124 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 8, 1892
Last Saturday, Charley Hamil, Ernest Cargill, Tom Carey and Will Stallworth spent the day in hunting in the country. Young Stallworth shot and killed a monstrous rattlesnake, and upon investigation it was learned that the monster had 15 rattles.
109 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 11, 1907
Hunting permits can be secured at The Courant office.
Old Town crossed bats with Brownville Saturday last, Brownville was defeated.
94 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 13, 1922
The old fisherman, S.J. Brundage, set all the boys wild last Wednesday when he exhibited a beautiful string of four trout, all practically the same size, the four weighing 11 pounds on the scales here (Wild Bros. Hardware).
They were all caught at Sparta in less than an hour. Sanborn, Mr. Brundage’s little son, caught the first one and Mr. Brundage says he got so excited that he would not try it any more, but most of us think that the old man took the rod away from the boy.
Of course, everybody wanted to know what he caught them with and when he told them that he caught them with one of those new barbs that we had just gotten in, they made a rush to get one like it. We had a dozen and like to have sold out in one day.
Brundage claimed that we owed him a commission on the sales but Mc told him that there was not a thing doing as he had to beat him like a dog and then threaten to kill him to make him buy one. September and October are the months for trout in this section, and we tell you that what it takes to get them we happen to have it.
64 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 11, 1952
Repton Gridders Christen New Field Friday Nite In Opener With Flomaton: Game Is First On New Lighted Field: The Repton High School Bulldogs will get the 1952 football season underway Friday night when they tackle Flomaton in Conecuh County’s first game. Kickoff is scheduled for eight o’clock in the first game ever played in Repton under lights. The Bulldogs will christen the new, lighted field built by the townspeople since last year.
Coach Charlie Pouncey has had a group of 20 gridders working in Repton for the past two weeks.
Starters back from the 1951 team are Gerald Baggett, Shelton Baggett, Roger Baggett, Harry Giles, John Conner, Douglas Robinson and Kenneth Baggett. Other lettermen are Ray Baggett and Paul Brantley.
Other members of the squad are Eddie Kelley, Marcus Straughn, Tommy Nall, Johnny McInnis, Douglas Conner, Warren Watson, Bert Stacey and Roger Hays.
Coach Pouncey expects to field the following starters in the Flomaton contest: left end, Harry Giles; left tackle, Gerald Baggett; left guard, Wendell Baggett; center, Kenneth Baggett; right guard, Gene Austin or Roger Baggett; right tackle, John Conner; right end, Paul Brantley; quarterback, James Baggett; left halfback, Ray Baggett; right halfback, Douglas Robinson; fullback, Shelton Baggett.
Aggies Working Hard And Late Prepping For Opener With Atmore: Teams To Meet Here Next Friday Night: The Evergreen High School Aggies were working hard and until the shadows fell across the turf of Brooks Stadium this week as they prepped for the opener with Atmore’s Blue Devils, only a week away. Coach Wendell Hart will unveil his seventh edition of the Aggies here next Friday night in Brooks Stadium with the powerful Blue Devils furnishing the opposition.
Indications were in practice Tuesday that the Aggies might take to the air early and often in an attempt to drop their highly touted foe in the opener. While the passers were practicing their tosses on one end of the field under Coach Hart’s eagle eye, the linemen went through a lengthy and rugged drill on screening for the passer with Assistant Coach Ralph Law cracking the whip.
Both backs and linemen were also getting plenty of work on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. Paul Hanks and Wayne “Dog” Douglas were administering some jarring tackles to pace the linemen.
In scrimmage session winding up practice, the Aggies looked their best so far this season. Ward Alexander and Capt. Pace “Hot” Bozeman both broke loose for long runs. Shirley Frazier working at quarterback handled the ball well.
Centerville Plays Starlington Sunday In Finals Of Conecuh League Playoff: Castleberry Meets Shreve For Third: The Centerville Rookies and the Starlington Stars will meet in the championship finals of the Conecuh Amateur League playoffs Sunday afternoon in Brooks Stadium. In a preliminary contest at one o’clock Castleberry will play Shreve for third place in the playoffs.
Starlington defeated Shreve, league leaders during the regular season, in the first round of the playoffs last Sunday to enter the finals. Centerville edged Castleberry to earn its place in the finals. Castleberry finished second in regular season play, Shreve third and Centerville fourth. The playoff games were played in Brooks Stadium.
In the first game last Sunday, Starlington rallied for three runs in the last (seventh) inning to edge Shreve’s Eagles, 5-4.
Shreve edged ahead, 4-2, in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on two walks, three errors and no hits. The Stars scored three in their half of the inning to win. Dunk Stinson led off with a home run over the left field wall.
Punk Fussell and Houston Blackburn composed the winning battery. Fussell gave up four hits and walked five. William Huggins started for Shreve, giving way to Duck Reeves in the seventh. Hooks was behind the plate. Huggins gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked zero.
Blackburn and Robert Young, with hits each, led the winners. Oneal Kennedy and Hubert Sanford got a hit each in two trips to pace Shreve.
Centerville scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning then held on grimly to defeat Castleberry, 4-3.
Manager Luther McDonald doubled with two men on to account for two Castleberry runs in the fourth inning.
(Other Castleberry players included Hunter Skipper, William Andrews, Carroll Powell and Don Ivey. Other Centerville players included Joe McClain, John Cunningham, Homer Riley and Clint Ward.)
49 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 14, 1967
Here are the men who keyed that slashing defense against Atmore and will be out to do Monroeville the same way tomorrow night. The front five are Ronald Halford, Roger Waller, Eddie Ralls, Jimmy Hamiter and Forrest Simpson. Backing them up are HB Ed Smith, linebacker Buck Quarles, Lavon Tolbert, George Stinson and Jimmy Bell, and HB Don Montgomery. Only Smith, Tolbert and Stinson are seniors.
The Lyeffion vs. Repton game originally scheduled for Friday night will be played tonight in Repton with the kickoff set at eight o’clock.
The game was moved up to Thursday night because of the interest in county fans in this game and the Evergreen vs. Monroeville game to be played Friday night in Evergreen.
Aggies to face unbeaten Tigers here Friday at 8: Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen Aggies hope to grab their first win of the season and bring their record to the .500 mark here Friday night, but it’s a rough row they have to hoe. The opposition is unbeaten Monroe County High School of Monroeville with the kickoff set at 8 p.m. in Brooks Stadium.
Aggie Capt. George Stinson was named Outstanding Player of the Week by the Evergreen Jaycees for the Atmore-Evergreen game. According to Ken Gall, committee chairman, this makes Stinson eligible for the Player of the Year Award which is made at the end of the season.