Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for March 7, 2017

Army Cpl. Joel Kenton Brown
MARCH 11, 1993

Judge Welch sentences Travis to die for murder of Haskew: “I’m sorry she’s dead. I can’t do anything about that,” were the words spoken by Wayne Holleman Travis shortly before Judge Sam Welch announced that the convicted murderer would be sentenced to death by electrocution.
Judge Welch passed the sentence Wednesday morning. The sentence handed down was the same as was recommended by the jury which heard evidence in the brutal murder of Mrs. Clarene Haskew in December of 1991.

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .06 inches of rain on March 1, 1.00 on March 2 and .35 on March 3. He reported a high of 68 on March 7 and lows of 33 on March 6 and March 7.

Services were held Wednesday for Mrs. J.C. Hamilton: Mrs. J.C. (Anna Worlund) Hamilton, 101, died Sunday, March 7, 1993 in an Evergreen hospital. She was born in Pollard, Escambia County, Ala. on Dec. 19, 1891 to Anders Worlund and Leacy Newberry Worlund. She was educated in the public schools of Escambia County, attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and briefly attended Troy Normal, Troy, Ala.
Mrs. Hamilton taught school for many years in Conecuh County, first at Hampden Ridge, and then at Belleville. She was married to Jackson C. Hamilton (now deceased) on March 22, 1921. They resided in Evergreen almost all of their married life. Mr. Hamilton owned a dry-cleaning and tailoring business where Mrs. Hamilton assisted him during the latter years of her working career.

MARCH 14, 1968

Conecuh buries first Vietnam casualty: Conecuh County buried the first of its native sons to be killed in Vietnam this past Saturday. The hero was Corporal Joel Kenton Brown, son of Mrs. Iva Mae Brown, Rt. 1, Evergreen, and Clifford Brown, Vidalia, La.
Brown, known familiarly by family and friends as “Kent,” was first reported missing in action, his mother receiving a telegram on Feb. 23 saying he had been missing since Feb. 18. On March 3, Mrs. Davis was notified that her son was killed in action.
Kent Brown was born and reared in Conecuh. He attended school at Lyeffion High School, graduating with the Class of 1966. He was born on Jan. 23, 1948, being barely 20 at his untimely death.
As best as the story can be pieced together, Kent was driving an Army vehicle transporting supplies when the vehicle was attacked by Viet Cong. He was fatally wounded during the attack, but due to the situation this could not be confirmed for several days until the area was cleared of the enemy, proper identification made, etc.
Kent Brown joined the U.S. Army on Aug. 23, 1967. He arrived in Vietnam on Jan. 10, 1968, being there only a little over a month before being killed as he fought for his country.
Cpl. Brown’s body, escorted by SP4 Hubert L. Houseman, arrived here about 3:30 o’clock this past Friday morning. The body lay in state at Cope Chapel until shortly before military rites at the Chapel and cemetery starting at 11 o’clock Saturday morning.
Flags were flown at half-mast in Evergreen on Friday and Saturday.

MARCH 11, 1943

Aged Couple Found Dead Near Home: Mr. and Mrs. William R. Robinson, age 72 and 65 respectively, were found dead in the barnyard near their home south of Lenox late Saturday afternoon by a neighbor. Dr. E.A. Price, coroner, was summoned and upon examination stated that they had apparently been dead since Tuesday. No evidence of violence was found on the bodies and it is believed that they died from heart attack. They were found lying within a few feet of each other.
The old couple lived alone and not close to anyone else. This accounts for the fact that they were not discovered sooner.

Mrs. Robert A. Winston of Washington, D.C. is the house guest of Mrs. M.M. Cardwell at her home in Old Evergreen. She is a former Evergreen girl, Naomi Rabb, and has come to Alabama for the unveiling of the portrait she painted of Senator Lister Hill, which will be hung in the Capitol in Montgomery.

Following a lingering illness, Claude Eugene Brantley, age 57, died at a Montgomery hospital Friday night, March 5.
Mr. Brantley was born at Burnt Corn Jan. 1, 1886, the son of the late H.H. Brantley and Mae Salter Brantley. He spent his early life at Burnt Corn, later moving to Evergreen where he was for many years engaged in business here. He moved to Montgomery about six years ago. He was widely known throughout this section and had many devoted friends who, with a large number of relatives, are saddened at his passing.

MARCH 13, 1918

Veterans to Meet: Camp Wm. Lee, No. 338, U.C.V., will meet in Evergreen on April 1. A full attendance is desired as matters of importance to all will be discussed and acted on. – J.T. Fincher, Commander.

Eighteen young men left here on Saturday afternoon for Camp Gordon to begin their army service, thus completing Conecuh’s quota in the first draft.

The large automobile truck of J.R. Smith was demolished by No. 5 passenger train on Friday morning at the crossing near the timber ramp. The car was driven by Sambo Williamson who failed to observe the approach of the train as he attempted to cross the tracks. The young driver suffered only slight injuries.

The services conducted by Rev. D.W. Haskew at the Methodist church on Sunday last in honor of the soldier boys from Evergreen and vicinity were highly interesting and thoroughly enjoyed by the largest congregations that have assembled in Evergreen in quite a while. Fifty-seven names were on the honor roll and these were called by Prof. Bennett. Our boys across the water and in training camps may be well assured that the people back home are very deeply interested in them and will continue to back them up not only with their money but with their prayers until the victory is won and the world made safe from future wars.

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