JULY 26, 2001
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 2.00 inches of rain on July 20 and .05 inches on July 21. He reported a high of 95 degrees on July 20 and a low of 65 on July 16.
Site being cleared for new school: Contractors and workers were busy Wednesday morning preparing to begin clearing the site for the new elementary school for the Conecuh County Board of Education. The site for the new school is located on Hwy. 31 South in Evergreen, directly across from the Kwik Kar Wash. The new facility will replace the current Evergreen City School building, which was constructed in 1925.
Harry Ellis of Evergreen was honored recently by WSFA-TV for continuing to contribute to the success of the Storm Team as a WSFA Weather Watcher. Harry recently attended an appreciation dinner for over 30 Weather Watchers who call the WSFA Storm Center regularly, reporting weather data from their respective hometowns. WSFA’s Rich Thomas commended Harry for “helping the Storm Team report accurate weather information from all around WSFA’s coverage area… especially during severe weather.”
Fair Lane Road, located just off Hwy. 31 near Evergreen Pottery, is one of several Conecuh County roads that have been slated for paving with funding from a Community Development Block Grant from the State of Alabama. Approximately 15 miles of dirt road will be paved with these funds.
42 YEARS AGO
JULY 22, 1976
Robert Gordon Kendall Jr., 61, died Saturday night, July 17, in a local nursing home after a long illness. He was one of Evergreen’s and Alabama’s most distinguished public servants.
Except for a few years spent in Florida as a boy, Senator Kendall was a lifelong resident of Evergreen. He attended Birmingham Southern College and graduated from the University of Alabama. After graduation, he returned to Evergreen and went into business with his late father, operating Kendall & Kendall.
During World War II, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including overseas service in the Pacific.
In 1946, he was elected State Senator from the old district that included Butler, Conecuh and Covington Counties. In 1950, he was elected to the House of Representatives from this county and re-elected in 1954. In 1958, he was again elected to the Senate, serving 16 consecutive years in the Legislature.
He was a leader in the Legislature, serving as speaker pro-tem, and had the distinction of being selected by the capitol press as the most outstanding member of both houses.
He served as State Highway Director, Director of the State Dept. of Industrial Relations and as Assistant Highway Director.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Evergreen Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Williamson and Dr. Sam Granade officiating. Burial was in the family plot in Magnolia Cemetery.
52 YEARS AGO
JULY 26, 1951
E.E. Adams of Evergreen, Route 1, was the first Conecuh County farmer to get an open boll of cotton to The Courant office this year. Mr. Adams, a well-known farmer of the Lyeffion community, brought his four-lock boll in Wednesday. A second boll was brought in Saturday by Abner Randall, a farmer who lives between Belleville and Castleberry.
Lt. William Wells of the U.S. Army has recently completed an advanced course of training for artillery officers at Ft. Sill, Okla. Lt. Wells is visiting relatives here this week en route to Fort Jackson, S.C. where he will rejoin Battery C, 117th Field Artillery Battalion.
Lt. Wells is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.Z. Wells of Evergreen. He is married to the former Melba Bowden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Bowden of Owassa, Route One.
Four-H boys and girls in Conecuh County will have a Fat Hog Show and Sale on Sept. 10. The show will be held at the stockyards in Evergreen. A grand champion will be selected from the animals shown.
The following 4-H boys and girls have already entered hogs in the show: Charles Dunn, Cecil Raines, Olon Weaver, Fenlick Weaver, Bill Raines, Philip Coleman, James Hall, Wilson McCreary, Iva Shipp, Mary J. Ellis, Shelby Smith, Bobby Clark, Alvin Anderson, Jackie Ryals, Tommy Booker, John Lee, Leland Wiggins, Levaughn Wiggins, Tommy Nall, Edward Grant, Wilbur Driver, Eddie Merritt, Wayne Thames, Bobby Lynch and Maxwell McLelland.
92 YEARS AGO
JULY 28, 1926
MASONS NOTICE: The annual session of Conecuh County Masonic Conference will convene with Lodge No. 756 at Bowles, on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11-12. – J.T. Salter, worshipful master; M.A. Lane, secretary.
PROMINENT PLANTER IS SNAKE BITTEN: Mr. Richard Brassel, well known farmer living three miles north of here, has been suffering considerably for the past week as result of a snake bite. Mr. Brassel was out in his field several days past and stooped to pick up an ear of corn, when the snake struck him on the hand. He was rushed to a physician immediately and treatment was given. The snake which bit Mr. Brassel took refuge in a hole. Close watch was made of the place and it was the following day when it came out and was killed. It proved to be what is commonly known as a rattlesnake pilot, Mr. Brassel is now improving.
McKENZIE FAIR WILL BE HELD OCT. 2: A mass meeting was held at McKenzie on Tuesday night to discuss and make plans for the Fourth Annual McKenzie Fair. The first Saturday in October was the date set for the Fair.
TRAGEDY AT OUTING: Georgiana, Ala., July 23 – Harold Brunson, 16-year-old son of Mayor and Mrs. W.F. Brunson, of this city, was drowned in a lake near here yesterday afternoon while on a swimming party and outing of which his mother was hostess.
139 YEARS AGO
JULY 24, 1879
The Conecuh County Historical Society will meet the first Saturday in August next.
Dr. Lucian Sykes of Monroe County, while riding over his plantation Wednesday evening, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.
Mr. G.F. Mertins is having his new brick building painted. Mr. L.W. Savage will occupy the building as a store when completed.
The pine trees around the courthouse are dying out rapidly. Our commissioners ought to have them cut down and oak trees planted out in their stead.
We hear it rumored upon our streets that Mr. Dunk Rankin of Monroe County was killed by a Mr. Roberts at Perdue Hill Monday night last.
The wife of Hon. Augustus W. Jones, formerly of Conecuh County, died in Florida on the 24th of June last.
Died – At Monroeville, at the residence of Capt. W.S. Wiggins, July 14, 1879, Mrs. Mary Jane Henderson. She was a daughter of Mrs. Betsy Wiggins, a sister of Capt. W.S. Wiggins and mother-in-law of Dr. H.P. Smith of Buena Vista. She was born in Conecuh County July 17, 1827.
We understand from parties who attended the picnic at Burnt Corn last Friday that the affair was a most enjoyable one. G.R. Farnham, Esq., delivered an address, which is highly spoken of.