalion.
Lt. Wells is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.Z. Wells of Evergreen. He is married to the former Melba Bowden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Bowden of Owassa, Route One.

Four-H boys and girls in Conecuh County will have a Fat Hog Show and Sale on Sept. 10. The show will be held at the stockyards in Evergreen. A grand champion will be selected from the animals shown.
The following 4-H boys and girls have already entered hogs in the show: Charles Dunn, Cecil Raines, Olon Weaver, Fenlick Weaver, Bill Raines, Philip Coleman, James Hall, Wilson McCreary, Iva Shipp, Mary J. Ellis, Shelby Smith, Bobby Clark, Alvin Anderson, Jackie Ryals, Tommy Booker, John Lee, Leland Wiggins, Levaughn Wiggins, Tommy Nall, Edward Grant, Wilbur Driver, Eddie Merritt, Wayne Thames, Bobby Lynch and Maxwell McLelland.

JULY 28, 1926

MASONS NOTICE: The annual session of Conecuh County Masonic Conference will convene with Lodge No. 756 at Bowles, on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11-12. – J.T. Salter, worshipful master; M.A. Lane, secretary.

PROMINENT PLANTER IS SNAKE BITTEN: Mr. Richard Brassel, well known farmer living three miles north of here, has been suffering considerably for the past week as result of a snake bite. Mr. Brassel was out in his field several days past and stooped to pick up an ear of corn, when the snake struck him on the hand. He was rushed to a physician immediately and treatment was given. The snake which bit Mr. Brassel took refuge in a hole. Close watch was made of the place and it was the following day when it came out and was killed. It proved to be what is commonly known as a rattlesnake pilot, Mr. Brassel is now improving.

McKENZIE FAIR WILL BE HELD OCT. 2: A mass meeting was held at McKenzie on Tuesday night to discuss and make plans for the Fourth Annual McKenzie Fair. The first Saturday in October was the date set for the Fair.

TRAGEDY AT OUTING: Georgiana, Ala., July 23 – Harold Brunson, 16-year-old son of Mayor and Mrs. W.F. Brunson, of this city, was drowned in a lake near here yesterday afternoon while on a swimming party and outing of which his mother was hostess.

JULY 24, 1879

The Conecuh County Historical Society will meet the first Saturday in August next.

Dr. Lucian Sykes of Monroe County, while riding over his plantation Wednesday evening, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.

Mr. G.F. Mertins is having his new brick building painted. Mr. L.W. Savage will occupy the building as a store when completed.

The pine trees around the courthouse are dying out rapidly. Our commissioners ought to have them cut down and oak trees planted out in their stead.

We hear it rumored upon our streets that Mr. Dunk Rankin of Monroe County was killed by a Mr. Roberts at Perdue Hill Monday night last.

The wife of Hon. Augustus W. Jones, formerly of Conecuh County, died in Florida on the 24th of June last.

Died – At Monroeville, at the residence of Capt. W.S. Wiggins, July 14, 1879, Mrs. Mary Jane Henderson. She was a daughter of Mrs. Betsy Wiggins, a sister of Capt. W.S. Wiggins and mother-in-law of Dr. H.P. Smith of Buena Vista. She was born in Conecuh County July 17, 1827.

We understand from parties who attended the picnic at Burnt Corn last Friday that the affair was a most enjoyable one. G.R. Farnham, Esq., delivered an address, which is highly spoken of.

Today in History for July 25, 2017

USMC Major Clifton Bishop Andrews
July 25, 1536 – Sebastián de Belalcázar, on his search of El Dorado, founded the city of Santiago de Cali.

July 25, 1538 – The city of Guayaquil, in present-day Ecuador, was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.

July 25, 1567 – Don Diego de Losada founded the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

July 25, 1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, was deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking. The survivors went on to found a new colony there.

July 25, 1693 – Ignacio de Maya founded the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico.

July 25, 1759 – During the French and Indian War, in Western New York, British forces captured Fort Niagara from the French, who subsequently abandoned Fort Rouillé.

July 25, 1779 - An expedition from Massachusettes arrived at Castine on Penobscot Peninsula with the objective of capturing a 750-man British garrison.

July 25, 1780 - American General Horatio Gates took command of the southern army from Major General Johann DeKalb at Coxe’s Mill, N.C. When Gates took command, the Patriots numbered about 1,200 regulars, who were severely debilitated by hunger and in need of equipment, as well as a large group of militia, whose exact number is unknown. DeKalb, a German-born soldier who had served in both the French and German armies before volunteering his services to the Patriots, remained with the force as part of Gates’ headquarters staff.

July 25, 1783 – During the American Revolutionary War's last action, the Siege of Cuddalore, was ended by a preliminary peace agreement.

July 25, 1788 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart entered into his catalog the completion of one of his most beloved works, Symphony Number 40 in G Minor (sometimes called “The Great G Minor Symphony”).

July 25, 1794 – Accused of being a spy, Prussian aristocrat and adventurer Friedrich von der Trenck, who had been sent to France by the Austrian government to observe the events of the French Revolution, was executed in Paris by the guillotine at the age of 67, two days before the fall of Robespierre and the end of The Terror.

July 25, 1805 - Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.

July 25, 1813 – Colonel James Caller of Washington County crossed the Tombigbee River at St. Stephens with three small companies under Captains Bailey, Heard, Benjamin Smoot and David Cartwright. Patrick May was lieutenant of Capt. Smoot’s company. They passed through the town of Jackson, marched to Fort Glass and was reinforced by a company under Capt. Sam Dale, with Lt. Walter G. Creagh as second in command.

July 25, 1814 - George Stephenson made the first successful demonstration of the steam locomotive in Northern England. His engine pulled eight loaded wagons of 30 tons’ weight about four miles an hour up a hill.

July 25, 1814 – During the War of 1812, at the Battle of Lundy's Lane, reinforcements arrived near Niagara Falls for General Riall's British and Canadian forces and a bloody, all-night battle with Jacob Brown's Americans commenced at 6 p.m.; the Americans retreated to Fort Erie.

July 25, 1814 – During the War of 1812, an American attack on Canada was repulsed.

July 25, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette again visited Wilmington, Delaware.

July 25, 1832 - The first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurred when four people were thrown off a vacant car on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Mass.

July 25, 1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph was successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London.

July 25, 1839 – French captain and explorer Francis Garnier was born at Saint-Étienne, Loire.

July 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passed the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, declaring that the Civil War was being waged for the reunion of the states and not to interfere with the institutions of the South, namely slavery. The measure was important in keeping the pivotal states of Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland in the Union. For the first year and a half of the war, reunification of the United States was the official goal of the North, and it was not until Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of September 1862 that slavery became a goal.

July 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, with his troops’ enlistment expiring, Robert Patterson was relieved of duty in the Shenandoah Valley. He had failed to hold Joseph Johnston in Winchester to prevent Johnston from moving east to support Beauregard at Manassas.

July 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, the U.S. Congress approved the use of volunteers to put down the rebellion.

July 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Mesilla, New Mexico and at Dug Springs and Harrisonville in Missouri.

July 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Courtland and Trinity in Alabama.

July 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, a two-day Federal operation began in the vicinity of Mountain Store, Mo. An eight-day Federal operation also began around Lake Ponchartrain and Pas Manchac in Louisiana, and up the Peal River in Mississippi.

July 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, a Federal operation began at Holly Springs, Miss., proceeded through Bolivar, Tenn., and ended at Jackson, Tenn.

July 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Clinton Ferry, Tenn. and at Summerville, W.Va.

July 25, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Brownsville, Ark.; at Barbee's Cross Roads and at Gloucester Court House in Virginia; near Springfield and Steubenville, Ohio; and at Williamsburg and near New Hope Church in Kentucky.

July 25, 1863 – During the Civil war, the Department of East Tennessee, comprised of 17,800 men under Simon Bolivar Buckner, was merged into Braxton Bragg's Department of Tennessee. Major General Buckner was assigned command of a corps.

July 25, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal cavalry operation took place from Decatur to Courtland in Alabama.

July 25, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal operation began against Sioux Indians in the Dakota Territory.

July 25, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Benton’s Ferry, on the Amite River, in Louisiana; at Williamsport, Md.; at Pleasant Hill, Mo. and another at Benton, Ark.; and at Bunker Hill and Martinsburg in West Virginia

July 25, 1866 – The Burnt Corn, Ala. post office was discontinued, but was later reestablished on Aug. 5, 1867.

July 25, 1866 – The United States Congress passed legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army, and Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant became the first to be promoted to this rank.

July 25, 1868 - For the first time since 1861, Alabama's two U.S. senators took their seats in Congress, thus signifying Alabama's readmission to the Union. "Carpetbaggers" George E. Spencer and Willard Warner, both natives of northern states, served as Republicans.

July 25, 1868 - The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.

July 25, 1896 - A basket picnic was scheduled to be held at the Wiggins school house near Tekoa on this Saturday.

July 25-26, 1896 - Miss Sophie Neville, who was teaching at Pleasant Ridge, spent this Saturday and Sunday in Monroeville, Ala.

July 25, 1896 - Prof. C.C. Sellers, principal of the Finchburg Academy, was in Monroeville, Ala. on this Saturday. He reports that 60 pupils were enrolled at his school and more were still coming.

July 25, 1897 – Novelist Jack London set out to join the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon, a remote and unforgiving region in northwest Canada and Alaska.

July 25, 1902 – Writer Eric Hoffer was born in New York City.

July 25, 1904 – Newspaper editor and humor columnist Earl Lee Tucker was born in Thomasville, Ala. For 30 years, Tucker wrote a popular humor column, "Rambling Roses and Flying Bricks," which originated in The Thomasville Times. Many of his columns were gathered in three books published in 1958, 1959, and 1960.

July 25, 1905 – Nobel Prize-winning novelist Elias Canetti was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. He is best known for his 1935 novel, “The Tower of Babel.”

July 25, 1906 – Saxophonist Johnny “Rabbit” Hodges was born in Cambridge, Mass.

July 25, 1906 - After a painful illness extending over many months, John F. Deer died at his home in Monroeville, Ala. at noon on this Wednesday. The interment was to take place at the Baptist cemetery the following day with Masonic honors. Deer was twice elected to the office of County Treasurer, but was forced by ill health to resign just before the close of his second term. On the advice of his physician, he moved to New Mexico where he remained several months but the fatal malady with which he was afflicted had gained too firm a hold upon him, and he returned home without material improvement, resigned to die with his family.

July 25, 1907 - Miss Jennie Faulk left on this day for New York where she planned to purchase her fall stock of goods. She also planned to visit the Jamestown exposition before she returned home.

July 25, 1907 – The Monroe Journal reported that J.S. Lambard, a prominent merchant and planter of Gainestown, favored The Journal with a pleasant call while passing through town the week before en route to Riley, Ala., where he attended a reunion of the survivors of Co. C, 5th Alabama, at the home of its commander, Capt. T.M. Riley.

July 25, 1910 – Prominent Conecuh County citizen and former Confederate officer Pinckney D. Bowles passed away at the age of 75 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cobb, in Tampa, Fla., where he’d been several weeks prior to his death. He is buried in the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Conecuh County, Ala.

July 25, 1914 – Monroeville’s baseball team suffered its first losses of the season, snapping a 23-game winning streak. They lost both games of a double header against Finchburg, 4-2 and 16-4, in Monroeville, Ala.

July 25, 1914 – A reunion of Capt. Thomas Mercer Riley’s Civil War company was held at Riley’s home with 10 members of the unit being present - Capt. T.M. Riley, John A. McCants, Robert W. McCants, Hugh E. Coutney, W.S. Wiggins, Bright Waters, Joseph F. Watson, Julius C. Finklea and W.G. Riley.

July 25, 1917 – Edward C. Barnes was appointed to a second term as Evergreen, Alabama’s postmaster.

July 25, 1917 - In Paris, France, the exotic dancer Mata Hari (Margueretha Gertruida Zelle) was sentenced to death by a French court for spying on Germany’s behalf during World War I.

July 25, 1923 – Jack M. Williams passed away at the age of 80 and was buried at the Awin Community Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. Born on July 11, 1843, Williams was the first postmaster at Awin in Wilcox County. The local explanation for the name “Awin” is tat Williams, after asking for suggestions for a name for the post office, wrote “A win” beside the one the majority of residents favored, and post office officials took his comment to be the chosen name. The post office was established here in 1881.

July 25, 1929 – Grove Hill, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

July 25, 1932 - Sam McCorrey shot and killed Mary Cooper near Eliska on this Monday night. Immediately after the shooting, the Sheriff was notified and Tuesday morning, July 26, the deputy was sent to the scene of the killing where he found McCorrey ready to surrender. McCorrey’s statement was to the effect that the Cooper woman was trying to take a shotgun away from him when the weapon was accidentally discharged. McCorrey was placed in the county jail to await the action of the grand jury. Both McCorrey and Cooper had been living in the Eliska community about 12 years.

July 25, 1934 – The Nazis assassinated Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in a failed coup attempt.

July 25, 1938 – This Monday night was one of the biggest nights the Evergreen troop had enjoyed in a long while. Before the regular business meeting, the boys played games and had a watermelon cutting that everybody enjoyed to the utmost, according to The Evergreen Courant. A short business meeting was attended to in quick order. The efficiency contest saw an upheaval in the standings as the Golden Eagle patrol passed the Beaver with a cool 136 points. The Silver Fox patrol remained in the third slot while the Pioneers kept the cellar clean.

July 25, 1942 – The Norwegian Manifesto called for nonviolent resistance to the Nazis.

July 25, 1943 – The USS Eldridge was launched and was commissioned on Aug. 27, 1943 with Lieutenant C. R. Hamilton, USNR, in command.

July 25, 1944 – Staff Sgt. Donald Everette Oliver, 25, of Conecuh County, Ala. was killed in France while serving with the 29th Infantry, 9th Division in World War II. Funeral services for Oliver were held on July 2, 1948 at London Church with the Rev. C.L. Weekly officiating. He was born on June 21, 1919 in Castleberry and was buried in the London Cemetery in Conecuh County.

July 25, 1946 – In Amateur League Baseball action, the Evergreen Greenies were scheduled to play their first home game of the season against Uriah at the Evergreen High School stadium at 3 p.m. in Evergreen, Ala.

July 25, 1946 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Lt. Ralph Edwin Boggs, the 25-year-old husband of Frances E. Boggs of Repton, Ala., had been awarded the Air Medal with a gold star in lieu of his second Air Medal by Navy Secretary James Forrestal on behald of the President. Boggs, who had been missing in action since July 24, 1945, earned the award for meritorious service in aerial flight as leader of a fighter bomber division in action against enemy forces in the Pacific. Born on Feb. 18, 1920, grave markers can be found in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland Memorial Cemetery in Clarksville, Ark.

July 25, 1946 - The Evergreen Courant reported that the U.S. Employment Service in Evergreen, Ala. had been notified by the State Highway Department that a work order had been released to the Scott Construction Co. for work on the highway from Evergreen to Excel.

July 25, 1950 – The “Hub Drive-In” theater opened at Ollie, Ala., between the present-day Huddle House and Days Inn, and was managed by Ralph Mann.

July 25, 1952 – The archipelago of Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.

July 25, 1953 – Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton was born in Columbia, Miss. He went on to play for Jackson State and the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

July 25, 1955 – The Evergreen Giants beat the Red Sox, 14-12, in a game that was call at the end of the fifth inning due to darkness. Players for the Giants included winning pitcher Eddie Lambert, David Hyde, Leon Stinson and Terry Trawick. Players for the Red Sox included losing pitcher LeGrand Lynch, Conner Warren and Billy Melton.

July 25, 1964 - Following a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the deteriorating situation in Saigon, the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up a memo proposing air strikes against North Vietnam.

July 25, 1965 - A seminal event in rock and roll history took place when Bob Dylan "went electric" during his infamous performance at the Newport Folk Festival.  A hero to the folk music community, Dylan's switch to electric guitar was seen as the ultimate act of betrayal by many in the audience, who booed the performance. Urban legend has it that event organizer Pete Seeger was so upset by the act that he threatened to cut the wires to the stage with an axe.

July 25, 1965 – Tom Clausell, 72, went missing after he apparently walked off from his home in Monroeville, Alabama’s Clausell community on this Sunday night. He was reported missing the following Monday afternoon, and an intensive two-day search involving 40 volunteers, members of the Monroe County Rescue Squad and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department ensued. Sheriff Charlie Sizemore called off the search on Wednesday afternoon after all possible leads had been exhausted.

July 25, 1966 – Marine Corps Maj. Clifton Bishop Andrews, 39, of Fulton in Clarke County, Ala. was killed in action in Quang Nam, Vietnam. Born on April 21, 1927 in Fulton, Andrews was buried in Bassett Creek Cemetery in Fulton.

July 25, 1968 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Boy Scouts of Evergreen’s Troop 40 racked up an impressive record at Camp Euchee during the previous week. The 22 boys returned home on Sat., July 20, after a highly productive camping experience. With 50 percent of the registered Scouts attending, the Evergreen troop was the largest in the camp near DeFuniak Springs, Fla. During the week, the Scouts earned a total of 22 merit badges and 11 of them won the coveted Mile Swim Award. In the Water Carnival, Evergreen Scouts won first place in the canoe race, second place in relay swimming and third place in the Tee Shirt Relay. They were second in overall points. Troop 40’s original skit was one of the three chosen for presentation at the Order of the Arrow campfire on visitors’ night. In addition to these honors, the Evergreen Scouts pulled off what has been called the greatest practical joke in the history of Camp Euchee, “The One-Eyed Euchee.” Adult helpers in this camping experience in addition to Scoutmaster Jimmy Murphy were Reuben Hyde, Ralph Garrett, Bob Bozeman, Mitchell Stevens, Odeil Pugh, Edwin Brown, Emmitt McKenzie, Mrs. Cecil Price, Fred Stevens and Dr. Cecil Price, who generously gave the boys their pre-camp physical exams.

July 25, 1968 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the schedule for Conecuh County schools for the 1968-69 school year had been approved by the Conecuh County Board of Education, according to Harvey G. Pate, superintendent of education. The opening of the Fall Term was set for Fri., Aug. 30, with a half-day session scheduled. Prior to that, teachers were to meet in their respective schools on Aug. 28 and 29.

July 25, 1968 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Private Sterling W. Lett, 19, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Lett Jr. of Evergreen, had been awarded a plaque for scoring highest in his basic combat training battalion on the physical combat proficiency test at Fort Benning, Ga. Lett was a 1967 graduate of Marshall High School. He had been assigned to Ft. Sill, Okla. for advanced training. Lett, Co. E, 2nd Brigade, U.S. Training Center, Infantry, earned the award by scoring the maximum 500 points on the test. His perfect score admitted him to the Training Center’s exclusive “500 Club.”

July 25, 1968 - A $134,000 public fishing lake – Alabama’s 23rd such state-owned and managed facility to be built with funds of the Game and Fish Division – opened on this Thursday morning at Natchez, and speakers at an afternoon dedication ceremony agreed that the lake was built because of people working together. “People working together and pulling together have made this possible,” State Conservation Director Claude Kelley of Montgomery told a crowd of some 80 to 100 persons at dedication ceremonies that afternoon.

July 25, 1969 – During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expected its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense.

July 25, 1970 – The Evergreen Jaycees were scheduled to hold their annual horse show at the Lenox Horse Arena in Lenox, Ala. Lawrence Gladwell was the show chairman, and James Ansley was secretary. Harold Ryals was master of ceremonies, and Dr. Carl Wilson was the show veterinarian.

July 25, 1976 – The spacecraft Viking 1 took the famous “Face on Mars” photo.

July 25, 1976 – Major League Baseball pitcher Javier Vázquez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He went on to play for the Montreal Expos, the New York Yankees, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago White Sox, the Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins.

July 25, 1977 – Jerry Willard Peacock, 18, of Evergreen drowned in boating accident on the Alabama River, north of Haines Island in Monroe County, Ala. He was buried in the King Cemetery at Flat Rock.

July 25, 1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.

July 25, 1987 - The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won its 29th game in a row.

July 25, 1990 - Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance.

July 25, 1995 - Author Robert Gibbons died in Chambers, Ala.

July 25, 2000 – The Concorde, the world’s first supersonic commercial passenger plane, crashed outside Paris, killing all 109 people aboard and four people on the ground.

July 25, 2005 - The reward for Natalee Holloway's safe return was increased from $200,000 to $1,000,000, with a $100,000 reward for information leading to the location of her remains. Following Holloway's disappearance, a reward of $50,000 had been established for her return. In August 2005, the reward for information as to her remains was increased from $100,000 to $250,000.

July 25, 2007 – Right-handed pitcher Christopher Scottie Booker of Monroeville, Ala. made his final Major League Baseball appearance for the Washington Nationals.

July 25, 2007 - "The Simpsons Movie" opened in the U.S.

July 25, 2008 - In an interview with Fox News, former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell said that unnamed sources, since deceased, at Roswell confided to him that the Roswell incident did involve an alien craft. Mitchell also claimed to have subsequently received confirmation from an unnamed intelligence officer at the Pentagon.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., July 25, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.90 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 15.25 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 58.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 206th day of 2017 and the 35th day of Summer. There are 159 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.