|Alabama Gov. Chauncey Sparks|
43 YEARS AGO
APRIL 27, 1972
“James Henry Witherington, 76, died suddenly Sun., April 23, in a Mobile hospital.
“Mr. Witherington was a member of a prominent and pioneer Conecuh County family. He made his home in the old family place near Lyeffion on Highway 83.
“He was engaged in livestock buying most of his life and operated Evergreen Livestock Co. He was widely known and highly respected in Alabama and neighboring states by livestock producers and allied businesses.”
“Ellis Wayne Golson, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.T. (Tal) Golson of Rt. 2, Evergreen, will continue a tradition of Army service that runs strong in his family when he reports to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
“His father served with distinction as an Army officer in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. His older brother, Ronnie, has already distinguished himself as an Army officer.
“Ellis was notified of his appointment by Major General Verne L. Bower, U.S. Army Adjutant General, who extended the appointment on the behalf of President Nixon and the Secretary of the Army. He is to report for cadet training on July 3 at the Academy.
“Ellis is a senior at Lyeffion High School where he has been an outstanding student and athlete.”
58 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1957
“Plans for the Annual Fat Calf Show have been completed and the event will take place on Mon., April 29, with 26 4-H Club and FFA members competing.”
“BULLETIN: As The Courant went to press Wednesday afternoon, it was learned that one woman was killed, and a man and child were injured in a one-car accident two miles north of Ray Brothers Store on Highway 31 North of Evergreen.
“An identification card on the man identified him as James Cannon of 809 North M St., Pensacola, Fla. The woman and child were not identified, nor was the extent of the injuries of the man and child known at press time.”
“A small boy, visiting his grandparents near Evergreen, was killed Friday night when he ran into the path of a car 5.3 miles north on Highway 83.
“Wayne Davis, son of Lou Hattie Young of New Brunswick, N.J., was visiting his grandparents, the Charlie Morgan’s, for the first time, and had gotten there for the visit the same day he was killed. He was standing beside the road with his grandmother when he suddenly broke loose from her hand and ran into the path of an oncoming car.
“The fatality was the fourth recorded in Conecuh this year. In February, a banana truck driver was killed in a collision with another banana truck north of Evergreen, and in March two others were killed in the half mile stretch of Highway 55 in Conecuh between McKenzie and Andalusia.”
73 YEARS AGO
APRIL 23, 1942
“Sparks Will Speak Here Next Saturday: Judge Chauncey Sparks, candidate for Governor of Alabama, is scheduled to address voters of this county next Saturday afternoon, April 25, at 4 p.m. The address will be delivered from the band stand in the business section through the facilities of a loud speaker system. This will be Judge Sparks’s first appearance in this county, and, so far as is known, he will not be here again during the campaign.”
“At the regular weekly meeting of the Evergreen Rotary Club last week the annual election of officers was held, and W.O. Henderson was elected president; D.T. Stuart Jr., vice-president; P.L. Pace, secretary-treasurer. Old officers whose terms are ending are E.C. Page Jr., president; W.N. McGehee, vice-president; H.J. Kinzer, secretary-treasurer.”
“The Senior Class of Evergreen High School will present its play ‘Goodnight Ladies’ Fri., May 1, in the High School auditorium. There will be a small admission charge.”
“First Half Holiday Thursday, May 7: As has been the custom for the past several years, under an agreement, the stores and offices of Evergreen will observe a half holiday on Thursday afternoons of each week during the summer months beginning on Thurs., May 7, and ending with the third Thursday in August. Therefore, the first half holiday this summer will be two weeks from today.”
88 YEARS AGO
APRIL 28, 1927
“Greenville, Ala., April 24 – The Greenville Grammar school was gutted by fire early Sunday. The loss is estimated to be about $20,000, partially covered by insurance.
“The building was a two-story brick one and was located on Commerce Street between Church and Pine Streets. Nearly 400 pupils attend the school. The origin of the fire is unknown.”
“Montgomery, April 23 – Contending to the last that he had no recollection of the crime and that he was insane with drink when he killed his wife, Virgil Murphy paid the supreme penalty in the electric chair at Kilby prison this morning at 12:30 o’clock. The switch was thrown at 12:25-1/2 and he was pronounced dead at 12:44. Two currents of 2,200 volts and 35 seconds duration each were required before he was pronounced dead by Dr. R.A. Burns, physician inspector of the convict department, and Dr. J.F. Sewell of Wetumpka.”
“Lone Star Station Adds Rest Rooms: Work was begun Wednesday morning toward the construction of rest rooms and an office room to the rear of the Lone Star Service Station. Rest rooms will be built for both ladies and gentlemen. Stallworth and Dickerson, agents for Sherrill Oil Co., will occupy the office. At present, these gentlemen, have their office at the Conecuh Motor Co., but as soon as this addition is completed, they will remove there. The rest rooms will add greatly to the service and conveniences offered by the Lone Star Service Station.”
103 YEARS AGO
APRIL 24, 1912
“McKee to Head Agricultural School: Like thunder from a clear sky was the announcement that Prof. J.T. McKee of Cullman had been elected president of the Agricultural school here succeeding Prof. H.T. Lile. The following statement appeared in The Advertiser yesterday:
“Prof. J.T. McKee of Cullman has been elected President of the Second District Agricultural School at Evergreen. He succeeds Henry T. Lile. This unexpected change was made at a meeting of the Board of Control, held in the office of Governor O’Neal Monday afternoon. President Lile said before the meeting that he would stand for re-election.
“The new president is now principal of the Cullman County High School, but will assume charge of the agricultural school July 1. Mr. Lile said Monday afternoon that he would return to his home in Morgan County. Teachers of the school will be elected later.
“The Board of Control is composed of the following: Governor O’Neal, Henry J. Willingham, State Superintendent of Education; Capt. Reuben F. Kolb, State Commissioner of Agriculture; C.A. O’Neal of Andalusia; and J.T. Williams of Evergreen.”
“Stores to Close at Six: Following a long established custom, the stores of Evergreen, excluding drug stores and soft drink places, will close at 6 o’clock p.m., Saturdays excepted, beginning May 1 and continuing to Sept. 1.”
“The 22nd Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans will be held in Macon, Ga. May the 7th, 8th and 9th, 1912.”