Monday, January 27, 2014

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Jan. 27, 2014

Dr. George H. Denny
JAN. 27, 1972

“John David Wright, 87, former treasurer of Conecuh County, died last Thursday after a long illness.
“Mr. Wright, member of a pioneer Conecuh County family, founded and operated for many years one of the first general insurance agencies in South Alabama.”

“According to a report released today by Dr. J.C. Blair, director of the Division of Instruction, State Department of Education, only one of Conecuh County’s eight schools is fully accredited by the state.
“Evergreen High School, John Floyd, principal, is fully accredited. The school has grades 9 through 12 with 516 students. The report shows a total of 3,528 students enrolled in county schools.”
Other county schools, their principals and enrollments, at that time included Nichburg Junior High School, James A. Stallworth, 206; Conecuh County High School, Wayne Pope, 648; Lyeffion High School, Elbert D. Covin, 507; Marshall Middle School, Walter B. Hudson, 455; Repton High School, Dan R. Mason, 471; Southside Elementary School, Alex Johnson, 297; and Evergreen City School, James M. Cowart, 428.

“Marine Second Lieutenant Osker L. Spicer Jr., the husband of Mrs. Marion Spicer of Route F, Evergreen, was commissioned in his present rank upon completion of the Officer’s Basic School, Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Quantico, Va.”

JAN. 31, 1957

“Castleberry Organizes Ground Observer Post: A Ground Observer Corps post has been organized at Castleberry, according to Sgt. J.D. Reichley, who is in charge of recruiting and training posts in the Southwest Alabama area.
“The post supervisor is Roderick Matthews.
“At a meeting last week of the Castleberry P.T.A., 19 members volunteered for this vital defense post, and 41 have volunteered from the Conecuh County High School, for a total of 60.”

“City, State Engineers Discuss Federal Road Project Effects Here” – ‘The new Federal Aid Project road, to be started in Conecuh County soon, can be compared to a river dividing the county,’ M.M. Cardwell, city engineer, told Rotarians Thursday.
“’The new super, four-lane, 300-foot wide right of way road will split Conecuh County from Deer Range north to the Butler County line and like a river, cannot be crossed except on the ‘bridges,’ which in this case will be under-passes or diamond-shaped interchanges,’ he continued. ‘The building of this road will have a tremendous economic effect on the area, for it will take a lot of land out of circulation just to build it. At the three diamond-shaped interchanges, about 40 acres each will be needed.’”

JAN. 29, 1942

“The first candidate to qualify and make formal announcement of his candidacy in the forthcoming primary is Allen T. Weaver, who has entered the race for Tax Collector.”

“John H. Farnham, youthful leader in civic activities, received recognition as the ‘Outstanding Young Man of 1941’ at the annual Founders Day banquet of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hyde spent the weekend with their two sons at Camp Blanding.”

“Dr. George H. (Mike) Denny, 71, has been formally and officially named as president of the University of Alabama, to succeed the late Dr. Richard Foster. Dr. Denny, previous to resigning in January 1937, served 25 years as president of the institution.”

“Well Known Citizen Dies Here Monday: Following an illness of about three weeks, Walter Lee, age 73, died at his home Monday morning.
“At the time of his death, he owned one of the largest and best farms in the county. Up until he was taken ill a few weeks ago, he was active in the operation of his farm.”

“A local committee is sponsoring a square dance and cake walk at the Evergreen High School Friday night for the benefit of the Warm Springs Foundation to aid victims of infantile paralysis.”

JAN. 27, 1927

“A school of instruction was held at the Evergreen Masonic Hall Fri., Jan. 21, for the Eastern Star Chapters of Conecuh County.
“Representatives from Repton and Castleberry chapters were in attendance, in addition to a large number of members of the local chapter.”

“Houston Countian To Be First Victim of Electrocution At State Prison: Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 25: The man who is destined to be the first victim of the electric chair in this state under the new law substituting electrocution for hanging is in the death cell at Kilby Prison. He is Virgil Murphy, young ex-service man of Houston County, convicted and sentenced to pay the supreme penalty for the murder of his wife.
“Hitherto, the death sentence has been carried out by hanging in the county of the crime, but under a law passed in 1923, all executions set for any date after Feb. 28, 1927 are to be carried out by electrocution at Kilby prison.”

“During February and March the library (in Evergreen) will be open only one afternoon each week. This will be on Fridays from two to five o’clock.”

“The members of the Orpheus Club enjoyed a program Thursday morning, Jan. 20, on the music of Russia and Poland with Miss Helen Hagood as chairman.”

“Miss Margaret Oliver, who has held a position at the Probate Office for the past three years, has accepted a position with Evergreen Motor Car Co., to begin Feb. 1.”

JAN. 31, 1912

“Local Politics Warming Up: The meeting of the executive committee on Saturday instilled new interest in the local campaign.
“The names of four candidates are this week added to the steadily growing number of announcements. We refer to the names of T.M. Salter Sr. of Mill beat for tax collector, E.D. Mancill of Oldtown beat and Prof. H.T. Lile of Evergreen for Superintendent of Education and C.G. Russell of Evergreen for treasurer.”

“Dr. William Watson Dead: Many friends in Conecuh County will learn with profound regret of the death of Dr. William Watson at his home in Uvalde, Texas on Jan. 20.
“Dr. Watson was a citizen of Repton for many years, removing to Troy. His health becoming impaired, he removed from there to Texas, where he has since resided. He was 50 years old and is survived by his devoted wife, two daughters and one son.”

“A.F. Davis, until recently a citizen of this place, but now of Repton, where he is conducting a mercantile business, was here Monday.”

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