OCT. 17, 1957
Judge George C. Wallace, Clayton, will speak to the Evergreen Rotary Club at its meeting at noon today at the Methodist Church.
Judge Wallace is judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Judge Wallace is mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in the 1958 Democratic primary.
Search still on for lost airplane: A search for a private plane missing since Saturday is being continued in this area. Civil Air Patrol pilots and ground searchers have combed the large area from Evergreen north to Montgomery several times, but no trace of the plane has been found.
The pilot, Larry Reid, construction company employee of Birmingham, and his fiancée, Miss Mary Catherine Finch, 21-year-old nurse at Montgomery hospital, were last heard from at 6:36 p.m. Saturday.
Two prisoners flee county jail: Maybe they didn’t like the food, or the service, or the sorry old building. Anyway, two non-paying gents at the Conecuh County Jail broke out Thursday night.
The fleeing prisoners were identified by the sheriff’s office as Andrew Cliff Harvey and Sam Brown Jr. they have not been recaptured.
Deputy Sheriffs Mancil Pearce and William Kent said that the prisoners filed through one of the bars in the window. They tied blankets together and slid down them to freedom. They tore loose a piece of pipe from the top of one of the cells and used it to pry the window bars.
74 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1942
Jerry P. Matthews, age 74, former mayor of Castleberry, well known and beloved citizen, died at his home in Castleberry Fri., Oct. 9, at his home after an illness of one week. Deceased was a native of this county and had lived his entire life in the community in which he died. He was well known throughout the county and had many friends who feel they have sustained a great loss in his death.
COTTON GIN REPORT: There were 4,399 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Conecuh County from the crop of 1942 prior to Oct. 1, 1942, as compared with 3,930 bales ginned to Oct. 1, 1941.
NOTICE: Beginning on the 19th of October, the mail for the night trains and the lobby of the post office will be closed at 7 p.m. daily instead of 8 p.m. – Laurie B. Kelly, acting postmaster.
First Cattle Sale Was Big Success: The first cattle sale of the season which was held at the pens of the Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard last Thursday was declared, by all who attended and participated, to be a complete success. The bidding on all offerings was keen and spirited and prices paid compared quite favorably with other markets in this section.
A total of 109 head of cattle and 18 head of hogs were sold, bringing approximately $4,600. Roy Moorer, auctioneer from Atmore, conducted the sale.
89 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1927
Kidnapping Charged Against Three White Men: Martin Hancock, Leslie Morris and Everette Pritchett, three white men of Repton community were arrested Monday on warrants charging them with kidnapping and assault and battery. The warrants were sworn out by relatives of Malcolm Nicholson, who it is alleged was kidnapped by these men Sunday afternoon near Repton. Hancock and Morris are in jail now awaiting trial. Pritchett made bond immediately after his arrest.
School Child Run Over By Ford: The young son of J.A. Davis of near Owassa was run over by a Ford car last Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 12, and both legs were broken above the knees. The car was occupied by Jesse Dean and Will Chapman. The accident occurred at the school the child was attending, which is located near W.E. Cooks. Warrants were sworn out for both of the men, and they are now lodged in the county jail awaiting trial. Medical attention was given the child immediately and he is said to be getting along nicely at this time.
The Government Gin Report for Conecuh County shows that there were 8,783 bales of cotton ginned from the crop of 1927, as compared with 6,622 bales ginned to Oct. 1, 1926. This year’s crop was much earlier than last year’s and it is said that practically all of the crop has already been ginned. Most of the gins are now operating only on gin days and some have already stopped entirely.
J.S. Nall, well known citizen of this county residing near Repton, has been appointed License Inspector for Conecuh County by the State Tax Commission and is now engaged in the duties of this office.
104 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 1912
Circuit Court convened at 11 o’clock Monday morning when the criminal docket was taken up. Business is being dispatched rapidly, many cases having been disposed of on pleas of guilty. There are several capital cases to be disposed of and the entire week will likely be consumed. All the important murder cases were continued to the next term of court.
Town Officers and Committees: At a meeting of the town council Friday last the following officers and committees appointed:
Clerk and Treasurer: H.A. Shield.
Day Marshal: J.C. Jones.
Night Marshal: G.W. Miller.
Committees: Water and Lights, Shields and Lundy; Cemetery, Salter and Pritchett; Streets, Mason and Lundy; Health and Sanitation, Pritchett and Mason; Finance, Lundy and Shields; Fire and Building, Pritchett and Salter; Laws, Ordinances and Resolutions, Salter and Shields.
At the recent meeting of the Conecuh County Medical Society, Dr. E.L. Stallworth was elected health officer of the county, Dr. G. Newton was elected county physician; Dr. W.F. Betts city physician.
The Mt. Zion School Improvement Association will have an ice cream supper Friday night, Oct. 18, at the school house. The public is cordially invited to attend.
119 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1897
Yellow Fever at Flomaton: It was learned here yesterday that there were five cases of yellow fever at Flomaton. The state health officer has been there to investigate the cases. The train yesterday did not go any further down than Pollard.
Mr. S.B. Strout, the newly appointed postmaster at this place, has qualified and taken charge of his office. Mr. W.T. Wiggins retires with a clean record and with many friends.
The streets of Evergreen and especially the courthouse square have been thronged with people this week.
Castleberry: Dr. R.T. Holland has just completed a large new storehouse, which adds greatly to the looks of that side of town.
CONFEDERATE PENSIONS: The auditor has announced that the Confederate pension warrants for the year will go out within the next week or 10 days, and that there is an increase of about 1,800 names on the roll. This increase will cut the approximation down so that each pensioner will only receive $12 or $13 instead of about $17, as heretofore.
Circuit court convened Monday with Judge Tyson presiding. The civil docket was taken up after empaneling the grand and petit juries, and the business is being disposed of with the usual promptitude and dispatch. We not the presence of an unusually large number of visitors.