Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Feb. 9, 2019

U.S. President Ronald Reagan

FEB. 10, 2005

Weather observer Harry Ellis reported .47 inches of rain on Jan. 31, 1.43 inches on Feb. 1 and .27 inches on Feb. 2. He reported a high of 68 degrees on Feb. 6 and a low of 33 on Feb. 4.

At the 1997 Conecuh County Volunteer Fire Control Association’s Awards Banquet Jeppie Dees was awarded the Lois E. Reeves Award. At the time, Dees felt that he was not deserving of this award and in turn gave the award to Sid Lambert. At the 2005 Awards Banquet on Jan. 15, Dees was presented the award again by Clayton Cobb, 2004 President. Cobb stated that Dees was very deserving of the award and the Association wanted him to have it.

Judge Key passes at age of 88: Judge Robert Edward Lee Key, age 88, of Evergreen passed away Thurs., Feb. 3, 2005 at Westminster Village in Spanish Fort. Judge Key was born Feb. 2, 1917 in Conecuh County. He served as Lt. Col. JAG Corps during World War II and served as a judge in the 35th Judicial Circuit Court District for a number of years.
Graveside services were held Sat., Feb. 5, 2005 at 9 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with Dr. Thomas Butts officiating and Cope Funeral Home directing. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Virginia Key, Spanish Fort; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Scott, Mobile; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

FEB. 14, 1980

John Law Robinson of Evergreen has been named to lead the Reagan for President Committee in Conecuh County. Robinson’s appointment was announced Monday by Martin Darity in Montgomery, state co-chairman of the Ronald Reagan campaign.
Robinson will be responsible for organizing Reagan supporters for the March 11 primary and the November general election.

Hugh M. Brown, director of Southern Pine Electric Cooperative in Brewton, was elected to the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA) board of directors at the association’s 33rd annual meeting in Montgomery Jan. 11. Brown will serve on AREA’s General Affairs Committee.
Brown became a board member of Southern Pine Co-op in 1958 and has served as president, secretary-treasurer and vice-president of the board, and was also president of AREA in 1970-71. He is a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church and has served as president of the Conecuh County Farm Bureau in the past and president of the Conecuh County Exchange for the past three years.

Mrs. Daisy Hart Lee, 90, beloved, longtime resident of Evergreen, died in a Camden hospital on Sat., Feb. 9. Mrs. Lee and her husband, James J. Lee, who served as Tax Assessor of this county for over 30 years, had been living in Camden for the past several years due to their advanced years and declining health, making their home with a daughter. Mrs. Lee lived for many years on North Main Street here.

FEB. 10, 1955

Wayne Thames is Alabama’s “Future Farmer of the Year.” His selection has just been announced by T.L. Faulkner, executive secretary of the Alabama FFA. Wayne will receive the Turner E. Smith Educational Award of $300 and be presented with an engraved cup at the State FFA Convention in June.
Young Thames is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Thames, Route 2, Evergreen.
Wayne, who is a member of the Lyeffion Chapter in Conecuh County, was selected on a basis of his leadership in FFA, school and community in addition to his outstanding farming program.

Maury Thames Jr. of Laurel, Miss. sailed Tues., Feb. 1, for Tokyo, Japan where he has been assigned for a three months tour of duty with the Department of Internal Revenue. Mr. Thames will lecture to United States citizens who are residing in Japan on certain changes that have been made in the income tax laws.
Mr. Thames is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maury Thames of Evergreen, and he has been with the Department of Internal Revenue since July 1948. He graduated from the University of Alabama in June 1948. For the past several years he has resided in Laurel, Miss.

The Boy Scouts of America, now 3-1/2 million strong, and the nation are celebrating Boy Scout Week Feb. 6-13. The national organization is 45 years old, and the local troop is entering its 29th year, this week. The first troop in Evergreen was formed by Scout Master Paul McMillan in 1927.

FEB. 13, 1930

Conecuh Schools To Close Next Friday: At a meeting of the County Board of Education held in the Superintendent’s office on Tuesday it was decided to close down the schools of this county due to a lack of funds. This will give the schools a term of only five and one-half months this year. All schools are affected by the decision and only those which are able to raise local funds will be able to run any longer.

Owassa Man Killed By Train Monday: W.L. Wilson, farmer living near Owassa, was struck and instantly killed by Train No. 38 at an early hour Monday morning at Owassa. According to reports reaching here it seems that Wilson had gone to Owassa with a view of boarding Train No. 2, a local which passes Owassa a short time later than does the fast train No. 38. It is necessary to flag No. 2 there when one wishes to get on and Wilson mistook No. 38 for No. 2 and was endeavoring to flag it down. It is thought that he also got mixed up as to which was the main line and which was the siding, it being dark and the only light he was using was struck matches. The strain struck him and knocked him off the track, breaking his neck and otherwise mangling his body.

Major Everett Jackson of Montgomery spent Tuesday in Evergreen. Major Jackson is well known here having been in charge of the military company here during the World War.

FEB. 8, 1905

Confederate Veterans: The U.D.C. Chapter, located at Evergreen, will award to all eligible Confederate veterans Crosses of Honor on June 3, 1905. Those veterans desiring such will please notify the chapter at once. – Mrs. E.B. Donald, Cor. Secretary.

Judge J.M. Hobson, father of Capt. R.P. Hobson, was buried in Greensboro last Thursday.

The ladies of the Burnt Corn Baptist Church wish to announce that there will be an oyster supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Shirley on Friday night, Feb. 10. Proceeds benefit of Baptist church.

Master Leslie Autrey Riley is a new arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Riley. He is a fine boy and, so far, proves to be very entertaining.

Truck farmers are busy when the weather is favorable preparing their ground preparatory to planting out early truck. Many have already planted radishes and peas, and some have put potatoes in the ground. Tomatoes will shortly be transformed from hot beds to cold frames. Later beans, melons, squashes, sweet corn, etc. will be planted. There will be a greater variety of vegetables raised here this coming season than has ever been known.

We notice that an electric railroad from Nashville to Pensacola is in contemplation; in fact, the company has been organized to build the same and that ample capital is behind the enterprise. It is the purpose of the promoters to carry the road through Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery. What about Evergreen?

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