Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Nov. 1, 2016

Congressman Lister Hill
NOV. 5, 1959

Pvt. David E. McKenzie, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.D. (Mack) McKenzie, Evergreen, was the honor graduate of the class completing an Army School (Wheel Vehicle Mechanic Course) at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Oct. 23.
McKenzie is a graduate of Evergreen High School. His father operates Mac’s Repair Shop here.

P.J. (Paul) Godwin has resigned as member of the Conecuh County Board of Directors from District Three. Godwin’s resignation is announced in today’s Courant and will be effective Monday.
John H. Tranum, chairman of the board of directors, said this morning that the board has named Elmore Godwin to fill his father’s unexpired term of office.
Godwin, a highly respected farmer of near Old Sparta, was serving his second term on the board of directors. Godwin was re-elected in May 1956 and became ill around the first of June that year. He recovered enough to accept his commission and had served fairly actively up until some months ago, although his illness did limit severely his physical activities.
Recently he had suffered a setback and was advised by his doctors to resign his post.

A major expansion of Southern Coach & Body Co., Inc. is announced today by F. Clayton Albert, president.
Albert said that his company has made arrangements with Conecuh Development Corp. for the purchase of Evergreen Lumber & Supply Co. property on Rural Street. A modern production line will be set up there to produce a small walk-in delivery van on a huge contract.
The production anticipated at the new plant will require 300 men when peak production is reached.

NOV. 2, 1944

Lt. Judson Murphy Is Missing In Action: A telegram from the War Department received Sunday morning by Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Murphy announced that their son, Second Lieut. Judson C. Murphy, was missing in action since Oct. 16.
Lt. Murphy was a bombardier attached to the 15th Air Force based somewhere in Italy. The message did not state any details. It is known that he had recently been on missions over Germany, Austria, Greece and other Balkan countries. He entered the service in January 1943 and went overseas only a few months ago. Numerous friends and relatives are hoping that he is safe and well and that a message to that effect will be received by his parents soon.

News has been received that Staff Sgt. James Vernon Henderson has been awarded the Purple Heart for having received a slight wound while in action in the Southwest Pacific. He was also recently promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant.
Sgt. Henderson entered the service Nov. 25, 1940, receiving his first training at Camp Blanding, Fla. He is with the 31st Division in the Southwest Pacific. His wife and son are residing in Evergreen.

T-5 Henry F. Ward, son of Mrs. Ella Ward, Evergreen, Route 2, has been awarded two bronze stars for unusually meritorious service in the European Theatre, according to a letter which his mother received Oct. 5. He is an aerial gunner and has served overseas for about one year.

NOV. 7, 1929

Carter Resigns As Mayor of Repton: C.F. Carter, mayor of Repton, tendered his resignation at a meeting of the council Tuesday night. The resignation was accepted and J.E. Nettles, member of the council, was elected to serve the unexpired term.
Mr. Carter’s resignation was made due to the fact that a recent ruling of the attorney general makes it illegal for a person to hold an office as member of the county school board and as mayor or member of a council. He will continue in his office as member of the school board.

Evergreen Secures City Mail Delivery: The United States Post Office Department has taken official notice of the fact that Evergreen has made remarkable strides forward within the past few years. By virtue of an order recently issued by that department, Evergreen is now recognized officially as a “city.” This became known this week when Postmaster J.T. Williams received an order authorizing the establishment of city mail delivery here. The service is to become effective Feb. 1, 1930.
For some time, Mayor J.L. Kelly, Postmaster Williams and Miss Mary Cunningham, assistant postmistress, have been actively behind the proposition of securing this service. They were able to enlist the services of Congressman Lister Hill, who was largely instrumental in pushing the matter to a successful conclusion.
Letter boxes will be placed at different points over the city. Five of these will be in the business section, and three in the residential.

NOV. 4, 1914

House Burned: On Saturday night, the Rountree home at Knoxville was destroyed by fire. The place was occupied by John Smith and family and was owned by Mrs. T.H. Miller. Most of the household effects were saved.

Death of W.P. Murphy: W.P. Murphy died on Saturday night last at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dr. G.G. Newton. Mr. Murphy suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago since which time he has been in a helpless condition. For many years, he was one of the most prominent merchants and planters in Wilcox County. His body was taken to Camden Monday for interment.

During Saturday night, five business houses in Evergreen were entered and burglarized. The places entered were Powell & Son’s store, Moorer-Williams Mercantile Co. and Marlin’s Drug Store, S. Sudeiha’s fruit stand and Braxton’s meat market.

The election yesterday was the quietest we ever remember to have observed. The fight was made in the primaries, the people were satisfied and many actually lost sight of the election.

A wagon owned by Cary Ellis of China was partially wrecked at the Rural Street crossing on Saturday, being struck by passenger train No. 5. The mules were uninjured and the driver sustained only slight injuries.

Capt. J.C. Cheney came down from Montgomery yesterday to cast his ballot.

NOV. 1, 1899

There are now 284 pupils in attendance at the Agricultural School, the largest actual attendance since the school began more than six years ago, and new pupils are enrolled every day.
The practice of opening the school every morning at eight o’clock with scripture reading, song service and prayer is still observed and is a very impressive as well as important feature of the school.
Visitors to the school are always welcomed and Prof. Liner will take the greatest delight in showing them through, that they may get an idea of the workings of the school.

Quite a number of Evergreen’s people attended the Street Fair at Montgomery and report a pleasant time.

Mr. H.J. Savage left for New Orleans to resume his studies at Tulane Medical College. Success to him.

Dr. Crumpton Accepts: Rev. B.H. Crumpton on last Sunday accepted the call to the pastorate of the Evergreen Baptist Church. This will be learned with gratification by his many friends here. He will shortly remove here with his family.

Dr. T.M. McMillian of Brooklyn was here Monday. He was en route to Atlanta where he goes for medical treatment. The doctor’s health has been very much impaired for some time and his friends hope he may be greatly benefited in the change.

D.L. Carter of Castleberry was in town yesterday.

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