Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President, 1869-1877

NOV. 16, 1995

100th anniversary, homecoming: Woodlawn United Methodist Church recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and held homecoming services. “We had a great attendance, great food and a wonderful time of fellowship,” according to pastors Comer Johnson and John Bland.

24-19 victory advances Excel in state playoffs: Excel High School won a 24-19 shootout with Trinity Presbyterian School Thursday in Excel to advance to the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2A state football playoffs.
Senior quarterback Steven Pharr rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns and completed eight of 12 passes for another 126 yards to lead the Panthers past the Wildcats.
(Other standout Excel players in that game included Nick Beasley, Kelvin Betts, Jimbo Bishop, Lee Fore, Darryl Kimbro, Trevor Ledkins, Brandon Lowery, Kevin Luker, Derrick Millender, Maurice McMillian and Shane Moore. Al Bowen was Excel’s head coach.)

Completes training: Mitchel Jordan recently completed his flight training and is now a private pilot. Jordan and his wife, Dawn, live in Wild Fork, where Mr. Jordan farms.

A newly formed firing squad participated in Veterans Day activities Saturday on the Courthouse Square. The Rev. Tom Butts presented the invocation. Squad members are Commander Eddie Everette, Walt Bentley, J.V. Lundy, Allen Biggs, Alvin Bayles, E.C. Reid, Robert Sims and Bill McDonald.

NOV. 20, 1969

Claiborne Lock Opens Sunday: The $27 million Claiborne Lock on the Alabama River near Monroeville, Ala., was placed in service shortly before noon Sunday when the Mobile-based towboat SCAUP pushed two barges through the lock for an up-stream destination.
Construction of the Claiborne Lock and Dam was started in April 1965 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. While not scheduled for completion until next year, the lock is operational and ready to handle water traffic, according to the Corps of Engineers.

The (Patrick Henry Junior College) Patriots traveled to Montgomery Saturday night and beat the boys from Alabama Christian College by a 65 to 60 score. Robert Hicks made 22 points and (Kenny) Stacey added 14 points for the game.

Open House Held At Museum: Open house was held in the Monroe County Museum on the second floor of the old courthouse in Monroeville Sun., Nov. 16, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Flower arrangements by members of the Monroeville Garden Club were featured in a display at the museum.

Master Sergeant Joe H. Smith, son of Mrs. Etta V.S. Hamilton, Rt. 2, Frisco City, has received his second award of the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam.
Sergeant Smith was decorated for meritorious service as a management analysis technician at Moody AFB, Ga.
A 1951 graduate of Frisco City High School, he attended Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, and Florida State University. His wife is the former Betty F. Turner.

NOV. 15, 1945

MASON CASEY AWARDED BRONZE STAR MEDAL: Private First Class Mason D. Casey of Repton has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service on Okinawa while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in the 383rd Infantry of the 96th Division.
In awarding Private Casey the medal, Major General J.L. Bradley, Division Commander, cited him as follows:
“Private First Class Casey’s platoon was digging-in in the vicinity of Chan, when an enemy machine gun 60 yards to their front opened fire. With utter disregard for his life, Private Casey grabbed his automatic rifle and jumped to his feet, advancing through enemy mortar and machine gun fire to a position where he could bring fire on the enemy machine gun. He killed one of the gunners before his automatic rifle jammed. Dodging grenades from the same enemy positions, he ran back to his own lines and obtained an M-1 rifle. Then returning to his point of vantage, he killed the other occupant in the machine gun nest. His heroic and most courageous action in the face of great danger undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades and was an inspiration to all members in his organization.”
Private Casey is the son of Mr. A.L. Casey of Repton and prior to induction was employed at Fred Sirmon’s Sawmill in Repton.

Hank Williams will appear at Bethlehem School on Friday night, Nov. 23, at 7:30.

Miss Alice Lee and Miss Sallie Dennis left last weekend for a visit with friends in St. Louis.

NOV. 16, 1920

Mrs. C.J. Campbell, aged 68, and her sister, Miss Annie Byrne, lost their lives at midnight Saturday when they were trapped in the Campbell sanitarium which was destroyed by fire.

Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Galloway of Jones Mill were here Friday to witness the Monroeville-Andalusia football game.

The celebration of Armistice Day was an enjoyable occasion at Jones Mill on Thursday and a large crowd participated in the festivities. Among the features of the program were ball games, foot races and a parade by ex-service men. Prof. G.A. Harris delivered an eloquent patriotic address. A splendid barbecue dinner was served.

BEATRICE: Superintendent Harris was in town Tuesday looking after the new school building now in course of erection.

GLOBE TROTTER PAYS US VISIT: Mr. E.F. Lamberth, “globe-trotter,” reached Monroeville Friday on a 50,000-mile hike for a purse of $21,250. He left Ranger, Texas on July 11, 1920 and must traverse 28 states and 1,800 counties in the United States and make one circumference of the earth, including 32 foreign countries within a period of four years.
Mr. Lamberth is a native of Alabama, having been born at River Hill, Clarke County, 46 years ago, and appears to be in perfect physical condition for the long hike ahead of him.
His journey must be accomplished on foot except when it becomes necessary to take shipping from one port to another. He expects to reach Havana, Cuba by Christmas.

NOV. 19, 1870

GONE – The soldiers left us this morning. They went in the direction of Claiborne to take a boat to Mount Vernon arsenal.

FROST – The first frost at this place, the present season, appeared on the morning of the 16th inst. and still continues with clear, cold days.

MARRIED – At the residence of Hon. John Green, the bride’s father, on the 16th inst. by Rev. Archie McFadyen, Mr. Lawrence W. Carter to Miss Sophronia McRea, all of Conecuh County.
ALSO, at the same time and place, and by the same, Mr. James Rowell of Mississippi to Miss Sarah Carter, granddaughter of Hon. John Green.

TAX COLLECTOR’S NOTICE: At the following times and places, I will attend for the purpose of collecting the state and county taxes for Monroe County for the year 1870 – Monroeville, Friday, 25th; Saturday, 26th; Monday, 28th; Tuesday, 29th; and Wednesday, 30th of November.
On and after the first day of December, the 10-percent penalty will be collected on all delinquents, which is, and then becomes a legal tax, as well as the original tax.
Prompt attention is solicited for the benefit of all concerned. – J.M. Davison, Tax Collector, Monroe County.

Shoes and boots, for men and women and children, come to C.L. Clausell & Co., Monroeville, Ala.

Those who desire to send copies of The Journal to their friends at a distance, can find them at this office, neatly done up in prepaid wrappers, at five cents each.

THANKSGIVING – The President has appointed next Thursday as a day of thanksgiving and prayer.

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