|Grave of Ireland native John J. Sheridan.|
52 YEARS AGO
JUNE 4, 1964
Frank T. Salter of Evergreen won nomination to the office of Judge of Probate of Conecuh County over veteran Judge Lloyd G. Hart in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election. Nomination is tantamount to election in Conecuh.
Salter rolled past Hart by a complete, but unofficial, count of 1,935 to 1,591. His margin of 344 votes came as a surprise to many political observers, although his victory has been predicted freely in the closing days of the runoff campaign.
Salter, brother of State Rep. Wiley Salter, carried 27 of the county’s 38 boxes.
The new judge-nominate is 38 years old and a native of Conecuh County. He graduated from the Lyeffion High School, earned his BS degree at Troy State College and his Masters at Auburn University.
Salter served overseas in World War II with the U.S. Army and was recalled to active duty and served overseas again during the Korean War.
Hart was elected judge of probate in 1946 and re-elected without opposition in 1952 and 1958.
Mr. Fitzhugh Ellington, minister of the Evergreen Church of Christ, this month begins the 13th year of his ministry here. During the 12 years of his service, the church has made much progress in every way. Payment for the sanctuary has been completed, additional lots purchased and an educational building constructed and paid for, as well as heating and air conditioning the church plant.
67 YEARS AGO
JUNE 2, 1949
Barzell Griffin Captured In Birmingham Sunday: Barzell Griffin, 24-year-old who escaped from the county jail in Evergreen last Tuesday, May 24, was picked up by law enforcers in Birmingham Sunday on a tip from the sheriff’s office here, County Sheriff W.D. Lewis reports. The Jefferson County law enforcers picked up Griffin by watching his wife, who lives in Birmingham, after receiving the information from Sheriff Lewis.
Mr. Lewis also informs The Courant that Griffin is being held in Birmingham to face trial on a burglary indictment of several months ago. Griffin is also wanted in Selma and Pensacola, Fla.
Griffin, it will be remembered, was being held here for breaking into Brown Supply Co. and cracking their safe. He got away with $300 after smashing the safe with an axe. When Griffin broke out of the county jail here it marked the sixth time he had escaped from civil and army authorities since beginning his career of crime 13 years ago at the age of 11.
Bank of Evergreen Is Remodeling Building: Work is fast approaching completion on a vast remodeling project at the Bank of Evergreen. The building is being done over entirely on the inside. The working space is being shifted over from the west to the east side of the building, incidentally shifting the lobby, which has been decreased in size considerably to make room for an office in front. In addition to the old entrance, which will be retained as heretofore, another entrance has been made to enter the lobby from the hallway. New and modern fixtures are being installed, including individual tellers’ cages.
82 YEARS AGO
JUNE 7, 1934
Milledge Bonam Garvin, age 74, well known farmer and substantial citizen of this county, died at his home in the Horton community Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock. Mr. Garvin had been in failing health for a period of years but had only been confined to his bed for about two weeks.
Deceased was born in South Carolina but removed to this county when a boy and has lived in the community where he died, continuously since.
Voters of Conecuh County are standing by posed and ready to go to the polls next Tuesday to cast their ballots in the several runoff races for state and county offices. While it is hardly probable that the vote in this election will be as heavy as was cast on May 1, prospects are that there will only be a slightly fewer votes.
There are only three local contests to be decided in this runoff. For tax collector, J.R. Kelley, incumbent and John H. Tranum are pitted against each other. This race has been hard fought and the interest in it is high. For member of the Board of Revenue District One, A.O. Brantley, incumbent, A.E. Johnson, former member, are up for the final decision of the voters in that district. In District Two, E.B. Gafford, incumbent, and H.L. Kindig are fighting it out for member of the Board.
C.B. Wilson, Conecuh County manager for Bibb Graves, announces that Richard T. (Dick) Rives, prominent lawyer of the firm of Hill, Hill, Whiting, Thomas & Rives, Montgomery, will address the voters of Conecuh County at the courthouse Friday night at eight o’clock, speaking in the interest of the candidacy of Col. Bibb Graves for Governor.
97 YEARS AGO
JUNE 4, 1919
Commencement Agricultural School: Inclement weather has interfered materially with the commencement exercises of the agricultural school, but not withstanding this the people have braved the rain and slush to be present at each of the exercises.
There was a large congregation at the Baptist Church on Sunday morning to hear the commencement sermon by Dr. Preston of Andalusia and his able discourse was greatly enjoyed.
Tuesday night the graduating address and the awarding of diplomas to 14 girls and boys was the occasion of great interest. The address was delivered by Dr. E.C. Moore.
Capt. Raymond Brown stopped off Saturday for a few hours to renew of acquaintances. Capt. Brown was with Co. E, the old Fourth, which was encamped here for a few months in the spring 1917, shortly after the declaration of war by the United States against Germany. He was first lieutenant at that time but after being in France a short time he was promoted to the captaincy of his company.
John Lassiter reached home on Saturday last from overseas. He was wounded in one of the fierce engagements in France but is now in excellent shape.
F.F. Feagin of Flomaton has purchased the City Drug Store from Deming and Thigpen and will take charge of his new business today. Mr. Feagin is conducting a drug store at Flomaton.
112 YEARS AGO
JUNE 1, 1904
News comes from Repton that the store of W.S. Oliver was completely destroyed by fire on Monday night. The first was discovered about one o’clock, but it had made such headway that it was impossible to check it and the building with practically all its contents including the post office and fixtures, were soon a pile of ashes. It was with much difficulty that nearby buildings were prevented from burning. This is the fourth fire that has occurred in Repton within the past few weeks.
Gen. P.D. Bowles has returned from a visit to Tampa, Fla.
At the meeting of the school board in Montgomery last week, Prof. J.A. Liner was re-elected President of the Agricultural school, and Prof. W.W. Monroe and Misses Ethel King and Willie Cunningham members of the faculty. The other members of the faculty will be chosen and their names mentioned later.
Fugitive Captured After Eight Years: Jim Salter, after being a fugitive from justice for eight years, now occupies a cell in the county jail. He was captured by Sheriff Pridgen here one day last week. He shot George Murphy’s arm off in Evergreen about eight years ago, made his escape and has successfully evaded arrest until he stopped off here a few days ago and the sheriff picked him up. He is charged with assault with intent to murder.
J.J. Sheridan died at his home in this place at an early hour on Thursday morning, May 26, after a lingering illness. He had resided here for a number of years, being a trusted employee of the L&N Railroad and had many friends. The funeral took place on Friday morning from the family residence, being conducted by the Masonic fraternity, of which deceased with a member.