SIX YEARS AGO
MARCH 4, 2010
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .01 inches of rain on Feb. 24 in Evergreen. He also reported a high of 70 degrees on Feb. 22 and lows of 25 on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Total rainfall for the month of February 2010 was 3.50 inches and total snowfall was five inches, he reported.
Conecuh County Sheriff Edwin L. Booker announced this week that he has qualified for the Democratic nomination for re-election as Sheriff of Conecuh County in the upcoming June primary.
Booker served as Sheriff from 1975 to 1995 and then from 2006 to the present.
David Cook Jr. has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Conecuh County Board of Education, District 2. He is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the board and has served as board president for 12 years.
Ali Congdon of Bermuda fielded this year’s Reserve Grand Champion during the 65th Annual Conecuh County Steer & Heifer Show Monday of last week at Breaking Ridge Farms in Evergreen. The steer tipped the scales at 1,110 pounds and sold for $1.50 per pound.
Members of the Evergreen Garden Club attended the Conecuh Forestry Planning Committee tree giveaway event Wednesday of last week at T.L. Sims Memorial Park in Evergreen. In honor of Arbor Day, club members planted an oak tree at the park with the assistance of urban forester Jack Rowe, who donated the tree and assisted in planting it.
21 YEARS AGO
MARCH 2, 1995
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported no rain between Feb. 20 and Feb. 26, 1995. He reported highs of 73 degrees on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 and lows of 33 degrees on Feb. 21, Feb. 22 and Feb. 24.
Evergreen Baptist Church celebrating 150 anniversary: Evergreen Baptist Church is celebrating its Sesquicentennial during March 1995. Its pastor, the Rev. Jack Williamson and its Sesquicentennial Committee invite the public to participate in special emphases scheduled for March 5, March 12 and March 19. The Founders Day Service will be observed on Sun., March 19, and will be followed by the noon meal in the Activities Building. Historical items will be on display all month.
With a current membership of 602 and a current budget of $218,000 and under the leadership of a beloved pastor and effective preacher, season by 20 years of service locally, the Evergreen Baptist Church is poised to move with strength into the 21st Century (just five years away).
Mrs. Betty Oliver was named as the Employee of the Year at Natural Decorations, Inc. recently. She is shown being presented a cash award by Joe Gordy, co-owner of NDI. Mrs. Oliver also received a plaque.
Dr. Stanley Barnes was one of the featured speakers at the Black History Month program at Evergreen Junior High School Monday. Dr. Douglas Littles, Dean of Students at Reid State Technical College, was the other featured speaker.
36 YEARS AGO
MARCH 6, 1980
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .71 inches of rain on March 1. He also reported a high of 79 degrees on Feb. 25 and a low of 20 degrees on March 2.
DJ John Bolton of Radio Station WBLO was glad to be back spinning platters last Thursday when the local station began broadcasting again after being “off the air” since Feb. 16 so that broadcast equipment could be repaired and improved and the station’s “signal” expanded.”
Dr. Jim Bricken has announced the opening of his practice of veterinary medicine here. Dr. Bricken is practicing in the Evergreen Animal Health Center building on Old Sparta (Yarborough) Road.
Elections are set Tuesday, Mar. 11: Conecuh County electors will vote Tuesday in the first of at least four elections to be held this year. Actually, three elections will be held Tuesday, but you can vote in only two of them. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are holding presidential preferential primary elections to elect delegates to the National Party Conventions this summer, but you can vote in only one of these.
The other election Tuesday is to decide the fate of eight proposed amendments to the State Constitution. These will be at the top of the voting machine and require a yes or no vote.
51 YEARS AGO
MARCH 4, 1965
Durlyn Davis is Miss Lyeffion High School for 1965 having been crowned at the annual FHA Beauty Pageant. Durlyn is a senior and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Davis.
Miss Margaret Hagood, Alabama’s 1964 Junior Miss, crowned the 1965 Junior Miss, Miss Heather Strait of Montgomery, at the Junior Miss Pageant in Birmingham recently. Margaret completed her reign with the coronation of Heather. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hagood of Evergreen.
Final rites held for Mrs. Salter: Mrs. Ann Brooks Salter, age 50, died unexpectedly at her residence on Liberty Hill Drive Friday morning. She was one of the few women to ever hold elective office in Conecuh County, having served as Circuit Clerk and Register.
Mrs. Salter served as Circuit Clerk by appointment in the 1940s, and as Deputy Clerk when her husband, who held the office, was recalled to active Army duty during the Korean War. In 1952, when her husband was on active duty and due to time limitations could not qualify for re-election, she filed for the office and won it.
Robert Lee Page, age 72, died at the home of Mike O’Brien in Baker, La. on Sat., Feb. 27.
Mr. Page was born in Evergreen on March 4, 1892. He was employed by the L&N Railroad Co. as train dispatcher and telegrapher for a number of years, working at local stations from Montgomery to Mobile, including about seven years at Georgiana. He later became associated with the Illinois Central Railroad as train dispatcher and after 41 years service, he retired as chief train dispatcher in 1958 with a total of more than 53 years service with two railroads.
66 YEARS AGO
MARCH 2, 1950
W.K. Horton Passes At Montgomery Monday Night: William Kendall Horton, age 86, died at a Montgomery hospital Monday night following an extended illness.
Mr. Horton was a pioneer citizen and lifelong resident of this county. He was born and reared on a farm 10 miles from Evergreen on the Brooklyn Highway and lived there until a few years ago when he moved to Evergreen. He owned a large farm and thousands of acres of timber land and engaged in farming, timbering and mercantile business. He also owned considerable business and residence property in Evergreen.
He was president of the Bank of Evergreen, director of All States Life Insurance Co., Montgomery, stockholder in Andala Co., Andalusia, and had many and varied interests elsewhere.
Funeral services were held from New Bethel Baptist Church Wednesday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Sam Granade, pastor of the Evergreen Baptist Church. Interment was in the family lot in Horton Cemetery.
Thomas Mason Mills, age 74, widely known and highly respected citizen of this city, died in his sleep at the home of his son, Carl H. Mills, in Pensacola Wed., Feb. 22.
Mr. Mills was born in Wilcox County at Pineapple on March 6, 1875. He spent his early life in that community and in Butler County. He moved to Evergreen about 35 years ago and made his home here until about one month ago when he moved to live with his son in Pensacola because of his failing health. He was for many years connected with the L.L. Moorer Store, large mercantile establishment here in former years.