|John Malcolm Patterson|
ONE YEAR AGO
APRIL 14, 2016
Weather: Evergreen weather observer Betty Ellis reported no rain between April 4 and April 10. He reported highs of 80 degrees on April 4 and April 7 and lows of 40 on April 8 and April 9.
Commissioners discuss ‘Dr. Dino’: Conecuh County commissioners discussed earlier this week the prospect of having a dinosaur theme park being built in the county, the brainchild of a controversial Florida man known as “Dr. Dino.”
During a commission meeting Monday morning at the Conecuh County Government Center in Evergreen, Commissioner Johnny Andrews reported that Kent Hovind of Pensacola, Fla., who goes by the nickname “Dr. Dino,” plans to buy property along U.S. Highway 41, off I-65’s Exit 77, to establish a dinosaur them park. The park would be similar to a Pensacola park opened by Hovind in 2001 called Dinosaur Adventure Land, and Hovind has said in interviews that he plans to erect a dinosaur at his new park that would be over 80 feet tall, making it the tallest dinosaur in the state.
Evergreen’s growing Liberty Hill Development, located off I-65’s Exit 96, continued to draw even more attention earlier this week as representatives of Dreamland Bar-B-Que toured available buildings in the development with an eye to opening a new location in Evergreen.
26 YEARS AGO
APRIL 11, 1991
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported no rainfall between April 1 and April 7. He also reported a high of 83 degrees on April 7 and lows of 44 on April 1 and April 2.
Strawberry fest next Saturday: Castleberry, Ala. is gearing up for their fifth annual Strawberry Festival to be held on April 20, 1991, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m.
Jeff Brock graduates Jones School of Law: Evergreen native Jeff Brock was one of the 27 students recently graduating from Jones School of Law in Montgomery. Graduation ceremonies were held on Jan. 13, 1991 at Faulkner University. Jeff Brock received his B.S. degree from Troy State University in 1985.
Pvt. Jason L. Pate, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Pate of Evergreen, returned to the United States from active duty in Saudi Arabia on March 29. Last Monday morning Jason and his father removed the yellow ribbon from the fence in downtown Evergreen that Jason’s parents had placed there until his safe return.
Cody Ward, two-year-old son of James and Janie Ward and grandson of William and Betty Ward, had his first haircut Saturday morning, April 6, given by Dave Snowden. This makes the third generation of the Ward family that have used Mr. Snowden for haircuts. James had his first haircut from Mr. Snowden in 1945 on his first birthday and William had his hair cut by Mr. Snowden for many years. Mr. Snowden, who began cutting hair at age 14, is still cutting hair at age 88.
51 YEARS AGO
APRIL 14, 1966
Fat Calf Show starts at 8 Monday morning: The 21st annual Conecuh County 4H and FFA Fat Calf Show here Monday at the Livestock Arena of Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard is expected to attract a large crowd.
There are a total of 77 calves to be shown by the youthful exhibitors. There are 62 youngsters exhibiting calves, 41 of them being 4H members and 21 FFA members.
John Patterson brings campaign here Thursday: Former Governor John Patterson brings his campaign for a second term as the state’s chief executive to Conecuh next Thursday, April 21.
Patterson is scheduled to speak from a platform in “No Man’s Land” in downtown Evergreen at four o’clock next Thursday afternoon. His speech will be preceded by music by Rebe Gosdin and his Sunny Valley Gang. The Gosdin group appeared with Patterson during his successful first campaign for governor in 1958.
Mrs. Griffin is acting principal of City School: Mrs. Myrtle Griffin, former classroom teacher, has been named acting principal of the Evergreen City School to fill the vacancy created by the death of Marcus O’Gwynn. She assumed her duties Monday.
Mrs. Griffin was named by the Conecuh County Board of Education last week, according to Harvey G. Pate, superintendent of education. He said that she would be acting principal through the remainder of this term.
76 YEARS AGO
APRIL 10, 1941
Courant Receives Copy Of Paper 70 Years Old: The Courant wishes to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the May 12, 1870 issue of the Evergreen Observer. The donor failed to send his name or to give any information as to the history of this old copy.
The editor of the Observer at that time was William W. Beasley, and the associate editor was John S. Stearns.
Prominent Citizen Dies In Accident: Frank M. Snowden, prominent Evergreen merchant, was fatally injured about two o’clock Sunday afternoon when the loaded truck which he was driving overturned about five miles north of Evergreen on the Evergreen-Skinnerton highway.
Highway Patrolman Lee and Sawyer, who investigated the accident, said it was apparent that Mr. Snowden lost control of the heavily loaded truck while it was coming down an incline.
Luman Powell, who was in the truck with Mr. Snowden at the time of the accident, received severe cuts about the head and shoulders.
Congressman George Grant Visits Evergreen: Congressman George Grant, having accepted an invitation to appear as a speaker on the Good Will Day Program, and failing to receive notice of the postponement in time, arrived in Evergreen early last Friday morning. Learning that the celebration had been called off on account of quarantine of the local CCC Camp, Mr. Grant turned his trip into a “good will” visit with his many friends here.
He left Friday afternoon for Brewton and Bay Minette.
126 YEARS AGO
APRIL 9, 1891
Some Diabolical Work: Last Saturday night, the dwelling and storehouse adjoining Mr. E.B. Horton was burned to the ground, entailing a loss of not less than $5,000. It was evidentially the work of an incendiary, and to make this statement will seem irregular to all who know Mr. Horton, as he is a quiet inoffensive man, one who lives at home, attends to his own business, and we would have supposed he did not have an enemy in the world.
When the fire was discovered, Mr. William Horton went out and sounded a horn to make an alarm in order to secure the assistance of neighbors. As he passed out, someone shot at him, but fortunately missed him.
Besides the houses burned, there were 33 bales of cotton, a quantity of syrup, corn, meat and a considerable amount of money destroyed. We learn there was no insurance.
The father of Mrs. A.E. Henderson, Y.M. Rabb, and the mother of A.E. Henderson, Mrs. Jno. T. Henderson, were born on the same day and year, and it has been the custom of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Henderson for several years past to have the old folks to take their birthday dinner with them. On Monday last, the 6th inst., they ate their 65th birthday dinner with them. The occasion was enjoyed by both old and young and the old folks agreed to try and live to see their birth day again.
Circuit Court convened Monday. Judge Hubbard is on the bench, and J.F. Stallings, Esq., is solicitor.