|Grave of John Hill in Evergreen, Ala.|
67 YEARS AGO
DEC. 15, 1949
SPECIAL MASONIC MEETING: There will be a special meeting of Greening Lodge A.F&M. tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:00 in the Masonic Hall. Work will be done on the F.C. degree. All Masons are urged to attend.
County Votes In Favor of Hospital Tax By Overwhelming Margin Tuesday: Conecuh County voters stated clearly and emphatically that they wanted a hospital when they went to the polls Tuesday. An incomplete and unofficial report from 29 of the 35 boxes in the county reveals a county of 940 in favor, 150 against the special four-mil property levy for the purpose of building and operating a hospital.
Voters in the city of Evergreen piled up a tremendous vote in favor of the local tax bill. Only 11 voters marked against the bill while 399 were in favor in the two town boxes.
A number of rural boxes voted 100 percent for the bill, proving that the sentiment was county-wide. The boxes in Repton and Castleberry went against the bill, but not by as big margins as was feared by the supporters of the bill.
O.E.S. WILL MEET MONDAY: Conecuh Chapter No. 217 O.E.S. will hold its regular meeting Monday night, Dec. 19, at 7:00 in the Lodge Hall. A Christmas party will make up the program. Each person is to bring a gift, the cost of which is not to exceed 50 cents.
James J. Lee Jr., who has been stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., has been honorably discharged from the Army and is at home for the present.
82 YEARS AGO
DEC. 20, 1934
Castleberry Awards Waterworks Contract: Castleberry, Ala., Dec. 29 – Contracts for the construction of a waterworks distribution system and the drilling of an artesian well were let by the Castleberry town council here Friday.
The well will be drilled by the Gray Artesian Well Co. of Pensacola, Fla. for $1,716.
American Legion Post Organized At Castleberry: Castleberry, Dec. 19 – An American Legion post has been organized here with 16 members and a charter is expected to arrive within the next few days. The local unit will be known as Denly Daw, Post No. 95, in honor of a resident of this section who was killed in action at Chateau Thiery in France during the World War.
Charter members are: C.J. Reed, J.E. Skinner, Roy Lee, C.E. Robinson, W.E. Pate, Albert Griffin, J.W. Yancey, W.G. Maiden, R.D. Wright, L.J. Green, C.A. Poole, T.A.T. Baggett, W.H. Waren, Howard Waren, Arthur Monk and Barney H. (Hub) Baggett.
Drilling Machinery For Oil Well Being Placed: During the past week, several loads of heavy machinery to be used in the drilling of a deep test well for oil and gas have been carried to the site of the well located approximately 11 miles southeast of Evergreen on lands belonging to T.R. Miller Mill Co., according to Mr. Ray L. Estabrook, geologist and geophysicist who has spent the past several years making surveys in this section.
97 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1919
Daniel A. Baker of Troy, Ala., Supervisor of the Census for this Congressional District, desires to receive applications from persons to act as enumerators to take the census. The enumeration will commence Jan. 2 but application should be made at once.
An oyster supper would be given at Old Town School Friday night, Dec. 19, for the benefit of the school.
Mrs. Bozeman left on Sunday last for Pike Road to reside with relatives.
Attorney E.C. Page is in Montgomery this week having business before the supreme court.
The Monroe Journal tells of a farmer over in Monroe who made 630 gallons of cane syrup on one acre of ground this season. At the prevailing price for syrup the product of this acre would amount to $787.50.
L.A. McGraw is now associated with the People Shoe Shop and will specialize in repairing automobile tops and upholstery.
A.A. Williams says he expects to plant 400 acres in cotton next year on his extensive farm near Atmore.
Buford Powell has been confined to his room with sickness for several days, but is reported much better.
Rev. E.C. Moore and family left yesterday for their new change in Mobile. They have made a host of friends here who regret they were assigned to another field of labor.
112 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1904
The U.D.C. Chapter located at Evergreen will award to all eligible Confederate veterans Crosses of Honor on June 3, 1905. Those veterans desiring such will please notify the Chapter at once. – Mrs. E.B. Donald, Cor. Sec’y of Falkner Chapter.
There will be a meeting of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee in circuit court room at 11 a.m. on Jan. 7, 1905 for the purpose of electing officers and for the payment of annual dues. – P.M. Bruner, Com’der.
Death of John Hill: After an illness of nearly four months, this good man passed peacefully to rest at his home in this city on last Thursday morning about six o’clock. Mr. Hill was taken sick on Sept. 6 with a malady which at once baffled the skill of physicians.
Mr. Hill was born Dec. 25, 1825, lacking only 10 days of begin 80 years old. He had resided in Wilcox, Clarke and Mobile counties and had been a citizen of Evergreen for upwards of 20 years, and had many times served the town as one of its councilmen, a position he held up to the time of his death.
The funeral took place on Friday morning from the late residence of the deceased, being conducted by the Masonic fraternity of which he had for many years been a member.
A Christmas program will be rendered by the Orphanage school assisted by some of the musicians from the different churches on Monday night, Dec. 26, at seven o’clock in the chapel of the S.W.A.A. school.
126 YEARS AGO
DEC. 18, 1890
Last Tuesday night a neighbor of Mr. John Cunningham from near Burnt Corn came to Evergreen and announced that someone had attempted to burn the Cunningham gin. The fire was discovered in time to prevent damage.
Disastrous – We refer to the fire at Jayvilla by which Mr. Robson is made a much poorer man than he was last Monday. A match was in the cotton and the friction of the gin saws ignited it, and the result was the burning of six bales of cotton, 200 bushels cotton seed, three gins, a grist mill and the gin house. The fire occurred last Tuesday.
Mrs. T.C. Millsap has moved to town and occupies the Riley cottage on Main street.
Mrs. Chas. Robbins of the Brewton Standard Gauge was visiting friends in Evergreen Sunday. The Gauge is a potent factor in the advancement of Brewton’s interests.
During the past week, Mr. D.C. Corbitt of Grand Rapids, Mich. has been in Evergreen on a prospecting tour. This gentleman was scarcely a year since one of the leading lawyers of the above city. He recently abandoned the law practice, came south and will settle in this section. He has been all over the Union and says this is the most delightful country he has ever found. Mr. Corbitt is interested in the company or corporation that purchased the Wilcock’s interest at Peach Bottom, above Gravella.