|Grave of Dr. Henry Rankin|
73 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 16, 1943
Sgt. Pettus T. Bruner Killed In New Guinea: The casualty list released on Sept. 14 by the War Department listed as “killed in New Guinea,” Sgt. Pettus T. Bruner of Birmingham. Sgt. Bruner, age 24, went into the Army about two years ago and had been serving in the Southwest Pacific area for the last 18 months. He was the son of Mrs. P.M. Bruner and the late Dr. Bruner, former residents of Evergreen, a nephew of J.H. Dey and a cousin of Mrs. E.B. McRady and M.B. Binion, all of Evergreen.
EQUALIZATION BOARD FOR CONECUH RE-APPOINTED: State Revenue Commissioner H.G. Dowling announced last week appointment of county boards of equalization for all counties of the state, for terms of four years, beginning Oct. 1. The following were appointed members of the Conecuh County board: James E. Skinner, Castleberry; Luman J. Foshee, Rt. 1, Red Level; and J.C. Brown, Repton.
Members of Alma Martin Post No. 50 of the American Legion will have a fish fry at Binion’s Camp Wednesday night, Sept. 22. All members are urged to attend.
Cpl. Frank Dannelly, stationed at Maxwell Field, spent Sunday with his grandmother, Mrs. A.B. Farnham.
Frank Allen Perkins, age 46, former citizen of this county of Owassa, Ala., died at a hospital in Russellville, Ala. Mon., Sept. 6, after a short illness. He was employed, prior to his illness, as railroad telegraph operator in New Mexico.
88 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 20, 1928
MUNICIPAL ELECTION PASSES QUIETLY MONDAY: The municipal election which was held here on Monday was one in which there was little interest. There were only 22 votes cast. There was no opposition manifested to the nominees and the election was simply a matter of form.
The officials elected to serve for the next two years are: J.L. Kelly, Mayor; C.A. Jones, Claude Gantt, Dr. J.R. Brooks, R.C. Ellie and R. Gaston Bozeman, Councilmen.
RILEY DEFEATS MATTHEWS FOR CASTLEBERRY MAYOR: Castleberry, Ala., Sept. 18 – A.H. Riley was elected mayor of Castleberry in Monday’s general town election. His name was written in by enough supporters to enable him to defeat the Democratic nominee, J.P. Matthews, by a four vote margin. The vote was 35 to 31.
The move to write in the name of the independent came as a surprise to Matthews’ supporters and they failed to muster enough votes to offset those lined up secretly by their opponents.
Matthews had been nominated in the Democratic primary Aug. 31 over E.A. White by a vote of 55 to 47.
The Democratic nominees for the council were elected virtually without opposition, Walter Pate receiving 66 votes; W.H. Stuckey, 65; A.N. Riggs, 62; L.H. Riggs, 60; and W.B. Brewton, 60. Seven voters wrote in the names of A.P. Griffin and Allen Page.
Hon. Lister Hill To Speak Here Saturday: The people of this county are to hear the issues of the present presidential campaign discussed by Congressman Lister Hill on Friday and Saturday of this week. He is to deliver three speeches in the county, beginning at Castleberry High School Friday afternoon at three o’clock. Friday night at 7:30 o’clock he will speak at Repton High School. The last engagement will be in Evergreen on Saturday morning at 10:30 when he will deliver an address at the County Courthouse.
103 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 18, 1913
Chas. Henderson, candidate for governor, was in the city last Thursday.
A three weeks term of court will be held, beginning the first Monday in October.
Mobile was visited by a storm on Saturday and Sunday when 11 inches of rain fell.
Jno. L. Jones, postmaster at Paul, Ala., reports cotton crop in that neighborhood better than at first thought, but the corn crop is short.
Commissioners court in session here Monday.
An ice cream supper will be held at Burgamy school house, five miles south of Evergreen, for benefit of library for school. All are invited. This is a good cause, come and help us.
There are already six announced candidates in the field for sheriff, and a half a dozen or more “considering.” The more the merrier and the smaller the number of votes necessary to win out.
T.A. Gantt has just returned from Atlanta, where he bought his stock of Xmas and holiday goods.
A gentleman visiting Evergreen for the first time was impressed with the steady flow of trade and the general air of prosperity which prevailed to such an extent that if he could close out his business for cash, he would invest at once in town property and nearby farming land.
118 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 15, 1898
One day last week, Prof. L.W. Payne of the Agricultural school received the sad intelligence of the death of his brother. It is supposed that the killing was murder. Mr. Payne was found on the railroad track with his head cut off and the supposition is that he was killed and placed there to cover up the outrage.
The Southwest Agricultural School, J.A. Liner, M.A., Principal, Evergreen, Ala. – 348 pupils enrolled last session, representing 11 counties in the state. – This session opened Mon., Sept. 5, ’98. Board can be secured at $8 to $10 a month. The curriculum embraces a full course in classical, literary, scientific, music and art departments. New $12,000 school building completed and handsomely furnished. Tuition free to all pupils of both sexes in Alabama. For catalogue or other information, address the principal or Dr. J.A. McCreary, Secretary, Board of Control.
Mr. J.D. Deming is now with C.P. Deming & Co. as bookkeeper, Capt. C.R. Taliaferro having resigned the position of bookkeeper and gone into the store as salesman. This announcement will no doubt be hailed with delight by the ladies, among whom no man has more friends than the handsome captain.
Mrs. Robert J. McCreary will organize a class in vocal instruction at the Opera House on Tuesday evening at eight o’clock. Terms per month of eight lessons, $1.25.
133 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 20, 1883
Wilcox County, Ala. has a baby boy now, 14 months old, that weighs 68 pounds. His parents have been offered $3,000 and expenses for the privilege of exhibiting the child for the benefit of the medical fraternity. They have refused.
Dr. Henry L. Rankin died of malarial fever at Brewton, Sept. 18, 1883. His remains, in the custody of relatives and friends, passed through Evergreen at an early hour on the morning of the 19th, en route for Burnt Corn in Monroe County, where the mother and sisters of the deceased now live. For several years past, Dr. Rankin has been extensively engaged in the practice of dentistry in Escambia and adjoining counties, and has for the past year been interested in running a timber mill near Brewton.
There is a colored woman on Mr. E.B. Horton’s place, in Oldtown beat, who is 107 years old.
William Dunklin, who lives on Mr. Henry Robson’s place, was attacked recently with an apoplectic fit, fell in the fire and was burned to death.
Evergreen Academy: This fine school has started upon a new career of usefulness and is an ornament to our community. Prof. Dargan, the principal, who has enjoyed the benefit of a large experience as an instructor in some of the best schools, collegiate and preparatory, in South Carolina, his native state, took charge of the academy here one year ago, and laid the foundation of the fine school in our midst, which commends itself to the patronage of Conecuh and adjoining counties.