15 YEARS AGO
JULY 15, 2002
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .06 inches of rain on July 1, .02 inches on July 4, 2.05 inches on July 6 and .02 inches on July 7. He reported a high of 96 degrees on July 6 and lows of 67 on July 1, July 2, July 4 and July 5.
EMC’s Peace named to AHA board of directors: L.E. “Jim” Peace III, administrator of Evergreen Medical Center, was recently named to serve on the board of the Alabama Hospital Association at the association’s annual meeting in Orange Beach.
Peace has been active in the association since returning to the state several years ago. He is currently serving on the board of the Alabama Diversified Health Services, Inc., a subsidiary of the hospital association, and previously held the position of the Southwest Alabama Hospital Association Council.
L.J. Gomillion of Owassa grew this 60-pound pumpkin in his 25-foot garden in his back yard. Unfortunately, this variety of pumpkin is not the eating kind, but the kind used for decoration. Sorry, no pumpkin pies.
Work has begun on the City of Evergreen’s waterline improvement grant which will replace some of the city’s older water lines in the coming months. The new lines are being paid for with the help of a Community Development Block Grant. One of the benefactors of the new line will be the new elementary school being built across from Swift Supply.
40 YEARS AGO
JULY 14, 1977
Evergreen weather observer Earl Windham reported a high of 101 degrees on July 8 and highs of 100 on July 4, July 6 and July 7 with lows of 68 on July 5 and July 10. He reported .26 inches of rain on July 9.
New director meets Monday EHS Bandsters: Members of the Evergreen High School Aggie Marching Band are to meet Monday morning, July 18, at eight o’clock at the bandroom. The new band director, Carroll Cumbee, will be present and wishes to get acquainted with the band members.
The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce is offering a prize of a $25 U.S. savings bond to the person who submits the best “slogan” to be used to promote Evergreen. The slogan would be one like those used by other cities over the country such as “Birmingham, The Magic City,” “Opp, the City of Opportunity,” “Monroeville, the Hub City of Southwest Alabama,” etc.
The City of Evergreen served lunch to these Marines of the 4th Force Reconnaissance Co., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, when they took a break here Friday. The Mobile-based reserve unit was taking part in running the 4th Marine Amphibious Force Battle Standard from Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Marines to New Orleans, running the Standard from Greenville to Mobile. The Standard will officially arrive in New Orleans on Aug. 1, where it will be joined with the Standard of the 4th Marine Division (reserve division) being run from Camp Pendleton, Calif. to join with the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (reserve) to form the 4th Marine Amphibious Force (reserve) in permanent station at New Orleans.
65 YEARS AGO
JULY 10, 1952
Repton Doctor’s Safe Cracked Sunday Night Robbers Net Nothing: Two safe crackers went to a lot of trouble for nothing Sunday night when they opened Dr. W.R. Carter’s safe in Repton. After prying open the double-doored safe, the robbers found a strong box inside that they could not open. Dr. Carter told Sheriff John Brock that if there was anything missing he couldn’t tell it.
Two men were seen leaving Dr. Carter’s office Sunday night between nine and 10 o’clock. Two Repton men saw these fellows leaving the office and at the time thought their behavior suspicious.
The Evergreen City Council met Tuesday night at the City Hall with nothing but routine business coming before them.
Two building permits were granted for the construction of residences. George T. Robbins received a permit for the construction of a frame residence in his Pine Woods subdivision. Earl Windham was granted a permit for the construction of a residence on Salter Street, between the Barlow and Shell residences.
Cpl. James G. Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Freeman, of the Old Town community, sailed June 2, 1952 for overseas duty in Korea with the Engineer’s Division.
O.B. Tuggle, Southern Coach executive, will take office today as President of the Evergreen Rotary Club. He succeeds Malcom Croft who will turn the gavel over to him at the noon meeting of the Rotarians at The Grill today.
90 YEARS AGO
JULY 14, 1927
Former Evergreen Boy Bound For China: San Diego, Calif., July 11 – Some of the interesting events now occurring in China are likely to be witnessed by Lewis A. Barfield of Evergreen, who was one of the latest men to leave this western base for service with the expeditionary force of U.S. Marines at Shanghai.
He was with a detachment of Marines who embarked on the transport Thomas with Shanghai as their destination. Due to the rapid shifting of troops, however, the local Marine may eventually go to Tientsin or some other point in China, where the Marines are guarding American lives and interests.
Three or four thousand U.S. Marines have been ordered to China since last February, and from time to time small detachments are likely to be ordered there, remaining for an indefinite period.
Lewis is 22 years old and was born in Evergreen. He lived at the home of his father, Arthur M. Barfield of Evergreen, before he joined the Marine Corps last April.
Local National Guard Goes To Ft. Oglethorpe: Troop C, 55th Machine Gun Squadron of the Alabama National Guard, will leave the latter part of the week for Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., where the annual encampment will take place this year. The boys will be there for a period of 15 days. The local company is under the command of Capt. William D. (Dave) Lewis.
138 YEARS AGO
JULY 10, 1879
THE EVERGREEN STAR
At the request of a large number of the most prominent citizens of Escambia County, the next issue of The Star will be headed, THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR. It will be remembered that the name of our paper was changed May 3, 1877 on account of the establishment of The Standard at Pollard. The removal of The Standard to Milton, Fla. (some time ago) has left that county without a paper, and it is with pride and pleasure we resume the name: CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR.
The Historical and Memorial Association of Confederate soldiers will meet at the Courthouse in Evergreen Saturday next.
EVERGREEN ACADEMY: The final examination and closing exercises of this school on Thursday and Friday of last week proved, in every respect, the complete success that we had anticipated.
At four o’clock p.m., Prof. C.A. Newton of Belleville was introduced to the audience by Col. Bowles, President of the Board of Trustees, and for 25 minutes held them spellbound by an address which simply beggars description.
Then followed the presentation of prizes. The Principal had offered three; one for proficiency in the Dictionary class, one for proficiency in the Primary Spelling class and one for proficiency in the Primary Grammar class. These were awarded, respectively, to Miss Bettie Brantley, Miss Emma Smith and Master Minnie Salter, and presented with neat and appropriate remarks by Hon. N. Stallworth.