25 YEARS AGO
MAY 2, 1991
Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.60 inches of rain on April 22, .09 inches on April 24, .55 inches on April 25 and .15 inches on April 26. He reported a high of 84 on April 28 and a low of 51 on April 22.
Claude Nielsen is new CEO for Coke: Crawford T. Johnson III at the Annual Shareholders Meeting of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc. on April 23, 1991 announced his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of the company and the appointment of Claude B. Nielsen as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Claude B. Nielsen has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc. since Feb. 1, 1990. He assumes the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 1991.
Former resident to appear on ‘Wheel of Fortune’: A former Conecuh County resident is scheduled to appear on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” Tues., May 7, 1991.
Anthony Evans, son of Edgar and Adrain Evens of Freehold, N.J., is a senior at Freehold High School. He is the grandson of Lou Allen Evans and the late Ellie Evans of Rt. 1, Evergreen.
Lance Cpl. Craig Palmer and his wife, Joy, removed his yellow ribbon from the fence in downtown Evergreen last week. Joy had placed the yellow ribbon on the fence when Craig was sent to Saudi Arabia and was thankful that Craig was able to remove the ribbon himself last week.
40 YEARS AGO
MAY 6, 1976
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .4 inches of rain on April 30. He reported a high of 84 degrees on April 29 and a low of 39 on April 27.
Patsy Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Watson of Bermuda, was crowned Conecuh County’s Bicentennial Belle at the Festival at Middleton Field Airport, Saturday. Congressman Bill Dickinson did the honors and was surprised and pleased when the lovely Patsy thanked him with a kiss.
Mrs. Dianne Williams lacked only a few feet of getting her car clear of the railroad tracks before a train hit the rear of it last Thursday. She was crossing from East Front to West Front at the bridge crossing when the traffic light changed red. A pickup truck was stopped in front her. She blew her horn and finally drove into the truck, but still lacked those few inches. Fortunately, she was not injured.
Heavy vote Tuesday: There was an unusually heavy turnout of voters in Tuesday’s primary elections and they completed nominating Democratic candidates for county offices in all but one race. Approximately 5,050 voted Tuesday, compared to about 5,150 in 1974’s first primary when there were races for governor and sheriff which are usually more attractive to voters.
The only runoff is in District 2, Place 4, where veteran commissioner C.L. Smith lacked 92 votes of obtaining a majority in a three-man race. Smith led with 1,154 votes, Bert Gorum qualified for the runoff with 807 and E. Eugene Darby had 439.
55 YEARS AGO
MAY 4, 1961
Local CAP cadet wins top national award: Cadet 1st Lt. Marvin Padgett has been selected as the national recipient for the 1961 Frank G. Brewer – Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award. The selection was made by a special committee at the National CAP Headquarters, Ellington Air Force Base, Texas.
Lt. Padgett, a cadet in the Evergreen Composite Squadron of the CAP, is congratulated by Commander C.P. Strong.
A charter member of the Evergreen CAP cadets, Lt. Padgett joined in the summer of 1958 and has missed only three of the weekly meetings since then.
At Evergreen High School, where Lt. Padgett is a junior this year, he is a member of the Dramatics Club, Journalism Club, Beta Club and Echo staff. After finishing high school, he plans to enter the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Three teenage boys were arrested in Brewton Friday by Conecuh County Sheriff James Brock and FBI Agent Jules Hubbard after the three had wrecked a stolen car in Castleberry Wednesday.
The three 15-year-old boys confessed stealing the car. They were arrested in the home of one boy’s grandmother.
Brock said the car, a 1955 Chevrolet station wagon, was stolen Tuesday. The boys drove to Castleberry Tuesday night to see a relative and while driving around in the vicinity they wrecked it.
Brock said an all-out search was staged for the boys before the Friday arrest.
They were jailed in Evergreen, awaiting a federal agent from Mobile to pick them up.
70 YEARS AGO
MAY 2, 1946
Handy Ellis, candidate for Governor in the forthcoming primary election, spoke here last Friday night from the bandstand in the business section of town, using a public address system. He was heard by several hundred persons most of whom were sitting in automobiles around the business section.
Mr. Ellis was introduced by H.D. Weathers, his campaign manager for Conecuh County, who lauded his fine record in the legislature for the past quarter of a century.
The appearance of Mr. Ellis was the second of the gubernatorial candidates to speak in Evergreen. Big Jim Folsom appeared here several weeks ago.
James Nelson Golson Loses Life In Pacific: The following from a Mobile paper will be of interest here since Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Golson formerly lived in this county and have many relatives here among the Golson and Northcutt families:
Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Golson Sr. of Plateau had been advised today that their son, James Nelson Golson, 32, drowned when he fell overboard from a ship in Kwalalein Harbor, Marshall Islands, April 22.
Waterman Steamship Corp. officials here were advised the accidental drowning of Golson, who was third assistant engineer on the WV Wall Knot, occurred as the seaman moved to shore on a smaller vessel.
The body was not recovered, according to a radio message received from the master of the Wall Knot.
85 YEARS AGO
MAY 7, 1931
Chevrolet President Visits Here Monday: Mr. W.K. Knudsen, president of the Chevrolet Motor Co. and vice-president of General Motors Corp., accompanied by Mr. D.E. Ralston, General Sales Manager of the Chevrolet Co., was in Evergreen Monday morning for a short while paying a visit to the local Chevrolet agency. These gentlemen are making a cross section trip through this entire zone visiting dealers at all points touched. The local dealer, Mr. C.W. Wilson, feels justly proud that his place was included in their itinerary.
Farmer Killed By Lightning Strike: George Stallworth, farmer living four miles north of Belleville, was killed by lightning late Monday afternoon, according to reports reaching here Wednesday.
It is said that Stallworth was at his home alone at the time the incident occurred, his family being engaged in the berry fields near Castleberry. His body was found by neighbors sometime Tuesday, lying in a path between his house and his pasture. It is thought that he had gone to the pasture to turn out his cows and was stricken while on the way.
J.D. Skinner and several others from Belleville held an inquest over the body soon after its discovery and returned a coroner’s verdict that he came to his death as a result of lightning.
According to reports, the clothing was practically torn from his body.
Paving of the Castleberry-Brewton highway is now about half complete.