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15 YEARS AGO
MARCH 8, 2001
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .70 inches of rain on Feb. 27, .32 inches on Feb. 28, .31 inches on March 1, 3.50 inches on March 2 and 3.93 inches on March 3. He also reported a high of 80 degrees on Feb. 27 and 39 on March 4. Total rainfall for the month of February was 3.18 inches.
Chris Garner exhibited the Grand Champion at the 2001 Conecuh County Steer Show held Saturday at the Evergreen Stockyard. Chris was also the recipient of the Morgan Holley Memorial Award, which is presented each year to the person exhibiting the Grand Champion.
The extremely heavy rains that fell on Friday and Saturday of last week throughout Conecuh County did extensive damage to several roads. This bridge on County Road 30 going to Fairnelson washed out so badly that residents had to travel the Seven Bridges Road to get to Evergreen. County workers were trying to have the bridge repaired and open for traffic again by Thursday afternoon.
Carolyn Pritchett exhibited the Grand Champion Heifer at the 2001 4-H and FFA Calf Show held Saturday.
Ashton Garner exhibited the Reserve Champion Steer at the 2001 4-H and FFA Calf Show held Saturday. She was also the recipient of the Henry Witherington Memorial Award, which is given each year to the person showing the reserve champion.
30 YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 1986
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain between March 2 and March 8, 1986. He reported a high of 73 degrees on March 8 and a low of 23 on March 2.
Marine Cpl. Robert H. (Bobby) Mason, son of Robert and Hazel Mason of Evergreen, recently participated in an exercise as a member of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. A 1981 graduate of Sparta Academy, he joined the Marine Corps in March 1983.
Edward Locke, 42, was convicted of capital murder in a trial held in Monroeville on a change of venue from Conecuh County. The trial was held Monday and when the jury told Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key that they were locked 11-1 for acquittal he instructed them to continue deliberations because the verdict was not unanimous. After being sequestered overnight in a Monroeville motel, the jury returned a verdict of guilty of capital murder.
Locke was charged in March 1985 in connection with the deaths of Pearlie Jackson, 82, and her 64-year-old invalid son, Johnnie. Their bodies were found inside the charred remains of their small house on Cemetery Avenue in Evergreen. Authorities said they died of smoke inhalation.
Locke was charged with stealing more than $100 from Mrs. Jackson’s house, and she was to have been the state’s key witness against him at his trial which was scheduled for the Spring Term of Circuit Court of Conecuh County at the time of the fire.
45 YEARS AGO
MARCH 11, 1971
Harris Johnston Williamson, 55, died Mon., March 8, in a Birmingham hospital after a long illness. He was assistant postmaster of the Evergreen Post Office and a veteran postal employee.
Mr. Williamson began his career in the postal service on Aug. 1, 1938… (and) he was named assistant postmaster in June 1957.
A lifelong resident, Mr. Williamson’s entire career was with the Evergreen Post Office. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Spring Term of Circuit Court, Conecuh County, will begin Monday morning at nine o’clock at the Conecuh County Courthouse here. Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key will empanel the Grand Jury as the first order of business.
District Attorney Ted Pearson of Monroeville and County Solicitor Henry J. Kinzer of Evergreen will assist the jurors in their deliberations.
Trial of cases on the Civil Bar Docket will also begin Monday with cases set each day through Friday. There were 26 cases on the docket, according to Circuit Clerk Leon A. Salter.
Ralph Byron Barlow, 56, died March 2 as the result of an accident at a Pensacola motel where he was working as caretaker. He was buried March 8 with military honors at Fort Barrancas.
BM-3 Don Hansen is on leave from his ship, John F. Kennedy, and is spending the 10 days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Hansen.
60 YEARS AGO
MARCH 8, 1956
Repton-Burnt Corn Road Soon To Be A Reality: Conecuh County will shortly begin work on the Repton to Burnt Corn road, John Tranum, Chairman of the Conecuh County Board of Directors, said today.
Negotiations between the State of Alabama Highway Department and the Board of Directors have been in progress for about 12 months, and word was received early Monday morning flashing a green light on the project.
The road will be built through Bermuda, connecting both Repton and Burnt Corn with that community, as well as providing a closer route from Burnt Corn to Evergreen. Much of the new road will be along the route of the old Federal Stage Road.
One man was killed instantly, and an English war bride fatally injured in a head-on collision on state highway 114, five miles west of McKenzie, Monday.
Clarence Horn of Garland was killed instantly in the crash, and Mrs. A.T. Reid Jr. died of injuries Tuesday. A.T. Reid Jr., K.W. Calloway and Miss Johnnie Middleton, all of Garland, were injured.
Shown above is Miss Jo Ann Salter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Salter of Castleberry, with her Hereford calf, which she plans to enter in the Conecuh County Fat Calf Show, to be held in Evergreen on April 19. Jo Ann is a member of the Castleberry High senior club.
LOREE NEWS: Melvin Johnson and children, Douglas, Charles and Edna Louise, visited in Brewton Sunday.
75 YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 1941
Tornado Damages Homes Near Brooklyn Friday: A tornado dipped into an area near Brooklyn last Friday night and inflicted damage to two residences. It is reported that no one was injured.
The homes said to have been damaged were those of Mr. D. Cary and his son. Mr. Cary’s house was lifted from its foundation and the one under construction by his son was damaged to some extent.
Lewis Crook, 58, native of Evergreen and one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Evergreen, passed away here Tuesday morning following a brief illness.
Mr. Crook played an active part in the organization of the First National Bank in the year 1905, at which time he was chosen cashier. He served in that capacity until the year 1915 when he was made president. In 1920, he severed connection with the bank to enter the lumber business with Mr. L.D. King and remained in that field until his death.
Mrs. George T. Jackson, wife of a conservation employee connected with the local C.C.C. camp, was fatally injured early Sunday morning, five miles south of Castleberry, in Escambia County, when struck by an automobile said to have been driven by James Stallworth, Evergreen businessman.
According to information received from a member of the Highway Patrol, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were standing near the scene of an accident which had occurred just a few minutes before in which Mr. C.A. McGowin, Evergreen automobile dealer, and a party from Castleberry were involved. According to reports, this accident took place at the foot of a hill, and very soon after the Jackson car stopped, the car driven by Mr. Stallworth came over the crest of the hill. The exact manner in which the unfortunate accident happened could not be learned, but it is said that Mr. Stallworth evidently was unable to stop his car in time to miss the wreckage. Witnesses, according to information obtainable, were unable to say whether the Stallworth car hit Mrs. Jackson first or whether it hit the wreckage and then hit Mrs. Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson was placed in a car and rushed to the Memorial Hospital in Brewton where she died about 6 a.m. Monday. The body was sent to her home in Travis City, Mich. for burial.