Friday, September 22, 2017

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.10 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.85 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 29.05 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 72.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 265th day of 2017 and the first day of Fall. There are 100 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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Some believe that Bigfoot creature lurks in swamp off Langham Road

Langham Road in Conecuh County, Ala.
I’ve received at least two possible Bigfoot activity reports during the past month, and I’m working to gather more information about both of these incidents in hopes of passing more details along to interested readers.

Earlier this month, local Bigfoot enthusiast Ashley McPhaul, who lives between Repton and Excel, reported that a woman living in the vicinity of Langham Road told him that she believes she heard a Bigfoot-type creature early one Friday morning several weeks ago. For readers unfamiliar with Langham Road, it’s west of Belleville and runs from County Road 11 all the way to County Road 5, on the Monroe County line, coming out just south of Owens Chapel.

The witness in this case told McPhaul that around 3 a.m. she heard a “hollering” noise that “sounded like a siren” coming from a swamp not far from her home. The incident shook the woman up so badly that she immediately went back inside.

Looking at a topographical map of the area, there are a number of sizeable creeks in this area that no doubt have produced some large, swampy areas. Most of these creeks appear to feed into Burnt Corn Creek, and one of the theories about Bigfoot creatures is that they like to stick close to reliable water sources surrounded by thick vegetation.

On Monday morning, Wesley Acreman with the Southwest Alabama Bigfoot Hunters called me to say that his brother, Virgil Acreman, was told by a woman who works at the McDonald’s restaurant in Evergreen that her son had found a suspected Bigfoot track on the sandy bank of a creek off County Road 8 in Conecuh County.

County Road 8 runs from County Road 43 at Paul all the way to the Brooklyn Road, coming out southeast of the Spring Hill community. Again, looking at the topo map, there are a number of creeks in this area, including Simmons Creek, Bottle Creek and others. Also, through the woods, the east end of County Road 8 isn’t that far from the Sepulga River.

Many in the reading audience will remember that Wesley and Virgil, along with their younger brother Roman Acreman, had multiple Bigfoot encounters while living off County Road 5 at Pine Orchard. Wesley said he planned to contact the young man who found the suspected Bigfoot track off County Road 8 and question him about it to see if he could find out more information.

I told Virgil on Monday that if he could find out exactly where the track was found and if we could get permission to visit the location, that I’d accompany him on a field trip there in the near future. More than likely, the track will be long gone by then, but who knows, we might get lucky and find another one. I plan to take my camera along just in case.

With that said, if anyone in the reading audience has a Bigfoot story or report that they’d like to tell, call me at The Courant at 578-1492. You can also reach me by e-mail at or write me at The Evergreen Courant, ATTN: Lee Peacock, P.O. Box 440, Evergreen, AL 36401.

Hunter Norris takes over No. 1 spot in local ESPN college pick 'em contest

Jalen Hurts (2) comes up to the line against CSU.
The third week of our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest is officially in the books, and when the dust settled after Saturday’s games, Hunter Norris found himself in sole possession of first place in the local standings.

Last week, Norris and Mike Dailey were tied for the No. 1 spot.

David Parker moved into second place, up from fifth place, and Dailey dropped into third place. We had a three-way tie for fourth place involving Arthur Ingram III, Drew Skipper and Mark Peacock.

Steven Newton was in eighth place while Luther Upton and Ricky Taylor were tied for ninth place. Casey Grant, Sharon Peacock and Travis Presley were tied for the No. 11 spot.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I was among three contestants tied for the No. 16 spot in the standings.

With that said, if you’re playing in the contest and didn’t make the Top 10, don’t give up. The contest will run for a total of 14 weeks, and we’ve got 11 more weeks to go. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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This coming Saturday, there will be eight games involving SEC football teams, including five games that will feature head-to-head match-ups between SEC opponents. For what it’s worth, here’s how I see those games coming out. I like Alabama over Vanderbilt, Auburn over Missouri, Texas A&M over Arkansas, Georgia over Mississippi State, Florida over Kentucky, Tennessee over UMass, LSU over Syracuse and South Carolina over La. Tech. Ole Miss is off this week.

Last week: 5-5. So far this year: 28-8.

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I got the chance to watch Alabama play in person on Saturday, and Alabama’s win over Colorado State was telling in many ways.

Alabama is obviously struggling with injuries on the defensive side of the ball, so it should have come as no surprise when the Rams were able to pile up a bunch of yards against the Crimson Tide. Also, for whatever reason, Alabama seemed to substitute a little more freely in this game and perhaps a little earlier than they normally would, which may have contributed to their lack of crispness throughout the game.

On the positive side of the coin, quarterback Jalen Hurts played well and Alabama’s running game seemed to be headed toward mid-season form. Alabama also had no interceptions and no lost fumbles, which bodes well for a team that will open conference play this coming Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt is riding high with a 3-0 record, but reality will likely set in for the Commodores around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Alabama hasn’t played Vanderbilt in Nashville in around a decade, but I don’t figure the home field advantage will help Vanderbilt that much. In many ways, the “real season” begins for Alabama on Saturday, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Crimson Tide can get off on the right foot. Like most folks, I would be shocked if Vanderbilt upsets Alabama, but I’ll be almost just as shocked if this one is close after the third quarter.

Today in History for Sept. 21, 2017

Mark Childress
Sept. 21, 1452 – Girolamo Savonarola was born in Ferrara, Italy.

Sept. 21, 1645 – Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet was born near Quebec City, Canada.

Sept. 21, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Robert Mailea was accused of being a witch.

Sept. 21, 1776 - The Great Fire of New York destroyed 10 to 25 percent of the city, shortly after the city was occupied by British forces during the American Revolution.

Sept. 21, 1776 - Nathan Hale was captured while sailing Long Island Sound en route to American-controlled territory. He was executed the next day for spying.

Sept. 21, 1779 - Louisiana governor and Spanish military officer Bernardo de Galvez, with the aid of American troops and militia volunteers, captured the British post and garrison at Baton Rouge, located in what was then British-controlled West Florida.

Sept 21, 1780 – During the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word “traitor.”

Sept. 21, 1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.

Sept. 21, 1820 - Union Civil War General John Fulton Reynolds was born in Lancaster, Pa. Reynolds commanded the left wing of the Army of the Potomac during the Gettysburg, Pa. campaign and on the morning of July 1, he rode into Gettysburg and placed his force in front of advancing Confederates, forcing Union General George Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac, to fight. The 42-year-old Reynolds was killed that day, most likely by a Confederate volley, and was buried in Lancaster, his birthplace.

Sept. 21, 1823 - Joseph Smith Jr. reported his initial visitation with the Angel Moroni. Smith said the angel led him to gold plates buried near his home in western New York; some of the plates he later translated into the Book of Mormon.

Sept. 21, 1841 – Former Alabama governor John Murphy of Monroe County, Ala. died at his plantation in Clarke County and was buried at Gosport. He was 54 or 55 years old.

Sept. 21, 1858 – Former Alabama Governor and U.S. Senator Arthur P. Bagby passed away in Mobile, Ala. around the age of 64. Born in Louisa County, Va., in 1794, he arrived at Claiborne in 1818 with his worldly belongings tied in a handkerchief and affixed to a stick over his shoulder. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1819 and opened a practice in Claiborne. He served in the Alabama State House of Representatives and in the Alabama State Senate. In 1837, he was elected as the tenth Governor of Alabama, serving until 1841. After his term, he was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Clement C. Clay. He was later appointed Minister to Russia and later served as a member of the commission to codify the State laws of Alabama in 1852. He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile.

Sept. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at San Pedro Crossing, Ariz.; on the Yreka Road, near Forth Crook, Calif.; at Cassville, Mo.; at Van Buren, Tenn.; and at Donaldsonville, La.

Sept. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal expedition began from Carrollton to Donaldsonville in Louisiana.

Sept. 21, 1863 - Federal General George Thomas, the “Rock of Chickamauga” as he would come to be known as soon as the newspaper stories were written up, continued in that role on this day. Having held the core of the Union army together the day before on Snodgrass Hill, he had retired towards Chattanooga after nightfall. On this day, he again held the defenses of the city with the remnants of the Army of the Cumberland. His commanding officer, Rosecrans, was frantically preparing the city for siege. Bragg, commanding the Confederates, issued orders for a pursuit before the defenses could be completed, then cancelled the order. Yet another chance to annihilate the Union forces was lost.

Sept. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Rossville, Lookout Church and Dry Valley, Ga.; at Jonesborough, Tenn.; at Fisher's Hill, White’s Ford and Madison Court House in Virginia; and at Moorefield, W.Va.

Sept. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, a six-day Federal operation started from Harper’s Ferry, W.Va. into Loudoun County, Va. began.

Sept. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred at Athens, Ala.

Sept. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Council Grove, Kansas; and at Fisher's Hill, Front Royal and Strasburg in Virginia.

Sept. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, a six-day Federal expedition from Vicksburg into the Mississippi Delta as far as Deer Creek, Miss. began.

Sept. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, the pursuit of Jubal Early’s Confederate force “up” the Shenandoah Valley continued on this day. Having resisted the move back to Lee in Petersburg for as long as he could, Early now was in a desperate race to do exactly that. The impediment was the Union forces of General Phil Sheridan, who accomplished two things on this day. First, there was the fighting: Early had fortified Fisher’s Hill, and Sheridan had to advance slowly there. Additional actions took place at Strasburg, and at Front Royal, where the Confederates managed to keep Sheridan’s men out of the Luray Valley for one more day. After nightfall, Sheridan detached Gen. Crook and one corps to move around the left flank of Early.

Sept. 21, 1866 – Herbert George “H.G.” Wells, pioneer of science fiction, was born on this day in Bromley, England.

Sept. 21, 1878 – Prominent Wilcox County physician John Daniel Caldwell died in Camden at the age of 71 and was buried in the Camden Cemetery. Caldwell was born in Sumterville, S.C. on Jan. 27, 1807 and he went on to graduate from the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston in March 1830. He married Mary Anderson Bowen on June 5, 1833 and moved to Linden, Ala. in 1836. They moved to Barboursville in Wilcox County in 1838. When the county was incorporated in 1841, Caldwell, as intendent, suggested that they change Barboursville’s name to Camden in honor of his hometown of Camden, South Carolina.

Sept. 21, 1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.

Sept. 21, 1902 – Sir Allen Lane, the creator of Penguin Books, was born Allen Williams Lane in Bristol, England.

Sept. 21, 1905 – The Monroe Journal reported that L.N. Parson was the winner of a recent one-hour cotton-picking contest at Jones Mill. He picked 53 pounds in one hour, beating J. Driscoll, who picked 48 pounds in that time.

Sept. 21, 1908 – The Sixteenth Annual Session of the Second District Agricultural School was scheduled to open for the 1908-1909 school year on this day in Evergreen, Ala. Henry T. Lile was the president of the school, which was scheduled to end the year on June 4, 1909.

Sept. 21, 1912 – Around 5:30 a.m., the No. 2 passenger train and a freight train collided a few hundred feet above the north switch on the L&N Railroad in Evergreen, Ala. The Courant described it as “one of the worst train wrecks that has been on this division of the L&N in a long while” and that “it was nothing short of a miracle that no one was killed.”

Sept. 21, 1914 – The new Conecuh County High School opened in Castleberry, Ala. for the first time in a building that cost $10,000 to construct. Members of the building committee included Elisha Downing, Dr. R.T. Holland and P.M. Skinner. Miss Sarah E. Luther was principal and had the distinction of being the only female principal of a high school in the state. The faculty included C.E. Williams (a science and manual training teacher and director of boys’ athletics) and Lucile M. Cobb of Tuskegee (teacher of English, expression and physical culture). The school’s opening ceremonies included a big barbecue, an exhibition drill by the Conecuh Guards and a baseball doubleheader with Garland. “It was a history-making day, and it will be pointed to in the years to come as one of the greatest occasions in the history of Castleberry.” Speeches were made by Mayor E. Downing, Supt. R.E.L. Key, C.S. Rabb and State Superintendent W.F. Feagin and members of the school faculty, the principal speech being made by Feagin.

Sept. 21, 1914 – The Evergreen (Ala.) City School opened to begin the 1914-15 school year.

Sept. 21, 1914 – Monroeville, Ala. held its municipal elections and L.J. Bugg was elected mayor. G.C. Watson, J.A. Lazenby, T.E. Dennis, G.B. Barnett and J.R. Lyon were elected city councilmen. I.B. Slaughter, M.M. Fountain, J.M. Coxwell, A.R. Boulware and A.T. Sowell were elected to the school board.

Sept. 21, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that workmen were rapidly progressing on the dwelling of Mr. D.M. Ratcliffe.

Sept. 21, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. Samuel S. Gaillard of Perdue Hill had been granted a patent on a rotary valve for gasoline engines.

Sept. 21, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that federal authorities had turned down the cavalry troop recently organized in Monroe County on the grounds that the volunteers were “too badly scattered to conveniently attend the frequent drills. Sixty or more young had joined and were naturally disappointed at the decision of the authorities, however several troops in different parts of the state have been rejected for reason stated above.”

Sept. 21, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that four additional students enrolled at Monroe County High School on Mon., Sept. 18, and others were expected to follow. “The enrollment should easily reach 150 during this term. The classification of students was satisfactorily arranged during the first week and the school is hard down at work on the daily routine. In athletics, a football team has been organized and is in training under the direction of Prof. Jones.”

Sept. 21, 1916 - The Monroe Journal reported that “upon reconsideration,” the management of the Monroe County Fair Association had definitely determined to hold another County Fair in Monroeville on the Oct. 19-20, the dates originally set apart for the event.

Sept. 21, 1917 - Austria-Hungary and Germany made separate replies to the proposal issued by Pope Benedict XV at the beginning of the previous month calling for an immediate armistice between the Allied and Central Powers in World War I.

Sept. 21, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Will Dickson of Repton, Ala. “died from disease.”

Sept. 21, 1928 – Evergreen High School’s Aggies were scheduled to play their first game of the season on this Friday against Rawls High School. Players on Evergreen’s team included Hyde, L.; Hagood; Hyde, C.; Goodson; Stallworth; Kelly, E.; Kelly, W; Feagin, Sanders; Smith; Guy; Bates; Kindig; McCreary; Ellis; Kamplain; Martin; Mills; Kelly, C.; Miller; Murphy; Knight; Middleton; Thornley; Letford and Capt. Waller. Evergreen’s schedule that year was as follows: Sept. 21, Rawls in Evergreen; Sept. 28, Opp in Opp; Oct. 5, Camden in Camden; Oct. 12, Brewton in Evergreen; Oct. 19, Uriah in Evergreen; Oct. 26, Red Level in Evergreen; Nov. 2, Atmore in Atmore; Nov. 9, McKenzie in Evergreen; Nov. 11, (Open) Armistice Day; Nov. 16, Greenville in Greenville; Nov. 23, Flomaton in Flomaton; Nov. 29, Jones Mill in Evergreen.

Sept. 21-22, 1928 - The people of Conecuh County were to hear the issues of the ongoing presidential campaign discussed by Congressman Lister Hill on this Friday and Saturday. He was to deliver three speeches in Conecuh County, beginning at Castleberry High School on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Friday night at 7:30 o’clock he was to speak at Repton High School. The last engagement was to be in Evergreen on Saturday morning at 10:30 when he planned to deliver an address at the County Courthouse.

Sept. 21, 1934 – Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal.

Sept. 21, 1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Hobbit" was first published.

Sept. 21, 1939 – Brutus H. Bailey of Franklin, Ala. was bit by a snake, believed to have been either a rattlesnake or copperhead, just before noon while surveying a piece of land with several other men near Franklin.

Sept. 21, 1941 - Alabama author Fannie Flagg was born in Irondale, Ala.

Sept. 21, 1942 – Conecuh County, Ala. schools were scheduled to begin the 1942-43 school year after a delay of about two weeks to the school year. School was originally supposed to begin on Sept. 7, but the Conecuh County Board of Education decided on Aug. 21to postpone the start of school because farmers were dependent on their children for help in gathering their cotton and peanut crops during a labor shortage.

Sept. 21, 1942 – During the Holocaust, on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaitsi (west Ukraine) to Bełżec extermination camp.

Sept. 21, 1942 – In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murdered 2,588 Jews.

Sept. 21, 1943 – At the Pix Theatre in Evergreen on this Tuesday, “Harrigan’s Kid” with Bobby Readick, Frank Craven and William Gargan, was scheduled to be shown.

Sept. 21, 1947 – Horror novelist Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine.

Sept. 21, 1951 – In high school football, Brantley High School beat Repton High School, 33-0, in Brantley, Ala.

Sept. 21, 1957 – “Crazy in Alabama” author Mark Childress was born in Monroeville, Ala.

Sept. 21, 1961 - The U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Special Forces were formed to organize and train guerrilla bands behind enemy lines. The 5th S.F. Group was sent to Vietnam in October 1964, to assume control of all Special Forces operations in Vietnam, and in February 1971, the 5th Special Forces Group was withdrawn as part of the U.S. troop drawdown.

Sept. 21, 1967 – Evergreen High School’s Elliott “Buck” Quarles was named the Outstanding Player of the Week by the Evergreen Jaycees for his performance against Monroe County High School on Sept. 15.

Sept. 21, 1967 - General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, welcomed 1,200 Thai troops as they arrived in Saigon.

Sept. 21, 1968 - "All Along the Watchtower" was released by Jimi Hendrix.

Sept. 21, 1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won, 31-21.

Sept. 21, 1970 – The New York Times premiered a new section called the “Op. Ed. Page,” a section opposite the traditional editorial page that was to be devoted to the columns of outside writers and to illustrations and political cartoons.

Sept. 21, 1971 - The American League approved the move of the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas.

Sept. 21, 1972 – Liam Gallagher, the founder and lead singer of the rock band Oasis, was born in Burnage, Manchester, England.

Sept. 21, 1980 - The Giants retired Mobile, Ala. native Willie McCovey’s uniform number 44, which he wore in honor of Hank Aaron, a fellow Mobile native.

Sept. 21, 1980 - The body of a Peterman man was found on this Sunday about 10 a.m. in a creek in a wooded area between Peterman and Skinner’s Mill. Richard McCorvey, 28, had been missing since Thurs., Sept. 18, when his body was discovered. Monroe County Coroner Farish Manning and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said there was apparently no violence involved in his death. An autopsy was performed in Mobile, but the details were unavailable as of Wed., Sept. 25. McCorvey was buried on Mon., Sept. 23.

Sept. 21, 1981 - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton struck out the 3,118th batter of his career to break Bob Gibson’s National League record for career strikeouts. Despite Carlton’s 10 shutout innings and 12 strikeouts, the Phillies lost the marathon game to the Montreal Expos in the 17th inning, 1-0.

Sept. 21, 1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

Sept. 21, 1989 - Ronald Faulkner of 220 Bruner Avenue in Evergreen, Ala. killed a “monster water moccasin” on this Thursday on Highway 31 South. The snake, which was five feet long and weighed an estimated 20 to 25 pounds, was crawling across the highway when Faulkner killed it.

Sept. 21, 1993 - Nirvana's album "In Utero" was released.

Sept. 21, 1996 - Hank Williams III made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 23.

Sept. 21, 2003 - After eight years studying the Jovian system, the Galileo space probe was terminated, crashing into Jupiter's atmosphere.

Sept. 21, 2008 - The New York Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium. The new Yankee Stadium opened across the street in 2009.

Sept. 21, 2015 – Former Alabama wide receiver and running back Richard Williamson, a native of Fort Deposit, died at the age of 74 in Charlotte, N.C. He played at Alabama from 1959 to 1962 and went on to serve as head coach for Memphis and for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Sept. 21, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.10 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.10 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.85 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 29.05 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 72.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 264th day of 2017 and the 93rd day of Summer. There are 101 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

Hon. James Buchanan Lloyd
What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Sept. 20, 1917 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

Death of Dr. C.C. Lloyd: The many friends of Hon. J.B. Lloyd throughout Wilcox County will sympathize with him in the death of his brother, Dr. C.C. Lloyd, who died at his home at Greenville, Ala. on Sept. 8.
Dr. Lloyd was quite an old man, having passed his 83rd milestone. He was a Confederate veteran and a member of the 17th Alabama Regiment during the war, and took a great deal of interest in the Confederate reunions and until his death was chaplain of his camp.
Dr. Lloyd retired from the practice of medicine about 35 years ago since which time he has devoted his life to the ministry of the gospel.

Wilcox Boys Leave: War as a reality was more vividly impressed on Wilcox in the past week than ever before. On Wednesday morning, 22 young men entrained for Camp Wheeler, near Macon, Ga. Quite a number of citizens were present at the depot to give the departing boys a last farewell.
(The group of 22 included John Ernest Blount, Will Bennett, Richard Coates McWilliams, Thomas Jones Horton, Henry W. Thomas, Carlos P. Weatherly, Josiah Forniss Irby, John William Rogers, Albert Streit, Horace Falls, John Henry Daily, Walter Bright Godbold, William McDaniel Reaves Jr., Willie O. Morgan, Bob Autrey, Silas Henry Ricketts, George Calvin Rikard, Henry Loftin, Sam Jones Albritton, Eugene Lafayette Cathcart, Harry Irby Savage and John George Daily.)

The people of Neenah are building a road from there to the Black’s Bluff road. Every beat ought to have improved roads.

The Camden Grammar School, with Mrs. J.S. Foster as principal, has reached the highest initial enrollment of its history. The first week showed 122 with quite a number still to come in. The High School has enrolled 98 to date.

The McWilliams Public School opened on Monday last. The interest manifested by the patrons was evidenced by the fact that funds were raised to employ a third teacher and all seemed enthused over the prospect for the year. Supt. O.C. Weaver, Dr. W.P. Roberts and Prof. J.B. Sellers made talks encouraging the movement to employ an extra teacher. Prof. J.B. Sellers, Misses Olivia McArthur and Willie Sadler will be the faculty for the ensuing year.

Prof. Irby Savage, who recently left for Uniontown, to begin his work there, and Mr. Sam Albritton of the University, arrived home Sunday in response to a call to the colors. They left Wednesday of this week to report at training camp.

Rev. Howard R. Walker, an Episcopalian minister, died suddenly in Mobile recently. He was at one time Rector of St. Mary’s Church at Camden.

Many travelers now visit Camden. This is an indication of better times. However, we need an improved train service, for a visit to Camden by railroad means a stay of two nights and a day, and only those come who cannot avoid the trip.

Mr. Frank Tait has gone North to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Misses Mary and Natallie Cappell of Cappells will attend the high school here this season.

Vanderbilt's first football coach was born and raised in Camden, Alabama

Vanderbilt's first football team with Jones holding ball.
Many University of Alabama football fans in the reading audience are looking forward to this Saturday’s game between the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide and the undefeated Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tenn. That game is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on CBS.

The Alabama-Vanderbilt series traces its roots all the way back to 1903, but the Commodores actually fielded their first football team 13 years before that, in 1890. Interestingly, the beginnings of football at Vanderbilt have strong connections to Wilcox County, as the first head coach in Vanderbilt history – Elliott Hamilton Jones - was born and raised in Camden.

According to a wide variety of sources, Elliott H. Jones was born to John Archibald Jones and Mary Scott Jones in Camden on July 18, 1870, and he lived in Camden until the age of 15 when he went off to Massachusetts to attend high school at the prestigious Cambridge Latin School. In 1887, Jones entered Vanderbilt University, where he cemented himself a place in college football history.

Vanderbilt organized its first football team in the fall of 1890 and played the first game in school history that year on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), defeating the Nashville Peabody Normal School, 40-0, at Nashville Athletic Park. Jones served as head coach for Vanderbilt in that game, was Vanderbilt’s team captain and also played fullback. Vandy went undefeated that season because that was the only game they played that year.

Jones went on to serve as head football coach and played for the Commodores during the 1891 and 1892 seasons. In 1891, Vandy went 3-1 overall, defeating Sewanee twice and splitting a home-and-away series with Washington University of St. Louis, Mo.

During the 1892 season, the last with Jones as head coach, Vandy went 4-4, recording wins over Tennessee (twice), Peabody Normal School and Georgia Tech. Their losses came against Sewanee (twice), North Carolina and Washington University of Missouri.

Jones attended Vanderbilt from 1887 to 1893, earning his bachelor’s and law degrees, and he was also active in other sports in addition to football. He played on Vanderbilt’s baseball team for two seasons and also ran track and was on the college’s gymnasium team. In his spare time, he served as the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.

After college, Jones moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he became a well-known, prominent lawyer with a large and important clientele. He married Mattie M. Scarritt on Dec. 27, 1894, and they went on to have a large family of children. Jones lived to the ripe old age of 81, passing away on Oct. 11, 1951, and today you can visit his grave in the Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, Mo.

In the end, I’d like to hear from any readers with more information about Jones’ early years in Wilcox County and from anyone with more information about Jones’ prominent family. More than likely, some of his relatives still live in Wilcox County today, and I suspect they’ll get an extra big kick out of watching this Saturday’s Alabama-Vanderbilt game.

Today in History for Sept. 20, 2017

Sept. 20, 1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe and to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Sept. 20, 1746 – Slovak-Hungarian explorer Maurice Benyovszky was born in Verbó, Kingdom of Hungary (today Vrbové, Slovakia).

Sept. 20, 1776 - The Great Fire of New York began.

Sept. 20, 1777 - Near Paoli, Pa., General Charles Grey and nearly 5,000 British soldiers launched a surprise attack on a small regiment of Patriot troops commanded by General Anthony Wayne in what became known as the Paoli Massacre.

Sept. 20, 1778 – Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen was born at Lahhentagge manor, Ösel Island, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (now in Salme Parish, Saare County, Estonia).

Sept. 20, 1806 - After nearly 2-1/2 years spent exploring the western wilderness, the Corps of Discovery arrived at the frontier village of La Charette, the first white settlement they had seen since leaving behind the outposts of eastern civilization in 1804.

Sept. 20-21, 1819 - The first general election in Alabama for governor, members of the U.S. Congress, legislators, court clerks, and sheriffs was held as specified by the Constitution of 1819. Held on the third Monday and following Tuesday of September, the voters elected William Wyatt Bibb as the state’s first governor.

Sept. 20, 1844 – Lewis Lavon Peacock was born in Coffee County, Ala. The son of Joseph Tarpley Peacock, he apparently got his first name from his uncle Lewis Levi Peacock back in Georgia, but where the “Lavon” came from remains a mystery, perhaps its was a variant of Levi. He was raised in Coffee and Dale counties, never got much schooling, never learned to read or write and was never very well off in a material sense.

Sept. 20, 1845 – Russian explorer Matvei Gedenschtrom died in extreme poverty at the age of 65 in the village of Kaidukovaya near Tomsk.

Sept. 20, 1848 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science was established in Philadelphia. Its stated purpose was to “procure for the labors of scientific men increased facilities and a wider usefulness.”

Sept. 20, 1859 – William Rabb Sr., who settled in Conecuh County, Ala. in 1819, died at the age of 84. Born on Jan. 10, 1775 in Fairfield County, S.C., he was one of Conecuh’s first store owners and farmers. He was buried in the Rabb Cemetery in Conecuh County. (Some sources say he died on Sept. 21.)

Sept. 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought along Seneca Creek, Md.

Sept. 20, 1861 - Union troops at Lexington, Mo. surrendered to Confederate General Sterling Price, and Confederate forces occupied Lexington.

Sept. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Helena, Ark.; near Williamsport and near Hagerstown in Maryland; on the Fulton Road, south of Iuka, Miss.; at Shirly's Ford on the Spring River in Missouri; near Shiloh, N.C.; at La Grange, Tenn.; at Ashby’s Gap, Va.; and at Point Pleasant and Shepherdstown in West Virginia.

Sept. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Chickamauga concluded in northwestern Georgia. It was the bloodiest two-day battle of the conflict, and the only significant Confederate victory in the war's Western Theater. One of the largest battles of the war, Chickamauga resulted in 18,500 Confederate casualties and 16,100 Union casualties.

Sept. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, a 10-day Federal operation began between Paducah, Ky. and McLemoresville, Tenn.

Sept. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Morgan’s Ferry on the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana; at Hornersville, Mo.; at Carter’s Depot and Zollicoffer in Tennessee; and on Shaver Mountain, in the vicinity of Buckhannon and Huttonsville in W.Va.

Sept. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Arkadelphia and Roseville Creek in Arkansas; at Bayou Rapids, on the Red River in Louisiana; at Ponder's Mill, Mo.; near Fort Cottonwood, Nebraska; and at Middletown, Strasburg and near Cedarville in Virginia.

Sept. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, a 10-day Federal operation began in La Fayette and Jackson Counties in Missouri.

Sept. 20, 1876 – Curveball inventor Candy Cummings of the Hartford (Conn.) Dark Blues pitched two complete games in one day. He won, 14-4, and, 8-4.

Sept. 20, 1878 – Muckraking pioneer Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore, Md. He is best known for his 1906 novel, “The Jungle.”

Sept. 20, 1881 – U.S. President Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st U.S. President, the morning after becoming President upon James A. Garfield's death from wounds inflicted in an assassination attempt.

Sept. 20, 1883 – Evergreen newspapers reported that the “beautiful Calisthenics drill” had been introduced at the Evergreen Academy, to which all pupils, male and female, were admitted free; and this was to promote “both mental and physical culture.” Miss Webb, the accomplished music teacher, was to give these lessons twice a week in Calisthenics to the whole school and she also planned to give vocal lessons daily to a large class.

Sept. 20, 1883 – Evergreen newspapers reported that there was a colored woman on Mr. E.B. Horton’s place, in Oldtown beat, who was 107 years old.

Sept. 20, 1883 – Evergreen newspapers reported that William Dunklin, who lived on Henry Robson’s place, was attacked recently with an apoplectic fit, fell in the fire and was burned to death.

Sept. 20, 1883 – Evergreen newspapers reported that the Evergreen Academy had started upon a new career of usefulness and was an ornament to the community. Prof. Dargan, the principal, who had enjoyed the benefit of a large experience as an instructor in some of the best schools, collegiate and preparatory, in South Carolina, his native state, took charge of the academy in Evergreen one year before, and laid the foundation of the Evergreen Academy, which commended itself to the patronage of Conecuh and adjoining counties.

Sept. 20, 1887 – Rube Burrow, who would rob a train near Flomaton and eventually get gunned down in Linden, and his gang committed their fourth train robbery at Mary’s Creek near Benbrook, Texas when they robbed the evening train bound for Fort Worth.

Sept. 20, 1897 – A quarantine was declared by the health officials of the town and county against Mobile, Ala. on account of yellow fever. Later, train service between Flomaton and Repton was discontinued on account of sporadic cases of fever at or near Flomaton.

Sept. 20, 1902 - Jim Callaghan pitched the first no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history.

Sept. 20, 1902 – Poet and novelist Stevie Smith was born Florence Margaret Smith in Hull, Yorkshire, England.

Sept. 20, 1915 – The public school in Conecuh County, Alabama’s Mt. Zion community opened on this Monday with an enrollment of 40 pupils. W.F. Chandler of China was the principal, and Stella Mason of Wilcox County was assistant.

Sept. 20, 1918 – Colonel George S. Patton, 32, of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) wrote to his father from the Western Front in France, recounting his experiences during the American-led offensive against the Germans at Saint-Mihiel earlier that month.

Sept. 20, 1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pa. started a daily radio newscast, one of the first in the U.S.

Sept. 20, 1922 – “Mr. Pugh” of the Conecuh County, Alabama’s Fairfield community killed a five-foot-long rattlesnake with 21 rattles on Bankston Creek.

Sept. 20, 1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He beat his own record of 59 that he set in 1921.

Sept. 20, 1928 – Poet, editor and literary critic Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Conn. He was named the 14th poet laureate of the United States in 2006.

Sept. 20, 1930 – Russian anthropologist and explorer Gombojab Tsybikov died at the age of 57 in Aginskoye, Buryat-Mongol ASSR, Soviet Union.

Sept. 20, 1931 – Huntsville, Ala. native Gabby Street made his final Major League Baseball appearance, taking the field for the St. Louis Cardinals

Sept. 20, 1935 – Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor was born in Baton Rouge, La. He went on to play for LSU, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.

Sept. 20, 1940 – Pensacola “Radio Stars” Tex Dunn and his Virginia Hillbillies were scheduled to perform at the Megargel (Ala.) School House on this Friday night. The event was sponsored by the PTA and included ice cream, drinks and sandwiches.

Sept. 20, 1942 – During the Holocaust at Letychiv, Ukraine, in the course of two days the German SS murdered at least 3,000 Jews.

Sept. 20, 1945 – American occultist, journalist, and explorer William Seabrook committed suicide by drug overdose at the age of 61 in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Sept. 20, 1950 – Army Cpl. Dixie Clay Pritchett, 25, of Clarke County, Ala. was killed in action in Korea while serving in the 7th Infantry RCT, 3rd Infantry Division. Born on Sept. 15, 1925, Pritchett was buried in the Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, at Arcola, Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana. He was also a World War II veteran.

Sept. 20, 1951 – Excel High School beat Lyeffion High School, 20-0, in Monroeville, Ala.

Sept. 20, 1955 - Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs set a Major League Baseball record with his fifth grand slam of the year.

Sept. 20, 1957 – Evergreen High School beat Monroe County High School, 6-0, at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen, Ala. Robert Ellington scored Evergreen’s lone touchdown.

Sept. 20, 1966 – On this night, the Castleberry (Ala.) Gin Co. caught fire, but Evergreen firefighters responded to the fire and quickly brought the blaze under control, holding the damage to a minimum.

Sept. 20, 1966 – The Evergreen (Ala.) City Council granted Harry Ellis and Charles Burt, the owners of Miller Trading Co., a building permit to construct a building next door to its main store building on Cooper Street for the handling of bulk fertilizer.

Sept. 20, 1968 - Denny McClain of the Detroit Tigers became the first player to achieve 31 wins in 37 years.

Sept. 20-22, 1968 – The motion picture version of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” was scheduled to be shown at the Pix Theatre in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 20, 1968 - U.S. military spokesmen defended the use of defoliants in Vietnam at a news conference in Saigon, claiming that the use of the agents in selected areas of South Vietnam had neither appreciably altered the country’s ecology, nor produced any harmful effects on human or animal life.

Sept. 20, 1970 - Jim Morrison was found guilty, in Miami, Fla. of indecent exposure and profanity. He was acquitted on charges of "lewd and lascivious" behavior. The charges were related to a performance by the Doors.

Sept. 20, 1972 - The USAF revealed that U.S. planes had been mining the coastal rivers and canals of northern Quang Tri province below the DMZ, the first mining of waterways within South Vietnam.

Sept. 20, 1973 - Willie Mays announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

Sept. 20, 1973 – College Football Hall of Fame linebacker Ronald McKinnon was born in Elba, Ala. He went on to play for the University of North Alabama, the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints.

Sept. 20, 1974 – Lyeffion High School, under veteran head coach Wendell Hart, beat previously unbeaten McKenzie High School, 13-0, in Lyeffion. Quarterback Raymond Brown scored both touchdowns on runs of five and 10 yards. Joey Garrett added an extra point.

Sept. 20, 1974 – In a “thriller” in Monroeville, Ala., Evergreen High School beat Monroe County High School, 8-7. Albert Stallworth scored on an eight-yard run for Evergreen, and the two-point conversion came on a pass from Mike Faulkner to Darris Champion. Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Marvin Williams, Pat Dawson and Willie Ingram. Standout Monroe County High Scholl players in that game included Willie Lett and Johnny Bartlett.

Sept. 20, 1974 – Macon Academy beat Sparta Academy, 35-20, in Tuskegee, Ala. Outstanding Sparta players in that game included Joe Andrews, Eddie Hooks, Bobby Johnson, Ronnie Pugh, Walker Scott and Sam Skipper. Richard Brown was Sparta’s head coach.

Sept. 20, 1977 – The Socialist Republic of Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations.

Sept. 20, 1978 – The Henry-Beeland-Stanley House in Greenville, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 20, 1979 - The first episode of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" aired on NBC.

Sept. 20, 1981 - Marcus Allen of the University of Southern California rushed for 274 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 21-0 victory over Indiana.

Sept. 20, 1982 - The NFL Players Association announced that a strike would begin at the completion of the Packers-Giants game on Monday night. The strike would last for 57 days.

Sept. 20, 1982 - The first episode of the television series “Madame's Place,” co-written by Alabama author Carter Crocker, was broadcast.

Sept. 20, 1984 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds recorded his 100th hit of the season. It was the 22nd consecutive season he had recorded at least 100 hits in a season.

Sept. 20, 1985 - Tommy Kramer of the Minnesota Vikings threw for 436 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Sept. 20, 1986 - Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres stole five bases in one game against Houston.

Sept. 20, 1987 - Walter Payton scored his 107th touchdown to break the NFL record held by Jim Brown.

Sept. 20, 1989 – Frank L. Rankins, 56, of Burnt Corn drowned in a family fish pond behind his brother’s house at Burnt Corn on this Wednesday night. Investigators believed that Rankins was fishing alone in a boat when he fell out while trying to retrieve a snagged hook and line. Sheriff’s Departments and Rescue Squads from Conecuh and Monroe counties responded to the incident, and Conecuh County Rescue Squad members found his body in about 10 feet of water a short time later. Born in Feb. 3, 1933, Rankins was buried in the New Hope AME Church Zion Cemetery in Burnt Corn in Conecuh County.

Sept. 20, 1993 - John Carney of the San Diego Chargers kicked six field goals to extend his consecutive field goal streak to 29 straight games. The Chargers beat the Houston Oilers, 18-17.

Sept. 20, 1996 – Sparta Academy improved to 3-1 on the season with a 7-6 win over Fort Dale-South Butler in Greenville, Ala. Lyle Bell led Sparta’s offense with 88 yards on 21 carries.

Sept. 20, 1996 – Monroe County High School’s Bucky Busby kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the game to give Monroe a 17-16 win over Hillcrest-Evergreen in Monroeville.

Sept. 20, 1996 – Joe Hyde officially retired from The Evergreen Courant after 53 years. He was hired to work at the paper in 1943 by R.G. Bozeman Sr. and saw the paper go from hand set type to the computer era.

Sept. 20, 1998 - Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles ended his record streak of playing in 2,632 games. He had played in every game since May 30, 1982.

Sept. 20, 2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror."

Sept. 20, 2002 - Tom Gamboa, coach of the Kansas City Royals, was attacked by a man and his son while he was standing near first base. The two fans were arrested and charged with battery.

Sept. 20, 2013 – Bubba’s BBQ in Evergreen was scheduled to be featured on WSFA’s “County Road 12” segment on this Friday at 6 p.m. TV news anchor Judd Davis and cameraman Jeff Harrison interviewed Bubba’s owner Pat Poole for two hours on Sept. 17 during a visit to the restaurant. 

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.75 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 28.95 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 72.50 inches.

Notes: Today is the 263rd day of 2017 and the 92nd day of Summer. There are 102 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.

The Evergreen Courant's News Flashback for Sept. 20, 2017

USS Power (DD-839)

SEPT. 21, 2000

Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .33 inches of rain on Sept. 13 and .03 inches of rain on Sept. 14. He reported highs of 92 degrees on Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 and lows of 58 degrees on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.

Evergreen city crews were busy last week along Hwy. 31 preparing a site that is part of the city’s beautification project. The Water Department recently installed the irrigation system with sprinklers to water the flowers and shrubs the Street Department will be planting this week. The project is scheduled to be concluded within the next two to three weeks. Crews from all departments helped in the undertaking of the project.

Flat Rock church added to Historical Register: Folks at Flat Rock have finally seen their hard work and patience pay off with the recent inclusion of the Flat Rock Saints Church and Cemetery to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage listing by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Residents of the community have worked diligently throughout the year to achieve this honor.
“Richard Jenkins and Rogene Booker were instrumental in helping the community by getting the church to donate the building in February of 1999,” commented Clint Padgett. “In just one year, we have our debts paid off and are now working on a perpetual care fund for the cemetery.” Along with the donations and the extremely successful fundraiser, Gov. Don Siegelman gave a $5,000 grant for the restoration of the building.

SEPT. 18, 1975

Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported no rainfall between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14. He reported a high of 93 on Sept. 9 and a low of 62 on Sept. 14.

Anthony J. Weaver, son of William J. Weaver of Evergreen, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
Sergeant Weaver, an electronic warfare systems specialist, is assigned at Lakenheath RAF Station, England, with a unit of the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
The sergeant is a 1972 graduate of Evergreen High School.

Conecuh County Deputy Sheriff Adam Jerome Boykin recently graduated from the police academy at Faulkner Junior College in Bay Minette. He had an average of 86.6 in the six different classes and was in the Top 10 of his class.

Man’s body found along railroad: The body of a man identified at Gerald Dean Smith, 52, was found alongside the L&N Railroad track near Wilcox on Sept. 11.
Sheriff Edwin L. Booker and Deputy David Stonestreet, Trooper W.E. Stubbs and Coroner Dr. E.A. Price investigated. Dr. Price judged that the body had been there approximately two days when found.

Leroy Ferrell, deputy sheriff of Conecuh County, graduated recently from the police academy at Faulkner Junior College in Bay Minette with an average grade of 80 in six different classes.

SEPT. 21, 1950

Alvin Anderson’s Hog Grand Champ Of Show: Alvin Anderson, a 4-H member from Brockton School, won the Grand Champion Award of $10 at the third annual Conecuh County 4-H Fat Hog Show here Monday with a mixed, crossed O.I.C. barrow. The show was held at the Conecuh Cooperative Stockyard. A total of 33 hogs were entered in the show by 19 4-H Club members.
The Reserve Champion Award was won by Tommy Nall of Lenox, member of the Repton Club. Third place was won by Cecil Raines and Phillip and Rayvonne Coleman teamed to take fourth place with their hog.

James D. Griggers and Jack Hall, both of Evergreen, are serving as seamen aboard the USS Power C.D.D. 839. Griggers and Hall entered the Navy along with Billy Cobb, another Evergreen man, last June. The three went through boot training together at Great Lake, Ill.

Conecuh Circuit Court In Session This Week: The fall term of Conecuh County Circuit Court is in session here this week with the grand jury having completed its deliberations as The Courant goes to press. A light civil docket was completed by Tuesday. The criminal docket will be taken up next week.

Three men were injured, two seriously, when a car and truck collided just 75 feet north of the Evergreen city limits on Highway 31 Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon and was investigated by Corporal Louie Phillips of the Alabama Highway Patrol.

SEPT. 16, 1925

A TREAT FOR EVERGREEN: Mr. T.A. Gantt, proprietor of the Arcade Theatre, is to be congratulated upon securing “The Birth of a Nation” to come to Evergreen on Oct. 26-28, both inclusive.
The hero of this play is an Alabama boy and is known personally to many Evergreen people. In fact, he is a college mate of some of the men of our citizenship.
The play has gained international fame, and a town is counted fortunate to be able to secure a date from the promoters. This is a rare opportunity for the people of Evergreen to see a real play, and we think Mr. Gantt should be commended for his success in inducing such a splendid play to come this way.

John Hagood and Harry Dey left several days ago to attend school at the University of Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Price are being congratulated upon the arrival of a fine boy who came last Friday whom they have named Leonard W. Jr.

Rob Stallworth left this week to attend the medical department of the Emory University.

Thadeus Ivey left last weekend to attend school at Howard.

Miss Willie Dale Frazier left for Effie where she will fill a position as teacher in the Effie school.

Today in History for Sept. 19, 2017

Jim Bowie
Sept. 19, 1676 – Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion.

Sept. 19, 1692 – Giles Corey was pressed to death, after two days under the weight, after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

Sept. 19, 1777 – During the American Revolutionary War, British forces won a tactically expensive victory over the Continental Army in the First Battle of Saratoga (also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm). During the early morning hours of the battle, British General John Burgoyne launched a three-column attack against General Horatio Gates and his American forces. During the five-hour battle, the Americans lost approximately 280 troops killed, while the British suffered a more severe loss of more than 550 killed.

Sept. 19, 1778 – The Continental Congress passed the first United States federal budget.

Sept. 19, 1796 – George Washington's Farewell Address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.

Sept 19, 1819 – John Keats, 24, wrote the ode “To Autumn,” which became one of the most anthologized poems in the English language.

Sept. 19, 1827 - After a duel turned into an all-out brawl, Jim Bowie, who is said to have once lived in Monroe County, Ala., disemboweled a banker in Alexandria, La. with an early version of his famous Bowie knife.

Sept. 19, 1846 – Two French shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, experienced a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette.

Sept. 19, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Barboursville, Ky.

Sept. 19, 1862 - Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price at the Battle of Iuka in northern Mississippi. The Battle of Iuka was part of a Confederate attempt to prevent General Ulysses S. Grant from reinforcing General Don Carlos Buell in central Tennessee. Confederate losses amounted to 1,500 while Yankee losses amounted to 790.

Sept. 19, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Helena, Arkansas; at Horse Cave, Bear Wallow and at Southerland’s Farm in Kentucky; at Sharpsburg, Shepherdstown (Blackford’s or Boteler’s) Ford and near Williamsport in Maryland; at Barnett’s Corners, Peyton’s Mill and at Prentiss, Mississippi; and at Hickory Grove and Mount Vernon in Missouri.

Sept. 19, 1862 – During the Civil War, two days of skirmishing began in the vicinity of Brentwood, Tennessee, and a six-day Federal operation began in the Indian Territory.

Sept. 1862 – During the Civil War, Confederates carried out an attack on the Queen of the West, near Bolivar, Miss.

Sept. 19, 1863 - Union troops under Union General William Rosecrans collided with troops under Confederate General Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Chickamauga in northwestern, Ga. It was the bloodiest two-day battle of the Civil War and the only significant Confederate victory in the war’s Western Theater. The following day, the Confederates routed the Yankees and sent them in retreat to Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Conecuh Guards fought at the Battle of Chickamauga and four of the unit’s members lost their lives, including 2nd Sgt. George Downs, 1st Cpl. Thomas Briley, James Dubose and John D. Shaver. Frank Kirk, a former member of the Conecuh Guards, was also killed at Chickamauga while serving as a part of the 38th Alabama Regiment.

Members of the Conecuh Guards who were wounded at Chickamauga included 1st Sgt. Andrew J. Mosley, Gil R. Boulware (Color Sgt. of Fort Ala. Regiment, wounded in side and arm, and left arm was amputated at Chickamauga, survived war and returned to Conecuh County), Sgt. John Q. Dunham (died in Madison County, Fla. in 1878), W.B. Booker (wounded at Chickamauga and disabled for life, returned to Conecuh County) and John D. Hyde (also wounded at Gaines’s Farm and in 1864 skirmish near Richmond, Va., returned to Conecuh County after war).

Also at Chickamauga, Isadore Goldstein of the Conecuh Guards was taken prisoner and remained in prison until the end of the war. He moved to Pennsylvania after the war.

Also at Chickamauga was Lt. Newton E. Johnston, who was born at Brooklyn, Ala. He served with Co. E, 38th Alabama Infantry, Clayton’s Brigade, and died as a result of wounds sustained at Chickamauga on Sept. 19, 1863. He returned to Brooklyn and died shortly thereafter.

Lewis Lavon Peacock and his older brother, Noah Dallas Peacock, both fought at the Battle of Chickamauga. Lewis Lavon Peacock served with Hilliard’s Legion, which lost more than half its number in that battle. (The flag of the Second Battalion, for example, had 81 bullet holes.) Noah Dallas Peacock fought with Co. F, 15th Ala. Inf., which had been transferred from the Army of Northern Va. to the Army of Tennessee earlier that fall.

Sept. 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought on the Greenwell Springs Road, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana; at Bristol and Como, Tennessee; and at Raccoon Ford, Virginia. A six-day Federal expedition from Fort Pillow to Jackson, Tennessee began.

Sept. 19, 1864 - Union General Philip Sheridan defeated Confederate troops under General Jubal Early at the Third Battle of Winchester (Opequon Creek), Va. With over 50,000 troops engaged it was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley and was not only militarily decisive in that region of Virginia but also played a role in securing Abraham Lincoln's election in 1864.

Sept. 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal operation began from Natchez to Buck’s Ferry and Farrar’s Plantation, Mississippi.

Sept. 19 1864 – During the Civil War, Confederate Major General Sterling Price’s Confederate Cavalry column of 12,000 entered Missouri from Arkansas. This would be the last major Confederate thrust to take control of Missouri.

Sept. 19, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Doniphan, Missouri and at Culpepper, Virginia.

Sept. 19, 1881 – U.S. President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting. Vice President Chester A. Arthur became President upon Garfield's death.

Sept. 19, 1892 - Author Jack Bethea was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that the “Academy building” in Monroeville, Ala. was nearing completion and was to be ready for occupancy by the first of October. “The house will present a very handsome appearance when the finishing touches are put on.”

Sept. 19, 1901 - All Major League Baseball games were canceled for the funeral of U.S. President William McKinley.

Sept. 19, 1911 – Author William Golding was born in St. Columb Minor, Cornwall, England. He is best known for his novel, “The Lord of the Flies.”

Sept. 19, 1915 – Paul Kardow, who would grow up to pitch for the Cleveland Indians and manage the Evergreen Greenies baseball team, was born in Humble, Texas.

Sept. 19, 1917 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Hillery H. Jernigan of Brewton, Ala. “died from disease.”

Sept. 1920 – Writer and editor Roger Angell was born in New York.

Sept. 19, 1926 – National Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider was born in Los Angeles, Calif. He went on to play for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Sept. 19, 1927 – Conecuh County, Ala. schools were scheduled to open for the 1927-28 school year on this Monday morning. M.A. Hanks was Conecuh County’s Superintendent of Education.

Sept. 19, 1928 - Adam West, who is best known for the title role in the 1960s ABC series “Batman” and its theatrical feature film, was born in Walla Walla, Wash.

Sept. 19, 1930 – Evergreen High School, under head coach E.L. McInnis, beat Conecuh County High School, 28-0, in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1939 – Dr. G.C. Watson of Monroeville, Ala. passed away at his home around 6 a.m. after a heart attack. A former dentist and prominent businessman, Watson was a native of Wilcox County, but had lived in Monroe County for 40 years. A 34-year resident of Monroeville, he practiced dentistry up until about 15 years prior to his death, but he had to give it up due to poor health. He’d been engaged in the mercantile business since that time.

Sept. 19, 1939 – The officers elected to serve Alabama Lodge No. 3 in Monroeville, Ala. were installed during an installation ceremony conducted by Joe Southall and George U. Potter of Mobile.

Sept. 19, 1940 – The public was invited to attend Monroe County High School’s football practice “under the lights” on this Thursday night in Monroeville, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1941 - Author James Haskins was born in Demopolis, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1943 – National Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan was born in Bonham, Texas. He went on to play for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Oakland Athletics. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Sept. 19, 1944 – Te Battle of Hürtgen Forest, between the United States and Nazi Germany, began.

Sept. 19, 1947 – Evergreen High School, under head coach Wendell Hart, beat Repton High School, 30-0, in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1947 - Author Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1949 - Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first National League player to hit 50 home runs in two different seasons.

Sept. 19, 1950 – During the Korean War, Army 2LT Stewart M. Baker Jr. of Covington County, Ala. was killed in action.

Sept. 19, 1952 – Evergreen High School, under head coach Wendell Hart, beat Escambia County High School, 10-6, in Evergreen, Ala. Ralph Law was an assistant coach at Evergreen that season. Players on Evergreen’s team that season included Paul Hanks, Wayne “Dog” Douglas, Ward Alexander, Capt. Pace “Hot” Bozeman and Shirley Frazier.

Sept. 19, 1952 – Excel High School beat Lyeffion High School, 28-0, in Excel. Julian Moore was Lyeffion’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1952 – Frisco City High School beat Beatrice High School, 38-0, in Frisco City. James Pace was Beatrice’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1953 - More than 30 years after it became law, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, is ratified by the Alabama legislature. Although Alabama complied with the provisions of the amendment as soon as it went into effect in 1920, the 1953 legislature wanted "to record its approval of extending the right of suffrage to women."

Sept. 19, 1958 – Wilcox County High School beat Beatrice High School, 33-7, in Camden. Charles McNeil was Beatrice’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1958 - The Evergreen Aggies were scheduled to hit the road on this Friday night for their first game away from home in the 1958 season. They were scheduled to meet the powerful Andalusia Bulldogs at eight o’clock at the Andalusia Municipal Stadium.

Sept. 19, 1959 - In a surreal moment of the Cold War, Nikita Khruschev, the Soviet leader, exploded with anger after being told for security reasons he would not be allowed to visit Disneyland.

Sept. 19-20, 1961 – The Hill Abduction Incident, which was the first widely publicized modern report of alien abduction, was said to have occurred on this date in rural New Hampshire.

Sept. 19, 1965 – Burglars broke into and robbed the post office and Sam Lowrey’s Store at Burnt Corn on this Sunday night. The burglars broke a lock on the front of the store, which contained the post office, to gain entrance and removed about $75 in cash from the post office safe and an undisclosed amount of money from Lowrey’s Store. The crime was investigated by Mobile postal inspector B.R. Wilson and state investigator J.F. Gardner of Evergreen.

Sept. 19, 1965 - The post office and Sam Lowery’s Store at Burnt Corn was burglarized on this Sunday night, according to state and postal inspectors. B.R. Wilson, postal inspector out of the Mobile office, and J.F. Gardner, state investigator of Evergreen, said about $75 was missing from the post office safe and an undetermined amount of money was missing from Sam Lowery’s Store. Wilson said the safe-cracking appeared to be the work of professionals.

Sept. 19, 1966 - The Johnson administration and its handling of the war in Vietnam came under attack from several quarters. A group of 22 eminent U.S. scientists, including seven Nobel laureates, urged the President to halt the use of antipersonnel and anti-crop chemical weapons in Vietnam. In Congress, House Republicans issued a “White Paper” that warned that the United States was becoming “a full-fledged combatant” in a war that was becoming “bigger than the Korean War.” The paper urged the President to end the war “more speedily and at a smaller cost, while safeguarding the independence and freedom of South Vietnam.”

Sept. 19, 1967 – Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott was born in Flint, Mich. Despite having been born without a right hand, he played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.

Sept. 19, 1969 – McKenzie High School beat Lyeffion High School, 26-8, in McKenzie. Bobby Joe Hall was Lyeffion’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1969 - President Nixon announced the cancellation of the draft calls for November and December.

Sept. 19, 197 – Montagnard troops of South Vietnam revolted against the rule of Nguyễn Khánh, killing 70 ethnic Vietnamese soldiers.

Sept. 19, 1975 – Evergreen High School, under head coach Buddy Davis, beat Monroe County High School, 14-13, in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1975 – Sparta Academy, under head coach Richard Brown, beat Crenshaw Christian, 6-0, in Luverne. Sparta went on to finish the season with a 7-3-1 overall record.

Sept. 19, 1976 – Two Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II jets flew out to investigate an unidentified flying object when both independently lost instrumentation and communications as they approached, only to have them restored upon withdrawal.

Sept. 19, 1976 – NBA shooting guard Raja Bell was born in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He went on to play for Boston University, FUI, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Utah Jazz, the Phoenix Suns, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Golden State Warriors.

Sept. 19, 1980 – Monroe County High School beat Evergreen High School, 6-0, in Monroeville, Ala.

Sept. 19, 1980 – J.U. Blacksher High School, under head coach Keith Cardwell, beat Coffeeville, 20-0, at Uriah.

Sept. 19, 1980 - The second-ranked Monroe Academy Volunteers defeated the Marengo Academy Longhorns 23-8 at Volunteer Stadium in Ollie on this Friday night, avenging the previous year’s defeat at the hands of the visitors from Linden. Volunteer quarterback David Carpenter scored all three Monroe Academy touchdowns, all on short runs. Other standout Monroe players in that game included Boyd Bradley, Tim Chunn, Byron Dunn, Joey Langham, Will Thames, Randy Watson and John Wilman. Rob Kelly was Monroe’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1984 - Pete Rose reached the 100-hit plateau for the 22nd consecutive year. He also tied the National League record for doubles with 725.

Sept. 19, 1986 – Monroe County High School beat Evergreen High School, 40-7, in Monroeville, Ala. Willie Farish was Evergreen’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1986 – Repton High School, under head coach H.L. Watson, beat Excel High School, 28-22, in Excel. The following week, the undefeated Bulldogs would move to No. 2 in the Class 1A football poll. They would finish the season with a 10-2 record, ending the season with a 10-7 loss at Sweet Water in the second round of the playoffs.

Sept. 19, 1986 – Coffeeville High School beat J.U. Blacksher High School, 14-7, at Uriah. Keith Cardwell was Blacksher’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1990 – Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt’s office announced in a press release that that Alabama Army National Guard units in Monroeville and Jackson, both in the 778th Maintenance Co., had been put on alert and were preparing in case they were called to active duty in the Persian Gulf. No deployment date had been announced as of this date.

Sept. 19, 1990 - Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.

Sept. 19, 1991 - The "Iceman" also known as Otsi, the mummy of an ancient human stone age wanderer, was found in a glacier in the Alps.

Sept. 19, 1995 - The Unabomber's 35,000-word manifesto was published by The Washington Post and the New York Times.

Sept. 19, 1997 - Mark McGwire became the first Major League player to hit 20 or more home runs for two teams in the same season. It was his 54th home run of the year.

Sept. 19, 1997 – No. 5-ranked Frisco City High School, under head coach Rodney Dollar, beat Sweet Water, 42-33, in Sweet Water. The following week, the Whippets climbed to No. 3 in the Class 1A poll on their way to an 8-3 overall finish.

Sept. 19, 1997 – Flomaton High School beat J.U. Blacksher High School, 37-20, in Flomaton. John Williamson was Blacksher’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 1998 – Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles ended his streak of consecutive games played at 2,632 games in a row by voluntarily removing himself from a game against the New York Yankees on this day. He had played in every game since May 30, 1982.

Sept. 19, 1999 - Sammy Sosa was became the first Major League player to hit 60 home runs twice.

Sept. 19, 2003 – Hillcrest High School, under head coach Arlton Hudson, beat Monroe County High School, 14-13, at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen.

Sept. 19, 2003 – Frisco City High School, under head coach Troy Quinn, beat Fruitdale, 20-6, in Frisco City.

Sept. 19, 2003 – J.U Blacksher High School, under head coach Mark Chaney, beat Marengo, 21-6, at Uriah. Blacksher finished the season with a 3-7 overall record.

Sept. 19, 2008 – Excel High School, under head coach Andy Lambert, beat Southern Choctaw, 41-15, in Silas.

Sept. 19, 2008 – Georgiana High School beat Frisco City High School, 48-13, in Georgiana. Troy Quinn was Frisco’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 2008 – B.C. Rain High School beat Hillcrest High School, 13-8, at B.C. Rain. Maurice Belser was Hillcrest’s head coach.

Sept. 19, 2008 – J.U Blacksher High School, under head coach Mark Heaton, beat McIntosh High School, 13-6, at Uriah. Blacksher would finish the season with an 8-4 overall record.

Sept. 19, 2011 – Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602.

Sept. 19, 2014 – Excel High School, under head coach Richard Anderson, beat Cottage Hill Christian, 38-34, in Mobile.

Sept. 19, 2014 – T.R. Miller High School beat Hillcrest High School, 42-20, in Evergreen.

Sept. 19, 2014 – J.U. Blacksher High School, under head coach Wesley Sims, beat Chickasaw High School, 26-24, in Chickasaw. Blacksher would finish the season with a 6-5 overall record.