Sunday, September 4, 2016

100-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Sept. 1916

Bibb Graves
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 100 years ago during the month of September 1916. Those issues, which were dated Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.

SEPT. 7, 1916

NOTICE OF ELECTION: Notice is hereby given that an election will be held in the Town of Monroeville, Monday, Sept. 18, 1916, for the purpose of the qualified voters of said town electing a Mayor and five councilmen for said town for a term of two years from the first Monday in October 1916. – L.J. Bugg, Mayor.

Cavalry Troop to be Mustered: Col. Bibb Graves of the Alabama National Guard and Capt. Rogers, U.S.A., specially detailed for the purpose, will visit Monroeville on Friday to muster in the cavalry troop being organized in this county. There are still a few vacancies to be filled in order to bring the troop up to the full complement of men and those desiring to enlist should advise Capt. John McDuffie without delay.
Both Roy and Monroeville are making efforts to secure the location of the troop headquarters and armory and it is probable that one or the other place will be designated.

Mr. Barnett, farm demonstration agent for Wilcox County, was a recent visitor to Monroeville, guest of his aunt, Mrs. L.J. Bugg.

Mr. Howard C. Smith, U.S. soil surveyor, dropped in to see us while in town Tuesday. He reports the survey progressing satisfactorily. He will remove his headquarters temporarily to Roy soon.

The six o’clock closing agreement observed by the merchants throughout the summer months expired on Sept. 1. During the fall and winter stores will remain open until a reasonable hour in the evenings for the convenience of customers.

SEPT. 14, 1916

Mr. D.A. Ratcliffe is having a neat dwelling erected in the eastern part of town.

The sixth annual session of the Monroe County High School had the most prosperous opening on Monday last in its history and begins the year’s work under very gratifying circumstances.
From year to year, the school has grown in popular favor and the efficiency of its work until today its influence permeates increasingly every community in the county, and extends even beyond the confines of our provincial domain.

The County Board of Revenue held a stated session at the courthouse Tuesday with all members present.

Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Landrum of Vredenburgh, and Mrs. Cumberland of Mobile, were visitors to Monroeville Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Landrum came to enter their son Judson in the high school.

Dr. G.H. Harper was up from Uriah Monday to accompany his two sons, George and Jesse, who have entered the high school here.

Mrs. Frank Emmons will resume her kindergarten work the first week in October.

Judge W.G. McCorvey and Hon. John McDuffie went to Tallahassee, Fla. Monday on professional business.

SEPT. 21, 1916

Workmen are rapidly progressing on the dwelling of Mr. D.M. Ratcliffe.

Dr. Samuel S. Gaillard of Perdue Hill has been granted a patent on a rotary valve for gasoline engines.

Federal authorities turned down the cavalry troop recently organized in the county on the grounds that the volunteers were too badly scattered to conveniently attend the frequent drills. Sixty or more young had joined and were naturally disappointed at the decision of the authorities, however several troops in different parts of the state have been rejected for reason stated above.

Four additional students matriculated at the County High School Monday and there are others to follow. The enrollment should easily reach 150 during this term. The classification of students was satisfactorily arranged during the first week and the school is hard down at work on the daily routine. In athletics, a football team has been organized and is in training under the direction of Prof. Jones.

Unveiling at Mexia: Sun., Sept. 17, at three o’clock the W.O.W. marched into the cemetery and unveiled the monument of sovereign Jas. E. Scruggs with imposing ceremonies. Sovereign D.H. Sawyer was made Master of Ceremonies and sovereign Z.B. Booker, orator. Sovereign Booker delivered a very able address on the order and the deceased.

THE COUNTY FAIR WILL BE HELD: The Journal is authorized to say that upon reconsideration the management of the Monroe County Fair Association has definitely determined to undertake the holding of another Fair in Monroeville on the 19th and 20th of October, the dates originally set apart for the purpose.

SEPT. 28, 1916

Roy Notes: Mr. Henry Jones holds the position of professor of mathematics and history and is also director of athletics at the County High School.

Ground was broken on Monday for the new Methodist church at southeast corner of court square and the work of putting the concrete foundation for the building is well under way. The event, though momentous in local annals, was unaccompanied by flare of trumpets or ceremonious observance. It is the purpose of the building committee authorized by the congregation to see that there be no unnecessary interruption or delay in the erection of the superstructure, and if present plans carry, the probability is that the building will be ready for occupancy early in the new year.

County Engineer C.E. Barker reports about one hundred men employed on the public roads in various sections of the county under the arrangements recently made for extending relief to those rendered destitute by reason of storm and flood disaster. Crews of considerable size have been organized and put to work at and in the vicinity of Perdue Hill and Franklin, while smaller squads are working in other communities. Each person so employed will be paid a reasonable daily wage in cash.

The Bethlehem Baptist Association closed its 100th annual session here Friday. More than a score of the churches comprising the body were represented by strong official delegations.

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