Wednesday, June 13, 2018

100-year-old news highlights from The Wilcox Progressive Era

Alabama Gov. Thomas E. Kilby

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the June 13, 1918 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

The County Board of Education met in special session Tuesday. Messrs. J.T. Adams, Clay Sheffield, E.E. Morris, Drs. Bonner and Roberts being present.

Mr. F.H. Savage has received a letter from his son, Sgt. Irby Savage, telling of his safe arrival “over there.” He is deeply impressed with the beauty of France and we hope to hear more details description from him.

Hon. Thos. E. Kilby, candidate for governor, and Editor Ayers of The Anniston Hot Blast reached Camden Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Kilby is making a tour of the State and his many friends and supporters were pleased to meet him. He makes a fine impression, is a straight-forward businessman and is unequivocally in favor of the national amendment.

Mr. F.L. Moore Sr. has returned home after a stay at Hot Springs, Ark. and treatment at an infirmary in Birmingham. His many friends are glad to know of his return and hope for him a full recovery.

Prof. J.B. Hobdy of Montgomery, State Rural School agent, and one of the live wire educators of the state, was in Camden Tuesday. He came to give detailed instructions relative to the census to be taken of the school children in July. Prof. Hobdy has made many friends in Wilcox who are always glad to welcome him into their midst.

Quite a number of citizens from all sections of the county met in Camden Tuesday in response to a call from Director E.W. Berry to form a War Savings organization. The patriotic citizens of our county are ready for any work that tends to help the war.

Rev. H.T. Strout is conducting protracted services at the Methodist church this week. Everybody is invited to attend the meetings.

Miss Mary Stallworth, former primary teacher in the Grammar School, is visiting Mrs. Nan Boyd.

Mr. Hunter Farish has accepted a government position at Washington. His many friends are congratulating him.

Dr. W.C. Duke returned Sunday from New Orleans, where he has attended the Southern Dental Association the past month.

OLD GLORY TO FLOAT OVER CAMDEN – Flag Fund Started: Numbers of our patriotic citizens have concurred heartily in the suggestion, first made by Mr. B.H. Matthews, and urged in our last week’s paper, that we ought to show our colors.
A 40-foot flag pole of permanence has been selected and a wool bunting flag, all of which will be supplied at actual cost.
Subscriptions are limited to 50 cents, so that all our people can have a part in this patriotic display of our colors.
It is planned to raise this fund at once, and have a flag raising and patriotic demonstration July 4th.
If you want to have a part in this, hand in your contribution to this paper, Matthews Hardware Co. or Camden National Bank, and remember, no one can give more than 50 cents.
The following subscriptions to the Flag Fund have been received – Fifty cents, Rev. H.T. Strout, B.H. Matthews, Sam Lee Jones, R.R. Jones, H. Marcus, E.W. Berry, E.L. Ratcliffe, S.C. Godbold, O.C. Weaver; twenty-five cents, W.W. Primm.

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