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The grave of Daniel Kimball McMurphy.
JULY 23, 1992

Hope Alexis Daniels, 11, of Monroeville has been invited by the Country Music Association of Alabama to vie for the title of 1993 Top Female Vocalist of the Year in Alabama.
Miss Daniels is the daughter of Joe and Margie Daniels and has been singing since she was seven. Her most recent performance was at the Hank Williams Memorial Concert in Georgiana in June.

After posting a 15-12 victory Friday, Monroeville suffered two straight losses in the Babe Ruth Baseball State Tournament for 13-year-olds in Bay Minette.
Monroeville, which swept through the district tournament in Evergreen undefeated a few weeks ago, beat Grand Bay, 15-12, Friday to open the six-team tournament.
Tallassee upended the District 1 champion, 6-4, Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. Monroeville bowed out of the tournament Sunday with a 5-3 loss to Andalusia.
(Players on Monroeville’s team that year included Bucky Busby, Josh Kendrick, Clinton Kidd, Kevin Luker, Beau Pipkins, Alan Pulfrey, Deric Scott and Eric Scott. Jim Pulfrey was the team’s manager.)

Construction of a building for Frisco City’s newest industry, Medline Industries Inc., has been temporarily delayed.
Bids were opened July 10 from three general contractors vying to build the 39,080-foot pre-engineered building, but all seemed “excessive in relation to the budget for the building,” according to Frisco City Mayor Billy McCrory.

JULY 2, 1981

Plaque for former superintendent: At Friday’s Monroe County Board of Education meeting, board president Edgar Melton presented a plaque and a resolution to former schools superintendent James R. Allen, who became president of Patrick Henry State Junior College April 1 after serving as superintendent since Nov. 15, 1972. The resolution cited Allen for initiating “innovative and progressive programs while supporting established and proved programs to improve the overall educational processes” and handling funds allocated to the board “wisely and with skill to benefit all facets of the educational areas of the county.”

The Dixie Youth Major League all-stars faced each other in a recent game with Reds’ and the Giants’ all-stars beating the all-star team of the Cubs and the Yankees. The Reds’ and the Giants’ team was composed of Walter Yohn, Jim Godwin, Troy Brown, Paul Luker, Justin Owens, Dallas Gamble, Jill Rowell, Mitch Dees, Sterling Kimbrel, Jason McKinley, Jeff Griffin, Cindy Rowell, coaches Tommy Stacey, Collins McKinley and Dou Dees. The Cubs’ and the Yankees’ all-stars were Pat Harden, Nicklaus Ackerman, Chip Bates, Alfred Carter, Mickel Brown, Robert Edwards, John Rice, Land Sikes, John Abernathy, Chris Casey, Monte Skinner, Brian Ekberg, coaches Bobby Edwards and John Rice.

Timmy Trawick of Goodway holds a five-foot, 10-1/2 inch rattlesnake he and a friend, Gary Shewbrey of Goodway, killed June 2 on Old Stage Road. They killed the snake with an eight-foot piece of plywood. The snake has 12 rattles and one button.

JULY 28, 1977

Ronnie Ray of Ray’s Ace Hardware in Frisco City is greeted by Lou Fant at the Ace Hardware convention held in Dallas, Texas, June 3-7. Ray placed orders in Dallas for fall and winter merchandise soon to be shipped to Frisco City.

In district finals: The Monroeville Little League All-Stars won the District 5, Area 1 title last Thursday night at Monroeville’s Bud Lathram Field. The team will travel to Andalusia tonight (Thursday) to meet Jackson for the district title and the right to play in the state tournament.
(Members of the team included Gathern McClain, Frank Brown, Anthony Morressette, Donald Kilpatrick, Ken Miller, Calvin Tucker, Kenneth Richardson, Ricky Wilson, Frank Jones, Michael Howard, Ray Laffitte, Ricky Smith, Jerome Ikner, Mike Strout and Edger Lee McCarthy. Billy Ghee was the team’s manager, and Ned Adams was assistant coach.)

An Evergreen man drowned Monday, after he and another man fell from a boat into the Alabama River north of Davis Ferry.
The body of Jerry Peacock, 18, was pulled from the river by Monroe County Rescue Squad members at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Monroeville Police Chief Charles Colbert said.
Fifteen squad members dragged the river from five small boats for nearly 17 hours before recovering the body.
Bobby Johnson, 18, Evergreen, was piloting a small motor boat near the east bank of the river when the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Monroe County Chief Deputy Sheriff Larry Ikner said.
Ikner said although Peacock reportedly did not know how to swim, neither man was wearing a life preserver.

JULY 13, 1972

New city voters list has 3,283 names, largest ever: The list of qualified voters for the City of Monroeville appears in this week’s issue of The Journal as the municipality prepares for the Aug. 8 general election.
This year’s list contains approximately 3,283 names, some 800 more than were listed four years ago prior to the last general municipal election.

First policewoman resigns city post: Mrs. Molly Adams has resigned her position as policewoman with the City of Monroeville effective Tues., July 11.
She has been a member of the police force since March 3, 1969, serving as a meter maid and relief radio operator. Her salary was paid jointly by the city and the Little River Community Action Corporation.

Riley Kelly receives poetry award: Riley Kelly of Excel was among the Alabama poets receiving honorable mention for their entries in the 13th annual convention contest at the 1972 annual convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Kentucky Southern College, last week.

The Monroe Dixie Youth All-Stars will be traveling to Sweet Water for the Sub-District playoffs in their baseball league. They will be taking on Grove Hill at 7:30 p.m., July 18.
(Members of the Monroe all-star team included Mitch Jones, Chris Hornady, Jim Carter, Chris Smith, Hudson Lazenby, Kevin Norris, Johnny Till, Hines Steele, Tommy Bowden, Whetzel Trussell, Frank Carter, Allen Jaye, O’Neal Jordan, Mike Stanton and W.T. Stanton. Coaches were David Middleton and Perry Nye.)

JULY 7, 1966

Old Courthouse Dilemma Remains: Tear down the old courthouse or not tear it down… that is the question which, even after a poll of the county commission, is still unanswered.
Built in 1903, the courthouse, according to a recent survey of an engineering firm, is still safe for use.
But the question is, should the old courthouse be allowed to remain in its present state of condition, detracting from the new courthouse which was completed in September 1963 at a cost of $600,000.
After all occupants of the old courthouse were moved into the new courthouse some 50 yards away, new occupants moved into the old courthouse.
A poll of the commissioners on whether the old courthouse should be torn down, left as is, or remodeled, showed a divided opinion of the members and still no definite plans on the old courthouse’s fate.
Two of the members (M.L. Pearce and David M. Nettles) said they thought the courthouse should be torn down “if,” one (Fonde Williams of Finchburg) was in favor of leaving the courthouse and remodeling it, another (Jerry Steele of Beatrice) said he would have to know more about the economical value either way while another board member was non-committal.

Sgt. Harry Ikner, who served with the First Brigade, 100th Airborne Division in Vietnam, recently returned to the states. His wife, Sue, his daughter, Kris, and son, Harry Jr., visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Ikner, for 15 days before reporting for duty at Fort Bragg, N.C.

JULY 18, 1963

Pool Under Construction: Construction on the new swimming pool at Vanity Fair Park in Monroeville has begun and members of the younger set are anxiously awaiting its completion. The pool will be 82-1/2 by 42 feet with an offset area for diving, measuring 28 by 40 feet. A children’s wading pool, 30 by 40 feet, will be constructed adjacent to the main swimming pool.

FBI Reports No Robbery Arrests: A check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mobile Wednesday afternoon revealed that no arrests have been made as yet in connection with the robbery of the Union Bank in Repton last week.
A lone bandit entered the bank at noon Tuesday of last week and forced Carl Ryals, cashier, to fill his brief case from the cash drawers and safe. He then locked Mr. Ryals in the vault and fled. All personnel of the bank were at lunch except A.E. Kelly, who had stepped next door for a few minutes. The town was practically deserted during the noon hour and no one saw the bandit before or after the hold up.
FBI, state and local officials converged on the town immediately, but the bandit had evidently made good his escape.

The Interstate Commerce Commission has authorized the Louisville & Nashville Railroad to purchase the four and one-half mile Manistee & Repton Railroad.
The M&R runs between Monroeton Junction and Monroeville twice weekly.
The ICC at the same time dismissed the M&R’s application for permission to abandon the entire line.

JULY  26, 1962

IN MEXICO – Winston Sessions of Monroeville and Douglas Hitson of Andalusia are attending summer school at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. They are seniors at Livingston State College and are majoring in Spanish. Winston is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville.

A total of five new instructors for Monroe County schools was approved at a recent meeting of the Board of Education.
Miss Bobby Nell Northrop has been named to the elementary school faculty in Frisco City. A graduate of J.U. Blacksher School, Uriah, Miss Northrop was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at Auburn University, where she also served as head majorette.
Mrs. Marlene Brantley Grissette of Excel will replace Mrs. Wilbur Sessions of Monroeville on the elementary school faculty at Excel.
Gerald R. Irby, a native of Millry, has been named as coach and teacher at Excel. He replaces Charles Walston in the coaching position. Mr. Walston will remain on the Excel faculty as a science instructor. For the past five years, (Irby) has been assistant coach at Satsuma High School, Mobile County.
Benny G. Rhoades Jr., a Selma native, has been appointed coach and teacher at J.U. Blacksher School, Uriah. He was assistant coach for four years in Shelby County and for one year in Geneva County.
Mrs. Betty Watkins Irby has been engaged as elementary school teacher in Uriah.

JULY 11, 1957

Dr. Nicholas Begins Practice This Week: Dr. Francis Nicholas, 33, a Monroe County native, opened offices here in the Simmons Building for the practice of general medicine.
Born in Frisco City, Dr. Nicholas is the son of Mrs. Ernest E. Nicholas and the late Mr. Nicholas of Monroeville.
He was graduated from the Medical College of Alabama, Birmingham, in June 1956 and since that time has completed his internship at Lloyd Noland Hospital, Fairfield.
Dr. Nicholas was graduated from the University of Alabama in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He completed a year of graduate work in general science there in 1951-52.
Dr. Nicholas stated he plans to construct a clinic in the near future at a location on Claiborne Avenue, approximately 1-4 miles east of Monroeville Hospital.

Former Legislator Dies On Saturday At Home In Uriah: William Walter Garrett, 74, prominent Monroe County businessman, farmer and former state legislator, died at his home in Uriah Saturday night at 10:25.
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Uriah Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Brown officiating.
A native Monroe Countian, Mr. Garrett had lived in Uriah for the past 49 years. He served 16 years in the Alabama State Legislature, he was a member of the House of Representatives from 1939-43; a member of the Senate, 1943-47; and a member of the House from 1947-55.
He is a former Master of the Blacksher Masonic Lodge No. 593 at Uriah, of which he was a member at the time of his death.

JULY  5, 1951

Clubview Apartments Will Be Open For Occupancy On July 10: Opening of the new Clubview Apartments on Bigger Street on July 10 is expected to alleviate the tight housing situation in Monroeville, local housing representatives stated this week.
Construction of the 20-unit project began in June of last year and was completed several months ago. Occupancy of the apartments was delayed by the lack of sewage lines which according to local realty agents will be finished within the next few days.

Two Losses; One Win Is Week’s Record For Locals: With a loss of 2-0 in Tuesday night’s game here with Atmore, Monroeville racked up two defeats and one victory in the past week in league games.
Last Thursday night the local club bowed to the Thomasville nine, 7-4, but were victors over the Craig Field team Saturday night, 5-1, both games being played at the Park.
(Players on Monroeville’s team included Chandler, Finlayson, Johnson, Riley, Glen Scott, Stevens, Tucker and Weaver.)

Uriah Soldier Is Now 25th Infantry Rifleman: With the 25th Inf. Div., U.S. Army – Pvt. Thomas B. Qualls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Qualls, Route 1, Uriah, is now serving as a rifleman with the 35th Infantry Regiment, a part of the 25th Division, in Korea.
Before entering the service in November 1950, Qualls was employed by J.U. Blacksher, Uriah.

A Monroe County Masonic Conference will be held in Monroeville next Thursday, with the local Alabama Lodge No. 3 as host.
The program, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will be as follows: Address of welcome, Rev. A.C. Lee; response, Rev. J.F. Bilbro; introduction grand officers and visitors; conference business.

JULY 15, 1948

David McCoy, young Claiborne man, is being held in the county jail, charged with assault with a weapon in the knifing of another Claiborne man, Claude Gaillard, Monday morning, Deputy Sheriff J.N. Kennedy said here Wednesday.
The county officer said that Gaillard was severely wounded and is in a Repton hospital.
Mr. Kennedy reported that McCoy told him an argument between him and Gaillard started after he had received word that Gaillard had been hunting for him all day Sunday. McCoy said when he asked Gaillard why he had been hunting him, words were exchanged and Gaillard attempted to hit him with a flashlight, the officer concluded.

Monroeville’s baseball team will play the Atmore nine here Sunday afternoon at Legion Field at three o’clock, Coach LeVaughn Hanks announced.
The local nine will play a double header in Brewton tonight (Thursday) with the first game slated to get underway at seven o’clock. Sunday’s game at Brewton was rained out after three and one half innings with Monroeville leading the Brewton team, 5-4.

Edwin C. Rodgers has resigned his position as Monroe County engineer effective July 22 to accept a similar position in Madison County, Tenn., Judge E.T. Millsap announced Wednesday.
Mr. Rodgers has served as county engineer since August 1946, when he was discharged from the Army. He and his family will move to Jackson, Tenn. the latter part of the month to make their home.

JULY 24, 1947

The Blacksher Store Co. of Uriah will observe its first anniversary under new management Saturday, Frank Rush, vice president and manager, announced this week.
The concern is conducting a special sale on that day, Mr. Rush said, and any person whose birthday anniversary occurs on July 27 will receive a silver dollar from the store upon bringing proof of his birth date. Actually the store’s anniversary is July 27 but since that date is on Sunday, the sale has been set for Saturday.
The Blacksher Store, one of the largest in the county, was begun almost 40 years ago. The present ownership is composed of D.W. Blacksher, president, and Mr. Rush, vice-president.

Frisco City defeated Flomaton, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at Flomaton with M. Watson, right fielder, leading a heavy hitting attack against Kennedy, who pitched for the losers.
Watson batted out a homer in the third inning with one man on and also got two doubles during the game. T. Springer was the winning pitcher.
Exceptional fielding was chalked up in the seventh inning when A. Murphy, first baseman for Frisco City, reached over the fence to catch a fly and retire Flomaton, and in the same inning when G. Gaston, second baseman, made a diving catch of a fly ball.

Preparation for about 1-1/2 miles of street for paving in Frisco City probably will get underway this week or next, Mayor G.E. Hendrix revealed Wednesday.
The construction is expected to cost about $7,500 and the majority of the paving will take place in the area leading out to Snyder and on the extension to Central Avenue, Mr. Hendrix said.

JULY  9, 1942

SCHOOL HEADS RETURN FROM NEA IN DENVER: Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Greer have returned from a delightful trip to Denver, Colo. While there, they attended the session of the National Education Association and also visited several places of interest.
Miss Luna Nichols remained in Colorado to attend the two weeks conference of supervisors and Directors of Instruction at Estes Park, Colo.

EXCEL PRODUCING SOME FINE PEACHES: The finest peaches in the Excel community are being grown on the farm of Mr. Emmit Hall. His daughter, Mary Lou, purchased these trees in a cooperative fruit tree order through the Vocational Agriculture department.
Mary Lou says, “The peaches this year on one tree will pay the cost of the entire orchard.”
Mr. Terrell, Excel Vocational Agriculture teacher, reports that he is sure that one may purchase some peaches by visiting Mary Lou’s home near Hall’s store in the Excel community.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Blass and two sons spent the holidays with relatives in Waynesboro and other points in Mississippi.

Frisco City, Ala. sent another young man into the armed services today when James Forest Rikard enlisted for aviation training in the Naval Reserve.
Rikard, 23, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Rikard. He is a graduate of Frisco City High School and attended Marion Military Institute where he had two years of R.O.T.C. training. He then enrolled at the University of Alabama and was graduated May 25, 1942 with a B.S. degree.

JULY 2, 1936

New Post Office Building Is Seen For Monroeville: Monroeville will have a new Federal building in the near future according to dispatches from the Treasury Department in Washington. This building is one of a number authorized in Alabama and Mississippi to be constructed out of the $60,000,000 fund provided in the relief bill.

Better Days Are Seen For Local Baseball Team: With several new men recruited for the Monroeville team, better days are predicted for the local nine during the second half of the South Alabama League which begins this week. Encouraging for the locals were the victories of the past week.
After defeating the Thomasville team here last Tuesday afternoon in a non-league game, the local club came back again on Tuesday to shut out the Jay, Fla. outfit, 3-0.
Monroeville defeated the Century-Flomaton team on Legion Field Thursday afternoon, 18-2.
Monroeville went to Century Sunday to return the Flomaton-Century game and returned the victor by a 12-10 score after a game which was exciting throughout and which netted home runs to both sides.

Officers Are Chosen By Franklin Lodge: At a regular communication of Monroe Lodge No. 485, the following officers were elected to serve the ensuing year: C.J. McKinley, worshipful master; Clarence Hybart, senior warden; A.S. Rachels, junior warden; A.M. Stabler, treasurer; W.J. Jones, secretary; S.R. Stabler, senior deacon; H.T. Rachels, junior deacon; B.H. Rachels, tyler; D.S. Sikes, chaplain.

JULY  20, 1933

Escapees Are Found Waiting at Jail Door for Admittance: Times are better in jail than out. At least that is the opinion of two of the men who escaped from the Monroe County jail here last week, for when Sheriff Sawyer came to town Tuesday morning they were waiting at the jail door for him to again open the doors to them. Two others had been returned to jail the latter part of last week, leaving a fifth prisoner still at liberty.
The break, in which the five prisoners gained liberty, occurred just before day Tuesday morning of last week. Prisoners had taken a bolt and grate from a stove and managed to break the locks that stood between them and freedom.

Mr. J.U. Blacksher was up from Mobile Thursday.

The Monroeville Golf Club will have its third annual invitation tournament Thurs., July 27. All entrants will be required to play a qualifying round or turn in a qualifying score by 10 o’clock Thursday morning. Invitations have been mailed to members of about a dozen clubs and a large number of golfers are expected to take part in the tournament.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. White moved to Frisco City on Tuesday to make their home. Mr. White is employed at Lee Motor Co.

B.F. Stallworth went to Mobile last week to attend a state meeting of probate judges and members of county revenue boards.

Mrs. R.A. Smith and Miss Ida Rutherford left with a party Sunday for a visit to Chicago and the Century of Progress Exposition.

JULY 28, 1932

Sam McCorrey shot and killed Mary Cooper near Eliska Monday night. Immediately after the shooting the Sheriff was notified and Tuesday morning the deputy was sent to the scene of the killing where he found McCorrey ready to surrender. McCorrey’s statement is to the effect that the Cooper woman was trying to take a shotgun away from him when the weapon was accidentally discharged. McCorrey has been placed in the county jail to await the action of the grand jury.
Both McCorrey and the Cooper woman… had been living in the Eliska community about 12 years.

Last word received from William Barnett, Nick Hare and David Katz was that they were at the Grand Canyon and had recently made a trip into Mexico. They were joined by two other boys, Otho Robinson of Atmore, and Jack Dawes of Boston, who will make the trip to California with them.

The store building and entire stock of goods belonging to Mr. W.H. Tucker at McGill was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. Soon after the fire was discovered it was thought that the store might have been robbed and burned, but further investigation has failed to furnish any clue.

Mr. A.T. Simmons is planning to open a grocery store in Monroeville which will be located in the Simmons Building. Shelving and fixtures are being installed and as soon as stock has been assembled, Mr. Simmons will give due notice of his opening.

James A. Sanders is to be the new postmaster here (Beatrice), taking charge of the office in the near future.

JULY 14, 1927

DELEGATION WORKS FOR EAST AND WEST HIGHWAY: A delegation of Monroe and Clarke County citizens went to Montgomery Friday to appear before the State Highway Commission in an effort to interest the commissioners in an east and west highway by way of Monroeville, Claiborne, Whatley, Grove Hill and Coffeeville.
The delegation was very well pleased at the reception they received at the hands of the Highway Department. The most serious obstacle in the way at this time, they stated, was due to there being a division of sentiment as to what project that county wished taken up next.

Messrs. Mims and Hudson, who recently sold the plant of the Monroeville Ice and Power Co. to the Gulf Utilities Co., have purchased the gin plant at Megargel and will operate it in connection with their plant at Uriah. It is assumed that both plants will be operated by electricity generated at Uriah.

MASONIC MEETINGS: The regular meetings of Alabama Lodge No. 3 are held on Friday evenings before the first and third Sundays in each month at 7:30. Regular convocation of Monroe Chapter No. 122 (is held) on the first Monday evening in each month.

Miss Edna Faulk has returned home after a visit to friend in Montgomery.

Mr. L.N. Faulkenberry of Tunnel Springs was a visitor to Monroeville the first of the week.

JUNE 2, 1921

SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC: An outbreak of smallpox in the southern part of the county was reported to the health authorities a few days ago, and prompt measures were taken to stamp out the disease.
Thirty cases are said to exist in a turpentine camp near Uriah. The camp has been placed under rigid quarantine and every effort will be made to prevent the spread of the disorder to other communities.

Mr. E.T. Simpson of Ocean Springs, Miss. was here for a few days this week installing a Linotype machine in The Journal office. He is an expert machinist and capable instructor in the operation of this wonderful mechanical contrivance, which seems able to do everything in the preparation of reading material except to exercise independent thought.

Jones Mill: The passenger train on the Deep Water Route did not make its appearance yesterday on account of a wreck on the road between here and Pensacola. As we have only one train a day here we miss it greatly when it fails to come but guess our troubles are nothing to that of the passengers who are aboard at the time of the delay.

MEMBER FEDERAL RESERVE: The Monroe County Bank, Monroe’s oldest and strongest financial institution, has been recently admitted to membership in the Federal Reserve Banking system. The mere fact of the acceptance by the Federal Reserve Board of the bank’s application for membership is evidence of the high esteem in which the bank is held in financial circles for its progressive policy. The new connection will enable the bank to serve its constituency yet more efficiently.

JULY 17, 1919

Mr. J.L. Holloway received the sad news of the death of his son, Clark, which occurred in France on June 26. He went with the Rainbow Division and has seen hard service. He had many friends here who will learn of his sad fate with deep regret.

Home of Morrissette Motor Car Co. Handsome Structure: One of the best and prettiest garages in the state is that of the Morrissette Motor Car Co. of Monroeville. The building was constructed by the latest plan of architecture. It contains about 7,000 feet of floor space and all departments are arranged for greatest convenience. Two large touring cars can be displayed inside the plate glass windows and then have room to spare. Among other improvements introduced here is a battery recharging station, which is rarely found outside the larger cities.

Nineteen cars of peaches were shipped out of Monroe County for northern and eastern markets last week. The most of them were shipped from Snider, Roy and Hadley. The peaches are of fine quality and are bringing fancy prices.

Two of the large army trucks placed in Monroe County for road improvement have arrived and we are informed that two more will be sent here as soon as shipment can be made.

Mr. Parker E. Draughon, a prominent young banker of Mobile, spent last week with Mr. J.L. Marshall. Mr. Draughon is a grandson of the late Hon. J.J. Parker, who was a prominent character in this county some years ago.

JULY 11, 1912

Capt. John McDuffie is in camp with Col. Bricken’s regiment Alabama National Guard at Anniston.

Several new dwellings are to be erected in Monroeville very soon, the new homes of Dr. W.T. Bayles and Tax Assessor B.B. Finklea being among the number.

Capt. Hybart of the local militia company has received orders to report with his company at the maneuvers camp at Anniston next week. The company will leave on Monday next.

Editor Journal: Please announce that Dr. J.H. McCormick of Mobile and Bro. J.F. Burson of O’Lea, Ala. will deliver Masonic addresses at Franklin on July 17. The Perdue Hill baseball team will play a game in the afternoon. Ice cream and cold drinks will be served for the benefit of the new hall. – J.D. McKinley.

Work on the extension of the Monroeville branch of the railroad continues to progress though interfered with somewhat by the heavy rains of the last 10 days. The track laying crew is up with the grading work and is only prevented from coming on into town by the unforeseen delays referred to.

The Monroe County Masonic Conference will convene with Tunnel Springs Lodge No. 578, Tunnel Springs, Ala., at nine o’clock on Tues., July 30, 1912, and continue three days.
The people of Tunnel Springs will be glad to entertain all who come, and a committee on entertainment has been appointed who will see that every visitor will be cared for.

JULY 16, 1903

Mr. F.M. Clecker of Atlanta, Ga., superintendent of construction for M.T. Lewman & Co., arrived a few days ago and is at work laying off the ground and preparing to lay the foundation for the new court house.

NOTICE! There will be an ice cream supper at the residence of J.W. Wilkerson, 1-1/2 miles south of Manistee on Saturday night, July 18, for the benefit of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Everybody is cordially invited. Come boys and bring your girls.

Another Deplorable Killing: A deplorable homicide occurred near Buena Vista, this county, on Thursday night of last week, Mr. Dan McMurphy being shot and instantly killed by Mr. Julius Farish, his nephew.
The circumstances as we gather from reliable sources, were as follows: Messrs. McMurphy and Farish were present at a church supper at the home of Mrs. Bettie Griffith, when a dispute arose between the parties over a voting contest. Mr. McMurphy assaulted Mr. Farish, striking him several times in the face when the latter drew his pistol and shot the former, the bullet taking effect in the heart, producing death in a few moments. The close relationship existing between the two families renders the affair the more deplorable. Mr. McMurphy leaves a wife and eight children.

BURNT CORN: Mr. John Betts is having an addition built to his house which will make him a large and handsome dwelling when completed.

There have been only 20 applicants before the board of (Confederate) Pension Examiners this session. Last year there were 39.

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