|Lurleen B. Wallace|
17 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1998
Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported .01 inches of rain on May 6 and a trace of rain on May 7. He also reported a high of 86 degrees on May 9 and lows of 53 on May 4 and May 5.
“Marcia Michelle Griffin was chosen as Conecuh County 1999 Junior Miss this past Saturday night at the Ed Reid Technical College.
“’Marcy’ also won awards for the best creative and performing arts category and for the best judge’s interview.
“Gina Michelle Harper was chosen as first alternate. She was recognized as the best in two categories: poise and appearance and physical fitness.
“Sunshine Lualhati Floyd was chosen as second alternate and will receive a $300 scholarship to the college of her choice.
“Jessika Wallace was presented with the Scholastic Achievement Award and she will receive a $300 scholarship. Wallace had the highest grade point average.
“Two other $100 scholarships were presented. Amity Reeves received one as Star Sponsor Winner, while Monique Johnson won for the Spirit of Junior Miss.”
“Bill Ferguson has taken over as the new Veteran’s Affairs Officer for this area, with the transfer of Francis McGowin.
“Ferguson was hired on April 13, 1998, and he is no stranger to Conecuh County.”
32 YEARS AGO
MAY 12, 1983
Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported .19 inches of rain on May 3. He also reported a high of 87 on May 7 and a low of 45 on May 5.
“Deatrich Wise of Evergreen showed the Grand Champion of the 18th annual Conecuh County FFA and 4-H Market Hog Show held here Monday morning at the Evergreen Cooperative Stockyard Show Arena. Jeff Little, owner of Little’s Super Market in Castleberry, paid a premium of 90 cents per pound for this fine hog. Deatrich is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dero Wise of Evergreen.”
“Deatrich Wise of Evergreen doubled up by also showing the Reserve Champion at the 18th annual Conecuh County FFA and 4-H Market Hog Show held here Monday. Detrich was paid 75 cents per pound by Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard with President J.W. Andrews doing the buying.”
“Three new members were welcomed into the Evergreen Kiwanis Club at the regular meeting Tuesday of last week at Giuseppi’s. New members are Mike Lanier, Jimmy Register and Bill Hart.”
“Jack Booker Weaver, a student at Jefferson Davis State Junior College, was formally honored as a participant in the recent ‘Most Outstanding Student Competition.’ This program is sponsored each year by the Deans of Students Association and is held during the annual Alabama Junior/Community College Association Convention. Participants such as Weaver were selected to represent his institution based on such criteria as academic achievement, involvement in community and campus activities and outstanding personality traits.”
47 YEARS AGO
MAY 9, 1968
“Courthouse closes as tribute to Governor Wallace: Offices of the Conecuh County Courthouse will be closed until 8 a.m. Saturday morning for a period of mourning as a tribute to Gov. Lurleen B. Wallace, who died early Tuesday morning.
“The announcement was made by Judge of Probate Frank T. Salter. Officers will be on duty in Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock’s office.”
“Dewey Nobles dies in fall Tuesday: Dewey Frank Nobles, age 45, died as results of injuries sustained when he fell from an electrical pole while working Tuesday shortly after noon. He was a veteran lineman with Southern Pine Electric Cooperative.
“A lifelong resident of Evergreen, Mr. Nobles was widely known and respected. He attended schools of this city and served overseas with the U.S. Army during World War II.”
“The manufacturing headquarters of Vanity Fair Mills, Monroeville, has named W.E. (Bert) Cook as garment manufacturing foreman at Clarke Mills in Jackson. Cook is a native of Evergreen and has been employed by Vanity Fair since January 1962.
“Cook was formerly in the statistical quality control department at Monroe Mills in Monroeville and has been sewing room foreman at Clarke Mills since March 1967.
“Cook, a graduate of Evergreen High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, is married to the former Susan Bozeman of Evergreen, and they have twin sons, Michael and Mabry.”
62 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1953
“Boss Griffin, age 69, is lodged in the Conecuh County Jail this week charged with murder after a card game early Sunday morning ended in a shooting that took the life of another man. As of this date, Griffin has not been admitted to bail.
“He is charged with shooting and killing Robert (Slick) Harris, age 45. Harris was shot one time by a .32 caliber pistol in the abdomen. He was taken to a Brewton hospital immediately after the shooting which occurred Sunday morning about 12:45 and died Monday night at about 10 o’clock.
“According to Sheriff John H. Brock, who gave The Courant the information, the shooting took place in Griffin’s home on the lower end of Magnolia Avenue in the Negro residential area commonly known as Bear Mash. Sheriff Brock and Deputy Sheriff James Brock arrested Griffin a short time after the shooting. City Policemen W.H. Williamson and John Andrews assisted the sheriff’s office in making the investigation.
“Sheriff Brock said that from the information he had obtained the shooting followed an argument over a quarter. Griffin, Harris and several other men were gambling at the same time.”
“Conecuh Representative R.G. Kendall Jr. of Evergreen was elected Speaker Pro-Tem of the Alabama House of Representatives last week by a vote of 69-0.
“Mr. Kendall is serving his first term in the state legislature. He was elected in 1950 after serving a four-year term as Senator from the 17th District.”
77 YEARS AGO
MAY 12, 1938
“Paul Stephenson Draws Five Years For Killing: A circuit court jury late Wednesday night returned a verdict of guilty against Paul Stephenson, young white man living in Beat One, and sentenced him to five years in the penitentiary. Stephenson together with his father was charged with killing their neighbor, David Wallace, a number of years ago.
“Stephenson’s trial began Tuesday and did not reach the jury until late Wednesday afternoon. He was represented by the law firm of Hamilton and Jones of this city. The case of Neil Stephenson will not be tried at this term of the court.
“The case of Tom Howard, negro charged with carnal knowledge, a capital offense, was taken up early Monday. Through his attorney, R.H. Jones, Howard entered a plea of guilty and received a sentence of 25 years.”
“Evergreen Included In Air Mail Pick-Up Plan: Air mail pick-up service planned for Alabama May 15 has been canceled on orders of the post office department, which asked concentration of flights on May 19, the state aviation commission announced Wednesday.
“Addition of three new cities to be given pick-up service was announced. They are Thomasville, Evergreen and Troy. The additions bring to 34 the number of points in which state aviators will pick up air mail and fly it to regular airliner stops.
“’Harllee Branch, second assistant postmaster general, advised Wednesday the post office department would concentrate on air mail pick-up service May 19, the 20th anniversary of airmail inauguration, and refused to permit Alabama flights planned May 15,’ Asa Rountree, state airfield director, announced.”