Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 3, 2016

Grave of Conecuh County native John Henry Evans in Texas.
FEB. 4, 1993

Weather observer Harry Ellis recorded 6.14 inches of rain in Evergreen during January 1993. He reported a high temperature of 66 degrees on Jan. 28 and lows of 29 degrees on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.

Late Councilman T.L. Sims honored by city officials: The Evergreen City Council recognized the accomplishments and the dedication of a former city council member who died recently. A special resolution was signed and presented to the widow of former councilman, businessman and civic leader, T.L. Sims.
After a moment of silence in memory of the late councilman, who perished in a recent automobile accident, Councilman Jerry Caylor praised Mr. Sims’ work for the city, and the business community and the people of Evergreen and Conecuh County.

Trial dates for the two men accused of the murder of Mrs. Clarene Haskew have been changed in an order by Circuit Judge Sam Welch so that defense attorneys can examine evidence in the case which they claim has not been made available to them as a previous order by the judge decreed.
In a motion hearing Tuesday, the defense attorney for Wayne Travis alleged that evidence in the possession of the state has not been made available to him and other evidence was made available to him only as late as January 28.
Judge Welch agreed to move Travis’ trial to Feb. 22, the date originally scheduled for (co-defendant Steven Wayne) Hall’s trial.

FEB. 2, 1978

Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 4.30 inches of rain on Jan. 24 and 3.60 inches on Jan. 25. He also reported a high of 62 degrees on Jan. 26 and a low of 20 on Jan. 27.

Rhonda Griffin was chosen ‘Miss Rubicon” for 1978 at the annual pageant at Evergreen High School on Thursday of last week. The Rubicon is the school’s annual and will feature Rhonda and Katrinka Rankins, first alternate, and Melissa Johnson, second alternate, in the beauty section.

Dr. John Dan Hagood, 71, a native of Evergreen, died Mon., Jan. 30, in Santa Fe, Fla. Graveside services will be held here this morning at 11 o’clock in Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Braxton McCurley officiating.
Dr. Hagood was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Hagood of Evergreen and a member of a prominent, pioneer South Alabama family. He was one of Florida’s most eminent and respected surgeons and served with distinction in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce held its first Executive Board meeting of the year Thurs., Jan. 26, at City Hall. The new board members were installed by the past-president, Ed Smith.
New officers were elected as follows: President, Gary Robinson; Vice President, Coston Bowers; Treasurer, Claude Jernigan. Mrs. Doris Sexton will continue to serve as Executive Secretary for the Chamber.

FEB. 7, 1963

Byron Warren Jr. has returned to the University of Alabama for his Junior year.

Miss Lyeffion of 1963 is Peggy Tanner, an 11th grade student. Peggy was crowned at a program held in the school auditorium Thursday night. Chosen Junior Miss Lyeffion was Nancy Ikner, an eighth-grade student.

Local man dies in auto crash: A local businessman was killed when his pickup crashed into a truck early Thursday night near Evergreen.
Frank Preston Sharpe, 56, was killed instantly when the pickup he was driving crashed into a truck about 2.4 miles north of Evergreen on Highway 83 at 7:15 p.m. He was driving toward Evergreen after completing his day’s route selling fish.
Sharpe was the owner of a seafood market here and resided on a McKenzie Route. He was well and favorably known in this area.

Conecuh Native Is Now In 100th Year: A native of Conecuh County recently observed his 100th birthday in Texas. His son called to tell The Courant of the event.
John Henry Evans was born in the Mill Beat community on Feb. 3, 1863. His father was John Bell Evans, and his mother was Elizabeth Roberts Evans.
Mr. Evans left this county at the age of 16 and moved to Texas, where he has lived since that time. He is married and his wife is now 98 years old. They have four children and reside in Rising Star, Texas.

FEB. 5, 1948

Brooklyn Man Killed In Accident Tuesday: Two men were killed and one injured in a head-on collision between a car and log truck nine miles north of Brewton Tuesday. The dead are W.A. Griggers, 60, of Brooklyn, who was driving the car, and truck driver Anderson Smith, 41, of East Brewton. Reuben E. Blackwell of Brewton was riding in the cab of the truck but was thrown clear and escaped with injuries.
According to information received from Highway Patrol Sgt. T.P. Melton, both vehicles were completely demolished and burned. Smith was pinned beneath the truck.
Mr. Griggers was well known and liked in this county. It is a supposition that he had suffered a heart attack and was unconscious at the time of the accident.

Evergreen Troop 40 of the Boy Scouts of America will join in a nationwide celebration of Boy Scout Week, Feb. 9 through the 12. The local troop was organized 21 years ago this month by Prof. W.P. (Mr. Mac) McMillan, who was at that time and is still the principal of the Evergreen Grammar School. Mr. McMillan is still Scoutmaster of the local troop and just as active in scouting.
The local troop has had 11 members to reach the exalted rank of Eagle Scout. Local Eagle Scouts are W.N. “Bill” McGehee, Cyrus Wells, Robert Key, John Deming, Deming Jones, L.W. “Sonny” Price Jr., George Huey, George Kelly, L.D. “Bud” King Jr., Vernon Millsap and Knud Nielsen Jr.
This is the highest goal of the Boy Scouts and it is an honor and a distinction to attain it.

FEB. 2, 1933

Capt. Dave Lewis, Lt. Homer Kindig and Lt. Jessie Jackson attended a meeting of the officers of the National Guard in Montgomery Saturday night.

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Yarbrough and family are delighted to know that they have returned to Evergreen to live and will occupy the old Feagin home on Belleville Street.

The local post of the American Legion will meet at the courthouse tonight at which time a discussion of veterans affairs will be taken up. Similar meetings are being held all over the state at this time. All members and eligible veterans are urged to attend.

Wilcox: Everyone of this community regrets very much that Mr. Esko Dunn lies in St. Margaret’s Hospital caused from serious injuries by the train.

Bank of Evergreen Showing Steady Growth: Elsewhere in this issue may be found a condensed statement of the condition of the Bank of Evergreen at the close of business Jan. 30, 1933. A study of this statement as compared to former statements which have been appearing in this paper from time to time shows that the institution is enjoying a substantial and steady growth.

This bank opened for business Sept. 1, 1932, just a little over a month after Evergreen’s old bank was closed for liquidation. In opening so quickly after the other institution closed it is believed that the city has made a record. So far as has been observed, no other city in this section of the country has been able to open a new bank as quickly as this. In fact, so far as has been observed few have been able to get one opened at all.

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