The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 100 years ago during the month of May 1916. Those issues, which were dated May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25, 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.
MAY 4, 1916
All Confederate veterans are requested to meet in Monroeville on Mon., May 15. The annual reunion of the Alabama Division will be held in Birmingham May 16 to 18. Fare from round trip from Monroe via Flomaton will be $5.40.
Memorial Exercises: The Monroeville Chapter U.D.C. will observe Memorial Day with a short program at the Baptist cemetery at 2:30 o’clock on the afternoon of May 10, 1916. All Confederate veterans in Monroe County are invited to be present and will be entertained by the men of Monroeville. All veterans who expect to attend the exercises will please notify Dr. G.C. Watson by the 6th of May.
PLAY BALL – We have just received full line of Reach Base Ball Goods, Guides, Etc. – Before organizing your Team come in and look over our line. Remember that REACH Base Balls are the Standard of the entire World without any equal anywhere. If you want the very best practical Base Ball Goods made, ask for those marked R-E-A-C-H. Barlow Hardware Company, Repton, Ala.
Mr. C.H. Mann of Pensacola, district passenger agent of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, was a business visitor to the city Tuesday.
NOTICE OF ELECTION: Notice is hereby given that there will be a general primary election held in and for Monroe County, in said state, on Tues., May 9, 1916 for the purpose of nominating candidates for President of the United States, state and county officers. L.M. Sawyer, Sherifff.
MAY 11, 1916
Memorial Exercises: Memorial Day was celebrated with appropriate exercises at Monroeville on Wed., May 10, under the auspices of the local chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The exercises were held at the Baptist church cemetery and all graves of Confederate soldiers that could be identified in both cemeteries were decorated with flowers.
The program consisted of songs and addresses appropriate to the occasion. The invocation was offered by Rev. A.J. Kempton, and the address of welcome to the Veterans present was delivered by Hon. John McDuffie. The memorial address was delivered by Rev. A.C. Williams and an able address on the life and character of Stonewall Jackson delivered by Prof. A.G. Harris.
A splendid dinner was served at the Crook Hotel, covers being laid for 17 veterans. The following were present: Luke Brown, J.H. Simpson, S.R. Kelly, W.B. Jones, G.W. Salter Sr., Tom Lewis, J.L. Marshall, J.T. Snow, J.H. Tucker, W.L. Rikard, J.W. Morris, J.H. Rachels, D.J. Hatter, T.A. Nettles, N.C. Thames, L.R. Riley, A. Holloman.
Dr. E.L. Kelly of Repton accompanied his father Mr. S.R. Kelly to Monroeville Wednesday on the occasion of the Memorial exercises.
The pupils of the High School and Grammar School music classes will give their annual recital in the High School auditorium Friday afternoon, May 12, at four o’clock. The public is cordially invited to be present.
MAY 18, 1916
The saw mill belonging to Mr. Thos. T. Ivey of Beatrice was destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon of last week, together with two tenant houses situated nearby.
THE MONROE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Annual Commencement Program: May 21, 11 o’clock, Sermon in Auditorium – Rev. C.A. Williams; May 22, 8:30 p.m., Annual Concert – Department of Music; May 23, 8:30 p.m., Annual Declamation Contest; May 24, 3 p.m., Presentation of Diplomas to County Seventh Grade Pupils – Prof. J.B. Hobdy; May 24, 8:30 p.m., Graduation Exercises, Address by Dr. J.S. Thomas.
An admission fee of 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children will be charged for the concert on Monday evening, the proceeds to be used for the school piano.
Successful Memorial Service: We the U.D.C.’s of the Monroeville Chapter wish to express through The Journal our deepest thanks to those gentlemen who helped to make our annual memorial service a success. Especial thanks are due Mr. John McDuffie, Prof. Harris, Rev. C.A. Williams and Mr. Kempton who conducted the service. We thank Mrs. Williams for her aid in singing. Monroeville should be proud of her home talent.
The patriotic addresses were fervent and inspiring, while the historical sketch by Prof. Harris was a model of style and diction.
We also thank the gentlemen of the committee on entertainment and all who contributed anything towards making the day a happy one for those who wore the gray.
MAY 25, 1916
Mr. T.G. Fountain, renewing his subscription, writes from Reagan, Texas under date of May 22: The Journal has been coming to me for several years. I take several papers, none however, so much appreciated as The Journal, owing to the fact that I have many relatives and friends in Old Monroe. I enlisted in the Confederate war and served to the close in the cavalry service, was never wounded, sick or in prison. Several of my comrades were from Monroeville – A.B. McCorvey, T.J. Stevens, T.S. Wiggins, the Spottswood boys and others. Very few are left to answer roll call now. With kindest regards and best wishes I am very truly and sincerely yours,
HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT: Commencement at the Monroe County High School has been the occasion of foremost interest in Monroeville this week and largely to other communities represented in the student body.
The session just closed was one of the most successful in the history of the school, the enrollment having reached 121.
The commencement sermon delivered by Rev. C.A. Williams of the local Methodist church, was an able effort inspiring nobler ambitions in the pursuit and application of True Knowledge.
The educational address by Dr. Jas. S. Thomas of the University on Wednesday evening was a most forceful and convincing presentation of facts and figures relating to the deficiencies as well as to the achievements of our educational system.
The following pupils having passed approved examinations on the prescribed high school course were given diplomas: Lula Agee, Emma McWilliams, Gilmore Massey, Harry Lazenby, Walter Hines, Clyde Posey, Nick Sawyer, Arthreene Carter, Willie Mae Vann, Lamar Griffin, Willie Johnson and Erastus Talbert.