Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for April 18, 2017

Gov. John M. Patterson
APRIL 15, 2010

The 24th annual Castleberry Strawberry Festival will be held this Saturday in downtown Castleberry.
Entertainment will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will include Angela Bethune from Castleberry and The Twin Creek Cloggers from Brewton.
(Other entertainers that year included Perfect Image of Mobile, Touch of Grey of Bay Minette and Carl Tillery of Evergreen.)

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .36 inches of rain on April 8. He reported a high of 87 degrees on April 5 and lows of 43 degrees on April 8, April 9 and April 10.

Greathouse Floors held their official ribbon cutting last week in their new location next to BB&T bank. Pictured are Tommy Lawson, Pete Wolff III, Sam Skipper, Pat Greathouse, Glen Greathouse, Jerri Greathouse, Chamber President Clint Hyde, Shanna Anderson, Kristie Solar and Stacie Hughes.

Lillie Fluker, library clerk at the Evergreen Public Library, is shown in the new children’s wing at the library recently. The new wing has plenty of room for all of the children’s programs, including the Summer Reading Program.

The Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department responded to aid Brownville-Owassa Fire Department in a house fire on County Road 22 last Friday morning. The house was heavily damaged but the firemen quickly contained the fire.

APRIL 18, 1985

The 40th Annual Conecuh County 4H and FFA Steer Show will be held Monday morning at nine o’clock at the Evergreen Cooperative Stockyard Livestock Arena.
The show is sponsored by the Conecuh County Steer Show Committee and State Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Extension Service of Auburn University and the Dept. of Vocational Agriculture and Conecuh County United Fund.
Stan Windham, assistant county agent, is show chairman and co-chairman is Donnie Goneke, Vo-Ag teacher at Lyeffion. Ringmaster is Ronnie Shaver. Greg Davis, president of the Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association, will be master of ceremonies.

Council OK’s contract for Shipp Street extension: The Evergreen City Council held its regular meeting Tuesday night with all members present.
A contract was awarded to R.E. Grills Construction Co. for the construction of the Shipp Street Extension. The bid on the project was $203,857. The money for this project will come from a block grant.

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain between April 7 and April 13. He reported a high of 82 on April 8 and a low of 39 on April 10.

Mayor Emory Folmar of Montgomery was the guest speaker at the Evergreen Kiwanis Club Ladies Night Banquet held last Thursday night at the Holiday Inn.

APRIL 28, 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Pace Bozeman announce the birth of a son, Pace Wells Jr., on April 14, 1960 at the Conecuh County Hospital.

Kiwanis To Meet In Masonic Temple: The Evergreen Kiwanis Club will meet in the dining hall of the new Masonic Temple Thurs., April 26, at 6 p.m. and every Thursday night thereafter.
Heretofore the club held their meetings in the cafeteria of the Evergreen High School. Kiwanis president, Howard Fore, extends a hearty welcome to all those in Conecuh County and Evergreen to come to the meeting and apply for membership.

Everette Price Wins Third Place In Contest: Everette Price, son of Dr. and Mrs. E.A. Price of Evergreen, placed third in the state finals of the Birmingham News Oratorical Contest. The finals were held in Birmingham Friday night. He was accompanied to Birmingham by Joe Talmadge of the Evergreen High School faculty who helped him with his preparation for the contest.

Huge paving program of city streets approved: One of the most extensive paving programs in the city’s history is to get underway this summer. It will result in the paving of more than 14-1/2 miles of roads.
Governor John Patterson and Highway Director Sam Engelhardt announced today that the major road and street paving project had been approved.
State Senator Bob Kendall, Rep. Wiley Salter and Mayor Zell Murphy after conferring with the highway director were told by Engelhardt that these major improvements would be started this summer.

APRIL 18, 1935

Rabid Dogs Cause Fear Among Citizens: During the past week, the discovery of a number of rabid dogs in Evergreen and vicinity has caused much apprehension among citizens and has caused city and county officials to put on a special drive to have all dogs vaccinated or confined.
According to Dr. E.L. Kelly, health officer, four positive cases of rabies among dogs have been found, three of these positive cases were found by laboratory tests at the State Health Department after heads of the dogs had been sent in for examination.
Dr. Kelly reports that four persons have been bitten by these rabid dogs and four others otherwise exposed.

Strawberries Moving At Slow Pace: Castleberry, April 17 – Carlot shipments of strawberries from Castleberry, which began April 5, has been going along at a steady but slow pace.
Through Tues., April 16, only 15 cars had gone north. The major reason for the slow movement is generally ascribed to the heavy rains and cold weather.

Burglar Attempts To Get In Davis Store: An attempt was made by a burglar or burglars to gain entrance to the store of Davis Grocery Co. on Tuesday night of this week. Upon arriving at the store early Wednesday morning, Mr. Davis discovered that the lock on the front door had been tampered with. He also discovered that the burglar had tried to gain entrance at a rear door which opened into a passage to Robinson’s Garage.

APRIL 16, 1885

A Search for Treasure Supposed to be Concealed in Evergreen: Last Sunday morning Mr. J.F. Irwin, a well known citizen of Evergreen, was informed that a mysterious hole had been dug on his premises just outside the corporate limits of Evergreen. After hearing this intelligence, Mr. Irwin accompanied by some friends, went at once to the place where the excavation had been made and found in the oat field, near the railroad track, a hole that had been freshly dug which was about three feet deep and somewhat circular in shape and about four feet in diameter.
When Mr. Irwin first saw the fresh dirt around the excavation he discovered the imprint in the same of a lady’s shoe, about number 3 or 2-1/2 in size. There was also a gentleman’s boot or shoe track in the same freshly excavated earth. Inquiry on the part of Mr. Irwin failed to elicit anything beyond the fact that sometime during Friday night or Saturday a colored woman saw a strange, young-looking white woman and man, also unknown to her, in the neighborhood of the place where the digging was done. All else connected with the affair is a profound mystery.
Speaking to Mr. Irwin on the subject he stated that sometime during or about last Christmas, while he was absent from home, some persons came to his house on two consecutive occasions and examined his premises thoroughly and asked if the place was for sale. Those of his family and servants who were at home at the time told the visitors that the proprietor was in Evergreen where they could see him, but he never received any personal applications to sell from the persons who had visited and so thoroughly examined his place in his absence.
As had already been said, no one knows why the hole was made, and no definite conclusion on the subject has been reached; yet it is nevertheless the opinion of nearly all who have viewed the excavation that it was made by someone who was searching for buried treasure of some kind that had been deposited there many years ago, and at a time when the stump beside which the digging was done was part of a tree that then helped to constitute a primeval forest.

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