FEB. 20, 1975
Weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.1 inches of rain on Feb. 15 and 3.0 inches on Feb. 16. He reported highs of 70 degrees on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14 and a low of 30 on Feb. 14.
James E. Nettles, 78, died on Thurs., Feb. 13, in a Monroeville nursing home after a long illness.
Mr. Nettles was a longtime resident of Repton and well and favorably known over this area. He represented Conecuh County in the State House of Representatives in the 1940s and had many friends over the state.
Evergreen’s new “Avenue of Flags” will be seen for the first time Saturday, weather permitting, when the flags will fly honoring the birthday of the nation’s first president, George Washington.
The most successful project was led by the Pilot Club which set a goal of 50 flags to fly in the park area between West Front Street and the L&N Railroad in downtown Evergreen. Actually, a total of 72 flags, costing $25 each, were donated.
Evergreen’s Laurie Cotter is having a spooky Interim Term at Birmingham-Southern College.
Miss Cotter has been gathering information about the ghost at Gaineswood, an old home in Demopolis. She has talked to former residents of the house, the author of a book on Alabama ghosts and a 100-year-old man from Demopolis.
Miss Cotter’s project, supervised by members of the education and history departments at Southern, is designed to give her experience in local history through personal interviews.
56 YEARS AGO
FEB. 18, 1960
Former Mayor Dies in Puerto Rico: Vernon B. Millsap, age 36, died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon in Puerto Rico. His death was a great shock to this entire county. A former mayor of Evergreen, he was a member of a prominent South Alabama family.
At the time of his death, Mr. Millsap was living in Puerto Rico, where he had established and was managing a drapery plant for the Max H. Kahn Curtain Corp. He had gone to his office on the day of his death, but returned home early complaining of a headache.
Mrs. Millsap was out when her husband came home and on her return realized that he was ill. She went next door to get help and when she returned he had passed away.
Mr. Millsap was a native of this city and received his early education in the schools of this city. He received his BS Degree from Washington & Lee University and accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theatre with distinction attaining the rank of lieutenant.
After World War II, he entered the University of Alabama Law School and earned his LLB. Returning to Evergreen, he practiced law for about a year before purchasing an interest in Evergreen Garment Co.
In 1952, he was elected mayor of the City of Evergreen, one of the youngest men ever elected to this office. In 1954, he was elected a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, serving until 1958.
71 YEARS AGO
FEB. 15, 1945
News of the disastrous fire which Evergreen experienced Christmas reached to all parts of the world according to reports which are coming back here now from servicemen. Lt. (j.g.) R.G. Kendall recently reported that he saw an account of the fire in the “Yank,” army publication. Lt. Kendall is stationed in Hawaii. Capt. John D. Allen, husband of a niece of Mrs. Katie Cannon, wrote his wife that he heard a radio newscast of the fire at his station in Belgium.
Pfc. Marvin W. Deason, son of Mrs. Laura Deason, of Route 1, Owassa, Ala., was one of a group of combat casualties to arrive at the General Hospital, Camp Butner, N.C. this week for further treatment.
Pfc. Deason was with the 8th Infantry Division at Germany when he was hospitalized. He had served 14 months in the European theatre of operations.
A happy meeting it was when Oswald Hansen and Harris Williamson met in Hawaii recently. Both are mail specialists in the U.S. Navy and worked together in the Evergreen post office prior to their enlistment in the Navy.
Walter R. Poole, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Poole of Castleberry, Rt. 2, is now in the U.S. Maritime Service. Walter received his training in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was transferred to Alameda, Calif. in January. He is now ready for duty. He attended Castleberry High School and was employed at the Airport at Evergreen prior to his enrollment.
86 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 1930
New Filling Station And Garage Opened: The filling station and garage building recently completed by W.M. Newton at the intersection of Perryman and Main Streets near the Agricultural School has been leased to Messrs. J.G. Ring and G.W. Robinson and has been opened to the public. The opening was held Sat., Feb. 15.
Mr. Ring will operate the filling station, and Mr. Robinson will operate a garage in which he will do all kinds of general repair work.
S.S.A.S. To Present “Stunt Night” Soon: A new and novel type of entertainment known as “Stunt Night” is to be presented at the City School auditorium Friday night, March 7, by the class of the Agricultural School.
Proceeds from the entertainment will be used to help finance the publishing of the school’s first annual, “The Broadcaster.”
Bosie Phillips, who gave his home as Dothan, fell under a freight train opposite the L&N depot Wednesday about 11 o’clock and suffered injuries which will result in the loss of his left arm just below the elbow. Phillips was endeavoring to board the train, which was running at a fast rate, when the accident occurred.
The injured man was given emergency medical attention by Dr. E.L. Stallworth and later carried to Montgomery on Train No. 6, where he will receive treatment at the railroad hospital.
Little Bettysu Bozeman is doing nicely since suffering a number of bruises and a sprained ankle when hit by a Ford sedan Monday morning.
101 YEARS AGO
FEB. 17, 1915
Monday night some miscreant hurled a piece of slag at Sheriff Williams as he drove along West Front Street below the depot in his automobile. The missile struck the post just under the steering wheel with great force. No damage was done, however. Whoever threw the piece was so well concealed that he was not observed.
Some party or parties unknown on Monday night dug a large hole in the front yard of the home of J.L. Spence, near the depot. It is surmised that the party was hunting for buried treasure, but there is no clue as to who committed the depredation.
Convict Escapes and is Recaptured: Andrew Simmons, one of the convicts with the county road crew, made his escape one day last week and was recaptured by the Escambia Sheriff at Canoe on Saturday. Sheriff Williams went down after the escape on Sunday. In passing through Castleberry, Simmons with Bestor Lewis and Tom White, stole the horse and buggy of R.M. Rabon, and their offer to sell the turnout for a small price aroused suspicion and their arrest and detention followed.
A woman, Laura Smith, residing in the outskirts of town, was arrested for aiding the prisoner to get away. He went to her house and it is alleged, she furnished him clothes to take the place of his striped convict garb. The escaped man identified her to the Sheriff as the one who gave him the clothing and accompanied the sheriff to a thick place in the woods where the change of clothing was made and where the convict garb was found.