Tuesday, February 12, 2019

100-year-old news highlights from The Evergreen Courant

What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Feb. 12, 1919 edition of The Evergreen Courant newspaper in Conecuh County, Ala.

For quite a while, Mrs. Smith was in doubt about her son, Rix. His name appeared in the papers as having died of wounds, but Mrs. Smith could get no definite information. The matter was taken up with Congressman Dent and he soon obtained information from the War Department that the reports were true, and that Rix had died of the wound he received in his head. We shall honor him as being one of the heroes contributed by Evergreen for the liberty of the world.

The story published in the Advertiser on Sunday last to the effect that James A. Lane was killed by a German guard in July has no foundation in truth so far as his wife is advised. Mrs. Lane has received no official information concerning her husband other than that he is “missing in action.” If the story as published were true, the war department is not in possession of the facts.

At a meeting of the physicians of Conecuh County on last Friday, the following officers were elected: County Health Officer, Dr. W.F. Betts; City Health Officer, Dr. G.G. Newton; County physician, Dr. J.W. Hagood.

Hubert Rutland has accepted a position with Moorer and Williams and is ready with a smile to serve his friends.

Miss Mary Fulford, who is private secretary to Congressman Dent, and who is a niece of Mrs. E.C. Moore, is visiting in the home of Dr. Moore this week. She had the misfortune of falling on the pavement in Washington and broke her arm.

N.S. Darby of Owassa was here Saturday and was greatly rejoiced over the safe arrival of his son from overseas. Like all of our boys returning from the war, the young man looks the picture of perfect health.

Mayor Ivey has been wrestling with the flu for several days and his numerous friends will be glad to learn that he is about to conquer the malady.

The conditions at the Orphanage are very much improved. Dr. Stewart is now able to release some of the nurses and all the children are improving.

The editor of The Courant is able to be out again after more than two weeks confinement to this bedroom in a tussle with the flu.

Rev. D.J. Wright spent the past week in bed. He is ripe in years and the infirmities of age are telling on his iron constitution. It is hoped that he will soon be out again.

If any person in Evergreen has caught the flu at the church or while attending any church service, we hope they will now speak up or hereafter forever hold their peace.

Mrs. M.F. Chapman returned from Sanford, Fla. last week. She spent three months with her son, Earl Chapman, and had the time of her life. It is a great treat for our old people to make a trip of this kind.

S.L. Tisdale returned Friday from and extended visit to his children in Mobile and Mt. Vernon. He is stopping over in Evergreen, a few days before making his way to Birmingham.

W.A. Fountain has the sincere sympathy of many friends in the continued illness of his wife. She has been in a Mobile hospital for the past month, and he says that she is yet in a critical condition with no perceptible signs of improvement.

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