JUNE 26, 2003
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .31 inches of rain on June 17 and .27 inches on June 19. He reported highs of 90 degrees on June 16 and June 19 and lows of 67 degrees on June 16 and June 22.
John “Fat” Claiborne, 56, of Evergreen passed away Fri., June 20, 2003 in a Georgiana hospital.
He held membership at Lookout Lodge No. 325, where he served as worshipful master. He was a self-employed businessman and a former member of the Evergreen City Council.
Relay For Life this Friday nite: Everyone will be out in force Friday night to take on the fight against cancer as Evergreen holds its annual Relay For Life. This year’s relay promises to be a fun and worthwhile event as it has been in years past. The 2003 Relay For Life has been moved to Middleton Field Airport from downtown Evergreen.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the Survivor’s Reception. The actual relay will begin at 7 p.m. with John Brock serving as Master of Ceremonies.
Last year’s relay raised over $35,000 and the participants in this year’s relay hope to be just as successful.
Cody Lowery, son of John and Linda Blackmon, recently represented Conecuh County at the 66th annual American Legion Alabama Boys State. While attending Boys State, Lowery was elected to the House of Representatives. He is an upcoming senior at Sparta Academy.
39 YEARS AGO
JUNE 22, 1978
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported .08 inches of rain on June 12. He reported a high of 92 degrees on June 12 and a low of 61 on June 14.
Grand Lodge K of P will convene here: Enterprise Lodge No. 352 of the Knights of Pythias and Queen of Evergreen Court No. 562 will host the 92nd annual session of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias and Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Alabama here June 25 through June 27.
This is an historic occasion for Evergreen as this is the first time in its 92-year history that the Grand Lodge has convened here.
Sir Ellis Jackson is Chancellor Commander of Enterprise Lodge No. 352 and Sister Gussie V. Grace is Worthy Counsellor of Queen of Evergreen Court No. 562 and they will act as official hosts for the session.
Charlie Graddick, candidate for Attorney General, asked Mrs. Roger (Mary) Waller for her vote as he made a brief visit here Tuesday. Graddick plans to be back in the county today to make more personal contacts. He has compiled an outstanding record as District Attorney in Mobile and earned widespread recognition for this vigorous and successful prosecution of criminals.
Navy Seaman Recruit Jonas Claiborne of 421 Magnolia Ave., Evergreen, has completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fla. A 1974 graduate of Evergreen High School, he joined the Navy in April 1978.
64 YEARS AGO
JUNE 25, 1953
Local Post Office Becomes First Class Wed., July 1: The United States Post Office at Evergreen will become a first class office Wed., July 1, according to Postmaster Mary R. Cunningham. The class of office is based on stamp sales, box rents, etc. and first class is the highest grade.
Postmaster Cunningham points out that the local office’s increase in grade follows a gradual increase of gross postal receipts. Since 1942, sales have nearly doubled with increase being registered each year during the period.
The increase in postal sales is attributed to a gradual rise in business and growth in postal population and to the mailing of large quantities of parcel post of the Evergreen Garment Co. and Southern Coach Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Conecuh Will Induct 13 Men In July: Alabama’s induction call for July will be 707 men, according to Col. J.T. Johnson Jr., Acting State Director of Selective Service. This first represents Alabama’s part of a national call of 23,000 men. All of these men will be furnished to the Army and no men under 20 years of age will be inducted in Alabama in July, Col. Johnson said.
The number of men Conecuh will be called upon to furnish for July is 13.
Strong winds Sunday night caused considerable damage at the Moonlite Drive-In Theatre some four miles out of Evergreen on the Brooklyn Highway. Striking fiercely late that night, the winds caused damage estimated at $1,200 by owner Bert Gorum and put the theatre out of business this week.
89 YEARS AGO
JUNE 28, 1928
BELLEVILLE MASONS ELECT OFFICERS: At a recent meeting of the Conecuh Lodge No. 733 of the Masonic Order at Belleville, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: J.E. Tate, worshipful master; A.L. Riggs, senior warden; J.D. Skinner, junior warden; J.T. Livingston, treasurer; H.S. Barlow, secretary; J.P. Bradley, senior deacon; H.F. Skinner, junior deacon; S.P. Lindsey, chaplain; J.E. Baggett, senior steward; J.M. Conner, junior steward; J.A. Reid, marshal; W.R. Burt, tyler.
T.C. Grace, a well known citizen of this county, living in the Arkadelphia community, died at his home Wednesday evening at six o’clock.
Mr. Grace had held a responsible position with the Dunham Lumber Co. for the past 15 years. Up until eight years ago, Mr. Grace was a citizen of Butler County, in which place he has a host of friends and relatives to mourn his death.
He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, membership being with the Garland Lodge.
John W. Baldwin of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints will preach at the courthouse Sunday night, July 1. Services will begin at 7:30 and the general public is invited to attend.
Fire broke out in the walls of the Electrick Maid Bakery about 9:30 o’clock Tuesday morning but quick work on the part of the fire department checked it before much damage was done.
138 YEARS AGO
JUNE 26, 1879
THE EVERGREEN STAR
Conecuh Guards, Co. E, participated in the following named battles and skirmishes – the list is furnished us by Col. P.D. Bowles: First Battle Manassas, Va.; York Town, Elthems Landing, Seven Pines, Gaines Farm, Malvern Hill, Second Battle Manassas, Leesburg or Chantilla, Va.; South South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Suffolk, Gettysburg, Hagerstown, Falling Waters, Manassas Gap, Thornton Creek, Chickamauga, Raccoon Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Knoxville, Dandridge, Strawberry Plains, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Crutchfield Farm, North Ann Bridge, Charles City Road, Williamsburg Road, Second Battle Cold Harbor, Deep Bottom, Fuzzles Mill, skirmish near Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, Fort Gilmore, Fort Harrison, battle Darbytown, Darbytown Road, Williamsburg Road, McKinzie House, Petersburg, Amelia Court House, Burkville Junction, Farmville, Appomattox.
TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF CONECUH COUNTY: We, the undersigned, respectfully ask that the surviving Confederate soldiers who reside in Conecuh County, Ala., meet us at the courthouse in Evergreen on Sat., the 12th of July next, for the purpose of organizing a Historical and Memorial Association of the Confederate soldiers of Conecuh County.
The Association, to have for one of its laudable objects, to obtain and preserve the records, to show what Alabama achieved and suffered during the war between the states. – John S. Stearns, John G. Guice, J.B. Bonnett, F.M. Walker, P.D. Bowles and many others.