Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for April 14, 2015

Alabama Gov. John Patterson
APRIL 16, 1981

Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported no rain between April 6 and April 12. He reported a high temperature of 87 degrees on April 11 and a low of 39 degrees on April 6.

“The 36th annual Conecuh County 4-H and FFA Steer Show will be held here Monday at the Evergreen Cooperative Stockyard Livestock Arena. A total of 19 youngsters will exhibit steers.”

“Tammy Michelle Elliott, a fifth-grader at Southside Elementary School, won the Conecuh County Spelling Bee held March 26 at the County Board of Education office. Her instructor is Mrs. Ceola J. Johnson. Tammy will compete in the State Spelling Bee in Birmingham.”

“The Conecuh County Commission recently created ‘The New Courthouse Committee,’ named Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key chairman and appointed members. The committee was asked to make studies, etc. leading to recommendations to the commission on the construction of a new county courthouse.”
The committee’s organizational meeting was held on March 31, 1981 and members of the committee included Key, William D. Melton, David L. Burt Jr., Larry Fluker, Richard Rabb, Robert Floyd, Lee F. Smith, W.J. Barlow, Billy Mims, Alton Johnson, Oliver Pugh, Aubrey D. Padgett, Judge Frank T. Salter, Anne T. Cook, Elizabeth W. Salter, Prather N. Smith and Willene Whatley.

APRIL 21, 1966

“Miss Betty Baggett, a Repton High School 4-H’er, won top honors at the 21st annual Conecuh County 4-H and FFA Fat Calf Show here Monday. Betty’s fine Polled Hereford took the Grand Championship.
“Jerald Padgett, a FFA exhibitor from Evergreen High School, showed the Reserve Champion, also a Polled Hereford.”

“Former Governor John Patterson brings his campaign for a second term to Conecuh County today with a major address scheduled in Evergreen this afternoon at four o’clock.
“Patterson’s address will be from a bandstand in ‘No-Man’s Land,’ downtown parking area. Prior to his talk, Rebe Gosdin and his Sunny Valley Gang will entertain the crowd.”

“Charles C. Higdon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Higdon, Rt. 2, Box 34, Evergreen, was commissioned an Army second lieutenant after graduating from the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga., April 14.
“The 23-year-old officer is a 1960 graduate of Evergreen High School.”

“Burglars hit Gas District for over $1,500: Burglars cracked the safe at Conecuh-Monroe Counties Gas District here Thursday night and got away with over $1,500; however most of the loot was in checks that already bore the District’s ‘for deposit only’ endorsement.”

APRIL 19, 1951

“A 725-pound black Angus-Hereford crossbreed owned and shown by Dennis Bailey Jr. was judged the Grand Champion of the Sixth Annual Conecuh County 4H-FFA Fat Calf Show held Monday at the Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard. The Reserve Champion was owned and shown by Dudley Ellis.
“Something like 1,000 people took in the show in which 33 fine beef calves were entered.”

“Four Point Station Was Burglarized Monday P.M.: Four Point Service Station, owned and operated by J.S. Thornley, was entered between seven and eight o’clock Monday night, a small iron safe blown and approximately $400 in cash stolen. The burglar or burglars gained entrance by prying off the lock to the front door. A tin can containing about $80 in silver dollars was left on the counter near the safe. No merchandise was missed. The burglary, according to officers, has all the earmarks of being the work of professionals.
“Mr. Thornley closed his station about seven o’clock and went home. About eight o’clock or a little before, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Fore noticed the door open as they drove by in their car. Upon investigation they found that the door had been forced and they immediately called Mr. Thornley who came and notified Sheriff J.H. Brock. Therefore, the burglary apparently occurred in less than an hour after Mr. Thornley closed.
“Officers are without any clues which might lead to the apprehension of the burglars. Investigation is still in progress. An agent of the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation.”

APRIL 16, 1936

“Glenn H. Lawrence, well known farmer and ex-service man living four miles south of Evergreen, was recently awarded the ‘Purple Heart’ military medal for meritorious service rendered in the World War while he was enlisted with the 30th Division, 119th Infantry. The medal was awarded to Mr. Lawrence by the War Department with its apologies for the long delay.
“It seems that Mr. Lawrence’s service records were misplaced or in some way overlooked, and it only recently came to the notice of the War Department that he had not been cited. His division was attached to the British and while in the line of duty on Aug. 1, 1918 he received a severe fracture of the skull from a trench mortar shell on the Ypres front in Belgium.”

“Mrs. John W. McCormick of Detroit, Mich. was killed almost instantly Monday morning and her husband seriously injured when their automobile crashed into another head-on near Castleberry while passing a wagon on the highway.”

“William Eugene Johnson, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Johnson, who accidentally shot himself while rabbit hunting, died Thursday night at 11 o’clock at Andalusia hospital.”

“Monroeville, Ala., April 13 – Sheriff J.P. Farrish has removed Tom Perkins to Kilby Prison, Montgomery, to await his execution, which is set for May 8. The man was sentenced in Monroe County circuit court last Tuesday for killing Clifford McNeil, 24, young resident of the Old Texas community.”

APRIL 20, 1921

“Sheriff Kendall arrested Jesse Armstrong at Brooklyn on Thursday on request of the Sheriff of Escambia County, and later he was taken to Brewton where he will be held for the killing of one Franklin a day or two before in the lower edge of Escambia. Armstrong claims that Franklin came to his home and shot him with a shotgun whereupon he fired upon Franklin with a pistol killing him. Nothing was learned as to the cause of the trouble. One of Armstrong’s eyes was shot out and several small shot penetrated his face and forehead.”

“More than six inches of rain fell during the past week. On Tuesday the rainfall was 3-1/2 inches while on Saturday it reached nearly three inches. In consequence lands are badly washed and streams are overflowing.”

“Fire did slight damage to the homes of G.W. Stuckey on Sunday afternoon and of Lewis Cook on Tuesday morning, both buildings catching from the roof.”

“A total eclipse of the moon is due to occur tomorrow (Thursday) night and those who care to forego the pleasure of sleep may witness the phenomena by remaining on watch. The eclipse will begin to come on about midnight and become absolutely total about 2:30, lasting for probably 30 minutes.”

“Jake Crenshaw, charged with the murder of Mrs. Foster Gafford, was convicted the second time in Butler circuit court last week and sentenced to be hanged. May 30 was fixed by Judge Gamble as the date of execution. The prisoner was again returned to Montgomery jail.”

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