Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 9, 2016

Ed E. Reid
AUG. 10, 1995

Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .21 inches of rain on Aug. 2; 6.10 inches on Aug. 3; .16 inches on Aug. 4; and 1.72 inches on Aug. 5. He reported a high of 91 degrees on Aug. 2 and lows of 70 on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Total rainfall for July 1995 was 4.96 inches.

The home of Donna and Dwight Bennett on County Road 17 was one of several area homes damaged by the high winds brought in by Hurricane Erin last Thursday. The home received only minor damages luckily and no one in the house was injured.

These heavy front end loaders from several Alabama National Guard Units stood by at Fort Dave Lewis National Guard Armory last Thursday waiting for Hurricane Erin to hit the Gulf Coast. The units went down for clean up efforts when the storm cleared out late Thursday evening. The units standing by in Evergreen included members of the 167th Engineering Co. out of Demopolis, 168th Engineering Co. out of Eutaw and the 1135th Services and Supply unit out of Selma.

Edward Robinson, lead singer for The Village People, was a big hit Saturday night during the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Extravaganza at Reid State Auditorium. Edward, an employee of Knud Nielsen Co., put on a great show, and we can’t wait to see what he will do next year.

AUG. 14, 1980

Local weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10. He reported a high of 99 degrees on Aug. 7 and lows of 68 on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5.

Admiral Jeremiah Denton of Mobile made a brief stop in Evergreen early Monday morning. Car trouble had thrown him behind schedule and forced the cancellation of a planned press conference. Denton did get a chance to “politic” Sgt. James Powell of the Evergreen Police Department and ask for his vote in his race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in the Primary Election of Sept. 2.

Castleberry seeks Commission post: Ray Castleberry, well known Evergreen businessman, has qualified as a candidate for Chairman of the Conecuh County Commission and will be the Republican nominee in the November General Election.
Ray was born in Evergreen and is a lifetime resident of Conecuh County. He grew up on a family farm six miles northwest of Castleberry and played a large part in farming operations for several years prior to attending college.
He is a graduate of Conecuh County High School, Castleberry, Jefferson Davis State Junior College, Brewton, and the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He has completed additional studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Community and Allied Health Resources.

AUG. 12, 1965

Trade school named for late Ed E. Reid: Evergreen’s new trade school has a name… it will be the Ed E. Reid Trade & Vocational Technical School.
The school is named in honor of the late Ed E. Reid, executive secretary of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 30 years and an important figure in state and national governmental and political circles. Reid died last month.
A resolution naming the school for Reid was introduced in the State Legislature by Conecuh Representative Wiley Salter and Rep. Rankin Fite of Marion County. It passed unanimously last Friday.
Reid was born in Evergreen, but grew up in Georgiana.

Miss Dorothy Robinson is congratulated by Conecuh County Farm Bureau President William Ward after being named Conecuh’s 1965 Maid of Cotton. Results of the contest, in which former National Maid of Cotton Katy Sue Meredith of Andalusia was a judge, was announced at the annual meeting of the Farm Bureau at the Courthouse Saturday morning.

Folks have all kinds of hobbies but Robert Rigsby, Reuben Hyde and Jimmie Weaver have taken up one that is not likely to catch on with the masses… they hunt and capture live alligators. At least they hunted and captured the alligator you see below them. The gator was eight feet long and weighed about 150 pounds and the boys got him from the “Log Pond” on the Stowers Place after receiving permission from John L. Robinson, operator of the plantation. The daring photographer took the gator’s picture after he had a week to cool off in a pen at Game Warden W.A. Thames’ house.

AUG. 10, 1950

Conecuh County’s first 1950 bale of cotton was ginned here Tuesday morning. The cotton was grown by Reuben F. Hyde, who lives just out of the city limits on the Brooklyn Highway, and was ginned by Evergreen Gin Co.
According to W.T. Chapman, manager of the local gin, the bale weighed 661 pounds and graded middling, one-inch staple.

A man lost his life in a tragic accident here Wednesday morning about 9:30. The accident occurred on the edge of town where the Owassa Road comes into Skinnerton Highway at Parmer’s Station.
The dead man was Zion Miller, age about 60.
The accident was investigated by Cpl. Louie Phillips and Patrolman J.W. Kendricks of the Alabama Highway Patrol, who gave this account. Miller was riding in the cab of a truck of the Hamiter Lumber Co. The chain holding a load of lumber broke, and Miller jumped from the cab and fell under the wheels of the truck. His skull was crushed. The truck did not leave the highway, but the lumber was spilled over the steep embankment.
According to Capt. O.T. McDuff, officer in charge of the Evergreen District of the Alabama Highway Patrol, Miller was the 11th traffic fatality in Conecuh County this year as compared to only one in 1949. McDuff added that Miller was the ninth person killed by traffic accidents within the vicinity of Evergreen.

AUG. 8, 1935

Ulay Pitts Held For Killing Ben Smith: Ulay Pitts, young white man age about 21 years, is being held in the county jail charged with the murder of Ben Smith, white man age about 59 years, the shooting having occurred last Friday morning about eight o’clock near Smith’s home.
It seems from the facts The Courant has been able to gather that Pitts, who was a brother-in-law of Smith’s, they having married sisters, was farming on Smith’s place. He and his wife, according to the story told to officers, were passing Smith’s home that morning and he called Smith and told him to figure up what he owed and he would come back by shortly and settle with him. At this point, it seems that Smith went out toward where Pitts and wife were and a fuss arose between them. According to the story told by both Pitts and his wife, and corroborated by Walt Jordan, another witness, Smith took after Pitts with a pair of knucks and chased him up the road out of sight of the house and of Jordan and Mrs. Pitts. What took place after that was not witnessed by anyone except Pitts himself. He says that he fell down and when he regained his feet, Smith was so close upon him that he had to shoot him to keep him off.
Four shots were fired with a .32 caliber automatic, all of which took effect. The shot which resulted in Smith’s death passed through the abdomen. The other three took effect in his legs.

Mr. C.E. Mills, good farmer living five miles south on Castleberry highway, ginned two bales of cotton at the gin plant of the Evergreen Manufacturing Co. Tuesday of this week, being the first of the 1935 season to be ginned here and so far as The Courant has learned, the first to be ginned in Conecuh County.

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