Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 21, 2017

Naomi Rabb Winston
FEB. 24, 2005

Weather observer Harry Ellis reported no rain between Feb. 14-20. He also reported a high of 74 degrees on Feb. 15 and a low of 33 degrees on Feb. 18.

60th Calf Show Monday: 60 years and counting! While many other things in Conecuh County have come to an end over the years, one thing has continued to push forward. This year, the Conecuh County Steer-Heifer Show celebrates its 60th anniversary. On Mon., Feb. 28, youth from throughout the county will once again exhibit livestock at this annual 4-H event.
One thing has changed this year however. Due to damage from Ivan in September, the Evergreen Stockyard will not be the site for the show. Mr. Homer Chavers has graciously provided his facilities at Breaking Ridge Farms for the show.
(Competitors that year included Ashton Garner of Castleberry, Colby Hayes of Mixonville, Kelly Goneke of Lyeffion and Katelyn and Kristen McInnis of Repton.)

Evergreen Mayor Larry Fluker helped plant a tree at Evergreen Elementary School Tuesday in celebration of Arbor Week in the City of Evergreen. The tree was planted at the site for the playground for the school and will provide shade for students in the years to come. Also pictured at the planting are several EES students, James North and Victor Howell of the Alabama Forestry Commission, EES Principal Joey Varner and EES teacher Missy Deason. The ash tree they planted will help replace several trees lost during Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004.

FEB. 28, 1980

Weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain in Evergreen between Feb. 18-24.  He reported a high of 81 degrees on Feb. 24 and a low of 24 on Feb. 18.

Miss Mary Shaver was hostess of the Pinckney D. Bowles Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, on Tues., Feb. 19.
Mr. Marie Majors, director, introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Norman R. Davis, Traveling Humanist, funded by the committee for the Public Service Humanities in Alabama.
Dr. Davis gave a very interesting talk on “Conecuh County in the Civil War.”

Cpl. Robert Grace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilary Grace Jr., Route 1, Castleberry, is participating with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Warrior 80, a training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Fort Irwin, located in the upper Mojave Desert, is scheduled to develop into one of the Army’s major training areas.

Jack Wainwright, president and chief executive of the First Alabama Bank of Conecuh County, has been appointed as the chairman in Conecuh County for presidential candidate George Bush.
A Reagan supporter in 1976, Wainwright will be coordinating Bush support in the county with the assistance of co-chairman David Hyde.
Hyde, Republican chairman in Conecuh County, is a resident of Evergreen.
A Ford campaign-worker in 1976, Hyde was formerly on the state’s Republican committee and is a past president of the Rotary Club.

FEB. 24, 1955

Joe Hendricks Completes Airborne Jump School: Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Feb. 9, 1955 – Pfc. Joe Hendricks, son of Mrs. Nell T. Hendricks of 128 Mill St., Evergreen, recently completed successfully the four weeks of Airborne Tactics at the 11th Airborne Division Jump School here at Fort Campbell, Ky.

REPRODUCTION OF “ALBA MADONNA” – An exquisite oils reproduction of the original “Alba Madonna” by Raphael, which was done by Mrs. Naomi Rabb Winston, has been presented to the First Baptist Church of Evergreen by Mrs. Winston as a memorial to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calloway Stallworth Rabb, who were for many years active members of the church.

Castleberry Plant Now Shipping About 400 Cords of Pulp Weekly: The Castleberry Woodyard, staging point for pulpwood cut in Conecuh and parts of Covington and Escambia counties, is owned and operated by the International Paper Co., and has been in operation since Nov. 1, 1954. The woodyard is located about a block north of the downtown section of Castleberry, situated on about 11 acres of land.
“We are shipping about 20 to 21 cars of pulpwood a week, with 18 to 19 cords in each car,” Claude O’Gwynn, scaler, said today. “This wood is being shipped to the International Paper Co. mill at Moss Point, which makes mostly cards for business machines.”
Facilities at the yard are very modern, and trucks loaded with pulpwood can be unloaded within minutes after their arrival.

FEB. 27, 1930

R.G. Bozeman, editor of The Evergreen Courant, announces that he has filed qualification papers with Secretary of State John W. Brandon and with the Chairman of the State Democratic Executive Committee to become a candidate for the office of Representative in the legislature from Conecuh County. If his qualification papers are rejected by the Executive Committee, he states that he expects to be a candidate just the same. Bozeman was opposed to the Democratic Presidential nominee in the election of 1928.

Excavation began today on the site of the proposed telephone building located on Rural Street, just west of the Ellis Filling Station. The construction is being done by the Upchurch Construction Co. of Montgomery. The structure will be approximately 56 feet by 53 feet and will have a basement and one floor. It will be of concrete and brick with a select face brick front.

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. James spent Saturday and Sunday in Montgomery, where Mr. James attended the reunion of the famous Rainbow Division.

According to a telegram received Wednesday afternoon from Mayor J.L. Kelly, who with A.A. Williams is in Washington this week to present Evergreen’s bid for the location of the Veterans Hospital, this city’s chances are good. While nothing definite has occurred, it would seem from the tone of the telegram that the committee has reason for encouragement.

FEB. 28, 1880

We are sorry to learn that Mr. J.W. Deming, station agent and telegraph operator at this place, is confined to his bed with a severe bilious attack.

Cal Rabb is discharging the duties of station agent and telegraph operator during the illness of Mr. Deming.

NOTICE: There will be a meeting of the Medical Society of Conecuh County at Evergreen on Wednesday, the 31st day of March next. All members are requested to attend. – R.A. Lee, President.

Parents and guardians should see to it their children should receive proper instruction, and we know no better place to send them to obtain such obstruction than the Evergreen Academy, which has now 110 pupils.

A telegram from the Sheriff of Escambia County, Ala., announces the capture of the horse thief W.T. Franklin, who escaped from Conecuh Jail sometime last fall.

Last Saturday another boarder was registered at Sheriff McCreary’s hotel. His name is Jack Raban, and instead of the spirits taking possession of him, he took possession of the spirits. He stole a bottle of whiskey off the counter of Rumbley’s store, for which he will labor hard for three months for the county.

A boy named Ed Perryman was drowned in the Escambia River, near Pollard, Saturday last. He fell from a raft.

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