|Congressman Lister Hill|
31 YEARS AGO
MAY 28, 1987
Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported 1.09 inches of rain on May 22 and .19 inches on May 24. He reported a high temperature of 90 degrees on May 23 and lows of 65 on May 20 and May 23.
The Class of 1987 of Evergreen High School will be honored at graduation exercises Friday night, June 5, at 7:30 o’clock. Honor graduates are Felecia Dailey, Shelby Waters (valedictorian), Amanda Brooks (salutatorian) and Chris Wallace; and Linnell King, Donnie Pitts, Rodney Pugh, Chon Mitchell and Kelly Whatley.
A 1970 graduate will be his alma mater’s graduation speaker at exercises at Evergreen High School at 7:30 o’clock Friday night, June 5, it is announced by Principal Ronnie Brogden.
Jimmie L. Perryman, a registered professional engineer of Miami, Fla., who grew up in Evergreen, will be the speaker.
The speaker graduated from Evergreen High School in 1970 and earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University in 1974. He received his MS degree in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University in 1977 with academic concentration in the area of thermal-hydraulic analysis of nuclear power systems. He has also done work toward his PhD at the University of Idaho.
46 YEARS AGO
MAY 25, 1972
Sparta Academy will honor these seniors at the private school’s first graduation exercises at eight o’clock Monday night at Stuart-McGehee Field. Seniors are Deborah Josey, Carey Stinson, Martha Gaines, Kitty Horton, Beth Harper (salutatorian) and Shelia Ward; Terry Chapman, Crawford King (valedictorian), Charlotte McCreary, Forrest Brantley, Larry Tranum and Dwight Watson; Mike McKenzie, Joey Nix, Mike Turner, Gary Gibson, Robert Carleton and Donnie Griggers. The 19th member of the class, Mary Ann Mack, was not present due to illness when the picture was made.
Randy Hanks of the Repton FFA Chapter showed the Grand Champion barrow at the ninth annual Conecuh County Barrow show May 15. Kenny Brown of the Evergreen FFA Chapter showed the Reserve Champion barrow.
Evergreen High School will award diplomas to 77 students at graduation exercises at eight o’clock Monday night at Brooks Stadium.
Dr. Paul Hubbert of Montgomery, executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, will be the speaker. Joann Rogers is valedictorian, and Ann Coburn is salutatorian.
Diplomas will be awarded by Principal John Floyd.
Lyeffion High School is to award diplomas to 45 graduates at exercises Thursday night, June 1, at eight o’clock in the gymnasium.
Diplomas will be awarded by Principal Danny Covin.
61 YEARS AGO
MAY 30, 1957
Navy Plane Crashes Thursday Night Near Here; Pilot Unhurt: Trainer Catches Fire During Night Flight: Thursday night a plane crashed and exploded on the farm of M.M. Cardwell, about five miles west of Evergreen on the Loree Road.
The pilot, Ensign Richard Frank Polich of Chicago, Ill. bailed out and landed safely about a mile from where the plane crashed. He is stationed at Whiting Field, near Milton, and was on a night training flight when his plane caught fire.
Ens. Polich said that he put his T-28B trainer into a climb at about 2,000 feet, when he noticed flames bursting from the engine. He maintained the climb, and bailed out in the prescribed fashion. His parachute caught in a tree and let him down without a scratch. Ens. Polich’s first thought upon landing was to get to the site of the crash to see if anyone was hurt.
The Evergreen Fire Department answered a call from Frank Dizzy Dean, who saw the plane crash and rushed to the scene, with the usual entourage of dozens of cars, which swelled to hundreds when the word got around about the crash. The plane had crashed at an angle, scattering parts over a wide area, and burned fiercely for a few minutes.
Other witnesses in a 10-mile radius reported having seen the plane on fire, and some reported having heard the explosion when it hit.
This was the first crash of a Navy plane in the county since Middleton Field has been used by the Navy. In April 1956, the Navy Air Training Command at Pensacola began utilizing this field for training purposes.
76 YEARS AGO
MAY 28, 1942
Missing Plane Is Found Near Here: Searching parties from Maxwell Field located a missing plane for which they had been searching for the past week late Tuesday afternoon.
The crashed ship was sighted by a searching plane in Sepulga swamp some 18 to 20 miles north of here, but it was so late land parties could not get to it until early Wednesday morning.
The plane crashed in a thick swamp in a rather isolated section. It was totally demolished and the pilot whose name was given as Lowe was dead. His body was rescued and sent immediately to Maxwell Field.
This plane was one of a group of eight which crashed Wednesday night of last week, three of them in this county and five near Atmore. Five lives were lost according to reports. The planes were enroute from Crestview, Fla. to Maxwell when they encountered a storm.
All of the planes were piloted by British cadets who had been assigned to Maxwell Field for training.
Laula Middleton Gets War Wings: Lt. Laula M. Middleton, son of Mrs. Evelyn Middleton of Fairview, was awarded his war wings last Wednesday, May 20, at Foster Field, Texas after a period of intensive training since Nov. 8 of last year. Young Middleton enlisted in the Air Corps early in November and was assigned to Foster Field for his early training. He is now a full fledged pilot assigned to a pursuit ship. Upon receiving his wings, he was immediately transferred to Orlando, Fla., where he will take advanced training prior to being assigned to active duty.
91 YEARS AGO
MAY 26, 1927
S.S.A.S. Commencement Ends Wed. Night: The commencement program of the State Secondary Agricultural School came to a close Wednesday night, when diplomas were awarded to the 25 members of the senior class, after a very eloquent and forceful baccalaureate address was delivered by Hon. Lister Hill, Congressman from the Second District.
During the program Wednesday evening, Mr. (W.B.) Sexton introduced to the audience Prof. Paul Fisher of Abbeville, who is to succeed him as principal of the S.S.A.S. Mr. Fisher is at present teacher of Vocational Agriculture at Abbeville. He will move here about July 1.
Diplomas were awarded to the following students: Flossie Allen, Pauline Black, Ernestine Chapman, McLean Dreaden, Jno. Tom Gaillard, Addie B. Garvin, Stanley Fountain, William Hairston, Jno. Hanks, Lindsey Hart, Myra Hart, Jno. C. Holman, Lucinda Horton, Oris Jones, Mrs. Vernice K. Kelley, Joeffy Lundy, Reuben Millsap, Flowers Northcutt, Myrtle Quarles, Julien Relfe, Gladys Reynolds, Winston Stillwell, Entys Thomas, Hazel Williams and Helen Williams.
CONECUH HOTEL NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The hotel building belonging to W.K. Horton, which was formerly occupied by the Evala Hotel, has been completely overhauled inside and out during the last few months and is now open for business under the name Conecuh Hotel, with M.H. Crawford as manager.