JUNE 18, 1981
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.12 inches of rain on June 11 and .56 inches on June 12. He reported a high of 94 degrees on June 411 and lows of 70 degrees on June 11, 12, 13 and 14.
This is the new Evergreen Church of Christ, which is under construction on the Middle Road. The congregation hopes to have its first service in the new building July 12.
The Evergreen City Council met Tuesday night at City Hall with Mayor Pro-tem Aubrey D. Padgett presiding in the absence of Mayor Lee F. Smith. The council voted to discontinue the demand charge on the auditorium portion of the L&N Depot, which is owned by the Murder Creek Historical Society, according to City Clerk Miller Sellers.
The Council adopted a resolution to establish a personnel system for the City of Evergreen.
Chief Ed Bundy of the Evergreen Police Department stands beside one of the signs marking a handicapped parking space. These signs have been placed in the downtown area and at the Public Library and City Hall. Only vehicles operated by handicapped persons will be allowed to use these spaces. Vehicles must have markings, placards, decals or license plates that are issued to such handicapped persons by the State. An ordinance adopted by the City Council can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Courant.
50 YEARS AGO
JUNE 16, 1966
The first cotton bloom of the 1966 crop was brought to The Courant this week by Leslie Crosby, who has had this honor and also that of the first bale to the gin on a number of occasions in the past.
Crosby is a well-known farmer of Rt. E, Evergreen, and has enjoyed good success over the years with cotton and other crops as well as livestock.
Final rites held for local merchant Elbert Northcutt: Elbert Calloway Northcutt, 73, died in a Mobile hospital Thursday morning, June 9. He was a leading merchant of this city who had been active in the clothing business here for over 54 years.
Mr. Northcutt was born in Monroe County, the son of the late Sarah Tom Morris Northcutt and James Nelson Northcutt. He moved with his family as a young boy to Conecuh County, residing here until his death. He was married to the former Ella Henderson on Dec. 25, 1915, they having celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary this past Christmas, and she survives him.
Mr. Northcutt began working as a clerk with F.L. Riley Department Store as a young man of 19. After several years association with this firm, he joined the staff of I. Long & Sons Dept. Store and worked with them until he opened his own business, Northcutt’s, also known as the New York Cash Store, in 1935. Although his business was twice destroyed by fire, Mr. Northcutt through good management and personal knowledge of the people of the area, built up over the years one of the leading men’s and boys’ stores in this area.
We Buy Old Coins of All Kinds – Western Auto Store – Pete Wolff.
65 YEARS AGO
JUNE 21, 1951
Local Masonic Lodge Elects New Officers: At a recent meeting of Greening Lodge No. 53, A.F.A.M., new officers for the ensuing year were elected. They are: Alfred Long, worshipful master; Lloyd G. Hart, senior warden; A.B. Hansen, junior warden; F.L. Cardwell, treasurer; Robert Glass, secretary; Robert Quarles, senior deacon; Clarence Carrier, junior deacon; Ed Carrier, tyler; E.A. Brown, marshall; Sam Granade, chaplain; Loftin Shell and Frank Britt, stewards.
Downing Lodge 580, A.F. and A.M., of Castleberry held their annual meeting Friday night at the Masonic Hall with Benjamin Barlow presiding. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: William Stanley Howell, worshipful master; William James Ellis, senior warden; Alton W. Thompson, junior warden; C.N. Jackson, treasurer; C.U. LeCroy, secretary; S.A. McGraw, senior deacon; C.W. Albreast, junior deacon; and C.A. Poole, tyler.
Edward Evers and James Hassell represented Evergreen High School at Boys State at the University of Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauris Jones arrived here Sunday from Cambridge, Mass., where he attended Harvard University receiving his Masters Degree in Public Health Engineering. They will spend this week with his mother, Mrs. Ralph McCreary.
80 YEARS AGO
JUNE 18, 1936
The house known as the Wilson “old place,” on West Front Street is being renovated by the Rutland Hardware Co. and when the work is finished shortly will be used by the firm as a funeral home.
The Rutland funeral home, when completed, will be the only exclusive funeral home in Conecuh County.
An automobile accident late Sunday night near the Conecuh-Butler county line claimed the life of Solomon Kendrick, 22-year-old son of David Kendrick, well known resident of Beat One.
The youth, who was known to his friends as “Tops,” was almost instantly killed when an automobile he was driving overturned just across the line in Butler County.
Deep sand ruts in the road are believed to have caused Kendrick to lose control of the car.
George W. Foshee, prominent farmer of the Cohassett community, died Sunday afternoon at his home near the eastern border of the county after an illness which began about two years ago. He was in his 64th year.
Mr. Foshee had spent his entire lifetime at Cohassett and passed away in the old family home there. While principally a farmer, he also was engaged in the ginning business at Red Level and had been in the sawmill business for many years.
He was a Baptist and a Mason and funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Long Branch Baptist Church where services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. R.D. Wright. At the grave, fraternal exercises were conducted by members of the Red Level Masonic lodge.
95 YEARS AGO
JUNE 15, 1921
The body of Rix Smith, who died of wounds in France about two years ago, reached here on Friday night last and on Saturday morning was conveyed to Old Town cemetery for interment. Rev. S.P. Lindsay officiated at the funeral and made a very appropriate talk. Quite a number of overseas soldiers were present at the interment.
J.I. McKinney, superintendent of the L&N Railroad, and connected with the road in one way or another for the past 50 years, will voluntarily retire on July 1. He deserves a well earned rest.
Masonic Officers Elected: The annual election of officers of the local Masonic lodge held on Thursday night last resulted in the selection of the following: L.J. Mixon, worshipful master; Geo. M. Jones, senior warden; J.R. Brooks, junior warden; M.S. Baldwin, treasurer; J. Lamar Kelly, secretary; R.H. Jones, senior deacon; R.E. Ivey, junior deacon; F.N. Hawkins, tyler; Jerry Murphy and R.J. McCreary, stewards; Dr. J.G. Dickinson, chaplain; and Sam Craig, marshal.
Dr. H.T. Fountain of Burnt Corn attended the dedication of the White House of the Confederacy and his name should have appeared among those representing Conecuh, but The Courant was not advised of the fact.
Irish Potato Season at Repton Closes: Repton, Ala., June 11 – Repton has about finished shipping Irish potatoes for the season, having shipped something like 30 cars from Repton and vicinity. Each car contained about 500 bushels. The price received was about $1 per bushel on an average.
This is the first time Repton has planted Irish potatoes, but the experiment has clearly demonstrated the fact that Repton can compete with any place in the state growing Irish potatoes.