Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
JULY 21, 1994

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .20 inches of rain on July 11, .22 inches on July 12, 1.4 inches on July 13, 1.45 inches on July 14 and .35 inches on July 15. He reported highs of 87 degrees on July 15 and July 16 and a low of 67 on July 14.

Construction of the new building for Conecuh-Monroe Counties Gas District is moving right along. The building is scheduled for completion by Oct. 1 of this year. The building will be larger than the present location and include a drive-thru window.

Evergreen and Conecuh County became the scene for another brutal homicide Tuesday afternoon when a Welcome community couple were found murdered in their home. According to reports, Hiram E. Johnson, 83, and his wife, Mamie, 79, were found dead Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. by relatives.
(District Attorney Tommy) Chapman… said that the murders were believed to have been committed between 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday. No cause of death had been determined at press time Wednesday. He also stated that there was no sign of forced entry into the Johnson home.
The killing has put the county in a state of shock with the murder also Tuesday of former Evergreen resident Barry Riggs Harper. According to District Attorney Tommy Chapman, the killings do not appear to be related.

JULY 17, 1969

County Masonic Conference: The annual Conecuh County Masonic Conference was held Wednesday, July 10, at Repton Lodge with 17 members of the five county lodges attending. Visitors from Mobile, Florida and other placed were present.
S.A. McGraw of Downing Lodge 580 at Castleberry, who has been Conference Secretary for 26 years, was re-elected  for another term. The conference also voted to present him with a 25-year pin.
A splendid meal was served at noon in the school lunchroom by members of the Eastern Star. Conecuh County Masons will continue to pay 10 cents per member per year for support of the conference.

Boykins receives Bronze Star medal: Staff Sgt. Marvin H. Boykins has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Vietnam. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Curlee Boykins of Route 2, Evergreen.
The citation accompanying the medal reads:
“By direction of the President, the Bronze Star Medal is presented to Staff Sgt. Marvin H. Boykins, U.S. Army, for distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period Oct. 1967 to March 1969.
“By applying his extensive knowledge, he has materially contributed to the efforts of the U.S. mission in the Republic of Vietnam. His initiative, sound judgement and devotion to duty have been in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”

JULY 20, 1944

Awarded Purple Heart: Pvt. Raymond N. Bradley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bradley of Castleberry, was awarded a Purple Heart for getting wounded in Italy the 12th of May. The award was sent home to his mother the 26th of June. She also received letters from him lately saying that he was getting along fine and was out of the hospital. He was dismissed from the hospital the 2nd of June and assigned back to duty.

Sgt. Taylor J. Moorer Awarded Air Medal: An Eighth Air Force Reconnaissance Station, England: Staff Sgt. Taylor J. Moorer, 22, of Evergreen, Ala., a Flying Fortress gunner now serving with weather reconnaissance in England, has been awarded the Air Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement while serving on many heavy bombardment missions over enemy-occupied continental Europe.
Sgt. Moorer has been in the Air Force for two years, eight months of which he has served overseas. During his eight months overseas he has been on many hazardous missions and has experienced many exciting adventures.
Prior to enlistment in the Armed Forces, Sgt. Moorer was working as an aircraft metalsmith at the Mobile Air Depot, Mobile, Ala. he is a graduate of Evergreen High School, Evergreen, Ala.
His sister, Lt. Melba A. Moorer, is serving in the W.A.C. and is stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Moorer, live in Evergreen, Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Hyde entertained a number of relatives and friends at a chicken fry at Binion’s Pool on last Thursday evening in honor of their son, Lt. and Mrs. D.T. Hyde.

JULY 16, 1919

Heavy Loss From Hail Storm: Heavy storm and cloud burst visited Leeman L. Lee’s farm, six miles northwest of Castleberry at about five o’clock Friday and literally stripped his corn and cotton into small strips, damaging his crop to the amount of four or five thousand dollars. The hail was so heavy that it actually bursted melons open.

Tax Collector Kelley went to the Capitol on Thursday last for a final settlement of state taxes with the auditor.

Circuit Solicitor G.O. Dickey and family will shortly become citizens of Evergreen. They will occupy the H.L. Tucker place. They will be cordially welcomed.

Drs. Dickinson and Stewart, E.J. McCreary, T.S. Hagood and J.W. Byrd attended a meeting of the Orphanage Board in Montgomery on Thursday last.

Mrs. W.R. Bennett will teach in the City School this year. Evergreen is fortunate in the selection of teachers.

Rev. C.H. Motley of DeFuniak Springs were visiting in town the latter part of the past week. Mr. Motley has been recently elected Vice President of the Thomas Industrial School, located at DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

Prof. Adams of Tennessee is guest in the home of his sister, Mrs. R.R. Philips, this week.

JULY 12, 1894

A GOOD COMPANY: The Conecuh Guards of Evergreen Showed Up Well: One of the crack companies that was in camp during the past week was the Conecuh Guards of Evergreen: Capt. C.R. Taleaferro; Lieutenants H.M. King, J.C. Snead; Sergeants H.L. Riley, F.L. Riley, E.D. Sampey; Corporals M. McCreary, J.T. Ellis, J.G. Lunday, A.F. Sims; Privates J.M. Brooks, C. Cunningham, W. Cummings, H. Crumpton, E. Cargill, W.H. Dunn, E.M. Finch, D. Guice, W.B. James, J.W. Kelley, J. McCreary Jr., W.A. McCreary, J.R. Relfe, Ed Robbins, G.A. Sampey, A. Salter, G. Salter, E. Stamps, E.L. Stallworth, Co. Surgeon, Ed Hirman, L.B. Chapman, A.R. Carter, W.A. Gantt, Ex-Captain.

There will be a big picnic and public speaking at Brooklyn, Conecuh County, on Thursday the 26th instant, everybody is invited to attend. Congressman Stallings and other able speakers will be present and give us good sound democratic speeches. Don’t fail to attend.

NOTICE: The democratic executive committee of Conecuh County is hereby requested to meet at the courthouse in Evergreen on the 24th of July inst. – S.L. Witherington, Chairman, Democratic Executive Committee; Wm. M. Newton, Secretary.

NOTICE is hereby given, that applications for the free scholarship in the medical college of Alabama will be received until Mon., Aug. 13, 1894, at which time the commissioners court of Conecuh County will consider them and make the award as provided by law. – Robert A. Lee, Judge of Probate.

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