47 YEARS AGO
OCT. 24, 1968
“A 20-year-old man is being held in the Conecuh County Jail on a charge of murder in the bludgeoning death of another man. Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock said that bond of $5,000 has been set for George Bozeman, 20, of Evergreen.
“Bozeman is charged in connection with the slaying of Albert Stallworth, 42, at Stallworth’s home on the night of Oct. 12 when the victim was hit on the head with a piece of flat iron. He died in a Montgomery hospital on Oct. 16.”
“All members of Greening Lodge No. 53 and their wives and members of Conecuh Chapter No. 217 O.E.S. and their husbands are invited to a barbecue supper Saturday night at seven o’clock at the Masonic Lodge. The Rev. Robert Brown will be the speaker.”
“Congressman Bill Dickinson will bring his campaign for re-election here Friday. John Nielsen, county GOP chairman, said today that Dickinson will spend the day in Conecuh County. Dickinson is now serving his second term in Congress.”
“Roger Waller’s February farrowed Hampshire gilt won over four other breeds at the Greater Gulf State Fair, Mobile, Wed., Oct. 16.
“The judge declared that his champion was the best individual in the field of 60 animals being exhibited.
“Roger also had the Reserve Champion boar of the show in a Yorkshire boar pig.”
62 YEARS AGO
OCT. 22, 1953
“As result of injuries sustained in an auto accident which occurred last Friday, Charles Wesley Reid, age 73, well known merchant of Belleville died at a Greenville hospital at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
“The accident in which Mr. Reid was fatally injured occurred Friday afternoon about one mile this side of Belleville.
“Mr. Reid was born and reared in the Arkadelphia community. For the past several years, he had lived at Belleville where he operated a store.”
“Arthur Freeman Bell, age 71, well known and highly respected farmer and farm leader of this county, died unexpectedly at his home at Lenox at 6:45 Sunday night, Oct. 18.
“He was regarded as one of the best farmers in the county and always took an active interest in all farm movements as well as other civic activities. He had served as president of the Conecuh County Farm Bureau and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Conecuh County Exchange and had been since its organization.”
“According to the report of the Bureau of Census, there were 8,514 bales of cotton ginned in Conecuh County from the crop of 1953 prior to October 1953 as compared with 8,162 bales ginned from the 1952 crop prior to Oct. 1, 1952.”
“The Evergreen City Council’s regular semi-monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed because of the illness of Mayor Vernon Millsap. The mayor’s illness was described as minor and the meeting will probably be held next week.”
77 YEARS AGO
OCT. 27, 1938
“Dwelling House Burns Early This Morning: Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the dwelling house owned by Mrs. E.S. Cooper of Samson and located on Main Street, at an early hour this (Thursday) morning. The alarm was turned in about four o’clock, but the flames had gained such headway that it was impossible to check them.
“The house was unoccupied, having been vacated only a few days past.”
“Meeting Is Held For Organizing Local Chamber: A group of business and professional men of Evergreen gathered at the courthouse Wednesday afternoon at the invitation of a committee representing the Rotary Club and organized a local Chamber of Commerce. This matter had been under consideration for several weeks by members of the Rotary Club and other citizens.
“C.A. Jones was unanimously elected president of the organization and by motion empowered to appoint a board of directors composed of seven members, himself as ex-officio chairman.
“The City of Evergreen has been asked to lend financial assistance toward the chamber and at a meeting Wednesday night approved the plan. It is hoped and expected that all details of organization and the drive for funds can be completed in order that the chamber can be put into operation by the first of November.”
“Humorous Contest At Pix Friday Night: Local theatre goers are anticipating with some degree of pleasure a contest which is to be held at the Pix Theatre Friday night when a number of local men will be arrayed against each other in a diaper pinning contest.”
92 YEARS AGO
OCT. 24, 1923
“THE COURANT’S SPECIAL EDITION DELAYED: The Courant’s special edition will be further delayed on account of an unfortunate and deplorable accident for which out field man, Mr. Christie, is held in jail in Montgomery to await the action of the grand jury on a serious charge. On last Thursday night in Montgomery while driving a car through the restricted zone in that city he ran over a young lady, inflicting injuries that resulted in her death a short time later. Mr. Christie, having done all the field work of soliciting business for the edition and collecting all data and being in possession of the same, the editor is placed at a disadvantage to proceed with the work immediately.”
“Andrew Jackson Dorman, aged 77, died suddenly Friday night at his residence in Flomaton. Mr. Dorman moved there from Castleberry only a few weeks ago and his death was a great shock to his family and friends.
“He was a Confederate veteran, having joined General Joseph E. Johnston’s army when he was fifteen and a half years old. When General Johnston surrendered at Greensboro, N.C., like many other Confederate soldiers, Mr. Dorman walked the 700 miles back to Alabama.
“His remains were taken to Houston, Miss. for interment.”
“Phil C. Travis of Texas was here Monday. He is a descendant of the family Travis family of Alamo fame, being a grandson of the late Alexander Travis of this county.”
107 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1908
“Attention Confederate Veterans: The members of Camp William Lee, No. 338, are hereby commanded to meet at the courthouse in Evergreen, Ala. on Sat., Oct. 31, 1908 for the transaction of business in connection with the state reunion to be held at Mobile, Ala. on Nov. 24th, 25th and 26th, 1908. – G.R. BOULWARE, Commander; J.C. TRAVIS, Adjutant.”
“The trial last week of K. Wyrosdick, charged with the murder of Claud Vickery, resulted in acquittal of the defendant. The cases against Jno. Wyrosdick and Frank Whitlock were nol prossed.”
“ELECTION BULLETINS: Cary Riley, manager of the local telephone exchange, has arranged to furnish the public with election bulletins on the night of the election.”
“FULKERSON ARRESTED: T.O. Fulkerson, former manager for the Southern Bell Telephone Co. here, and who recently moved to Pensacola, was arrested on Monday by Sheriff J.F. Irwin in that city and brought back to Evergreen.
“He is charged with embezzling funds to the amount of about $700 while holding the position as local manager. He was arrested on this charge prior to leaving Evergreen and promptly made bond. At a trial before Probate Judge F.J. Dean he as released.
“During the recent session of the grand jury, officers of the company went before that body and succeeded in having him indicted for embezzlement. Fulkerson promptly made bond in the sum of $800.”