Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Oct. 4, 2016

Lyndon B. Johnson
OCT. 3, 1900

E.M. Binion, of our city (Castleberry), is here loading gravel to be shipped to Evergreen to put around the new courthouse. The gravel supply here is almost inexhaustible. It has been tested to a depth of 30 feet on certain lands and is pure white gravel as far as tested.

Louis Hobbs is now installed as night telegraph operator at this place (Castleberry), Mr. Jones, the former operator being absent on furlough.

BILL ARP COMING! Will lecture at Evergreen Opera House on Tuesday night, Oct. 9. Subject, “Behind the Scenes.” Bill Arp’s lectures Interest, Instruct, Amuse – BE SURE TO HEAR HIM! Admission, 35 cents; Reserved Seats, 50 cents.

C.K. Lee was so unfortunate last week as to have a pair of mules runaway with him. He sustained several bruises, but no serious injury, we hope. Though at present he is laid up for repairs.

P.M. Skinner has moved from the Barnes place on Belleville street to where he once resided on Monroeville street.

The L&N Company now has the track fenced in from Mobile to a point north of Castleberry.

Died at her home near Castleberry, Ala., Sept. 26th, Mrs. Lee Holland, wife of S.W. Holland. The deceased was born in Kentucky and moved to this state with the rest of the family about 20 years ago. 

OCT. 6, 1915

The Courant Twenty Years Old: The Courant was 20 years old on Monday last.
A coincidence probably worth mentioning in this connection is the fact that the anniversary of The Courant and that its editor come the same date. The first regular issue of the paper was on the 4th day of October 1895, the birthday of the editor. During these 20 years, The Courant has missed only two issues, and these on or about Christmas day.

The store of F.L. Riley was burglarized on Saturday night and a considerable quantity of goods taken therefrom. Entrance to the store was effected through an air vent reaching from the roof to the milling department where keys were secured to unlock a side door where the burglars made their exit after pilfering.

Exhibits for County Fair: All exhibits of fancy work, preserved fruits and vegetables, cakes, breads or Canning Club work must be sent to J.D. Deming’s vacant store next to Riley’s on either the 11th or 12th of October. Miss Louise Thomas in charge.

A small boy was severely injured on Sunday afternoon by either trying to get on or off a moving freight train. It is common for small boys to climb on to moving trains, and this recent accident should serve as a warning to them.

A delegation of Evergreen citizens was prevented from taking part in a good roads demonstration at Brewton last night on account of the downpour of rain.

OCT. 2, 1930

Conecuh County ginned 8,197 bales this year as compared to 6,297 in 1929.

Conecuh Boy Elected To Debating Club: University, Ala., Sept. 29 – In the recent tryouts held by the Excelsior Literary Society of the University of Alabama, Mr. Lloyd Hart, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hart, was one of three successful aspirants elected from 26 candidates. This society is one of the foremost collegiate debating clubs in the South, and its membership is limited to young men who show marked proficiency in oratory.

Prof. Murphy Candidate For Representative: Elsewhere in this issue will be found announcement of the candidacy of Prof. J.B. Murphy for the office of Representative of Conecuh County in the general election to be held on Nov. 4, 1930. Prof. Murphy is running as independent against Mr. J.E. Kelly of Repton, who was unopposed in the primary election held on Aug. 12, 1930.
Prof. Murphy is well known to the citizens of this county, having lived here at various intervals for the past 25 or 30 years. He was teacher in the Agricultural School for a short time when he first came to this county. During the four years from 1922-26, he was principal of the C.C.H.S. at Castleberry.
In 1928, he was a candidate for County Superintendent of Education and made a very creditable race. Since that time, he has lived in Evergreen. He was appointed as Supervisor of the Census in this district last spring and completed this work about July 1.

OCT. 4, 1945

Lt. Clarence H. Stewart Is Presumed Dead: WEDOWEE, Ala., Sept. 30 – Lt. Clarence Hopkins Stewart Jr., Wadley, Ala., previously reported missing in action, is now presumed by the War Department to have been killed as a result of action over France June 22, 1944, according to information received here by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Stewart.
Before entering service, Lt. Stewart worked at Evergreen, Ala. as farm security supervisor after graduating from the School of Agriculture at Alabama Polytechnic Institute.
Official information received by his parents disclosed that the P-51 operated by Lt. Stewart was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went down near St. Lo, adding that after Lt. Stewart radioed his commanding officer that his plane had been hit and he would not be able to return to the base, he has not been heard from since.
Lt. Stewart volunteered for military duty Jan. 18, 1942 and received his training as a gunner and later a flier at Denver, Colo. and Randolph Field, Texas, receiving his wings and commission Dec. 13, 1942.

Billy Salter, age eight, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Salter of Belleville was instantly killed when a log truck driven by N.D. Lowrey hit the bicycle he was riding late Tuesday afternoon at Belleville. Jimmy Hines Ashcraft, age nine, was seriously injured and his brother, William Ashcraft, age seven, was slightly injured. All three boys were riding the bicycle at the time of the accident.

OCT. 6, 1960

LBJ will speak here Thursday: Lyndon and Lady Bird are coming to Evergreen, and since he’s the Democrats’ vice-presidential nominee and she’s the charming and gracious wife he got from Alabama, that is indeed big news.
Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson of Texas, majority leader in the U.S. Senate, is scheduled for a 15-minute stop in Evergreen at 4:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 13. He will speak from his Campaign Special train at the L&N Depot.
State Senator Bob Kendall will head up the committee preparing for the visit by LBJ. He said today that a huge, tri-county gathering of Democratic leaders from Conecuh, Covington and Monroe counties is being planned.
Senator Johnson’s train will make its first Alabama “whistle stop” at Flomaton. Then will visit Brewton, Evergreen, Greenville and Montgomery.

Mayor Zell Murphy, two incumbent and three new city councilmen took the oath of office Monday. Judge of Probate Lloyd G. Hart administered the oath to the City Fathers for their four-year term of office, which will end on Oct. 1, 1964.
The three new council members, W.H. Sessions, W.T. (Jack) Wild and Walter Poole attended their first meeting Tuesday night. They joined the mayor and councilmen Joseph H. Hagood and Aubrey Griffin in granting two building permits.

The Alabama Public Service Commission has denied a petition by the L&N Railroad to close its depot at Repton. The decision was rendered Sept. 27 and released to The Courant today.

Appearing to protest the petition were Repton Mayor J.N. Andrews, J.L. Dees and G.H. Dees.

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