Monday, October 16, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Oct. 16, 2017

15 YEARS AGO
OCT. 17, 2002

The Sparta Academy Warriors defeated Greenville Academy 21-16 on Fri., Oct. 11, 2002 in Greenville.
Perry Castleberry scored the first two touchdowns of the night for the Warriors on runs of three yards and four yards, respectively. John McGinitie added the PAT on the first touchdown and Brandon Burleson added the two-point conversion on the second touchdown.
Wiley Cobb scored the last touchdown for the Warriors on a six-yard run. The try for the two-point conversion failed.
Perry Castleberry was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 182 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Brandon Burleson had 29 yards on nine carries. John McGinitie had 14 yards on four carries. Matt Robinson had five yards on two carries and Wiley Cobb had three yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
Jeremy Anderson had five receptions for 65 yards. Brandon Burleson had one reception for 22 yards, and Paul Castleberry had one reception for 0 yards.

Sparta Academy held homecoming activities on Fri., Oct. 4, 2002. Members of the senior homecoming court are Jessica Roberts, escorted by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Roberts; Caroline McCreary, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCreary; Kelly Daw, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Daw; Katie Baggett, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Baggett; Miss Homecoming 2002 Callie Ezell, escorted by her parents, Gerald Ezell and Debbie Ezell; Katie Etheridge, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Etheridge; Susan Ivey, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ivey; Ashley Nolin, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nolin; and Hannah Smith, escorted by her parents, David Smith and Judy Brown.

30 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1987

The Evergreen Aggies were defeated by the Luverne Tigers last Friday night by the score of 42-16.
The Aggies points all came in the third period. James Gross scored on a 54-yard run with 7:25 left in the period. Evergreen converted on a two-point conversion on a pass from Young to Marvin Cunningham to make it 42-8. Evergreen then kicked off and Russell Meeks miss hit it, I think, but it turned out okay when the Aggies recovered the kick at the Luverne 40-yard line.
With 4:57 left in the third quarter, Tony Simpson threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Cunningham. The two-point conversion was good on the same combination as before when Young threw to Marvin Cunningham.

Crenshaw Christian Academy blanked the Sparta Academy Warriors, 21-0, in Luverne Friday night.
Jamie Deason had 66 yards on 10 carries; Jeff Carrier, 30 on 15; Lee Wild, six on one; Kenny Bledsoe lost two yards on three tries.
Bledsoe completed four of 10 passes for 40 yards and had one interception. Brad Watts threw incomplete twice, and Wild’s only pass was also incomplete.

Jeff Carrier is presented the McDonald’s “Athlete of the Month” award by Jack Dwyer, manager of the Evergreen McDonald’s on Highway 83. Carrier, junior running back, pass receiver and defensive back for Sparta Academy, was chosen for his outstanding play and leadership for the Warriors.

45 YEARS AGO
OCT. 19, 1972

Sparta Academy to have first homecoming: Sparta Academy will have its first homecoming Fri., Oct. 20. There will be displays, skits and a pep rally starting at 12:30 p.m.
A pre-game show at Stuart-McGehee Field will start at 7:30. Miss Football, Miss Homecoming and her court will be presented.

Crucial mistakes and power of Luverne fullback, Sam Morgan, led the Evergreen Aggies to the gallows Friday night as they were hanged in a lackluster game by the Luverne Tigers, 41-0.

The Sparta Academy Warriors lost to Escambia Academy, one of the state’s most powerful teams, Friday night, 13-2, at Stuart-McGehee Field.
Sparta’s first and only score came early in the first period as the snap from center on an attempted punt went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for 2-0 Sparta lead.
Sparta’s only offensive threat came from the passing of Buddy Monroe to Gary Daw as they combined on three catches for 86 yards.
Sparta’s defensive team kept Escambia to its second lowest points total that it has ever had. Leading defenders for Sparta were Will Ward, Tubby McInvale, Walt Lee Ward, Don Owens, Jerry Cotton and Gary McInvale.
(Other top Sparta players in that game included Bruce Hutcheson and Sam Skipper.)

Thurs., Nov. 2, Miss Homecoming will be crowned (at Evergreen High School). Miss Football will be named Oct. 20 by the football team.

60 YEARS AGO
OCT. 17, 1957

Eagles Nipped By Camden 7-0: Evergreen’s C.C.T.S. Eagles, outweighed man for man by 20 pounds, played a valiant defensive game, though on the short end of a 7-0 score.
The entire game was played practically on the Eagle’s side of the 50-yard line. The Eagles made four brilliant goal line stands to keep within striking distance.
The Eagles made their only threat in the final stanza. With four minutes remaining in the game, Hood Johnson intercepted a Camden pass on his 30 and ran it back to the Camden 40. The Eagles failed to gain a first down and Camden took possession on their 35.
(Other standout CCTS players in that game included James Watson, Walter Hill, Johnny Tullis and Norman Nettles.)

Aggies Out To Spoil McKenzie H’coming: The Evergreen Aggies will return to the football wars Friday night, taking to the road for their first game away from home this season. Evergreen has been out of action for two weeks as last week’s game with Greenville was postponed because of flu.
McKenzie’s Tigers have nominated the Aggies to be the victim of their annual homecoming celebration.
(Players on Evergreen’s team that year included George Bolton, Robbie Boykin, Howard Claybrook, Robert Daniels, Robert Ellington, Billy Grace, Jerry Mitchell, Jimmy Moorer, James Nelson, Paul Pace, Byron Warren and Buddy Zukowski. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach.)

The Dixie Fox Hunters Association has announced that its annual Bench Show and Field Trials will be held Oct. 28-31 at Burnt Corn.

90 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1927

Brewton Defeats Aggies 20 To 0: The fast team at Brewton succeeded in defeating the locals Friday afternoon in one of the fiercest struggles of the season, when they ran up a 20 to 0 score. The first half was close indeed as the score at the close of the period was 2 to 0. The only tally in this part of the game came when the Aggies were held for a safety.
In the second half, three touchdowns were made, each time however, Brewton failed to add the extra point. It appeared that the lines of the two teams were very nearly matched, Brewton’s victory coming from their superiority in the backfield. In this department, especial mention might be of Moore, who played an exceptionally good game for Brewton. The locals showed considerable fight at several stages of the game but failed to possess the offensive necessary to gain yardage. The game was well attended by Evergreen people. The next game played by the Aggies will be in Andalusia next Friday afternoon.

Miss Martha Dickinson spent Saturday in Montgomery, attending the Auburn-LSU football game.

John Stearns and Chas. Taliaferro Jr. attended the Alabama-Tech game in Atlanta Saturday, returning Sunday night.


Castleberry: Misses Lizenby and Wise attended the Auburn-LSU football game in Montgomery Saturday.

Today in History for Oct. 16, 2017

 Lt. John Tillman Melvin
Oct. 16, 1691 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, villagers vowed to drive minster Samuel Parris out of Salem and to stop contributing to his salary.


Oct. 16, 1730 – French-American explorer and third French Governor of Louisiana Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac died at the age of 72 in Castelsarrasin, France.

Oct. 16, 1758 – Noah Webster, who published the first American dictionary, was born in Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 16, 1773 – The first public statement against the British Parliament’s Tea Act was a document printed in The Pennsylvania Gazette on this day. The document became known as the “Philadelphia Resolutions,” which urged all Americans to oppose the British tax and stated that anyone who transported, sold or consumed the taxed tea would be considered “an enemy to his country.”

Oct. 16, 1777 – Itinerant Methodist minister and author Lorenzo Dow was born in Coventry, Conn. As he passed down the Old Federal Road through Conecuh and Monroe Counties, he is believed to have delivered the first Methodist sermon in Alabama in 1803.

Oct. 16, 1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont were the last major raids of the American Revolutionary War.

Oct. 16, 1781 – George Washington captured Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown.

Oct. 16, 1793 – Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.

Oct. 16, 1814 – The “London Beer Flood” occurred in London, killing eight.

Oct. 16, 1834 – Much of the ancient structure of the Palace of Westminster in London burned to the ground.

Oct. 16, 1840 - Benjamin Faneuil Porter, a doctor and lawyer who lived in Claiborne, Ala. for about six years, before becoming a state legislator, judge and Mayor of Greenville, presided over the “Harrison Convention” in Tuscumbia.

Oct. 16, 1854 - An obscure lawyer and Congressional hopeful from the state of Illinois named Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which Congress had passed five months earlier. In his speech, the future president denounced the act and outlined his views on slavery, which he called "immoral."

Oct. 16, 1854 – Playwright Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Oct. 16, 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown, 59, led a small group on a raid against a federal armory and arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery.

Oct. 16, 1861 – During the Civil War, Federal troops occupied Lexington, Mo. and skirmishes were fought near Linn Creek and Warsaw, Mo.

Oct. 16, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Bolivar Heights, near Harper’s Ferry, W.Va.

Oct. 16, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Elkhorn Tavern, Ark.; at Mountain Gap and Wild Cat Mountain, Big Rockcastle Creek and Mount Vernon in Kentucky; and at Portland, Shell's Mill and Auxvasse Creek in Missouri.

Octo. 16, 1862 – During the Civil War, a two-day Federal reconnaissance from Sharpsburg, Md. to Smithfield, W.Va. began. Federal reconnaissance was also conducted from Harper’s Ferry to Charlestown in West Virginia. Skirmishes were fought en route.

Oct. 16, 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln appointed General Ulysses S. Grant to command all operations in the western theater.

Oct. 16, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fort Brooks at Tamp Bay in Florida; at Grand Coteau, La.; at Treadwell’s, near Clinton and Vernon Crossroads, in Mississippi; on Deer Creek at Humansville and Johnstown in Missouri; at Pungo Landing, N.C.; and near Island No. 10, Tenn. A five-day Federal operation from Natchez, Miss. to Red River, La. also began.

Oct. 16, 1864 - Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest began a 25-day cavalry raid by moving part of his force to Johnsonville, Tenn. Most of his men were not in place until early November. On Nov. 4, Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville.

Oct. 16, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal expedition from Devall’s Bluff aboard the steamer, Celeste, on the Cache River toward Clarnedon in Arkansas began.

Oct. 16, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Ship’s Gap, Fla.; near Morganza, La.; at Ridgley, Mo.; near Bull Gap, Tenn.; and at Blackwater River, Va. A three-day Federal expedition from City Point into Surry County in Virginia also began.

Oct. 16, 1864 – During the Civil War, an engagement was fought at Fort Brooke, Fla. Two Union ships bombarded Fort Brooke on October 16 as a diversion, while a landing party under Acting Master T.R. Harris disembarked at Ballast Point and marched 14 miles to the Hillsborough River to capture several steamers. Harris and his men surprised and captured the blockade running steamer Scottish Chief and sloop Kate Dale. The Rebels destroyed the steamer A.B. Noyes to preclude her capture. On its way back to the ship, Harris's force was surprised by a detachment of the garrison, causing casualties.

Oct. 16, 1869 - The Cardiff Giant, which turned out to be one of America's most famous hoaxes, was "discovered.”

Oct. 16, 1875 – Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.

Oct. 16, 1879 - Rev. William C. Morrow died at the age of 64 in Evergreen, Ala. He was a Presbyterian minister and his first assignment as a minister was at the Old Flat Creek Church at Turnbull in Monroe County, Ala. He is buried in the Old Beulah Cemetery in Conecuh County.

Oct. 16, 1887 – John Tillman Melvin was born in Selma, Ala. While serving as a 30-year-old Naval lieutenant aboard the patrol boat, USS Alcedo, he would become the first U.S. Naval officer killed in World War I when the ship was torpedoed by a German sub on Nov. 5, 1917. Melvin’s body was never recovered, lost at sea, but a memorial in his honor can be found at Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. The son of B.S. Melvin, he permanent address was 610 Church St. in Selma.

Oct. 16, 1888 – Playwright Eugene O’Neill was born in New York City. He went on to write 50 plays, including “The Hairy Ape” (1921), “Desire Under the Elms” (1924), “The Iceman Cometh” (1939), and “Long Day's Journey Into Night” (1941).

Oct. 16, 1893 - Alabama author Carl Carmer was born in Cortland, N.Y.

Oct. 16, 1900 – National Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Goose Goslin was born in Salem, N.J. During his career, he played for the Washington Senators, the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.

Oct. 16, 1912 - New York Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass dropped an easy pop-up in the tenth inning of the tiebreaking eighth game of the World Series against the Red Sox. His error led to a two-run Boston rally and cost the Giants the championship.

Oct. 16, 1912 – The Evergreen Courant reported that at a recent meeting of the Conecuh County Medical Society, Dr. E.L. Stallworth was elected health officer of the county, Dr. G. Newton was elected county physician; Dr. W.F. Betts city physician.

Oct. 16, 1916 - At dawn, Private Henry Farr of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was executed for cowardice after he refused to go forward into the front-line trenches on the Western Front during World War I.

Oct. 16, 1917 - Serving aboard the USS Cassin, Alabamian Kelly Ingram became the first American serviceman killed in action during World War I. In 1918, the Navy named a destroyer after Ingram, marking the first time an enlisted man had a ship named in his honor. Congress later awarded Ingram the Medal of Honor and the City of Birmingham named Ingram Park after the Pratt City hero.

Oct. 16, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Charlie Johnson of Repton, Ala. “died from disease.”

Oct. 16, 1926 – Journalist, author, poet, radioman and teacher Riley Kelly was born in Excel, Ala. A graduate of Emory University and World War II Navy veteran, he worked for The Frisco City Sun, The Monroe Journal and WMFC. His books include “In Search of Light” (1969), “Patterns,” (1970), “The Human Way” (1974) and “Prize Cache” (1974).

Oct. 16, 1931 – Football player and coach P.W. Underwood was born in Cordova, Ala. He went on to play for Southern Miss and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He later served as head coach at Southern Miss and as an assistant coach at Auburn.

Oct. 16, 1938 - Vista Spencer Lowe was born in Pensacola, Fla. to Charles G. Lowe and Rubie Spencer Lowe. He would be killed in the line of duty as a Pensacola, Fla. firefighter in 1962.

Oct. 16, 1946 - Ten Nazi war criminals were executed by hanging after being condemned and convicted during the Nuremberg trials.

Oct. 16, 1946 - Austrian SS officer Ernst Kaltenbrunner, 43, was hanged in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Allied-occupied Germany.

Oct. 16, 1953 – Lyeffion High School, under coach William Andrews, picked up its fourth straight win by beating Coffeeville High School, 12-7, in Coffeeville, Ala. Sam Smith scored Lyeffion’s first touchdown on a two-yard run, and Wayne Thames scored the winning touchdown on a five-yard run. Other outstanding Lyeffion players in that game included Frank Chavers, Bobby Coker, Clay Kelly, Jackie Parrish, Bill Raines and Cecil Raines.

Oct. 16, 1953 – On homecoming night in Greenville, Ala., Greenville High School, under Coach Luke Whetstone, beat Evergreen High School, 33-19. Evergreen quarterback Jimmy Frazier threw for 155 yards to receivers Buck Lewis, Ronnie Edson and Ward Alexander. Other outstanding Evergreen players in that game included Wayne Bell, Walter Carrier, Sam Cope, Wayne (Dog) Douglas, Ronnie Edson, Eugene (Pee Wee) Hyde, Alvin Reeves, Lamar Sheffield, Richard Taylor, Bud Ward and Randy White. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach.

Oct. 16, 1960 - The National League voted to admit Houston and New York to the league. It was the first organizational change to the league since 1900.

Oct. 16, 1968 - Roger Waller’s February farrowed Hampshire gilt won over four other breeds at the Greater Gulf State Fair in Mobile. The judge declared that his champion was the best individual in the field of 60 animals being exhibited. Roger also had the Reserve Champion boar of the show in a Yorkshire boar pig.

Oct. 16, 1968 - In a series of meetings with U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu insisted that North Vietnam assent to three conditions prior to a bombing halt.

Oct. 16, 1969 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Seaman Don C. Hansen of Evergreen, Ala. was serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean when the JFK hosted a two-day tour by Sergeant Shriver, U.S. Ambassador to France; Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late John F. Kennedy; their family and high-ranking French and military guests.

Oct. 16, 1969 – The Evergreen Courant reported that former Evergreen High School football standout Homer Faulkner of Evergreen, Ala. was the starting punter at Livingston University, where the 185-pound junior averaged 41.2 yards per kick in 1968.

Oct. 16, 1972 – Former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath appeared on the cover of TIME magazine.

Oct. 16, 1973 – Evergreen police officers, Henry Vickrey and Johnny Blackmon, and police dispatcher Swan Turner witnessed a UFO in downtown Evergreen, Ala. just after midnight. They reported watching an “unusual light” in the sky for 15 to 20 minutes, and news of the incident was reported nationwide in newspapers and on television and radio broadcasts.

Oct. 16, 1973 - Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese diplomat Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Paris peace accords. Kissinger accepted, but Tho declined the award until such time as “peace is truly established.”

Oct. 16, 1974 – Former Evergreen Courant publisher and editor Robert Gaston Bozeman Sr. passed away at the age of 77 and was buried in Evergreen, Alabama’s Magnolia Cemetery. He was inducted into the Alabama Press Association Hall of Honor in 1980.

Oct. 16, 1975 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported 2.3 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Oct. 16, 1978 – Wanda Rutkiewicz became the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Oct. 16, 1984 - Evergreen weather reporter Earl Windham reported 1.81 inches in Evergreen, Ala.

Oct. 16, 1985 - The Historic Chattahoochee Commission purchased the Hart House in Eufaula, Ala. The house, which was built in 1850, is a notable example of pure Greek Revival architecture and was one of only five Eufaula buildings recorded by the original 1935 Historic American Building Survey. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1973, as part of the Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District. Today, the house serves as a regional visitor center providing information on heritage tourism attractions throughout the 18-county Chattahoochee Trace region of southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia.
  
Oct. 16, 1986 – Reinhold Messner became the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders.

Oct. 16, 1993 – As part of the 13th Annual Conecuh Heritage Festival, comedian Jerry Clower performed at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen, Ala. starting at 7 p.m. The River Road Band opened for Clower. The Heritage Festival is sponsored by the Evergreen-Conecuh County Chamber of Commerce with cooperation of citizens from all over Conecuh County.

Oct. 16, 1994 - The television program “Cries from the Heart,” teleplay by Alabama author Robert Inman, was broadcast.

Oct. 16, 2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution that authorized war against Iraq.

Oct. 16, 2002 – Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, was officially inaugurated.


Oct. 16, 2013 – The Marlow Methodist Church Cemetery in Baldwin County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  3.00 inches.

Fall to Date Rainfall: 3.20 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 75.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 289th day of 2017 and the 25th day of Fall. There are 76 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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala.

Alabama State Senator Lister Hill
20 YEARS AGO
OCT. 9, 1997

Fonde Melton was sworn in Sept. 17 as Monroe County’s first Revenue Commissioner. The position was created last year when the state combined the duties of the tax collector and tax assessor’s offices. Monroe County Probate Judge Otha Lee Biggs administered the oath to Melton. Retiring tax collector Charlie Deer was sworn in as supernumerary.

Utsey possible MCHS interim: Reid Utsey of Monroeville is anticipated to be named interim head baseball coach at Monroe County High School today (Thursday) when the school board holds its regular monthly meeting at the Resource Center on South Alabama Avenue in Monroeville at 10 a.m.
Utsey, who coached the Tigers’ junior varsity baseball team last spring and assisted former head coach Randy Allison with the varsity team two years ago, has been recommended to assume Allison’s coaching duties this spring by MCHS principal Larry Turner.

FCHS crowns queen: Frisco City High School principal Jane Bradley crowned Kim Maye as its 1997 homecoming queen Friday. Miss Maye was escorted by Ralph Gibbs.

The Kiwanis Monroe County Fair opened Tuesday night at the Fairgrounds at the Monroe County Coliseum providing a chance for family entertainment and a little friendly competition.
The Monroeville Kiwanis Club uses the fair to raise almost 75 percent of its annual budget of about $23,000. The club gets a percentage of the midway and all the admission funds.

35 YEARS AGO
OCT. 14, 1982

If General Dynamics gets a federal contract to build a new-fangled military jeep, it plans to assemble the vehicle in Monroeville’s former Arvin Industries building, gradually providing as many as 500 new jobs.
The announcement was made Wednesday morning by 1st District Congressman Jack Edwards, accompanied by Monroe County Probate Judge Otha Lee Biggs and others, to about 200 spectators in the large courtroom of the Monroe County Courthouse.
General Dynamics, a Michigan firm, is competing with two other companies for the contract to build the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, dubbed the HMMWV and pronounced “hum-vee.”

Monroe Academy capped off a 72-yard drive Friday night on a 26-yard Keith Langham to Don Smith pass to overcome a 9-6 deficit, defeating Glenwood Academy, 13-9, in Monroeville. Smith’s touchdown reception in the last play of the drive represented the only completed pass play of the last drive.
(Other top Monroe Academy players in that game included Tim Carter, Scotty Croft, Pat Downs, Shannon Eskridge, Donald Foster, Eugene Garrett, Mark Steadman, Scottie Stuckey and Chuck Owens. Rob Kelly was MA’s head coach.)

Repton High School held its annual homecoming last week. Donna Boatwright was crowned homecoming queen Friday morning when she and her court were presented to the school during an activity period.

50 YEARS AGO
OCT. 12, 1967

Monroe County citizens who have been isolated for many years in the Packers Bend community across the Alabama River soon will have transportation to the rest of the county. A ferry boat will bridge the river, bringing Packers Bend families to nearby towns and facilities and taking road equipment, county officials and others to the isolated community.
The ferry boat project, long discussed as a solution to the problem, was announced this week by the Little River Community Action Program and the Monroe County Commission.
Monroe County Engineer R.M. English Jr. says the ferry boat operation will save enough in two years over the costs of long hauls for road equipment to pay for the project. The county now must move heavy equipment 70 miles to reach the Packers Bend community.
The project has been in the planning stages for several months.

The J.U. Blacksher Bulldogs came back in the last half to defeat the Frisco City Whippets, 26 to 14, last Friday night on the Frisco City field.
Halfback Tommy Cartwright led the Blacksher offense with 110 yards and quarterback Keith Cardwell followed with 73 yards.
(Other top Blacksher players in that game included Edwin Jeter, Gary Hilburn and Howard Metts. Top Frisco City players included Bill Grant, Andy Harrison, Randy Manning, Larry Norris, Ronnie Ray, Rex Ryder, Eddie Sawyer and Jimmy Tucker.)

COMPLETES TRAINING: J.W. Lassiter has completed his basic training at Fort McClellan and will be leaving for duty in Vietnam Oct. 6. He is the son of Mrs. Margaret B. Lassiter of Monroeville.

65 YEARS AGO
OCT. 9, 1952

Monroe County’s courthouse here is now in the process of receiving a newly decorated interior.
All of the inside walls of the structure, which has housed county legislative offices for the past 50 years, are being repainted and plans are underway for the floors to be refinished.
The most recent interior decoration on the courthouse was completed around five years ago. The most recent addition to the building was a fireproof record room, which was added to its north side earlier this year.

Monroe County High’s Tiger eleven racked up its fourth straight win of the season and second victory against out-of-county opponents by out-scoring the Evergreen Aggies, 13-0, here Friday night.
Tiger TD trotters were left half Rip Regan and fullback Jake Smith, while QB Jackie Pickett was responsible for the single conversion.
(Other top MCHS players in that game included Ronald Biggs and Howard Nichols.)

Miss Alice Lee has returned from Mobile and is recuperating from an operation at her home.

Officers for 1953 for the Monroeville Kiwanis Club were elected at the regular luncheon meeting of the group held at the Hi-Ho Restaurant Friday.
Selected as president was Charles Ray Skinner, veneer mill executive, who will replace M.L. Bergman, local realtor.
(Other new officers included J.F. Nettles, first vice-president; R.A. Wible, second vice-president; and Johnson Lathram, treasurer.)

80 YEARS AGO
OCT. 14, 1937

Lister Hill Addressed Voters Here Monday: Hon. Lister Hill of Montgomery, candidate for the United States Senate, spoke to a large crowd of Monroe County citizens at the courthouse on Monday at 11 a.m.

Frisco City Boy Plays In Band For Harvard-Navy Football Game: Neil Kilpatrick will play in the N.N.A.S. band from Newport News, Va. for the Harvard-Navy football game to be played on Oct. 15. Neil received his early training in band under Mr. Williams at Monroe County High School.

Sixty-five young men from Monroe County were enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Brewton last week and will be sent to various camps.

The Frisco City High School football team won its fifteenth consecutive victory Friday night when it romped Wallace High with a score of 14-0.
Those who receive mention for their playing in Friday night’s game were Nub Stacey, backfield; John Merrill Sawyer, line; and Hartwell Sawyer, line.
Frisco’s next combat will be with McCullough High Friday night, Oct. 15, at eight o’clock in Frisco City.

Quite a number of Monroeville football fans motored down to Frisco City Monday night to witness the game played between Monroeville and Uriah. The local boys won by a score of 32 to 0, after a hard fought game.

The census report issued Monday shows a gain of 2,094 bales over the same date last year. The report shows that prior to Oct. 1, there were 20,168 bales of cotton ginned in Monroe County from the present crop as compared with 18,074 bales ginned to the same date last year.

(The News Flashback column printed above was originally published in the Oct. 13, 2016 edition of The Monroe Journal.)

Today in History for Oct. 15, 2017

Herbert Bradley's grave in Covington County.
Oct. 15, 70 B.C. – Roman poet Virgil, who is best known for his epic poem “The Aeneid,” was born Publius Vergilius Maro near Mantua, Italy.


Oct. 15, 1764 – Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspired him to begin work on “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

Oct. 15, 1780 – During the American Revolution, a combined force of 1,000 British regulars, Hessians, Loyalists and Indians, led by Loyalist Sir John Johnson and Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant, attempted an unsuccessful attack upon Middleburgh (or Middle Fort), New York.

Oct. 15, 1824 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette spent the entire evening at Arlington House in Arlington, Va., although he returned to his hotel in Washington D.C. at night.

Oct. 15, 1827 – Charles W. Locklin was born in Claiborne, Ala. He owned and piloted the steamer “St. Nicholas,” which snagged at a sandbar near Sunflower, Ala. in February 1866 and was lost. Locklin and his wife also claimed to have seen 12 phantom horsemen at McConnico Cemetery in the autumn of 1865.

Oct. 15, 1830 – Author and novelist Helen Hunt Jackson was born in Amherst, Mass.

Oct. 15, 1843 – Joseph A. Adams was born in Oak Bowery in Chambers County, Ala. He would go on to serve the Confederacy during the Civil War, and he founded The Southern Star newspaper in Dale County, Ala. in 1867.

Oct. 15, 1844 – Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in the Prussian village of Rocken. His most famous book, “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” was published in 1883.

Oct. 15, 1845 – British explorer Richard Francis Burton passed the regimental language exam for Persian.

Oct. 15, 1854 – “Harry,” the 23-year-old servant of Howard College president Henry Talbird, lost his life while awakening sleeping students after their dormitory caught fire in the middle of the night. The incident happened in Marion, Ala. He is buried in the Marion Cemetery in Marion, Ala.

Oct. 15, 1860 - Eleven-year old Grace Bedell wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.

Oct. 15, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Blackwell Station, Mo. Federal operations about Ironton and Fredericktown, Mo. began.

Oct. 15, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought on the Little River Turnpike in Virginia.

Oct. 15, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fort Gibson in the Indian Territory; along the Apalachicola River in Florida; at Crab Orchard and Barren Mound in Kentucky; at Neely’s Bend on the Cumberland River in Tennessee; and near Carrsville, Va. A five-day Federal operation also began in Henry, Owen and Gallatin Counties in Kentucky.

Oct. 15, 1863 – During the Civil War in Charleston Harbor, the CSS H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sank for a second time, during a test, killing eight of her crew, including its inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley.

Oct. 15, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at the Creek Agency in the Indian Territory; at Brownsville, Miss.; on the Canton Road, near Brownsville, Miss.; at Cross Timbers, Mo.; at Bristol and Philadelphia in Tennessee; at McLean’s, Blackburn’s Ford, Mitchell’s Ford, Manassas, and Oak Hill in Virginia; and near Hedgesville, W.Va.

Oct. 15, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Glasgow was fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Mo. and its Union garrison to the Confederacy.

Oct. 15, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Snake Creek Cap, Ga.; at Bayou Liddell, La.; at Hernando, Miss.; at Sedalia and Paris in Missouri; and at Mossy Creek, Tenn. A three-day Federal expedition from Bernard’s Mills to Murfree Station in Virginia also began.

Oct. 15, 1881 – English novelist and humorist P.G. Wodehouse (pronounced Wood-house) was born Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.

Oct. 15, 1888 – The "From Hell" letter sent by Jack the Ripper was received by investigators.

Oct. 15, 1889 – The South Alabama Fair opened in Greenville, Ala.

Oct. 15, 1889 - Confederate General Edward Aylesworth Perry passed away at the age of 58 in Kerrville, Texas.

Oct. 15, 1897 – The Evergreen Courant reported that it was learned in Evergreen on Oct. 14 that there were five cases of yellow fever at Flomaton. The state health officer had been there to investigate the cases. The train on Oct. 14 did not go any further down than Pollard.

Oct. 15, 1897 – The Evergreen Courant reported that S.B. Strout, the newly appointed postmaster at Evergreen, had qualified and taken charge of his office. W.T. Wiggins retired “with a clean record and with many friends.”

Oct. 15, 1897 - The Evergreen Courant reported that the streets of Evergreen and “especially the courthouse square have been thronged with people this week.”

Oct. 15, 1897 – The Evergreen Courant, in news from the Castleberry community, that Dr. R.T. Holland had just completed a large new storehouse, which “adds greatly to the looks of that side of town.”

Oct. 15, 1897 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the auditor had announced that the Confederate pension warrants for that year would go out within the next week or 10 days, and that there was an increase of about 1,800 names on the roll. This increase was expected to cut the approximation down so that each pensioner would only receive $12 or $13 instead of about $17, as heretofore.

Oct. 15, 1903 - Alabama author James H. Street was born in Lumberton, Miss.

Oct. 15, 1904 – Hugh M. King of Evergreen became a member of Greening Masonic Lodge in Evergreen, Ala. A native of Georgia, he was a distinguished Confederate officer, a former newspaper man, an attorney, and was mayor of Evergreen and Bainbridge, Ga. He died on June 5, 1914 in Evergreen.

Oct. 15, 1909 – Reporter Bob Trout, who was known as the “Iron Man of radio,” was born Robert Blondheim in Wake County, N.C.

Oct. 15, 1914 – The Conecuh Record reported that the Evergreen Oil & Fertilizer factory had opened under the management of C.A. Jones.

Oct. 15, 1917 – During World War I, Dutch exotic dancer and archetypal seductive female spy, Mata Hari (Margueretha Gertruida Zelle), was executed by a French firing squad at the Caserne de Vincennes, an old fort outside Paris, for spying for the Germany Empire.

Oct. 15, 1917 – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. was born in Columbus, Ohio.

Oct. 15, 1918 – During World War I, Army PFC Allen T. Pryor of Andalusia, Ala. was killed in action while serving with the Allied Expeditionary Force’s Rainbow Division. He is buried in the Magnolia Cemetery in Andalusia in Covington County, Ala.

Oct. 15, 1918 – During World War I, Army Cpl. James Henry Mancil, 26, of Brewton, Ala. was killed in action while serving in the 167th Infantry, Rainbow Division. Born on May 5, 1892, a memorial marker for Mancil can be found in the McCurdy Cemetery in Century, Fla. His body was buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in Lorraine, France.

Oct. 15, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Comer C. Cain of Georgiana, Ala. was killed in action.

Oct. 15, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Herbert Bradley, 22, of River Falls, Ala. “died from disease.” Born on March 27, 1896, he was buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Covington County, Ala. (Some sources say that he died on Oct. 15, 1919.)

Oct. 15-16, 1921 - At Brooklyn Church on this Saturday and Sunday there was to be services in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the church. “All friends of the cause of religion” were invited to be present. Dinner was to be served Saturday in the grove where the congregation originally worshiped.

Oct. 15, 1923 – Italian writer Italo Calvino was born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba.

Oct. 15, 1924 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the new, two-story brick structure being erected by W.M. Newton on West Front Street, between the post office and Wild Brothers Hardware Co., in Evergreen, Ala. was “rapidly nearing completion.”

Oct. 15, 1927 - Miss Martha Dickinson spent this Saturday in Montgomery, attending the Auburn-LSU football game, according to The Evergreen Courant. John Stearns and Chas. Taliaferro Jr. also attended the Alabama-Tech game in Atlanta on this Saturday, returning the following night.

Oct. 15, 1932 – Evergreen High School beat Georgiana High School, 6-0, during the 10th Annual Fair at McKenzie, Ala.

Oct. 15, 1932 – Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Riley and family left Evergreen, Ala. on this Saturday for Greensboro, where they planned to take charge of the management of the Greensboro hotel.

Oct. 15, 1937 - "To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway was published for the first time.

Oct. 15, 1937 – Frisco City High School’s football team was scheduled to play McCullough High on this Friday night at eight o’clock in Frisco City.

Oct. 15, 1942 – The Monroe Journal reported that construction of a 120-foot steel forest lookout tower near Belleville, Ala. had been completed. Due to its location, fires more than 12 miles distant could be detected and crews dispatched to extinguish them.

Oct. 15, 1942 – The Evergreen Courant reported that there were 4,399 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, ginned in Conecuh County from the crop of 1942 prior to Oct. 1, 1942, as compared with 3,930 bales ginned to Oct. 1, 1941.

Oct. 15, 1942 – The Evergreen Courant carried the following notice: Beginning on the 19th of October, the mail for the night trains and the lobby of the post office will be closed at 7 p.m. daily instead of 8 p.m. – Laurie B. Kelly, acting postmaster.

Oct. 15, 1944 – The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler's NSDAP (Nazi party)) took power in Hungary.

Oct. 15, 1945 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer was born in New York City. He played his entire career, 1965 to 1984, for the Baltimore Orioles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Oct. 15, 1946 - Hermann Goering, a Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself just hours before his scheduled execution.

Oct. 15, 1954 – On this morning, fire completely destroyed the home of Elmer Gaskey near Annex in Conecuh County, Ala. No one was home at the time, and the house, clothing and furniture was a total loss.

Oct. 15, 1954 – In one of the greatest football games ever played in Conecuh County, Evergreen beat Greenville, 6-0, before a homecoming crowd of over 3,000 at Brooks Stadium in Evergreen, Ala. Greenville entered the game on an 18-game winning streak, and Evergreen quarterback Jimmy Frazier scored the game’s only touchdown on a one-yard run.

Oct. 15, 1954 – Albert Arnold’s Repton Bulldogs beat J.U. Blacksher, 31-6, in Repton, Ala. Players scoring touchdowns for Repton included Floyd Morgan, Eddie Kelly and Ray Blackwell. Nelson Smith scored on a 50-yard screen pass for Blacksher’s only touchdown.

Oct. 15, 1960 - Michael Lewis, the author of such nonfiction best-sellers as 2003’s “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” and 2006’s “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” was born in New Orleans.

Oct. 15, 1965 – During the Vietnam War, the Catholic Worker Movement staged an anti-war rally in Manhattan including a public burning of a draft card; the first such act to result in arrest under a new amendment to the Selective Service Act.

Oct. 16, 1966 – The Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

Oct. 15, 1966 – The Moundville Archaeological Site in Moundville, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Oct. 15, 1966 - U.S. troops moved into Tay Ninh Province near the Cambodian border, about 50 miles north of Saigon, and swept the area in search of Viet Cong as part of Operation Attleboro, which had begun in September.

Oct. 15 1969 – During the Vietnam War, the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was held in Washington D.C. and across the United States. Over two million demonstrated nationally; about 250,000 in Washington D.C.

Oct. 15, 1971 – Repton High School center Hilton Ryland accepted the school’s Mr. Football award during halftime of the school’s homecoming game.

Oct. 15, 1971 – Repton High School, under head coach Victor Norris, was scheduled to play their homecoming football game against McKenzie High School in Repton, Ala. Ten seniors were to be playing in their last homecoming game: Butch Hanks, Wayne Burch, L.J. Burch, Rickey Waters, Lee Brown, Steve Baggett, Randy Hanks, George Lint, James Bell and Hilton Ryland.

Oct. 15, 1984 – Around noon, a tornado passed through the Range and Lenox communities in Conecuh County, Ala., causing extensive damage, but no injuries. The tornado was first spotted at 12:30 p.m. near the Bill Mayo residence near Range and it ripped a roof off a barn and turned the barn on its foundation. Several other barns and houses were damaged as the tornado traveled east and hit Lenox before subsiding.

Oct. 15, 1984 - The Freedom of Information Act was passed.

Oct. 15, 1987 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Jeff Carrier had been presented the McDonald’s “Athlete of the Month” award by Jack Dwyer, manager of the Evergreen McDonald’s on Highway 83. Carrier, a junior running back, pass receiver and defensive back for Sparta Academy, was chosen for his outstanding play and leadership for the Warriors.

Oct. 15, 1993 – Sparta Academy defeated Cathedral Christian of Birmingham, 56-28, during Sparta’s homecoming football game at Stuart-McGehee Field in Evergreen, Ala.

Oct. 15, 2000 – Philadelphia Baptist Church at Tunnel Springs, Ala. celebrated its 160th anniversary.

Oct. 15, 2001 - The 0-4 Dallas Cowboys and the 0-4 Washington Redskins played on Monday Night Football. It was the only time in the 31-year history of Monday Night Football that two 0-4 teams played. The Cowboys won the game 9-7.


Oct. 15, 2012 – The Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  2.80 inches.

Fall to Date Rainfall: 3.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 75.60 inches.

Notes: Today is the 288th day of 2017 and the 24th day of Fall. There are 77 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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Singleton says that Old Scotland traces its roots to Andrew Jackson scout

Old Scotland Church and Cemetery.
(For decades, local historian and paranormal investigator George “Buster” Singleton published a weekly newspaper column called “Somewhere in Time.” The column below, which was titled “Community named for Scottish settlers” was originally published in the Oct. 20, 1983 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

The time was around 1814 when the Scottish settlers unloaded their wagons and began to build the settlement that was latter to be known as Old Scotland.

They had traveled far and the hardships had been many before this place was reached. Here was the end of a long, weary trail. Here was to be the new home of the members of several various clans who had come to the new world hoping to find a better place to live and raise their families.

A place where the land was good and the water was pure, a place where the hills were high and the wind blew most of the time, as it did in the old country far across the sea. A place where one could worship his God without fear of persecution and live according to his own standards. A place where people did not have to be at war with their neighbors. A place where all was at peace.

Cutting out a community

So the McCorveys, the McMillans, the McCrorys, the McCantses, the McFaddens and many more began the awesome task of cutting a community out of the forest that covered the surrounding hills.

How had this area been selected by these people? The story goes that when Andrew Jackson (Old Hickory) marched his ragtag army into this area during the war of 1812-1814, a man by the name of McCorvey signed on with Jackson as a scout. During one of his scouting expeditions, McCorvey passed through the area that was later to become Old Scotland.

Greatly impressed by the high hills, the scenic views and the rich soil, he vowed to return and settle this special place and make it his home. Later he would return, bringing with him others who had heard the tall tales of the land that resembled their beloved Scotland.

The community grew: a town hall, a school, a church, a marketplace where folks could come together and play the bagpipes and dance to such popular Scottish tunes as “Bonnie Dundee,” “Scotland the Brave” and “The Wewaddleing Song.” I can hear them now – the straining notes of a half-dozen bagpipes, the swirling kilts and silvery sounds from the strings of several fiddles.

Dancing or fighting

Yes, the music of the bagpipes affects each individual in a different way. Some want to dance; others, for reasons that can’t be explained, feel the urge to fight. To others, it’s a peaceful sound. To me, one whose blood is mixed from both sides of my family with the blood of Scottish ancestors, the sound of the bagpipes is most beautiful.

The community of Old Scotland suffered the same fate as many other communities within the area with the coming of the railroads, the decline of the small farm and the coming of industry.

But as one stands quietly around the old church and views the old cemetery, don’t be surprised if the faint sounds of the bagpipes ride the winds across the hills, fiddle music causes your feet to shuffle, and you feel that you are in another place, another time, with people whose words are sharp and hard to understand, and everyone calls you “Laddie.”

(This column was also accompanied by a photo of the above-mentioned church by George B. Singleton that carried the following caption: Old Scotland Church – last remnant of a community.)


(Singleton, the author of the 1991 book “Of Foxfire and Phantom Soldiers,” passed away at the age of 79 on July 19, 2007. A longtime resident of Monroeville, he was born during a late-night thunderstorm on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served in the Korean War, worked as a riverboat deckhand, lived for a time among Apache Indians, moved to Monroe County on June 28, 1964 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from 1964 to 1987. For years, Singleton’s column “Somewhere in Time” appeared in The Monroe Journal, and he wrote a lengthy series of articles about Monroe County that appeared in Alabama Life magazine. Some of his earlier columns also appeared under the heading of “Monroe County History: Did You Know?” He is buried in Pineville Cemetery in Monroeville. The column above and all of Singleton’s other columns are available to the public through the microfilm records at the Monroe County Public Library in Monroeville. Singleton’s columns are presented here each week for research and scholarship purposes and as part of an effort to keep his work and memory alive.)