Sunday, February 5, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Feb. 1917

The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 100 years ago during the month of February 1917. Those issues, which were dated Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.

FEB. 1, 1917

The first match games of basketball of the season was played on the high school grounds Friday afternoon between the Monroeville and Brewton teams. The games were swift and exciting and the visitors worsted in both. The score stood 27 to 5 and 20 to 4 respectively in favor of Monroeville.

The Monroe County Board of Education held a stated meeting in Monroeville last week with all members present. Among other business transacted at the meeting was the election of Prof. Geo. A. Harris as County Superintendent of Education to succeed Prof. J. Barnes, whose term will expire Sept. 30, next.

Dr. D.R. Nettles was over from Peterman yesterday.

Judge W.G. McCorvey was a business visitor to the State Capital the early part of the week.

Mr. J.W. Lizenba, sometime a merchant at Roy, was her Tuesday. Mr. Lizenba has recently sold his stock of goods to Mr. C.E. Eddins whose store was recently burned at that place.

Dr. D.D. Cole of Eliska was a business visitor to Monroeville last week. He was accompanied by Mrs. Cole and two children and Mrs. Stiggins who were guests of the editor’s family.

Prof. James A. York of Marion, principal of the Perry county high school, was a visitor to Monroeville yesterday. Prof. York is a brother-in-law of Prof. H.E. Jones and B.E. Jones, Esq., of this city.

FEB. 8, 1917

WAR WITH GERMANY POSSIBLE: The long expected break in diplomatic relations between the United States and Germany has occurred and a declaration of actual war by either country is possible at any hour.

Judge Fountain presided over County Court Monday, appearing as much at ease as if he had been bred to the bench.

Water has been rather a scarce commodity in Monroeville for the last several days, especially with those dependent upon the city supply. Hard freezes continuing for three or four days in succession practically put the pumping plant out of commission. When the thaw comes, the supply will doubtless be found unavailable because of numerous bursted water pipes.

Tax Collector J.L. Marshall reports the issuance of 640 poll tax receipts representing total collections on this account for the year 1916 up to and including Feb. 1, the date on which opportunity for payment expired.

Mr. W.C. Dillard of Pensacola, division freight agent of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad company, was a business visitor to Monroeville Friday.

Dr. W.G. Hairston was over from Burnt Corn Monday. Dr. Hairston stated that he will not immediately rebuild his store that was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. He will wait until business conditions are more settled.

FEB. 15, 1917

The Iris Concert Co. will appear at the High School Auditorium Saturday night, Feb. 17, at eight o’clock.

Citizens of the town were startled at an early hour Wednesday morning by the alarm of fire at the home of Dr. G.C. Watson. A dark volume of smoke was found to be rising from the roof of the kitchen and a large number of volunteers were soon at the scene and the fire extinguished with small damage. But for the timely discovery and prompt measures the dwelling must soon have been reduced to ashes.

Miss Jennie Faulk is spending some time in the markets studying the latest decrees of fashion, a service which is duly appreciated by her numerous patrons who will impatiently await the arrival of her spring stock of ladies’ gear.

Capt. J.H. McCreary of Turnbull was transacting business here yesterday

Mr. Riley Kelly of Excel was transacting business at the county seat Tuesday.

Dr. Rayford A. Smith of Wainwright was among Monroeville friends Friday.

Mr. George F. Marshall of Marion passed through the city Tuesday en route to Perdue Hill for a few days visit to his father, Capt. J.L. Marshall.

PERDUE HILL RFD: Friday evening, Feb. 23, beginning at 7:30 o’clock. What? A Tacky Party! An evening of wholesome fun and frolic. Everybody invited to attend in proper style. (The tackiest garb possible.) Win the prize for the tackiest. 10 cents admission. Proceeds to be used for school improvement. – School Improvement Ass’n, Grimes Rural School.

FEB. 22, 1917

Mr. Blacksher Resigns: Somewhat to the surprise and greatly to the regret of his many friends, Mr. J.U. Blacksher tendered to the governor his resignation as a member of the County Board of Revenue. Increasing demands upon his time and energies by extensive private interests, however, necessitated the step.
Mr. J.W. Jones of Roy was promptly named by the governor to fill the vacancy, and it is confidently believed that in Mr. Jones the county will find a worthy successor to the retiring member.

Dr. T.E. Dennis’ handsome new dwelling on North Main Street has received the finishing touches from the hands of the painters and is practically ready for occupancy. This home, with its beautifully shaded lawn and its elegant appointments, is one of the “show places” of the city.

Monvil Park residence section is beginning to attract the attention its advantageous situation merits. Located on the new State Highway and near both high school and city school, building lots are coming into demand.

Miss Jennie Faulk is back from market and is arranging for a magnificent display of seasonable millinery and ladies goods.

Rev. C.W. McConnell of Roy was here Friday to provide himself with a car so that he may the more conveniently meet his appointments at widely separated points.

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