|Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
SIX YEARS AGO
JAN. 21, 2010
The Conecuh County Board of Education returned to a long-standing tradition last Thursday when it held its first meeting in recent memory at one of the county’s local schools.
For a number of years, the board has held its regular meetings at the Conecuh County Resource Center in Evergreen. Last Thursday, the board met in the cafeteria at Lyeffion Junior High School and plans to rotate the location of their meetings among the county’s local schools.
Board Chairman David Cook explained to the sizeable group of parents, faculty and students at last Thursday’s meeting that over the years the board somehow “got away from” the practice of meeting at local schools.
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .11 inches of rain on Jan. 15, 1.16 inches on Jan. 16 and .02 inches on Jan. 17. He also reported a high of 66 on Jan. 15 and a low of 14 on Jan. 11.
On Jan. 16, 2010, Ernestine Raines turned 101 years old. She was honored by Belleville Baptist Church, her home church, with a birthday party. The party was held at the Evergreen Nursing Home, where she has lived for several years.
Reid State Technical College in Evergreen will be featured in a segment of “On the Job,” a Montgomery-produced television program airing weekly on Alabama Public Television and WSFA-TV 12.2.
21 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 1995
The annual banquet for the Conecuh-Evergreen Chamber of Commerce will be held tonight, Thurs., Jan. 19, 1995 at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Inn. Griffin Lassiter, Director of the Alabama Resource Centers, will be one of the featured speakers at the banquet along with Mr. Ed Pitchford of Alabama Power Company’s Community Development Division.
Probate Judge Rogene Booker had the honor of swearing in retired state trooper Tom Hall as Conecuh County’s new Sheriff Tuesday afternoon. Hall’s wife, Velois, held the Bible for the ceremony while his brother-in-law and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Milsted, look on.
Jeff T. Brock was sworn in Tuesday as Conecuh County’s new District Judge. He was sworn in by his uncle, City Judge Joe Nix.
Jo Ann Harper was sworn in Tuesday as Conecuh County’s new coroner. She was sworn in by Probate Judge Rogene Booker, and Libby Biggs is shown holding the Bible for the ceremony.
Alabama’s Junior Miss President Charles Savage welcomes Heather Watson, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, to the Montgomery Civic Center to begin preparations for the state finals on Jan. 20-21.
A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday for ABC Computers, located at Colony Square Mall. The new business is owned by Andy Gladwell.
36 YEARS AGO
JAN. 17, 1980
Weather observer Earl Windham reported .18 inches of rain on Jan. 7, .46 inches on Jan. 9 and 1.00 inches on Jan. 11. He reported a high of 68 degrees on Jan. 11 and a low of 36 on Jan. 7.
Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, Cordella Johnson, will represent the county in the state Junior Miss finals, Sat., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at Lee High School, Montgomery.
Cordella is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Johnson and was crowned Conecuh County’s Junior Miss on Nov. 29, 1979.
Cordella will present a vocal selection, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” Saturday night in the program.
State Trooper Major James L. Fuqua was the featured speaker at a banquet honoring Taylor Davis on the occasion of his retirement after 35 years of service with the Troopers. The banquet was held Friday night at the Holiday Inn. Taylor is flanked by his wife, Lyndol, and son, Van, at the head table.
The Murder Creek Historical Society announces today that it will have a “flea market” at the historic L&N Depot in Evergreen on Sat., Feb. 2.
The Murder Creek Historical Society is making final plans to “really fix up the old depot.”
The Conecuh County Cattlemen and CowBelles will hold their annual banquet this Friday night at seven o’clock at the Holiday Inn, according to Gerald and Kathy Salter, presidents of the organization.
The featured speaker will be Robert Vaughn of Ozark. Vaughn is a highly sought humorous speaker.
51 YEARS AGO
JAN. 21, 1965
The Courant sent Conecuh’s 1965 Junior Miss, Sally Oswald, off to Birmingham a week early. Actually, Sally is in Birmingham today in the judging that will determine Alabama’s 1965 Junior Miss, instead of being up there last Thursday.
Frank T. Salter began his new duties as Conecuh County’s Judge of Probate on Tuesday morning. He succeeds Judge Lloyd G. Hart, who ended 18 years in the office Monday.
Judge Salter was administered the oath of office by his brother, State Representative Wiley Salter, at 9:30 Monday morning in a brief ceremony in the courtroom.
Judge Salter made his first political bid a successful one this past spring when he won his present office. He ran a close second in the first primary in May and defeated Judge Hart in the runoff in June. He had no opposition in the general election in November.
The new judge was born and reared on a Conecuh County farm and was graduated from Lyeffion High School. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II and was recalled to active duty and served overseas again during the Korean War.
The period of unemployment for Judge Lloyd G. Hart was very brief. The veteran judge of probate of Conecuh County ended his 18th year in office at midnight Monday and went to work in a position with the Alabama Public Service Commission at eight o’clock Wednesday morning.
66 YEARS AGO
JAN. 19, 1950
A Burnt Corn man has gained worldwide recognition for an act of generosity. Joe McCarter of Burnt Corn sent a turkey to the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in November 1943. Joe thought everything was fine when he received a letter of thanks from Roosevelt through his private secretary, Gene Tully. What happened later came as a complete surprise to Joe.
Roosevelt flew to Cairo, Egypt, late in November of 1943 for a meeting with Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister of Great Britain. And, it has been revealed by Elliott Roosevelt in his biography of his father, Joe’s turkey flew with the late president.
In Elliott’s book, “As He Saw It,” it is reported that President Roosevelt had Churchill and other prominent leaders as his guests for Thanksgiving dinner. The president brought his own turkeys, among them a bird sent by “one Joe McCarter.”
Elliott quotes his illustrious father as saying, “Can you imagine how surprised Joe’ll be, when he finds out how far his bird was flown, before it was eaten?”
A number of world famous persons enjoyed some of Joe’s turkey. In addition to Roosevelt, Elliott and Churchill, Sara Churchill, Anthony Eden, Admiral William Leahy, Harry Hopkins, and others ate the Conecuh County turkey.