Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Nov. 15, 2016

NOV. 15, 1956

“The Evergreen Garment Co. will go back into operation on Monday or Tuesday of next week,” Vernon Millsap, vice president and manager, said today.
Fire raged through the company’s building on Pecan Street Saturday night, Nov. 3, causing a loss of about $300,000.
“We are actually already in production,” he said, “with cutting operations being performed at the Steven-Robert Corporation. Sewing operations will begin on a partial basis at the new location in the Recreation Center early next week, and by the following week we hope to be in full operation, with everyone back on the job.”

At a recent meeting of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club, T.O. Langham, popular local businessman, was elected president, and will take office in January. Other officers chosen were Dr. John Crook, vice president; Ivey Booker, secretary; and John Gibson, treasurer.

Jay Villa Plantation of Evergreen has placed one horned Hereford bull and one polled Hereford bull on performance test at the North Auburn Beef Cattle Research Unit of the API Agricultural Experiment Station.
The animals are included among 55 bulls on a 140-day test to determine weight-gaining abilities. The performance program will be climaxed next spring with a field day and sale of bulls calved between Sept. 1, 1955 and Feb. 29, 1956.

NOV. 20, 1941

31st Division Moves To ‘Battle’ Position: WITH THE 31ST (DIXIE) DIVISION ON CAROLINE MANEUVERS: Men from Evergreen with Battery C, 117th Field Artillery, members of the 31st Dixie Division enter the last and major phase of Carolina mock warfare early this week when their outfits began pulling out of base camp Sunday night and moving toward their “battle” positions.
Dixie troops are getting their “college course” in modern warfare. Troops will be back in Blanding early in December.

Wilkerson Gets Two-Year Sentence: After about one hour deliberation Tuesday night, the jury which tried Alvin Wilkerson charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Mrs. Josephine Zellers, found him guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and sentenced him to two years. Judge Hare pronounced the sentence on Wilkerson early Wednesday morning and suspended same for a period of six months or until spring term of court next May.
Wilkerson’s trial consumed all of Tuesday and was not concluded until about eight o’clock Tuesday night. This being the last case on docket, court adjourned following the sentencing of Wilkerson Wednesday morning.

C.D. Mixon, 87, well known and respected citizen of Burnt Corn, was found dead in bed Saturday morning by members of his family. During his active years, he was one of that section’s most successful and substantial farmers. He was married three times.

NOV. 18, 1926

R. Gaston Bozeman was called to his old home near Gantt Tuesday to attend the funeral of his maternal grandmother, Mrs. L.T. Wells.

CONECUH GIN REPORT: There were 10,713 bales of cotton ginned in Conecuh County from the crop of 1926 prior to Nov. 1 as compared with 14,162 bales ginned to Nov. 1, 1925. This report was furnished by the Bureau of Census through W.T. Hagood, reporter for the county.

ARMISTICE DAY QUIETLY OBSERVED: Armistice Day was observed in a very quiet manner by the citizens of Evergreen. No formal services were held during the day, but the holiday was observed in whole-hearted manner by practically all business and professional people, in closing their offices and places of business for the day. This was done in spite of the fact that an unusually large crowd of people was in town to attend the Presley trial, and no doubt it would have been a profitable day with the stores had they remained open, but patriotism came first with Evergreen business houses.

Conecuh County Circuit Court, which was in session during the past two weeks, came to close Saturday night when the jury selected to sit in the case of Dan Presley, rendered a verdict which found the defendant guilty of murder in the second degree and fixed his sentence at 10 years. Curt Coleman, who is indicted under the same charges as Presley, was not arraigned at this term of court, and he was released under bond until the next term.

NOV. 15, 1911

Luman W. Savage, for 40 years a prominent citizen and businessman of Evergreen, died on Saturday night, Nov. 11, after a brief illness.
Mr. Savage was born at Camden about 64 years ago. From there he removed to Scotland and later to Claiborne, coming to Evergreen about 1872. He spent most of life in the mercantile business and was widely known in the commercial world.
The funeral occurred on Sunday afternoon from the Episcopal church of which he had long been a communicant, the service being conducted by the rector, Rev. Mr. Zachary. The body was laid to rest with the beautiful and impressive rites of the Masonic order of which deceased had long been a faithful member.

The veterans from this county who attended the State reunion in Montgomery last week say that it was one of the best they have ever attended barring the rain and disagreeable weather on Wednesday which interfered greatly with the program. They are lavish in their praise of the entertainment and attentions shown them by the citizens of Montgomery, especially the ladies. The keys of the city were turned over to them.

E. Garvin, residing 11 miles east of Evergreen, says he produced seven 500-pound bales of cotton off of six acres. He says at one time he thought he would get nine bales but drought and worms cut it off.

NOV. 19, 1896

Just before the close of the late war, two southerners were captured and taken as prisoners to Fort Delaware near the city of Philadelphia. They were strangers then, but both from Alabama – one Mr. D.T. Slay from Demopolis and the other Mr. W.H. Betts of Burnt Corn. In a long confinement of almost two years, they became fast friends. Since those stormy days, these old comrades have renewed their friendship, now extending over 30 years, and correspond regularly. Mr. Slay resides in Texas and on Monday Mr. Betts came in to renew the subscription to The Record which has been sent to “Tom” for the past several years. In their friendship, one is “Tom” and the other “Bill.” They are now old men and both await the summons to retire from a conflict almost reaching the three score years and ten.

Miss Lovelace, the music teacher at the Southwest Alabama Agricultural School was called on Thursday to Atlanta on account of the serious illness on one of her sister’s family.

A letter received by Mr. Joseph Comb, one of the best additions to the citizens of Evergreen, announces that his kinsman Messrs. J.W. Clarke and W.B. Clarke of Hamilton, Ohio with their families, will arrive in Evergreen about the middle of December to reside here in the future.

That wave of prosperity hasn’t reached Evergreen yet. Farmers are now regretting that they didn’t sell their cotton before the election.

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