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Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper of Monroe County, Alabama

JULY 21, 1994

J.W. Sales of Monroeville, who was one of only 11 Kiwanis International officials around the world to meet the “Distinguished Governor” criteria, is introduced, along with his wife, Willean, at the recent international convention in New Orleans. Sales was cited for his leadership of the Alabama District of Kiwanis during 1992-93 and received a gold ring during an awards luncheon. Others attending the convention from Monroe County, along with their families, were Phil Allen, current lieutenant governor for District 12; Patrice Stewart, editor of the statewide Kiwanis Kourier newspaper; O’Neil Stacey, incoming lieutenant governor for District 12; and Mike Colquett, president of the Monroeville Kiwanis Club.

Monroe County’s Advanced Babe Ruth Baseball all-stars will compete in the state tournament for players 17 and 18 years old today (Thursday) in Foley. Monroe will take on Smiths Station at 5:30 p.m. (Players on Monroe’s team included Jerry Pharr, Brian Walker, Bill Rice, Bryson Dawson, Bo Daniel, Derrick Stacey, Gene Ryals, Landry Sawyer, Jameson Ledkins, Matt Kendrick, Michael Lindsey, Jason Fears, John Berry Upton, Bryson Bratcher, Tony Gibbs, Bubba Manning, Wes Kelly and Chaz Jordan. Coaches were Tim McKenzie, Cale Lindsey and Nathan Black.)

A “box supper” service is planned Saturday at 2 p.m. at Springhill Baptist Church, Inc. at Franklin in celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary this year.
Broadus and Margaret Hale, former missionaries to Brazil, who now serve with the Canada Foreign Mission Board, will speak in the afternoon.

JULY 17, 1969

By-Pass Nears Completion: This is Highway 21 by-pass looking south from near the Hi-Ho, north of Monroeville. The north half of the by-pass has been shot with asphalt prime and covered with slag. The lower end near the Monroe County Hospital has been primed with asphalt. Work has been started once again on Drewry Road and the construction company expects to put the asphalt prime coat on Drewry Road and the last section of the by-pass on July 19. The plant mix will be applied and the by-pass completed for final inspection in five to six weeks, according to company plans.

The Little League Tournament for Area One of District Five will be held at the Little League Park in Monroeville today (Thursday) and Friday.
Jack Bartlett, tournament director, said Monroe County, Atmore, Opp and Andalusia teams will compete in the elimination contests, which will get underway today at 6:30 p.m.
(Members of the Monroe County all-star team were David Lazenby, John Bartlett, Marion Owens, Charles Lambert, Tom Dunning, Ernest Rowell, Sam Bowden, Corbee Meeks, Bill Miller, Sonny Wasden, Gary Gaston, Ricky Eddins, Bryant Hooks, Bill Grissette and alternate Les Prouty. Bobby Dunn was the team’s manager, and Grafton Coleman was coach.)

What A Party: Lemuel Hancock, Excel City Councilman, Coy Stacey, Mayor of Excel, Fred Kinsey, Councilman, and James Anderson, Town Marshal, pour out a quantity of drinkables confiscated during the Fourth of July holidays. Several cases of beer and some other varieties of alcoholic beverages were poured down the drain.

JULY 20, 1944

The 354th Fighter-Bomber Group, Ninth Air Force, based somewhere in France, was recently awarded a presidential unit citation for achievement. Lt. Edwin C. Lee of Monroeville is a member of this outfit, being squadron adjutant. Lt. Lee recently suffered burns about the face when a Nazi version of our “bazooka” gun exploded close at hand.

TENT MEETING: Come with the large crowds that are attending the old-fashioned gospel meeting on the Assembly of God Church grounds at Megargel. Old-fashioned gospel preaching together with the old-fashioned mourner’s bench is bringing old-fashioned revival results. Make a special effort to be with us through this week. – A.L. Shell, Pastor.

Recently arriving somewhere in England with the infantry was Ralph Gerald Linam, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Linam of Excel. He has been in service since November 1943 and received his training at Camp Walters, Texas. Shortly before his departure for overseas, he spent a short furlough with his parents.

SGT. ELLIS COVAN MISSING IN ACTION: Staff Sergeant Ellis Covan of Evergreen has been reported missing in action in the European theatre of war, according to news received by his family last week. He is the son of Mr. Bryant Covan.

Master Hank Conner of Eufaula is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Lee.

Ed McDonald, who has been in combat on foreign battlefields, is at home on a 21-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. McDonald.

JULY 17, 1919

Mr. J.L. Holloway received the sad news of the death of his son, Clark, which occurred in France on June 26. He went with the Rainbow Division and has seen hard service. He had many friends here who will learn of his sad fate with deep regret.

Two bags of nitrate of soda on a wagon belonging to S. Andress, a farmer living seven miles from Greenville, exploded last week. The wagon was in the field at the time near a number of laborers who were putting out the soda. The explosion was heard several hundred yards away and immediately following the explosion the soda became ignited, which in turn set the wagon on fire. Water was of no avail and the fire had to be put out with sand. Excessive heat is thought to have been the cause.

Nineteen cars of peaches were shipped out of Monroe County for northern and eastern markets last week. The most of them were shipped from Snider, Roy and Hadley. The peaches are of fine quality and are bringing fancy prices.

Two of the large army trucks placed in Monroe County for road improvement have arrived and we are informed that two more will be sent here as soon as shipment can be made.

Perdue Hill News: Mr. Parker E. Draughon, a prominent young banker of Mobile, spent last week with Mr. J.L. Marshall. Mr. Draughon is a grandson of the late Hon. J.J. Parker, who was a prominent character in this county some years ago.

JULY 19, 1894

The officers-elect of Monroeville Lodge No. 153, F.&A.M., were duly installed with appropriate public ceremonies in the Presbyterian church on last Saturday. The installation ceremonies were conducted by Bro. W.J. McCants, worshipful master of Monroe Lodge, No. 485, and to add to the interest of the occasion, a most impressive Masonic address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Locke. The following officers were installed: W.W. McMillan, worshipful master; Q. Salter, senior warden; J. DeLoach, junior warden; D.J. Hatter, treasurer; F.M. Jones, secretary; G.W. Salter Jr., senior deacon; W.I. Powers, chaplain; S.W. Yarbrough, steward; G.W. Salter Sr., marshal; S.F. Daniel, tyler.

The ice cream supper given in the courthouse by the ladies last Wednesday night was a most pleasant and successful affair, the gross receipts amounted to $35, which will be appropriated to the Methodist cemetery enclosure.

Oak Grove Baptist Church, located six miles southwest of Monroeville, was formally dedicated to the service of God last Sunday. The dedicatory sermon was preached by the pastor, Rev. S.P. Lindsey, and was most appropriate to the occasion. Rev. H.H. Shell of Mobile, who had consented to conduct the exercises, was prevented from doing so by illness, greatly to the disappointment of the pastor.

Died – Mrs. Matilda Doggett, relict of the late Chatham Doggett, died at her home near Burnt Corn, this county, July 9, 1894, aged about 80 years.

Very gratifying progress is being made by the ladies who have in charge the work of improving the Methodist cemetery. The wove wire for the enclosure has arrived and the fence will be erected in a few days.

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