The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 110 years ago during the month of April 1906. Those issues, which were dated April 6, April 12, April 19 and April 26, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.
APRIL 6, 1906
Dr. G.H. Harper of Manistee was here Wednesday to attend the meeting of the County Medical Society.
The spring term of Circuit Court convened Monday, Judge J.T. Lackland presiding and Solicitor Gray representing the state. The civil docket is not unusually heavy and the attendance small.
Rev. B.H. Crumpton filled his regular appointment at Excel Baptist church last Sunday.
Mr. A.L. Harrison, the clever depot agent at Sniders, favored us with a call the first of the week.
PINEVILLE: A miniature cyclone passed near the outskirts of our village last Tuesday evening about nine o’clock. Several persons saw it, a cloud of bright light went before it, supposed to have been caused by electricity, showing the falling trees as it made a noise like the roar of thunder.
ACTIVITY: Miss Maude Andrews is teaching a nice school near Skinnerton.
Dr. D.C. Burson, an old Monroe County boy and editor of The Atmore Spectrum, has yielded to the call to public duty and announces his candidacy for representative in the legislature for Escambia County.
SKINNERTON: Rev. T.J. Hartzog filled his regular appointment Sunday.
Mr. G.A. Tuthill was up from Claiborne Saturday. He reported a big river and the water still rising. The steamer Hard Cash was forced to tie up at Claiborne wharf for a day or two for want of fuel, all the wood on yards between that point and Mobile having been swept away.
APRIL 12, 1906
Lieutenant Governor Russell M. Cunningham, candidate for governor of Alabama, addressed a large assemblage of Monroe citizens in the courthouse at 1:30 o’clock on Wednesday, many coming from various portions of the county especially to hear him.
Notice of Town Election: Notice is hereby given that an election will be held on Monday, the 7th day of May, 1906, for the election of a Mayor and five Councilmen for the Town of Monroeville, Ala., for the ensuing year. – J.W. Fore, Mayor.
BUENA VISTA: Dr. Leslie Robbins was over from Beatrice Monday doing dental work.
JONES MILL: Plowing and planting is in full blast in this vicinity.
PINE APPLE R.F.D.: Mr. O.D. Chappelle, the mail carrier, was quite sick Thursday and Friday.
WILKINSONVILLE: Mr. Bernard Myrick was thrown by his horse last Sunday but wasn’t seriously hurt.
WESLEY CHAPEL: Miss Willie Watson’s school closed a few weeks ago. We were all pleased with her and hope to have her services again.
PINEVILLE: Miss Genie Burns is at home, her school at Shiboleth closed the 29th of March.
APRIL 19, 1906
Stanley E. Ferrell has been appointed postmaster at Mt. Pleasant.
Attention Veterans! The members of George W. Foster Camp, United Confederate Veterans, are requested to meet in the courthouse, Monroeville, at three o’clock p.m. on Sat., April 21. Business of importance: Election of delegates to annual Reunion at New Orleans, April 25-27. T.J. EMMONS, Commander; THOS. S. WIGGINS, Adjutant.
XBEC: Mrs. Mary Smith has gone to Mobile to see a doctor. She swallowed a dress pin a few days ago.
Criminal Cases Convicted: The spring term of Monroe Circuit Court adjourned on Friday of last week, the criminal docket having been practically cleared, with the exception of a few misdemeanor cases. The following cases were tried and convicted:
Lewis Brown, murder, penitentiary for life;
John Sanders, manslaughter second degree, fine $400;
Nick Stallworth, manslaughter second degree, fine $200;
Lillie Ann Page, disturbing religious worship, fine $25;
Lillie Ann Page, assault with weapon, $20.
McWILLIAMS: Our school, with Mr. J.W. Riley principal and Gladys McClelland assistant, closed March the 26.
The merchants of Monroeville have entered into mutual agreement for early closing of their places of business during the summer months. Beginning on May 1 and continuing until Sept. 1, all stores will be closed at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays excepted.
APRIL 26, 1906
Mr. J.O. Archer is taking in the Confederate reunion at New Orleans.
Mr. J.L. Marshall left for New Orleans Tuesday to attend the reunion of Confederate Veterans.
Messrs. R.C. Pittman of Mexia and W.W. Davis of Manistee passed through town Tuesday on their way to the reunion of Confederate Veterans at New Orleans.
PROVO: We are all glad to know that Mr. Dan Fore, who got lost in the woods while looking for cattle, has safely returned to his home; his disappearance created quite a sensation, for three days the woods were scouted to no avail, but at last the prodigal returned.
AXLE: Rev. A.J. Lambert will preach at Zion church fifth Sunday at 11 o’clock a.m.
PINEAPPLE R.F.D. NO. 1: I read in last week’s Journal that Lucher Ingram had disappeared from his home. He has since returned, and it is said that his mind was affected.
BUENA VISTA: The first Thursday in May brings around our Annual Memorial. Our graveyard is nicely cleaned and every year head and footboards, or tombstones are erected.