The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 100 years ago during the month of October 1915. Those issues, which were dated Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.
OCT. 7, 1915
COUNTY FAIR – Monroeville, Alabama – Oct. 19th to 21st – To encourage better efforts on the part of those engaged in Agriculture, Livestock and poultry raising and kindred employments, the Gulf Coast and Monroe County Fair Associations will cooperate in the award of a large number of Premiums for the best Exhibits in these several lines. – GET YOUR EXHIBITS IN READINESS.
The enrollment of the High School is steadily climbing, 105 being the number last reported.
West Manistee: The school opened at Grimes Schoolhouse on the 4th inst. with Miss Florence Dixon of Andalusia as teacher.
J.W. BROWN – Excel, Alabama – Owensboro Wagons, Buggies, Lumber, Shingles, Brick, Lime and Building Material – GET MY PRICES BEFORE PURCHASING ANY OF THE ABOVE – E.M. Salter is my agent in Monroeville and orders given him for shingles or other building material will receive prompt attention.
Fall Opening – On Sept. 24-26 will have opening of full line of Millinery, Ready-to-wear, Fancy Goods carefully selected during recent trip to market. You are invited to come and look them over. – Mrs. B.F. Spencer, BEATRICE, ALA.
The fourth quarterly conference of the Monroeville circuit was held at the Methodist church on Monday morning, the presiding elder Rev. O.V. Calhoun presiding.
OCT. 14, 1915
There were 4,102 bales of cotton ginned in Monroe County from the crop of 1915 prior to Sept. 25, 1915 as compared with 8,063 bales ginned prior to Sept. 25, 1914. – S.D. Nettles, Special Agent.
A deplorable shooting affray occurred near Roy on Saturday night in which a young man by the name of King was seriously injured at the hands of a Miss Garrett. It is said that King went to the Garrett house in an intoxicated condition and raised a disturbance. The mother interfered when King drew a knife and approached her in a threatening manner. At this juncture, the Garrett woman seized a shotgun and fired, the shot taking effect in King’s face. King was taken to Mobile for treatment. The Garrett woman is in jail here.
Mr. Charles R. Broughton of The Evergreen Courant spent Friday and Saturday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Broughton.
Mr. L.J. Bugg of Monroeville and Representative J.K. Kyser of Burnt Corn attended the Alabama Good Roads Association in Birmingham.
Mr. J.A. Carney, a good roads booster of Carney, Ala., will be here Wednesday to accompany the State Highway Commission on its trip over the Old Federal Road.
The management of the County Fair urges that all exhibits of agricultural products be brought in on or before Monday next if possible in order that they may be displayed to the best advantage. Get your exhibits in early.
OCT. 21, 1915
The Journal is issued under difficulties this week. The effort of the editor to help run the fair combined with balky machinery is responsible for the abbreviated character of the contents of the paper rather than a deliberate intent.
Halloween at Roy: The witches invite you to call at the home of Dr. S.B. McMillan at eight o’clock p.m., Oct. 29, 1915 and let them predict your fate for the future. Good things to eat mixed with the capers of the witches. Come dressed as any spook you like. – M.E. Church.
County Fair a Success: Monroe County’s first attempt in the way of an agricultural fair and livestock show, although held under somewhat unfavorable circumstances, far surpasses the expectations of its promoters both in the number and character of exhibits. Weather conditions on the opening day prevented many of the exhibits from reaching the building by the time appointed and also kept away many visitors. The second day, however, dawned with clearer atmosphere and large crowds were in attendance from various sections of the county throughout the day.
In another column of today’s Journal will be found the advertisement of Messrs. Locklin and Morrissette, who have opened a new garage in Monroeville with agency for Dodge, Oldsmobile and Cole automobile, three of the most popular and high class cars on the market. These young gentlemen are hustlers and want your business. If you contemplate buying a car, you will do well to see them before placing your order.
OCT. 28, 1915
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES: On account of the Monroe County Fair, the rules were suspended on Tuesday afternoon from three o’clock until six, and from one until six on Wednesday afternoon. The students gathered in a body and marched to the courthouse square and gave a yell for the Monroe County High School, after which they disbanded and enjoyed the afternoon with relatives on the fair grounds.
W.O.W. Monument Unveiled: There were nearly 300 people who witnessed the unveiling ceremonies Sunday afternoon by the Woodmen of the World of the monument erected by the order in honor of James H. Andrews, who it will be remembered, was killed in September 1914.
The special feature of the occasion was the splendid an impressive address by Dr. William A. Lovett of Tunnel Springs. Dr. Lovett is a Past Consul Commander of Magic City Camp No. 4, Birmingham, perhaps the largest camp in the state, having more than 1,000 members, and is also a Past Head Manager of the Head Camp of Alabama.
This is the first unveiling ceremony ever held by the local camp, and they acquitted themselves splendidly, carrying out the every detail of the ritualistic work in an impressive manner.
Mr. Horace Ryland died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ryland, near town, on Mon., Oct. 25, after a protracted illness, aged about 30 years. Deceased was an excellent young man and esteemed by all who knew him. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Baptist cemetery with Masonic honors.