27 YEARS AGO
NOV. 28, 1991
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.82 inches of rain on Nov. 20 and 1.62 inches on Nov. 21. He also reported highs of 77 degrees on Nov. 18, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 and a low of 27 degrees on Nov. 24.
Cellular Phone Service available for Christmas: Residents located between Mobile and Montgomery will receive a gift that’s just in time for Christmas this year. Southeastern Cellular plans to have its cellular phone service on air by mid-December.
As the area’s only wireline provider, Southeastern Cellular will be the first company to offer cellular phone equipment, airtime, installation and maintenance services.
The company went on-air in the region between Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma on Oct. 31 of this year.
The Evergreen Fire Department honored L.M. Nelson with a plaque for serving over 40 years on the Department. Nelson joined the fire department in October 1950. He has held the position of assistant chief in the past and now serves as a fireman. All of Nelson’s fellow firemen express their thanks to him for serving and being their friend.
Leo Willis, Andrew Walton and Piggly Wiggly manager John Johnson look over the scan checkout installed recently at the Evergreen Piggly Wiggly. The new checkouts will make it easier for their customers to checkout when buying groceries. The system has been in use for approximately two weeks.
34 YEARS AGO
NOV. 29, 1984
Earl Windham reports .11 of an inch of rain on Nov. 19.
Police Report: On Nov. 26, an unknown subject broke into radio station WEGN and stole all of their FM equipment.
Christmas Parade draws large crowd: The weather was perfect for our Christmas parade (Sat., Nov. 24, and we had some beautiful floats this year. The winners were: Farm Bureau’s ‘Visions of Sugar Plums’ – first place; NAACP Youth’s ‘Night Before Christmas’ – second place; and Alabama Forestry Commission – third place. The Marshall Middle School cheerleaders won best car with their ‘Ghost Busters’ theme.
Judges for the parade were Judge Sue Bell Evans, Mrs. Alice Presley and Mr. Joe Gordy.”
Mrs. Bettie McMillan, wife of Robert McMillan, Rt. 2, Evergreen is the proud winner of this 1985 LXIII Ford Mustang. Mrs. McMillan is employed at the Lady Arrow Co. on Pecan Street. The Continental Lottery Co. informed her that she won the car about three months ago, but she had to wait until the 1985 model was available. Mrs. McMillan said this is the first thing she has ever won and “I’m really happy.”
Kiwanian John Bewley welcomed Judge of Probate Frank T. Salter to Tuesday’s meeting of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club. The judge talked to the club on the duties of his office.
52 YEARS AGO
NOV. 24, 1966
Another honor: Dr. Sam Granade, widely known and respected pastor of the Evergreen Baptist Church, was named to the Board of Trustees of Samford University, Birmingham, this past week. He is an alumnus of the school, formerly Howard College.
Granade, pastor of the local church since 1948, recently served as chairman of the Executive Board of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Samford University had previously honored him by conferring the honorary doctorate degree.
Santa Claus coming to town Wednesday: The Evergreen Jaycees will present the annual Conecuh County Christmas Carnival next Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 30. The parade is scheduled to get underway at three o’clock and with a large number of entries already, it should be bigger and better than ever.
Hero of the hour, naturally, will be Santa Claus who notified the Jaycees today that he will definitely be here. He plans to fly in from the North Pole shortly before the parade.
The Conecuh County Christmas Carnival is one of the state’s best and always attracts a crowd of several thousand.
Completes Boot Camp: Parris Island, S.C., Nov. 8 – Marine Private Benny C. Hammonds, son of Mrs. Jessie Hammonds of 1314 Liberty Hill Drive, Evergreen, was graduated from eight weeks of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here.
He will now undergo four weeks of individual combat training and four weeks of basic specialist training in his military job field before being assigned to a permanent unit.
64 YEARS AGO
NOV. 25, 1954
Discharge of firearms on Sunday is unlawful: Conecuh County Sheriff John Brock this week sternly warned hunters and anyone else using firearms on Sunday that it is unlawful and violators will be prosecuted.
Sheriff Brock told The Courant that repeated violations of this law have forced him and his deputies to take drastic action. ‘This is a state law and must be enforced,’ said Sheriff Brock. “Not only is it against the law to hunt on Sunday, but it is against the law to discharge a firearm of any type on Sunday,” he concluded.
Castleberry Sergeant Assigned to Formosa: Sergeant Willie Garrett of Castleberry has been assigned for duty to the U.S. Army forces in Formosa. He is now home on leave, and will depart for the west coast about Dec. 1.
During the early months of the Korean War Sgt. Garrett was in Pusan, Korea at the Ordinance Base Depot. He was in Korea for a total of 18 months and had just come from a tour of duty at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Alabama’s 1955 Maid of Cotton, lovely Hilda Smith of Bessemer, Ala., shown above at the Evergreen Community House, was a visitor to Evergreen last week. She was a guest of honor at a silver tea given by the Helen Keller Club at the Community House on Tuesday afternoon and was honored by the Kiwanis Club at their Ladies Night Banquet Tuesday night. Miss Smith will represent the state of Alabama in the National Cotton Maid Contest in Memphis, Tenn.
77 YEARS AGO
NOV. 27, 1941
Arthur Lee Held For Killing Ed Jones: John Arthur Lee, man in his early 20s, is being held in the county jail charged with killing Ed Jones, local drayman. The killing took place about noon Monday at the loading platform at the depot. There were a number of witnesses to the affair.
According to reports, Lee was employed by the National Butane Co. and was assisting in loading a large butane tank. Ed Jones came up and began helping with the job. It is said that Ed ordered Lee to go get a piece of scantling and upon his failure, ordered him the second time with an oath. Lee, it is said, had a piece of small iron pipe about two feet long in his hand and immediately after Ed spoke to him the second time, hit him on the side of the head just above the left ear. He then hit once or twice more on the head. He lived about 15 minutes but never spoke.
Lee went to the jail and gave himself over to the sheriff.
It will be recalled that Ed Jones shot and killed Alvin Lee, brother of John Arthur Lee, about three years ago. The killing took place near the courthouse in early December. Ed was tried and given a sentence of two years. He had been out for something like a year.
WINSTON HAGOOD GETS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL: Fort Knox, Ky. – Pvt. Winston W. Hagood, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Hagood, 113, Bruner Ave., Evergreen, Ala. has been promoted to a Corporal. He has been working at the Fourth Battalion Headquarters here at the Armored Force Replacement Training Center, and before that Cpl. Hagood acted as company clerk for Co. A of the Fourth Battalion.