SEPT. 11, 1952
Conecuh County’s schools will open today (Thursday) for the 1952-53 term. A record or near-record enrollment is predicted as schools over the nation are to show an increase in students.
According to County Superintendent of Education Harvey G. Pate, the schools are opening about a week later than usual. This later date was set in order that school children could help in the harvest of cotton. Once school begins, it will be against the law for school-age children to pick cotton during school hours.
City schools expected to enroll around 800 students, with over half listed at the high school. At the Evergreen City School, W. Paul (Mr. Mac) McMillan begins his 27th, yes, that’s right, 27th, year as principal. At Evergreen High School, C.W. Claybrook, who relieved Jack Finklea at the mid-year mark last year, begins his first full year as principal.
Castleberry Girl Is Conecuh County’s 1952 Maid Of Cotton: A blue-eyed blonde at Troy State Teachers College from Castleberry has been named as Conecuh County’s 1952 Maid of Cotton. The Cotton Maid was chosen on Sept. 3 in a contest conducted by the Conecuh County Farm Bureau.
Miss Alice Faye Sullivan, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Sullivan Sr. of Castleberry, was chosen to represent Conecuh County in the annual Maid of Cotton contest. She will participate in the state contest to select the Alabama Maid of Cotton at the State Fair in Birmingham on Oct. 1 and 2.
79 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 9, 1937
County Schools Open Tues., Sept. 14: Supt. H.D. Weathers announces that all plans are complete for the opening of Conecuh County schools on Tues., Sep. 14.
Supt. Weathers states that he expects to run grammar schools seven months and high schools nine again this year.
M.A. Hanks, principal, announces that the Evergreen High School will hold its opening exercises Tuesday morning, Sept. 14, at eight o’clock, in the High School auditorium.
Veterans Hold Rally Here Wednesday Night: A county wide rally of veterans of the World War was held at the courthouse here Wednesday night for the purpose of reorganizing the American Legion and stimulating interest among ex-soldiers. Claude A. Gantt was elected post commander and W.B. Ward, post adjutant. Fifteen members were added during the meeting.
J.L. Salter Jr., 18, was fatally injured Saturday night at Castleberry when he was struck by an automobile on the highway just north of the Blue Bell camp.
Salter was riding a bicycle when he was hit by an automobile driven by Ray Padgett of Evergreen.
The accident occurred about 10 o’clock Saturday night and Salter died at a Century, Fla. hospital Sunday night.
City School To Open 8:30 Tuesday Morning: All patrons, children and friends of the Evergreen City School are asked to meet at the City School auditorium at 8:30 Tuesday morning for the opening program.
94 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 13, 1922
Aged Lady Passes Away: Mrs. Mary Brantley, 95, relict of the late L.W. Brantley, died on Friday last at the home of her son, J.B. Brantley of Bermuda. Her remains were laid to rest beside that of her late husband near Burnt Corn on Saturday.
FOWLER: Our school opened Sept. 11 with Thomas V. Stinson of Georgiana as teacher.
ELECTION NOTICE: There will be an election held in the Town of Evergreen on Mon., Sept. 18, 1922, by the qualified electors of the town for the purpose of electing a mayor and five councilmen to serve for two years from Oct. 2, 1922. The place of holding the election will be the courthouse. – H.A. Shields, Acting Mayor.
The Agricultural and City Schools, and, so far as we can learn, all the schools of the county opened on Monday with splendid enrollments of pupils.
Miss Claudia B. Sullivan of Florence went out to Johnsonville to open school Monday. The people of that neighborhood are quite fortunate in securing this excellent young woman as their instructor. She is well prepared as an educator.
The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce will have a general meeting at the courthouse Friday evening, Sept. 15, at 7:45 o’clock, open to all the people of Evergreen and surrounding country. This is the first general meeting of the organization and it will be very instructive and interesting.
109 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 11, 1907
Miss Elizabeth Riley has returned from a visit to relatives in New Mexico.
Notice: Owassa Camp, W.O.W., will give an ice cream supper at the church at Gravella on Wed., Sept. 18th, for their benefit. Everybody invited to attend, especially all Woodmen.
Teachers Institute: Superintendent Harper requests us to state that a teachers’ institute will be held in the school auditorium here on Sept. 21st, beginning at nine o’clock a.m. and lasting only until 12. There will be no special program, but all teachers are urged to attend.
China: J.E. Witherington will erect an up-to-date sawmill here soon. This will be quite an advantage to the people at China.
Old Town: Cotton picking is the order of the day in this community.
Editor, The Courant: Please announce that the next meeting of the Conecuh County Farmers’ Union will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9th and 10th, with Stallings Local. – J.A. Jones, Sec’y, Garland, Ala., Route 1.
Rev. C.S. Talley is assisting in a revival meeting at Sepulga this week.
Rev. B.F. Brooks was here this week en route to Howard College.
124 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 8, 1892
Sheriff Irwin states that some improvements very much needed about the county jail will shortly be put under way.
The new brick store of Mr. Charles Ivey on Front Street is rapidly nearing completion, it now being ready for the roof.
While bathing in Tomlinson’s Mill last Saturday, Arthur Sampey contracted something like the cramp and came near drowning before he could get to shallow water. He finally succeeded in doing this, but could go no further. A little boy accompanying him went in quest of assistance, which he finally secured. The experience of that day has caused Arthur to be sick for several days.
WEST SIDE PUBLIC SCHOOL: The West Side Public School will open Oct. 10, 1892. I appreciate former patronage, and solicit a continuance of the same, as well as that of others who live near enough to send. Terms, as heretofore. For further information, apply to ELLA V. ROBERTSON, Teacher.
Special Notice: All soldiers and widows entitled to pensions under the late act of congress should call to see me. The law now covers all the wars from 1832 to 1842. I have already secured several pensions for the survivors and their widows. W.D. ATKINSON.
Steve Thames, who has been handling the mail between Evergreen and Andalusia for some time, quit the service on Sept. 1 and has entered The Star office with a view of becoming a printer.