53 YEARS AGO
JUNE 14, 1962
“Intersection claims one more collision: It happened Monday afternoon at ‘that intersection’ on Rural and West Front Streets at the foot of the overhead bridge. The large crowd that gathered seconds after the crash obligingly moved back to allow the photographer to get this story in picture of the dangers of driving through this busy spot.”
“A 1959 Oldsmobile driven by Patrick T. Casey of Montgomery collided with a 1954 Chevrolet driven by Willard Harrington of Evergreen Monday afternoon at the intersection of Rural Street and West Front Street. Six persons were injured. According to estimates by Police Chief Johnny Andrews, the Chevrolet was a total loss and about $500 damage was done to the Oldsmobile.”
“Mrs. Mamie A. Ellis, Evergreen, ended a long teaching career with her retirement at the close of the past school year. She taught in Conecuh County schools for 23 years and also taught at the old Baptist Orphanage in Evergreen for several years.
“Mrs. Ellis began her teaching career in the county system in 1915, teaching in the Flat Rock, Effie and Ivey schools. For the past 20 years, she taught at Repton Elementary School, except for one year when transferred to Brooklyn.
“On the last day of school, the faculty members at Repton School surprised Mrs. Ellis when they presented her with a milk glass flower bowl at an appropriate ceremony.”
68 YEARS AGO
JUNE 12, 1947
“Masonic Lodge Elects Officers For Next Year: The annual election of officers of Greening Lodge, No. 53, A.F.&A.M. was held Tuesday night and the following were elected: Alvin Brewton, W.M.; T.S. Holly, S.W.; Claude Murphy, J.W.; F.L. Cardwell, Treas.; W.G. Jones, Sec.; A.K. Williams Jr., S.D.; Ray Williams, J.D.; S.J. Brundage, Tiler; Herbert Mellinger, S.S.; Raymond Hayes, J.S.; A.K. Williams Sr., Chaplain; R.F. Hyde, Marshall.
“The above officers will be installed at the regular meeting June 24. St. John’s Day services will be observed on Sun., June 22, when the Masons will attend the Baptist Church in a body. Rev. Staples will preach the sermon.”
“FIRST COTTON BLOOM: The distinction of exhibiting the first cotton bloom of the 1947 season at The Courant office goes to R.F. Hyde of this city who brought the blossom in Wednesday at noon.”
“Delay In Return Of War Dead: The first remains of World War II dead to be returned to the United States will arrive in October 1947, according to information received today by the State Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Originally scheduled to arrive in August, the delay is a result of industrial difficulties in the production of caskets, the Department has been informed.”
“Bill Martin left Saturday for Quincey, Calif., where he will be with the Forestry Department this summer.”
83 YEARS AGO
JUNE 14, 1932
“Crenshaw’s Sentence Commuted To Life: The sentence of death imposed on Clarence Crenshaw, who was 17 years old when he was convicted of the murder of John D. Barnes, and condemned to pay the supreme penalty, was commuted to life imprisonment late yesterday by Gov. Miller after members of the State Board of Pardons unanimously recommended commutation. Execution of Crenshaw had been scheduled for July 29.
“The tragedy occurred near Castleberry, Ala., in May 1931. At the trial, evidence against Crenshaw was largely circumstantial. Yesterday at hearing before the Governor and members of the Board of Pardons, composed of Atty. Gen. Knight, Secretary of State Jarman and Auditor Brandon, the man declared that when he fatally stabbed Barnes, he did so in self-defense.”
“Solicitor Biggs Dies Here Sunday Afternoon: Leonard Stanton Biggs, age 44, solicitor of the 21st Judicial Circuit composed of Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties, died Sunday 2:30 p.m., at the home of Mrs. Julia D. Ivey, his sister-in-law, where he had been confined since May 18.
“Deceased was a native of Monroe County from near Peterman. He was a member of the Monroeville Methodist Church, a Mason and a World War veteran.”
“The vacancy caused by the death of Solicitor L.S. Biggs… apparently has developed a free-for-all scramble among nine attorneys of the circuit for the place, according t the best reports available Wednesday.”
98 YEARS AGO
JUNE 14, 1917
“The detachment of troops stationed at Evergreen for some time past were recently ordered to Montgomery, and the company left Wednesday morning on a hike for that city. From which point, they will be ordered later on to Charleston, S.C. The khaki boys made friends and were popular in Evergreen and their departure was regretted by many.”
“During the rain and blow Wednesday night, an electric bolt killed two valuable milch cows belonging to Hon. C.S. Rabb. The rain and wind were of short duration, but the vivid flashes of lightning continued for quite a while.”
“Pioneer Citizen Gone to Rest: Mr. Gus Riley died at his home six miles west of Evergreen, June 11. He was about 70 years of age, a Confederate veteran and a consistent member of Arkadelphia Baptist Church, near which the family reside.”
“Dr. H.B. Williamson, after an illness of several months, although not confined to his bed all the while, died about nine o’clock Tuesday morning of Bright’s disease. The doctor practiced dentistry for years in this section and had many friends who will lament his death.”
“Prof. L.L. Lewis, formerly of the Agricultural School, was in Evergreen Wednesday. His friends were glad to see him.”
113 YEARS AGO
JUNE 11, 1902
“Crazy Man Terrorizes People of The Town With Gun and Pistols: Repton, June 9 – The people of Repton were terrorized last Friday morning by B.M. Pearson, who has been here several months for his health, coming from Mississippi City. About eight o’clock, he came out of his hotel in a demented condition with two revolvers and a Winchester rifle and seemed to want to shoot any one who was in sight. He fired on Jack Campbell but fortunately missed him. After about two hours, he was persuaded to lay down his arms by A.E. Peterman and was taken to his home by J.E. Robinson, our marshal.”
“L.L. Peacock of Gregville was here this morning.”
“Lenox is the name of a new post office recently established in this county, with Joseph Ryals postmaster.”
“The work of building the new bank building for C.P. Deming on the lot where for so many years stood the old Mertins building, recently vacated by W.T. Wiggins, is progressing steadily.”
“The salary of the postmaster of Evergreen was increased recently for $1,400 to $1,500 per annum.”
“We are informed that the Conecuh Guards will hold their annual encampment at Sans Souci beach, near Mobile one week, beginning July 18. The boys will be expected to attend drill at their armory each Monday and Friday night until that date.”
“W.B. James last week took the oath of office of deputy sheriff of this county.”