APRIL 8, 1965
Committees named for ’65 Fat Calf Show: It now appears that the 20th annual Conecuh County Fat Calf Show will continue in the tradition of the 19 that have preceded it… it will be better than ever.
The show will be held Mon., April 19, in the show arena at Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard on North Main Street.
Elbert Williams, assistant county agent and show chairman, this week named members of the various committees and officials for the show.
Ralph Holland Crysell, age 43, died unexpectedly Friday in a local hospital. The Circuit Clerk and Register of Conecuh County became ill while at his office shortly before noon. A doctor was summoned and treatment given and County Solicitor Henry J. Kinzer was driving Mr. Crysell home when he suffered an attack, apparently a stroke.
The death of this able and popular county official was a great shock to his family and host of friends. In 1958, he ran for the office of Circuit Clerk and Register in his first political bid and was elected. He was elected without opposition to a second term last year.
Miss Sue Griffin is the new Key Club Sweetheart of Division 7. She succeeds Sally Oswald who has reigned as Sweetheart since last Spring.
Sammy Simpson of Evergreen won first place in the spelling bee at Evergreen High School. Shirley Cobb finished second and Johnny Crook third. Sammy will represent EHS in the state spelling bee in Birmingham in May, sponsored by The Birmingham Post-Herald.
66 YEARS AGO
APRIL 13, 1950
Bill Hardy And Wife Die Mysteriously: Bill Hardy, a well-known local man, and his wife, were found dead in bed at their home about 12 o’clock Sunday night, having apparently been dead for several hours. The discovery was made and reported by Thaddeus Hardy, their son.
Sheriff W.D. Lewis immediately began an investigation because of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the two. This investigation is still going on, Sheriff Lewis told The Courant. Final outcome hinges largely upon an autopsy which was performed and report of this autopsy is expected within the next few days from Dr. Grubbs, State Toxicologist.
In the meantime, Thaddeus Hardy has been placed in jail on open charge and is being held pending the outcome of the investigation.
E.H. Penny Is New Principal At Repton: It was announced this week by H.G. Pate, Supt. of Education, that E.H. Penny, present coach at the Atmore High School, has been selected as principal of the Repton High School, effective July 1, 1950. His selection was approved at a meeting of the County Board of Education held Fri., April 7.
Mr. Penny succeeds H.D. Weathers as principal at Repton. Mr. Weathers is retiring from school work after more than 40 years of service in the schools of Alabama.
Mr. Penny was formerly coach of the Monroeville High School and has been coaching the Atmore athletic teams for the past two years.
81 YEARS AGO
APRIL 11, 1935
SURVEY BEING MADE FOR OVERHEAD R.R. CROSSING: Engineers from the State Highway Department are now engaged in making a survey preparatory to the construction of an overhead crossing over the railroad at Owassa. The work has been in progress for the past week.
The construction of this crossing will begin just as soon as funds are available from the Federal government, a large amount of the $4,800,000,000 works measure recently enacted by Congress having been set aside for this purpose.
Mrs. W.J. Donovan and Mrs. J.E. Jones attended the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs in Selma last week.
Misses Mildred Wild, Bess Yarbrough, Alice Croom, Nell Glenn and Ruth Moorer of Alabama College, Montevallo, are spending the Spring holidays at home.
Miss Mary Louis Mixon left last week for Nashville, Tenn., where she will enroll for training at the Davidson County Hospital.
Evergreen Theatre – “The Home Of Good Pictures” – Wallace Beery in Darryl F. Zanuck’s Production, “The MIGHTY BARNUM,” 20th Century Pictures, Silly Symphony And News, Sunday, Monday, April 14-15.
Miss Harper Gantt, a member of the senior class at Huntingdon College, left Tuesday for La Grange, Ga., to act as a judge in a high school dramatic tournament at La Grange College.
96 YEARS AGO
APRIL 14, 1920
Store Burned at Burnt Corn: The store building and stock of Messrs. Mosley and Lowrey was destroyed by fire at Burnt Corn on Tuesday night, April 6, involving a loss of possibly $10,000.
The fire was discovered at a late hour when the flames were too far advanced to save any of the goods. Its origin is unknown, but was probably accidental.
The mercantile business was recently purchased by Messrs. R.L. Mosley and J.F.B. Lowrey from Mr. J.K. Kyser, and these young men were in a fair way to achieve a degree of success similar in proportion to that of their veteran predecessor.
The Lee-Cooke Stock Co. is giving a week engagement under canvass on the vacant lot corner of Park Street and Cemetery Avenue, and are delighting Evergreen audiences with a splendid repertoire.
Circuit Court began on Monday afternoon for a two-week term. Judge Leigh organized the grand jury with T.M. Mills as foreman.
Dr. W.F. Betts left on Sunday for New Orleans to attend the session of the American Medical Association.
The early closing in Evergreen may not mean more and better gardens, but will most likely result in the burning of more and higher price of gasoline.
Hon. L.H. Brassell will speak at Castleberry on Thursday night, 29th, at 7:30, and Brooklyn on Friday at 11 a.m. in the interest of his candidacy for Congress.
111 YEARS AGO
APRIL 12, 1905
Mrs. A.L. Rumph of Perote is spending some time here visiting her sisters, Mrs. J.B. Murphy and Mrs. J.G. Lundy. Mrs. Rumph is director of Children of the Confederacy, Alabama Division, U.C.V.
Mrs. Levi Garner, an aged lady of Sepulga, died on Saturday night from the effects of a snake bite inflicted a week before. She got up during the night and stepped on the reptile, a rattlesnake, on the floor which bit her foot twice. She became speechless in a few seconds and suffered great agony until death. She was 75 years old.
We learn that considerable hail fell in eastern and northern portions of this county on Sunday afternoon.
Luther Jackson is having a residence erected on Bruner Avenue, which will be an ornament to that portion of town.
Repton will shortly have another brick building. Carter Bros. are erecting a nice brick store.
Dr. H.B. Williamson has removed his office to the apartments he formerly occupied over the bank.
The spring term of Circuit Court convened at one o’clock on Monday afternoon, Judge J.C. Richardson presiding, and his son, T.M. Richardson, representing the State in place of Solicitor Bricken, who is ill. The grand jury was organized with C.K. Lee of Castleberry, foreman. D.W. Howell is bailiff for the grand jury.