|U.S. Senator John Sparkman|
28 YEARS AGO
NOV. 14, 1991
‘Mockingbird’ days: Atticus and Scout Finch, played by the Rev. T.M. McMillan and Allison Brown, performed for two sellout performances Friday and Saturday when “To Kill a Mockingbird” was presented in the courtroom of the Old Monroe County Courthouse. The cast performed two scenes from the play version of Monroeville native Nelle Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial injustice in the South. It was the first time the play has been presented in the courtroom, a project that was first envisioned as a yearly event by the Old Courthouse Restoration Committee.
MA wraps up first region title in seven seasons: Monroe Academy won its first region championship since 1984 Friday when the Volunteers rallied from a 12-0 deficit to defeat Marengo Academy 16-12 in Linden.
(Mitchell) Turberville resurrected MA’s passing game Friday, completing 13 of 20 passes for 121 yards. Michael Stacey recorded 10 tackles to pace MA’s defense.
(Other top MA players in that game included Tim Andrews, Jason Moore, Troy Norris, Shane Stafford, Sam Ulmer, Andy Waters, J.J. Watson and Tommy Weatherford. K.J. Lazenby was MA’s head coach.)
Alabama Railroad buys Flomaton-Beatrice line: The newly founded Alabama Railroad Co. started operation in Monroe County Oct. 28 on 60 miles of former CSX (L&N) track that runs between Flomaton and Beatrice, said company president G.L. Brenkman. The new company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Railroad Co. Inc. of Fort Smith, Ark.
53 YEARS AGO
NOV. 10, 1966
Loans Rifles, Tar Bucket: Mrs. Lois Bowden of Monroeville made a contribution to the Monroe County Museum and Historical Society recently when she gave the museum the use of two rifles, one used during the Civil War, and a tar bucket which were owned by her grandfather. Many items such as these are being sought by the historical group to help preserve the history of Monroe County.
Panthers Maul Fruitdale 26-6: Backed by the two touchdown efforts of Stanley Wilson and Tommy Jordan and a stout defense, the Excel Panthers mauled Fruitdale 26-6 Friday night to bring its record to the .500 mark with four wins against four losses and one tie.
Excel’s defense proved the difference many times throughout the contest. Leading defenders for the night were Amos Stacey and Tommy King, defensive backs, and (Harold) Johnson. End Dan Boothe and center Donald Turberville were outstanding in the offensive line, leading the way for Wilson and Jordan on many occasions.
Mrs. George C. Wallace, running on the Democratic slate for governor, carried Monroe County as she did throughout the state, by about a four-to-one margin over Republican James Martin and independent Dr. Carl Robinson.
U.S. Senator John Sparkman also carried the county as well as the state for another six-year term and Republican Congressman Jack Edwards had a close battle in Monroe County, but carried the First Congressional District by about a two-to-one vote difference.
78 YEARS AGO
NOV. 13, 1941
Fire Destroys Monroe Theatre Sunday Night: The Monroe Theatre was completely destroyed by fire Sunday night about 7:30 o’clock. The two men employed in the theatre went to the basement in the rear of the building to check the heating system for the night show when they noticed a small blaze. Both men ran to the front to give the alarm, and they hardly had time to reach the front of the building when flames burst through the front windows and doors. The fire did not start in the projection room as was reported Sunday night.
Firemen reached the scene and only heroic work saved adjoining property. The Frisco City fire department answered to a call and rendered valuable service in keeping the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings.
The Veazey Hardware store roof was damaged and some stock damaged by water. The fire in the theatre building gained headway so rapidly that it was impossible to save any contents of the building.
The Theatre was one of the most modern in South Alabama, the owner, Mr. W.H. Hendrix, having recently installed new projection equipment of the very latest model.
Five County Men Ordered To Service: The following men will report at the City Hall at 5 a.m. on Nov. 14 to be sent to an induction station of the United States Army at Fort McClellan, Anniston: Charles Bryant Vickery, Edward Robert Ousley, Charles Willard Porter, Grady Luve South and John W. Boyett.
Mrs. H.H. Conner and little son, of Eufaula, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Lee.
103 YEARS AGO
NOV. 9, 1916
HIGH SCHOOL DEFEATS SELMA: Local Gridiron Scene of Decisive Contest – Score 15 to 0: The football team of the Monroe County High School entertained the eleven from the Selma High School on the local gridiron Friday afternoon and incidentally furnished amusement to quite a number of fans.
Captain Massey proved his worth, making both touchdowns for Monroeville, running through the line 20 yards for the first. In Waren, Coach Jones has uncovered a line-plunger of the highest class.
A burglar made a midnight raid on the Fancy Grocery Tuesday night but was interrupted in the midst of his purloining. The only articles missed was a small shotgun with a number of shells, a few dozen cigars and four or five dollars in small change from the cash drawer.
The burglar made his escape through the rear window by which he gained entrance.
Dr. J.J. Dailey was down from Tunnel Springs Monday.
Dr. J.F. Busey of Roy was at the county capital the first of the week.
Capt. J.L. Marshall visited the Gulf Coast Fair last week. He was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. T.C. Marriott and children of Perdue Hill.
The fall term of the Monroe circuit court will convene next Monday for a two weeks session.
Ideal weather prevailed on the occasion of the election Tuesday but the vote cast at the Monroeville box was light, there being no local contest to call out the full voting strength.
128 YEARS AGO
NOV. 5, 1891
The “oldest inhabitants” say that the present drought is the worst that has been experienced in this section since 1839. Every day it becomes more serious and great uneasiness is felt for the possible outbreak of forest fires, which under existing circumstances would be impossible to control. Many branches and streams are going dry that were never known to do so before.
Mr. W.J. McCants, the popular postmaster at River Ridge, was in town Monday.
The Southern Exposition at Montgomery is being patronized quite liberally by Monroeville this week. Messrs. W.G. McCorvey, J.T. Jones, B.S. McMillan, C.A. Seymour, J.T. Salter and a number of others went up Monday.
Sherriff Harrengton is putting things in “apple pie” order for circuit court which convenes on the 16th inst. The hotels are also making extensive preparations.
The price of cotton continues to decline and there is little hope of a rise for some time to come. The bulk of the crop in this section has been marketed, and very many who held their cotton last year and suffered thereby will not repeat the experiment this year, but rush it to market as soon as gathered.
Dr. Yarbrough is having the finishing touches put on the interior of his handsome new office on southside.
Commissioners court will convene next Monday.