SEPT. 2, 1976
Local weather observer Earl Windham reported .04 inches of rain on Aug. 25, .18 inches of rain on Aug. 26 and .02 inches of rain on Aug. 27. He reported a high of 94 degrees on Aug. 29 and a low of 62 on Aug. 24.
Terry G. Davis, a recent Alabama State University graduate, has been appointed to serve as Legal Research Analyst for the Department of Court Management, Alabama Supreme Court.
Appointed by Chief Justice Howell T. Heflin, Davis is the first black to work in an administrative capacity for the Alabama Supreme Court. He performs duties for the Chief Justice, the Permanent Study Commission on the Alabama Judicial System and serves as a Legal Research Analyst for the Department of Court Management.
Davis, a native of Evergreen, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Davis of Evergreen.
Butler County Judge of Probate Steindorff reports that Taft Skipper, president of the Hank Williams Memorial Association has made a request that the county road leading from I-65 to its intersection with Alabama 106 at Hanks’ Store be named the Hank Williams Memorial Drive. This is to be done in memory of the singer, who was born in the Mount Olive community.
Judge Steindorff read a resolution to this effect that would be presented to the State Highway Department seeking to make this possible.
Commissioner Sellers made a motion that the court submit the request and the motion was seconded by Wood with all members voting in favor.
55 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 7, 1961
C.W. Claybrook, principal of Evergreen High School for the past 10 years, has accepted the principalship of the Luverne Schools in Crenshaw County. Both the elementary and the high school will be under Claybrook’s supervision.
Mr. and Mrs. Claybrook were employed by the Crenshaw County Board of Education before coming to Conecuh County. He served as principal of Dozier High for four years.
School bells buzzing, bus horns honking, parents pleading, teachers patiently teaching and students – ? – is a brief gist of the story beginning one week from today across Conecuh County. Schools will open Sept. 14.
Guy S. Kelly, Superintendent of Education, announced today the teacher placements for the coming school term.
Kelly said all new appointments will be teaching in their major field. He also stated that all Conecuh’s high school teachers now hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
Civitan Organizes With 29 Members: Ralph Crysell was elected president of the newly organized Evergreen Civitan Club Tuesday night.
Other officers are Wayne Hutcheson, vice president; Murray Johnson, secretary and treasurer; Tulley Coleman, chaplain; and Samuel Gaines, sergeant at arms. The directors are D.E. Bowers, W.C. Boswell, Eugene Darby, James Fendley and Earl Windham.
Charter night is set for Sat., Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.
70 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1946
Evergreen schools will open for the 1946-47 session Monday morning, Sept. 9, according to announcements made this week by the principals.
The Evergreen High School will hold its opening program beginning at 8:30 a.m., according to Prof. J. Clifford Harper, principal. Parents and others are invited and urged to attend the opening. Mr. Harper assures that they will be through in plenty of time to attend the opening program at the Evergreen City School which begins at 9:15 a.m.
Prof. W.P. McMillan, principal of the City School, asks that all children who are enrolling in the first grade for the first time bring along their birth certificates. Pupils must be six years old prior to Oct. 1 in order to enter school.
Former County Agent Dies At Selma Monday: Numerous friends here and elsewhere in the county were grieved to hear of the death of Val T. (Valentine Taylor) Ivey, former county agent, here which occurred at a Selma hospital Monday morning at an early hour.
The annual teachers institute will be held at the City School Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., according to an announcement made by County Superintendent Harvey G. Pate this week. Mr. Pate also stated that teachers had been secured for all of the schools of the county and that everything was in readiness for the opening of school Monday morning, Sept. 9.
85 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 3, 1931
The State Secondary Agricultural School and the Evergreen City School begin their 1931-32 session Monday morning at nine o’clock with a joint program which will be held at the City School auditorium.
The program will consist of several musical numbers by members of the music faculty of the schools and talks and announcements by Prof. Paul Fisher and Prof. W.P. McMillan, principals of the two schools.
State Air Tour Includes Evergreen – Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 3 – A survey of landing field facilities throughout the state is being made by W.L. Wilkinson, director of the state air tour to be held in September, to determine what towns and cities may be considered as stops on the tour.
Mr. Wilkinson, who left Birmingham Monday, expects to visit every town and city of any size in Alabama during the week. After his return, he will decide on a tentative route and then a pathfinding plane will be sent over the course to check flying time and other details.
Approximately 20 planes will form the tour fleet and these will include a flight of five military ships and a nationally known trio of stunt fliers with planes especially designed for that purpose. An air circus with acrobatic and formation flying and parachutes will be given in each town visited.
Towns being checked by Mr. Wilkinson this week include… Monroeville… Flomaton, Brewton, Andalusia… Greenville, Evergreen… Columbus, Ga., Panama City, Fla. and Meridian, Miss.
115 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1901
Evergreen received her first bale of new cotton of this season on the 23rd inst. It was grown by Mr. John S. Johnston of Callihan beat, and sold to Mr. Chas. B. Savage, one of our leading merchants and cotton buyers, for 7.61 cents per pound. The bale weighed 577 pounds. Mr. Johnston has brought to this market the first bale of cotton of the season for the past three years, and Mr. Savage has purchased each bale at a good price.
THE FIRE: About midnight Saturday night fire was discovered in the storehouse building of Mr. L.W. Savage. The alarm was followed by the prompt attendance of the young men of the town, the water plugs were opened, hose attached and in a very short time two steady streams of water were turned on the fire. It was a fierce flame fed by inflammable material inside the building; but energetic and steady effort soon checked it.
The damage to Mr. Savage’s building is considerable, and the large stock of goods was wrecked between the flames and the flooding.
That the fire was incendiary is hardly a matter of doubt. It began in the northeast corner of the building, in the heavy grocery department on the lower floor. This part of the store is seldom visited after sunset. There had been no fire in or about it. The back door had been opened from the inside. The supposition is that some thief had concealed himself in the storeroom until the attendants had all gone, and after the robbery, set fire to cover up traces and escape in the excitement.
We would respectfully suggest to the town the organization and equipment of a hook and ladder company and a hose company with a hose carriage. Inducement for fire service might be made by exemption from street tax.