33 YEARS AGO
FEB. 25, 1985
Weather reporter Earl Windham reported .51 inches of rain on Feb. 15 and .54 on Feb. 16. He reported a high of 81 on Feb. 19 and a low of 36 on Feb. 20.
“Tragic fire kills Harper Tuesday night: Tragedy struck Tuesday night when a well-known lifetime resident of Evergreen apparently lost his life when the house in which he lived went up in flames.
“Walter Lee Harper, 56, who was called ‘Buster’ and ‘Red’ by many friends, was the victim of the fire which destroyed the house located some five miles from Evergreen on the Brooklyn Road.
“Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Lambert said that the fire was reported to the Sheriff’s Office about midnight by Buddy Carrier. Lambert said that he was on another call when notified and reached the house, which was then engulfed in flames, at 12:34 a.m.
“The body of Harper was found in the back part of the house. It is assumed that he was trying to get to the back door. The fire is under investigation.
“The Evergreen Fire Department was called at 12:43 a.m. to cool down the fire so that the body could be found and recovered, according to Deputy Lambert.
“Harper attended Evergreen schools. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, seeing combat duty in the Pacific Theatre.”
“The 11th Annual Miss Alpha Pageant at Sparta Academy will be held Friday night, Feb. 26. The pageant will begin in the school gymnatorium at 7:30 p.m.”
48 YEARS AGO
FEB. 23, 1967
“Cope Funeral Home will be forced to cease operating its ambulance service effective March 1, Sam Cope said today. He said that impossibly high costs brought on by coverage under the wage and hour which started Feb. 1 made this move necessary.”
“The Spring Term of Circuit Court will be concluded here the week of March 13 with the trial of criminal cases. Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key will preside. District Attorney Ralph L. Jones of Monroeville and County Solicitor Henry J. Kinzer of Evergreen will prosecute for the state.
“Twelve cases are set for trial on the docket, which runs through Thurs., March 16, according to Circuit Clerk Leon A. Salter.”
“The annual Miss Evergreen Pageant will be held on March 31, it is announced today by the Evergreen Band Boosters. The pageant is the one big money-raising project for the boosters each year with all funds realized being used in support of the Evergreen High Band.”
“The Conecuh County CowBelles and the Cattlemen held their annual banquet meeting on Jan. 31, 1967, at the Evergreen High School lunch room.
“The following CowBelle officers were elected for 1967: Katie Sue Burt, President; Myrtle Robison, vice president; Louise Ptomey, treasurer; Marjorie Stacey, secretary.”
63 YEARS AGO
FEB. 28, 1952
“FINISHES TRAINING COURSE: Camp Drum, N.Y. – Pfc. William H. Peacock, Rt. 1, Owassa, Ala., is preparing to return to Fort Campbell, Ky. after several weeks of extensive training in cold weather warfare during Exercise Snow Fall in northern New York state.
“He is a member of the 11th Airborne Division, the largest unit to participate in the Army-Air Force winter maneuver.
“In the exercise involving more than 33,000 soldiers and airmen, an aggressor force invading the United States from the St. Lawrence valley was completely repulsed.
“Peacock, a gunner with the 188th Airborne Regiment’s Support Command, completed Parachutist School at Fort Benning.
“Before entering the Army in October 1949, he attended Evergreen High School.”
“The Evergreen Kiwanis Club enjoyed one of its most interesting programs of the year Tuesday night when State Geologist Dr. Walter B. Jones was guest speaker. Kiwanis President Chesley Robinson presided over the meeting at the Evergreen City School Lunchroom and introduced the speaker.
“Dr. Jones made a frankly optimistic talk on the recent oil discovery near Pollard and its effect on this county. He warned the Kiwanians not to become too optimistic, however, as only about one well out of a hundred is a producer.
“Dr. Jones said that there is no longer any doubt that there is oil in this section. In his opinion, there will be a lot of drilling activity in this county in the very near future.”
78 YEARS AGO
FEB. 25, 1937
“Herbert Recovering From Crash Injuries: Bolling Herbert, popular carrier of the mail on Evergreen Route One, is rapidly recovering from minor injuries, suffered when his automobile crashed into the home of Maury Thames on Cary Street Monday morning. The crash occurred when ‘Bo’ lost control of his machine, and it was at first feared that he was seriously injured. Severely shaken up and multitudinous bruises, however, were the extent of the injuries.”
“Fund Is Growing For ‘Old Phil’ Memorial: Plans for erecting a memorial marker over the grave of ‘Old Phil’ – Philip Samuel, the aged Evergreen eccentric whose death occurred recently, are progressing rapidly, according to Cal N. Stallworth, who announces receipt of contributions from four different states, as well as local subscriptions.
“A suggestion has been advanced in connection with the marker that a photograph of Phil emblazoned on porcelain, be imbedded in the stone gravemarker, which will also bear a suitable epitaph.
“Among the contributions received was one from Dr. Perry Crumpton Walker (‘Crump’ to those who knew him as a boy in Evergreen) who is now pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, Ky., serving his thirteenth year there.
“Also contributing by check from afar were Dr. Sam Long of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Liston Cunningham of Tupelo, Miss.; and Leon Wiggins of New Orleans, all of who recalled human interest incidents in connection with the old darkey.
“Those who wish to contribute to the fund may do so by turning their subscriptions over to Cal Stallworth, George Farnham, Mack Binion, J.H. Dey, or any other local businessman.”
93 YEARS AGO
FEB. 22, 1922
“Mark L. McClammy, age about 80, prominent citizen and Confederate veteran, passed away on Sunday at his home in the northern part of the county.”
“S.A. Lowrey, former citizen of this county, died at his home near Bay Minette on Saturday last, aged 72 years. The remains were brought here on Sunday morning and conveyed to Puryearville church near Burnt Corn for interment.
“Deceased was for many years a prominent citizen of this county. He devoted the best years of his life to teaching school. He also served as superintendent of education for several years.”
“Senior Boys Minstrel: On the night of Feb. 24 at eight o’clock the Senior boys at S.S.A.S. will present a minstrel. There will be two hours good, clean fun and will be well worth your time. Admission 25 cents and 50 cents.”
“Prof. W.R. Bennett furnished the school (at Lenox) with a supply of privet hedge, which was appreciated very much. Prof. Williams, Vocational Agriculture teacher, and his class of boys have very carefully set these around the plots by the fence, and up the walk, which has helped the looks of the grounds very much.”