Friday, June 14, 2013

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for June 10, 2013


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(Editor's Note: I normally post The Evergreen Courant's weekly News Flashback feature here on Mondays, but due to technical difficulties earlier this week I was unable to do so this past Monday. Here it is, just four days late. Enjoy.)

13 YEARS AGO
JUNE 8, 2000

Local weather reporter Harry Ellis reported a highs of 98 on June 3 and June 4 and a lows of 59 on May 29 and May 30. Total rainfall for the month of May 2000 was two inches, he reported.

“Conecuh County Junior Miss 2001, sponsored by Conecuh Women’s League, was held this past Saturday night at Hillcrest High School. Selena Johnson, daughter of Joann Johnson and Jerome Johnson, was named Conecuh County Junior Miss 2001. She was also named the winner of the interview category, sponsored by Evergreen Kiwanis Club.”

“Dr. Woodrow W. Eddins Sr., age 87, of Monroeville, Ala. died Thurs., June 1, 2000 at Monroe County Hospital. He was a native of Monroe County and a retired physician who practiced medicine in Monroe County for over 50 years.
“Dr. Eddins was a 1935 graduate of the University of Alabama and 1938 graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School.”

“Workers continued removing the remains of the old Conecuh Quick Freeze from the site of the new Conecuh County Jail this week, although the contractor of the project has been slapped with federal charges.”

“As summer rapidly approaches, Erin Brock, Susan Ann and Michael Cook offered Evergreen residents a great way to beat the heat last week – with ice cold lemonade. The three set up a stand in front of the Cook’s home on N. Main Street last week.”

28 YEARS AGO
JUNE 13, 1985

Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported a high of 105 on June 7 and a lows of 69 on June 4 and June 6.

“Representative Jimmy Warren recently presented a full set of the Code of Alabama to the Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library. Librarian Kay Evans accepted the set on behalf of the library.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Alton Smith of Castleberry celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary at their home recently.”

“Lynn Davis, President of the Conecuh County CowBelles looks on as David Burt, Chairman of the Conecuh County Commission signs a proclamation that decrees that all fathers should “EAT BEEF FOR FATHERS DAY, JUNE 16!” The CowBelles are promoting ‘Beef for Fathers Day’ again this year.”

“Elizabeth House, on behalf of the Conecuh County CowBelles, recently presented Courant Staffer Robert Bozeman with a gift of T-Bone steaks. The gift was in appreciation of The Courant’s support of the Fathers Day and other beef promotions of the CowBelles and the Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association.”

“Gerald R. Roberts, M.D., Evergreen, attended the 37th Annual Scientific Assembly of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians at the Gulf State Park Resort in Gulf Shores.”

43 YEARS AGO
JUNE 11, 1970

“Capt. Robinson receives medal: Army Captain Oland Robinson, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oland Robinson Sr., Rt. C, Evergreen, recently received the Bronze Star Medal in Vietnam.
“Capt. Robinson was presented the award for meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam while assigned as an aviation platoon leader in Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).”

“Final rites held for former bank president: Oliver Clark McGehee, 77, died on June 9 at his home in Evergreen following an extended illness. Assistant Cashier when the Bank of Evergreen was founded, Mr. McGehee became the bank’s third president, serving in this capacity until his retirement. Mr. McGehee was president of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, a Mason and Shriner, active member of the Evergreen Methodist Church as long as his health permitted and active in all civic affairs.”

“Two white men held a shotgun and rifle on Bill Nelson, attendant at Holley’s I-65 Gulf Service on Sat., June 6, at 4:01 a.m. After tying and gagging Nelson, the gunmen took $400 in cash, a pistol, a sawed-off shotgun and Nelson’s car.
“The Evergreen city police answered Nelson’s call for help. Jerry Wayne Carter, an ex-convict on parole from North Carolina, was captured by Policeman John Anderson in Nelson’s car.”

58 YEARS AGO
JUNE 9, 1955

“The Salk Vaccine for the second vaccinations will be received soon, and a meeting of the Conecuh County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and all other interested persons has been called for tonight at The Grill at 7:45, Ray Helms, chapter chairman said today.”

“The Evergreen Baptist Vacation Bible School has been postponed indefinitely. Officials of the school took this action in view of the recent case of polio in the county.
“The Evergreen Recreation Center has also postponed opening awaiting developments on the polio situation. The Little League, scheduled to begin play on Monday, will be postpone too, and the games rescheduled.”

“REPTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES 24 IN 1955 – Miriam Owens Baggett, Emily Baggett, Douglas Conner, Margie Mosley, Elon Baggett, John Isaac Salter, Wendell Roberson, Clinton Ryland, William Earl Butler, Jean Edwards, Louise Jerkins, Vera Mae Baggett, Johnny McInnis, Mary Lou Allen, Annette Powell, Margaret Dees, Vera Gandy, Tom Nall, Jimmie Calvert, Charles Lee, Charles Richards, Jimmy Ashcraft, Billy Farrish, Marcus Straughn.”

“Following an illness of only a few days, L. Elkanal Hyde, age 66, well known local barber, passed away at the local hospital Sat., June 4.”

“The Castleberry canning plant will be open every Tuesday and Thursday of each week beginning June 14 according to C.U. LeCroy, Vocational Agriculture teacher of Conecuh County High School.”

73 YEARS AGO
JUNE 13, 1940

“Historical Old Building Undergoes Repairs: One of Evergreen’s oldest and most widely known buildings has been undergoing repairs in the last few days that will help preserve the usefulness and the life of the structure.
“The building is the 59-year-old Masonic lodge that was constructed in 1881. A new sheet iron roof has been put on in places of the old wooden shingles that have been in service for many years. The small room on the rear has been removed and the end where it stood has been sealed up with a new wall, leaving the building in the shape of rectangle.
“The old building was used for many years as the Baptist church before a more modern structure was erected on the opposite side of the street. It has also been used as a grammar school, and after the high school building was destroyed by fire in 1928, served temporarily as the high school building.”

“FIRST WHITE MAN SETTLED IN COUNTY 125 YEARS AGO: This year of 1940 marks the 125th year since the first white man, one Samuel Buchanan, settled in Conecuh County. Buchanan was said to have located on Hawthorn’s Mill Creek, one and a half miles west of Belleville near the Old Wolf Trail, in the year 1815. There is no record of anyone having settled in this section prior to that time.”

“ANOTHER LARGE TURNIP EXHIBITED AT OFFICE: G.W. Anthony of Evergreen, Rt. 1, brought into The Courant office last week a turnip weighing 4-1/2 pounds. This turnip tops the one grown by Tom Bradley of Castleberry, Rt. 1, and exhibited here two weeks ago, weighing four pounds even.”

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