|Dr. Jno. W. Abercrombie|
43 YEARS AGO
MAY 17, 1973
This Duroc was grand champion of the 10th annual Conecuh County FFA and 4-H Boys Barrow Show held Monday at Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard. The champion was owned by Scott Matthews of the Evergreen FFA who could not show the barrow because of a broken leg. Danny Harper accepts the award for Scott from Marin Johnston, president of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club, show sponsors. Moor-man Feed Co. bought the champ for 60.5 cents per pound.
Sheriff warns of cattle rustlers: Sheriff James (Shorty) Brock today warned county cattle owners to be on the alert for rustlers. He said that several head of cattle have been stolen in the county recently.
Leon Ridgeway, 56, a native of Conecuh County, died on May 10 in a Fairhope hospital. He was a veteran of World War II and a Past Master of the Spanish Fort Masonic Lodge. Funeral services were held May 12 at the Fairhope Chapel of the Bayview Funeral Home and burial was in Repton Cemetery.
Another oil well is being drilled near Range. Amereda-Hess Oil Co. has a permit to drill to 12,500 feet in a test well on the Jackson land in Section 13, Township North, Range 8 East. Delta Drilling Co. is drilling the well.
Work began on the well on May 7 and as of Tuesday afternoon the drillers were below 6,250 feet, according to M.L. Bergman of Monroe Realty Co., Monroeville.
58 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1958
The schedule of graduation exercises for the Evergreen High School is announced today by Principal C.W. Claybrook.
Graduation exercises will be held Friday evening, May 23, at eight o’clock in Memorial Gymnasium.
William Guthrie Jones, age 72, longtime resident of this city and much beloved citizen, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, May 8, following a lingering illness of many months.
In 1915 he opened a barber shop in Evergreen and continued its operation for 43 years, having sold it only a few weeks before his death. He was a member of the Greening Masonic Lodge No. 53 and served as its secretary for about 12 years.
Interment was in Magnolia Cemetery.
William Harris Williamson, age 74, widely known and much esteemed citizen of Evergreen, passed away at the local hospital Monday morning, May 12, following an illness of several weeks.
He moved to Evergreen 24 years ago to accept a position with the Evergreen Motor Car Co., a position he held for 12 years. For the past 12 years, he served on the City police force until his retirement the first of October.
For the past 43 years, he had been a member of the Farrar Masonic Lodge No. 8 in Birmingham and was a 32nd degree Mason. Interment was in Magnolia Cemetery.
Joe B. Nix Jr., Evergreen attorney, is one of 10 candidates in the second primary seeking the five places left on the State Democratic Executive Committee from the Second District. Mr. Nix led the ticket in Conecuh County.
73 YEARS AGO
MAY 20, 1943
The big War Bond and Stamp celebration which was staged here last Saturday attracted one of the largest crowds that has been seen here in many a day. The event, which was sponsored by the ladies of the county, was not only an impressive one but successful as well. Full reports have not been received from all sections of the county, but it is known that more than $35,000 in bonds and stamps were sold. The county’s quota for this month is $28,200, thus this figure has already been far exceeded.
After graduating recently from the officer candidate school at Fort Sill, Okla., Winton D. McIntyre of Evergreen, Ala. was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He was assigned to Camp Gruber, Okla.
Covington Farmers Held As Saboteurs: Arrested on charges of sabotage, two Covington County farmers were in custody Tuesday pending arraignment before the U.S. commissioner in Montgomery, according to D.K. Brown, special agent in charge of the Birmingham Field Division, FBI.
Willard Powell and R.A. “Ab” Roberts were charged with the instigation of 14 forest fires on the property of the Jackson Lumber Co. at Lockhart, between February 1942 and February 1943.
The 14 fires did an estimated damage of $25,000, and by federal code, the firing of merchantable timber in wartime is sabotage.
88 YEARS AGO
MAY 17, 1928
BATTLE OF BURNT CORN MAY BE COMMEMORATED: Washington, May 12 – A proposal to authorize the erection of a monument to commemorate the battle of Burnt Corn, Ala., was made today in a bill introduced by Rep. McDuffie, Democrat.
The monument would be stationed near Burnt Corn, Ala., on the site of the first battle of the Creek War in July 1813 between pioneer settlers of Alabama and Creek Indians.
The graduation exercises (at the State Secondary Agricultural School) will be on Friday night, May 25, and the address will be delivered by Dr. Jno. W. Abercrombie, assistant state superintendent, formerly state superintendent.
On Monday morning, May 21, at 10 o’clock the closing exercises of the City School will be held.
All of these programs will be given in the City School auditorium and the public is cordially invited to attend.
J.W. Camp, well known farmer and sign painter living in the West Side community near here, was seriously injured early Friday morning when the Ford car in which he was riding was struck by a southbound freight at the crossing near the Evergreen gin and demolished. Mr. Camp was on his way to Evergreen at the time and evidently did not see the train at all. The car was caught up by the train engine and carried about 200 yards before getting loose, and rolling into a ravine. A negro man named George Robinson was riding in the car with Mr. Camp when the accident occurred and received several severe bruises but no broken bones.
Rabid Dog Attacks West Side Citizens: A half grown collie dog, which later proved to be rabid, attacked and bit W.T. Chapman and Dewey Parmer of the West Side community Saturday morning. Mr. Chapman was bitten in the leg and Mr. Parmer in the hand. They succeeded in capturing it and carried it to Montgomery alive Saturday afternoon, where examination was made which revealed that it was suffering from rabies. A dog belonging to Mr. J.F. Salter was also bitten.
Messrs. Chapman and Parmer and Miss Julia Salter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Salter, are now taking treatment. Miss Salter was not bitten, but it developed that she had handled the dog at his father’s which was attacked and it was found that she had some broken places in the skin on her hands.
103 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1913
Up to Friday of last week, 150 carloads of strawberries had been shipped from Castleberry.
A musical treat is in store for those who attend the Orpheus club entertainment this evening.
W.K. Horton gets from 16 to 18 gallons of milk per day from five cows. It pays to keep only the best grade of stock.
Doctor Rubach satisfies his epicurean taste occasionally by going out and bagging ‘a mess’ of frogs. No, the writer didn’t accept the genial doctor’s invitation to join him at supper, as we draw the line at frogs. Ugh!
Now is the time to invest in Conecuh County lands. It is rapidly increasing in value.