33 YEARS AGO
MARCH 24, 1983
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.21 inches of rain on March 15; .41 on March 16 and .34 on March 17. He reported a high temperature of 76 degrees on March 15 and a low of 29 on March 13.
McArthur Thompson is still missing, in spite of a massive widespread search for him by the Evergreen Police Department, Conecuh Sheriff Edwin Booker’s staff, the State Troopers and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Thompson, a black male, approximately six feet tall, 175 pounds, who drags one foot, was last seen about four weeks ago, according to his mother, who reported him missing.
Sheriff Booker said that all law enforcement agencies, including Conservation Department Enforcement Officers, were still working around the clock trying to locate the missing man. The sheriff also said that Larry Fluker, local NAACP leader, had offered the help of his organization and had “spread the word” in communities over the county.
Mack was last seen by some of his associates on March 11, 1983. The strangest thing about the case of missing Mack is that he was scheduled to appear in court as a prosecuting witness.
Trial of cases on the State Bar Criminal Docket, Conecuh County, are scheduled for trial next week. Circuit Court will begin Monday morning at 9 o’clock in the courtroom of the Conecuh County Courthouse with Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding.
48 YEARS AGO
MARCH 28, 1968
These members of the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farnham Croom were present for the dedication of the new wing of the Evergreen Baptist Church’s Education Building as Croom Hall on Sun., March 17. The Crooms were devoted and active members of the church, Mr. Croom being a member from 1902 until his death in 1966 and Mrs. Croom from 1913 until her death. Mr. Croom served as superintendent of the Sunday School for over 12 years and as a deacon for over 50 years.
The 23rd Annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show will be held on Mon., April 15, at Conecuh Stockyards.
Bob Moorer is general chairman of the show with M.H. Huggins as advisory chairman. Moorer and Dave Fleming, co-chairman, said that there will be a total of 48 calves entered.
Kathy Johnson reigns as the 1968 Miss Lyeffion High School having been crowned before a capacity audience at the Miss Lyeffion Beauty Pageant this past Saturday night.
Western Auto is hit big by burglars: Burglars broke into the Western Auto Store here in the early hours Sunday morning and got away with several thousand dollars’ worth of money and merchandise, according to owner Pete Wolff.
The thieves entered the Western Auto through an upstairs back window. Wolff said they got $450 in currency, a collection of old coins from a half-cent piece to silver dollars valued at several thousand dollars, two shotguns, one automatic rifle and one old gold chain link bracelet, unvalued.
63 YEARS AGO
MARCH 26, 1953
Evergreen City Clerk John Hunter Thornley has tendered his resignation to the City Council and Mayor Vernon B. Millsap said the resignation has been accepted. Mr. Thornley will serve on in the post of city clerk until sometime in April in order that the city officials may have adequate time to employ his successor.
Mr. Thornley became city clerk in September of 1945 and has served continuously in that post since then.
L&N Discontinues Trains No. 7 and 8: As of today (Thurs., March 26) Louisville and Nashville Railroad Co. will discontinue Montgomery and New Orleans trains 7 and 8. Both of these trains were “locals” and have been handling the mail service for all the local stops between Montgomery and New Orleans.
Castleberry Teacher Is Selected Conecuh County’s Woman Of Year: Miss Margaret Nelson, member of the faculty of Conecuh County High School, Castleberry, was awarded the Helen Keller Trophy as Conecuh County’s Woman of the Year for 1952 at presentation ceremonies Tuesday afternoon at the Evergreen Community House. It was the third annual award made by the Helen Keller Club.
Mrs. Jack Kinzer presented the award to Miss Nelson. Guest speaker for the occasion was Dr. Rebecca Pate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s Graduate School of Home Economics.
78 YEARS AGO
MARCH 24, 1938
High School Boy Sustains Fractures Of Both Arms: Bobby Jones, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Jones, sustained fractures of both arms just above the wrists at noon Tuesday when the bicycle which he was riding collided sidewise with a truck driven by Richard Brassell. The accident occurred on Perryman Street where Shipp Street intersects.
Young Jones and a number of other boys were riding toward the business section of Perryman while the truck was going north on Shipp Street. Neither saw the other in time to avoid the collision. Young Jones, when he saw that a collision was inevitable, threw out his hands to catch the weight of the impact which caused fractures of both arms. Both bones of the right arm were broken while only one was broken in the left. The ligaments of the left were badly injured it is said. He also received a number of other minor bruises and sprains.
Riddle Will Speak Here Next Tuesday Night: Elsewhere in this issue will be found an advertisement announcing that Senator D. Hardy Riddle of Talladega, candidate for governor, will address the voters of this county at the courthouse on Tuesday night, March 29, at 7:30 o’clock. He extends a cordial invitation to all to come out and hear him.
Work has been started on the paving project from Greenville to the Butler County line on the Greenville-Luverne section of Alabama Highway No. 10.
93 YEARS AGO
MARCH 28, 1923
J.T. Fincher Passes Away: James T. Fincher died on Monday afternoon at his home here after about two weeks’ illness, aged 81 years.
Mr. Fincher had resided in this county for many years and was held in high esteem by all who knew him as an upright, honorable citizen.
He served four years in the Confederate army and his record as a soldier was without blemish. At the time of his death, and for several years previous, he was Commander of the local camp of Confederate Veterans. In his passing we have another striking reminder that the thin gray line is becoming fewer in numbers.
Fire did slight damage to the roof of the Methodist parsonage on Sunday morning. Sparks from a chimney ignited the shingles, but the blaze was soon discovered and extinguished before any serious damage was done.
The Courant in this issue carries an advertisement of the letting of the contract for the construction of the state and federal aid road from Evergreen to Belleville and also the bridge across Murder Creek. This means that actual work on this project will begin before July 1.
Operetta at School House: “The Ghost of Hilo” by Paul Bliss, Hawaiian operetta, will be given in the auditorium of the Agricultural School on Friday evening, April 6, under the direction of Mrs. W.G. Hairston and Mrs. John Deming.
Beautiful songs and dances galore are in store for those who attend and an evening of real fun is scheduled. This promises to be one of the best entertainments ever given at the Agricultural School. Don’t miss it.