|Dr. Eugene A. Smith|
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 October 1916. Those issues, which were dated Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 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.
OCT. 5, 1916
Flood Sufferers Doing Good Work: The flood sufferers, numbering 25 to 30, are doing good work, building an excellent road from Perdue Hill to Claiborne under the direction of Foreman W.A. Farr.
M. Katz store will be closed next Saturday, Oct. 7, in observance of Yom Kippur, or the Jewish Thanksgiving.
Peterman Camp W.O.W. will unveil the monument of sovereign Benj. E. Cook in Puryearville cemetery near Burnt Corn Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, at 2:30. Everybody invited, especially all members of W.O.W. and Woodmen Circle. – L.B. Tidwell, C.C.; R.L. Lewis, Clerk.
Posters have been issued announcing an attractive premium list for the County Fair to be held in Monroeville on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20. The fair is being put on this year under adverse conditions, therefore let everyone lend a helping hand to make the best showing possible.
The Excel school opened on Mon., Oct. 2, with appropriate exercises, addresses being made by Superintendent J.A. Barnes, Dr. W.A. Lovett of Tunnel Springs, and the pastor of the local Christian church. Ninety-three pupils were present at the opening, and it is confidently predicted that out of 236 of school age in the district 225 will be enrolled during the term. The faculty consists of Prof. W.S. Nash, principal; Miss Ima Giddens, first assistant; Miss Lida Cruitt, second assistant; and Miss Jessie Boggan.
OCT. 12, 1916
Dr. Eugene A. Smith of Tuscaloosa, State Geologist, was a visitor to Monroeville this week. Dr. Smith spent several days in the county inspecting soil specimens collected during the progress of the soil survey.
Soil Surveyor Howard C. Smith, and his coworker, Mr. Stroud, have completed the field work of the soil survey of the county and are now engaged in entering the data secured upon the maps. A booklet containing the map of the survey together with much valuable information concerning the county will be issued by the government.
Prof. E.P. Yeldell’s many friends are glad to see him able to resume his duties as principal of the city school after several week’s detention at an infirmary.
The Grimes School, District No. 11, opened on Oct. 2 with Miss Mary J. Lunceford of Montgomery, teacher. She holds a life certificate and comes to us with excellent recommendations.
Several members of Manistee Chapter O.E.S. attended the school of instruction held with Jones Mill Chapter on Fri., Oct. 6, by the Worthy Grand Matron, Mrs. Alice Goins.
Mr. J.B. Harper of Beatrice was here Saturday attending a session of the County Board of Education.
Don’t forget that Thursday and Friday of next week, Oct. 19 and 20, are dates appointed for the County Fair.
PINEAPPLE: Dr. Watkins was called to see Mr. R.B. Middleton who is very ill. He was baptized at his home Tuesday night.
OCT. 19, 1916
County Engineer C.E. Barker made a trip to the west side of the river the first of the week. He reports about 70 men employed in that community under the storm relief arrangement, and that good work is being done.
Mr. R.P. Purifoy and family of Snow Hill are welcomed as citizens of Monroeville. Mr. Purifoy is manager of the Mathison House, formerly the Patrick House.
The approaching fall term of circuit court promises to be one of the busiest for many years. The criminal docket is unusually heavy while a steady stream of new cases in civil action are being filed. The grand jury will be under the necessity of investigating a number of grave charges.
The county board of revenue has purchased one of the most approved types of traction engines for use in dressing and maintenance of the public roads of the county. Investigation has convinced the board that the tractor as a road implement is not only more satisfactory from the standpoint of efficiency but in the matter of economy as well.
D.L. Neville, county game warden, has received from the state game and fish commissioner peremptory instructions to prosecute to the limit of the law all persons hunting without license or violating any other provisions of the game and fish laws.
The many friends of the family throughout the county regret to learn of the death of Miss Cornelia Parker, for many years a resident of Monroeville, at her home in Anniston on Sept. 24.
OCT. 26, 1916
MONROEVILLE-ATMORE BATTLE TO A DRAW: High School Teams Pull Off Hot Contest With Even Score: Sports lovers of Monroe County were given a real treat on last Friday in the football game between the local boys and the team of the Escambia County High School. The Atmoreites came with the runaway score of two weeks before fresh in their memory and were more confident of another easy victory. The home boys with that same score as a thorn in the flesh had been doing some real work for two weeks and had trained with a determination to give a good account of themselves.
(The game ended in a 7-7 tie.)
Taking into consideration the unfavorable circumstances with which the management was confronted, the limited means at its command and the uncertainty as to whether at all until within a very few days before the appointed date, the success of the second annual agricultural exhibition and livestock show by the Monroe County Fair Association on Oct. 19 and 20 was not only surprising but highly gratifying to all concerned in the development of the county.
Hallowe’en Party: Ghosts, spooks, goblins and witches too, all join in this message to you: Come take a stir at the witches brew; taste of the fortune cake with me; see what your fate for the year will be. Come to Eliska school house on Hallowe’en to spookiest party ever seen. Admittance 15 cents. Refreshments free. Sat., Oct. 31 at eight o’clock.