Thursday, February 7, 2019

Today in History for Feb. 7, 2019

Feb. 7, 1817 – Shelby County, Ala. was created, and Shelbyville, located 12 miles northeast of Montevallo, served as the first county seat.

Feb. 7, 1818 – Blount County, Ala. was created by the Alabama territorial legislature. It was later reduced to its present limits in 1824. Now bounded on the northeast and east by Marshall County, Etowah County and St. Clair County; on the south by Jefferson County; and on the west and northwest by Walker County and Cullman County. Named for William G. Blount (c. 1767-1835), governor of Tennessee (1809-15), who had sent troops to aid the white residents of this area during the Creek Indian War of 1813-14. Its county seats have been Blountsville (1820-89) and the present one, Oneonta, chosen in 1889.

Feb. 7, 1895 – Monroe Masonic Chapter No. 4 held a regular convocation at 7:30 p.m. at Perdue Hill, Ala.

Feb. 7, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that John S. Harrengton was “again in harness as Sheriff of Monroe, Mr. I.B. Slaughter having engaged him to discharge the duties of that office, pressing private affairs rendering it impossible for him to give the necessary personal attention to the office. Mr. Harrengton will give to the office the same efficient personal attention that characterized his former administration.”

Feb. 7, 1895 – The temperature dropped to 10 degrees in Monroeville, Ala. on this day, the “lowest point within the memory of the oldest citizens. Rain, snow and ice is reported everywhere.”

Feb. 7, 1905 - Capt. Thos. A. Nettles and S.H. Dailey came to Monroeville from Tunnel Springs on this Tuesday evening to attend the regular convocation of the Royal Arch Chapter.

Feb. 7, 1915 – Confederate veteran Henry J. Beasley passed away at the age of 72 in Conecuh County, Ala. Born on April 26, 1842, Beasley was a member of Co. H, 23rd Ala. Regiment and mustered into Confederate service on Nov. 16, 1861 in Montgomery. He served as 2nd Cpl. of the guard and remained with the company and regiment until he was captured at the Battle of Nashville, Tenn. He was a prisoner of war until June 27, 1865.

Feb. 7, 1916 – State Highway Director Keller was scheduled to hold a “road institute” meeting in Brewton, Ala. on this Monday and was set to visit Evergreen later that afternoon.

Feb. 7, 1918 – The Wilcox Progressive Era carried the following “Lost” notice: Curtains to a Buick 4 car, between Camden and Bellview on Jan. 14. Finder please return to D.J. McCarty, Bellview, Ala.

Feb. 7, 1918 – The Wilcox Progressive Era reported that work on the Camden streets began that week.

Feb. 7, 1918 – The Wilcox Progressive Era reported that R.H. Liddell and Miss Bama Dunn had returned from New York, where they went to purchase the spring and summer supply of goods for Liddell & Co.

Feb. 7, 1918 – The Wilcox Progressive Era reported that “according to ground hogology, the winter is now nearing its end. Said animal was unable to see its shadow on Feb. 2.”

Feb. 7, 1935 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Evergreen High School’s boys basketball team beat Brewton, 12-7, in Brewton, Ala. Horne led Evergreen with four points.

Feb. 7, 1935 – Evergreen High School’s boys basketball team was scheduled to play Red Level in Evergreen.

Feb. 7, 1935 - The Evergreen Courant reported that Alabama Gov. Bibb Graves had appointed Charles S. Kelly of Atmore as warden of Atmore Prison (also known as Moffat Farm). Kelly was a native of Repton, and his brothers were County Health Officer, Dr. E.L. Kelly, and J.E. Kelly, a former state representative from Conecuh County and the president of the Union Bank in Repton.

Feb. 7, 1935 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Mrs. G.O. Dickey had spent the weekend in Montgomery with her sister, Mrs. A.S. Rhodes.

Feb. 7, 1935 – The Monroe Journal reported that Miss Lillian Deer of Claiborne had taken over the management of the hotel at Frisco City. She succeeded Miss Edna Baird, who had held that post for the past several years.

Feb. 7, 1935 – The Monroe Journal reported, under the headline “Many Mentioned As McDuffie’s Successor,” that with the resignation of Congressman John McDuffie who had been appointed Federal Judge of the South Alabama District by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, had come much speculation as to who would be selected to fill the vacancy in the first Alabama district. “Many outstanding men in the counties composing the first district have already been mentioned as probable candidates to fill the office which has been held by McDuffie for nine consecutive terms,” according to The Journal.

Feb. 7, 1939 – In a game said to have been witnessed by the “largest crowd in Evergreen basketball history,” the Virgil Trucks Dr. Pepper team, which featured Bill Fowler, beat the Green Hawks, 35-31, on this Tuesday night in Evergreen. Before that game, Evergreen High School’s varsity boys team beat Monroe County High School.

Feb. 7, 1942 - A wedding that claimed much interest on this day was that of Miss Dean Russell to Max McAliley and Miss Marie Andress of Peterman to Sam Pierce at a double ceremony at the home of the Rev. Charles Granade in Beatrice on this Saturday night. They were married in the presence of a few close friends. Immediately following the ceremony, the couples left for a short wedding trip to Biloxi and other points in Mississippi.

Feb. 7, 1949 – The “new” hospital built in Monroeville, Ala. was opened by Dr. Thomas Earl Nettles on West Claiborne Street. This hospital closed when Monroe County Hospital opened in 1962.
Feb. 7, 1957 – The Monroe Journal reported that Thomas “Tommy” Black of Beatrice, Ala. had been elected vice-president of the Peoples Exchange Bank of Beatrice at a recent stockholders meeting. He had served as cashier for the previous 10 years. James E. Black was named new cashier, after serving as assistant cashier for the previous six years. Other officers were re-elected. They included P.S. Jackson, president; Lindsey Finklea and A.A. Nettles, vice-presidents; and R.A. Wible, G.L. Nettles, Thomas Black, J.F. Nettles, P.S. Jackson and A.A. Nettles, directors.

Feb. 7, 1963 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Byron Warren Jr. had returned to the University of Alabama for his junior year.

Feb. 7, 1963 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Conecuh County native John Henry Evans had recently observed his 100th birthday in Texas. Evans was born in the Mill Beat community on Feb. 3, 1863 to John Bell Evans and Elizabeth Roberts Evans. Evans left Conecuh County at the age of 16 and moved to Texas, where he had lived since that time. He was married and his wife was 98 years old in 1963. They had four children and lived in Rising Star, Texas.

Feb. 7, 1970 – Conecuh County Sheriff James M. “Shorty” Brock qualified for reelection. William Troy Smith of Evergreen also qualified to run for Conecuh County.

Feb. 7, 1972 – The Richards DAR House in Mobile, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Feb. 7, 1983 - Alabama journalist Buford Boone died in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Feb. 7, 1985 - A television version of Alabama author William March's book “The Bad Seed” was broadcast as part of the “Twilight Zone” series.

Feb. 7, 1985 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Evergreen Mayor Pat Poole had presented a copy of his book, recently published, “Sparta, Alabama, 1821-1866” to Mrs. Lucy Warren, head of the Heritage Section of the Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library. Copies of the book sold for $5 each and could be purchased at the library, Sleepy’s Big T, Evergreen Movie Rental and the Kiwanis Club. Proceeds from the book were to be donated to charity, according to Poole.

Feb. 7, 1985 – This day’s edition of The Evergreen Courant including a photo of Tim Sasser, Sports Director at WEGN in Evergreen, with a trophy he planned to present at the end of the current basketball season to the team in Conecuh County that had the best overall season. The team with the best record was not the only factor that would be looked into, but also which team went the farthest in the playoffs. The trophy was sponsored by WEGN AM & FM in Evergreen and Olympic Sporting Goods in Brewton.

Feb. 7, 1985 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroe County High School’s girls basketball team had eased through the 5A Area 2 and the Sub-state 1 tournaments to earn a bid in the state finals at Fair Park arena in Birmingham on Fri., Feb. 8. Top players on MCHS’s girls team that season included Rosa Ball, Becky Hairelson, Barbara Lane, Samantha Malone, Carla McKenzie, Alicia Morrissette, Carolyn Richardson, Patricia Richardson, Brenda Stallworth and Jennifer Stallworth. Diana Harris Lyons was MCHS’s girls coach.

Feb. 7, 1992 - Second-ranked Frisco City High School ran its record to 16-0 on this Friday when the Whippets pounded Flomaton High School, 76-48, in Frisco City. Adrian Bullard, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, scored a career high 30 points to pace the Whippets. He also had 10 rebounds. Other top Frisco City players that season included Derrick Crayton, Brent Enzor, Tony Gibbs, Marando Lambert, Adrian McGinnis and A.J. White. Curtis Harris was Frisco City’s head coach.

Feb. 7, 2002 – The Monroe Journal reported that 17-year-old Hunter Parden, a senior at Excel School, would enter the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., that summer, the first step toward realizing his childhood dream of becoming a Marine Corps fighter pilot. Parden and his family spent the first weekend of November 2001 visiting the Naval Academy, located about 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Parden, who celebrated his 18th birthday on June 4, 2002, was scheduled to report to the Naval Academy on June 28, 2002.
Feb. 7, 2008 - Sue Bell Cobb, Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, was scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Monroeville-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting. Sandy Smith, the chamber’s executive director, said the dinner was to be held at the Monroeville Community House. Chamber board members at that time included Dick Deas, Jim Kelly, Corky Fountain, Joe Pridgen, Al Brewton, Jonathan Byrd, Mary Ellen Day, Kenny Johnson, Dennis Kress, Paul England, Harvey Gaston, Amber McDonald, Joseph Oglesby, Angie Sanchez, David Stewart and Lee Taylor.

Feb. 7, 2016 - Parade Magazine released its 53rd Annual All-American High School Football Team on this Sunday, and the team featured three players from Alabama: Carver-Montgomery linebacker Lyndell Wilson, Clay-Chalkville athlete Ty Pigrome and Gordo linebacker Ben Davis. Wilson and Pigrome were named first-team members on defense, and Davis was an honorable mention selection. 

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