54 YEARS AGO
AUG. 23, 1962
Area crashes kill two, hurt several people: Last Wednesday, Aug. 15, two members of one family were killed when their 1957 Ford Station Wagon skidded on wet pavement and hit a pulp wood truck broadside. Ralph W. Richardson, driver of the car, lost control about five miles north of Evergreen on U.S. 31. His wife, Louise, 31, was killed along with their five-year-old son, Paul.
Richardson suffered severe injuries and his two surviving children, Kathleen, eight, and Steve, three, were also badly injured. Their car rammed into a 1957 GMC Pulpwood truck driven by James Taylor of Georgiana.
Beloved Lady Dies On 95th Birthday: Mrs. C.A. Armentrout, one of Evergreen’s oldest citizens, died Tues., Aug. 21, on her 95th birthday, after a brief illness. She was born in Oakfuskee, Cleburne County, Ala., Aug. 21, 1867. She lived here until after her marriage in 1898 to Charles A. Armentrout of Jenifer, Ala. She made her home in Oxford, Ala., where she lived until after the death of her husband in August of 1922. Since that time she has lived with her children, coming to Evergreen in 1940 with Mrs. Henry J. Kinzer.
AUBURN – Ronald Lee Shumack of Repton will be among the 557 degree earning candidates at Auburn University on Aug. 24. Shumack is a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education degree.
69 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1947
Friends of Robert Gaston Bozeman Jr. will be pleased to learn that he is doing nicely after undergoing an appendectomy at Carter’s Hospital in Repton last week.
Mrs. F.L. Cardwell, who was bitten on the ankle by a rattlesnake Saturday afternoon, is reported to be fast recovering.
Old School Age Law Still In Effect: Superintendent of Schools, Harvey G. Pate, wishes to remind all patrons of Conecuh County Schools that the old law, providing that children may enter schools in the Fall if they will reach their sixth birthday before Oct. 1, still remains in effect.
The present Legislature passed an act providing for the admission of children who will reach their sixth birthday on or before Jan. 15. This new law was held invalid by the Attorney General in a recent ruling. Since the Attorney General’s decision is legally binding, the Board of Education has made its plans to operate under the old law. All parents asking for entrance for beginners are requested to show proof of birth date of the children.
All schools in Conecuh County will open on Sept. 8, 1947.
A series of burglaries have been reported during the past week or so by citizens living in various sections of the city. In most instances reported, cash was taken from pockets and billfolds of the victims. A number of other instances of prowling have been reported at several different homes.
84 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1932
Proposed Bill Would Abolish Ag. Schools: If Senator J.M. Bonner of Camden succeeds in passing a measure which he introduced into the Senate last week, the 11 State Secondary Agricultural Schools of Alabama will be abolished. Evergreen having one of these schools, there is much interest locally as to the final outcome of the measure. Obviously, there is considerable opposition to the bill and plans have been laid to fight it every step of the way.
New Bank Opens Here Sept. 1: Thurs., Sept. 1, has been set as the opening day for Evergreen’s new banking institution, which is to be known as the “Bank of Evergreen,” according to information given a representative of this newspaper by O.C. McGehee, cashier of the bank.
The building formerly occupied by the First National Bank is being thoroughly renovated and repaired and all fixtures put in shape, as the home of the new institution. The building is already equipped with vaults and other necessary fixtures for banking business.
Officers of the bank are W.M. Newton, president; W.K. Horton, vice-president; O.C. McGehee, cashier. Besides these gentlemen the following are listed as stockholders: R. Millsap Jr., L.T. Rutland, C.A. Jones, C.P. Deming, George C. Stamps, W.A. Moore, J.G. Moore, L.W. Price, Robt. Long, Haiman Long, Hermione Newton McGehee and Dr. P.D. McGehee.
Announcement was made this week that the Evergreen City School will open for the 1932-33 session Monday, Sept. 5, with the same faculty that served last year.
99 YEARS AGO
AUG. 22, 1917
Wm. Washington Adams was born Dec. 5, 1838 and died Aug. 2, 1917. One by one our ranks are thinning. He was a member of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee No. 338 and belonged to the 58th Reg. of Alabama volunteers.
In memory of Martin Findley, who was born Sept. 27, 1824, and died at his home near Brooklyn, Ala., Aug. 2, 1917, aged 92 years, 10 months and five days.
He was a member of Camp Capt. Lee (338) of U.C.V. As a soldier he did his duty well and fearlessly.
He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for nearly 65 years, and a member of the mystic band of F.A.M. for a little over 55 years.
He was buried on the third day of August with Masonic honors, a goodly number of the brethren attending.
M.T. Johnston and family were at Castleberry Wednesday where Mr. Johnston attended the Masonic conference.
The county teachers’ institute convened yesterday with a large attendance of teachers. The sessions are interesting and instructive. The institute will close Friday at noon.
Prof. Bennett was here last week arranging to move his family. They will occupy the residence recently vacated by F.S. Stallworth.
114 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1902
John D. Burnett Jr. left Monday for West Point, New York, where he is attending the Military School.
We learned from the Pensacola Journal of the death of Arthur Patterson at Clearwater, Fla. on the 22nd inst. of consumption. The young man was well known and had many friends here who will learn this sad news with deep regret. He formerly clerked for Wild Bros. and was a nephew of Rev. E.A. Dannelly. His remains were taken to Camden for burial on Sunday.
Dr. B.H. Crumpton will occupy the pulpit at the Baptist Church next Sunday morning.
G.R. Boulware came up yesterday to bring the election returns from Brooklyn.
Dr. W.J. Mason of Monroe County spent Saturday here. The genial doctor is always a welcome visitor to Evergreen.
Manager Thos. Johns of the Telephone Exchange, with his family, now occupy the residence in front of the Baptist church.
Mack Binion, the young son of E.M. Binion, happened to a very bad accident last week by being gored by one of his father’s cows, its horns lacerating the flesh between the knee and hip. At present, the little fellow is doing very well.
Rev. A.G. Mosley, pastor of the Baptist church, will return to Evergreen and will begin his regular services the first Sunday in September.