Sunday, May 7, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from May 1917

R.E. Lee statue at Virginia Gettysburg monument.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published five editions 100 years ago during the month of May 1917. Those issues, which were dated May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those editions. Enjoy.

MAY 3, 1917

The Monroe County High School baseball team journeyed to Jackson Thursday and crossed bats with the so-called First District Agricultural School team in three hard fought games, the local team being worsted in each. The visitors charge that Aggies pitted League players against amateurs, which explains the disastrous results.

Many pupils of the County High School are sorely disappointed at the decision of the faculty to abandon the usual commencement program at the close of the school two weeks hence. Diplomas will be delivered to members of the graduating class and certificates of promotion to others in an informal manner.

ATTENTION VETERANS: There will be a meeting of Geo. W. Foster Camp U.C.V. in Monroeville at 3 p.m. on Sat., May 19. All members are urged to be present. Annual dues, 15 cents for each member, must be paid at this meeting, otherwise the Camp will forfeit its charter.

Unveiling at Manistee: Poplar Springs Camp No. 623, W.O.W., will unveil the monument of sovereign W.S. Whisenhunt at Pleasant Hill cemetery at Manistee on May 20 at 2:30 p.m. All Woodmen and the public cordially invited to attend. By order of Poplar Springs Camp No. 623, W.O.W., G.W. Riley, C.C., T.N. Ikner, Clerk.

VREDENBURGH: Mr. Ulmer Spinks was shot and killed by his father-in-law, Mr. George Milsted, at Camp No. 3 Sunday afternoon. Mr. Spinks’ many friends were grieved to hear of his untimely end.

MAY 10, 1917

A.C. Lee, Esq., presided with becoming dignity as special judge of the county court on Monday in consequence of the indisposition of Judge Fountain. Judge Fountain’s many friends are glad to see him out again.

All the Confederate veterans who reside in Monroe County are invited to attend the Memorial Services which are to be held in the Methodist Church, May 12, at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served to the veterans at the Crook House. Those who can attend will please drop a postal card to Dr. G.C. Watson.

Rev. J.G. Dickinson of Evergreen has accepted the invitation of the local chapter U.D.C. to deliver the address at the Methodist Church on the occasion of the celebration of Memorial Day next Saturday. Dr. Dickinson is an eloquent and pleasing speaker and all who attend have a rare treat in store.

Abnormally low temperature has prevailed throughout this section for several days past. It is a rather odd but not uncommon thing to see citizens wearing overcoats at this season.

The rain last Friday afternoon was accompanied by a heavy fall of hail, the stones in some sections being of enormous size and doing considerable damage to crops and gardens. At Perdue Hill the precipitation was especially heavy. It is said that one hailstone picked up at that place weighed two ounces.

MAY 17, 1917

Mayor D.M. Maxwell was up from Roy Tuesday.

Mr. Arthur Bayles left last week for Fort McPherson under orders from the military authorities to go into training for an officer’s assignment.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED: Memorial exercises in honor of the Confederate dead, held under the auspices of the Monroeville Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy last Saturday afforded a fitting opportunity not only for paying tribute to the departed but also for a most delightful reunion of survivors of the Cause that was Lost.
Some 30 veterans were registered on the occasion and a bountiful dinner was served to them at the Crook House.
In the afternoon an interesting program was carried out at the Methodist Church, the feature being an eloquent and able address by Rev. J.G. Dickinson of Evergreen, following which the graves of Confederate dead in both cemeteries were decorated with a profusion of flowers.
The following veterans were present on the occasion: J.L. Marshall, E.B. Green, S.M. Roberts, J.W. Morris, W.D. Fountain, D.M. McNeil, J.R. Chandler, R.L. Stallworth, T.M. Riley, W.B. Jones, A.N. Thompson, J.H. Rachels, G.W. Rachels, L.R. Riley, G.Q. Crapps, W.L. Rikard, S.R. Kelly, D.J. Hatter, N.C. Thames, W.J. Biggs, W.H. Richardson, H.E. Courtney, G.W. Salter, Whit B. Green, N. Waters, Wm. B. Green, Wm. Ivey, Steve Parker, col.

The Monroeville Chapter U.D.C., while only a small band of women, have two things in view. One is the yearly Memorial Service, which is educational, and the erection of a monument to the memory of our Monroe County soldiers in the park at Monroeville. A sum is already deposited to be used for that purpose and this will be increased by donations as the years go by. With the tenacity of the purpose for which women are noted you may rest assured the monument will be built.

MAY 24, 1917

The Monroe County High School graduated this year the largest class since its establishment, and the largest in fact of any county high school in the state, 26 in number. Nineteen of this number were out-of-town students, two being residents of Conecuh County.
Diplomas were awarded to the following pupils: Willie Agee, Caroline Gaillard, Grady Daily, Perdue Hill; Owen Burgess, Clifford Farish, Vredenburgh; Eva Rikard, Clara McGill, Peterman; Mattie Middleton, Nelia Middleton, Roy; Myrtle Pearce, Sadie Garrett, Walter White, Jedo; George Harper, Uriah; John Harrengton, Tinela; Joe Langham, Chas. Kelly, Repton; Chas. Roberts, Carl Lazenby, Swanson Wiggins, Maude Yarborough, Sarah Slaughter, Sarah Deer, N.B. Kearley, Orlando Simmons, Monroeville; Annie Mae Ryland, Wait; Lucile Porter, Excel.

MANISTEE: Mr. Jasper Manning had the misfortune to lose his barn, two fine mules, one horse, all feed stuffs and farming implements, which was destroyed by fire last Sunday morning, supposed to have been on incendiary origin.
Mrs. Pete Stacey, who died in Mobile on the 17th, was buried at Pleasant Hill cemetery on the 18th. She leaves a husband, one son and two daughters to mourn her loss.
The W.O.W. performed the unveiling ceremonies of W.S. Whisenhant at Pleasant Hill Cemetery on May 20.

No apparent progress seems to have been made in the last two weeks in the solution of the water supply problem for Monroeville. Citizens are forced to rely entirely upon the inadequate and in some instances contaminated furnished by surface wells.

MAY 31, 1917

In the item from Manistee printed in last week’s Journal making mention of the fire loss sustained by a citizen of that place the name was incorrectly printed as “Manning” when as a matter of fact the loss was sustained by Jasper Hayle. The loss was a heavy one, coming as it did at the busy season on the farm and when all feedstuff is unusually expensive.

Another noble old veteran in the person of Mr. D.M. McNeil has called to his reward, his death occurring suddenly at his home near Axle Tuesday evening, aged upward of 70 years.

Completion of plans for the 27th annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans to be held in Washington from June 4 to 8 is announced by Col. Robert N. Harper, chairman of the citizens’ reunion committee. Mr. Harper stated that 16 hours of each day would be filled with patriotic, social and spectacular events. President Wilson is expected to address the opening session of the veterans on June 5. The parade will take place on June 7. The visitors will go to the battlefield of Gettysburg June 8 to take part in the dedication of the Virginia memorial of which an equestrian state of General Robert E. Lee is the central figure.

The sheriff’s department effected a few days ago the capture of a negro labor agent who has been operating in this section in violation of state laws. Officers had been on the lookout for such agents for some time but previously were unable to secure conclusive proof of guilt. The capture was effected at the L&N Railroad station where the agent was awaiting transportation for himself and several negro laborers whom he had engaged and for which he had wired his employers. The negro gave his name as Sam Moore, claiming to hail from Bagdad, Fla. When taken into custody a concealed pistol was found on his person, hence he is held on two charges.

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