|Bill Johnson in 1988|
27 YEARS AGO
JULY 7, 1988
Evergreen weather reporter Harry Ellis reported 0.2 inches of rain on June 30, 1.33 on July 1, 0.9 on July 2, 0.83 on July 3 and 0.02 on July 4. He reported a high of 100 degrees on June 29 and a low of 67 on June 29.
“Bill Johnson has been appointed President of Poole Truck Line, Inc. He was formerly Executive Vice President of the Evergreen based truckload carrier.
“The appointment was announced by John Bowron, President of NEOAX’s I.U. International Truckload Group, Poole’s parent company.”
“The (Evergreen City) Council named Clayton Davis to serve as Superintendent of the Water Department. Davis, a veteran city employee, succeeds Franklin Williamson, who retired earlier this year.”
“Walter Poole, founder of Poole Truck Line, announced his retirement from the company, effective June 15, to participate in a business venture with his son, Pat.”
“Terry Lynn Parker, 23, of Rt. 1, Evergreen, was killed in a tragic accident Tuesday morning while working with a logging crew in the Mobley Creek area of Covington County, near Brooklyn.
“Parker, who was employed by Bruce Salter Logging Co., was struck by a falling tree at 9 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene at 11:25 a.m., according to Covington County Sheriff’s Investigator Max Hooks.”
42 YEARS AGO
JULY 5, 1973
“Masons to install officers Tuesday: Officers of Greening Masonic Lodge No. 53 will be installed on July 10 at 7:30. Brother Jesse Byrd, District Lecturer, will be the installing officer. All Master Masons and members are invited to attend.”
“Dr. Sam Granade shocked his congregation at the Evergreen Baptist Church when at the close of morning services Sunday he submitted his resignation. He had marked his 25th anniversary as pastor of the local church on the first Sunday in June. His resignation is effective Aug. 15. Dr. Granade will preach his last sermon as pastor here on Sun., July 15, at the morning service.”
“The Evergreen Rotary Club installed new officers at its meeting last Thursday noon at the Evergreen United Methodist Church. Officers are Treasurer James Ansley, Secretary David Hyde, Past President Emmett Dale, President Fred Stevens and Vice President Luther Gowder.”
“First Assembly welcomes pastor, Rev. F.P. Bachman: The First Assembly of God, located at 405 Perryman (Hwy. 31 N) recently called a new pastor. The need came about due to Rev. J.E. Wellburn resigning prior to continuing his ministry in Alaska.
“Rev. F.P. Bachman accepted the Church’s call, and began his tenure on Mon., June 25, according to Mack Williams, Chairman of the Board."
57 YEARS AGO
JULY 3, 1958
“James L. Lane was found guilty of manslaughter, first degree, and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the state penitentiary last Wednesday.
“Lane and Joe Lewis Bradley were both indicted for murder, second degree, in the slaying of Willie D. White last August. Bradley, prior to Lane’s trial, received a sentence of 15 years.
“An unusual aspect of Lane’s case was the fact that the prosecution contended that he was guilty of murder, second degree, although he was not present when White was shot. Under Alabama law, a person can be guilty of this charge by having previous knowledge that it is going to take place and being a part of it.
“Testimony presented by witnesses convinced the petit jury that Lane drove Bradley to the house where he got the gun to kill White, then drove him back to the place where he later killed White, and that Lane not only knew that Bradley planned to kill White, but encouraged him to do so.”
“Conecuh County’s 1958 Maid of Cotton Contest got underway officially Tuesday night with a meeting of the steering committee.
“Peggy Harper won the Conecuh County Maid of Cotton title last year.
“This year’s contest will be staged on Aug. 2 in conjunction with the County Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.
“Contestants must be at least 19 by Dec. 1, 1958 and not over 24 years old by that same date, and unmarried. The winner of the county contest will represent Conecuh in the state finals in Birmingham at the State Fair in October.”
72 YEARS AGO
JULY 1, 1943
“MASONS ELECT OFFICERS FOR ENSUING YEAR: The regular election of officers of Greening Lodge No. 53, A.F.&A.M., was held at the hall June 11 with installation on June 25. The following officers were elected and installed: A.K. Williams, W.M.; T.L. Jackson, S.W.; W.W. Overbey, J.W.; F.L. Cardwell, Treas.; W.G. Jones, Sec.; Robert Soule, S.D.; I.S. Baggett, J.D., S.J. Brundage, Tyler.”
“Dedication Will Honor Former Evergreen Boy: The dedication and christening of Dannelly Field Thursday afternoon, July 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m., is sponsored by the County Board of Revenue, the Montgomery City Commission and the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
“Dannelly Field, located seven miles out the Selma Highway, will be Montgomery’s new municipal airport after the close of the war, and the ceremonies Thursday mark the resumption of Eastern Air Line service into Montgomery after a lapse of more than two months.
“Mayor Cyrus B. Brown has announced that the public is cordially invited to attend the 50-minute program which will honor Ensign Clarence M. Dannelly Jr., son of C.M. Dannelly, county superintendent of education, who was killed in an airplane crash in Pensacola on Dec. 17, 1940.
“Ensign Dannelly, born Feb. 3, 1916, at Evergreen, Ala., was reared in Montgomery and attended public school.”
87 YEARS AGO
JULY 5, 1928
“The Evergreen Motor Car Co. is moving into the pretty new building recently completed on Rural Street and elsewhere in this paper will be found the announcement of their opening, which has been set for Sat., July 7.
“All seven models of the New Ford Car will be on display on this day, several of which have not been shown here before.”
“THE COURANT TO OCCUPY NEW HOME: After this week, The Courant will occupy a new home two doors east of our present location. Our new home will be in the building just completed by the Evergreen Motor Car Co. This issue is reaching our readers several days earlier than usual in order that ample time may be had to complete the moving of equipment. Part of the equipment was moved last week. In fact, this issue is being composed in our old home and printed in the new, the presses having been moved last week.
“Our new place is much more ideally arranged for the operation of newspaper and printing plant. It is also much more accessible to the public, inasmuch as it will be downstairs whereas the old location was upstairs. Several weeks will be required to get things adjusted and working smoothly again, during which we ask our readers and printing customers to bear with us in any delay or other abnormal service.”
“Today’s issue of The Courant is only half of normal size due to the fact that the plant is being moved. We expect to get out our regular eight pages next week.”