Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., April 26, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  4.05 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 6.15 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.55 inches.

Notes: Today is the 116th day of 2017 and the 38th day of Spring. There are 249 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for April 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Howell Heflin
13 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 2004

Weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.25 inches of rain on April 12 and .03 inches on April 13. He reported a high of 83 degrees on April 18 and a low of 36 degrees on April 13.

Carter named Repton Mayor: After a month of only two council members, Repton now has a full council and a new mayor.
Terri Carter, Elizabeth Drawhorn and Linda Green were appointed by Gov. Bob Riley and took office Monday night at a special called town meeting amid Repton residents, Conecuh County officials and two security guards. The three joined existing members Connie Gibson and Denease Watkins to form an all-woman council.
Carter was chosen Monday night by her fellow council members to serve as the new mayor until the upcoming election in August.

The Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department and the Evergreen City Council held a dedication ceremony for the new fire truck during the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night. They are pictured with the new Pierce Fire Truck that was delivered last week.

Mack Salter celebrated his 100th birthday on Sat., April 17, 2004 at his home in the Fairview Community. Mr. Salter was born on April 20, 1904.
He was honored with a special certificate from the White House and a very special pictorial personalized birthday card from his entire family.

38 YEARS AGO
APRIL 26, 1979

Weather observer Earl Windham reported .02 inches of rain on April 21. He reported highs of 86 degrees on April 18 and April 21 and a low of 47 on April 16.

Jonestown victim is buried here: Mrs. Millie Steans Cunningham, a native of Evergreen who died in the infamous massacre and mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, South America on Nov. 18, 1978, was buried here Friday.
Graveside services were held Friday afternoon at one o’clock at the First Mt. Zion Church Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Lee officiating and Presley Funeral Home directing.

U.S. Senator Howell Heflin was here last Thursday morning for a “Dutch treat” breakfast at the Holiday Inn (it turned out not to be “Dutch” as an anonymous donor paid for the breakfast). The senator and former Alabama Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was introduced by Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key, who was in law school with Heflin at the University of Alabama.

The Evergreen High School FFA Chapter surprised Butch Adams, veteran photographer-reporter for The Evergreen Courant, last Thursday when Chapter President Johnny Stowers presented Adams with a handsome plaque honoring the accommodating, ever-present Butch with the “FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree.” Other Chapter officers present for the presentation were David Crosby, Sentinel; Tracey Weaver, Vice President; and Ernie Edeker, Secretary.

63 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 1954

Auto Accident Takes Two Lives Here Monday: A head-on collision of two automobiles near the city limits on Brooklyn Road took the lives of two well known and prominent citizens shortly after noon Monday. S.R. Amos, age 61, postmaster at Brooklyn and member of Conecuh County Board of Education, was one of the victims and Pink W. Barlow, age 73, successful farmer of the Old Town community was the other.
It will probably never been known just what caused the accident as both men were riding alone and there were no eyewitnesses. Both men died shortly after the smash-up. Officers investigating the accident noted that the wheels of Mr. Amos’ car skidded for some distance before striking the car of Mr. Barlow.

Lt. John M. Nielsen received his orders to leave Japan on April 24. He will be joined in Evergreen by his wife and little son, John Martin.

Conecuh County Hospital Is Featured In National Hospital Magazine Item: Among the seven small general hospitals featured in an article in the March issue of “Hospitals,” the journal of the American Hospital Association was the 35-bed Conecuh County Hospital, Evergreen. None of the other six small hospitals featured were in the south.
The article was accompanied by sketches, blueprints and an architect’s drawing of the hospital.

On Friday night, April 23, at 8 p.m., the Senior Class of Evergreen High School will present “Stranger in the Night,” a comedy-mystery in three acts.

88 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1929

WORK ON NEW SCHOOL BEGINS: First Concrete Is Poured For Foundation: Pouring of concrete for the foundation of Evergreen’s new state secondary agricultural school building was begun late Tuesday by workmen under George Terry, contractor. Bricklayers were on the ground Wednesday and the laying of brick was scheduled to start this morning.
The building will be of Evergreen-made concrete tile, faced with brick, the W.S. Carter & Co., having contracted with Terry to furnish the tile from its new plant here.
The new building will be located a little to the north of center of the tract, the south wall of the new building being placed almost in the same position as the north wall of the old building. The front of the new building will be in line with the front of the old.
The vocational building will be of wood and will be located south and to the rear of the main structure. Construction will start within a few days and it will be built along with the main building.
Both buildings are under contract to be completed by Aug. 15.

R.E.L. Key, 58, clerk of the City of Evergreen, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home on Pecan Street. The immediate cause of death apparently was heart trouble, though he had been in poor health for some time.
Mr. Key had been city clerk for the last three years and from 1912-16 was superintendent of education of Conecuh County.

138 YEARS AGO
APRIL 24, 1879
THE EVERGREEN STAR

P.D. BOWLES, ATTORNEY AT LAW, And Solicitor in Chancery, EVERGREEN, ALA. Business in all courts promptly attended to. Law Office north side of the public square.

Hon. F.M. Walker, our popular Probate Judge, is rusticating for a while in Henry County.

“Jack” Jones, Evergreen’s efficient and obliging postmaster, has a new bond to the amount of $16,500. Some of the best men of our county are upon Mr. Jones’ bond.

We are requested to announce that the Historical Society of Conecuh County will meet at the courthouse in Evergreen on Saturday next at 10 o’clock.

A.W. JOHNSTON, PRACTICAL BOOT and SHOEMAKER, EVERGREEN, ALA. Offers his services to the people of Evergreen and vicinity. All work guaranteed and prices satisfactory.

NOTICE: An election for mayor and four councilmen for the Town of Evergreen, to serve for the ensuing year, will be held on the first Monday in May next.


We had the pleasure of meeting in our town last week Mr. J.H. Fox, the well known traveling agent for the house of J. Pollock & Co., Mobile. The card of this most excellent firm will be found in our advertising columns, and to which we invite the particular attention of the merchants of South Alabama. No better house can be found in Mobile. 

Today in History for April 25, 2017

Louis Hayles of Eliska, Ala.
April 25, 1599 – English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdonshire, England.


April 25, 1777 – Nicholas Stallworth Sr., one of the original settlers of Conecuh County, Ala., was born in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He died at the age of 59 on Dec. 6, 1836 and is buried in the Old Evergreen Cemetery.

April 25, 1781 - British General Lord Charles Cornwallis retreated to Wilmington, North Carolina from Guilford Courthouse after having been defeated by a militia under the command of American Major General Nathanael Greene.

April 25, 1792 - The guillotine was first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.

April 25, 1831 – The New York and Harlem Railroad Co. was incorporated as one of the first railroads in the country, and was the first streetcar railway in the world.

April 25, 1846 - The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.

April 25, 1861 – Store clerk Alfred Christian of Evergreen, Ala., a native of Virginia, enlisted in the Confederate army at Sparta in Conecuh County, Ala. Christian was elected Brevet 2nd Lt., and his commission expired on Oct. 9, 1862 at Raccoon Ford, Va. He was appointed second lieutenant, and his commission expired on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg. He was named orderly sergeant and was appointed first lieutenant on Feb. 6, 1864. Christian survived the war and moved to Texas. At the time of his enlistment, Alfred lived with his brother, George Christian, who briefly served as Evergreen’s postmaster in 1856-57. When the Civil War began, George was exempted from service because he was a Justice of the Peace. George Christian is buried in the Burford Cemetery, but has no grave marker.

April 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, 12,500 muskets from the St. Louis Arsenal were removed to keep them out of Confederate hands. Missouri was on the verge of secession, and St. Louis held one of the largest Federal arsenals west of the Appalachians. The Union needed those guns to equip the troops who would soon be flooding into Cairo. Captain Stokes, with a few soldiers, were given orders and a steamship and set forth. The party landed in the middle of the night and started hauling guns.

April 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, Fort Stockton, Texas was abandoned by Federal forces, and Federal troops were captured in Saluria, Texas.

April 25, 1861 – During the Civil War, the 7th New York Infantry arrived in Washington, D.C. for its defense.

April 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, forces under Union Admiral David Farragut demanded the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Union troops officially took possession on April 29.

April 25, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought along the Corinth Road in Mississippi; near Monagan Springs, Mo.; and at Socorro in the New Mexico Territory. Federal forces captured Fort Macon, N.C.

April 25, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Fort Bowie with Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory; at Webber’s Fall in the Indian Territory with the Pro-South Cherokee Indians under Colonel Stand Watie; with Apache Indians at Apache Pass in the New Mexico Territory; at Greenland Gap, West Virginia. Major General Grants’ forces began a movement through Louisiana to Hard Times. Skirmishes also occur at Phelp’s Bayou, Clark’s Bayou, and Lake Bruin, La.

April 25, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Marks' Mills took place in Cleveland County, Ark. During the battle, Confederate forces under General James Fagan captured a Union wagon train attempting to supply Federal forces at Camden, Ark. Union General Frederick Steele was forced to withdraw back to Little Rock.

April 25, 1864 - After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Banks returned to Alexandria, La.

April 25, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Moro Bottom, Ark.; at Cotile Landing, La.; and out from Natchez, Miss. A three-day Federal operation between Bull’s Cap and the Watauga River in Tennessee also began.

April 25, 1865 – Having departed the battlefield at Blakely near Mobile, Ala. on April 14, the Federal 16th Corps under Major General A.J. Smith arrived in Montgomery, formally beginning the Union occupation of the city of Montgomery.

April 25, 1865 – During the Civil War, Federal reconnaissance was conducted from Pine Bluff to Rodger’s Plantation, Ark. Skirmishes were fought at Linn Creek, Mo. and in Fairfax County, Va. in the vicinity of Hunter’s Mills.

April 25, 1873 – Writer Howard R. Garis was born in Binghamton, N.Y.

April 25, 1882 – During the Tonkin Campaign, French and Vietnamese troops clashed in Tonkin, when Commandant Henri Rivière seized the citadel of Hanoi with a small force of marine infantry.

April 25, 1884 – At the Calhoun House in downtown Huntsville, Ala., which was used as a federal courthouse, desperado Frank James was tried and found not guilty for the robbery of a government payroll near Muscle Shoals, Ala. on May 11, 1881. One of his defense attorneys was Huntsville’s LeRoy Pope Walker, first secretary of war of the Confederate States of America.

April 25, 1886 - Miss Ella Tucker, who had been visiting relatives in Mobile, returned home on this Sunday, according to The Monroe Journal.

April 25, 1891 – Army Pvt. Louis Hayles of Eliska, Ala. was born. Hayles was killed in action at the age of 27 during World War I on Nov. 11, 1918 - one day before the war ended. He was a member of the 321st Infantry S.F. Division at the time of his death. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery in Monroe County.

April, 25, 1892 – French explorer of the Sahara, Henri Duveyrier, passed away at the age of 52 in Sevres, a suburb of Paris.

April 25, 1892 – Estonian-German geologist and explorer Karl von Ditmar passed away at the age of 69 in Tartu, Livonia.

April 25, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that “the white cap fever is not raging quite so high as for some time past (in the Jones Mill community). We have heard of several parties receiving written notice to leave the community. We presume, the grand jury will put a quietus on this kind of business.”

April 25, 1898 - The United States declared war on Spain one day after Spain had declared war on the U.S., marking the start of the Spanish-American War.

April 25, 1901 - The American League debuted at the Chicago Cricket Club. Chicago defeated Cleveland, 8-2.

April 25, 1905 - Dr. R.A. Smith of Monroeville, Ala. left for New York to accompany a patient who was to be operated upon.

April 25, 1907 - Alabama author Sara Elizabeth Mason was born.

April 25, 1909 – National Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman John Franklin "Home Run" Baker hit his first and only grand slam.

April 25, 1915 – During World War I, the Battle of Gallipoli began. The invasion of the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula by British, French, Indian, Newfoundland, Australian and New Zealand troops, began with landings at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles.

April 25, 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” was born in Newport News, Va.

April 25, 1917 - Dr. R.I. Kearley and Dr. G.H. Bruns, Veterinary Inspector of the Bureau of Animal Industry, were in Monroeville from Andalusia on this Wednesday.

April 25, 1917 – The Evergreen Courant reported that merchants and businessmen of Evergreen had signed the usual agreement to close their places at 6 p.m., Saturdays excepted, from May 1 to Sept. 1.

April 25, 1920 – At the San Remo conference, the principal Allied Powers of World War I adopted a resolution to determine the allocation of Class "A" League of Nations mandates for administration of the former Ottoman-ruled lands of the Middle East.

April 25, 1928 – Buddy, the first Seeing Eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank.

April 25, 1933 – The organizational meeting of the Central Alabama Baseball League was held in Greenville, Ala. on this Tuesday with four clubs as members – Evergreen, Greenville, Ft. Deposit and Luverne. League officers included Lucian Glass of Ft. Deposit, president, and Loyce Hyde of Evergreen, Merrit McLendon of Luverne, Carl Golson of Ft. Deposit and Floyd Ziegler of Greenville, league directors.

April 25, 1939 – Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa.

April 25, 1940 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Tallassee won the opening baseball game of the season in Brewton by a score of 4-3 over the Millers. Knatzer pitched a steady game and the Brewton club rallied in the ninth inning to score one run and put the tying run on base.

April 25, 1942 – Judge Chauncey Sparks, who was running for Alabama governor, was scheduled to speak from a band stand in Evergreen’s business section on this Saturday at 4 p.m. Sparks went on to serve as governor form Jan. 19, 1943 to Jan. 20, 1947.

April 25, 1944 - The United Negro College Fund was established by Tuskegee president F. D. Patterson after convincing 26 other black colleges to "pool their small monies and make a united appeal to the national conscience."

April 25, 1945 - Albert B. "Happy" Chandler was unanimously elected Major League Baseball’s commissioner.

April 25, 1945 – On what is now known as Elbe Day, United States and Soviet troops met in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.

April 25, 1945 – The Nazi occupation army surrendered and left Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regime dissolved and Benito Mussolini was captured after trying to escape. This day was set as a public holiday to celebrate the Liberation of Italy.

April 25, 1949 – Poet and journalist James Fenton was born in Lincoln, England.

April 25, 1951 – Army Cpl. Terry Stiggins McCall, 19, of Escambia County, Ala. was killed in action in Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. He was a member of Co. H, 7th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division. Born on April 24, 1932, he is buried in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.

April 25, 1951 – A large stone marker was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the grave of Gen. John Herbert Kelly of Wilcox County in Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile.

April 25, 1952 – Novelist Padgett Powell was born in Gainesville, Fla.

April 25, 1954 - A television version of Alabama author Ambrose Bierce's story "Vengeance" was broadcast as part of the “Your Favorite Story” series.

April 25, 1955 - The City of Monroeville began the task on this Monday of putting up new street markers at all intersections within the corporate limits of the town. Chief of Police Alex Stevens supervised the job which was expected to take about two weeks. The marking of the streets was one of the steps necessary before Monroeville could obtain city mail delivery.

April 25-27, 1955 - Approximately 80 percent of Monroe County, Alabama’s first and second graders took the Salk Polio vaccinations on this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the County Health Department. County health nurses Mrs. Virginia Owens and Mrs. Louise Kimbrell administered the vaccine, which was furnished by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, free of charge. There are 540 white and 1,043 colored first and second graders in Monroe County.

April 25, 1957 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, just as they were going to press, they learned that a woman had been killed and a man and child were injured in a one-car accident two miles north of the Ray Brothers Store on Highway 31 North of Evergreen, Ala. An ID card on the man identified him as James Cannon of 809 North M St., Pensacola, Fla. The woman and child were not identified in the story.

April 25, 1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway, a waterway system of locks, canals and channels that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, opened. The first ship to navigate the seaway was an icebreaker, the D'Iberville.

April 25, 1960 – The United States Navy submarine USS Triton completed the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

April 25, 1961 - A television version of Alabama author Mary Elizabeth Counselman's story "Parasite Mansion" was broadcast as part of the “Thriller” series.

April 25, 1963 – The Evergreen Courant reported that an article titled “County Organized for Farm-to-Market Roadwork,” written by Conecuh County Engineer Marion Wilkins, had been published in the April 1963 issue of “Rural Roads,” a nationally circulated magazine concerned with the building of federal, state, county and township roads.

April 25, 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that General William Westmoreland, one of the war’s most controversial figures, would replace General Paul Harkins as head of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) as of June 20, effectively putting Westmoreland in charge of all American military forces in Vietnam.

April 25, 1966 – Monroe County High School’s baseball team beat Frisco City, 5-1. Gary Downs at the winning pitcher for MCHS, allowing five hits with Frisco getting its only run in the sixth inning. Jim Kelly was the losing pitcher for Frisco City. The loss dropped FCHS to 3-4 on the season.

April 25, 1969 – Zilda Lee Kendall, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kendall Jr. of Evergreen, Ala., married Carl Joseph Christopher in Ankara, Turkey. The couple had been employed with the Overseas Dependent School of the United States Department of Defense for the past three years.

April 25, 1972 - Hanoi’s 320th Division drove 5,000 South Vietnamese troops into retreat and trapped about 2,500 others in a border outpost northwest of Kontum in the Central Highlands as part of the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, also known as the “Easter Offensive,” which included an invasion by 120,000 North Vietnamese troops.

April 25, 1974 - Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

April 25, 1974 - Tampa Bay was awarded the NFL's 27th franchise.

April 25, 1975 – As North Vietnamese forces closed in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy was closed and evacuated, almost 10 years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.

April 25, 1976 – NBA power forward and center Tim Duncan was born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands. He went on to play for Wake Forest and the San Antonio Spurs.

April 25, 1981 – NFL running back Dwone Hicks was born in Huntsville, Ala. He went on to play for Lee High School in Huntsville, Middle Tennessee State and the Tennessee Titans.

April 25, 1985 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Darrin Bradley of Evergreen High School had signed an athletic grant-in-aid basketball scholarship with Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. Coach Dero Wise played a big role in getting the college scouts to come to Evergreen and look at Darrin. He was the son of Miss Jeanette Bradley of Evergreen. Darrin, a six-foot, three-inch senior guard, led the EHS basketball team to a 22-5 record during the 1984-85 season.

April 25, 1985 – The Evergreen Courant reported that a delegation of the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation recently visited Washington, D.C. and Congressman Bill Dickinson. The delegation included John Cook and James Cook of Conecuh County, Ala. Dickinson talked to the members of the Bureau about the 1985 Farm Bill, which was up for renewal that year, and major agriculture concerns in the Second Congressional District.

April 25, 1985 – In this day’s edition of The Evergreen Courant, Paul M. Harden, Attorney at Law, announced the opening of a branch office in Evergreen on Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Court Square.

April 25, 1985 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroe Academy’s baseball team had won four of its last five games with help from excellent pitching by Steve Lambert to post an 11-4 overall mark as of Tues., April 23. Lambert, a senior right-handed hurler, captured decisions over South Choctaw, Jackson Academy and Sparta Academy during this stretch to bring his pitching record to 6-1 on the season. Junior Patrick Brown picked up the Volunteers’ other win during that week with a decision over Glenwood Academy. Other players on MA’s team that year included Rob Carter, Donald Foster, Ricky Horton, Michael McCrory, Sean Sawyer, Shane Sawyer, Stephen Simmons and Robert Thames. MA’s head coach was Jeff Myers.
  
April 25, 1990 - The crew of space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope into a Low Earth Orbit. Initially, Hubble's operators suffered a setback when a lens aberration was discovered, but a repair mission by space-walking astronauts in December 1993 successfully fixed the problem, and Hubble began sending back its first breathtaking images of the universe.

April 25, 1994 - The spring term of Conecuh County Civil Jury Docket was scheduled to open on this Monday at 9 a.m. with Circuit Judge Sam Welch presiding. Judge Welch had four cases set for trial next week.

April 25, 1995 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to three years probation, six months of house confinement and a $350,000 fine. Strawberry had avoided prison for tax evasion.

April 25, 1996 - The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers combined for the most runs in 26 years. The Twins won with a final score of 24-11.

April 25, 1997 – Walter Eugene “Gene” Garrett of Uriah, Ala. passed away at the age of 68 in a Mobile hospital. He was a 1947 graduate of Marion Institute and a 1953 graduate of the University of Alabama. He received his law degree from Alabama in 1953 and went on to serve as a state legislator, special judge and member of the Alabama Constitution Revision Committee. In 1963, he purchased the historic King Plantation House at Packer’s Bend and moved it board by board to Uriah.
  
April 25, 2011 – Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Ala. was featured on an episode of A&E’s “Paranormal State.”

April 25-28, 2011 – The April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak devastated parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. Two hundred and five tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., April 25, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  4.05 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 6.15 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.55 inches.

Notes: Today is the 115th day of 2017 and the 37th day of Spring. There are 250 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for April 24, 2017

Sparta Academy's 1979 varsity baseball team.
13 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 2004

Drew Davis was the recipient of the coveted Jerry Peacock Memorial Trophy at Sparta Academy’s Sports Banquet held April 19, 2004 in the school gym. The Peacock Trophy is given each year to the best all-around senior athlete who participates in football, basketball and baseball. It is named for the late Jerry Peacock, who was a standout athlete in Sparta Academy’s Class of 1977.

Cody Lowery was the recipient of the D.T. Stuart Sportsmanship Trophy at Sparta Academy’s Sports Banquet held April 19, 2004 in the school gym. The Stuart Trophy is presented each year to a senior football player that best exemplifies the true spirit of sportsmanship in games and also in practice. The players vote on the award.

Tabitha Gafford was the recipient of the Wayne Peacock Sportsmanship Award at Sparta Academy’s Sports Banquet held April 19, 2004 in the school gym. Wayne Peacock passed away on Sept. 19, 2001 and his family established this award in his memory. Wayne was very dedicated to the girls basketball program at Sparta. During the 1980s, he was the girls basketball coach and as long as his health permitted, he volunteered many hours at the school helping in any way that he could. This award is given annually to a senior girls basketball player who demonstrates qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academic excellence.

Nathan Pipkin caught this 12-pound catfish recently while fishing at his MoMo’s pond. Nathan is the son of Ricky and Melody Pipkin.

38 YEARS AGO
APRIL 26, 1979

Sparta Academy’s Baseball Warriors are having a “so-so” season, mainly due to errors. However, these players are giving it their best, in spite of their youth and inexperience: Greg Crabtree, Andy Hammonds, Joe McInvale, Russ Raines and Tony Baggett; and Jeff Johnson, Tommy Hutcheson, Bobby Padgett, Bobby Mason, Ronny McKenzie and Terry Peacock. Richard Tate was not present when the picture was made.

Sparta wins one; but, loses two: The Sparta Academy baseball team picked up a win, but lost two games during the week. The Warriors are still suffering from errors, according to Sports Publicity Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
Sparta lost a close one, 3-2, to Fort Dale of Greenville in spite of an impressive pitching performance by Terry Peacock, who had to take the credit for the loss in spite of giving up only six hits, walking four and striking out 11.
Sparta put down Greenville Academy’s Tornados, 5-2, behind a fine one-hitter thrown by Tommy Hutcheson. Hutcheson struck out six batters, but walked 12 and had to depend on a good defensive effort by his mates to chalk up the win.
Escambia Academy of Canoe (Atmore) enjoyed the help of six Warrior errors as they edged Sparta, 9-6. The Warriors pounded out 10 hits and found the loss hard to swallow, but could blame nothing but their own errors.

63 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 1954

Local Baseball Team Will Practice Sunday: An amateur baseball team to represent Evergreen is to be organized and anyone interested in playing is asked to meet Sunday afternoon for practice. The practice will be held at Brooks Stadium at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
Those who are working to organize the team hope that a large number of players will turn out Sunday. They urge everyone who is interested to come out for this first practice. The team will also be organized at this time.

88 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1929

1929 Football Schedule For Aggies Announced: With 11 games already booked and another to be added, the 1929 football schedule of the Evergreen Aggies is virtually complete.
The schedule, as announced this week by Coach “Abe” Robinson, shows that eight of the 11 games are scheduled for Gantt Field. These eight games to be played in Evergreen include both the Armistice Day and Thanksgiving contests.
The schedule, complete except for the opening game on Sept. 20, is as follows:
Sept. 20 – Pending.
Sept. 27 – McKenzie in Evergreen.
Oct. 4 – Opp in Evergreen.
Oct. 11 – Brewton in Brewton.
Oct. 18 – Monroeville in Evergreen.
Oct. 25 – Greenville in Greenville.
Nov. 1 – Frisco City in Frisco City.
Nov. 8 – Georgiana in Evergreen.
Nov. 11 – (Armistice Day) Rawls in Evergreen.
Nov. 15 – Straughn in Evergreen.
No. 22 – Flomaton in Evergreen.
Nov. 28 – Moore Academy in Evergreen.

Beatrice Smothered In Aggies Opener, 16-3: The Evergreen Aggies were making preparations this week for their clash with Brewton Friday, following their easy victory over Beatrice at Gantt Field last Friday.
The Aggies beat Beatrice, 16-3, rushing over six runs in the first inning and seven in the second to take a lead that was never threatened.
Hyde and Stallworth twirled for the Aggies, the former going five innings and the latter four.
Holman, Aggie catcher, led the batting attack with three hits while Sanders got two. The Aggies got only 12 hits, most of their runs being made on Beatrice errors.
The Aggie line-up and batting order was as follows:
McCreary, first base; Sanders, third base; Holman, catcher; Stallworth, right field, pitcher; Mixon, right field; Murphy, shortstop; Hyde, pitcher; Hagood, second; Kamplain, left field; Stevens, left field; Feagin, center field.
Thomas and Rikard; Hyde, Stallworth and Holman; umpires, Hagood and Cobb.
The Brewton game Friday is expected to be a tougher assignment for the Aggies as this team already has played five or six games this year and have shown some strength, winning about as many as they have lost.
Camden will be in Evergreen on the following Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, while Brewton will play here Friday, May 10.

Today in History for April 24, 2017

Troy Jenkins.
April 24, 1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, was published in Boston, Mass.

April 24, 1781 - British General William Phillips landed on the banks of the James River at City Port, Va. He then combined forces with British General Benedict Arnold to launch an attack on Petersburg, Va.

April 24, 1800 – The United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress." Congress ordered 740 books and three maps from London, and in just over a decade, the library had more than 3,000 items. Today, the Library of Congress has 650 miles of shelves, and 150 million items, including more than 35 million books.

April 24, 1815 – Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope was born in London, England.

April 24, 1821 – Daniel Bozeman became postmaster at Burnt Corn Spring, Ala.

April 24, 1827 – Israel Pickens, the third governor of Alabama, passed away at the age of 47 in Matanzas, Cuba. He was originally buried in a family graveyard but his remains were later moved to City Cemetery, Greensboro, Ala.

April 24, 1844 - Alabama author Clifford Lanier was born in Griffin, Ga.

April 24, 1861 – The Conecuh Guards mustered at Sparta, Ala. and were presented a flag from the ladies of the community at the Sparta Depot before departing by train for Lynchburg, Va.

April 24, 1861 - These were anxiety filled days in the capital of the United States. Virginia had seceded on one side. If Maryland did the same, the capital was defenseless. A gunboat kept steam up at all times in case the President and Cabinet should need to flee.

April 24, 1862 - Seventeen ships under the command of Union Admiral David Farragut moved up the Mississippi River past two Confederate forts toward New Orleans. Only one ship was lost.

April 24, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought in the vicinity of Corinth, Miss.; at Lick Creek, Tenn. in the vicinity of the Shiloh battlefield; on the Shelbyville Road in Tennessee; and in the vicinity of Harrisonburg, Va.

April 24, 1862 - Union Admiral David Farragut had been trying to shell the Confederates out of the two forts below New Orleans, La. for a week now. On this night he set out to run past them anyway. The barricades, chains stretched across the river, had been damaged enough that ships could slip past. Moving at 2 a.m., all but three small vessels of his flotilla managed to make their way above the forts. He scattered some Confederate ships and sailed to New Orleans the next day, capturing one of the Confederacy's major cities with barely a shot fired.

April 24, 1863 - Union Colonel Benjamin Grierson's troops tore up tracks and destroyed two trainloads of ammunition headed for Vicksburg, Miss.

April 24, 1863 - The Union army issues General Orders No. 100, which provided a code of conduct for Federal soldiers and officers when dealing with Confederate prisoners and civilians. The code was borrowed by many European nations, and its influence can be seen on the Geneva Convention. The orders were the brainchild of Francis Lieber, a Prussian immigrant whose three sons had served during the Civil War.

April 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, like all governments, that of the Confederate States of America was faced with the obligation of raising funds to support its operations. When the operations included fighting a war for independence, it became a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures. On this day, a “tax in kind” was enacted, requiring a one-tenth contribution of all produce of the land.

April 24, 1863 – During the Civil war, a month-long Federal operation against Indians in the Owen’s River and adjacent valleys began in California.

April 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Garlandville and Birmingham, Miss. as part of the Grierson raid; out from St. Louis, Mo. along the Iron Mountain Railroad; on the Edenton Road in the vicinity of Suffolk, Va.; in and around Gilmer County, West Virginia; near Lake Saint Joseph, La.

April 24, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Decatur, Ala.; in the vicinity of Camden, Ark.; near Pineville, La.; and in the vicinity of Middletown, Va. A two-day Federal operation between Ringgold and La Fayette, Ga. began.

April 24, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Rodger’s Plantation, Ark. and at Linn Creek, Mo.

April 24, 1865 – U.S. General William T. Sherman learned of President Johnson's rejection of his surrender terms to Joe Johnston. General Grant, who personally delivered the message, ordered Sherman to commence operations against Johnson within 48 hours. Sherman was incensed but obeyed orders.

April 24, 1868 - Author William Garrott Brown was born in Marion, Ala.

April 24, 1877 - Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, bringing an end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.

April 24, 1886 – Monroe County (Ala.) Circuit Court adjourned on this Saturday evening.

April 24, 1895 – Douglas Woolley “Dixie” Parker was born in Forest Home in Butler County, Ala. He went on to play catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1923 season. He also played parts of 16 minor league seasons, spanning 1918–1941, while playing or managing for 17 teams in 13 different leagues. Parker died in Tuscaloosa at the age of 77 on May 15, 1972. He is buried in the Green Pond Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Bibb County.

April 24, 1895 – Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, set sail from Boston, Mass. aboard the sloop "Spray".

April 24, 1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.

April 24, 1905 – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren was born in Guthrie, Ky.

April 24, 1906 – American-born Irish-British Nazi propaganda broadcaster William Joyce was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

April 24, 1907 - The one-of-a-kind Hershey Park opened its doors. However, unlike today, back then the amusement park was not for the general public, instead it was meant to be a leisure center exclusively for Hershey Candy Company employees.

April 24-25, 1908 - In Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, 310 people were killed by 18 tornadoes.

April 24, 1912 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Prof. J.T. McKee of Cullman had been elected President of the Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala., succeeding Prof. H.T. Lile.

April 24, 1915 – On this Saturday afternoon, “quite a crowd of boys and girls attended the baseball game” in the Brownville community of Conecuh County, Ala.

April 24, 1916 – Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launched a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organize a rescue for the ice-trapped ship Endurance.

April 24, 1916 - Around noon on this Easter Monday, some 1,600 Irish nationalists – members of the Irish Volunteers – launched the so-called Easter Rising in Dublin, seizing a number of official buildings and calling on all Irish patriots to resist the bonds of British control.

April 24, 1917 - Members of the military company stationed in Evergreen were treated to a picnic dinner on this Wednesday on the lawn at the home of W.H. Wild by the ladies of Evergreen under the auspices of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The boys devoured the splendid dinner with evident relish and were deeply appreciative of the kindness of the good ladies, according to The Evergreen Courant.

April 24, 1918 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Eugene Binion of Evergreen, Ala. and John Peagler of Conecuh County’s China community had been wounded by Germans while fighting overseas in World War I.

April 24, 1922 - Alabama’s first radio station, WSY, began broadcasting. The station was started by Alabama Power Company to help keep in touch with line crews in isolated areas. In 1925, the station merged with Auburn’s WMAV to become WAPI.

April 24, 1933 – The season’s shipment of Castleberry, Ala. strawberries topped the 100-car mark on this day as 10 more cars of strawberries were loaded. The total number of cars after April 25 stood at 111 cars, which was 78 less than in 1932.

April 24, 1933 – Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.

April 24, 1934 - Acclaimed actress and paranormal enthusiast Shirley MacLaine was born in Richmond, Va.

April 24, 1940 – Mystery novelist Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Ky.

April 24, 1947 – Evergreen High School’s baseball team improved to 1-1 on the season with a 10-7 win over Monroe County High School. James Carpenter got the pitching win. Ivey, Jones and Cunningham led Evergreen’s offense with two hits each.

April 24, 1947 – German SS officer Hans Biebow was executed by hanging.

April 24, 1948 – Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on this Saturday for Sgt. John W. Morgan, who had been killed in Europe during World War II, at Asbury Methodist Church in Conecuh County, Ala. Members of the National Guard and American Legion acted as pallbearers. Morgan, age 25, was killed on July 15, 1944. He was born on Oct. 24, 1918 and was serving with the 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division when killed.

April 24, 1948 – Novelist and journalist Clare Boylan was born in Dublin.

April 24, 1955 - Mixonville, of the Conecuh Amateur Baseball League, beat Lyeffion, 19-10, on this Sunday at Mixonville. Mixonville scored seven runs in the first inning off Lyeffion right-hander Gene Davis. Mixonville’s big righthander, Charlie Roberts, turned in a marvelous piece of pitching until the eighth when he had to be relieved by southpaw Lavail Robinson. Roberts struck out 11 batters and allowed only five hits during his pitching stint. Stuckey, Mixon, Lane and H. Pugh led the batting for Mixonville.

April 24, 1955 - The Monroe County entry in the Dixie Amateur Baseball League, unleashing a powerful 14-hit attack at the State Farm on this Sunday afternoon, tallied four runs in the eighth inning to break a tie and defeat the State Farm squad, 11-7. Leftfielder Les Prouty tripled after one man was out and scored what proved to be the winning run on Forrest Watkins’ grounder to second base. Other players on the Monroe team included Al Clenner, Ben Cooper, Reg Cooper, Paul Fowler, Frank Hadley and Curt Wideman.

April 24, 1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters, becoming the first Major League pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

April 24, 1967 - At a news conference in Washington, General William Westmoreland, senior U.S. commander in South Vietnam, caused controversy by saying that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”

April 24, 1971 - North Vietnamese troops hit Allied installations throughout South Vietnam.

April 24, 1972 – Major League Baseball third baseman and left fielder Chipper Jones was born in DeLand, Fla. He would go on to play his entire career for the Atlanta Braves.

April 24, 1973 – Novelist and short-story writer Judy Budnitz was born in Atlanta, Ga.

April 24, 1985 - A $10-million manufacturers’ outlet retail complex for Monroeville, Ala. was announced on this Wednesday, with groundbreaking expected to take place within six weeks. Plans for Monroeville Outlet Center were announced jointly by Monroe County Probate Judge Otha Lee Biggs, Monroeville Mayor Pro Tempore Bill Owens and Gary Lyle, a partner in the project developer, Manufacturers Retail Outlets, Inc. of Huntsville. The announcement was made on this Wednesday morning at the office of Plaza Realty, a Monroeville real-estate firm that had done the local legwork for the project. Monroeville Outlet Center was to be built on 20 acres across Drewry Road from the VF Outlet Store.

April 24, 1989 – Miss Alabama USA 2012 and model Katherine Webb was born in Montgomery, Ala.

April 24, 1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA's longest lasting science missions, was launched. Funding for the mission to build and launch a large space telescope was approved by Congress in 1977. NASA chose Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to manage the design, development, and construction of telescope. The telescope was officially named in honor of Edwin P. Hubble, one of America's foremost astronomers, in 1983. Since its launch, Hubble has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth and transformed the way scientists look at the universe.

April 24, 1996 - Monroe Academy wrapped up its non-conference schedule on this Wednesday at Escambia Academy at Canoe, beating the Cougars, 13-6. Keith Gohagin, a senior center fielder, went four-for-four at the plate, slapping two doubles. Other players on MA’s baseball team that season included Trey Andrews, Travis Black, Justin Brown, Bud Hare, Ashley Hayward, Rob Hudson, Jake McCall. Joey Cameron was MA’s head baseball coach.

April 24, 1999 - The first Alabama Bound book fair was held in Birmingham, Ala.

April 24, 1999 – Evergreen’s Little League was scheduled to hold its opening day ceremonies on this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Evergreen City Park.

April 24, 1999 – Monroe County High School was scheduled to play Area 3 runner-up Andalusia High School in the opening round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs. The game was scheduled to begin on this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Monroeville. MCHS entered the playoffs with a 20-10 record and a third straight Area 2 championship under head coach Reid Utsey. Players on MCHS’s team that year included Jonathan Black, Ben Busby, Trent Eager, Justin Hawarah, P.J. Holley, Curt Hutcherson, Eric Johnson, Jason Moye and Jamie Porterfield.

April 24, 2000 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site of the EverFun playground site at Evergreen Municipal Park in Evergreen, Ala. Mayor Lomax Cassady and Zebbie Nix unearthed the first two shovelfuls of dirt and the work began.

April 24, 2003 – Army Sgt. Troy Jenkins, age 25, a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Evergreen, Ala., died from wounds received as a result of an explosion April 19, 2003 while on a dismounted patrol with other soldiers in Iraq. He died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He was assigned to B Co., 3rd Bat., 187th Inf. Reg., Ft. Campbell, Ky. He was buried in Riverside, Calif.


April 24, 2007 - The 35th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Evergreen, Ala. and seized 29 grams of methamphetamine ice, one of the purest forms of methamphetamine. To qualify as ice, the meth must be at least 98 percent pure.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., April 24, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  4.05 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 6.15 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 26.55 inches.

Notes: Today is the 114th day of 2017 and the 36th day of Spring. There are 251 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

130-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from April 1887

Col. P.D. Bowles of Evergreen.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of publisher Q. Salter, published four editions 130 years ago during the month of April 1887. Those issues, which were dated April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those editions. Enjoy.

APRIL 7, 1887

The Board of Education met Saturday.

County Court was in session Monday, Hon. W.C. Sowell presiding.

Circuit Court will convene on the 25th inst.

Mr. Martyn East, one of the oldest citizens of Monroe County, died at his home at East’s Store in Beat 5 on the 25th ult., after a protracted illness. He was near 90 years old.

Perdue Hill: The school here is in a prosperous condition and there are no signs of decline in number or interest, some additions have been made to the roll this week.

Glendale: Mr. Lee White of Glendale had his dwelling house and all its contents destroyed by fire last week. The fire is supposed to have originated in the kitchen.

Sheriff Burns is suffering from an attack of rheumatism.

Col. D.L. Neville is attending circuit court in Evergreen this week.

Rev. Mr. Sturgeon preached to a good congregation at the Presbyterian church Sunday.

Mr. C.W. McClure of Kempville attended County Court Monday.

Prof. L.C. Furz and Mr. A.D. McNeil of Hollinger gave us a call last week.

Col. L.D. Steele of Mt. Pleasant honored our sanctum with his presence last Saturday.

APRIL 14, 1887

Editor J.A. Matheson has sold the Wilcox Gazette outfit to a stock company composed of some of Camden’s best young businessmen, who will shortly begin the publication of the Wilcox Progress. They promise to make the new journal indicative of its name. We wish the new paper and publishers much success.

Commissioners court was in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Capt. W.S. Wiggins went to Mobile last Sunday via Claiborne.

A most unwarranted assault was made upon Dr. H.C. Bradley of River Ridge last week by his nephews George McCall and Fred Bradley, who, it is said, injured him very seriously. His recovery is not assured.

Dr. R.I. Draughon of Perdue Hill will deliver at lecture at the Court House on Wednesday night (27th) of court week on the subject of the “Creation of the World.” A large audience would be well paid for their attendance.

Evergreen Star: Col. P.D. Bowles has been appointed by the president as postmaster at Evergreen, vice, Mrs. John Sterns, deceased.

Brewton Banner: During the session of the circuit court, Curren Salter, the would be rapist, was sentenced to 20 years hard labor.

Died – Mr. A.B. Tucker, an old and respected citizen of this community, at his home near Monroeville, on Tuesday, the 12th inst., of paralysis.

APRIL 21, 1887

Rev. W.G. Curry of Furman, Wilcox County, for many years pastor of the Baptist church of this place, was among his many friends at Monroeville Monday.

Fourteen applications have so far been filed with the probate judge under the act passed by the last legislature, appropriating funds for maimed soldiers and widows of soldiers.

OBITUARY: Died at his residence near Monroeville, Mr. A.B. Tucker on 12th of April 1887. He was born May 4, 1809 in Macklenberg Co., Va., came to Monroe County, Ala. in 1838, was married to Miss Amanda M. Henderson March 17, 1842 by Rev. Jno. McWilliams. His course through life entitled him to the respect and admiration of all who knew him.

BUENA VISTA: Within the last two weeks we have been called to perform the sad duty of committing to the tomb two of our neighbors, Mrs. Herrin, mother of our esteemed friend G.L. Herrin, and Mr. L. Griffis, who was the oldest citizen of our community, and perhaps of the county, having reached his 92nd year.
Dr. W.B. Abernathy of Sedan, just over the line in Wilcox County, has gone to Birmingham. The people of Sedan have been trying to entice one of our doctors, but failed. We are proud to recognized Dr. W.M. Hestle as a fixture in our town.

Photographic – Mr. E.N. Smith, the Photographer, has opened his picture gallery in Monroeville, and those desiring anything in his line are respectfully invited to give him a call. He does first class work at very reasonable prices. Call at once, he will remain only a few days.

APRIL 28, 1887

Circuit Court – Was called Monday at 12 o’clock precisely. Mr. Wm. Cater of Turnbull was made foreman of the Grand Jury. Judge Clarke then delivered his charge to the jury respecting their obligations and powers in his usually able, clear and explicit manner after which that august body immediately retired to their room to enter upon the discharge of their responsible duties as the great moral teachers of the commonwealth.
Solicitor Taylor – the friend of the oppressed and the terror of evildoers – is at his post to look after the interest and dignity of the State. In addition to our able local bar, we notice among the visiting attorneys Col. S.J. Cumming of Birmingham, Col. Nick Stallworth of Evergreen, C.J. Torrey of Mobile and E.J. Cloud of Meridian, Miss.
Mr. F. Metts is acting special bailiff for the grand jury and his promptness and courteous manners admirably fit him for the position he occupies.

Mr. C.W. McClure of Kempville was engaged in the court room this week assisting Sheriff Burns.

Hon. N.A. Agee of Perdue Hill was in attendance upon the Circuit Court Tuesday.

The Monroe County Medical Society met in the office of Dr. J.T. Packer at his place yesterday, with a good attendance of members.


Dr. Packer has had his buggy newly painted, and it now looks as neat as a new pin.

Today in History for April 23, 2017

April 23, 1348 - The first English order of knighthood, the Order of the Garter, was founded by King Edward III, announcing it on St. George's Day.


April 23, 1500 - Pedro Cabal claimed Brazil for Portugal.

April 23, 1564 – Poet and playwright William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on this day in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He wrote 38 plays and more than 150 sonnets.

April 23, 1635 – The first public school in the United States, the Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston.

April 23, 1778 - Commander John Paul Jones launched a surprise attack on the two harbors at Whitehaven, England and burned the southern fort. This was the only American raid on English shores during the American Revolution.

April 23, 1778 - Commander John Paul Jones, aboard the USS Ranger, captured the British ship HMS Drake.

April 23, 1781 - Reinforcements arrived for Spanish General Bernardo de Galvez's siege of Pensacola, Fla.

April 23, 1789 - U.S. President George Washington moved into Franklin House in New York. It was the first executive mansion.

April 23, 1791 - James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was born in Cove Gap, Pa.

April 23, 1839 – French admiral and explorer Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin died in Paris at the age of 70.

April 23, 1861 - Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.

April 23, 1861 - Nominated by Governor Letcher of Virginia and approved by the Assembly on the previous day, Robert E. Lee assumed command of Virginia's militia.

April 23, 1861 – The Virginia secessionist convention ratified a temporary union with the Confederacy and accepted the Southern Constitution, subject to approval of the ordnance of secession

April 23, 1861 - Several Federal officers were arrested on this day in Texas, not as criminals but as prisoners of war. Jefferson Davis was frantically encouraging Gov. Claiborne Jackson of Missouri to first seize the Federal arsenal in St. Louis, then join the Confederacy.

April 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Bridgeport, Ala.

April 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal, N.C. was successfully blocked by Federal forces. A skirmish was also fought at Grass Lick, West Virginia.

April 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Dickson Station, Tuscumbia, Florence and Leighton, Ala.

April 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought in the vicinity of Creek Head, Ky.; near Independence, Mo.; along the Shelbyville Pike in Tennessee; and in the vicinity of Suffolk, Va., at Chuckatuck.

April 23, 1863 - Interest in spiritualism was intense in mid-century America, during this era it was considered a combination of scientific investigation and parlor entertainment. On this night a séance was held at the White House. Among the participants were the President and First Lady, as well as several cabinet members. There were reports that after Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln left, the “spirits” tweaked the nose of Secretary of War Stanton and tugged on Navy Secretary Welles’ beard.

April 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Camden and another at Swan Lake, Ark.; at Nickajack Trace, Ga.; at Monett’s Ferry (or Cane River Crossing) and Cloutierville, La.; at Independence, Mo.; and near Hunter’s Mills, in Fairfax County, Va.

April 23, 1864 - William Tecumseh Sherman was in charge of a considerable operation in central Tennessee. He was in need of rail transportation. He had cancelled civilian railroad operations and taken over the trains for the military, but could only manage 60 train cars a day. He begged, he pleaded, he ordered twice the number but the trainmen said their operation only allowed 60. The train personnel said more traffic would wear out the rails. Sherman didn't care about the rails other than meeting his needs. He put soldiers in to run the trains and was soon up to 193 cars per day from Nashville to Chattanooga.

April 23, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Mumford’s Station, Ala.

April 23, 1865 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal reconnaissance from Pulaski, Tenn. to Rogersville, Ala. began.

April 23, 1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote to his wife, Varina, of the desperate situating facing the Confederates. “Panic has seized the country,” he wrote to his wife in Georgia. Davis was in Charlotte, North Carolina, on his flight away from Yankee troops.

April 23, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought along the Snake Creek in the Arizona Territory; with Indians near Fort Zarah, Kansas; and at Hendersonville, N.C.

April 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the work of repairing the Methodist parsonage was progressing.

April 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the hotels seemed to be doing a good business that week. “The ‘twe twe’ of the violin, the ‘trump trump’ of the guitar and gingle of the triangle reverberates upon the midnight air,” the newspaper reported.

April 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that, among the prominent visiting attorneys in attendance upon Monroe County Circuit Court that week were Col. S.J. Cumming of Camden, Col. C.J. Torrey of Mobile and Joseph Cloud, Esq., of Mobile.

April 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Methodist pulpit would be filled on the next Sabbath by Rev. E.E. Cowan.

April 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the contract was closed on April 16 between the Confederate monument executive committee and Alexander Doyle of New York for the building of the Confederate monument for about $45,000. It was to be erected on capitol hill in Montgomery. The height was to be 85 feet, with a base 30 feet square.

April 23, 1886 - The case of the State v. Charlie Tatum, charged with murder, was tried on this Friday in Monroe County, and “to the great surprise and mortification of nearly all who heard the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to penitentiary for life,” according to The Monroe Journal.

April 23, 1896 – The Monroe Journal, in news from the Buena Vista community, reported that Miss Mamie Boroughs was preparing for the closing exercises of her school there.

April 23, 1896 – The Monroe Journal, in news from the Mexia community, reported that J.M. Gardner, the “well known mill man,” had rented the large steam mill owned by the Hixon brothers, which was located in the “suburbs” of Mexia and would “soon be running on full time.”

April 23, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that George W. Salter Sr. of Evergreen was visiting relatives and friends in Monroeville that week.

April 23, 1899 – Vladimir Nabokov, who wrote the controversial novel “Lolita” in 1953, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.

April 23, 1900 – National Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Jim Bottomley was born in Oglesby, Ill. He went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Browns. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.

April 23, 1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.

April 23, 1910 - The first movie version of Alabama author Augusta Jane Evans Wilson's book “St. Elmo” was released.

April 23, 1910 – American President Theodore Roosevelt made his "The Man in the Arena" speech.

April 23, 1911 – On this night, a large meteor, emitting sparks, illuminated the sky in Evergreen, Ala. “as bright as day and was a beautiful sight.” It fell “somewhere in the state,” the local newspaper reported.

April 23, 1914 – The first Major League Baseball game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park in Chicago, was played. The Federals defeated Kansas City, 9-1.

April 23, 1915 – On this Friday night, in the grove in front of the Evergreen City School, the “Whites” entertained the “Golds.” All “leaguers” were invited to attend.

April 23, 1915 - Rupert Brooke, a young scholar and poet serving as an officer in the British Royal Navy, died of blood poisoning from an insect bite on a hospital ship anchored off the Greek island of Skyros, while awaiting deployment in the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula.

April 23, 1916 - The Rev. T.O. Reese, “one of the most successful” evangelists of the Baptist Home Mission Board of Atlanta, Ga., with his singer, Mr. Scofield, was scheduled to begin a revival meeting at the Baptist Church of Evergreen on this Sunday morning.

April 23, 1916 - While working as a drawbridge tender at Three Mile Creek on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, just north of Mobile, Ala., James Samuel Shell, “one of Conecuh County’s best citizens, met a horrible death” on this Sunday morning about 2 a.m., “being killed by Train No. 3. His body was mangled beyond recognition. It will never be known how the accident occurred as Mr. Shell was alone on the bridge at the time.” His remains were brought to Owassa on Train No. 6 later that same day, and he was buried in the cemetery at Antioch church on Mon., April 24.

April 23-24, 1917 – Conecuh County’s commissioners court was in session on this Monday and Tuesday, transacting unfinished business left over from the last meeting. All members of the board were present.

April 23, 1918 – During World War I, the British Royal Navy made a raid in an attempt to neutralize the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge.


April 23, 1921 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He went on to play for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.

April 23, 1926 – Novelist James Patrick (J.P.) Donleavy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

April 23, 1927 – Virgil Murphy was executed in Alabama’s electric chair at 12:30 a.m. at Kilby Prison in Montgomery, Ala. Murphy had been convicted of killing his wife, but he contended “to the last that he had no recollection of the crime and that he was insane with drink when he killed his wife.” He was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. by Dr. R.A. Burns, physician inspector for the convict department, and Dr. J.F. Sewell of Wetumpka.

April 23, 1936 – Singer and songwriter Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas.

April 23, 1937 – Poet and translator Coleman Barks was born in Chattanooga, Tenn.

April 23, 1940 - Walter Ramer, 34, of Repton died on this Tuesday night at St. Margaret’s in Montgomery from burns received while working as patrol driver for the state, 15 miles from town on the Evergreen-Midway highway. According to The Evergreen Courant, it seemed that a vehicle, presumably a truck, had given out of gasoline and Ramer had poured some into the supply tank, but as the motor was slow in picking up the fuel, Ramer attempted to hasten the action by standing on the running board of the truck and pouring gasoline into the carburetor. The truck on which Ramer was standing was being pushed from front by another vehicle, trying to start the stalled motor. While he was thus occupied on the running board, the truck ahead backfired, sending out a spark that ignited the flowing gasoline. Attempting to get out of the way, Ramer jumped backward from the running board, tilting the fuel container, drenching himself with the flaming liquid. In his first moments of fright and pain, as is common with most people whose clothes catch fire, Ramer’s first impulse was to run, which of course increased the fury of the flames. When the other members of the crew finally stopped the flaming figure of Ramer, the whole of his chest and arms were badly burned. Ramer was immediately put under a doctor’s attention, but as his condition called for more extensive medical care, he was removed Fri., April 19, to St. Margaret’s hospital in Montgomery, where he died.

April 23, 1942 – Novelist and short-story writer Barry Hannah was born in Meridian, Miss.

April 23, 1942 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Evergreen Rotary Club had elected its new slate of officers, including W.O. Henderson, president; D.T. Stuart Jr., vice-president; and P.L. Pace, secretary-treasurer. Old officers included E.C. Page Jr., president; W.N. McGehee, vice-president; H.J. Kinzer, secretary-treasurer.”

April 23, 1943 – Grady Gaston of Frisco City, a 23-year-old ball turret gunner on the “Little Eva,” was rescued when found walking on the beach by an aborigine. Gaston became famous for having lived through an epic struggle for survival in the Australian wilderness after a plane crash 141 days earlier. Gaston’s story of survival was so remarkable that he was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” for having survived “141 days of hell.”

April 23, 1945 – During World War II, Adolf Hitler's designated successor Hermann Göring sent him a telegram asking permission to take leadership of the Third Reich, which caused Hitler to replace him with Joseph Goebbels and Karl Dönitz.


April 23, 1957 - An earthquake with its epicenter near Guntersville, Ala. affected parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, but caused little damage. The Montgomery Advertiser reported that "thousands of light sleepers were awakened by the shock" at about 3:30 a.m.

April 23, 1963 - At the outset of his one-man march against segregation, William Moore was slain alongside an Etowah County, Ala. highway when he was shot by a rifle fired at close range. Moore, a white postal worker from Binghamton, N.Y. had begun his march in Chattanooga intending to travel to Jackson, Mississippi. A white storeowner from DeKalb County was implicated in the shooting but was never indicted.

April 23, 1964 - Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw the first no-hitter for a loss. The game was lost, 1-0, to the Cincinnati Reds due to two errors.

April 23, 1968 – During the Vietnam War, student protesters at Columbia University in New York City took over administration buildings and shut down the university.

April 23, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Evergreen United Methodist Church would be participating in the Greater Montgomery Fellowship for Christian Athlete’s Rally by having Jerry Leachman, a member of the University of Alabama football team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speak at the 11 o’clock worship service (presumably on Sun., April 26).

April 23, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that there had been a number of changes in personnel at the Evergreen Post of the Alabama State Troopers in recent months, and the newspaper printed a picture of the men who are patrolling the highways in Conecuh and Monroe counties. They were Lt. W.W. Nettles, assistant district commander; Post Sgt. O.J. Nelson, Troopers R.H. Cottingham and T.W. Hall, Evergreen, Trooper J.D. Stuckey, Monroeville, Troopers W.E. Gill and F.D. Brackin and Cpl. B.E. Bozeman, Evergreen. Not present with the picture was made were Capt. W.O. Nichols, district commander, and Trooper M.E. Craft of Monroeville.

April 23, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation had been awarded to David T. Hyde Jr. and Mrs. H.A. Deer in grateful recognition of their devoted and energetic efforts toward realizing the National Foundation’s mission of preventing birth defects and their disabling after effects. Making the presentation was Julian H. Maynard, field representative of the Foundation.

April 23, 1971 – The Second Annual Monroe County Choral and Band Festival was scheduled to be held on this Friday at 8 p.m. at Patrick Henry Junior College in Monroeville, Ala. Excel High School’s first chorus, under the direction of Ben Rackard, was to be among the musical groups participating in the event. Also participating was to be the Excel High School band, which was directed by John R. Carder.

April 23, 1972 – Prominent Conecuh Countian and Evergreen Livestock Co. operator James Henry Witherington, 76, passed away in a Mobile, Ala. hospital.

April 23, 1975 - At a speech at Tulane University, President Gerald Ford said the Vietnam War was finished as far as America is concerned.

April 23, 1976 – Actor Gabriel Damon was born in Reno, Nevada.

April 23, 1976 - A movie version of Alabama author Charles Gaines's book “Stay Hungry” was released.

April 23, 1977 – Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter Andruw Jones was born in Willemstad, Curaçao. He went on to play for the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.

April 23, 1982 - The Unabomber mailed a pipe bomb from Provo, Utah to Penn State University.

April 23, 1985 - The Coca Cola company unveiled their New Coke formula for their signature beverage. The result was outrage from Coke drinkers across the country, who bombarded the company with demands to return to the original formula. Less than three months later, 'old Coke' was re-introduced as 'Coca Cola Classic' and New Coke became known as the modern-day equivalent to the Edsel.

April 23, 1991 - Crawford T. Johnson III at the Annual Shareholders Meeting of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc. announced his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of the company and the appointment of Claude B. Nielsen as President and Chief Executive Officer. Nielsen had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc. since Feb. 1, 1990. He was to assume the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 1991.

April 23, 1994 - Evergreen Little League was scheduled to hold Opening Day ceremonies on this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Municipal Park in Evergreen, Ala. Players on T-Ball, Minor League and Little League teams were to be introduced at this time.

April 23, 1994 - Rikard’s Mill was scheduled to open to the public for the first time as a living history museum after being still for more than 30 years. The mill was to open to the public on this Saturday at 9 a.m.; the ribbon-cutting was to be held between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The mill is 22 miles north of Monroeville, just off Alabama Highway 265 north of Beatrice, Ala.

April 23, 1998 - James Earl Ray died in Nashville, Tenn. at age 70 while serving a life sentence for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray had confessed to the crime and then later insisted he had been framed.

April 23, 1999 - U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was scheduled to visit Conecuh County, Ala. on this Friday at 4 p.m. for a town hall meeting at the renovated historic depot in Evergreen.

April 23, 2005 – The first video was uploaded to YouTube, titled "Me at the zoo."

April 23, 2013 – At least 28 were dead and more than 70 were injured as violence broke out in Hawija, Iraq.

April 23, 2014 – Eight members of the “Three River Adventurers” departed on historic 139-mile canoe trip from Travis Bridge in Conecuh County, Ala. to Pensacola, Fla. The group included Dalton Campbell of Owassa, Frank Murphy of Herbert, Sam Peacock of Repton, John Potts of Flat Rock, Ed Salter of Repton, Joel Williams of Evergreen, Marc Williams of Evergreen and Evergreen native Larry Yeargan of Coosada. On April 28, they arrived at Swamp House Landing near Pensacola.


April 23, 2014 – Meb Keflezighi threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park in Boston. The first American male to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years, Keflezighi was a natural choice to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway. He wore his marathon medal and a jersey emblazoned with No. 26.2 – a nod to the mileage of the marathon event.