Monday, August 21, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Aug. 21, 2017

Evergreen's Wayne Frazier.
AUG. 25, 2005

“We looked as though we came a long way from the first scrimmage with Lowndes,” said Hand, who saw the Warriors suffer 21-0 and 14-0 losses to Lowndes and Macon-East last week, respectively.
Sparta opens its season Friday at home against a Fort Dale Academy team that feels it can compete for the 3A East Region title this season. Sparta is a 2A team.
(Players on Sparta’s team that year included Mason Black, Brian Bolton, Justin Booker, Gaston Bozeman, Chase Brown, Taylor Brown, D.J. Buckhault, Jacob Burch, Michael Campbell, Michael Chris Cinereski, Kyle Cinereski, Dylan Davis, Riley Davis, Damon Godwin, Hunter Hutcheson, Jamie Mason, Eric Morris, Casey Pierce, Tony Raines, Neil Salter, Will Ivey, Justin Sexton, Steven Stuart, Eric Talbot, Perry Thompson, Peyton Thompson, Cory Waters, Justin Webb and Myles Wiggins. Assistant coaches were Gary Watson, Daniel Wilson and Russ Brown.)

Hillcrest’s offense churned up 245 yards rushing last Friday but came up short on the scoreboard in a preseason game with W.S. Neal in Evergreen.
Neal’s Blue Eagles, sporting a team that features 15 seniors and 13 returning starters, took a 27-18 win over Hillcrest’s young team.
Hillcrest opens its regular season Friday in Evergreen against R.C. Hatch with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Stadium.

AUG. 28, 1980

New head coach Danny Covin and his 1980 Evergreen High Aggie football team will make their debut here Friday night at 7:30 in Brooks Stadium with the visiting team being Wilcox County High School of Camden. Since this is one of only three home games the Aggies have this year, fans are expected to turn out in large numbers.
(Players on Evergreen’s team that year included Terry Nettles, Curtis Williams, Philander Rogers, Mitch Crutchfield, David Floyd, Harold Byrd, James Crosby, Michael Lampkins, Jeff Brock, Tracy Scott, Stefon Bradley, James Thomas, Carlos Thomas, Don Grace, Gary Bowen, Talmus Philyaw, Max Cassady, Russell Bozeman, Autoria Scott, Robert Johnston, James Lee, Bobby Booker, Randy Higdon, Shannon Hall, Napoleon Brown, Darryl Stallworth, Randy Millender, Tony Sims, Gary Weaver, Chris Blatz, Al Hendricks, Deatrich Wise, Wayne Locke, Wayne Harrison, Mark Bell, Frank Likely, Guyton Rogers and Efrem Stallworth. Assistant coaches that season were Harold A. Manley and Bobby Pierson.)

The Sparta Academy Warriors will open their 1980 football season when they play Greenville Academy’s Tornados in Greenville on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Warriors have six returning lettermen, all seniors, around which to build the 1980 team: Scott Baggett, Jeff Johnson, Bobby Mason, Terry Shipp, Richard Nix and Darwin Nix. (Richard Brown was head coach, and Bob Parker was assistant coach.)

AUG. 25, 1955

Evergreen Aggies Are Busy Conditioning For Tough Schedule: The 1955 edition of the Evergreen Aggies is busy preparing for its opening game which is a little more than two weeks off with Bay Minette. The Aggies have been limited mostly to conditioning, passing and kicking drills. Contact work will begin Monday when the boys will be issued full equipment.
Walter Carrier, who has been working under center, will probably handle the passing and he will be throwing to targets like Randy White, Eddie Kelley, Neil Hyde, Ronnie Edson, Buck Lewis, Bert Tuggle and “Pee Wee” Hyde. Eddie Kelly is a newcomer to the Aggies, having transferred from Repton where he was a mainstay on the Bulldog eleven. Randy White, Walt Carrier and Wayne Frazier are working on punting and Murray Johnson and Wayne Frazier will do the kicking duties.
Coaches Hart and Robinson will probably use a T-formation offense and they will be depending on veteran backs Carrier, Lewis Edson and Hyde. The line will be built around such veterans as Randy White, Eddie Kelley, Neil Hyde, Wayne Frazier, Murray Johnson, James Nelson, Milton Moorer, Robert Mason, Timmy Boykin and Bert Cook.
This year’s team will probably be lighter and less experienced than last year’s, but with experienced men in key positions and lots of hard work the Aggies will deal misery to a tough schedule.
The 1955 schedule is as follows: Sept. 9, at Bay Minette; Sept. 16, at Atmore; Sept. 23, v. Andalusia; Sept. 30, v. Monroeville; Oct. 7, v. W.S. Neal; Oct. 14, at Greenville; Oct. 21, Open; Oct. 28, at Frisco City; Nov. 4, v. Prattville; Nov. 11, v. T.R. Miller; Nov. 18, v. Georgiana.

AUG. 28, 1930

Tennis Players Make New Endurance Record: Two local tennis players are believed to have broken the world’s endurance record for tennis playing here Tuesday. The players are Claude Pritchett and Winston Hagood.
The playing was begun at five o’clock in the morning and continued until seven in the evening. No time was taken out for any purpose.
The boys ate sandwiches and drank cold drinks, water, milk, etc. while playing. Both were going strong when darkness forced them to stop and no doubt they might have continued even longer had the day been longer. Both players stated that they suffered more from tired feet than in any other way.
The boys recently found a statement which disclosed that the world’s record for continuous tennis playing was slightly over 13 hours. They set out to break this record and succeeded in doing so.

Robert Conner Jr., professional golf player of Birmingham, is spending the week here, promoting the Miniature Golf Tournament for the Jeff-Led Golf Links.

AUG. 23, 1905

Brooklyn, Ala., Aug. 19 – The school boys defeated the Roustabouts in a game of baseball by a score of 3 to 1. Batteries for school: Stallworth and Johnson; for Roustabouts; Brewer and McCall. Struck out by Stallworth, 12; by Brewer, 4. Hits on Stallworth, 2; on Brewer, 10.

Baseball Players and Foot Racers! Louis J. Kruger, ex-champion long-distance foot racer of Germany and Holland, writes Oct. 27, 1901: “During my training of eight weeks’ foot races at Salt Lake City, in April last, I used Ballard’s Snow Liniment to my greatest satisfaction. Therefore, I highly recommend Snow Liniment to all who are troubled with sprains, bruises or rheumatism.” 25 cents, 50 cents and $1. Sold by Reid’s Drug Store.

Bermuda: Cotton picking is in progress and the boys won’t have so much time to play ball. Belleville and Bermuda crossed bats last Saturday evening, the score being 25 to 5, in favor of Bermuda. Come again, boys. You are welcome. Some of us play “mumble peg.”

Today in History for Aug. 21, 2017

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Aug. 21, 1415 – Henry the Navigator led Portuguese forces to victory over the Marinids at the Battle of Ceuta.

Aug. 21, 1689 – The Battle of Dunkeld was fought in Scotland.

Aug. 21, 1720 – Peter Chester was born in Barkway, England, about 20 miles north of London. He would go on to become a lieutenant colonel and the governor of British West Florida on Aug. 10, 1770. He returned to Bath, England near Bristol and passed away there at the age of 79 on Dec. 20, 1799.

Aug. 21, 1754 - Banastre Tarleton was born as the fourth child of John Tarleton, the former lord mayor of Liverpool, and money lender, merchant and slave trader. After completing his education at Oxford, Tarleton became the most feared officer in the British army during the War for American Independence, memorialized in portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as on film in The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, as the basis for the character Colonel William Tavington.

Aug. 21, 1770 – James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.

Aug. 21, 1778 – During the American Revolutionary War, British forces began besieging the French outpost at Pondichéry.

Aug. 21, 1821 – Jarvis Island was discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.

Aug. 21–24, 1824 – During his extended tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette traveled through and made stops in New Haven, Conn., Providence, R.I, Stoughton, Mass. and Boston, Mass.

Aug. 21, 1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection of black slaves and free blacks in Virginia. He was later executed.

Aug. 21, 1835 – Samuel McColl was commissioned for his third and final term as Monroe County, Alabama’s Circuit Court Clerk.

Aug. 21, 1858 - Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and one-time U.S. representative from Illinois, began a series of famous public encounters on the issue of slavery. The two politicians, the former a Northern Democrat and the latter a Republican, were competing for Douglas’ U.S. Senate seat. Lincoln lost the Senate race, but his campaign brought national attention to the young Republican Party.

Aug. 21, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Jonesboro, Mo.

Aug. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Light Prairie, near Arcata, Calif.; at Neosho, Mo.; at Pinckney Island, S.C.; and along the Rappahannock River at Kelly’s, Beverly (or Cunningham’s) and Freeman’s Fords.

Aug. 21, 1862 - Baton Rouge, La. was evacuated by Federal forces.

Aug. 21, 1862 - Union forces surrendered Gallatin, Tenn.

Aug. 21, 1863 – Union militiamen attacked the farm belonging to Frank and Jesse James’ stepfather, looking for Southern conspirators.

Aug. 21, 1863 - In Lawrence, the center of abolitionism in Kansas, pro-Confederate William C. Quantrill and 450 proslavery followers, including such future western outlaws as the Younger brothers and Frank and Jesse James, raided the town and killed 182 men. The group also burned 185 buildings before riding back to Missouri. This incident incited the North and led to even more killing by both sides along the Kansas-Missouri border

Aug. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, a skirmish occurred at Maysville, Ala.

Aug. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Brooklyn and Paola, Kansas, with Quantrill’s guerrilla force; at Coldwater, Miss.; at Shellmound, Tenn.; and near Glenville, W.Va.

Aug. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, the shelling of Charleston, S.C. began because Fort Sumter refused to surrender. This shelling was done by the Swamp Angel, a huge battery that fired 200-pound shells.

Aug. 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Federal shelling of Chattanooga Tenn. began.

Aug. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Cane Hill, Ark.; at Grubb’s Crossroads, Ky.; at Diamond Cave, Mo.; at Rogersville, Tenn.; near Berryville and Leesville in Virginia; and at Summit Point and at Welch’s (or Flowing Springs), near Charlestown, W.Va.

Aug. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, a seven-day Federal expedition into Washington and Benton Counties, Arkansas began.

Aug. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Confederate raid on Memphis, Tenn. was conducted by forces of Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Aug. 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee conceded the Weldon Railroad after his latest attack on the Federal lines failed to force the Union forces to retreat.

Aug. 21, 1879 – The corpse of J.W. (G.W.?) Collins was found near Easts’ Store in Monroe County, Ala. and officials figured his death was “probably brought about by over-exertion.” Collins and accused murderer Charles Roberts had teamed up after their escape from the Monroe County Jail with Roberts saying that “if I would follow him (Collins), he would carry me through safely.”

Aug. 21, 1879 - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist were said to be witnessed by 15 people at the Knock Parish Church in Knock County Mayo, Ireland.

Aug. 21, 1885 – The Monroe Journal reported that a change had been made to the mail route from Repton to Bermuda and that mail would be taken three times a week from Monroeville to the “growing town of Repton.” Mail was scheduled to depart Monroeville for Repton on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. to connect with the incoming train at Repton at 7:30 p.m. Congressional Representative Hon. J.T. Jones was responsible for the change.

Aug. 21, 1885 – The Monroe Journal reported that W.A. George had accepted the position of principal of the school in Monroeville.

Aug. 21, 1885 – George Fountain and Richard Kyle, two inmates in the Monroe County Jail in Monroeville, Ala., attempted “one of the most daring attempts” to escape from the jail by assaulting Monroe County Sheriff Burns when he went to check on them that evening. Fountain and Kyle were in jail for larceny and burglary. A crowd of citizens came to Burns’ aid, and their escape proved unsuccessful.

Aug. 21, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that cotton picking was “well underway. It is a common thing now to see bales of the fleecy staple on the streets.”

Aug. 21, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Monroe Mill property had been leased to Messrs. Davis & Colvin, for a term of five years, and they had begun work repairing the mill and ditches, and would begin operations at an early date. Davis and Colvin were experienced mill men and “will doubtless make it a success.”

Aug. 21, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that Miss Annie Hobson of Greensboro had accepted the position of teacher of Music and Art in the Monroeville Academy. “Prof. Powers and the community at large are to be congratulated upon securing the services of so talented and accomplished an assistant in the department named as Miss Hobson,” The Monroe Journal had to say. “The prospects for the opening on the first proximo are very flattering.”

Aug. 21, 1896 - The steamer Carrier left Claiborne for Mobile on this Friday morning with 357 bales of cotton, 54 bales being shipped from Claiborne.

Aug. 21, 1905 – Noah Dallas Peacock (Lewis Lavon Peacock’s older brother) bought 320 acres from J.D. Kelley in the neighborhood of Baker in Okaloosa County, Fla. after moving to the area from Bullock in Crenshaw County, Ala.

Aug. 21, 1906 - A.R. Boulware went to Mobile on this Tuesday on business, according to The Monroe Journal.

Aug. 21, 1908 – Washington Senators catcher Gabby Street, a native of Huntsville, Ala., achieved a measure of immortality by catching a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument—a distance of 555 feet. After muffing the first 12 balls thrown by journalist Preston Gibson, he made a clean reception of number 13. In addition, Street was fabled as an early catcher and mentor of the American League’s nonpareil right-handed pitcher, Walter Johnson.

Aug. 21, 1911 – The “Mona Lisa” was stolen by a Louvre employee.

Aug. 21, 1912 – Edward G. Stamps, the son of J.H. Stamps of Evergreen, Ala. was shot and killed by Samson Mayor Mizell.

Aug. 21, 1912 – Evergreen, Ala. received its first bale of that year’s cotton from J.S. Johnson of China. It was purchased by Northcutt & Rumbley and brought 11-3/4 cents.

Aug. 21, 1914 – While passing through his brother’s yard on a Saturday night in Evergreen, Ala., Dan Bailey stepped on the decayed covering of an old well, which gave way, causing him to fall to the bottom of the well, where he remained several hours. He eventually managed to climb out of the well and suffered only slight injuries.

Aug. 21, 1914 – During World War I, the Battle of Charleroi began and resulted in a successful German attack across the River Sambre that pre-empted a French offensive in the same area.

Aug. 21, 1914 – During World War I, the second and third of what will be four “Battles of the Frontiers” fought between German and Allied forces on the Western Front during a four-day period in August 1914 begin near Ardennes and Charleroi in northern France.

Aug. 21, 1915 – Jennie Faulk of Monroeville stopped in Evergreen, Ala. on this Saturday with her friends on a return trip from Atlanta.

Aug. 21, 1916 - The midsummer term of the Law and Equity Court convened on this Monday in Monroeville, Ala. with Judge W.G. McCorvey presiding. This was to be the last term of the Law and Equity court because all law and equity courts of the state were abolished by the previous legislature and their jurisdiction conferred upon the circuit courts.

Aug. 21, 1917 - The Conecuh County teachers’ institute convened on this day with a large attendance of teachers. The institute was scheduled to close Fri., Aug. 24, at noon.

Aug. 21, 1917 - Pat Byrd, proprietor of a restaurant at Roy, was fatally stabbed by a young man by the name of Stewart on this Tuesday night. It was said that Stewart entered Byrd’s place and began using profane and indecent language; refusing to retire at Byrd’s request, the latter undertook to expel him. Stewart drew his knife and stabbed Byrd to the heart. Stewart was put in jail.

Aug. 21, 1918 – During World War I, the Second Battle of the Somme began.

Aug. 21, 1926 - The S.W. Hixon store in Monroeville was entered by a prowler at some time on this Saturday night. The iron bars in one of the rear windows was pried apart far enough to admit the body either of a small man or boy. Several small articles were missed but nothing of any great value so far as could be determined.

Aug. 21, 1929 - The Chicago Cardinals traveled out of town for training camp. They were the first professional football team to do this.

Aug. 21, 1937 – National Book Award-winning Novelist Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn.

Aug. 21, 1940 - Ernest Lawrence Thayer died at age 77 in Santa Barbara, Calif. He wrote the poem "Casey at the Bat."

Aug. 21, 1941 - A movie version of Alabama author Lillian Hellman's play “The Little Foxes” was released.

Aug. 21, 1941 – The Evergreen Courant reported that general ticket sales for Alabama’s 1941 football season would begin Sept. 1, according to Jeff Coleman, business manager of athletics at the Capstone. Alumni sales opened on Aug. 15 and were to continue through Aug. 31, after which time the sale was to open to the general public. Coleman stated that all orders would be filled in accordance with the date the order was received. With the toughest schedule a Crimson team had tackled in many years, Alabama fans were to get a chance to see the Tide in action six times within the state, including four games against Southeastern Conference foes. Alabama was scheduled to play three games in Birmingham and three in Tuscaloosa with two conference encounters scheduled in each city. The Tide had 10 games on its schedule that season for the first time since 1932 and seven conference teams were scheduled to be played for the first year since 1934. Alabama’s 1941 football schedule was as follows: Sept. 27, Southwestern Louisiana Institute at Tuscaloosa; Oct. 4, Mississippi State at Tuscaloosa; Oct. 11, Howard College at Birmingham; Oct. 18, Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn.; Oct. 25, Georgia at Birmingham; Nov. 1, Kentucky at Tuscaloosa – Homecoming; Nov. 8, Tulane at New Orleans, La.; Nov. 15, Georgia Tech at Birmingham; Nov. 22, Vanderbilt at Nashville, Tenn.; and Nov. 28, University of Miami at Miami, Fla.

Aug. 21, 1941 – The Evergreen Courant reported that postponement of school openings had been set generally until at least Sept. 8 and until Sept. 15 in areas where there are large numbers of infantile paralysis cases, was requested by Dr. Albert H. Collins, state superintendent of education, in letters forwarded Tues., Aug. 19, to city and county school authorities throughout the state.

Aug. 21, 1941 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the Aircraft Observation Post for Beat 7 had been organized with Walter Overby as Organizer and Chief. The assistant personnel included Mrs. Pearl Johnson, Mrs. Maxie J. Overby and Mrs. Lewis Stucky. The telephone line construction had begun. Volunteer labor, contributions, posts, buildings and premises, etc., were being accepted to strengthen this great defense effort.

Aug. 21, 1941 – The Evergreen Courant reported that work began during the past week on a complete remodeling of the Lone Star Service Station, dispensers of Pure Oil products. The present station was to be torn down with the exception of certain portions of the walls.

Aug. 21, 1942 – Conecuh County, Ala. Circuit Clerk W.S. Dreaden suffered a heat attack on this Friday night and was carried to the hospital two days later. As of Aug. 27, he remained “critically ill” in a Montgomery hospital.

Aug. 21, 1942 – During World War II, the flag of Nazi Germany was installed atop the Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range.

Aug. 21, 1945 – Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Willie Lanier was born in Clover, Va. He went on to play for Morgan State and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

Aug. 21, 1958 – The Evergreen Courant announced that the newspaper had purchased and installed a new printing press, a Heidelberg Platen Press, which was expected to allow the paper to “give faster and better printing service than ever before.”

Aug. 21, 1958 – Evergreen High School opened fall football practice on this day at 5 a.m. in preparation for their season opener on Sept. 12 against Atmore. Twenty-five players reported for the first practice under coaches Wendell Hart and Jeff Moorer.

Aug. 21, 1959 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union and issued the order for the 50-star flag.

Aug. 21, 1960 – Poet Ellen Hinsey was born in Boston.

Aug. 21, 1962 – Mary Emma Ligon Armentrout, one of Evergreen’s oldest citizens, died on this Tuesday, on her 95th birthday, after a brief illness. She was born in Oakfuskee, Cleburne County, Ala. on Aug. 21, 1867. She lived there until after her marriage in 1898 to Charles A. Armentrout of Jenifer, Ala. She made her home in Oxford, Ala., where she lived until after the death of her husband in August of 1922. Since that time, she had lived with her children, coming to Evergreen in 1940 with Mrs. Henry J. Kinzer. She is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

Aug. 21, 1963 – Around midnight, a UFO was sighted near Ashton, south of Orlando, Fla., apparently taking on water from a lake. Later, around 3 a.m., another UFO was spotted above the trees at the roadside on U.S. Route 441, a few miles south of Pearson, Ga., at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp.

Aug. 21, 1963 – During the Xá Lợi Pagoda raids, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalized Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.

Aug. 21, 1966 – The Evergreen Golf Club’s annual membership tournament was scheduled to begin with an 18-hole qualifying round on this Sunday afternoon. Bill Ivey was the defending champion. The championship round of the tournament was scheduled to be played on Aug. 28.

Aug. 21, 1968 – James Anderson Jr. posthumously received the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.

Aug. 21, 1969 - President Nixon and South Korean President Park Chung Hee met in San Francisco.

Aug. 21, 1971 - A Patrick Henry Junior College coed, Lucy Wiggins, was named Monroe County Farm Bureau Queen at the annual meeting of the Monroe County Farm Bureau held at the Coliseum on this Saturday night.

Aug. 21, 1971 - Antiwar protestors associated with the Catholic Left raided draft offices in Buffalo, New York and Camden, New Jersey to confiscate and destroy draft records.

Aug. 21, 1971 - The Lyeffion Quarterback Club was sponsoring a Catfish Supper on this Saturday night at the school cafeteria. Serving was to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the cost of a plate was $1.50.

Aug. 21, 1975 – The Conecuh County High School Quarterback Club was scheduled to hold its monthly meeting in the school library in Castleberry at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 21, 1976 – Major League Baseball infielder Ramón Vázquez was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. He went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Aug. 21, 1980 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroe Academy football coach Rob Kelly would field a team lacking in experience when the Vols opened the season against Glenwood School in Phenix City on Aug. 29. The Vols were the defending Alabama Private School Association state champions, having beat Jackson Academy in the finals in 1979. Top players on Monroe’s 1980 team included Donald Brackin, Boyd Bradley, Johnny Brantley, Tim Carter, Scotty Croft, Todd Cruittt, Alan Deer, Byron Dunn, Billy Elliott, Buddy Elliott, Eugene Garrett, Brian Harris, Michael Jordan, Steve Lambert, Joey Langham, Black Masingill, Patrick Munday, Mark Nettles, Chuck Owens, Mike Owens, Joey Pierson, John Ryals, Ricky Sanchez, Don Smith, Scottie Stuckey, Greg Tatum, Will Thames, Randy Watson and Anthony Wilson.

Aug. 21, 1980 – The Monroe Journal reported that Harry Lowery and family of Wildfork had won a 1980 Yamahopper after finding the bike’s key on Wed., Aug. 13, in a Maxwell House coffee can at the now-defunct Putt-Putt Golf Course on Highway 21 South. The radio station had been giving out clues to the location of the key since Aug. 4 and had planned to run the contest until Aug. 27, WMFC radio man Fred Kelly said.

Aug. 21, 1981 – Sparta Academy was scheduled to begin the 1981-82 school year.

Aug. 21, 1984 - Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game.

Aug. 21, 1986 – The Evergreen Courant reported that one of the favorite activities at the City of Evergreen’s Summer Recreation Program at Carver Recreation Center, which ended on Fri., Aug. 15, was swimming. Director Gwindolyn M. Armstrong said the program opened May 23 and that total enrollment for the summer was 574. The lifeguard for the summer was All State basketball player Tommy Dukes of Repton.

Aug. 21, 1989 - The space probe Voyager 2 reached Triton, the largest moon of Neptune-- the only satellite in our solar system with a retrograde orbit.

Aug. 21, 1990 – The Monroeville City Council voted to hire Toni Luker McKelvey of Monroeville, Ala. as the city’s new city clerk. McKelvey was to be trained by Mary Myrick, who retired as city clerk in January, but returned to the job temporarily in the spring after the resignation of her replacement, Sharon Fountain.

Aug. 21, 1990 – Steve Durgin, 15, of Hybart, Ala. drowned on this Tuesday, around 3:20 p.m., in Tallahatchee Creek off State Highway 41 near Hybart. Monroe County Rescue Squad Diver Rusty Till discovered Durgin’s body in about 12 feet of water around 5:40 p.m. Monroe County Coroner Farish Manning pronounced Durgin dead about 5:55 p.m. Born on Oct. 24, 1974, he was buried at Pine Flat Baptist Church Cemetery at Hybart.

Aug. 21, 1996 – Conecuh County, Ala. public schools were scheduled to open the 1996-97 school year with the first full day of class for returning students.

Aug. 21, 2006 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 725th career homerun.

Aug. 21, 2009 - The Dallas Cowboys played their first game at their new stadium in Arlington, Texas. During the preseason game, against the Tennessee Titans, the Titans' kicker hit the scoreboard hanging in the center of the stadium.

Aug. 21, 2010 - The departing owner of the “Amityville Horror” house held a moving sale at the house, and hundreds of people turned up for the event. They were allowed to go inside the house, but not to visit the upstairs rooms or the basement.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Aug. 21, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 21.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 65.45 inches.

Notes: Today is the 233rd day of 2017 and the 62nd day of Summer. There are 132 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, August 20, 2017

125-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Aug. 1892

Grave of Albert G. Duke.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 125 years ago during the month of August 1892. Those four issues, which were dated Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.

AUG. 4, 1892

The Journal owes an apology to its readers for the failure of many of them to receive their paper last week. We were compelled to draw on our limited stock of paper to supply the demand for election ballots; this together with the delay in transit of a bill ordered in ample time to meet our requirements, rendered us unable to supply more than one-third of our subscribers. Amid the rejoicing over the good news we bring you this week, you can afford to overlook this irregularity.

Another jail delivery occurred Sunday night, five prisoners making their escape by breaking the fastenings of the cage in which they were confined and burning through the wood work to the brick wall through which they dug a hole. No blame attaches to the sheriff, but is due the insecure condition of the jail. The experience of the past two years seems sufficient to demonstrate that the manner of temporizing with this question has proven vastly more expensive to the county than the cost of building a secure jail.

The unofficial returns of the election held in Monroe Monday indicate the election of the straight Democratic state and county ticket by a safe majority.

Prof. D.J. McWilliams spent several days among his many Monroeville friends last week. Prof. McWilliams has been engaged as principal of Pineville Academy for the ensuing term.

DIED – Mr. Albert G. Duke, a prominent merchant and citizen of Burnt Corn, died at his home at this place on Thurs., 21st inst., of heart disease.

AUG. 11, 1892

Mr. J.D. Foster, Monroe’s sheriff-elect, was in town Wednesday.

A special term of commissioners court will be held on the 29th of August for the purpose of disposing of the county convict labor and of contracting for a new jail.

KILLED – Mr. J.B. Downs, son of Mr. John Downs, living near here, who has been working for some time in the Peters Lumber Co.’s log camps, met a horrible death near Repton Wednesday evening. He was standing near while a large tree was being felled, and as it fell it rebounded and struck him in the breast, crushing him to death. His remains were sent home for burial.

The Perdue Hill High School promises a splendid opening and we anticipate a full attendance, and with Prof. George as principal we know it will be a successful session.

Commissioners court convened Monday and was in session until Wednesday. The usual business was transacted. This closes the official term of the old board of commissioners. During their incumbency, they have done much to commend them to the public and but little that merits just criticism. Two of the present board, Messrs. McClure and Burson, succeed themselves.

C.J. Torrey, Esq., of Mobile was among his many Monroeville friends this week. Mr. and Mrs. Torrey are spending several weeks at the family homestead at Claiborne.

AUG. 18, 1892

Four of Monroe’s officers-elect – Messrs. W.J. Robison, tax collector; W.T. Nettles, tax assessor; T.J. Emmons, circuit clerk; and J.D. Foster, sheriff, have filed their bonds which have been approved by the probate judge.

Politics have quieted down in Monroe and the people have addressed themselves to their various avocations.

Heavy rains have fallen around in the past few days and were greatly needed in many sections.

The Bethlehem Baptist Association closed its 76th annual session at Burnt Corn Wednesday. The attendance was large and the session a profitable one. The next session will be held at Perdue Hill.

Col. B.L. Hibbard returned to his home at Birmingham Saturday spending several weeks at Monroeville. Col. Hibbard will take the stump for Cleveland in the course of a few weeks.

DIED – Mrs. D.A. Wiggins, wife of Mr. Jas. H. Wiggins, died at her home in Monroeville Fri., Aug. 12, after a long and painful illness. She leaves a husband and a number of children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved.

NOTICE: I will be at Flat Creek on the new road, near Mr. H.L. Whisenhut’s, at 10 o’clock a.m. Sat., Aug. 20, 1892 for the purpose of letting out and contracting for two new bridges. Will be let to the lowest bidder for cash. – J.T. Burson, Commissioner.

AUG. 25, 1892

KILLING AT FINCHBURG – In a difficulty between Robert Tait and Steve Tunstall, both colored, at Finchburg last Tuesday, the former killed the latter by stabbing him to the heart with a pocket knife. Tait was arrested and is in jail. No particulars have been learned.

In noticing the recent jail delivery, we were in error in stating that the escape was effected by burning through the wood work. This was impossible and unnecessary from the fact that the stoves and all fuel had been previously removed and in ordering the old break repaired the commissioners failed to have the hole in the brick wall filled, merely concealing the break on the inside with a piece of sheet iron, which the prisoners, after forcing the door of cage, prized off and crawled through.

GYPSY CAMP: The Shenshone Gypsies will camp at Gaillard’s Grove on Tues., Sept. 6, one hour after the Sunset Gun. Meet us, wearing the costume of your tribe.
ATTRACTIONS: May Pole Dance; Magic Egg Tree, eggs five cents each; Prize Sack Race for boys 12 years and over; Prize Sack Race for boys under 12 years; The Celebrated Fortune Teller, Zingara; Admission 25 cents, children 10 cents; Refreshments included; Gypsy costumes requested, but not obligatory.

The Ladies Aid Society will give a Gypsy camp entertainment in the grove at Dr. S.S. Gaillard’s residence, Perdue Hill, on Tuesday evening, Sept. 6, 1892 for the purpose of aiding in the improvement of the Union church. The good citizens of the community and surrounding country are especially invited.

Today in History for Aug. 20, 2017

Aug. 20, 1308 – Pope Clement V pardoned Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.

Aug. 20, 1540 – The DeSoto Expedition departed the ancient Indian town of Coosa (Cosa, Coca), which was located on the east bank of Talladega Creek, 1.5 miles northeast of Childersburg in Talladega County, Ala. They arrived at the town on July 16, 1540.

Aug. 20, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Margaret Jacobs recanted the testimony that led to the execution of her grandfather, George Jacobs Sr., and George Burroughs.

Aug. 20, 1707 – The first Siege of Pensacola came to an end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida.

Aug. 20, 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.

Aug. 20, 1775 – The Spanish established the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona.

Aug. 20, 1794 – At the Battle of Fallen Timbers, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne proved that the fragile young American republic could counter a military threat when he put down Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket’s confederacy near present-day Toledo, Ohio, with the newly created 3,000-man strong Legion of the United States.

Aug. 20, 1800 – In an incident attributed to the Bermuda Triangle, the USS Pickering disappeared with a crew of 90 while en route to Guadeloupe in the West Indies from New Castle, Delaware.

Aug. 20, 1804 - Sergeant Charles Floyd died three months into the voyage of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, becoming the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the journey. Lewis read the funeral service, and the two captains concluded the ceremony by naming the nearby stream Floyds River and the hill Floyds Bluff. Based on the symptoms described by Lewis and Clark, modern physicians have concluded that Floyd was probably died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.

Aug. 20, 1824 – During his extended tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette left New York City and made several stops on his way to Bridgeport, Conn., stopping in Harlem, New Rochelle, Byram Bridge and Putnam Hill in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Saugatuck (Westport) and Fairfield before reaching Bridgeport and staying at the Washington Hotel.

Aug. 20, 1832 – David Holmes passed away in Winchester, Va. at the age of 63. On June 5, 1815, as the Territorial Governor of Mississippi, Holmes would establish Monroe County by proclamation. During his life, Holmes served as a U.S. Congressman, Governor of the Mississippi Territory, Governor of the State of Mississippi and as a U.S. Senator. Born on March 10, 1769 in York County, Pa., he was buried in the Centenary Reformed UCC Cemetery in Winchester.

Aug. 20, 1833 - Benjamin Henry Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.

Aug. 20, 1847 – During the Mexican-American War, Mark B. Travis, a younger brother of William Barrett Travis who died at the Alamo, was said to have been wounded on this day at the Battle of Churubusco a few miles outside of Mexico City.

Aug. 20, 1858 – Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection in “The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London,” alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

Aug. 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Lookout Station and Fish Lake, Mo.

Aug. 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Hawk’s Nest and Laurel Fork Creek in W.Va.

Aug. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley's "The Prayer of Twenty Millions" was published in the New York Tribune, and the editorial called on U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to declare emancipation for all slaves in Union-held territory. Lincoln was already planning to emancipate slaves, but he did not admit it publicly until a month later with his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Aug. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Baton Rouge, La.; at Pilot Knob, or Edgefield Junction, Tenn.; and at Raccoon Ford, Stevensburg, Brandy Station, Rappahannock Station and near Kelly’s Ford in Virginia.

Aug. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, seven days of Federal operations began in Wayne, Stoddard and Dunklin Counties in Missouri.

Aug. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, Confederate Major General Richard Taylor was assigned to the command of the District of West Louisiana.

Aug. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, Sioux Indians unsuccessfully attacked Fort Ridley in Minnesota.

Aug. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, an eight-day raid into Kansas by William Clarke Quantrill began.

Aug. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, a 12-day Federal combined arms expedition originating from Vicksburg, Miss. and ending at Monroe, La. began.

Aug. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Panola, Miss.

Aug. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Federal bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C. continued.

Aug. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Rocheport, Mo.; at Pine Bluff, Tenn.; at Berryville and at Opequon Creek in Virginia; and at Bulltown, W.Va.

Aug. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, Legareville, S.C. was burned by Federal forces.

Aug. 20, 1866 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson formally declared that the American Civil War was over even though fighting had stopped months earlier.

Aug. 20, 1868 – The seven-acre Goldsmith and Frohlichstein extension was added to Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile, Ala., adjacent to the Jewish Rest section. The elevated and highly desirable plots in this section eventually became the resting place for both Jews and Gentiles, and came to contain some of the more elaborate sculptures and mausolea in the entire cemetery.

Aug. 20, 1879 – Between Monroeville and Perdue Hill, a posse made up of Jonathan I. Watson, W.C. Tucker and Dr. Henry Rankin arrested murder suspect Charles Roberts, who had escaped with four other men from the Monroe County Jail the day before. Roberts apparently had been trying to make his way back to his former home at Claiborne, Ala., but was found completely exhausted after having walked, apparently lost in the dark, all night. He was taken back to jail, put in an iron cage and placed in shackles and irons.

Aug. 20, 1882 – Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow, Russia.

Aug. 20, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that, in the last issue of The Greenville Advocate, it was reported that Judge John K. Henry had died at his home in Greenville a few days before. Henry was born in Hancock County, Ga. on March 23, 1814, and was at one time a resident of Claiborne, and afterwards lived near Bell’s Landing.

Aug. 20, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that Sheriff Burns “had the misfortune to lose his horse. This is a serious loss to the Captain.”

Aug. 20, 1890 – Howard Phillips “H.P.” Lovecraft was born at 9 a.m. at his family home on Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Lovecraft went on to become a writer of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction, which was known back in his day as simply "weird fiction." He introduced the Cthulhu Mythos, in which characters had encounters with powerful and horrendous prehistoric beings, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical and forbidden lore.

Aug. 20, 1896 – Mrs. W.Y. Johnson died at Mexia on this Thursday after a protracted illness.

Aug. 20, 1908 – National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager Al Lopez was born in Tampa, Fla. During his career, he played for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, the Boston Bees, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians and he also managed the Indians and the Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Aug. 20, 1914 – During World War I, Brussels was captured during the German invasion of Belgium.

Aug. 20, 1918 – Novelist Jacqueline Susann was born in Philadelphia, Pa. She is best remembered for her 1966 novel, “Valley of the Dolls.”

Aug. 20, 1920 – Professional football was born when seven men met to organize a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. The meeting led to the creation of the American Professional Football Conference, the forerunner of the National Football League.

Aug. 20, 1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), began operations in Detroit, Mich.

Aug. 20, 1926 - Dr. W.R. Carter of Repton was among Monroeville friends on this Friday.

Aug. 20, 1932 - In Flanders, Belgium, the German artist Kathe Kollwitz unveiled the monument she created to memorialize her son, Peter, along with the hundreds of thousands of other soldiers killed on the battlefields of the Western Front during World War I.

Aug. 20, 1937 - Dixie Bibb Graves took her seat in the U.S. Senate to become Alabama's first female senator. Only the fourth woman to serve as a U.S. senator, Graves had been appointed by her husband, Gov. Bibb Graves, to succeed Hugo Black, who had been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Aug. 20, 1938 – Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.

Aug. 20, 1940 – During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." The Battle of Britain was raging, and he was referring to the small group of the Royal Air Force who had successfully held off the much larger Luftwaffe, the German air force.

Aug. 20, 1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a Major League Baseball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.

Aug. 20, 1948 – Poet Heather McHugh was born in San Diego, Calif.

Aug. 20, 1949 - Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd, 78,382 people, to see a nighttime Major League Baseball game.

Aug. 20, 1951 – Preseason practice was scheduled to begin at Evergreen High School under head coach Wendell Hart. All players were asked to meet at the Memorial Gym at 2 p.m., and the Aggies were scheduled to open the 1951 season on Sept. 14 against Millry in Evergreen, Ala.

Aug. 20, 1954 - President Eisenhower approved a National Security Council paper titled “Review of U.S. Policy in the Far East.” This paper supported Secretary of State Dulles’ view that the United States should support Diem, while encouraging him to broaden his government and establish more democratic institutions.

Aug. 20, 1965 - Civil rights worker Jonathan Daniels, a white Episcopal seminary student from Keene, New Hampshire, was murdered by shotgun at point-blank range in Hayneville in Lowndes County, Ala. Special (and unpaid) deputy sheriff Tom Coleman, an ardent segregationist, admitted to the shooting, but was acquitted by an all-white jury six weeks later. It’s said that Daniels sacrificed his life for young black activist Ruby Sales whom he pushed out of the way of the blast.

Aug. 20, 1971 - General Duong Van Minh and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, fellow candidates for the October presidential election, accused incumbent President Nguyen Van Thieu of rigging the election and withdrew from the race.

Aug. 20, 1971 - In the United States, the FBI began investigating journalist Daniel Schorr, who was targeted by the Nixon administration because of his critical reporting of the president’s handling of the situation in Vietnam.

Aug. 20, 1974 - In the wake of Nixon’s resignation, Congress reduced military aid to South Vietnam from $1 billion to $700 million, one of several actions that signaled the North Vietnamese that the United States was backing away from its commitment to South Vietnam.

Aug. 20, 1975 – As part of its Viking program, NASA launched the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.

Aug. 20, 1975 – NFL defensive back and running back Elijah Williams was born in Milton, Fla. He went on to play for Milton High School, the University of Florida and the Atlanta Falcons.

Aug. 20, 1976 – Major League Baseball outfielder Gene Kingsale was born in Solito, Aruba. He went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles, the Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres and the Detroit Tigers.

Aug. 20, 1976 – Actress, producer and screenwriter Kristen Miller was born in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Aug. 20, 1977 – Crop duster Gary Earl Geck, 26, of Castleberry, Ala. was killed in plane crash in a wooded area on the Appleton Road in the southwestern section of Conecuh County. He was buried in the Holland Cemetery in Castleberry.

Aug. 20, 1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.

Aug. 20, 1981 - Evergreen Chamber of Commerce President Bill McKenzie announced that the Chamber had moved its offices into the “agent’s office” of the historical L&N Depot. Before that, the Chamber’s offices were in the old library building. Mrs. Jackie Barlow, secretary, was to continue to maintain the same office hours, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. The Chamber has also taken over the management of The Depot, according to Mrs. Wiley (Ouida) Salter of the Murder Creek Historical Society, although the Society would continue to own the building.

Aug. 20, 1988 – During the Iran–Iraq War, a ceasefire was agreed to after almost eight years of war.

Aug. 20, 1994 – Chris McCutcheon, 17, of Evergreen, Ala. was critically injured when the 1993 Honda Prelude he was driving collided with a northbound CSX train around 10:15 a.m. at the railroad cross near the Old Depot in downtown Evergreen.

Aug. 20, 1997 - Alabama Governor Fob James joined the mayors of Montgomery and Georgiana, Ala. in the Alabama State Capitol to dedicate a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 to the memory of Hank Williams. The section of roadway was renamed the "Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway."

Aug. 20, 1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.

Aug. 20, 2002 – A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein took over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin, Germany for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.

Aug. 20, 2005 - Thomas Herrion of the San Francisco 49ers collapsed and died after a preseason game in Denver.

Aug. 20, 2008 – Beatrice, Ala. native and NFL player Clarence “Butch” Edmund Avinger passed away at the age of 79 in Birmingham. Avinger played quarterback at Alabama and was a first-round pick (ninth overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1951 Draft. He would debut in the NFL with the New York Giants in 1953 and played a total of 12 pro games.

Aug. 20, 2008 – Pro Football Hall of Fame left guard Gene Upshaw died at the age of 63 in Lake Tahoe, Calif. During his career, he played for Texas A&M-Kingsville and the Oakland Raiders. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Aug. 20, 2010 - A federal grand jury indicted former baseball player Roger Clemens for lying to the U.S. Congress about steroid use. The trial ended in a mistrial.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.60 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.55 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 21.90 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 65.45 inches.

Notes: Today is the 232nd day of 2017 and the 61st day of Summer. There are 133 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, August 19, 2017

George Singleton tells of the many 'mysteries of that old full moon'

(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 “The mysteries of that old full moon are many” was originally published in the July 26, 2001 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

During the first few days of July, during the time of the full moon, I had a couple of telephone calls asking me just what I thought about the effect the moon has on the life of man on this planet, if any.

I suppose that there is more mystery about this satellite affecting the human life within this universe than any others, other than perhaps the sun. True, we have landed man on the moon, but there are many mysteries about it that we yet do not understand.

Since man first began to look into the heavens, he has been fascinated by the mysteries of this silvery disk high in the heavens. Man has adjusted and patterned many of his life cycles to coincide with the moon and its path across the heavens.

He has built great monuments and temples to show his affection for this glowing round ball of the night. He has given much of his time and resources to try and walk on its surface. He has spent lifetimes studying its effects on himself and his surroundings. Every 29-1/2 days, this silver planet revolves around our planet earth. During this period of time, many things happen within our lives that we do not understand and know absolutely nothing about.

During this period, the moon changes form. These periods are known to us as the time of the new moon, the half moon, the full moon and the old or dying moon. Each period, in its own way, has different effects on man’s day-to-day existence. Many wars have been started because some of the great leaders of the past looked to the moon for signs of guidance and direction.

Many of the early war lords of biblical times believed that during the time of the full moon their armies were more bold and less fearful. They believed that men feared death less when the full glowing disk floated across the heavens. They also believed that their war horses could run faster and farther during this time period.

It was quite common to plan major battles and invasions of enemy cities during the time of the full moon. Throughout history, those who practiced human sacrifice believed that these ceremonies should be held when the moon was at its fullest.

Throughout the ages, the wandering tribes of early man believed that the signs of the moon were instrumental in their survival. Under certain signs, the time to fish or to hunt for the food they needed reaped greater harvests than at other times.

Those who looked to our mother earth knew that there was a time for planting and a time for gathering, depending on the signs of the moon. Until recent years, no country farmer would dare plant his crops unless the signs of the moon were right.

Today, with our so-called modern-day technology, many of our farmers have lost contact with the signs of the past and pay little or no heed to them. They don’t believe, as they sit in their air-conditioned tractors, that crops grow faster and produce more per acre if they are planted during the right stages of the moon.

Few of us today believe that the tides of the ocean are caused by gravitational pull of the moon. Few give any thought to the fact that during certain signs of the moon more people pass from this life than during other times. More children are born during the time of the full moon, especially those who have waited to arrive beyond that certain time span.

The old moon has cured many cases of anxiety when that designated time of arrival has come and gone for that new baby. Then, a day or two later, a full moon appears in the heavens above and the one that is overdue, appears within our midst.

When man is on the prowl for that perfect mate, he talks with more ease and assurance during the time when the moon is full. His boldness during this time is at its peak. His ability to whisper those sweet nothings comes with less effort.

Our experts tell us that the crime rate within our society is greater during the time when the moon is full. The homicide rate is almost twice that of other times during the period when our moon is the fullest.

Police records tell us that during this time many seem to throw all caution to the wind and run rampant through our communities and cities, committing serious crimes in greater numbers.

Even though man has explored the old moon and has walked on its surface, it hasn’t lost any of its luster and none of its mystery. Even now, man still gazes in awe toward the heavens and wonders of the mystery there.

As I wander around the countryside and from time to time view the full moon, I feel the wonders that are yet to be discovered there. As I look to the heavens on those moonlight nights, I draw strength from that wonder that the Creator has placed there.

Next time when the full moon is high and its silvery beams cause you to feel a little different, raise your arms to the heavens and give the call of the wild. You will be surprised by how much better it will make you feel and you will marvel at the ease with which you did it. I know, I have been there, more times than you could guess.

(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 on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School, served in the Korean War, 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.)