Sunday, August 6, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Aug. 1917

Grave of Monroe Agee Stanford in Phoenix, Arizona.
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 August 1917. Those five issues, which were dated Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those five editions. Enjoy.

AUG. 2, 1917

Mr. M.A. Stanford of Phoenix, Arizona, who is spending a few weeks among relatives and friends in Alabama, was a visitor to Monroeville last week. Mr. Stanford is a native of Monroe but removed to the west soon after the Civil War and had not revisited the county for 53 years. Few of the friends of his youth remained to greet him, while changes in the physical aspects of the country were quite as marked. Mr. Stanford’s description of farming under the irrigation system in the west was quite interesting to those unfamiliar with the mode of operations.

On Monday afternoon, the residence of Mr. Hugh Cameron was struck by lightning which did considerable damage to the house. Mrs. Cameron and two children were rendered unconscious for several minutes by the shock. The little son of Mr. F.E. Marshall, who was playing under the house received a more severe shock, being slightly burned about the chest. We are glad to note that the little fellow was not injured as badly as was first thought.

The Town Council has awarded the contract for the erection of the new grammar school building to Mr. J.M. Daniel, one of our local contractors. The building will be a single-story brick structure conforming to plans of the state department of education. It will contain four commodious classrooms, well-lighted and ventilated. It will be situated on the grounds adjacent to the present city school building and will cost with furnishings $6,000 or more. Work will begin as soon as the materials can be assembled, and it is hoped to have the building ready for occupancy by October.

AUG. 9, 1917

CAPT. T.A. NETTLES DEAD: Leading Citizen of County Called to His Final Reward: Capt. Thomas A. Nettles died at his home near Tunnel Springs at 11:15 on Friday night, Aug. 3, in the 75th year of his age.
Captain Nettles was a native of Monroe County and for upward of 40 years had been prominent in the business and political life of his county and community, identified with every movement and enterprise looking to material development and social and educational uplift.
Captain Nettles enlisted in the service of the Southern Confederacy at an early period of the War Between the States and became a Sergeant in Co. B, Third Alabama Cavalry, and was captured at Shelbyville in June 1863 and paroled at Camp Douglas for exchange in February 1865. He was an enthusiastic member of the Alabama Division United Confederate Veterans and served for several years on the staff of General Hooper, commander of the Alabama Division, with the rank of major. Until failing health deprived him of the privilege, he was a regular attendant at the annual reunions, both state and general. The uniform of grey he loved so well constituted the cerements for his burial while the casket contained his mortal remains was of the same symbolic color. A number of his former comrades in arms sorrowfully followed to the place of sepulture.
The funeral took place at Tunnel Springs cemetery Sunday afternoon, the religious service being conducted by his pastor, Rev. S.P. Lindsey, and concluded with the beautiful, yet solemn and impressive ritual of the Masonic fraternity.

AUG. 16, 1917

Mr. A.C. Lee and ye editor were business visitors to New Orleans last week.

Miss Jennie Faulk left a few days ago for Atlanta to select her fall stock of millinery. Her numerous friends and patrons will await with impatience her return and the announcement of her season opening.

The work of demolishing the old grammar school building is well advanced and the material for the new brick structure is arriving. Dirt will be broken for the erection of the new edifice within a few days and the building will be rushed to completion as rapidly as possible. It is hoped to have it ready for occupancy by the usual date for the opening of the school term.

After canvassing a portion of the county, Prof. W.L. Porter reports the prospects favorable for a prosperous opening of the seventh annual session of the Monroe County High School on the 10th of September. Practically all undergraduates in school last session signify their intention of returning, while a number of public school pupils who were awarded seventh grade certificates at the recent examinations will probably enter the High School next session.

Rev. A.J. Kempton has accepted calls to the pastorate of the Baptist churches at Excel and Ollie for the remainder of the year. The Ollie church is served on the afternoon of the first Sabbath in each month; Excel, morning and evening of the second Sunday. The appointment at Roy on the third Sunday, morning and evening, will be continued as at present.

AUG. 23, 1917

Pat Byrd, proprietor of a restaurant at Roy, was fatally stabbed by a young man by the name of Stewart on Tuesday night. It is said that Stewart entered Byrd’s place and began using profane and indecent language; refusing to retire at Byrd’s request, the latter undertook to expel him. Stewart drew his knife and stabbed Byrd to the heart. Stewart is in jail.

Four individual electric lighting plants are now in operation in Monroeville and the fifth is soon to be installed. The owners of these plants are delighted with their convenience and the comfort afforded by the numerous fans operated.

Mr. John L. Kearley has accepted a position with the Peoples Bank of Roy and removed with his family to that place the early part of the week.

Dr. W.B. Simmons of Piedmont, S.C., accompanied by Mrs. Simmons and their little son, is here for a few days visit to his mother and other relatives.

The Journal is pleased to note as an evidence of Monroeville’s growing commercial importance that we shall have this season a resident cotton buyer in the person of Mr. R.D. Hendrix, whose card will be found elsewhere in today’s paper. Mr. Hendrix has opened an office in the Fore building and will keep in close telegraphic touch with the leading markets and be prepared to pay spot cash for cotton.

MONROE'S QUOTA SECURED: The local Board has concluded its examination of registrants under the first call and has certified to the district board the names of 211 persons who have not been exempted or discharged from military service.

AUG. 30, 1917

Death of Joseph M. Dees: Friends at Peterman and surrounding communities learned with sincere regret of the death of Mr. Joseph M. Dees of Peterman at a hospital in Selma on Wed., Aug. 15, at four o’clock following an operation. The remains reached Peterman Thursday, where it was laid to rest by Revs. Lindsey and Williams and a large number of friends.

The city dads are having another well drilled near the well sunk a few weeks ago. It is hoped that with two wells a constant and adequate supply of water may be available.

All arrangements have been perfected for the prompt and simultaneous opening of the public schools of the county on Oct. 1. A number of new buildings are in course of erection at more central points, a number of others enlarged and made more comfortable, while several have been granted an increased teaching force. The compulsory attendance law goes into effect with the new school year and every effort is being made by the school authorities to meet the new situation.

Mr. J.H. Moore of Perdue Hill was here Thursday circulating among his numerous friends. Mr. Moore has two sons in the service of their country, W. Locklin being in the officers training camp at Ft. Oglethorpe, and John Hope Jr. at the naval training station, Norfolk.

The County Board of Exemptions and local physicians have been busy for the last two days in the examination of 200 registrants under the second call of reserves.

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