|Alabama Republican politician Jim Martin|
TWO YEARS AGO
NOV. 3, 2016
Evergreen weather observer Betty Ellis reported no rain between Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 with the last recorded rainfall having occurred on Sept. 25. She reported highs of 86 degrees on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 and a low of 47 on Oct. 24.
The Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning at the new Transformation Fitness Center on Rural Street in Evergreen. Pictured at the ribbon-cutting are Chamber representatives Carol Hamrac, Ronnie Johnson and Debbie Jacob, Chamber President Tom McLendon, fitness center owners Mitchell Herrin and Rebekah Herrin, their daughter, Megan, and Chamber representative Ava Samuel.
Election set for Tuesday: Polls throughout Conecuh County and statewide are scheduled to be open this coming Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow voters to cast ballots in a wide variety of local, statewide and national elections.
Only three local offices – the District 3 seat on the Conecuh County Commission, the District 3 seat on the Conecuh County Board of Education and the office of Precinct 6 Constable – will be decided in Tuesday’s election.
In the county commission race, Republican challenger James “Buddy” Howington is taking on Democratic incumbent Johnny Andrews, and in the school board race Republican J. Wayne Crutchfield is facing Democrat Janice Barlow Downing. In the constable race, voters will choose between Democrat J.B. Jackson and Republican John D. Pate.
27 YEARS AGO
NOV. 7, 1991
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.13 inches of rain on Oct. 31, 0.04 on Nov. 1 and 0.05 on Nov. 2. He reported a high of 85 degrees on Oct. 28 and a low of 26 on Nov. 3. Total rainfall for October 1991 was 1.17 inches.
Larry Morrison is new police chief: Larry Morrison, a 24-year veteran of the law enforcement community, has been named police chief for the City of Evergreen by the Evergreen City Council. The announcement was made Tuesday night during the council’s regular meeting.
Morrison, 44, is currently the police chief for the Town of Repton.
First annual Old Beulah Day is big success: The first annual Old Beulah Day was celebrated on Sat., Nov. 2, at the cemetery of the church founded by Alexander Travis, pioneer Baptist preacher, in 1818. Old Beulah was the first of several churches begun by the Rev. Travis.
Baptists from Conecuh County churches were welcomed by Mrs. Hugh (Dot) Mason, who planned the occasion. Rev. Jack Williamson then introduced Mr. John Bower, who sang “Beulah Land.” After a prayer by Rev. Tommy White, Dr. Sam Granade, guest speaker, told of the significance of the church, first of its denomination in Conecuh County.
Mrs. Mason recognized Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Travis. Mr. Travis is a direct descendant of Rev. Travis. Rev. Williamson offered the closing prayer.
52 YEARS AGO
NOV. 3, 1966
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Jim Martin stopped his “Victory Special” in Evergreen Monday afternoon for a brief address. Here Martin addresses the crowd of several hundred that gathered for the occasion. With Martin on the back of the train are Mrs. Alice Hudson, candidate for State Auditor, Jodie Connell, candidate for Public Service Commission, Don Collins, candidate for Attorney General, Martin, Mrs. Martin, the former Pat Huddleston and a former Miss Alabama, and the Martin’s young son.
John Grenier brought his campaign for the U.S. Senate to Evergreen last Thursday. Here the Republican candidate shakes hands with L.W. Price Sr., former Conecuh County judge of probate.
Robinson gains Army promotion: In a recent ceremony, Major Charles W. Robinson was recognized for his recent promotion by Col. R.L. Utley, professor of military science at the University of Arkansas. Major Robinson is presently assigned as an instructor with the Army detachment, Army ROTC Instructor Unit, at the university.
A former resident of Evergreen, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Robinson of Rt. E, Evergreen.
Harvest King Jimmy McNeil and his queen, Deborah Burt, reigned over the annual Halloween Carnival at Evergreen City School Saturday night. They represented Mrs. Everette Price’s selection of the sixth grade in the contest.
77 YEARS AGO
NOV. 6, 1941
Chief Riley Recovering From Accident Injuries: Chief of Police Harry L. Riley is recovering from minor injuries which he received in an accident occurring near his home on Belleville Street Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Riley lost control of his car momentarily while making a turn at the railroad crossing, striking a telephone pole and a signpost. He suffered bruises about the body as well as injuries to his legs, arms and head. He expects to be back on duty in a short time.
Laula Middleton left Thursday for Hicks Field, Fort Worth, Texas, where he has enlisted as Aviation Cadet.
Funeral Held Here Friday For Giles Chapman Bettis: Funeral services were held here Friday morning, 10 o’clock from Rutland Funeral Home for Giles Chapman Bettis, 81, former resident and beloved citizen of Evergreen who died at a hospital in Sanford, Fla., Oct. 27, after a lingering illness.
Mr. Bettis was born April 18, 1860, near Grove Hill in Clarke County, Ala., the son of William and Rebecca C. Bettis. He received his early education at old Grove Hill Academy.
On Feb. 14, 1883, he was married to Miss Ida Viola Hill. In 1902 with his family, he moved to Conecuh County, where he lived continuously except for a few months spent in Mobile until 1931. After his wife’s death, he made his home most of the time with his daughter, Mrs. C.R. Tate, returning at intervals to visit the old home here and his other children.
Funeral services at Sanford were held from Erickson Funeral Home Wed., Oct. 29.
100 YEARS AGO
NOV. 6, 1918
Manning Tatum of Skinnerton and Earnest Frazier of Castleberry are reported in recent casualty lists as wounded in action on the European battle fronts.
The influenza epidemic having apparently subsided, Mayor Ivey gives notice elsewhere in this issue that the ban has been raised on the holding of public meetings and the dispensing of soft drinks. Evergreen has been peculiarly blessed in the small number of flu cases in the town proper, though in the outlying country districts there have been many cases especially among the colored people. The number of deaths have been remarkably small as compared to other sections.
Neal Dunn, son of J.W. Dunn, was severely injured on Monday morning when the oil truck which he was driving was demolished by a freight train at the Gantt mill crossing. The truck was the property of R.B. Lee, who handles the Standard Oil Co.’s business here. Young Dunn is said to be suffering considerable pain.
W.T. Andrews, a prominent and well-known citizen of Skinnerton, died on Thursday last from pneumonia, following an attack on influenza.
Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Williams have advised us that their son, Clyde Williams, has recently been assigned to service at the aviation camp at Rich Field, Waco, Texas, which means that he is now a birdman.