AUG. 19, 1971
Mark Booker killed this rattlesnake Sunday afternoon inside the house at the old Mark Booker place in the China community. The snake was a big one, five feet long, with only tree rattles and a button.
Airman First Class Billy L. Tolbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis A. Tolbert of Evergreen, has arrived for duty at Thule AB, Greenland.
Airman Tolbert, a security policeman, is assigned to a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command, which protects the U.S. against hostile aircraft and missiles.
A 1965 graduate of Evergreen High School, the airman received his B.S. degree in social science from Troy State University.
The Evergreen City Council heard a proposition on Cable Television for the city area, but took no action at its meeting Tuesday night.
Calvin Sutliff of Arizona was present to discuss a Cable TV system with the council. If granted a franchise, he would move here, Sutliff said. The council postponed any action until a later meeting.
Thomas Beale Reid, 60, well known Evergreen businessman, died Thursday morning, Aug. 12, at 10 o’clock in a Montgomery hospital after a brief illness.
Affectionately known by a wide circle of friends as “Tom” he had resided here for 35 years. He was a partner with his brother, John D. Reid, in Reid Brothers Lumber Co. and various other business enterprises.
51 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1956
Conecuh’s First Bales Auctioned Saturday: Conecuh’s first two bales of cotton were auctioned off Saturday afternoon in Evergreen for the fancy price of 43 cents per pound. The two bales were purchased by Kendall & Kendall of Evergreen.
A fair crowd was on hand to watch the bidding. Judge Lloyd Hart was the auctioneer.
The first two bales were ginned this year on Aug. 4 at Evergreen Gin. Arriving almost simultaneously in the race for first bale honors were Grady Ralls of Evergreen Route D and J.T. Ward of Evergreen Route C.
Castleberry’s municipal election will be held on Sept. 17, according to an announcement today by Mayor Jack Holland.
Incumbents are: mayor, Jack Holland; councilmen, Joe H. Carr, B.H. Mahoney, Henry Kirksey, R.T. Bagget, and C.N. Jackson.
So far, only one man has qualified for office. Hassett Green has qualified for mayor. He owns a grocery store in Castleberry, and is a retired electrician.
Qualifying began on Aug. 8 and will be open until Aug. 28.
Shown above is Miss Willie Anna Hanks, daughter of Mrs. Opal Hanks of Annex, who was chosen Conecuh County Maid of Cotton at the annual Farm Bureau meeting here last week. At left is Miss Nell Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Freeman of Old Town, who was chosen alternate.
75 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 1941
After a lingering illness of several months, F.T. Thames, well known and beloved citizen of Burnt Corn, died at his home at 1 p.m. Sun., Aug. 17.
Mr. Thames was born and had lived his entire life in the community where he died. He had served as member of the Conecuh County Jury Commission and was affiliated with the Masonic lodge at Burnt Corn.
School Postponement Requested Because Of Polio Wave: Postponement of school openings generally until at least Sept. 8 and until Sept. 15 in areas where there are large numbers of infantile paralysis cases, is requested by Dr. Albert H. Collins, state superintendent of education, in letters forwarded Tuesday to city and county school authorities throughout the state.
AIRCRAFT WARNING POST ESTABLISHED IN BEAT 7: The Aircraft Observation Post for Beat 7 has been organized with Walter Overby as Organizer and Chief. The assistant personnel will include Mrs. Pearl Johnson, Mrs. Maxie J. Overby and Mrs. Lewis Stucky.
The telephone line construction has begun. Volunteer labor, contributions, posts, buildings and premises, etc., are being accepted to strengthen this great defense effort.
Lone Star Station Is Being Remodeled: Work began during the past week on a complete remodeling of the Lone Star Service Station, dispensers of Pure Oil products. The present will be torn down with the exception of certain portions of the walls.
90 YEARS AGO
AUG. 18, 1926
EVERGREEN GETS FIRST NEW BALE OF SEASON: The first bale of the 1926 crop of fleecy staple to appear in Evergreen came Sat., Aug. 14. It was grown by Will Watts on the farm of L.L. Moorer. Evergreen Gin Co. ginned the bale and purchased the seeds at a rate of $30 per ton, which was approximately $10 above the marked price.
PROF. MURPHY GOES TO FLOMATON: Prof. J.B. Murphy, who has been principal of the Conecuh County High School for the past four years, has accepted the principalship of the Flomaton Schools, and will leave about Sept. 1 to take up his duties there. He will be missed from the Castleberry community by the many friends whom he has endeared to himself during his term of service there, and most especially by the members of the Mens Bible Class, which was organized by him shortly after he first went there, and which has come to be one of the most important religious forces in the community. Prof. Murphy taught the Bible Class of the Evergreen Methodist church at special invitation from them on Aug. 8.
COVINGTON COUNTY GETS LOOKOUT TOWER: The piers have been set for an 80-foot steel lookout tower on what is known as Panther Creek Hill in Covington County, according to the State Commission of Forestry. The site is on the Florala and Kinston road in Section 21, Township 2 North, Range 18 East.
105 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1911
First Bale of Cotton: To W.A. Hudson of Herbert belongs the credit for producing and bringing to market the first bale of this season’s cotton. The cotton was ginned on Friday, but was not brought in until Monday. The bale weighed 371 pounds and was bought by J.H. Farnham Mercantile Co. for $40.
The 19th Annual Session of the Second District Agricultural School will open Aug. 29, 1911. Every young man who wants to learn the science of farming, how to make the soil produce, production limited only by the sunshine and the rain, should attend this session of school. For further information, address Henry T. Liles, President, Evergreen, Ala.
C.S. Thames, who has been employed in Reid’s barber shop for several months, died suddenly on Monday night, the cause of his death being acute indigestion. The body was taken to Red Level for interment. The young man was about 27 years of age and bore an excellent reputation for honesty, sobriety and thrift. He was a member of the Masonic and Woodmen orders.
Lieutenant Governor W.D. Seed of Montgomery was a distinguished visitor to Evergreen on Friday. He was returning home from the Monroe County Masonic Conference at Burnt Corn.
E.C. Lee is preparing to erect a handsome two-story residence on the site of his present home on Main and Shipp streets. J. Golightly is the contractor.