Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Site of old covered bridge in Wilcox County is hard to reach nowadays


I was out riding around on Friday afternoon and stopped for something cold to drink at the Oak Hill Grocery. When I walked out of the store, I really had no plan, so I decided to head north on State Highway 21. About 5-1/2 miles later, I saw a sign that said “Hamburg Road,” and my thoughts turned to something I’d read about the old Hamburg community a year or so ago.

I recalled that the book “Covered Bridges of Alabama” by Wil Elrick and Kelly Kazek, which was published in October 2018, contained a 1938 black and white photo of a covered bridge across Pine Barren Creek on the Hamburg Road. Longtime residents of that area told me that the covered bridge was located between Hamburg and the McBrydes community, but that it was replaced years ago by a more modern bridge.

With all of this in mind, I turned down the Hamburg Road and began to follow it through the dense woods east of Highway 21. This dirt road was in good shape and about two miles from the blacktop, I encountered a white, wooden sign that read “Hamburg Cemetery, Founded Early 1800s.” A black arrow on the sign pointed me down a shadowy lane that ended in a metal gate across the path.

I drove down to the gate for a closer look and found it locked up tight with multiple padlocks. As prehistoric-sized horseflies buzzed all around me, I stood there at the gate and looked for any sign of the old cemetery. Seeing none, I hopped back in my truck and backed down the lane to the Hamburg Road.


Old covered bridge at Hamburg in 1938.
I continued east towards Pine Barren Creek and was surprised a few minutes later to see three large turkeys sprint across the road as if they had pressing business to attend to elsewhere. I slowed to let them pass, knowing that their days were probably numbered until the start of next turkey season. Less than a mile later, I came upon the old Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Community Day School.

I parked, got out of the truck and strolled around the grounds for a few minutes, looking at the old church, school and sprawling cemetery. Many of you will remember that Alabama Heritage magazine recently listed this old church and school on its list of “Places in Peril,” an annual list of “places that have suffered from neglect, indifference and insensitive development.” According to Alabama Heritage, the church was built in 1912, and the school was built in 1915.


When I got back in the truck, I checked my phone and was surprised to see that I had decent signal, so I pulled up Google Maps to see if I was still tracking towards the old bridge. I then turned left back onto the Hamburg Road, but less than a half-mile later I was met with an unexpected surprise. The nice, smooth dirt road that I’d been traveling down suddenly petered out into a washed-out trail that became overgrown with tall grass off in the distance.

Even though all of the maps I had and Google Maps showed an established county road all the way to Pine Barren Creek and beyond, my eyes were seeing something else entirely different. That little voice in my head began telling me to turn around and head back the way I came or else I’d end up stuck out in the middle of the woods on a hot August afternoon. I learned years ago to pay attention to that little voice, and it’s so far kept me out of a lot of trouble.


Hamburg Community Day School.
On Saturday, I was telling a friend of mine about my field trip down the Hamburg Road, and he informed me that I’d actually been pretty close to Pine Barren Creek. He said it was probably less than a mile away, but he’d heard that the bridge there had fallen in some time ago. He said it might be possible to reach the old bridge site from the McBrydes side of the creek, but he couldn’t say for sure.

In the end, I enjoyed my drive down the old Hamburg Road and seeing the old church and school house. I can only imagine how this once-thriving community looked in its heyday when houses and farms dotted the length of this old country road. Also, before I close out, if anyone knows if Pine Barren Creek can be reached from the McBrydes side of the old bridge, please let me know. I’d like to see the site of the old covered bridge with my own two eyes, if possible.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.80 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.50 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  4.10 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 8.30 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 32.95 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 20, 2019


16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.07 inches of rain on Aug. 12, 0.5 inches on Aug. 13 and 0.6 inches on Aug. 16. He also reported a high of 92 degrees on Aug. 15 and a low of 69 degrees on Aug. 12.

Joy Wilson, owner of Joy’s in downtown Evergreen and Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce Secretary Shani Meeks invite everyone to come by Joy’s during Business After Hours next Thurs., Aug. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Joy says she will have many new items on display along with some delicious refreshments.

Frank Chavers was recognized at last week’s meeting of the Evergreen Kiwanis Club for his 10 years of service.

Evergreen students admitted to School of Math and Science: The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce that 116 new students from all corners of the state will leave the comforts of home to become part of the unique and challenging environment at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. Thirty-eight counties are represented in the entering classes of 2005 and 2006.
The new students at ASMS this academic year from Conecuh County are Candace Samuels, daughter of James and Jacquelene Royster of Evergreen; Ralph Grace II, son of Ralph and Gheta Grace of Evergreen; and Katie Fountain, daughter of Kenneth and Jeanell Fountain of Repton.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

Former Mayor Henry Sessions death saddens: Former Evergreen Mayor William Henry Sessions, 64, died Thursday morning, Aug. 10, at 11:45 o’clock of an apparent heart attack at the Sam Cope summer home near Gulf Shores.
Mayor Sessions was a native of Troy, a member of a prominent, pioneer South Alabama family. He lived in Montgomery for a number of years and had lived in Evergreen over 31 years.
He served on the Evergreen City Council one term, 1960-64, and then as mayor from 1964 to 1972, when he chose not to seek re-election. He served part of an unexpired term as mayor in 1973-76.
He was a member and former president of the Evergreen Rotary Club and a Mason and Shriner.
Mayor Sessions and his late father-in-law, C.H. Moorer, founded Conecuh Quick Freeze, Inc. in 1947. This firm became a most successful meat processing firm and enjoyed an enviable reputation for its quality products, particularly hickory smoked sausage, hams and turkeys. Under Mayor Sessions’ able management, Conecuh Quick Freeze, Inc. grew from a small locker plant into a meat processor employing around 50 people and its products gained wide acceptability under the “Conecuh Maid” label.
He volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw many months of combat service with the Seabees (Navy Construction Battalion) in the South Pacific during World War II.
Graveside services were Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Magnolia Cemetery with Dr. Sam Granade and the Rev. Braxton McCurley officiating.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Local National Guard Unit At Fort McClellan For Two Weeks Training: Battery “C,” 177th Field Artillery Battalion (N.G.U.S.), local Guard unit, left Sun., Aug. 16, for Fort McClellan, Ala., for summer camp and two weeks training. The unit is part of the famed 31st Dixie Division.
Lt. Wiley Sanders Jr. will be in command of the unit at camp. Lt. Sanders was appointed 2nd Lt. and assigned to the unit in May of this year. This will be his first experience as a Guardsman as he served in the Navy during World War II.

Oil Hunt Continues With Drilling On Well Near Evergreen: Drillers are now seeking oil only one and one-half miles from Evergreen’s southeastern city limits.
Lyle Cashion Company’s rig was moved during the weekend to land owned by Dr. John W. Deming of Alexandria, La. and began drilling what is known as the John W. Deming No. 1.
The rig is located a short distance south of the Evergreen-Brooklyn highway and can be seen from the highway. Access to it is possible by taking the road leading to the home of H.S. Hagood.

Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 11 - George M. Jones of Evergreen was awarded a master of music degree at the University of Rochester’s recent 103rd commencement.
Jones, who lives at 113 Bruner Ave., took his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester also, receiving a bachelor of music degree in 1951.

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

CASTLEBERRY: Prof. Geo. M. Veazey, Principal of the Conecuh County High School, very ably filled the pulpit at the Baptist Church Sunday morning and night for the regular pastor, Rev. R.D. Wright.

Andalusia Man Called By Death: Judge J.M. Prestwood, Prominent Citizen, Dies At Home In Andalusia: Stricken suddenly Wednesday night about nine o’clock, Judge J. Morgan Prestwood, 47, died at 9:30 o’clock. Judge Prestwood was taken slightly sick Tuesday, but no alarm was felt over his condition until he took a sudden turn for the worse early Wednesday night and passed away within a few minutes.
Judge Prestwood was prominently identified with the civic, religious and political life of Andalusia for many years and had served this senatorial district composed of Conecuh, Covington and Butler counties in the Alabama legislature as state senator during the Kilby administration. He later was elected mayor of Andalusia and in 1927 was named circuit judge by Gov. Bibb Graves.
In the Democratic primary of last May, Judge Prestwood was nominated for a full term and would have been re-elected in the November general election had not death intervened.

J.H. Robison made a trip from Birmingham to Mobile via an air mail plane during the past weekend. He left Birmingham at 7:10 a.m. and arrived Mobile 9:30 a.m.

Dr. W.A. Stacey of Skinnerton presented a 10-pound rutabaga at this office this week. Believe it or not, it’s the truth.

116 YEARS AGO
AUG. 19, 1903

Attention Veterans: All members of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee, United Confederate Veterans, are requested to meet in the Circuit court room in Evergreen at 10 o’clock a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1903. A full attendance is expected. By order of the commander. – P.D. Bowles, Commander; N. Stallworth, Adjutant.

Dr. E.A. Smith of Tuscaloosa, State Geologist, spent several days here last week. He is investigating the limestone formation in this section of the state.

Death of Elisha Hart: Elisha Hart, a worthy and esteemed citizen of this county, died on the 12th inst. at his home in Old Town beat, after a lingering illness, aged about 70 years. Mr. Hart was an unpretentious man, plain in his walk and conversation, honest and faithful to every trust, and his example in life is worthy of emulation by all.

Change of Management: I wish to give notice to my friends and the public generally that I am again in charge of the old Delmonico, now the New Magnolia Hotel, near the depot, and will endeavor to please all who favor me with their patronage. The tables will at all times be supplied with the best the market affords, and the rooms kept clean and comfortable. I solicit the same liberal patronage accorded me while in charge of the business before. Yours to please, F.N. Hawkins.

Death of John C. Donald: A.H. Donald received a telegram on Saturday afternoon announcing the death of his brother, John C. Donald, at his home in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Donald was born in this county in 1853, and removed in 1878 to Atlanta, where he remained for a few years, removing from there to Columbia, where he has sine resided.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Aug. 20, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.70 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.70 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.30 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 7.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 32.15 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Aug. 19, 2019

Evergreen boxer Clint Jackson

16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Case Brundage, five-year-old son of Jeff and Cassie Brundage of Evergreen, shows off his catch of the day. Case reeled in five of the 10 catfish caught, which totaled 16 pounds.

The (Evergreen City) Council was presented a copy of their ad for the Hillcrest High School football program and informed that the band boosters are not charging them for the $200 advertisement. The council voiced their appreciation for their generosity, but passed a motion to go ahead and pay for the ad as they have in years past.

30 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1989

In 1986, students of the late Coach Wendell Hart promoted a fundraising campaign designed to offer a scholarship in his memory to Conecuh County students.
The purpose of this scholarship is to honor a great teacher and an outstanding coach. Coach Hart touched the lives of many students through his caring attitude.
The scholarship committee is proud to announce that the first scholarship will be awarded at the end of the 1989-1990 school year.

Clinton Jackson has been sentenced to serve a life sentence in the state penitentiary in the kidnapping of Evergreen bank executive Tom Salo. Circuit Judge Sam Welch of Monroeville handed down the sentence.
Jackson, a native of Evergreen, was something of a local hero when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic boxing team in the late 1970s.
A Conecuh County Circuit Court jury found Jackson guilty of kidnapping, first degree, on June 29 after one of the longest trials ever held here. The trial began on a Monday and continued through Thursday.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

Sparta Academy’s ‘Everything Goes’ is Saturday night: Saturday night, Sparta Academy’s version of “Everything Goes” will be presented at Stuart-McGehee Field. This will be something that the people of Conecuh County have never seen before, and probably will never see again.
The festivities will begin at six o’clock at the school with concession-type food on sale highlighted by all flavors of homemade ice cream.
At seven o’clock, a scrimmage game will be played featuring the 1978 Sparta Warriors and their new head coach Rob Kelly. School patrons will want to welcome Coach Kelly and his family who come here from Monroe County. They are natives of that county and for the last two years Coach Kelly has been an assistant coach at Monroe Academy and established a reputation as an outstanding coach.
After the scrimmage game, there will be a short intermission, and then, hold on for it, will be time for “Everything Goes.” This will feature a catch-all of some of the people of Conecuh County. Come out and see the fun and see who is playing (you probably won’t believe it.)
New stadium bleachers have been purchased and are being installed.

Eddie’s Barber Shop softball team repeated as champions of the Evergreen Men’s Softball League this summer. The team defended its championship by compiling a record of 20 wins and five losses. Players are Wendell Burt, Arlton Hudson (manager), Eddie Salter, and Phil Harold; Bill Bailey, Doug Williams, Terry Chapman, Joe Andrews, Sammy Brown, Stanley Johnson and Mike Windham. Terry Frierson and Terry Peacock are not pictured.

45 YEARS AGO
AUG. 15, 1974

Trip Hendrix holds the trophy awarded him as the Most Valuable Player in the American League of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League at the all-star game Friday night at Ward Alexander Park. Trip will be a fifth-grader at Sparta Academy this fall and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hendrix.

These players from the Chicks and Pelicans were chosen for the all-star team in the American League of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League. They are Ronnie Hildreth, Cricket Jordan, Trip Hendrix, Stan Stuckey, Connery Salter, Lance Riley, Lee Talbert, Herbert Rabren, Gary Weaver, Ed Carrier, Trent Carrier, Max Cassady, Russ Raines and managers Robert Eggers, Wade Crutchfield, Wade Salter and Eddie Reeves.

When Conecuh County High School fields its first football team since before World War II this fall the Blue Devils will have these spirited young cheerleaders urging them on to victory. They are Captain Tammy Weaver, Barbara Scott and Barbara Daw; Co-Captain Denise Reed, Diana Joseph and Janice Avant. The girls attended the cheerleading clinic at Troy State University July 21-26.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Greenie Bats Explode On Baker Team 17 To 3: The Evergreen Greenies unleashed a 19-hit assault on the Baker, Fla. nine here Sunday afternoon and pounded out a 17 to 3 win. The Greenies pushed across four runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third, then sent 12 men to bat in the fourth with nine of them scoring.
J.W. Windham hurled five-hit ball as he faced only 33 batters in nine innings. In all but three innings, the Baker team was returned three up, three down. Windham struck out six batters and walked four. Baker got two runs in the first and one in the top of the ninth.
The fourth inning was something of a record on the local diamond. Every man who went to bat either scored or made an out, there were no runners left on base. Every man but one scored once, and Edsel Johnson scored twice. Johnson got two hits in the game and both came in the fourth.
Warren Bolton led the Greenie hitters with four hits in five trips including a triple and a single. Jeff Moorer had three for five; Windham, Cullen Edson, Gillis Jones, Johnson and John Greel Ralls, two hits each. Chamberlin collected two hits, the only Baker batter to get more than one.
The Greenies will play Red Level here Sunday afternoon in Brooks Stadium at three o’clock.

Aggie Gridders To Report Monday; Coach Hart Greets Ten Lettermen: Around 40 boys are expected to report for the initial practices of the 1953 football season at Evergreen High School Monday. Coach Wendell Hart states that workouts will be limited to conditioning drills and non-contact work during the first week. Alabama high school rules do not permit the players to don pads for contact work until Sept. 1.
Coach Hart has asked all candidates for the 1953 Aggie 11 to report to Memorial Gym at two o’clock Monday afternoon. At that time, the boys will be weighed and measured for equipment. They will also meet their new assistant coach, Bill Parsons of Americus, Ga.
The Evergreen coaches will have a corps of 10 lettermen from the 1952 squad around which to build their team this year. Heading the returning veterans are Capt. Sam Cope and Alt. Capt. Ward Alexander Jr.
(Other returning lettermen included Lavon “Bud” Ward, Ronnie Edson, Wayne Douglas, Paul Hanks, Lamar Sheffield, Richard Taylor, Wayne Bell and Jimmy Frazier.)

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

BURNT CORN: The young people of this place enjoyed a hike and sunrise breakfast last Tuesday a.m. They report a fine time.

Vacation Needs – Anything You Need In Tackle – Minnows, All Kinds – Reels, $2.75 Up – Lines, Casting and Fly – Spinners, Flies – “Gold Medal” Camp Equipment – WILD BROTHERS HARDWARD CO, Evergreen, Ala.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.60 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.45 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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

Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer

16 YEARS AGO
AUG. 21, 2003

Monroeville Fire Chief Eddie Everette announced the retirement of a firefighter and the promotion of two others in his department recently.
According to Everette, Capt. Ronnie Chastain of Monroeville has retired after 31 years of service.
Capt. Ronnie Darby of Monroeville was recently promoted from lieutenant. Darby has more than 23 years of fire service.
Lee Pettis, an eight-year veteran of the city’s fire department, was recently promoted to lieutenant.

Monroe Academy, J.U. Blacksher, Excel and Monroe County (MCHS) high schools have scheduled preseason exhibition games this week.
For the first time in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, its member schools may compete in scrimmages against other member schools in the spring and again in the summer prior to the start of the regular season.
In the Alabama Independent School Association, in which MA is a member, schools may do the same this year.

Dr. Pamala Gibbs joins Lane Medical: After years of being a nurse, Dr. Pamala Gibbs answered a call from God to begin the long process of becoming a physician.
Joining Lane Medical Group’s practice, Gibbs is the newest addition to the MCH medical staff. An internal medicine specialist, she practiced in Atmore prior to making her move north.
Before moving to the Monroeville area, the Gibbs family attended church at Annie Jones Methodist Church in Walnut Hill, Fla.

41 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1978

50-year pin: William Smith, Worshipful Master of Monroeville Masonic Lodge No. 3, presents Dr. W.H. Hines with a 50-year pin. Dr. Hines joined the lodge in 1928 and has held every office in the organization.

South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars: The South Monroe Babe Ruth All-Stars lost in the opening round of the 14- and 15-year-old tournament held in Bay Minette, but looked good with new green, white and gold uniforms. Members of the team, based in Frisco City, are Terry Waters, Jimmy Watson, Tracy Womack, Bill King, Ricky Till, Mifford Hill, Trey Wilson and James Richardson; Coach Julius Lambert, David Byrd, Greg Tatum, Robert McMillian, Bryan Baggett, Jerry Waters, Tom Watson and Coach Hugh Wilson.

Former Gov. Albert Brewer said here last Thursday that he would assign “a real high priority” to construction of a bridge over the Alabama River in the Eureka Landing area if elected governor this year.
Brewer also said the Highway 84 bridge at Claiborne is “dangerous” – too narrow and entered off a curve – and “obviously needs attention.”
Brewer brought up the Eureka bridge and answered a question about the Highway 84 bridge during an interview that was part of a stop here of a little less than an hour. He also shook hands in Southtown Plaza Shopping Center and had a snack at a nearby restaurant.
His campaign reportedly had been contacted by residents of the Eureka area who would have a much shorter drive to jobs west of the river with a Eureka bridge. Now they must go through Claiborne.

66 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1953

Monroeville’s new $89,000 National Guard Armory has been estimated to be completed within the next two months.
Lt. R. Jeff Martin, Commanding Officer of the local unit, Battery D of the 108th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, stated the Brice Construction Co. of Birmingham, which began construction of the structure in June, plans to end work within the next eight weeks.
Formal dedication ceremonies of the Armory will be held when it is complete, Lt. Martin declared, with both county and state government officials and State National Guard Officers present for the event.

Football practice at four Monroe County schools – Monroe County High, Frisco City, J.U. Blacksher and Beatrice – will begin next week while it is slated to begin at the fifth school, Excel High, sometime immediately following.
Monroe High and Frisco High will stage initial drills on Monday while night sessions will be started by Beatrice some time during the week and Blacksher High will hold its first meeting on Thurs., Aug. 27. No announcement has been received from Excel on drilling plans.
Practice at the schools will begin with conditioning drills until Sept. 1 when candidates for this year’s squad will put on pads for actual scrimmaging.

San Francisco, Calif. – Completing a nine-month tour of combat duty in the Far East, the fast attack aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea returns here Aug. 14. Serving aboard is William T. Stanton Jr., seaman, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Stanton, and husband of the former Miss Ouida Byrd, all of Mexia.

91 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1928

Mr. W.A. Deer of Claiborne was among Monroeville friends Tuesday. Mr. Deer’s information is that work will begin on the construction of the bridge across the Alabama River at Claiborne in the early Fall.

TOWN OF JONES MILL WILL VOTE TO CHANGE ITS NAME: In response to a petition signed by 80 percent of the qualified electors of the Town of Jones Mill, the Town Council has ordered an election (on Sept. 17) to vote on the proposition of changing the name of said town. The new name proposed for the town is Frisco City.

HORRIBLE TRAGEDY IN MONROEVILLE: As the culmination of bad feeling known to exist between the parties, one man is dead and the other is in jail suffering from injuries received in a bloody encounter Tuesday evening.
Mr. Joe Faulkenberry, who had served as night watchman in Monroeville for several months, met Harry Helton, blacksmith, in the Lathram Hardware store late Tuesday evening and a few moments thereafter occupants of adjacent buildings were startled by several pistol shots fired in rapid succession. Rushing to the scene of the unusual disturbance, Mr. Faulkenberry was found lying on the floor, weltering in his life-blood. Mr. Helton stood by with a smoking pistol in his hand and blood flowing from a wound in his shoulder.
While it is known that bad feeling had existed between the parties for a fortnight or longer, no one seems to know just the true circumstances under which the fatal encounter occurred.
Mr. Faulkenberry was regarded as a quiet, peaceable citizen and everyone was shocked by the tragedy.

141 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1878

We are glad to learn, as we do from Capt. W.B. Kemp, that the people of the Pineville neighborhood are thoroughly alive to the importance of a speedy completion of the S&G railroad through the county, and that Pineville will subscribe at least $15,000, provided the road is run via Pineville and Monroeville.

Mount Pleasant – We regret to learn that Mr. D.H. Boyles, one of our worthy county commissioners, intends moving to Texas, having sold out for that purpose. We trust our friend David will yet change his mind and continue to live in Monroe, one of the most glorious old counties in the state, where he has hosts of friends.

Kempville – Desiring to relieve himself of any responsibility in the premises, one of his bondsmen has turned Mr. B.M. Burns, who is charged with killing Mr. Wm. Ashley at Evergreen some time last year, over to the sheriff of Conecuh County. This will necessitate the making of a new bond by Mr. Burns, which, we presume, will be done immediately. The bond is $15,000.

Died – We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dr. J.T. and Mrs. Ella Packer in the death of their infant child, which sad event occurred a few days.

Dental Notice – The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Claiborne and vicinity that he will devote three days preceding the third Sabbath in each month to his profession in that neighborhood. He would also give notice to the citizens of Monroeville that he will spend the week following the third Sabbath of each month at that place. Office near Watson’s hotel. The hard times and difficulty of getting money will in all cases be taken into account and all work guaranteed. – W.A. Lock.

Singleton recounts story of ghost that haunts graveyard north of Chestnut


(For decades, local historian and paranormal investigator George “Buster” Singleton published a weekly newspaper column called “Somewhere in Time.” The column below, which was titled “The coming of early autumn – time to wander” was originally published in the Aug. 24, 2000 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

It’s strange how the changing of the seasons attracts human beings. Even the slight cool breezes in the early morning hours seem to broadcast to the world that early autumn has almost arrived.

With the coming of the early morning breezes and the beautiful sunsets that I have witnessed within the past few days, the feeling of restlessness begins to beckon from within.

I often wonder why some in our society never have the urge to slip away and wander around over the countryside and view the beauty that is there for mankind to appreciate.

As I talk to various people within this area, I am always amazed at the number of these people who never bother to load up and ride to the nearest high hill to view an evening sunset.

I’ve talked to many young people and very few has ever witnessed a sunset first hand. They have seen some on the television sets in their homes, but very few have ever been loaded up by their parents and carried to a special spot to view this marvel of creation.

This past week, I had a couple of days that I could call my own, so I decided to throw all caution to the winds and follow my gypsy instincts and spend a day or so in vagabond fashion.

As I left the coffee shop, the early cool breeze that tickled my cheeks didn’t help matters any. It seemed that somewhere in the distance someone was calling to me to head for the hill country and see for myself a preview of what was to come.

I knew that by the time I had ridden a few miles up the road the urge to wander would have covered me like a blanket and only the setting sun would turn me around.

My first stop was near the community of Chestnut. Pulling up to a dim and grown-up road, I stopped my transportation near an old home place. Walking over to the rough grown-up area where the front yard once was, I walked over to where a lone grave marker leaned in the high weeds and heavy underbrush.

Here was the final resting place of a lone Confederate soldier who had been buried in the corner of the front yard of the family home place. Wiping away the dirt and mold on the marker the best that I could, I made out these words:

T.J. Sadler
Co. A, 13th Ala Inf
Confederate States of America

Next to this Confederate marker was a crude homemade marker made out of rough limestone. The initials “J.E.” had been roughly scratched with some type of sharp instrument. Also the date of Aug. 7 and the year of 1855. Below this was the roughly scratched number 29. The crude limestone marker was shaped roughly like a heart.

Over a ways, there was what appeared to be three or four more graves with no markers on them. The sunken places in the ground gave rough evidence that perhaps these might be some of the Confederate soldier’s family.

Standing over the graves was one of the largest oak trees that I had ever seen. The tree seemed to stand guard with its protective branches reaching out as though to give cover to those who slept here.

I had come to this place many times. Such a shame that our fairy land society has all but forgotten these places that lie abandoned and unkept throughout the southland.

As I made my way on toward the town of Camden, I decided to pull off and visit another grave that I knew of that rested there on a high and scenic hilltop.

Unlocking the steel gate that blocked the narrow road, I was soon standing beside the lone grave of another person who had suffered greatly because of the dreaded Civil War.

This young lady had been engaged to a soldier of the Confederacy. Receiving word that her husband-to-be had been killed, she chose to end her life by hanging herself in her upstairs bedroom.

As usual, the weeds and grass around her final resting place had been pulled up and thrown to the side.

The story goes that the ghost of her lover returned to her grave from time to time and nearly trimmed around her place of burial.

The one who related the story tome has witnessed the strange and ghostly figure, dressed in a Confederate uniform, kneeling by this grave in the early hours of the morning, pulling up the grass and weeds.

A quick stop in Camden for a cup of coffee was refreshing. To my amazement, there were three people in the coffee shop that I knew. As usual, I was asked where I was going. When I answered that I didn’t know, a lady who was sitting nearby looked at me in total amazement. She couldn’t believe that I didn’t know where I was going.

As I left the coffee shop, this lady continued to look at me in a weird manner. The next night, I received a telephone call from one of my friends telling me that this lady had questioned them at length as to what type business I was in; she couldn’t believe that I was out traveling around on a motorcycle and I didn’t know where I was going.

Passing quickly through Dixon Mills and Sweet Water, I found myself turning off Highway 10 after crossing the river near the community of Nanafalia.

A wonderful meal of fresh catfish at the restaurant overlooking the Tombigbee River was a delicious treat.

I didn’t understand why, but it seemed that everywhere I had gone today, I was seeing friends that I had known for a long time. While eating lunch, who would come in, but two ladies that I had gone to high school with. It was almost like a homecoming.

Back on Highway 69, I passed through the communities of Putnam and Morvin. As I reached the community of Campbell, I turned back toward the river to the old community of my maternal ancestors.

As I stood in the small family cemetery, I realized that also buried here were four soldiers of the Confederacy. Strange, how all these visits seemed to come together as if by chance in a single day.

A quick detour followed atop the high hill known as “the Mountain” with a visit to the cemetery at Witch Creek Church, where several soldiers of the Confederacy are also buried.

Back on Highway 69, I continued west to Coffeeville and on across the Tombigbee to the town of Silas. Since I was there, I thought I would visit the grave of the uncle whom I had been named for. He had been killed in a railroad accident three months before I was born.

As I departed the small burial ground, I knew that if I was to get back to the Hub City during the daylight hours, I had to hurry.

After 12 hours of wandering and 236 miles later, I rode into my yard. Another day of wandering had come and gone; it had been just wonderful.

(Singleton, the author of the 1991 book “Of Foxfire and Phantom Soldiers,” passed away at the age of 79 on July 19, 2007. A longtime resident of Monroeville, he was born to Vincent William Singleton and Frances Cornelia Faile Singleton, during a late-night thunderstorm, on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served as a U.S. Marine paratrooper in the Korean War, worked as a riverboat deckhand, lived for a time among Apache Indians, moved to Monroe County on June 28, 1964 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from June 28, 1964 to Dec. 14, 1987. He was promoted from the enlisted ranks to warrant officer in May 1972. For years, Singleton’s columns, titled “Monroe County history – Did you know?” and “Somewhere in Time” appeared in The Monroe Journal, and he wrote a lengthy series of articles about Monroe County that appeared in Alabama Life magazine. It’s believed that his first column appeared in the March 25, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal. He is buried in Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville. The column above and all of Singleton’s other columns are available to the public through the microfilm records at the Monroe County Public Library in Monroeville. Singleton’s columns are presented here each week for research and scholarship purposes and as part of an effort to keep his work and memory alive.)

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Aug. 18, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.60 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.45 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Eli McMorn & The Strange Case of the Missing Professor - Chapter 14


When cold death stares you in the face, you can do amazing things. Your body is capable of much more than you think. Sometimes it isn’t enough, but sometimes it is, even when you’re handcuffed in deep water.

My heart rammed in my aching chest as my mind wavered from lack of oxygen. I had been beneath the dark surface of the Alabama River for just over a minute, but it felt much, much longer. I craned my neck toward the surface and that was when I felt the large alligator’s powerful jaws close on my lower right leg. As the maneater pulled me down, two words passed through my mind like a curse: death roll.

With all the strength I could muster, I kicked out at the gator as hard as I could. This caused my filthy, khaki pants to tear just enough in the gator’s teeth that it loosened its grip so that I could fight free. Without looking, I knew that the reptile’s teeth had gashed my leg badly, and that blood was no doubt pouring from the jagged wound.

I suddenly had the advantage and did the only thing that came to mind. Drawing on a technique I’d learned in the military, but had not performed in years and never outside of training, I put my knees and ankles together and dolphin-kicked toward the surface. Several strong kicks sent me crashing up into the night air.

The muddy, fishy-smelling river air never smelled so sweet. My head swam, and my vision blurred as the blood loss and exhaustion tried to take hold. I scanned around for the gator, but I knew he’d been impossible to see at night in the water.

This quick look around showed me that the base of the bluff that I’d fallen from was only about 20 yards away. Still clutching the dead policeman’s uniform pants and shirt to my chest, I kicked furiously towards the towering bluff. Swimming this distance took an exhausting eternity, and I expected the gator to launch a second attack at any moment.

I finally reached the bluff and to my surprise there was a shallow shelf of firm sand a few feet below the water line. The current was strong, but I managed to stand there and catch my breath. With one eye out for the gator, I quickly searched the uniform shirt and pants for the handcuff keys.

I was just about to give up and throw the entire bundle into the river when my fingers fell on a small metal object in the breast pocket of the shirt. “Thank you, Jesus,” I said under my breath. It was a small, silver ring holding two tiny keys.

A few seconds later, I had the cuffs off and threw the uniform, handcuffs and keys as far as I could out into the river. I stood there on the shelf of sand resting, rubbing my wrists. I was close enough to downtown Claiborne to see the bridge, and the streetlights across the river reminded me that most of the city’s citizens were still in bed, oblivious to the deadly drama occurring in my little spot of the river.

What now?

No sooner had the thought crossed my mind when I heard a boat motor. I turned to look upriver and saw a white boat with a blue stripe down its side: Claiborne River Patrol. The beam from a high-powered flashlight illuminated the spot where I stood at the bottom of the bluff.

A few seconds later, my ears were met with by a loud, rough voice from a bullhorn – “Claiborne Police. Hands where I can see ‘em.”

(All rights reserved. This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.)

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.60 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.45 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Witnesses file six UFO reports in Alabama during the month of July


Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport
It’s the third Thursday of the month, so this week I’m giving you an update on UFO reports in Alabama from the previous month, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network. A search for UFO reports in Alabama between July 1 and July 31 on MUFON’s website, www.mufon.com, resulted in six reports from within our state during that time.

The first incident took place on Thurs., July 18, around 4:05 a.m. in the small town of Coker in Tuscaloosa County. The witness in this case had taken his dog outside and spotted an “upright triangular-shaped craft” hovering very low over his neighbor’s house. The craft was reddish-orange with many glowing orange lights, the witness said.

The craft also had portholes, a hatch and seemed to disturb the air around it. It eventually “zipped off” to the northwest. The witness noted that it was a little foggy and cloudy outside, but the craft was seen well below the clouds.

The second incident took place on Fri., July 19, at 8:50 p.m. in Lexington, which is in Lauderdale County. The witnesses in this case were driving along when they noticed some unusual lights ahead of them. No other cars were around, so they pulled over and watched the lights for a few seconds. The witnesses noted that the lights appeared to move separately but were synchronized in their movements.

The third incident occurred on Sat., July 20, around 8:30 p.m. in Bay Minette, which is in Baldwin County. This witness in this case described strange lights that appeared to land in a tree that was just outside his house near his bedroom. He ran and got three neighbors, who in turn also witnessed the strange lights. They wondered if it might have been a drone of some sort. The witness also noted that his internet service went down during this strange event.

The fourth incident took place on Tues., July 23, at 9:20 p.m. in Montgomery. The witness in this case said that he saw a stationary red dot that eventually began to blink and rise in the sky. It eventually changed from red to green and began to blink rapidly.

This light eventually began to move erratically and at an “extremely high rate of speed” to the southwest. At this point, the light appeared to be miles away. The witness eventually lost sight of it when it descended behind a group of trees.

The fifth incident occurred on Wed., July 24, at 6:59 p.m. in Luverne, which is in Crenshaw County. Witnesses in this case saw two objects with glowing, reddish-white lights that were spinning counterclockwise on the underside of the objects. The objects moved southwest slowly and appeared to hover at times.

The sixth incident took place on Thurs., July 25, at 10:20 a.m. in Bessemer, which is near Birmingham. The witness in this case was a pilot who was on approach to the airport in Birmingham. His wife opened her window shade and when the pilot looked out the window, he saw a triangle that flew under their plane, headed southwest.

The pilot was headed north for landing. He said that the triangle was not a jet or airplane and noted that it slowly rotated as it flew. He described it as “very strange.” He said that he saw it very clearly as it flew about 200 feet beneath his plane.

“It was like you would see on tv, no kidding,” the witness said. “Blew my mind. I only saw it for a couple seconds, and it was gone.”

Before closing out this week, I just want to put it out there again that I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has witnessed a UFO, especially in Conecuh County. I think a lot of other people would be interested in hearing your story too, and I’m willing to accept your report anonymously. 

Sign up for local College Football Pick 'Em Contest before Aug. 31

2018 contest winner Drew Skipper.

One thing that more and more local football fans look forward to each year as we approach the start of the college football season is the beginning of ESPN.com’s College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.

Again this season, The Courant is inviting readers to sign up for a local group in the contest, which will allow readers to compete against college football fans in and around Conecuh County. Many in the reading audience have participated in this free online contest for 17 years, and there are always a few upsets, good-natured controversies and surprises. Many have said that the contest makes the college football season more interesting and fun.

Here's how the contest works: Each week during the coming college football season, you'll pick the winners of 10 games for the upcoming college football weekend. Your correct picks will be added up after the weekend's games to give you your total for the week. Whoever gets the most right, wins. If you don’t do so hot one week, don’t worry, the contest runs for 15 weeks. This contest’s a marathon, not a sprint.

To sign up for the game, go online and visit the contest website at http://fantasy.espn.com/college-football-pickem/2019/en/ (or you can just Google “ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.”) Once there, sign in with your ESPN.com member name. If you don't have an ESPN.com account, take about two minutes to sign up for one. It's absolutely free, as is the contest. It's easy, especially for those of you who are Internet savvy enough to find the contest site online.

Once you've got your account and have signed in, create your own contest entry. Click on "Create Entry," and follow the simple instructions. When you get to the “Name Your Entry” part, The Courant asks that you USE YOUR REAL NAME, so that we can post the standings each week in the paper.

Once you've created an entry, you can join our local group of football fans, allowing you to compete against other contestants from Conecuh County and other areas. This is where the real fun comes in.
The Courant has set up a group that all of you can join, so we'll all be able to compete against each other in the contest. Go ahead and click on "Create or Join a Group." That'll take you to another page, where you'll be able to join our local group.

The name of our group this year is called “2019 Courant Contest.” Enter that in the appropriate space (without the quotation marks and period).

The local group is a private group, so you'll have to have a password to join. Our password is "football." Just type it in without the quotation marks and the period. In the end, if you have any trouble signing up, getting started or if you have any other questions, just e-mail me at courantnewsdesk@gmail.com. If you’re interested in signing up, don’t delay, the contest officially kicks off on the first full Saturday of the college football season, Aug. 31, which is just around the corner.

Our 16th annual ESPN College Pick ‘Em contest ended in early December of last year, and many of you will remember that Drew Skipper claimed top honors in the contest. Skipper, who has won this contest a number of times in years past, won last year’s contest by correctly picking the outcomes of 97 (out of 140) games during the college football season.

Three contestants finished last year’s contest tied for second. They were Ricky Taylor, Brett Loftin and John Johnston. They finished the contest with 96 points each, just one point behind Skipper.
Your friendly neighborhood newspaperman finished in fifth place with 95 points. Darrell Burch, Justin Mixon and Jeremy Matheny finished in a three-way tie for sixth place with 91 points each. Kaleb Wright finished in ninth place with 88 points. Vanessa Sales, Casey Grant and Clint Hyde finished in a three-way tie for tenth place with 86 total points.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.60 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.80 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.45 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Capt. Smith's Bear Story' took place at Lower Peach Tree around 1830


I love it when readers share old ghost stories, folk tales and local legends with me, and Hubert Champion sent me a humorous item this week that really cracked me up.

Hubert, a native of Selma who now lives in Autauga County, is the fourth great-grandson of early Wilcox County settler, John Champion. In 1846, several newspapers across Alabama published a tale called “Capt. Smith’s Bear Story,” and John Champion was one of the main characters in that supposedly true tale. The best available version of this story appeared in the Sept. 19, 1846 edition of The Alabama Beacon newspaper in Greensboro, in a column they called “The Humorist.”

The tale begins about the year 1830 when a man known as “Capt. Smith” settled in Wilcox County’s Lower Peach Tree community. There, he planted a few acres of corn, cotton, potatoes and a small family garden. As the story goes, he lived a short distance from John Champion, who was in his early 40s.

“My nearest neighbor (John Champion), being better off than the rest of us, had a nice gang of hogs,” Capt. Smith said. “And, feeling a little above his neighbors on account of his wealth, and being a rather overbearing man, too, was not particular whether his stock broke into other people’s fields or not.”

Capt. Smith said that his crop was too small to feed his family and Champion’s hogs too, so he complained to Champion about the hog situation several times, but Champion would never do anything about it. Not long after that, Smith paid a visit to an old neighbor named Erasmus Culpepper, who knew an old-timey trick to fix the hog problem.

Culpepper told him that “if a foot, or even a piece of bearskin was thrown down in a place where hogs (trespass) that they would never show their snouts there again. I went home and got the skin of a bear which I had killed some time before, and having supplied myself with some corn, I went out and saw about 20 fine year-olds munching away in my field. I ‘tolled them up,’ and catching a good runner, sewed him up in the bear skin, and then turned him loose, when he ran after the rest, who flew from the supposed bear.”

The last that was seen of those hogs was at Bassett’s Creek, which was nearly 40 miles from Smith’s house, “only two being alive, one running from the one sewed up in the skin, and he trying to catch the other – the rest were found dead in the road, having literally run themselves to death. It is needless to add that John Champion’s hogs stayed at home after that.”

Close examination of this story reveals some aspects that can be verified. Thanks to Hubert’s research, we know that John Champion was a real man. In fact, John Champion died around the age of 64 in January 1852 at his residence near Choctaw Corner. His obituary was published in The Grove Hill Herald the following week, and he was described as an “old and highly respectable citizen,” who was “an honest, upright man, beloved and respected by all who knew him.”

Also, many of you will be familiar with Bassett’s Creek, which originates in Clarke County and flows into the Tombigbee River. Sources say that Bassett’s Creek, which was likely named after early settler Thomas Bassett, originates near Thomasville and empties into the Tombigbee River south of Jackson. As the crow flies, Bassett’s Creek is mostly southwest of Lower Peach Tree.

However, information about who “Capt. Smith” and Erasmus Culpepper were remains a mystery. One is also left to wonder if it’s true that a hog will avoid areas that have been “treated” with a bearskin. If anyone in the reading audience knows, please let me know.

In the end, I really appreciate Hubert Champion taking the time to share this story with me. I enjoy hearing these old tales as well as local legends, ghost stories and old folk tales. If anyone in the reading audience has anything along those lines that they would like to share, please don’t hesitate to do so.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.60 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.25 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 13, 2019


18 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 2001

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 1.25 inches of rain on July 31, 1.90 inches of rain on Aug. 5 and 5.81 inches for the entire month of July. He reported a high of 93 degrees on July 30 and a low of 66 on Aug. 3.

Body identified as a missing Brewton man: Experts with the Mobile Forensics Lab have positively identified a skeleton recovered recently behind the Day’s Inn in Brewton.
According to Brewton Police Chief Mickey Lovelace, the remains have been identified as Bobby Long, a 67-year-old Brewton resident who has been missing for several weeks.
Lovelace said the body was discovered Saturday. Lovelace was notified late Tuesday that the remains had been positively identified as Long using dentures and x-rays.
Long was last seen by his sister, Mavis Parker of East Brewton, about seven weeks ago.
Long, a native of Woodland, Ala. and former resident of Johnson City, Tenn., was a retired English teacher who taught at Jefferson Davis Community College.

A Louisiana man was killed Tuesday morning in a wreck on Interstate 65 near Evergreen. Aaron Spells, 34, of New Orleans was killed when the 2001 Nissan Altima he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree near the 94-mile marker at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to state troopers.

43 YEARS AGO
AUG. 12, 1976

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 0.1 inches of rain on Aug. 6. He reported a high of 92 degrees on Aug. 6 and a low of 67 on Aug. 3.

Construction is proceeding rapidly on the new Piggly Wiggly Supermarket on McGee Street. The building is located on the former site of the Aid Conecuh Commodity Center and will be leased by Edwin McIntyre to the food store chain. Piggly Wiggly Manager T.L. Sims states that he hopes to move into the new building in October.

Mayor O.B. (Bert) Tuggle won an elected term of office in Tuesday’s election, gaining a clear majority over the first two women ever to enter a local election. Tuggle received 689 votes with Mrs. Ouida P. Salter running a strong second with 515 and Mrs. Barbara A. Watson picked up 124 votes.

Paul Ellis earns the Eagle Badge, Scouts’ highest: Paul Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ellis of Castleberry, was awarded the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America, in an impressive ceremony at the Castleberry Baptist Church, Sunday afternoon. It is believed that Paul is the first scout from a Castleberry Troop to ever earn the Eagle Badge.

Castleberry is still mayor of Castleberry: Veteran Mayor Forrest Castleberry easily withstood the challenge of W.B. Findley. The retired newsman received 126 votes to Findley’s 46 in Tuesday’s municipal election to win re-election.

68 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 1951

The 1951 cotton season opened lustily in Conecuh County on the past Saturday when the first bale ginned in the county was auctioned in Evergreen. The first bale was produced by J.T. Ward and Curt Defee and was ginned last Thursday morning by Miller Gin Co.
Following the annual custom here, the first bale was auctioned Saturday in the parking area by the L&N Railroad. The bale brought its owner’s 61 cents a pound going to Kendall & Kendall, Evergreen cotton buyers.

Heart Attack Victim Is Removed From Train Here: Antony Lombardo, aged resident of Hattiesburg, Miss., was taken from the L&N Humming Bird when it arrived here Monday after he had died quite suddenly on the train somewhere between here and Georgiana, presumably from a heart attack. The body was turned over to Cope Funeral Home by the railroad authorities where it was prepared for burial and sent on to Hattiesburg early Tuesday morning.

The Rev. Robert Miller came to Evergreen last week on the call of the Evergreen Presbyterian Church to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. James H. Gailey, now pastor of the Springhill Presbyterian Church. Rev. Miller and his family were welcomed last week by local Presbyterians. Sunday he preached his first sermon since accepting the Evergreen charge.
Rev. Miller comes to Evergreen from Foley where he served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church for three years.

93 YEARS AGO
AUG. 11, 1926

CARTER LUMBER CO. PURCHASE LOCOMOTIVE: The W.S. Carter Lumber Co. has purchased a locomotive engine to be used at their lumber plant three miles west of Belleville. The locomotive was unloaded here last week and is being carried to the mill over a portable track. It will require a week or more to get it to its destination.

KELLY NOMINATED FOR MAYOR IN THE MUNICIPAL CONTEST – Largest Vote In History Of Town Cast In Monday’s Election – Monday’s municipal election closed one of the most spirited campaigns the town of Evergreen has ever had. Interest over the outcome of the contest was intense and as a result the number of ballots cast was the largest ever recorded in a municipal election.
As evidence of the interest manifested, a large crowd assembled at the polling places to get the returns, which were given about 6:30 p.m. The results disclosed that J. Lamar Kelly was nominated for mayor by majority of 101 votes over his opponent, W.J. Pritchett.
H.H. Beasley, Claude Gantt, C.A. Jones, L.L. Moorer and J.R. Brooks were nominated for members of the city council.

GREENING LODGE No. 53, A.F.&A.M., Evergreen, Ala. – States communications on second and fourth Thursday in each month. L.J. Mixon, Worshipful Master; R.S. Smith, Secretary.

Prof. W.P. McMillan, who is to be principal of the City School next session, spent several days in Evergreen last week. Prof. McMillan will move here about Sept. 1.

118 YEARS AGO
AUG. 8, 1901
THE CONECUH RECORD

LODGE DIRECTORY – Masons, third Saturday of each month; Knights of Honor, first Monday night, 7:30 o’clock, in each month; Knights of Pythias, second and fourth Tuesday night, at 7:30 o’clock, in each month.

Deputy Sheriff Johnston spent last Friday in Mobile.

Prof. J.A. Liner and family left yesterday for Dothan, their future home. Prof. L.A. Smith will occupy the residence vacated by Prof. Liner.

Mr. W.P. Preston of Wilcox County has been here on business this week.

Rev. E.A. Smith will preach in the Presbyterian church next Sabbath, 4th inst.

Circuit Clerk Tisdale spent a few days at his old home in Mixon beat this week.

Mr. W.M. Johnston of Sepulga was in the city last Saturday and presented me with a basket of the choicest peaches we have seen this season.

Quite a number of people have been in the city this week looking after their tax matters which were being considered by the commissioner’s court.

The many friends of Mr. Arthur Cunningham will be pleased to learn that he is convalescing from his recent illness.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Aug. 13, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.60 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 31.25 inches.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily in Monroe County, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.405783N Lon -87.479861W. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-6, Station Name: Frisco City 5.0 WSW.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Aug. 12, 2019

Clint Jackson of Evergreen

14 YEARS AGO
AUG. 11, 2005

Sparta Academy junior high girls basketball coach Richard Brown will be inducted into the Florida Community College Athletics Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 18.
During his 38 years in the Florida coaching ranks, he had 35 winning seasons and his players had a 96 percent graduation rate.

Hillcrest High School head football coach Arlton Hudson said the Jaguars roster has ballooned from the 52 players he had Monday of last week to 75. He said 74 of those are in grades 9-11.

Sparta Academy head coach Don Hand said he’s excited to have senior Will Ivey back at quarterback this summer.
(Other players at Sparta that season included Tony Raines and Chase Brown.)

18 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 2001

Betty Warren wins rifle competition in Tennessee: In competition at a recent summer picnic of the American Treeing Feist Association held in South Pittsburg, Tenn., Betty Warren of Castleberry placed first in the women’s .22 rifle competition. This was the first summer event for the association, with over 150 people attending.
In addition to the women’s rifle event, there was rifle competition for men and boys, also many other events and games.
Participants won many great prizes. There was also great music and food to make this a wonderful day for everyone.

Sparta Academy JV and Pee Wee Football Schedule 2001: Sept. 10, at Escambia Academy; Sept. 17, v. Crenshaw Academy; Sept. 24, v. Escambia Academy; Oct. 1, at Greenville Academy; Oct. 8, at Monroe Academy; Oct. 15, v. Greenville Academy.

29 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 1990

The Sparta Academy 1990 Varsity Cheerleaders attended a UCA Clinic July 30th through Aug. 3rd at Huntingdon College. Each day they were evaluated on a cheer and/or sideline (routine) they learned that day. These girls did extremely well and returned home with seven Blue Superior Ribbons and three Gold Outstanding Ribbons. They also received a Spirit Stick every night and on Friday they were awarded one to bring home. On Thursday the girls performed a dance routine they had practiced for two weeks prior to the clinic and received a Blue Superior Ribbon. Because of their excellent work during the week, they were awarded a Superior Trophy on Friday. The 1990 varsity cheerleaders are Kaye Salter, Pam Jones, Stephanie Booth, Michelle Pate, Julie Brundage, Stacey White, co-captain; Ashley Earnest, co-captain; and Kimberly Griffin, captain. Linda Coker is their sponsor.

43 YEARS AGO
AUG. 12, 1976

Clint Jackson of Evergreen was disappointed in his bid for the gold medal in the Olympic boxing matches but made a good showing. The 147-pound welterweight lost a split decision in the quarterfinals. He felt that he defeated his opponent but had to accept the judges’ decision which was 2 to 1 for his opponents. The referee called a very questionable foul on Clint that made the difference in the match.

Sparta Academy Football Schedule 1976: Aug. 27, at Greenville; Sept. 3, v. South Butler; Sept. 10, at Pike; Sept. 17, at Fort Deposit; Sept. 24, v. Monroe Academy; Oct. 1, at Wilcox Academy; Oct. 8, v. Escambia Academy; Oct. 15, v. South Montgomery; Oct. 22, v. Thomasville; Oct. 29, at Fort Dale; and Nov. 5, v. Crenshaw.

Ralph Garrett killed this monster rattlesnake off Highway 84. The rattler was five feet, eight inches long and had 10 rattles. Ralph said he used a stick 10 feet, eight inches long to kill the snake.

John Wayne Barlow, 17, had good luck fishing recently when he landed three bass, two of which he is holding. The largest weighed 5-1/2 pounds and the smaller one, 2-1/2 pounds. The third weighed 2-1/2 pounds. John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Barlow.

Coburn winner at Flomaton: J.W. Coburn of Evergreen and his 1955 Chevrolet had a big night Saturday at the Flomaton Speedway. Coburn won a match race with Dickie Blackmon of Pensacola. He also won first place in the Fast Heat Race and took two in the Main Feature.
Willard Watson, Pensacola, won two events, the Main Feature and the Trophy Dash. Blackmon won the Semi-Feature and James Campbell, Flomaton, won the Slow Heat.
Races are held at Flomaton Speedway each Saturday night with time trials beginning at 7:30. This Saturday an added feature will be bicycle racing between car racing events. There will be no entry fee and prize money will be given to winners in two age classes, six through 10 and 11 through 16. All bike riders are invited to enter these races.

50 YEARS AGO
AUG. 11, 1960

The Evergreen Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting of the season at the Recreation Center at 7:30 Tuesday night. The meeting was scheduled to be held this past Tuesday but was postponed because of a conflict with the Junior League All Star Games.
All members of the club and any other interested persons are invited to attend. Important business is to be discussed and anyone who is interested in promoting the athletic program at Evergreen High School should attend.

68 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 1951

League Leading Paul Aces Blast Loree Dollies 35-9: The hard-hitting Paul Aces continued their mastery of Conecuh Amateur League teams Sunday afternoon as they lashed Loree’s Dollies with a stinging 35-9 defeat. The win pushed the Aces four and one-half games out in front of the second-place Bermuda Bears who lost to Starlington Sunday. The game was played at Loree.
Donahue Edson led the Paul sluggers bashing out five hits in seven trips to the platter. Ronnie Edson and T. Mack enjoyed a perfect day at the plate with each getting two hits in official trips to the plate. Mack had a triple and a double. No individual Loree player got more than one hit.
J.W. Windham was on the mound for the Aces with Dean Smith behind the plate. Haskew Daniels pitched for Loree with Turner Kearley his batterymate.

Shreve Eagles Blast Centerville 17 to 7: Paced by the slugging of Georgie Brown and the hurling of Lefty Gomillion, the Shreve Eagles crushed Centerville’s Rookies 17 to 7 in a Conecuh League game Sunday afternoon. Gomillion and Brown also composed the Eagle battery. George Gaston started for Centerville but gave way to John Greel Ralls in the seventh. Clint Ward was the catcher.
Gaston struck out eight and walked none, giving up 13 hits. Ralls struck out two, walked three and was touched for two hits. Gomillion struck out four, walked none and gave up 11 hits.
Ralls was the leading hitter for Centerville with a home run and a single in four trips. Gaston, Hugh Mason and James Andrews also had two hits each in four trips. Brown had a field day for Shreve, gathering four hits in four trips.

74 YEARS AGO
AUG. 9, 1945

Boy Scout News: Our regular meeting was held last Monday night at 6:30 o’clock. John Law Robinson and Pat Tharpe chose teams for a softball game before the business meeting began. Following the game, the meeting was opened with the Scout Oath.

118 YEARS AGO
AUG. 8, 1901
THE CONECUH RECORD

Warren Lewis, a well-known sporting man of New York, jumped from the steamer Rhode Island on her trip from New York to Providence Saturday night and was drowned. Lewis was one of the most widely known sporting men in America.