44 YEARS AGO
JUNE 3, 1971
“Levon McCreary Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Levon McCreary, killed this big rattlesnake at their home near Evergreen Heading Co. It measured 4-1/2 feet and had 16 rattles and a button.”
“Western relics showing Friday only at Library: A valuable collection of authentic Western relics will be on display at the Conecuh County Public Library on Friday, courtesy of C.L. Rogers. This interesting display, for one day only, is being made in connection with ‘Westward Ho,’ the planned recreational reading program for boys and girls in the Evergreen area, grades 2 through 7.
“Not only will boys and girls in this age group be interested in seeing these antiques, but also young people and adults who are interested in the early history of the USA will enjoy seeing them.”
“Ardis Garrett, 16-year-old blonde from Uriah, was crowned as Miss Alabama Teen-Ager at the end of a pageant involving 38 girls from across the state and held in Birmingham recently. She is the daughter of former State Rep. and Mrs. W.E. Garrett.”
“Radford coming here for Army: Pfc. Edwin Radford will be assigned as U.S. Army hometown recruiter in Evergreen for two weeks beginning June 7. He is the son of Mrs. Voncile Radford of Rt. D, Evergreen, and a 1970 graduate of Evergreen High School. He has just completed airborne training at Ft. Benning, Ga.”
59 YEARS AGO
JUNE 7, 1956
“The first two cotton blooms of the 1956 cotton year arrived in The Evergreen Courant office almost simultaneously Tuesday morning.
“A bloom from the fields of Grady Ralls was brought in about 11 a.m. Ralls lives about 14 miles from Evergreen on Route D.
“The other bloom arrived a few minutes later in the mail from Castleberry, sent in by the Courant’s correspondent there, Mrs. R.E. Buffington. Everette Gross, farmer living two or three miles east of Castleberry, handed her the bloom Saturday morning, and told her it had opened up Friday.”
“Local National Guard Unit Leaves For Camp Sunday, June 10: The local National Guard Unit, Battery C, 117th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division, will leave Evergreen about 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning for Ft. McClellan for the annual two weeks summer camp.
“The unit will meet at the City Café about 6 a.m. for breakfast and will depart in their 12 vehicles for their rendezvous in McKenzie with other units of the 117th Battallion. The convoy will arrive at McClellan at about 3 p.m.
“About five officers and 70 men from Evergreen will join thousands of others of the 31st Division for two weeks of intensive basic and section training.”
74 YEARS AGO
JUNE 5, 1941
“The first cotton bloom seen this season was the one sent to The Courant Monday by E.A. Andrews, Evergreen, Route C.”
“FIRST RAIN IN NEARLY TWO MONTHS FELL WEDNESDAY: The slight break in the drought Wednesday afternoon lifted the spirits of everyone, and at least gave hope that more might follow soon. The few glittering drops that fell were received by a dry, crusty earth ready to drink it in, and by people who drew a deep breath to inhale the rain washed air, the first since about April 15.”
“Evergreen Girls Completes CAA Training at U. of A.: Miss Beth Deming, a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in sociology, is spending the summer vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Deming, in Evergreen. Miss Deming has the distinction of being one of the first girls in the South to complete the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) course in aviation.
“The final test in this course, it is understood, requires that the student make a cross country solo flight, and Beth’s final ‘exam’ proved that she is quite capable of meeting almost any kind of emergency while at the controls.”
“Contract Awarded For Construction Of New Bridge On U.S. 31: State Highway Director Chris J. Sherlock last week announced a contract has been awarded for construction of a new bridge over Escambia Creek in the town of Flomaton, on U.S. 31, which is also known as the Montgomery-Mobile Highway. The job of constructing this bridge went to Goodwin & Murphree of Troy, Ala., whose bid of $118,269.58 was the lowest submitted on the project.”
89 YEARS AGO
JUNE 2, 1926
“CASTLEBERRY HIGH SCHOOL CLOSES: The County High School came to a successful close Tuesday night, May 25.
“Monday night, the seniors presented one of the best plays that has been staged here in quite a while. The appreciation of this school being expressed by the people who filled the auditorium far beyond seating capacity.
“Graduating exercises Tuesday night were attended by equally as large an audience. The address of the occasion was delivered by Judge W.H. Thomas of Montgomery.”
“NEW HIGHWAY FOR CONECUH: The highway which is being constructed between Evergreen and McKenzie is rapidly nearing completion. Work on the grading has reached the intersection of Main Street. When this highway is complete, two units of the State Highway project in Conecuh County will have been completed. This road links up with the Georgiana-McKenzie stretch. In a comparatively short time, Conecuh County will have a completed highway to Montgomery.”
“Edwin C. Page, who is visiting here, has completed his academic course at the University and will begin the study of law there next fall.”
“NEW BAKERY OPENS WEDNESDAY: On another page The Courant is carrying announcement of the opening of The Electrik-Maid Bake Shop with Mr. J.O. Stapp as manager. Mr. Sletten, master baker from Electrick-Maid Co., St. Paul, Minn., will be in charge of the opening.”
104 YEARS AGO
JUNE 7, 1911
“First Cotton Bloom: W.B. Coker, residing a few miles west of town, left at this office on Friday last the first cotton bloom reported in the county this season.”
“A regular meeting of Camp Wm. Lee, U.C.V., will be held on Sat., July 1 – M.B. Salter, Sgt. Major.”
“During the month of May, Postmaster Dean says that 127,450 pieces of mail of the various classes were handled by the Evergreen post office, being an average of 4,253 pieces each day.”
“Steal Booze From Jail: Andalusia, Ala., June 3 – One of the lower rooms in the county jail was robbed last night of several casks of beer and three cases of liquor, which had been seized by Sheriff Livings and stored there for safe keeping.
“The room has two doors, one of which is a skeleton door that opens from the inside, and it was through this door that an entrance was gained.”
“Rev. Chas. Crawford reached home yesterday from Louisville, where for the past four years, he has been attending the Baptist Theological Seminary.”
“T.H. Miller has returned home from a two weeks stay in the North. He visited the Starr piano factory in Richmond, Ind. of which he is agent. He also visited Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville and other points.”
“The State Baptist Convention will be held in Greenville, beginning on Wed., July 19.”