Wednesday, August 23, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Wilcox Progressive Era

Dale Masonic Lodge in Camden, Ala.
What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Aug. 23, 1917 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

The Wilcox County Masonic Conference met in its 25th annual communication with Dale Lodge No. 25 at Camden on Monday night, Aug. 13, and was in session until Tuesday night. Brother John C. Rennie, worshipful master of Central City Lodge No. 306 of Selma and District Lecturer of the 19th Masonic District, were in charge. 
The following named officers were in the respective stations and places, viz: John T. Edwards, Dale Lodge, Worshipful Master; W.W. Ptomey, R.E. Lodge, Senior Warden; J.R. Melton, R.E. Lodge, Junior Warden; J.C. Benson, Dale Lodge, Secretary and Treasurer; F.F. Tait, Dale Lodge, Senior Deacon; W.L. Forte, Cokerville Lodge, Junior Deacon; N.D. Godbold, H. Miller, Dale Lodge, Stewards; W.T. Hall, Dale Lodge, Tyler.
These officers were frequently changed during the sessions, in order that as many as possible might be trained in the duties of the several plans in a lodge. Five of the eight lodges in the county were represented and four paid their dues, namely Dale, Unity, Robt. E. Lee and Sunny South.
The attendance was small, but those present evinced much interest in the work and made considerable progress under the able instruction of Brother Rennie.
The conference will meet in August 1918 with R.E. Lodge No. 139 at Pine Apple with the following named officers: J.R. Melton, R.E. Lee Lodge, No. 379, Pine Apple, Worshipful Master; E.W. Berry, Dale Lodge No. 25, Camden, Senior Warden; James Perdue, Widow’s Son Lodge No. 72, Furman, Junior Warden; J.C. Benson, Dale Lodge No. 25, Camden, Secretary and Treasurer; E.T. McWilliams, Wilcox Lodge No. 80, Oak Hill, Senior Deacon; K.A. Mayer, Unity Lodge No. 136, Lower Peach Tree, Junior Deacon; R.M. Hope, Sunny South Lodge No. 497, Sunny South, Senior Steward; W.L. Fort, Cokerville Lodge No. 75, Junior Steward; A.W. Sills, R.E. Lee Lodge No. 379, Pine Apple, Tyler.
It is hoped and believed that there will be a larger and more enthusiastic attendance next year. By that time, our boys may be in France, and Masons will have brought home to them in the most forcible manner the necessity of a practical application of those principles for which they have assumed to stand.

The Camden Grammar School will be taught this session as follows: Mrs. Jennie S. Foster, principal; Misses Frances Perryman, first and second grades; Leta James, third and fourth grades; Mattie Wallace, fifth and sixth grades. The prospects are better for a larger attendance than last year.

Dr. Daniel Cook of Rockwest, who is enlisted in our army, will leave next Saturday to join his regiment as a commissioned officer.

Chief Probate Clerk Carl Watts and McRay Tuner will leave next Saturday to join their regiment.

Lt. J.B. Holman Jr., now stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and Lt. Emmett Kilpatrick, now an intelligence officer on the general staff of the U.S. Army, and located at Washington City, are visiting relatives in Camden.

PINE APPLE: Mr. William H. Grimel died at his home in Pine Apple about 10 days ago, aged about 64 years, he was born about two and one half miles east of Pine Apple where he was raised by his father, a farmer. He was a financial success and a farmer and businessman and was highly esteemed in his community, and was a member of the Christian church and was buried at the Pine Apple Cemetery, Rev. R.J. Haskew officiating.

Mr. N.M. Green died at Pine Apple recently, aged about 60 years, at the home of his sister, Mrs. W.E. Ward. He was unmarried and was by profession a painter and cement worker. He was a quiet and inoffensive man and was generally liked.

Sunny South, Alabama was named after steamboat that sank in 1867

The "third" Sunny South in 1914.
Many in the reading audience will know Jamestican Parham, a native of Sunny South who now teaches Vocational Agriculture at Hillcrest High School in Evergreen. I ran into him last Thursday afternoon outside a hardware store in Evergreen, and we struck up a conversation about his days growing up in Wilcox County.

Our talk eventually turned to the subject of the history of the Sunny South area and how that community got its name. He said that he’d heard several stories about how the name came about, and one of the most commonly told stories was that the community was named after an old steamboat that caught fire and sank a long time ago.

I told him that I’d look into it, and when I got back to the house I checked my dogeared copy of “Place Names in Alabama” by Virginia O. Foscue. When I looked up the entry for Sunny South, it confirmed that the community was “named for the Sunny South, a steamboat destroyed by fire in 1867 at Portland, a dead town once located on the banks of the Alabama River in Dallas County.”

I dug a little deeper and learned that there were at least three steamboats named the Sunny South. The first was built in 1847 and sank after hitting a snag near Mobile in 1855. The second Sunny South, the one that the Sunny South community is named after, was built in 1860. Supposedly, after catching fire it drifted from Portland to the McMillan Plantation landing, where it eventually sank. In fact, some sources say that the remains of the Sunny South still rest there today at the bottom of the river.

The third ship to bear the name Sunny South was built in 1897 and was originally called the “Electra,” a reference to the mythical Greek daughter of old King Agamemnon. This steamboat plied the waters of the Tombigbee River from Mobile to Columbus, Miss. and was renamed the Sunny South in 1914, two years before it capsized about 25 miles from Mobile during a hurricane that struck on April 20, 1916.

Despite my best efforts, I was unable to find more details about the fire that sank the Sunny South in 1867. Unlike the more famous Orline St. John steamboat disaster of 1850, there is little information about the Sunny South sinking. The exact date that it occurred, the cause of the fire and details about the loss of life and property associated with the incident may be lost to history.

According to “Place Names in Alabama,” the Sunny South post office was established in 1888, and it remained open for a century before closing in 1988. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that the name Sunny South was applied to the community when the post office first opened, which likely came about when the railroad was set down through the middle of town.

In the end, I’d like to hear from any readers who know more about the Sunny South’s sinking and the early history of the community that now bears its name. When the did sinking take place? What caused the fire? Was anyone killed? Was there valuable cargo aboard? Maybe someone out there knows because, if not, I’m afraid that those answers may have been lost to history.

Today in History for Aug. 23, 2017

Alexander Travis historical marker in Evergreen, Ala.
Aug. 23, 1305 – Sir William Wallace was executed for high treason at Smithfield in London.

Aug. 23, 1541 – French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.

Aug. 23, 1741 – French explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse was born near Albi, France.

Aug. 23, 1775 – During the American Revolutionary War, King George III delivered his Proclamation of Rebellion to the Court of St. James's stating that the American colonies have proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion.

Aug. 23, 1784 - Four counties in western North Carolina declared their independence as the state of Franklin. The area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, would eventually become part of Tennessee. The petition for acceptance did not pass in the U.S. Congress. Franklin defied Congress until it rejoined North Carolina in 1788 when Cherokee, Chickamauga and Chickasaw began attacking settlements.

Aug. 23, 1790 – Early Conecuh County pioneer and minister Alexander Travis was born in Edgefield District, S.C.

Aug. 23, 1831 – Nat Turner's slave rebellion was suppressed.

Aug. 23, 1849 – Poet and editor William Ernest Henley was born in Gloucester, England.

Aug. 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Medoe, Mo.

Aug. 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Fort Craig in the New Mexico Territory.

Aug. 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, an engagement was fought between the U.S. steamers, Yankee and Release, with the batteries at the mouth of the Potomac Creek in Virginia.

Aug. 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Springfield, W.Va.

Aug. 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton, head of the new secret service agency of the Federal government, placed Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow under house arrest in Washington, D.C. Greenhow was a wealthy widow living in Washington at the outbreak of the war, was well connected in the capital and was especially close with Massachusetts Senator Henry Wilson. The Maryland native was openly committed to the Southern cause, and she soon formed a substantial spy network.

Aug. 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred near Trinity, Ala.

Aug. 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Indians on Little River, Calif.; at Big Hill, Ky.; at Greenville, Miss.; at Four Mile, Hickory Grove and Wayman’s Mill (Fort Spring Creek) in Missouri; near Fort Donelson, Tenn.; at Beverly Ford and Fant’s Ford in Virginia; at Sulphur (or Warrenton) Springs, Smithfield (or Smithfield Springs) and Rappahannock Station in Virginia; at Moorefield, W.Va.; and at Bayou Sara, La. A naval action also took place at Bayou Sara, La.

Aug. 23, 1862 – During the Civil war, a Union train was captured between Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and Winchester, Va.

Aug. 23, 1863 - Alabama author Amelie Rives was born in Richmond, Va.

Aug. 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fayetteville, Ark. and at Bennett’s’ Bayou, Mo.

Aug. 23, 1863 – During the Civil war, Union batteries ceased their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.

Aug. 23, 1864 – Confederate 4th Cpl. Lewis Lavon Peacock, who is buried at Flat Rock in Conecuh County, was granted a 45-day furlough on this day after being admitted earlier to the General Hospital at Howard’s Grove in Richmond, Va. for sickness after the Bermuda Hundred campaign.

Aug. 23, 1864 – The Battle of Mobile Bay ended with the Confederate surrender of Fort Morgan. Alabama had seized the fort from federal control in January 1861 and then turned it over to Confederate forces, which, until August 1864, used it to keep the U.S. Navy out of Mobile Bay, while letting blockade runners in. The surrender of Fort Morgan left Wilmington, N.C. as the last port open for Confederate blockade runners.

Aug. 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Blue Springs, Tenn.; at Gerald Mountain, Ark.; at Webster, Mo; at Abbeville, Miss.; on the Dinwiddie Road, near Ream’s Station, Va.; and at Kearneysville, W.Va.

Aug. 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, a six-day Federal operation began in the Clinton, Olive Branch and Comite River vicinity of Louisiana; and a five-day Federal operation between Cassville, Mo. to Fayetteville, Ark. began. A three-day Federal operation began from Ozark, Mo. to Dubuque Crossing and Sugar Loaf Prairie in Missouri.

Aug. 23, 1865 - The trial of Henry Wirz began. He had been charged with conspiracy to injure the health and lives of Union soldiers and murder. The trial lasted two months, and he was executed on Nov. 10.

Aug. 23, 1868 – Writer and poet Edgar Lee Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas. He is best known for his 1915 book, “Spoon River Anthology.”

Aug. 23, 1877 – Texas Ranger John Armstrong arrested John Wesley Hardin, who lived for about 18 months in Pollard, Ala., in a Florida rail car near Pensacola, and returned the outlaw to Texas to stand trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb three years earlier in a small town near Austin, Texas. Webb’s murder was one in a long series of killings committed by the famous outlaw-the 39th by Hardin’s own count. Tried in Austin, a jury found Hardin guilty of killing Sheriff Webb and sentenced him to life in the Texas state prison at Huntsville, but he served only 15 years before the governor pardoned him.

Aug. 23, 1884 – Humorist Will Cuppy was born in Auburn, Indiana.

Aug. 23, 1886 – Mrs. Sarah B. Page Faulk, aged about 72 years, died at the residence of John W. Rumbly, near Monroeville on this Monday night. Born on Sept. 14, 1814 in Jefferson County, Ga., she was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Monroeville, Ala. (Some sources say that she died on Aug. 22.)

Aug. 23, 1888 - Alabama author Philip Henry Gosse died in Marychurch, Devon, England.

Aug. 23, 1896 – In Lovecraftian fiction, Viennese occult scholar Dr. Stanislaus Hinterstoisser was born. The doctor, who first appeared in 1978’s “The Necronomicon: The Book of Dead Names” by George Hay, is most famous for his discovery of Lovecraft’s father’s ties to the freemasons.

Aug. 23, 1898 – The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departed from London.

Aug. 23, 1901 - Evergreen received her first bale of new cotton of the season on this day. It was grown by John S. Johnston of the Callihan beat, and was sold to Chas. B. Savage, a leading merchant and cotton buyer, for 7.61 cents per pound. The bale weighed 577 pounds. Johnston had brought to the market the first bale of cotton of the season for the past three years, and Savage had purchased each bale at a good price.

Aug. 23, 1902 - Dr. W.J. Mason of Monroe County spent this Saturday in Evergreen.

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported that Prof. L.K. Benson, the new principal of Monroeville’s school, had arrived and was “at work in its behalf.”

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported that Miss Jennie Faulk left a few days before for St. Louis to purchase her fall stock of hats, millinery and ladies goods.

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported that Messrs. Barnett & Jackson had unloaded three solid carloads of furniture and stoves within the previous few days, the first carloads that had been actually shipped into the town. These came over the Monroeville branch of the Manistee & Repton railway.

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Perdue Hill community, that Dr. G.H. Harper and W.M. Florey were up from Manistee that week.

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Buena Vista community, that M.V. Middleton was having his store repaired and had put in a “nice lot of furniture.” J.J. Finklea had also “put a pretty new face on his nicely furnished store.”

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Pineville community, that Julius Farish’s little boy was playing in the yard at home, a few days before, and was badly bitten by an angry dog. His cheek was mangled and his eyelid bitten, but he was reportedly recovering. They shot the dog.

Aug. 23, 1906 – The Monroe Journal reported that a new store had opened up in Beatrice by Messrs. Fox and Wasden.

Aug. 23, 1911 – The Woodmen of the World baseball team beat the Knights of Pythias, 21-9, in “one of the greatest games of ball ever played in Evergreen.”

Aug. 23, 1914 - Alabama State Highway Engineer William Simpson Keller (Helen Keller’s half-brother) led a group through Evergreen, Ala. while scouting a route for a new trunk road between Montgomery and Mobile. They came to Evergreen from Georgiana and were received by a large crowd that included a band from Brewton. They were treated to a large barbecue dinner at the Country Club and greeted guests from Evergreen, Greenville, Georgiana, Garland, Owassa, Castleberry, Brewton, Pollard, Burnt Corn and Pensacola. Speeches were delivered by Rep. E.C. Page, attorneys Jas. A. Stallworth and E.E. Newton, the Hon. J.F. Jones and the Rev. A. Arnold Ross. Keller’s party departed Conecuh County early the next morning.

Aug. 23, 1914 – During World War I’s Battle of Mons, the British Army began its withdrawal.

Aug. 23, 1914 - In their first confrontation on European soil since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, four divisions of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), commanded by Sir John French, struggled with the German 1st Army over the 60-foot-wide Mons Canal in Belgium, near the French frontier.

Aug. 23, 1917 – The Monroe Journal reported that four individual electric lighting plants were in operation in Monroeville at that time and a fifth was soon to be installed. The owners of these plants were delighted with their convenience and the comfort afforded by the numerous fans operated.

Aug. 23, 1917 – The Monroe Journal reported that John L. Kearley had accepted a position with the Peoples Bank of Roy and moved with his family to that place the early part of the week.

Aug. 23, 1917 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. W.B. Simmons of Piedmont, S.C., accompanied by Mrs. Simmons and their little son, was in Monroeville for a few days visit to his mother and other relatives.

Aug. 23, 1917 - The Monroe Journal noted, as an evidence of Monroeville’s growing commercial importance, that the town was to have that season a resident cotton buyer in the person of R.D. Hendrix, whose advertisement was found elsewhere in that day’s paper. Hendrix had opened an office in the Fore building and planned to keep in close telegraphic touch with the leading markets and be prepared to pay spot cash for cotton.

Aug. 23, 1917 – The Monroe Journal reported, under the headline “MONROE'S QUOTA SECURED,” that the local Board had concluded its examination of registrants under the first call and had certified to the district board the names of 211 persons who had not been exempted or discharged from military service.

Aug. 23, 1917 - J.H. Moore of Perdue Hill was in Monroeville on this Thursday circulating among his numerous friends. Moore had two sons in the service of their country, W. Locklin, being in the officers training camp at Ft. Oglethorpe, and John Hope Jr. at the naval training station, Norfolk.

Aug. 23, 1922 – National Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell was born in Swifton, Ark. During his career, he played for the Philadelphia Athletics, the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Aug. 23, 1934 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen was born in Wilmington, N.C. He went on to play for Duke, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Aug. 23, 1939 - Alabama author Lewis Nordan was born in Forest, Miss.

Aug. 23, 1939 – During World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania and Poland were divided between the two nations.

Aug. 23, 1941 - After a lingering illness, W.H. Sellers passed away at his home in Monroeville on this Saturday afternoon about five p.m. Sellers was born in Montgomery County on Sept. 14, 1855, and when in his teens came with his family to Monroe County and settled near Franklin. For more than 25 years, he was engaged in the mercantile business at Franklin and in 1922 he moved to Monroeville and continued in business until a short time before his death. Burial was in the Methodist cemetery.

Aug. 23, 1944 – During World War II, King Michael of Romania dismissed the pro-Nazi government of Marshal Antonescu, who was arrested. Romania switched sides from the Axis to the Allies.

Aug. 23, 1945 – Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright was born in Griffin, Ga. He went on to play for Fort Valley State and the Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Aug. 23, 1957 – Evergreen High School’s football team was scheduled to hold its first preseason practice of the 1957 season on this Friday morning at 5 a.m. under head coach Wendell Hart and assistant coach Jeff Moorer. Standout players expected to be returning that season included Jimmy Bell, George Bolton, Robbie Boykin, Cleveland Brown, Howard Claybrook, Robert Daniels, Robert Ellington, Bobby English, Billy Grace, Jerry Mitchell, Jimmy Moorer, Paul Pace, Wayne Peacock, Ceylon Strong, Byron Warren, Dale Wiggins and Zeke Zukowski.

Aug. 23-24, 1957 – The grand opening for the new Standard Service Station at 231 South Alabama Ave. in Monroeville was set for this Friday and Saturday. Paul Winters, manager, said there would be free gifts for all customers on opening days with Fire-King Mixing Bowls to be given away with each purchase of five or more gallons of Crown gasoline. The new, modern station planned to serve the people of the Monroeville area with Standard Oil products.

Aug. 23, 1959 – The Conecuh County Amateur Baseball League’s All-Star Game was scheduled to be played in Evergreen.

Aug. 23, 1962 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Ronald Lee Shumack of Repton would be among the 557 degree earning candidates at Auburn University on Aug. 24. Shumack was a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education degree.

Aug. 23, 1962 – The Evergreen Courant reported that optimism, hard work and enthusiasm were the key words in the Evergreen High Aggie camp that week as 38 candidates for the 1962 edition of the Green and White went through opening drills. Coach John Law Robinson wasted no time getting his charges down to cases as preparation for the opener with Atmore in Evergreen on Thursday night, Sept. 13, moved at a fast tempo. Mon., Aug. 20, and Tues., Aug. 21, the Aggies went through conditioning drills in sweat togs, but on Wed., Aug. 22, they had on the pads for the first “knocking” session. Robinson also welcomed on Mon., Aug. 20, his new assistant, Line Coach Fred Allmon. Robinson singled out two non-lettermen as the most improved men on the squad over spring drills. Tackle Stan Coker, up from the “B” team, and Halfback Bob Ivey, also a “B” grad, had shown up well. Other players on the team included Leon Adams, Johnny Bell, Scott Cook, Van Davis, Paul Deason, Alvin Dees, Marshall Dees, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Glass, DeWayne Grace, Benny Hammonds, Bobby Hammonds, Kenny Harper, Tommy Hartley, Bob Ivey, Donnie “Big” Jones, Ronnie Jones, Bill Kendall, Sid Lambert, Billy Lynch, Bobby Lynch, Mike Miniger Rodney Mitchell, Arlie Phillips, Charles Pierce, Winston Pugh, Jimmy Raines, Robert Rigsby, Joe Sasser, William Sessions, Ronnie Shaver, Calvin Smith, Johnny Snowden, Bob Tanner, Brent Thornley, James Ward and Jimmy Warren. Mike Moorer was on the team, but was lost for the season due to a surgery.

Aug. 23, 1964 – Huntsville, Ala. native Don Mincher of the Minnesota Twins became one of only 21 players to hit a home run completely over the right field roof and out of Tiger Stadium in Detroit during the 64-year history of its final configuration.

Aug. 23, 1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of the Earth from space.

Aug. 23, 1966 - The American cargo ship Baton Rouge Victory struck a mine laid by the Viet Cong in the Long Tao River, 22 miles south of Saigon.

Aug. 23, 1968 - Communist forces launched rocket and mortar attacks on numerous cities, provincial capitals and military installations. The heaviest shelling was on the U.S. airfield at Da Nang, the cities of Hue and Quang Tri. North Vietnamese forces numbering between 1200 and 1500 troops attacked the U.S. Special Forces camp at Duc Lap, 130 miles northeast of Saigon near the Cambodian border.

Aug. 23, 1976 – Actor, director and screenwriter Scott Caan was born in Los Angeles, Calif.

Aug. 23, 1976 – NBA power forward Pat Garrity was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He went on to play for Notre Dame, the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic.

Aug. 23, 1982 - Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners was tossed out of a game for throwing an illegal spitball.

Aug. 23, 1989 - Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball after being accused of gambling on baseball.

Aug. 23, 1990 – Carlisle Hall, near Marion, Ala., was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Aug. 23, 1990 – Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War. He told the group that they were being held "to prevent the scourge of war."

Aug. 23, 1996 – Osama bin Laden issued message entitled 'A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.'

Aug. 23, 2002 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm passed away at the age of 80 in Sarasota, Fla. During his career, he played for the New York Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the California Angels, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Aug. 23, 2005 - A movie version of Alabama author Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" was released.

Aug. 23, 2007 – The skeletal remains of Russia's last royal family members Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Grand Duchess Anastasia are discovered near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Aug. 23, 2012 – Pro Football Hall of Fame half back Steve Van Buren died at the age of 91 in Lancaster, Pa. During his career, he played for LSU and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965.

Aug. 23, 2013 – “Devil’s Pass,” a fictionalized movie about the Dyatlov Pass Incident, was released in theaters.

Aug. 23, 2014 - Evergreen, Ala. recorded a high of 100 this afternoon. This was the first triple digit high temperature in Evergreen since Aug. 31, 2011.

Aug. 23, 2014 – Monroe Academy’s football team defeated Lancaster Christian, 41-6, in Smyrna, Tenn.

Aug. 23, 2016 – Phil Creswell won the mayor’s election in Camden, and Leslie Dusty McDanal won the mayor’s election in Pine Hill. Incumbent Pine Apple mayor Christopher Carter Stone also won reelection.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 21.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 65.45 inches.

Notes: Today is the 235th day of 2017 and the 64th day of Summer. There are 130 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Aug. 22, 2017

Don Siegleman
AUG. 25, 2005

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported 0.95 inches of rain on Aug. 15, 0.15 on Aug. 16, 0.26 on Aug. 17 and 0.15 on Aug. 18. He reported highs of 94 degrees on Aug. 19, Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 and lows of 71 on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.

Heavy equipment began moving dirt Tuesday in preparation for construction of the new Conecuh County Courthouse. The county commission approved the bond issue that will pay for the new building at the regular meeting Monday morning.

Former Governor Don Siegleman was in Evergreen Tuesday morning to feel out the political waters for the upcoming 2006 election. Gov. Siegelman is shown discussing some of the issues with Revenue Commissioner Terry Sullivan in his office. Siegelman served as Governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. 

Steven Bledsoe, owner of Bledsoe Realty, is pleased to announce that Michelle O’Brien has joined his company as a real estate sales associate. She will join the company effective immediately on a part-time basis. O’Brien has two years’ experience as a real estate salesperson in Evergreen.

Darlene Barnes was honored during Reid State Technical College’s LPN Pinning and Candlelighting ceremonies on Thurs., Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. Barnes, a resident of Castleberry, received the Florence Nightingale Award. This honor is bestowed on the student which fellow students feel displayed the best nursing care of the graduating class.

AUG. 28, 1980

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported 1.7 inches of rain on Aug. 18 and 1.0 inches on Aug. 19. He reported highs of 97 on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 and a low of 70 on Aug. 23.

Guy Straughn Kelly, 69, of Camden died in a hospital there on Fri., Aug. 22, of an apparent heart attack. He was a native of Repton and a member of a prominent pioneer family.
Mr. Kelly was a retired educator who had earned many honors in his chosen profession. He obtained his early education in the public schools of this county and was a graduate of the University of Alabama. He later earned his Master’s Degree and AA Certificate in school administration.
He served two terms as Conecuh County Superintendent of Education, 1957-1965, after serving over 20 years as a classroom teacher and principal in county schools. He later served as Wilcox County Superintendent of Education for a number of years prior to his retirement several years ago.
Mr. Kelly earned the respect and esteem of both students and fellow teachers and administrators during the more than 40 years he served as an educator.

This monster of a rattlesnake was killed Wednesday night of last week on the Loree Road by James Williamson and Danny Johnson. The rattler was six feet long and had eight rattles and a button.

AUG. 25, 1955

First L&N Passenger Train Was Launched 100 Years Ago Today: One hundred years ago today – Aug. 25, 1855 – the L&N Railroad proudly launched its first passenger train.
Pushing two “platform” cars with seats, and pulling two more, an ornate little balloon stack locomotive called the “Hart County” chuffed its way to a point eight miles south of Louisville, the entire length of the L&N Railroad at that time.
This now historic train left the Louisville station near where the L&N general office building stands today, at 4 p.m., loaded with some 300 railroad officials, including its president, John L. Helm, twice governor of Kentucky and Louisville’s Mayor, John Barbee. As it moved away from the platform and “outburst of enthusiasm” rose from the crowd that had gathered to witness this first departure.
Contemporary newspaper reports state that the outgoing trip required 35 minutes due to three stops, one for water and two made necessary because of cows on the track. The return was made in 20 minutes.
It wasn’t until Oct. 27, 1859 that the first train ran from Louisville to Nashville, over 187 miles of completed road, the original route that gave the line its name. Today, this thriving Class 1 railroad operates over nearly 5,000 miles of track. Its scheduled trains which make connections with many of the nation’s other major railroads, travel more than 36,000 miles each 24 hours.

Hugh S. Hagood, age 73, widely known and prominent farmer, died unexpectedly Thurs., Aug. 18, at the local hospital where he had been carried a short time earlier for treatment from a heart attack which he suffered at his home a few miles east of Evergreen.

AUG. 28, 1930

Conecuh Gins 446 Bales To Aug. 16: According to a report handed The Courant by W.T. Hagood, Conecuh County ginned 446 bales of cotton prior to Aug. 16 as compared with 201 bales ginned to Aug. 16, 1929.

Mr. G.C. Crook Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Crook of Atmore, will take over the management of the Evergreen Hotel on Sept. 1, as lease. Mr. Crook arrived this week and is completing arrangements for opening the hotel Monday.
Messrs. Taliaferro and Cunningham, owners of the hotel have recently completely remodeled the hotel.

Some County Schools To Open Monday: Schools in the strawberry district and those in Evergreen will open Mon., Sept. 1, so that they may close earlier in the spring. Owing to late crop conditions other schools will open later in the month. – Mrs. J.R. Taylor, Attendance Supervisor.

Lt. and Mrs. Wylie Ganey are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Ganey en route from Booklyn, N.Y. to San Antonio, Texas, where Lt. Ganey will be stationed, he having recently graduated from West Point.

Friends of L.H. Cardwell regret to know that he is confined to his bed, as the result of an injury sustained Monday, when his car overturned on the Mobile Highway. Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell, his mother and sister, Mrs. S.H. Gentry of Auburn, were en route to Mobile to attend the deep sea rodeo when the accident occurred.

AUG. 23, 1905

FOR COUNTY REUNION: At the meeting of Camp Capt. Wm. Lee, U.C.V., held on Friday last, it was decided to hold the annual county reunion in Evergreen on Wed., Oct. 25. The barbecue feature was eliminated and a basket dinner will be provided for. A committee on arrangements was appointed composed of M.A. Gantt, P.D. Bowles and W.L. Stallworth.

School Opening: The next regular session of our school will open on Mon., Sept. 4, at 10 o’clock a.m. The usual opening exercises will be arranged, to which patrons and friends of the school are cordially invited. The faculty will be the same as last session, except that Miss Davis of Dothan will take the place of Miss Ethel King, resigned. – J.A. Liner, Principal.

Mrs. T.D. Jackson took charge of the Evergreen Hotel on Monday and will in the future conduct that well known hostelry.

W.A. Clarke, who is logging for the Cedar Creek Mill Co. near Castleberry, had five fine steers killed and two badly injured by lightning on last Wednesday. The driver of the team received a severe shock from the bolt. Mr. Clarke passed through Evergreen with this team several months ago and his steers were admired by a large number of persons who saw them. They were worth about $100 each.

Edwin H. Southers, one of the country’s most noted comedians, will deliver a lecture in Greenville on the evening of Sept. 4. A party of Evergreen people will probably go up to hear him.

Today in History for Aug. 22, 2017

Dwayne Lamont Salter
Aug. 22, 565 – On this day, the Irish monk Saint Columba is said to have made the first sighting of the Loch Ness "monster."

Aug. 22, 1138 – The Battle of the Standard was fought between Scotland and England.

Aug. 22, 1607 – English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold passed away at either the age of 35 or 36 in Jamestown, Va. He was instrumental in the founding of the Virginia Company of London and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded European expedition to Cape Cod and is considered by Preservation Virginia to be the "prime mover of the colonization of Virginia".

Aug. 22, 1654 – Jacob Barsimson arrived in New Amsterdam. He was the first known Jewish immigrant to America.

Aug. 22, 1770 – James Cook named and landed on Possession Island, Queensland and claimed the east coast of Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.

Aug. 22, 1773 – French botanist and explorer Aimé Bonpland was born in La Rochelle, France.

Aug. 22, 1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.

Aug. 22, 1776 - British General William Howe's large army arrived on Long Island between Gravesend and New Utrecht with “near twenty four thousand men ready to land in a moment,” according to one observer. General William Howe’s large army came to Long Island hoping to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half.

Aug. 22, 1777 – During the American Revolutionary War, British forces abandoned the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements.

Aug. 22, 1780 – James Cook's ship HMS Resolution returned to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).

Aug. 22, 1791 – The Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue, Haiti began.

Aug. 22, 1831 – Nat Turner's slave rebellion commenced just after midnight in Southampton County, Va., leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who are killed in retaliation for the uprising.

Aug. 22, 1848 – The United States annexed New Mexico.

Aug. 22, 1857 – Elizabeth Huggins Josey passed away on this day, and her grave is believed to be the oldest marked grave in the Consolation Church Cemetery at Oakey Streak in Butler County, Ala.

Aug. 22, 1857 – National Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder and manager Ned Hanlon was born in Montville, Conn. During his career, he played for the Cleveland Blues, the Detroit Wolverines, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, the Pittsburgh Burghers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, and he managed the Alleghenys, the Burghers, the Pirates, the Orioles, the Brooklyn Superbas and the Cincinnati Reds. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

Aug. 22, 1861 – During the Civil War, the Federal vessel USS Lexington captured the steamers CSS W.B. Terry and the mail steamboat Samuel Orr at Paducah, Ky.

Aug. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred at Trinity, near Decatur, Ala.

Aug. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, Capt. Pinckney D. Bowles of the Conecuh Guards was promoted to major when Major Charles L. Scott resigned. Also, 2nd Lt. John G. Guice was promoted to first lieutenant.

Aug. 22, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln wrote a carefully worded letter in response to an abolitionist editorial by Horace Greeley, the editor of the influential New York Tribune, and hinted at a change in his policy concerning slavery. In the letter Lincoln stated "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that" and "I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."

Aug. 22, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Sioux Indians near Fort Ridley, Minnesota; and at Catlett Station, Freeman’s Ford, Hazel River and along the Rappahannock River in Virginia.

Aug. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought with Indians at San Pedro Crossing in the Arizona Territory; on Big Creek, near Pleasant Hill, in Missouri; at Stafford Courthouse, Va.; and at Huntersville, W.Va.

Aug. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, a month-long Federal operation against Snake Indians from Fort Lapwai to the Meadows in the Idaho Territory began.

Aug. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Federal battery named Swamp Angel blew up while firing rounds into Charleston, S.C.

Aug. 22, 1863 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal operation from Tracy City, Tenn. to the Tennessee River began.

Aug. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Weldon, Va., ended. The battle began when Union General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to cut Confederate lines into Petersburg, Va.

Aug. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, the siege of Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, Ala. continued.

Aug. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, a four-day Federal expedition aboard the steamers, Dove and Homeyer, up the Saint Francis River to Mount Vernon, Ark. began.

Aug. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought in Yell County, Ark.; at Canton and Roaring Spring in Kentucky; on the Vaughan Road in Virginia; and at Charlestown, W.Va.

Aug. 22, 1864 – During the Civil War, an eight-day Federal operation in La Fayette County, Mo. began.

Aug. 22, 1886 – The Rev. E.E. Cowan filled his regular appointment at the Methodist church on this Sunday, according to The Monroe Journal.

Aug. 22, 1893 – Writer Dorothy Parker was born Dorothy Rothschild in Long Branch, N.J.

Aug. 22, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that Prof. N.J. Ivey of Monroe County’s Fork community had been elected principal of the Perdue Hill High School.

Aug. 22, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that Claiborne farmer W.S. Moore had produced the first bale of the 1895 cotton crop in Monroe County, having already gathered and shipped three bales.

Aug. 22, 1895 – Hungarian pilot and explorer László Almásy was born in Borostyánkő, Austria-Hungary. He was the basis for the protagonist in both Michael Ondaatje's novel “The English Patient” (1992) and the movie adaptation of the same name (1996).

Aug. 22, 1896 - The “heavens were obscured with clouds, hence a good observation of the partial lunar eclipse could not be secured on” this Saturday night, according to The Monroe Journal.

Aug. 22, 1900 - Confederate heroine Emma Sansom passed away at the age of 53 in Upshur County, Texas and she was buried in Little Mound Cemetery. In 1863, the 16-year-old Sansom helped Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest cross Black Creek near Gadsden as he pursued Union forces led by Col. A.D. Streight. Later in 1863, Sansom was awarded a gold medal by the Alabama legislature for her actions. (Some sources say she died on Aug. 9, 1900.)

Aug, 22, 1902 – In Hartford, Conn., Theodore Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.

Aug. 22, 1902 - Arthur Patterson died at Clearwater, Fla. on this day of consumption. The young man was well known and had many friends in Evergreen who were expected to learn this sad news with deep regret. He formerly clerked for Wild Bros. and was a nephew of Rev. E.A. Dannelly. His remains were taken to Camden for burial on Sun., Aug. 24.

Aug. 22, 1905 – “One of the bloodiest tragedies” in Monroe County, Ala. history occurred near Tunnel Springs on this Tuesday morning, resulting in the deaths of three men. Sometime before the incident, Groffery Talley, who operated a saw mill at Tunnel Springs, assumed a debt for Oliver Lett, who agreed to work off the debt at Talley’s sawmill. Lett later quit, saying he’d worked off the debt, but Talley disagreed. On this Tuesday morning, Talley sent his foreman, Harry Helton, and John Helton to see Lett and demand that Lett either return to work or pay the balance of his debt. The Helton’s went to Lett’s house “at an early hour,” and Lett agreed to go with them as soon as he put on his shoes. Lett invited the Heltons inside his house, but when John Helton walked through the door, Lett fired a load of buckshot into his chest, killing him instantly. Lett also fired at Harry Helton, wounding him in the face and head. Helton “gave the alarm” and a posse soon returned to Lett’s house only to find that Lett had taken refuge in a relative’s house a short distance away. When the posse arrived at the relative’s house with Talley in the lead, Lett shot Talley, inflicting a mortal wound. The posse laid siege to the house, and after several hours, Lett “was finally overcome.” Monroe County Sheriff Fountain went to the scene as soon as he heard about what was going on, but when he arrived he “found Lett dead and his body literally riddles with bullets.” Talley died the next day.

Aug. 22, 1909 – Pro Football Hall of Fame center and linebacker Mel Hein was born in Redding, Calif. He went on to play for Washington State and the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.

Aug. 22, 1914 - As French and German forces faced off on the Western Front during the opening month of the First World War, the isolated encounters of the previous day moved into full-scale battle in the forests of the Ardennes and at Charleroi, near the junction of the Sambre and Meuse Rivers.

Aug. 22, 1915 - Dr. P.E. Burroughs of Nashville, Tenn., “one of the greatest Bible scholars in the south,” spoke at Monroeville Baptist Church on this Sunday morning.

Aug. 22, 1916 - Through the efforts of local citizens, J.T. Mangum of Selma was scheduled to deliver a stereopticon lecture at the High School auditorium on tis Tuesday evening, “descriptive of his trip to Africa and points of interest in Europe a few years ago in company with Bishop Walter R. Lambuth, superintendent of mission work of the M.E. Church, South, in the Dark Continent.” Mangum’s lecture was to “be illustrated with stereopticon views of scenes in London, Paris and other cities of the Old World as well as of primitive conditions in Africa as they are found in native villages.”

Aug. 22, 1916 - Dr. G.H. Harper of Uriah visited Monroeville, Ala. on business on this Tuesday.

Aug. 22, 1917 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Prof. Bennett was in Evergreen the previous week arranging to move his family. They were to occupy the residence recently vacated by F.S. Stallworth.

Aug. 22, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Edward Williams of River Falls, Ala. “died of disease.”

Aug. 22, 1920 – Science fiction and horror writer Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois.

Aug. 22, 1922 – Michael Collins, Commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army, was shot dead during in an ambush by anti-Treaty forces at Béal na Bláth, County Cork during the Irish Civil War.

Aug. 22, 1926 - John Bigger died quite suddenly at his home in Monroeville on this Sunday evening, aged 66 years. Bigger had resided in Monroeville with his family for some eight years past, successfully engaged in farming. Some months before his death he engaged in the mercantile business, conducting an extensive trade in grain and feedstuffs.

Aug. 22, 1935 – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx, author of “The Shipping News,” was born in Norwich, Connecticut.

Aug. 22, 1939 – National Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder and first baseman Carl Yastrzemski was born in Southampton, N.Y. He played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox (1961-1983), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

Aug. 22, 1941 – Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells was born in Englewood, N.J. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Aug. 22, 1943 - Alabama author Robert Inman was born in Elba, Ala.

Aug. 22, 1944 - A primary election to name a mayor and members of the town council was to be held in Monroeville on this day, and a second primary election was to be held on Sept. 5, if necessary. Persons desiring to become candidates had to file a declaration before midnight on Aug. 10.

Aug. 22, 1953 – Major League Baseball third baseman Jim Tabor, a native of New Hope, Ala., died of a heart attack at the age of 36 in Sacramento, Calif. During his career, he played for the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Aug. 22, 1956 – National Baseball Hall of Fame designated hitter, infielder and manager Paul Molitor was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During his career, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Aug. 22, 1957 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Evergreen took the pennant at the end of regular season play in the Conecuh County Amateur Baseball League. The final league standings showed Evergreen in first place, Garland, second; Paul, third; Castleberry, fourth; Red Level, fifth; and Lyeffion, sixth. Bernard Powell was the league’s president.

Aug. 22, 1957 – The Evergreen Courant reported that there were no new developments to report regarding the beating of four blacks in Evergreen, Ala. two weeks before by assailants dressed in what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan regalia. Local Klan leaders denied any knowledge of the beating, and local Klan members reported that they hadn’t taken part in the incident. The beatings received widespread media attention, and “calls from all over the country flooded” the Conecuh County Sheriff’s office seeking information about the incident.

Aug. 22, 1957 – The Evergreen Courant reported that work was scheduled to begin within the next week on the Conecuh County Lake as workers were set to begin the erection of a dam at Tomlinson’s Mill, about seven miles north of Evergreen, Ala. Marion Wilkins was Conecuh County’s County Engineer.

Aug. 22, 1957 – The Monroe Journal reported that W.S. Nash, 84, of Monroeville had been honored for over half a century of loyal service with the Masons at recent ceremonies at the Monroeville Masonic Lodge. He was presented with a citation and a 50-year service pin by Carl Cooper, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alabama. Also participating in the award was John Turberville, Worshipful Master of the Monroeville Lodge.

Aug. 22, 1962 - Kennedy administration officials quoted in The New York Times estimated that there are 20,000 guerrilla troops in South Vietnam.

Aug. 22, 1964 – Lawrence Earl Vonderau, 20, of Brewton, Ala. pleaded guilty before Judge Daniel H. Thomas of Mobile to holding up the Union Bank in Repton on June 20, 1964 and robbing the bank of $16,386.

Aug. 22, 1967 - Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General John P. McConnell, stated before a Senate Subcommittee that adopting a graduated bombing policy in North Vietnam was a mistake.

Aug. 22, 1968 – Marine Lance Cpl. Dwayne Lamont Salter, 19, of Evergreen, Ala. was killed in action in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Born on July 14, 1949, his tour of duty in Vietnam began on April 27, 1968 and he was serving with L Co., 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division at the time of his death. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. A 1969 graduate of Beatrice High School, he was buried in the Lone Star Cemetery at Pine Orchard, Ala.

Aug. 22, 1968 - For the first time in two months, Viet Cong forces launched a rocket attack on Saigon, killing 18 and wounding 59.

Aug. 22, 1972 - Delegates entering the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach were harassed by 3,000 antiwar demonstrators, many painted with death masks.

Aug. 22, 1976 – Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Wolf was born in West Hill, Calif. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres, the Houston Astros, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers.

Aug. 22, 1981 – A horse show sponsored by the Lyeffion High School FFA and the Lyeffion Saddle Club was scheduled to be held at the Lyeffion Saddle Club Arena, starting at 5 p.m. with proceeds to go to the FFA Chapter.

Aug. 22, 1987 – Warrior Academy beat Sparta Academy, 21-0, in Eutaw, Ala. Standout players for Sparta in that game included Craig Blackburn, Kenny Bledsoe, Robbie Bolton, Jeff Carrier, Jamie Deason, Brad Watts and Lee Wild.

Aug. 22, 1988 – The Fall Term of Circuit Court in Conecuh County, Ala. began with Judge Robert E.L. Key presiding. Key was the 35th Judicial Circuit’s first and only judge at the time, and this was his final regular court term in Conecuh County before his retirement in January 1989.

Aug. 22, 1989 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers struck out Rickey Henderson to become the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts.

Aug. 22, 1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build-up of troops in the Persian Gulf.

Aug. 22, 1990 - The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait would not be closed under President Saddam Hussein's demand.

Aug. 22, 1990 - The 1990-91 school year at both Monroe Academy and Monroe County public schools was scheduled to begin.
Aug. 22, 1992 – FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shot and killed Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Aug. 22, 2003 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

Aug. 22, 2003 - Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals went 0-5 to end a 30-game hitting streak.

Aug. 22, 2007 – The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern Major League Baseball history. The combined run total was also Major League record.

Aug. 22, 2014 – Sparta Academy’s varsity football team was scheduled to play Hooper Academy in a pre-season game at Davis Henry Field in Hope Hull, Ala. The game was not to count against either team’s regular season record. Also on this night, Hillcrest High School’s varsity football team was scheduled to play a preseason game against Clarke County High School.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Tues., Aug. 22, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 21.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 65.45 inches.

Notes: Today is the 234th day of 2017 and the 63rd day of Summer. There are 131 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hours Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line and south of U.S. Highway 84, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834N Lon 87.30131W. Elevation 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.