28 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1987
Retired three-term Circuit Solicitor Ralph Lee Jones was buried Wed., Oct. 14, following a 10 a.m. tribute in the Monroe County Courthouse with several lawyers and officials speaking and an 11 a.m. graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Vince Whittington officiating.
He served several counties while holding the position of solicitor, now known as district attorney, and he had also practiced law in Monroeville and was elected to the state legislature.
An estimated crowd of 3,500 were on hand to witness Excel High School clinch the 1A Area 2 championship Saturday with a convincing 28-6 victory over Frisco City in Excel.
Senior Randy Brown was Excel’s big play man Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound halfback put the Panthers ahead 14-0 in the first half with a 58-yard touchdown run and recorded a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give Excel at 28-6 advantage.
(Bo Bishop was Excel’s head coach, and other outstanding Excel players in that game included Chad Bell, Ture Berghaldt, Miller Helton, Ricky Johnson, Marcus Jordan, Demetrius Kimbrough, Danny Malone, Gerald Millender, Heath Nall and Brian Thomas. Jim Gibbs was Frisco’s head coach, and outstanding Frisco players in that game included Robert Byrd, Chris Ikner, Allen Jordan, Lorenzo Lawson, Michael Lee, Scottie Lee, Ralph Lilley, Pat McCrory, Darren Smith, Eric Stafford and Keith Wesley.)
43 YEARS AGO
OCT. 19, 1972
The fall term of Circuit Court will get under way in Monroeville Monday morning at nine o’clock and 97 Monroe County citizens have been summoned for possible jury duty.
The grand jury is expected to be empaneled Monday by Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key and hearings on the first of some 25 civil suits is scheduled to start.
Sportswear firm is sold: M. Hoffman & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Boston, Mass., has announced an agreement to purchase the Frisco City plant of Marlene Industries to be effective Dec. 1, 1972.
The Monroe Academy Volunteers kept a firm grip atop the Alabama Private School Athletic Association’s Top 10 Friday night, Oct. 13, at they downed a determined Pickens Academy team, 28-7, in Vanity Fair Park.
K.J. Lazenby again led in the defensive department with nine tackles and three assists. Greg Norris added six tackles and four assists.
(Other outstanding Monroe players in that game included James, Chunn, Keith Pugh, George Scott, Jimmy Sellers, Kevin Thompson, Gary Tucker, Jimmy Tucker and Danny Wilson. Mac Champion was Monroe’s head coach.)
Monroe County’s total assets again have topped $1 million, according to a financial statement just released, covering the fiscal year which ended Sept. 30. Total assets (cash and receivables) were listed at $1,110,861.56.
58 YEARS AGO
OCT. 17, 1957
Capt. Lee Is Named To Tour With Queen: Capt. W.H. (Billy) Lee, a native Monroe Countian, has been named one of the physicians to attend Queen Elizabeth of England during her tour of the nation’s capital.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Lee Sr. of Frisco City, Capt. Lee is currently stationed at Ft. Myers, Va., where he is in charge of a clinic. Capt. Lee has been on his present assignment for two months and expects to remain at his station for two years.
Excel, MCHS Tilt Ends In 6-6 Tie: The Excel Panthers fought hard last Friday night as they downed the Monroeville Tiger squad to a 6-6 deadlock in Excel.
(Halfback Donald Evans scored Excel’s touchdown on a two-yard run, and halfback Scobie Branson scored Monroe’s only touchdown, also on a two-yard run. Other outstanding Excel players in that game included Harvel Lee and Harry Sawyer. Other top Monroe players in that game included Wayne Tait and Joe Wemberly.)
Kiwanis Club Names Directors For 1958: Eight directors to serve during 1958 were elected at a recent meeting by the Monroeville Kiwanis Club.
They are C.H. Harper, J.P. Farish III, Chuck Pelham, Lee Duvall, John Finklea, R.A. Wible and L.L. Dees.
Their election followed by a week the naming of new officers for the club. They are Robison Harper, president; A.B. Blass Jr., first vice-president; and George Gibson, treasurer. The secretary will be appointed by the president at a later date.
73 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1942
Blackout Plans For Monroeville Nearly Completed: Mr. Claude D. Kelley, Commander of the local Civilian Defense Corps, announces that Monroeville will have a blackout practice test on the night of Oct. 26, beginning at 7:30 and lasting for 15 minutes.
In the preparations being made, it has been arranged to use the Fire Siren to give the signal, which will be a series of several short blasts, and the all clear signal will be one long blast.
Hear Judge John McDuffie Sunday: Judge John McDuffie of Mobile will speak at the Court House Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in the interest of the War Chest Drive, which is to begin in this county on Oct. 20.
The Census Bureau gave a report Monday on the cotton ginnings for Monroe County from the 1942 crop. According to this report, there were 8,470 bales ginned from the crop this year prior to Oct. 1 as compared with 5,801 for 1941 or a gain for this season of 2,669 bales.
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Simmons and Mr. Aubrey Solomon attended the Navy-Alabama game in Mobile Saturday.
Completion of a 120-foot steel forest lookout tower near Belleville in Conecuh County has been announced by State Forester J. Brooks Toler of the Division of Forestry, Department of Conservation. Due to its location, fires more than 12 miles distant can be detected and crews dispatched to extinguish them.
88 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1927
There were several hundred disappointed people in Monroeville Thursday, drawn hither by the announcement of a balloon ascension. The high wind prevailing throughout the afternoon rendered it hazardous to attempt the flight.
Mr. Doy McCall has returned from Paris, where he attended the American Legion convention. Mr. McCall visited points of interest in Belgium and Germany as well as celebrated battlefields of the World War while on the trip.
According to a report of the director of the census, there were 16,606 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Monroe County from the crop of 1927 prior to Oct. 1, 1927, as compared with 10,919 bales ginned to Oct. 1, 1926.
Atmore defeated Excel in football, 13-0, on the Excel field Friday afternoon, being Excel’s first defeat in two years.
Mr. Clyde Marshall has purchased the new garage recently erected by Davis Brothers on North Main Street and is now occupying his new quarters. He will operate a general automobile repair shop and filling station as heretofore.
Mrs. J.W. Rutherford will give a Halloween supper on Friday evening, Oct. 28, at the Masonic hall at Franklin. The proceeds will be used for the benefit of the Episcopal church at Monroeville.