Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 7, 2017

Judge David Clopton
FEB. 13, 1992

Local weather observer Harry Ellis reported .73 inches of rain on Feb. 4, .40 inches on Feb. 5 and .05 inches on Feb. 6. He also reported a high of 68 degrees on Feb. 3 and lows of 30 on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

Two members of the Hillcrest High School Band were selected as members of the All-State Band recently. Shannon Morgan and Heather Watson competed with band students from across the state for a seat in the band. Shannon, a sophomore, is the granddaughter of J.W. and Rosalee Morgan. Heather, a ninth grader, is the daughter of H.L. and Anita Watson.

Efforts to rescue resident are in vain as fire claims one life: A Conecuh County man died Sunday night in a house fire. State forensic science officers are investigating the cause of the fire that took the life of 61-year-old Hubert Thompson.
Conecuh County Fire Control received a report of the fire at 8:36 p.m. Sunday. The burning home was located off County Road 20 and North Road, near Belleville.
Shortly after 1 a.m., Mr. Thompson’s remains were found in what remained of the kitchen area of the house.
Assistant Fire Marshall (Billy) Mims stated the blaze was believed to have started in the kitchen area. Mims stated fire officials on the scene first reported that area of the wood-framed home was burning at the fastest rate and floor joists in that area sustained the most burn damage.

FEB. 9, 1967

History was made here Monday when women reported for the first time for jury duty. To the women pictured above went the honor of being the first of their sex to ever sit as members of a grand jury, their names having been drawn for the grand jury of the spring term of circuit court. The ladies are Mrs. Inez Brown, Mrs. Ruby Fay Powell, Mrs. Billie Pugh, Mrs. Betty Brooks and Mrs. Betty Rabun. Seated behind them are Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key and District Attorney Ralph L. Jones of Monroeville.

Final rites held for C.A. Robinson: Funeral rites were held Sat., Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Methodist Church for Cheslie A. Robinson, 74, who died early Friday morning at Mobile Infirmary after a two months illness.
“Mr. Cheslie,” as he was often called, was born and reared in Conecuh County, leaving the county only to attend business school in Birmingham in his youth and to serve in World War I and spend some time in France during the way.
After the war, he married the former Louie Belle Ivey, and they made their home in Range for 30 years, where Mr. Robinson served 27 years as postmaster.

Airman Thomas D. Hartley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Hartley of Rural Street, Evergreen, has been selected for technical training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, as a U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance specialist.
The airman recently completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. Airman Hartley, a 1966 graduate of Evergreen High School, attending Jefferson Davis Junior College, Brewton.

FEB. 12, 1942

Rev. W.F. Cann Dies Suddenly: This entire community was shocked and grieved to learn early Friday morning of the sudden passing of Rev. William Frederick Cann, beloved pastor of the local Methodist church. Death came at 6:45 after only a few minutes illness from heart attack. He was 75 years of age and was beginning his fifth year as pastor of the local M.E. Church.

Chief of Police H.L. Riley is reported to be recovering from a major operation which he underwent at a Mobile hospital Monday of this week. Chief Riley was seriously ill early in January from an attack of an old stomach ailment. Physicians advised an operation as soon as he recovered sufficiently from this attack.

John A. Feagin Promoted To Lieutenant Colonel: Mrs. Nannie Feagin has received information that her son, John A. Feagin, was recently promoted from major to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is stationed at Langley Field, Va.
Liet. Col. Feagin graduated from West Point in 1931 and has made rapid advancement in rank. He is still in his early thirties.

Scouts, Fathers Enjoy Banquet: One of the outstanding annual events held here occurred last evening (Wednesday) at the Evergreen High School auditorium when some 60 Boy Scouts with their fathers and other friends participated in a father-son banquet. This event is staged annually by the local scout troop during Boy Scout Week.

FEB. 14, 1917

Supreme Court Affirms David Price Will Case: The Supreme Court of Alabama, Justice Gardner writing the opinion, has affirmed the decision of the Conecuh County Probate Court in the John T. Price vs. C.W.F. Price case and the will alleged to have been left by David Price, who lived near Castleberry, has been broken.
David Price was found dead in his bed last year and shortly afterwards a will was found in the pocket of his trousers, bequeathing his estate, except small monetary gifts to other relatives, to his brother C.W.F. Price of Brewton. A contest was instituted by John T. Price and other nephews of the deceased and Judge Dean decided the case in their favor, which has been upheld by the high court. They will therefore come in for a larger share of the estate than under the will, and C.W.F. Price will not receive as large an amount as given him under the terms of the will.

Coming All Next Week: The coming of the Ed. C. Nutt Comedy Players to Evergreen next week will be a treat in the way of dramatic entertainment.
This company comes well recommended by both press and public as being one of the best tented organizations traveling today, carrying a company of ladies and gentlemen in every respect, and presenting plays that are new and up to date.
The opening play for this company will be a comedy drama entitled “The Cowboy, Serpent and the Dove,” a play dealing with the Mexican situation of today.

FEB. 11, 1892

HON. G.R. FARNHAM: The death of Mr. Justice Clopton makes a vacancy on the supreme bench of the state that the governor will have to fill. This will make the third appointment of the present executive. When Justice Walker was named for the position he now occupies, Hon. G.R. Farnham, of this place, was being highly recommended for it by his friends throughout the state. Mr. Farnham’s supporters are again actively engaged in endeavoring to secure his appointment, with what success the future must show.
Mr. Farnham is certainly an able lawyer, and has, during the whole of his professional career been a close and able student.

We learn that Mr. P.N. Skipper killed a mad dog recently near the residence of Mr. William Benson of this county. Before the beast was slain, he had killed several geese and bitten a pig belonging to Mr. Benson. In about 11 days, the pig went mad and it was killed.

The Avoirdupois Party: An avoirdupois party and supper will be given at Hotel Whitcomb Friday evening, the 12th, under the management of committee No. 3, of the Conecuh Guards, and for the benefit of the company. The company has given many free entertainments, and their friends, who have been the recipients of their hospitality ought, and certainly will give their assistance when it is solicited. Admission 25 cents.

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