|Grave of Francis Fore in the Ridge Cemetery.|
16 YEARS AGO
JULY 13, 2002
County’s road signs going up: Some 1,250 brand new road signs have arrived and are in the process of being installed on all Monroe County roads, according to Roger Kirkland, a member of the county’s E-911 board of directors.
Kirkland, who played an instrumental role in obtaining the 911 list, has been hired by the Monroe County Commission to install the signs. Kirkland, Monroe Finklea and Kendal Griffin began installing the new signs Tuesday morning. The first sign was placed on One Mile Road that intersects County Road 17 north of Monroeville.
Excel baseball standouts Neal Jordan and Kyle Holder participated in the Alabama Coaches Association’s Underclassmen Showcase June 21-22 at Birmingham-Southern College. Jordan, a 6-5, 180-pound senior pitcher, and Holder, a 5-11, 185-pound junior catcher, were invited to the showcase after being selected as two of the top 25 baseball players in Southwest Alabama during a tryout in Andalusia in early June. Professional and college scouts watched Holder, Jordan and 98 other top players play three games during the showcase.
Monalisa Ghosh and Anna Lee, both of Monroeville, were named to the Mobile Register’s 2002 Top Academic Team last week.
Ghosh, 16, is a student at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile. Lee, 18, was salutatorian at Monroe Academy at Ollie.
Register editors chose the 16-member team after principals and counselors from schools in eight counties in Southwest Alabama nominated their top students.
39 YEARS AGO
JULY 14, 1977
Jones fills board seat at hospital: The Monroe County Commission Tuesday appointed Robert Jones of Clausell to fill a seat on the Monroe County Hospital Board, the first black man ever to serve on that board.
Jones, 57, succeeded Jake Niehuss, 58, in the wake of Niehuss’ resignation, effective Tuesday. Jones was appointed to a six-year term.
Jones, funeral director for Jones Unity Funeral Home, took his seat on the board Tuesday night for the board’s third quarterly meeting this year.
Steve McCord, a native of Prattville, has been hired as head baseball and assistant football and basketball coach at Frisco City High School, according to Charles McNeil, principal.
The 26-year-old Troy State University graduate comes to Frisco City from Fort Deposit Academy, where he was head football coach for one year.
A graduate of Marbury High School, McCord played one year of college football at Auburn University before transferring to Troy, where he received his B.S. and master’s degrees.
Mason officers installed at Lodge No. 3: Masonic officers of Alabama Lodge No. 3 for the 1977-78 year were installed last week in the Masonic Hall.
Installed were Jim Andress, worshipful master; William Smith, senior warden; Alan Kelly, junior warden; Danny Beuk, senior deacon; Marion Craft, secretary; and Tom Lemons, treasurer.
66 YEARS AGO
JULY 10, 1952
Monroe Native Gets Infantry Decoration: M/Sgt. Harry J. Sims of Mobile, an Excel native, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, a symbol of close-quarter fighting with the enemy while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.
Sims arrived in Korea on Jan. 4 of this year and is serving as platoon sergeant in Co. F of the 27th Infantry Division in Korea.
Sims is the grandson of Mrs. T.A. Watson and the nephew of Mrs. Lloyd King of Excel.
The Monroeville baseball club travels to Jay, Fla. Sunday afternoon when they play its only scheduled tilt for the coming week’s period.
The Sunday contest will be the 23rd of the season with major-sized teams. A visit here on Thursday night of next week by the Jay nine will be the final scheduled game of the season with the Floridians.
(Players on Monroeville’s team that season included Tunney Cardwell, A. Clenner, B. Downs, Bubber Farish, Hubert Finlayson, LeVaughn Hanks, H. Jaye, C. McKelvery, Fritz McPherson, Melvin Mixon, Bobby Moore, Robert Riley, L. Rumbley, J. Tucker, Forrest Watkins, George Watson, Marion Watson and C. Worthington.)
Drilling of the new water well for Monroeville began Monday according to a report issued this week by local water board officials.
The new well is located on the west side of Sinclair Street near the local stockyard.
It is being drilled to allow the increased water consumption locally, created by continued dry weather, and has been estimated to produce between 110 and 120 gallons of water per minute, being around 110 feet in depth.
91 YEARS AGO
JULY 14, 1927
Tax Collector H.A. Baggett journeyed to Montgomery recently to make his final settlement with the state auditor.
Messrs. Mims and Hudson, who recently sold the plant of the Monroeville Ice & Power Co. to the Gulf Utilities Co., have purchased the gin plant at Megargel and will operate it in connection with their plant at Uriah. It is assumed that both plants will be operated by electricity generated at Uriah.
Monroeville Post Office Raised To Second Class: On July 1, the Monroeville Post Office was elevated from third to second class and the compensation of the postmaster correspondingly increased. Clerks and assistants in the office will be placed under civil service. The next important action by the post office desired by patrons of the office is to provide more convenient and commodious quarters for the transaction of the growing business of the office.
Boxing bouts having been legalized in Alabama, we assume that the establishment of the prize ring will be granted in due course as a further concession to the sporting element.
MASONIC MEETINGS: The regular meetings of Alabama Lodge No. 3 are held on Friday evenings before the first and third Sundays in each month at 7:30. Regular convocation of Monroe Chapter No. 122 on the first Monday evening in each month.
Miss Edna Faulk has returned home after a visit to friends in Montgomery.
140 YEARS AGO
JULY 9, 1878
Death of a former citizen – Many of our citizens, those who knew him more intimately, will be grieved to learn of the death of Mr. James C. Watts, a former citizen of Camden. His death occurred near Boston, Bowie County, Texas, on May 27, 1878. He was born near Pineville, Monroe County, Ala., Oct. 31, 1844, and was therefore in the 34th year of his age. He leaves a young wife and several small children in Camden to mourn his loss. – Camden News.
Mr. Watts was a brother of our present Sheriff, Mr. Jno. I. Watts, and was a most excellent citizen, and was generally liked by all who knew him at his new home in Texas.
Ridge – Mrs. Francis, wife of Mr. William Fore, died in the Ridge neighborhood on Sat., June 29.
A Former Citizen – Mr. John McKinzie, one of the first settlers of Monroe County, and now a resident of Conecuh County, is on a visit to his old home in Old Texas.
Perdue Hill – The new saloon of The Hill is handsomely fixed up, and looks neat, cozy and enticing. The liquors and cigars are the best brands, the wines are the best that the market affords and the best of beer is always kept on tap.
NEW SALOON – Perdue Hill, Alabama – Slaughter & Rankin, Proprietors – Will keep constantly on hand the best foreign and domestic liquors and polite barkeepers are on hand to wait on customers. For something to exhilarate and rejuvenate you, give the new saloon a call.