Thursday, February 21, 2019

Beck's book on Streight's Raid is a must-read for Alabama history buffs


If you’re looking for a good book to read, especially if you’re a history buff, I highly recommend that you check out “Streight’s Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad: Emma Sansom’s Courage & Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Pursuit” by Dr. Brandon H. Beck.

Published in 2016 by The History Press, this 111-page book details one of the most dramatic incidents to have occurred in Alabama during the Civil War, the ill-fated and embarrassing “Streight’s Raid” in North Alabama. For those of you unfamiliar with this incident, in the spring of 1863 Union Col. Abel D. Streight set out to destroy portions of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a vital supply and troop transport route in northern Georgia. Your first clue that this was going to be a disaster for the Union side was that Streight decided to set out on ill-mannered mules instead of horses.

Once the Confederates figured out what Streight was up to, they sicked Nathan Bedford Forrest on Streight’s forces, and Forrest proceeded to harass and chase Streight’s men all over North Alabama. The Yankees, who were as terrified of Forrest as they were of the boogeyman, were severely outmatched by a force of much smaller size that happened to be more ably led. The end result was Streight’s surrender to Forrest at Cedar Bluff after Forrest tricked Streight into thinking that he was grossly outnumbered.

Beck, who is the Director Emeritus of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University in Virginia, does an outstanding job of describing the role that Gadsden teenager Emma Sansom played in Streight’s Raid. Sansom, who was just 15 years old, famously guided Forrest and his men to a shallow water crossing of Black Creek in Gadsden. Sansom earned Forrest’s personal thanks for her assistance and secured herself a place in Civil War lore for years and years to follow.

Beck’s book is also full of easy-to-understand maps and unique photographs that help illustrate the finer points of the subject matter. The book also makes mention of a number of sites and museums that will no doubt interest Civil War tourists in the reading audience. I was unfamiliar with several of the sites mentioned in the book, and I plan to pay them a visit the next time I’m in that part of the state.

Serious Civil War readers in the audience will also want to check out the nearly 10 pages of references in the back of the book. Beck has essentially laid out a roadmap for further reading in his detailed list of sources, which includes a comprehensive list of other books, articles and other sources.

I’ve read quite a bit about Streight’s Raid over the years, and I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better book about the incident than Beck’s 2016 book. Not only will it interest Civil War enthusiasts, but I’d say it’s also a “must-read” for Alabama history buffs. If you read this book and enjoy it, you might also want to check out some of Beck’s other books, including “The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie” and “Holly Springs: Earl Van Dorn, the CSS Arkansas and the Raid That Saved Vicksburg.”

Faith Academy's Josh Donaldson reports early on Sunday for Braves spring training


Pitchers and catchers for the Atlanta Braves reported for spring training on Friday and position players were scheduled to report for duty yesterday (Wednesday) with the first full-squad workouts set for today (Thursday) in Kissimmee, Fla.

Once the entire team arrives, they’ll waste little time getting right into their slate of spring training games. Over the course of the coming week, they’ll play the Mets twice, the Astros, the Nationals, the Cardinals and the Tigers before getting into the meat of their March schedule.

Perhaps the biggest news of the spring so far has been the arrival of new third baseman Josh Donaldson, who arrived early on Sunday after signing with the Braves as a free agent in the off-season. Last season, the 33-year-old Donaldson started out with the Toronto Blues before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in August. In November, Donaldson signed a one-year contract with the Braves for $23 million.

Many in the reading audience will know that Donaldson was born in Pensacola, but graduated from high school at Faith Academy in Mobile. Donaldson was a record-setting football and baseball player at Faith, where he helped lead the school to a state baseball title during his senior season. Donaldson went to Auburn University as a catcher, but transitioned to third base.

Donaldson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and bounced around the minors for several years before making his Major League debut with the Oakland A’s in 2010. He went on to play for Toronto before ending up with the Indians and the Braves.

Personally, I’m hoping that Donaldson will make a good showing with the Braves. He’s had some injury issues, but being from the Pensacola-Mobile area, I think it’s safe to consider him a “local” boy. It’s always nice to have a really good reason to pull for the Braves, and having a person from our neck of the woods fits the bill in my book.

Speaking of baseball, Alabama opened their 2019 baseball season by winning two of three games in a series against Presbyterian College on Friday and Saturday in Tuscaloosa. My newspaper colleague Butch Adams and I were discussing this on Monday, and Butch asked me a question that I could not answer: Just where is Presbyterian College?

I immediately googleated it and learned that Presbyterian College is a private college located in Clinton, S.C. Presbyterian has one of the most interesting nicknames in college athletics. They call themselves the “Blue Hose.” This name comes from the socks worn by the school’s football team over a century ago. Presbyterian’s mascot is a guy dressed up like a Scottish highlander.

I also saw this week where Alabama dedicated its Hall of Fame at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in honor of Babe Ruth McAbee on Friday before Alabama’s season-opener. I was interested to learn that McAbee was a native of Northport and was named after her grandmother Rosanne “Ruth” Franklin and two famous “Babes” from the world of sports – baseball player Babe Ruth and Olympic medalist Babe Didrickson. McAbee, a co-founder of McAbee Construction in Tuscaloosa and a major supporter of Alabama athletics, passed away in 2014.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.25 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.65 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 13.15 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.55 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, February 20, 2019

Little remains from the heyday of Wilcox County's once-thriving Rehoboth community

Old Rehoboth Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala.
The Rehoboth community in northwestern Wilcox County was once a thriving village that prospered during the latter half of the 19th century, but little remains today from the heyday of this community just north of the Alabama River.

According to historical maps, “downtown” Rehoboth was located near Chilatchee Creek, at what is now the intersection of County Road 29 and County Road 4. If you go there today, the most remarkable thing you will see is the ABC Elementary School campus, which is just a stone’s throw away from this remote crossroads. Little else remains to show visitors that this was once one of the most prominent communities in Wilcox County.

Perhaps the best source of information about the Rehoboth community is W. Stuart Harris’s 1977 book “Dead Towns of Alabama.” According to Harris, Rehoboth “once contained stores, a hotel, the Rehoboth Male Academy (a private boarding school), and a number of homes. The cemetery of the church (for which the village was named) contains many graves; the oldest burial dates from the 1840s. The private cemetery of the Young family, surrounded by an iron fence, stands at the side of the village.”

Harris noted that in 1977, the antebellum home of the late John Laird, educator, was still occupied by his sisters, and that two other large antebellum houses were still standing. All of the other buildings of the village, including the old Rehoboth church, had already disappeared by the time of his book’s publication. He also mentioned that Rehoboth did not appear on any state maps until the early 1860s.

With all of this in mind, I jumped in my truck on Friday afternoon and rode up to Rehoboth. As I crossed the J. Lee Long Bridge at Millers Ferry, dark clouds began to gather from the northwest, and when I reached County Road 29 at Alberta, it was misting rain. By the time I reached the old Rehoboth crossroads, I had to use my windshield wipers just to see the road.


At the crossroads, I pulled over and spent several minutes taking in my surroundings. As the rain began to slacken, I noted that there was not much to see there aside from the modern school building. I tried to imagine what this spot must have looked like over a century ago when it was the center of a hustling, bustling community.

From there, I turned down County Road 4, a dirt road that runs from County Road 29 to State Highway 5. A few miles from the crossroads, on the right-hand side of the road, I came upon the remnants of the old Rehoboth cemetery. While a few of the more modern graves there are visible from the road, I discovered that almost all of the older graves are nearly hidden in the surrounding woods.

After a few minutes of paying my respects to the pioneer families buried there, I got back in the truck and continued down County Road 4 towards Highway 5. A few miles later, I came upon perhaps the most remarkable landmark in all of Wilcox County, that is, Jake Peavy’s private baseball field, which features a replica of Fenway Park’s famous “Green Monster.” From the road, I snapped a few pictures of the baseball field before continuing on my way.

On the ride home, I pondered all of the things that I had not seen during my trip to Rehoboth. Where were the antebellum homes mentioned by Harris in his 1977 book? Where was the Young family cemetery? I was pretty sure that none of these were visible from the road, but was it possible that I’d driven right by them without noticing?

In the end, I was certain of one thing: It would be a mistake to label modern-day Rehoboth as a “ghost town.” During my visit on Friday, I saw a number of residents working in their yards, kids shooting basketball and jumping on trampolines, and more than a few cars headed here and there on a surprisingly busy County Road 29. No doubt these people are proud of their community, and I’m sure that you can still say that Rehoboth continues to thrive as the home for many of Wilcox County’s finest residents.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): Trace amount.

Week to Date Rainfall: Trace amount.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.30 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, February 19, 2019

Today in History for Feb. 19, 2019


Feb. 19, 1807 – Former U.S. vice-president Aaron Burr was arrested in the Mississippi Territory at McIntosh Bluff, Washington County, in present-day Alabama and was escorted back to Fort Stoddert by Lt. Edward Gaines. Burr was accused of treason for attempting to form a new, independent republic in the southwest, plotting to annex Spanish territory in Louisiana and Mexico. After spending several weeks in custody in Alabama, Burr was returned to Richmond, Va. for trial. Burr was acquitted of the charges, but quickly left the country to avoid other charges relating to the murder of Alexander Hamilton during an 1804 duel.

Feb. 19, 1828 – Elisha Moseley became postmaster at Burnt Corn, Ala.

Feb. 19, 1864 - The Knights of Pythias were founded in Washington, D.C. A dozen members formed what became Lodge No. 1.

Feb. 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, a federal operation was conducted at Brown’s Ferry, Ala.

Feb. 19, 1865 – During the Civil War, the first day of a five-day Federal operation between Eastport, Miss. and Russellville, Ala. began.

Feb. 19, 1867 – Joseph Ganes Sanders, the “Turncoat of Dale County,” was killed outside Decatur, Ga.

Feb. 19, 1867 – The Alabama Legislature approved an act, “for the relief of maimed soldiers and sailors,” who were veterans of the War Between the States. Under the act, the state would provide an artificial leg to those veterans who had been maimed while in the service. (Men of Wilcox)

Feb. 19, 1884 – More than 60 tornadoes struck the Southern United States (including Mississippi, Alabama North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana), one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. About 800 people were killed.

Feb. 19, 1884 - The town of Goshen, in Pike County, Ala. lost 26 people to an F4 twister, classified as "devastating" with winds between 207 and 260 mph. A brick school building literally exploded when the tornado hit it dead on, killing six students and a teacher. Outside of Goshen, 13 more people lost their lives in Alabama.

Feb. 19, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that Ernest Ricou’s “handsome new” storehouse was rapidly nearing completion and would “be ready in a few days for the reception of his goods, where he will be pleased to see and wait upon his many friends.”

Feb. 19, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Rev. M.M. Graham of Burnt Corn, who had recently appointed Monroe County Superintendent of Education, was in Monroeville, Ala. on Wed., Feb. 17.

Feb. 19, 1903 - The Vanderbilt Glee and Instrumental Club of Nashville, Tenn. planned to stop in Evergreen on this Thursday to give an entertainment for the benefit of the School Library. There were in the Glee Club, about 16; Instrumental Club, about 14, male quartette, string quartette, etc. Justin Thacher, perhaps the finest tenor in the south, was with them, as well as Prof. C. Roland Flick, the well-known violinist. They were on their way to De Funiak Springs, Fla., and an entertainment was promised that no one could afford to miss. In order to enable all to attend, the rate was to be as low as 50 cents; children, 25 cents; reserved seats, 75 cents.

Feb. 19, 1903 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Hon. Thos. S. Wiggins, Monroe County’s representative in the legislature, was home for a few days.

Feb. 19, 1903 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Burnt Corn community, that the building committee had about closed the contract for the new church at Puryearville; the building to be placed beside where the old one stood, the latter having been sold.

Feb. 19, 1903 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Drewry community, that J.B. McMillan was putting up a telephone line from the store to his residence, which was expected to be a great convenience. The people at Drewry had also built a “fine new school house” and a residence for the teacher, Prof. Hardy, to live in.

Feb. 19, 1903 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Perdue Hill community, that the oyster supper “was a complete success. A handsome cake was voted to Miss Callie Davis, and the quilt was won by Mr. Owen Burk of the Nettie Quill.”

Feb. 19, 1904 - The winter term of the Jones Mill District School closed on this Friday with the “record of being one of the most successful terms of the school’s history – due to the able principal, Prof. J.A. Barnes, and his able and accomplished assistant, Miss Correy King, also the better equipped school rooms which have added very much to our comfort during the cold winter days, and we are very sorry indeed that our school has closed, and especially to know that we will be so far from our able instructors, will miss their kind and wise instructions, so we are left wondering if during the next term of our school we will be fortunate enough to have the same able and talented instructors.”

Feb. 19, 1908 - Alabama author Mildred Lee was born in West Blocton, Ala.

Feb. 19, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Jodie W. Booker, 18, of McKenzie, Ala. “died from disease.” Born on Jan. 19, 1900, he is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McKenzie.

Feb. 19, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Dewey Morris, 21, of Flomaton, Ala. “died from disease.” Born on Dec. 18, 1897, he was buried in Rock Cemetery in Flomaton. He was serving in Co. C of the 161st U.S. Infantry Regiment when he died overseas.

Feb. 19, 1921 - J.D. Clark, 15-year-old son of W.A. Clark, a well known farmer residing about six miles east of Castleberry, was instantly killed late Saturday when the shotgun, it is thought he was attempting to clean, was discharged and the load of shot entered the boy’s breast and stomach.

Feb. 19, 1922 – Confederate veteran Mark Luke McClammy, age 78, passed away at his home in northern Conecuh County. On March 29, 1862, McClammy enlisted as a private in Co. H of the 2nd Alabama Cavalry, a predominately Monroe raised unit. His horse was valued at $350. Born on Feb. 25, 1843, he was buried in Concord Cemetery at Mixonville.

Feb. 19, 1924 – Monroe County Bank celebrated its 20th anniversary. The bank began business on Feb. 19, 1904 was $15,000 in capital. J.B. Barnett organized the bank and had served as its president continuously between 1904 and 1924. D.D. Mims had served as the bank’s cashier “during practically its entire career.”

Feb. 19, 1930 - Bosie Phillips of Dothan, Ala. fell under a freight train opposite the Louisville & Nashville depot on this Wednesday around 11 a.m. and suffered injuries which resulted in the loss of his left arm just below the elbow. Phillips was trying to board the train, which was running at a fast rate, when the accident occurred. Phillips was given emergency medical attention by Dr. E.L. Stallworth and was later carried to Montgomery on Train No. 6, where he was to receive treatment at the railroad hospital.

Feb. 19, 1931 – The Evergreen Courant reported that a 65-acre site for a landing field had been leased 5-1/2 miles west of Evergreen, Ala. on the Belleville Highway. The field was to serve as an intermediate landing field for use in the federal air mail service along the Atlanta-New Orleans mail route. Plans were also included for a revolving search light beacon mounted on a steel tower at the corner of the airfield.

Feb. 19, 1936 - Henry Hunter Lett of Lower Peach Tree died at his home on this Wednesday evening after an illness of five days during which time pneumonia developed. He was an outstanding citizen of the northwest section of Monroe County and was prominent among the agricultural leaders. He was one of the seven children of Henry Hunter Lett Sr. and Carolyn Goode King Lett; a great-grandson of General Edward D. King and a descendant of William Rufus King. Funeral services were conducted from the home on the following afternoon with the Rev. Barnett of Mobile officiating. Interment was made in Lower Peach Tree cemetery.
  
Feb. 19, 1943 - Alabama author Homer Hickam was born in Coalwood, West Virginia.
  
Feb. 19, 1948 – The Town of Excel, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.
  
Feb. 19, 1951 - The spring term of Conecuh County Circuit Court convened in Evergreen on this Monday morning with Judge F.W. Hare presiding. The grand jury was organized with Hugh M. Brown as foreman and after an able charge by Judge Hare promptly began its investigations with the assistance of Circuit Solicitor A.H. Elliott and County Solicitor E.C. Page Jr.

Feb. 19, 1951 – Effective on this Monday, J.R. Daughtry became local manager of the Piggly Wiggly in Evergreen, succeeding Mack Everage who had been there since this store was purchased by Euclid Cook of Andalusia in 1950. Everage had been transferred back to Andalusia as manager of the Piggly Wiggly store there.

Feb. 19, 1953 – The Evergreen Courant reported that I. Long & Sons, historic department store of Evergreen, was going out of business after 63 years, according to announcement made by owner Alfred Long, son and grandson of the store’s founders. Stock of the store had been purchased by Jack J. Levenson of Birmingham, who planned to sell it at the location on East Front Street. I. Long & Sons was founded in 1890 when Haiman and Max Long, brothers, established a store called the Red Front. In 1891, their father, I. Long, became a partner and the name was changed to I. Long & Sons, the style under which it operated until this year.

Feb. 19, 1953 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the grand jury of the Circuit Court of Conecuh County had made nine cases that week which were to be tried during criminal court week, starting March 2. According to Circuit Solicitor Robert E.L. Key, the grand jurors returned true bills on nine of the 10 cases on the criminal docket. Aaron (Bo) Griffin, alleged to have shot and killed Willie Guy Lee, woman, last November in Evergreen, was to face trial for murder in the first degree. His case had been set for trial on March 2.

Feb. 19, 1953 – The Monroe Journal reported that Cpl. Robert B. Lambert of Rt. 2, Frisco City, who was killed on Oct. 4, 1951, in action in Korea was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Feb. 11, 1953 by Maj. General D.W. Canham, Headquarters Third Army. Presentation of the award was made to the father of the deceased serviceman, Pleason Lambert, at the Lambert residence on Frisco City, Rt. 2. The citation which accompanied the presentation of the DSC medal declared Cpl. Lambert “distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Chungseri, Korea.”

Feb. 19, 1953 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroeville’s new deep water well, with a guaranteed capacity of 900 gallons of water per minute, was estimated to be in operation within a two-week period. Depth of the new well, which was begun in August 1952 was 1,500 feet. Local water board officials had stated the new deep was expected to alleviate a reoccurrence of a water shortage which was demanded by increased local consumption and dry weather in the summer months. Drilling of the well was instigated by a critical shortage in 1952 because of drought during the summer.

Feb. 19, 1954 - Evergreen High School’s varsity boys basketball team were defeated by the Andalusia Bulldogs on this Friday night in Andalusia, 59-52. Randy White led Evergreen with 16 points, followed closely by Jimmy Frazier with 14. John Ford, high man for Andalusia, racked up 19 points for the victors. Other players on Evergreen’s team that season included Ward Alexander, Wayne Douglas, Charlie King and Hosea King.

Feb. 19, 1954 – Monroe County High School’s varsity boys basketball team won their 16th game of the season on this Friday night as they downed the UMS Cadets, 64-46, in the Monroeville coliseum. Guard Pat Cobb, an outstanding playmaker all season, hit the nets for 19 points to lead the Tigers, while center Bobby White followed closely with 14 markers.

Feb. 19, 1976 – Sparta Academy’s varsity boys basketball team played Catherine Academy at 6 p.m. in the Alabama Private School Association’s District III playoffs at Wilcox Academy in Camden. The winner and runner-up advanced to the state tournament.

Feb. 19, 1976 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Bob Kendall was collecting historical information on Brooklyn and the surrounding area in connection with the bicentennial. He was particularly interested in the names of the people who organized the bank that never opened in Brooklyn.

Feb. 19, 1979 – Sparta Academy’s girls basketball team finished the 1978-79 season with a 55-33 loss to Lakeside Academy in the APSA state tournament on this Monday night in Selma.

Feb. 19, 1982 – On their way to an eventual berth in the 1A state tournament, Lyeffion beat Repton, 58-57, in the final round of the Class 1A, Area II tournament at Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, Ala. This win gave Lyeffion the Area II championship and they won the region championship game the following night by beating A.L. Johnson in Castleberry.

Feb. 19, 1999, “October Sky,” a movie version of Alabama author Homer Hickam's book “Rocket Boys,” was released.
  
Feb. 19, 2002 - J.F. Shields High School’s varsity girls were scheduled to begin play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Southeast Region basketball tournament in Troy on this Tuesday afternoon. Shields, sporting a 23-2 record, was set to meet defending state champion Notasulga High School at 3:30 p.m. at Troy State University. Shields won its tenth straight area championship two weeks before. Since Shields girls head coach Herbert Blackmon inherited the program 16 years before, his girls teams had won 13 area championships. Top players on Shields team that season included Tandra Blackmon, April Hollinger, Quantus Jones, Folake Knight, Tameka Knight, Latoya Lett, Constance Montgomery, Ashley Odom and Crystal Stanton.

Feb. 19, 2004 - Weather observer Harry Ellis reported a low of 30 degrees in Evergreen.

Feb. 19, 2016 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee died in her sleep on this morning, at the age of 89, in Monroeville, Ala. 

100-year-old news highlights from The Evergreen Courant

1919 Willys-Knight six-cylinder, 45 horsepower car.

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Feb. 19, 1919 edition of The Evergreen Courant newspaper in Conecuh County, Ala.

On last Friday when the wind was blowing so furiously, the school building at Kindig started to fall. The children made a rush for the door, but on reaching it, they found that the building had careened so far that the door could not be opened. As soon as the wave subsided, the house came back into position and the door was opened.

R.R. Long has exchanged his Willis Knight for the best grade of Oldsmobile and is now traveling in Class No. One.

Prof. W.R. Bennett is riding around in a brand new Overland. We like to see our public men ride around in the best.

The L&N work train has been sounding its whistle in our town early and late for the past week.

Andrew Riley spent several days with home folks this week. He has recently accepted a position as salesman with the Selma Grocery Co.

Miss Clara May Ellis in passing a dog in the store of Taliaferro McCreary and Ivey was bitten on the wrist, inflicting an awful wound. The beast did not show signs of hydrophobia, but evidently it was mad.

On Friday night, the fire alarm was given, but before the people could gather at the home of Jeff Millsap’s, the flame was quickly extinguished. Little damage was done.

Flu Ban Raised: The flu ban will be lifted on next Sunday when church services will be held as usual and on Monday the schools will be opened. This action was taken on the advice of the city health officer.

The children of town had a delightful time on Valentines night. They distributed their expressions of devotion and then followed up their efforts by notifying the receiver of the giver.

Last Sunday was a beautiful day. All church lovers longed to turn their footsteps toward the house of God. It is thought now that there will be services at all the churches next Sunday.

Rev. J.E. Northcutt attended the YMCA school of instruction at Blue Ridge, N.C. and while there he contracted the flu. He is now able to be back at his work in Mobile.

Terry Richardson and his mother, Mrs. Riley, are moving to Montgomery this week. They will make the capitol city their future home.

Mr. and Mrs. Shirley, who have been rooming at the Mack Binion home for some time, returned to their home at Burnt Corn last week. There is no place like home.

Those who had business in the open last Friday were made conscious of the fact that spring is near at hand. Few days are ever more blustery than the 14th of February.

Mrs. M.F. Chapman, who returned last week from a visit to her son, Earl Chapman, at Sanford, Fla., tells us that land there is renting at $50 per acre, but that Earl had secured his at a bargain, paying $30 per acre.

The game warden has asked us to say that all hunters must provide themselves with a hunters license which can be obtained from the Judge of Probate. The law will be enforced and all hunters should not overlook this important matter.

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


16 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 2003

Warriors and Lady Warriors advance to Final Four: The Sparta Academy Warriors and Lady Warriors both advanced to the Final Four of the AISA Class A State Basketball Tournament with victories last Friday at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.
The Warriors will play Ashford Academy this Friday at 12:30 p.m. and the Lady Warriors will play Coosa Valley at 2 p.m.
Warriors 54, Central Christian 48: Chris Garner and Jeremy Anderson led the scoring for the Warriors with 12 points each. Also scoring in double digits were Wiley Cobb and Perry Castleberry with 11 points each. Also putting points on the board were Drew Davis with five points and Paul Castleberry with three points.
Lady Warriors 64, Marion 21: Katie Etheridge led the scoring for the Lady Warriors with 16 points. Also scoring in double digits was Callie Ezell with 11 points. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Warriors were Samantha Seaman with seven points; Lacy Vargas with six points; Ashton Garner, Ava Pate, Meagan Johnson and Cody Godwin with four points each; Jessica Armuelles, Erin Brock, Whitley Roberts and Deanna Covin with two points each.

The Sparta Academy Warriors and Lady Warriors won the West Region 1 Area 1 Tournament held last Thursday and Friday at Sparta. Named to the all-tournament team were Ashton Garner, Perry Castleberry, Callie Ezell and Chris Garner. Katie Etheridge and Wiley Cobb were named Tournament MVP.

41 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1978

The Evergreen High Aggies beat the Greenville Tigers on Friday night, 67-57. It was the final game of the season and the Aggies finished it with class.
The Aggies’ top scorer was Michael Floyd who had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Also in double digits were Tony Rogers, 13; Earnest Williams, 11; and Joe Mitchell, 10. Rounding out the Aggies attack were Chris Askew with nine points; Terry Floyd, six; and James Straughn, two.

The Sparta Warriors whipped South Butler, 81-60, in a game played Friday night in Georgiana. The win ran Sparta’s season record to 15 wins and eight losses, according to Byron Warren Jr., sports information director.
Four Warriors were in double figures to pace the easy victory: Gray Stevens, 21; Tony Raines, 16; John Hall, 15; and Steve Dubose, 11. Johnny Ralls had nine; Terry Peacock, four; Ronny McKenzie and Cook Morrison, two each; and Bobby Padgett, one. Dubose grabbed 18 rebounds; Raines, 10; and Hall, eight.
Sparta’s girls picked up another win downing South Butler, 22-11. Angie Driver had five points; Mary Claire Robinson and Missi Thacker, four each; Sharon Johnson, three; and Cathy Cope, Michelle Joyner and Cathy Johnston, two each.

The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets upped their record to 15-5 last week by defeating Georgiana at home, 51-47.
Adrian Woods led scoring with 19 points. Harold Kyser and Ricky Hall both reached double figures with 15 and 11 respectively.

66 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1953

The Evergreen Aggies suffered their 12th setback of the season to a high-scoring Monroeville High team Tuesday night to the tune of 92-61. The game was played in Monroeville’s new coliseum that is equipped with glass backboards and a rubber tile floor, one of the best basketball courts in this section of the state.
Vincent “Duke” Tomlinson gave the Aggies an exhibition on ball-hawking, tipping in, and fancy shooting to lead his mates with a 46-point effort, the most points ever amassed by a single man against an Aggie team.
Pace “Hot” Bozeman was next in line for high honors for the night with a 17-point total for Evergreen.

The Conecuh County Training School will serve as host to the South Alabama District Girls Tournament meeting here Feb. 20-21. This is to be the most competitive and interesting athletic affair held in this section for many seasons.
An impressive string of Eagle victories places the Evergreen sextet in a favored position which causes the many fans to feel confident of a CCTS victory in this tournament play.
The South Alabama Conference Boys Tournament will be played in the Eagles gymnasium in Evergreen, Ala. Feb. 27-28.
(Players on CCTS’s girls team that season included Etta Avant and Clementine Dukes. Top players on CCTS’s boys team included Floyd Watts and Leonard Goldsmith.)

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Feb. 19, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.30 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, February 18, 2019

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Feb. 18, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.30 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, February 17, 2019

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

USS Guardfish (SS-612)

17 YEARS AGO
FEB. 21, 2002

Hovind to speak at New Life: Creation Science Evangelist Dr. Kent Hovind will visit New Life Christian School in Monroeville March 1-2.
Hovind, who taught high school science for 15 years before becoming a full-time creation science evangelist, now speaks more than 700 times each year in public and private schools, churches, youth meetings and more.

J.F. Shields High School’s varsity girls were scheduled to begin play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Southeast Region basketball tournament in Troy Tuesday afternoon.
Shields, sporting a 23-2 record, was set to meet defending state champion Notasulga High School at 3:30 p.m. at Troy State University.
Shields won its tenth straight area championship two weeks ago. Since (Herbert) Blackmon inherited the program 16 years ago, the girls teams have won 13 area championships.
(Top players on Shields’ team that season included Tandra Blackmon, April Hollinger, Quantus Jones, Folake Knight, Tameka Knight, Latoya Lett, Constance Montgomery, Ashley Odom and Crystal Stanton.)

Tracy Wicker, a junior at Frisco City High School, recently represented her school in a statewide essay contest sponsored by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Department of Education.
The essay contest, on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was open to students from 38 school districts in Alabama, and each winning essay was eligible to win in the statewide contest.

41 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1978

Old Salem groundbreaking: Groundbreaking ceremonies for expansion of Old Salem Baptist Church in Mexia were held Sunday. (Those present at the ceremonies were the Rev. Ed Womack and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Coleman, Mrs. Bartow Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Sawyer, Mrs. Wallace Nettles, Mrs. Laura Sheffield, Dania Womack, Tammy Womack, James Sheffield, Calvin Lovitt and Roland Sheffield.)

A hot hand by Kevin Norris led the (Monroe Academy) Vols to their Friday night win over Jackson Academy. Norris had 22 points in the Vols’ 60-46 win in their final game of the regular season. O’Neal Jordan added 15 points to the score for the Vols.
(Other top players in that game included Tommy Bowden, Frank Carter, Sammy Carter, Mitch Jones, Doug Smith, Hines Steele and Jeff Tatum.)

Lt. Frye in Navy exercises: NORFOLK, Va. – Navy Lt. (junior grade) Wilson E. Frye, son of George D. Frye, Uriah, is participating in exercise “Readiex 2-78” off the Southern California coast.
He is serving as the weapons officer of the submarine USS Guardfish, homeported in San Diego.
A 1975 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Frye joined the Navy in September 1968.

Concord Baptist Church in Buena Vista has been added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission. The privately-owned church, located on County Road 56, is the former Church of Christ Concord. It is owned by deacon J. Lindsey of Beatrice.

66 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1953

Father of Frisco City soldier is presented posthumous DSC: Cpl. Robert B. Lambert of Rt. 2, Frisco City, who was killed on Oct. 4, 1951, in action in Korea was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Feb. 11 by Maj. General D.W. Canham, Headquarters Third Army.
Presentation of the award was made to the father of the deceased serviceman, Pleason Lambert, at the Lambert residence on Frisco City, Rt. 2.
The citation which accompanied the presentation of the DSC medal declared Cpl. Lambert “distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Chungseri, Korea.”

The Frisco City High School Whippet quintet, following an apparent high-scoring trend on Tuesday night, outscored a visiting Excel High five, 96-64.
High point man for Frisco was guard Larue Rumbley with 22 points followed closely by center Jerry Gulsby with 20 while forward Ted Tomlinson paced Excel with 21.

Monroeville’s new deep water well, with a guaranteed capacity of 900 gallons of water per minute, is estimated to be in operation within a two-week period.
Depth of the new well, which was begun in August is 1,500 feet. Local water board officials have stated the new deep well should alleviate a reoccurrence of a water shortage which is demanded by increased local consumption and dry weather in the summer months.
Drilling of the well was instigated by a critical shortage last year because of drought during the summer.

91 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1928

FUNERAL DIRECTOR OPENS FOR BUSINESS: Mr. J.H. Stove of Ceygnet, Ohio, Funeral Director and Embalmer, arrived in Monroeville last week and has opened for business in the building next door to the post office. Mr. Stove is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming and holds a license for the State of Ohio. He will carry a line of coffins, caskets and funeral supplies. Hearse and ambulance service will be available at all times at reasonable prices.

Joint Reunion of Confeds and G.A.R. proposed: A joint reunion of the Union and Confederate veterans would illustrate that the bitterness of the War Between the States has ended. Representative Howard (D), Nebraska, told a House judiciary committee last week in advocating his bill proposing such a gathering this year in Washington.
Chairman Hersey of Maine asked Howard to obtain the endorsement of the commanders of both the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans for the proposed meeting before the committee considers the plan. Under the bill, the government would pay all expenses of the reunion.

Drs. A.B. Coxwell and R.A. Smith are comfortably installed in new suites of offices in the Simmons building. Drs. Harper and Yarbrough will also have apartments in the building.

Dr. J.M. Johnson has established his dental office in the apartments lately vacated by Drs. A.B. Coxwell and Smith.

116 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1903

Editor J.H. Whitcomb of the Evergreen Record died on the 11th inst. He had been in bad health for several months.

Free Lecture at Peterman: Mr. J.E. Brame, the great traveler, will deliver a free lecture at the Peterman school house on Saturday night, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. on what he saw in making a trip around the world, via Europe, the Suez Canal, China, Japan and Egypt.

Hon. Thos. S. Wiggins, Monroe’s representative in the legislature, is at home for a few days.

BURNT CORN: The building committee has about closed the contract for the new church at Puryearville; the building to be placed beside where the old one now stands, the latter having been sold.

AWIN: Mr. W.D. Garrett died at his home Monday morning, aged 77 years. His remains were laid to rest Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant.

DREWRY: Drewry needs a railroad station. The readers of The Journal who live in the vicinity and do business and travel from this place, should agitate this matter in their own interest.
Drewry is coming to the front. Mr. J.B. McMillan is putting up a telephone line from the store to his residence, which will be a great convenience. The people here have built a fine new school house and a residence for the teacher, Prof. Hardy, to live in.

PERDUE HILL: The oyster supper was a complete success. A handsome cake was voted to Miss Callie Davis, and the quilt was won by Mr. Owen Burk of the Nettie Quill.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Feb. 17, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.70 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.30 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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Today in History for Feb. 16, 2019

John Wesley Hardin

Feb. 16, 1820 – The Rev. Andrew Jay was born about three miles from Jayvilla in Conecuh County, Ala. He went on to serve as a Baptist minister, military officer, commissioner of roads and revenue, tax assessor and state representative. He passed away at the age of 62 on July 18, 1883 and was buried in the Old Beulah Cemetery in Conecuh County.
  
Feb. 16, 1826 – Timothy Horton Ball was born in Agawam in Hampden County, Mass. A minister, teacher, historian and author, most of his life was spent in Clarke County, Ala. and in 1882, while living in Grove Hill, he would publish “A Glance into the Great South-east; or, Clarke County, Alabama, and its Surroundings, from 1540 to 1877.”

Feb. 16, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Federal Navy initiated operations against the forts at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred near Gurley's Tank, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1894 - Infamous gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, who lived in Pollard, Ala. for about 18 months, was pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin, who was reputed to have shot and killed a man just for snoring, was 41 years old at the time of his release.

Feb. 16, 1895 - Alabama formally adopted a state flag for the first time. The legislature dictated "a crimson cross of St. Andrew upon a field of white," which was the design submitted by John W. A. Sanford Jr., who also sponsored the bill. This flag remains Alabama's flag today.

Feb. 16, 1895 - Alabama author Florence Glass Palmer was born in Uniontown, in Perry County, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1900 – Passenger service was established on the Louisville & Nashville railroad through Monroeville, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1903 - W.D. Garrett died at his home on this Monday morning, aged 77 years. His remains were laid to rest Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant, according to The Monroe Journal.

Feb. 16, 1917 - Rev. C.W. McConnell of Roy, Ala. was in Monroeville on this Friday to “provide himself with a car so that he may the more conveniently meet his appointments at widely separated points.”

Feb. 16, 1918 - Profs. C.H. Newsome of Pineapple and J.B. Sellers of McWilliams were examined by the Wilcox County Examining Board on this Saturday. Newsome was granted exemption while Sellers was accepted.

Feb. 16, 1921 – The first ripe strawberries of the season were exhibited in Evergreen, Ala. on this day by E.C. Lee, taken from his Castleberry farm. This was the earliest exhibition of strawberries on record for Evergreen.

Feb. 16, 1921 - The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Country Club in Evergreen was held on this Wednesday afternoon, and officers were elected for ensuing year. They included J.S. Stearns, President; C.R. Taliaferro, Secretary-Treasurer; Board of Directors, W.H. Wild, L.T. Rutland, E.L. Stallworth, J.C. Cheney and E.J. McCreary. Resolutions were passed restricting fishing in the club pond and streams on property owned by it.

Feb. 16, 1928 – The Evergreen Courant reported that J.L. Kelly, Mayor of Evergreen and prominent attorney, had entered the race for nomination for County Solicitor for Conecuh County in the coming Democratic primary. He was opposing J.E. Jones, the incumbent. Kelly was a native of Conecuh County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kelly of Repton. He finished his law course at the University of Alabama, and had since that time engaged in the practice of law in Evergreen.

Feb. 16, 1928 - The formal announcement of Mr. B.E. Jones, prominent attorney of Evergreen, for the office of Circuit Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit of Alabama, appeared in this day’s edition of The Evergreen Courant. It had been pretty generally known for several months that Jones was a candidate for the office. He was opposed by F.W. Hare of Monroeville, whose announcement was made in the Monroe Journal the previous week. They were seeking the office held by Judge John D. Leigh of Brewton. The 21st Judicial Circuit was composed of Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties.

Feb. 16, 1928 – The Monroe Journal reported that Mr. J.H. Stove of Ceygnet, Ohio, Funeral Director and Embalmer, had arrived in Monroeville during the previous week and had opened for business in the building next door to the post office. Stove was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming and held a license for the State of Ohio. He planned to carry a line of coffins, caskets and funeral supplies. Hearse and ambulance service were also to be available at all times at reasonable prices.

Feb. 16, 1928 – The Monroe Journal reported that a joint reunion of Confederates and Union soldiers was being proposed. A joint reunion of the Union and Confederate veterans was expected to illustrate that the bitterness of the War Between the States had ended. Representative Howard (D) of Nebraska had told a House judiciary committee during the previous week, in advocating his bill proposing such a gathering that year in Washington. Chairman Hersey of Maine asked Howard to obtain the endorsement of the commanders of both the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans for the proposed meeting before the committee considered the plan. Under the bill, the government would pay all expenses of the reunion.

Feb. 16, 1928 – The Monroe Journal reported that doctors A.B. Coxwell and R.A. Smith had moved to new suites of offices in the Simmons building. Doctors Harper and Yarbrough also had apartments in the building. Dr. J.M. Johnson had established his dental office in the apartments vacated by Coxwell and Smith.

Feb. 16, 1929 - Confederate Veteran John J. Booker, well known and highly respected citizen of Conecuh County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Andrews, near Belleville. Deceased was a native of Conecuh County, having been reared in what was known as the Lone Star community near Skinnerton. He was a veteran of the War Between the States and at the time of his death was 89 years old. Interment was made in Lone Star cemetery on Sun., Feb. 17.

Feb. 16, 1938 – The first ever meeting of the Evergreen Rotary Club was held on this day in the Evergreen Hotel in Evergreen, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1939 – The Monroe Journal reported that work on the Monroe County School building program was progressing rapidly and was one of the largest PWA Projects in the state, consisting of a brick combination auditorium and gymnasium at Monroeville and Uriah; a brick gymnasium at Frisco City; five-room addition and toilet sanitation at Excel, and four-room addition at Beatrice. Total of these improvements amounted to approximately $105,000 for which the County Board of Education is receiving a 45 percent grant or gift from the United States Government. The completion of these projects was expected to leave Monroe County with what was “generally recognized as the most modern school plant of any rural county in the state.”
  
Feb. 16, 1951 – Army SFC Howard W. Hall, 31, of Clarke County, Ala. died of wounds in South Korea. Born on Feb. 13, 1920 in Randolph County, Ala., Hall was a member of the 73rd Heavy Tank Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on February 16, 1951 and died of those wounds the following day. His family lived in several places but they were living in Lamar in Randolph County, Ala. when he was born. The son of Martha and John W. Hall, he enlisted in Randolph County and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, Ga.

Feb. 16, 1954 – Monroe County High School’s varsity boys basketball team picked up their 15th win of the season, and their tenth win in a row, by beating Excel, 68-44, at the coliseum in Monroeville, Ala. Bobby White led MCHS with 21 points; Joe Stevens scored 14; and Paul Fowler scored 12. Matchett led Excel with 16 points, and Stacey scored 12.
  
Feb. 16, 1960 – W.S. Neal High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat Evergreen, 66-44, on this Tuesday night.
  
Feb. 16, 1966 – For his actions on this day in Vietnam, Capt. Clinton O. “Neal” Hyde Jr. of Evergreen, Ala. was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism. Hyde was a senior advisor with a paramilitary strike force unit that was conducting a search and destroy operation in the Tion Phuoc District in Vietnam. On two occasions after his force made contact with the Viet Cong, Hyde organized a fire and maneuver tactic that forced the insurgents to withdraw from their positions. While pursuing the enemy, Hyde and his counterpart, along with the lead element of the friendly force, became pinned down by intense hostile automatic weapons fire. With complete disregard for his safety, Hyde exposed himself to deadly fire to move to the rear to radio for an air evacuation of friendly casualties. After the medical evacuation, Hyde further exposed himself to enemy fire while moving to the front of the force to adjust mortar fire on hostile emplacements. His accurate adjustment of supporting fire drove the Viet Cong from their positions and allowed the friendly patrol to continue their mission. Hyde, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Hyde of Evergreen, was a graduate of Evergreen High School and West Point Military Academy.

Feb. 16, 1968 - The first-ever 911 call was placed in Haleyville, Ala. State Representative Rankin Fite made the call fom the mayor's office and it was answered at the police station by Congressman Tom Bevill. The system was put into operation within weeks of AT&T's announcement that it planned to establish 911 as a nationwide emergency number. The Alabama Telephone Company, in a successful attempt to implement the number before AT&T, determined that Haleyville's equipment could be quickly converted to accommodate an emergency system.

Feb. 16, 1969 – Army Sgt. Ralph Gerald Dunn, 21, of Andalusia, Ala. was killed in action in Kon Tum, Vietnam. Born on Oct. 27, 1947, he was buried in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Feb. 16-20, 1970 – Evergreen High School hosted the 10-team District 1, Region 2, Class 3A Basketball Tournament at Memorial Gymnasium in Evergreen. On Feb. 16, Atmore High School played W.S. Neal High School at 6:30 p.m., and Marshall High School of Evergreen played Jackson High School at 8 p.m. On Feb. 17, Marengo County-Dixon Mills played Escambia County Training School at 6:30 p.m. and Evergreen High School played Camden Academy at 8 p.m. On Feb. 18, Union High School of Monroeville played the winner of the Atmore-Neal game at 6:30 p.m., and Monroeville High School played the winner of the Marshall-Jackson game at 8 p.m. Semifinal round games were played at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 19, and the championship game was played on Feb. 19.
  
Feb. 16, 1975 – Weather observer Earl Windham reported 3.0 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1978 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Lyeffion High School’s varsity boys basketball team had upped their record to 15-5 during the past week by beating Georgiana, 51-47, in Lyeffion. Adrian Woods led scoring with 19 points. Harold Kyser and Ricky Hall both reached double figures with 15 and 11 respectively.

Feb. 16, 1978 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Tim Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson, had been named to the Dean’s List at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point, New York, for the first semester, officials at the Academy announced. Robinson was a 1977 graduate of Lyeffion High School where he was an outstanding and popular student. Because of his superior high school record, Tim received an appointment to the Academy.

Feb. 16, 1978 – The Monroe Journal reported that Navy Lt. (junior grade) Wilson E. Frye, the son of George D. Frye of Uriah, was participating in exercise “Readiex 2-78” off the Southern California coast. He was serving as the weapons officer of the submarine USS Guardfish, homeported in San Diego. A 1975 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Frye joined the Navy in September 1968.

Feb. 16, 1978 – The Monroe Journal reported that Concord Baptist Church in Buena Vista had been added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission. The privately-owned church, located on County Road 56, was the former Church of Christ Concord. It was owned by deacon J. Lindsey of Beatrice.

Feb. 16, 1979 – Sparta Academy’s girls basketball team beat Escambia Academy, 25-23, in the semi-final round of the Alabama Private Schools Association District III Basketball Tournament on this Friday night in Monroeville. Melissa Thacker led Sparta with eight points; Mary Claire Robinson scored six; and Angie Driver scored five.
  
Feb. 16, 1982 – In the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A, Area II tournament in Castleberry, Ala., Lyeffion beat Conecuh County High School, 89-65.

Feb. 16, 1984 – The Monroe Journal reported that Chief Warrant Officer George Singleton was given a valuable service award by local Girls Scouts during the previous week. The award was presented by Susan Sanderson, area Girl Scout cookie chairman, for his assistance in Girl Scout cookie sales and for allowing the cookies to be stored at the National Guard Armory in Monroeville before distribution. The annual cookie sale was underway, and cookies were to be available for several weeks.
  
Feb. 16, 1991 – Hillcrest High School’s Dameion Fantroy, who competed in the 175-pound weight class, set a state record by bench-pressing 360 pounds at the state powerlifting meet in Eufaula, Ala. The previous state record of 340 pounds was set in 1988.

Feb. 16, 1991 – Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported a low temperature of 17 degrees in Evergreen, Ala.

Feb. 16, 1991 – Yellow ribbons were placed on the fence along the railroad tracks in downtown Evergreen, Ala. by the loved ones of military personnel who were serving in the Persian Gulf War.

Feb. 16, 1996 – The Avant House on Sanford Road in Andalusia, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Feb. 16, 1998 – Ethan Eugene Dorsey, 28, of Andalusia, Ala. was scheduled to stand trial in front of Judge Sam Welch on three counts of capital murder in conection with the alleged killings of Richard Cary, 52, Scott Williams, 39, and Timothy Bryan Cane, 13, on Nov. 20 at Cary’s Store in the Brooklyn community. All three victims were found gunned down at the store sometime around 8 p.m., and Calvin Middleton of Andalusia was also charged in the shooting.

Feb. 16, 2013 – Evergreen, Ala. native and NFL running back Ken Clark died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Minneapolis, Minn. Born Kenneth R. Clark, he attended Bryan High School in Omaha, Nebraska and played collegiate football at the University of Nebraska. While with the Huskers under Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne, Clark became one of the school's all-time greats. He topped the 1,000 rushing yardage mark twice and earned All-Big Eight honor two-times. In 1989, Clark set a single-season rushing yardage record for a junior with 256 in a game against Oklahoma State University. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts during the 8th round of the 1990 NFL Draft, he appeared in 34 regular season games. While attending Nebraska, he was a Human Development major. He was buried in Graceland Park Cemetery in South Omaha, Nebraska.

Feb. 16, 2013 – Bones belonging to a Prichard man who’d been missing since 2009 were discovered beneath the General W.K. Wilson Bridge (Dolly Parton Bridge) near Mobile, Ala.

Feb. 16, 2016 – UFO: Witnesses reported a UFO sighting that occurred around 4:30 p.m. on this Tuesday in Florence, which is in Lauderdale County, in the extreme northwest corner of Alabama. The witness in this case said he was traveling across the Singing River Bridge in Florence around 4:30 p.m. when he spotted a gray, football-shaped object in the sky. The witness said he could see the other side of the river from his position on the bridge and that the object was hovering in the sky just over the tree line. The witness estimated that the object was about the size of a small plane. He also noted that it appeared to swing side-to-side for a few moments before it dipped into the trees for about four seconds. The object then reappeared over the tree line and was visible for a few more seconds before it darted away to the southeast towards Wilson Dam. The witness said he couldn’t see the object once it disappeared around the hills by the dam.

Feb. 16, 2016 – UFO: Witnesses reported a UFO sighting that occurred on this Tuesday around 9:45 p.m., in Eufaula, which is in Barbour County in Southeast Alabama, near the Alabama-Georgia state line. The witness in this case spotted in the sky what he thought was at first a pulsar or two flashing stars, so he grabbed his video camera and filmed the unusual object for an hour. He eventually stopped filming the object and went inside “once the object focused well enough to be observed,” he said. However, when he reviewed the footage he found something unexpected. What he thought was a pulsar or two flashing stars turned out to be a “vision of a materon cube caught on tape,” the witness reported.

Singleton ponders the many slang terms used around the coffee shop


(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 “Only city slickers say ‘Only in the deep south…” was originally published in the Sept. 20, 2001 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

As I sit around the various coffee shops in the early hours of the morning, I never cease to be amazed to hear the various phrases and words used when some of the heavy coffee drinkers are asked by the waitress if they want more coffee.

I have been to three state fairs and four goat ropings, and I am yet to know what measurements these words represent.

I’m sure by now those of you who read this column know that I was born in the country. Make no bones about it, I was born a country boy. During my early lifetime, I thought that I had heard all the definitions pertaining to country measurements. But as I grow older, I realize that I have missed some. In the following paragraphs, I will try to explain (if I can) some of these.

Just a few days ago as I sat listening to the latest news and local happenings and enjoying my morning coffee, I overheard these words. As the nice lady came around with the coffee pot and was asking if anyone wanted a refill, this one fellow said he wanted just a “tad.” How would one go about measuring a “tad”?

Then, a day or two later, I heard a fellow requesting he be poured about “two fingers” of coffee in his cup. Amazed, I found myself wondering how this nice lady was going to pour “two fingers” in the customer’s coffee cup. But then, I’ve already admitted, I don’t know everything.

During that same morning, I heard a request for a “touch” of coffee. If I’m correct, a “touch” would be very little coffee. That amount would hardly be enough to wet a postage stamp. Perhaps this was his intention; rather than lick the stamp, he was going to use that “touch” of coffee.

Hardly had I gotten my wits together when I heard these words from an elderly gentleman when he was asked if he wanted a refill. “Just enough to wet my whistle” was his answer. Now, how in the cat hair would this nice lady know how much coffee it would take to “wet his whistle”?

I won’t call names, but one lady in the coffee shop, when asked if she wanted more coffee, raised her little finger and measured with her thumb and requested “just a teeny little bit.” Judging from the size of the end of her little finger, this wasn’t going to be much coffee either.

Then, there was this one who spoke out as she raised her coffee cup above the head of the lady who sat next to her. “Just enough to wet my tongue.” Judging on how much she talked when together there with the morning coffee drinking crowd, this could take a considerable amount.

Then, there was this request for “just a half teaspoon full.” Why would anyone want their coffee measured in a “half teaspoon” when they could measure it in the spoon that was given to them to stir their coffee with?

I guess the word “smidgen” can apply in the measurement of coffee, sugar and maybe even cream. When this gentleman was asked if he wanted more coffee, he raised his coffee cup above and placed his finger half way up the cup and requested a “smidgen.” When using this word, this could shorten the use of words, such as requested “a half of a cup.”

All one would have to say would be “smidgen.”

It takes some time to get used to some of these measurements. I overheard a fellow ask his companion that sat in the booth with him if he would like some cream in his coffee; the answer was “just a squirt.” I didn’t want to appear rude, but I sure wanted to see just how much a “squirt” really was. But, I pretended to mind my own business and missed the measuring.

Sugar, for some of these coffee drinkers, is measured often times by a “taste.” Once again, I’ve tried to look over some shoulders and see for myself how much a “taste” really was, but so far, I haven’t been able to come up with any kind of measurement. The word “pinch” can cover quite a lot when requesting a bit of measurement such as a pinch of sugar, a pinch of salt or perhaps a pinch of jelly or jam. I’ve never tried it, but I’ll bet a pinch of jelly or jam could be quite messy.

Requesting napkins can also bring on strange words when asked by some. I’ve yet to know just how many napkins are in a “wad.” Phrases like “hand me a wad of them napkins if you don’t mind.” Or perhaps “hand me a couple or three of them white things so I can wipe this mess of coffee up that I spilled on my britches leg.” “My wife will skin my hide if I come home with these coffee stains on my good britches.”

Many times, when asked by the nice waitress if the coffee is good, one might hear these as answers. “This coffee is so strong it’ll curve your toenails.” Or perhaps, “this coffee is so strong it can stand alone, or grow hair on your chest.” Or, if these judges of the coffee think it’s weak, one might hear, “this coffee is so weak, it’s laying flat in the bottom of the cup.” Then there is that coffee is so weak, they can see the bottom of the cup through it.

In writing this article, I mean no disrespect to anyone. These people that I write about are fine, upstanding people. They are men and women who work hard to earn a living; they ask for nothing. They are those who will go the extra mile to help someone who is in trouble. They are the backbone of our land. They are the men and women of our beloved Southland. Need I say more?

(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 Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.70 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.40 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 9.30 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, February 15, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 15, 2019


16 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 2003

Weather observer Harry Ellis reported .78 inches of rain on Feb. 15 and .02 inches on Feb. 16. He reported a high of 80 degrees on Feb. 15 and lows of 28 degrees on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.

Bill O’Conner told those present for the annual Chamber Banquet Thursday night that Evergreen and Conecuh County have everything they need to bring industry and growth to this area. He said he would not be surprised to see Evergreen explode with growth in the next few years.

The Conecuh County Spelling Bee winners for the 2003 Countywide Spelling Bee were as follows: Ayeshia Poindexter, second place; Leslie Dean, first place; and Kemara Bawlson, third place. Leslie will represent Conecuh County in the State Spelling Bee in March. (Other contestants included Asia Sullivan, Jared Williams, Nicole Nelson, Brittany Thompson, Danyell Jones and LaTrenten Maye.)

The Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association held their annual banquet on Fri., Feb. 14, 2003. New officers for 2003 installed at the meeting were Lee Dolihite, Vice President; Glenn Nall, President; and George Pritchett, Secretary-Treasurer.

41 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1978

Weather observer Earl Windham reported no rain between Feb. 6 and Feb. 12. He reported a high of 62 degrees on Feb. 12 and a low of 22 on Feb. 6.

Bermuda Baptist Church held its groundbreaking service Feb. 5 for their new fellowship hall. Mrs. Susie Pittman, eldest member, broke ground as Argen McKenzie, chairman of deacons, Ellie Cates, pastor, Chesley Burt, chairman of the building committee, and the members of the church look on.

Tim Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson, has been named to the Dean’s List at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point, New York, for the first semester, officials at the Academy announce.
Robinson is a 1977 graduate of Lyeffion High School where he was an outstanding and popular student. Because of his superior high school record, Tim received an appointment to the Academy.

Mrs. Jones dies in accident here Monday afternoon: Mrs. Gladys Mae Jones, 68, well-known resident of Fairview community, was killed in a two-car collision here Monday afternoon. Mrs. Jones, who worked with the Conecuh County Pensions & Security Dept., was driving alone in her car when it was involved in a collision with a car driven by Huly Davis, also alone, a teacher at Nichburg School.
The accident occurred on Rural Street at the intersection of the new bypass from Highway 31 South to Highway 83 North. Mrs. Jones was killed instantly.
Mrs. Jones was a native of Belleville and a member of a prominent, pioneer county family. She was well known and enjoyed the love and esteem of her family and a wide circle of friends.

66 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1953

I. Long & Sons, historic department store of this city, is going out of business after 63 years, according to announcement made by owner Alfred Long, son and grandson of the store’s founders. Stock of the store has been purchased by Jack J. Levenson of Birmingham, who will sell it at the location on East Front Street.
I. Long & Sons was founded in 1890 when Haiman and Max Long, brothers, established a store called the Red Front. In 1891, their father, I. Long, became a partner and the name was changed to I. Long & Sons, the style under which it operated until this year.

The grand jury, Circuit Court of Conecuh County, made nine cases this week which will be tried during criminal court week starting March 2. According to Circuit Solicitor Robert E.L. Key, the grand jurors returned true bills on nine of the 10 cases on the criminal docket.
Aaron (Bo) Griffin, alleged to have shot and killed Willie Guy Lee, woman, last November in… Evergreen, will face trial for murder in the first degree. His case has been set for trial on March 2.

An Escambia County man was found dead on the floor of his truck about one mile from Brooklyn on the Andalusia road early Sunday morning. Foul play was suspected when the body was found, but State Toxicologist Grubbs was called here to investigate and reported after his examination that death came as a result of a heart attack, Conecuh Sheriff John Brock said.

116 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1928

Castleberry O.E.S. Plan Entertainment: The Eastern Star of Castleberry is planning to give an entertainment on the evening of Feb. 24, which promises to be quite interesting. A program of music, readings and two very amusing plays will be given. The plays are “Sister Masons” and “Can a Woman Keep a Secret?” The price of admission will be 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. High school pupils, 20 cents.
Those who attend this program will be delighted with the entertainment given them and it is hoped that the people of Castleberry and surrounding vicinity will give good attendance.

Mr. J.L. Kelly, Mayor of Evergreen and prominent attorney, has entered the race for nomination for County Solicitor for Conecuh County in the coming Democratic primary. He is opposing Mr. J.E. Jones, the present incumbent.
Mr. Kelly is a native of this county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kelly of Repton. He finished his law course at the University of Alabama, has since that time engaged in the practice of law in Evergreen.

The formal announcement of Mr. B.E. Jones, prominent attorney of Evergreen, for the office of Circuit Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit of Alabama, appears today. It has been pretty generally known for several months that Mr. Jones was a candidate for the office. He is opposed by F.W. Hare of Monroeville, whose announcement was made in the Monroe Journal last week. They are seeking the office now held by Judge John D. Leigh of Brewton. The 21st Judicial Circuit is composed of Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties.

116 YEARS AGO
FEB. 18, 1903

NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that a bill will be introduced at the present session of the Legislature of Alabama for the purpose of granting a new charter for the Town of Castleberry. – S. Castleberry.

Good for the Old Soldiers: The house on Saturday passed a bill to appropriate one hundred thousand dollars to the old Confederate soldiers in addition to the one mill tax that is already given them. This will be good news for the old soldiers who have been put off with a meager pittance. They will now get enough to do them some good.

Col. P.D. Bowles, who has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. J.M. Cobb of Tampa, Fla., for the past few months, returned home Tuesday evening. The Col. is enjoying good health and his many friends will be glad to see him.

The Vanderbilt Glee and Instrumental Club of Nashville, Tenn., will stop here on Thurs., Feb. 19, to give an entertainment for the benefit of the School Library. There are in the Glee Club, about 16; Instrumental Club, about 14, male quartette, string quartette, etc. Mr. Justin Thacher, perhaps the finest tenor in the south, is with them, as well as Prof. C. Roland Flick, the well known violinist. They are on their way to De Funiak Springs, Fla., and an entertainment is promised that no one can afford to miss. In order to enable all to attend, the rate will be as low as 50 cents; children, 25 cents; reserved seats, 75 cents.