12 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 2005
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.95 inches of rain on Aug. 15, 0.15 on Aug. 16, 0.26 on Aug. 17 and 0.15 on Aug. 18. He reported highs of 94 degrees on Aug. 19, Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 and lows of 71 on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.
Heavy equipment began moving dirt Tuesday in preparation for construction of the new Conecuh County Courthouse. The county commission approved the bond issue that will pay for the new building at the regular meeting Monday morning.
Former Governor Don Siegleman was in Evergreen Tuesday morning to feel out the political waters for the upcoming 2006 election. Gov. Siegelman is shown discussing some of the issues with Revenue Commissioner Terry Sullivan in his office. Siegelman served as Governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003.
Steven Bledsoe, owner of Bledsoe Realty, is pleased to announce that Michelle O’Brien has joined his company as a real estate sales associate. She will join the company effective immediately on a part-time basis. O’Brien has two years’ experience as a real estate salesperson in Evergreen.
Darlene Barnes was honored during Reid State Technical College’s LPN Pinning and Candlelighting ceremonies on Thurs., Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. Barnes, a resident of Castleberry, received the Florence Nightingale Award. This honor is bestowed on the student which fellow students feel displayed the best nursing care of the graduating class.
37 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1980
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.7 inches of rain on Aug. 18 and 1.0 inches on Aug. 19. He reported highs of 97 on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 and a low of 70 on Aug. 23.
Guy Straughn Kelly, 69, of Camden died in a hospital there on Fri., Aug. 22, of an apparent heart attack. He was a native of Repton and a member of a prominent pioneer family.
Mr. Kelly was a retired educator who had earned many honors in his chosen profession. He obtained his early education in the public schools of this county and was a graduate of the University of Alabama. He later earned his Master’s Degree and AA Certificate in school administration.
He served two terms as Conecuh County Superintendent of Education, 1957-1965, after serving over 20 years as a classroom teacher and principal in county schools. He later served as Wilcox County Superintendent of Education for a number of years prior to his retirement several years ago.
Mr. Kelly earned the respect and esteem of both students and fellow teachers and administrators during the more than 40 years he served as an educator.
This monster of a rattlesnake was killed Wednesday night of last week on the Loree Road by James Williamson and Danny Johnson. The rattler was six feet long and had eight rattles and a button.
62 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1955
First L&N Passenger Train Was Launched 100 Years Ago Today: One hundred years ago today – Aug. 25, 1855 – the L&N Railroad proudly launched its first passenger train.
Pushing two “platform” cars with seats, and pulling two more, an ornate little balloon stack locomotive called the “Hart County” chuffed its way to a point eight miles south of Louisville, the entire length of the L&N Railroad at that time.
This now historic train left the Louisville station near where the L&N general office building stands today, at 4 p.m., loaded with some 300 railroad officials, including its president, John L. Helm, twice governor of Kentucky and Louisville’s Mayor, John Barbee. As it moved away from the platform and “outburst of enthusiasm” rose from the crowd that had gathered to witness this first departure.
Contemporary newspaper reports state that the outgoing trip required 35 minutes due to three stops, one for water and two made necessary because of cows on the track. The return was made in 20 minutes.
It wasn’t until Oct. 27, 1859 that the first train ran from Louisville to Nashville, over 187 miles of completed road, the original route that gave the line its name. Today, this thriving Class 1 railroad operates over nearly 5,000 miles of track. Its scheduled trains which make connections with many of the nation’s other major railroads, travel more than 36,000 miles each 24 hours.
Hugh S. Hagood, age 73, widely known and prominent farmer, died unexpectedly Thurs., Aug. 18, at the local hospital where he had been carried a short time earlier for treatment from a heart attack which he suffered at his home a few miles east of Evergreen.
87 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1930
Conecuh Gins 446 Bales To Aug. 16: According to a report handed The Courant by W.T. Hagood, Conecuh County ginned 446 bales of cotton prior to Aug. 16 as compared with 201 bales ginned to Aug. 16, 1929.
Mr. G.C. Crook Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Crook of Atmore, will take over the management of the Evergreen Hotel on Sept. 1, as lease. Mr. Crook arrived this week and is completing arrangements for opening the hotel Monday.
Messrs. Taliaferro and Cunningham, owners of the hotel have recently completely remodeled the hotel.
Some County Schools To Open Monday: Schools in the strawberry district and those in Evergreen will open Mon., Sept. 1, so that they may close earlier in the spring. Owing to late crop conditions other schools will open later in the month. – Mrs. J.R. Taylor, Attendance Supervisor.
Lt. and Mrs. Wylie Ganey are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Ganey en route from Booklyn, N.Y. to San Antonio, Texas, where Lt. Ganey will be stationed, he having recently graduated from West Point.
Friends of L.H. Cardwell regret to know that he is confined to his bed, as the result of an injury sustained Monday, when his car overturned on the Mobile Highway. Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell, his mother and sister, Mrs. S.H. Gentry of Auburn, were en route to Mobile to attend the deep sea rodeo when the accident occurred.
112 YEARS AGO
AUG. 23, 1905
FOR COUNTY REUNION: At the meeting of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee, U.C.V., held on Friday last, it was decided to hold the annual county reunion in Evergreen on Wed., Oct. 25. The barbecue feature was eliminated and a basket dinner will be provided for. A committee on arrangements was appointed composed of M.A. Gantt, P.D. Bowles and W.L. Stallworth.
School Opening: The next regular session of our school will open on Mon., Sept. 4, at 10 o’clock a.m. The usual opening exercises will be arranged, to which patrons and friends of the school are cordially invited. The faculty will be the same as last session, except that Miss Davis of Dothan will take the place of Miss Ethel King, resigned. – J.A. Liner, Principal.
Mrs. T.D. Jackson took charge of the Evergreen Hotel on Monday and will in the future conduct that well known hostelry.
W.A. Clarke, who is logging for the Cedar Creek Mill Co. near Castleberry, had five fine steers killed and two badly injured by lightning on last Wednesday. The driver of the team received a severe shock from the bolt. Mr. Clarke passed through Evergreen with this team several months ago and his steers were admired by a large number of persons who saw them. They were worth about $100 each.
Edwin H. Southers, one of the country’s most noted comedians, will deliver a lecture in Greenville on the evening of Sept. 4. A party of Evergreen people will probably go up to hear him.