Monday, July 24, 2017

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for July 24, 2017

JULY 26, 2001

The Evergreen Florist Women’s Softball Team was the league champions this year with an impressive 13-1 record. Pictured are Kyantrae Lewis, Shantavia Harrison, Louise Hines, Andrell Baxter, Selinda Thomas and Sha Matthews; Sabrina Harrison, Tricia Walmack, Melinda Baxter, Nebertha Matthews, Sabrina Baxter and Coach Tony Baxter. Not pictured, Stephanie Rudolph, Shaquella Spears and Manager Dot Floyd.

JULY 22, 1976

Lyeffion QB’s meet Tuesday: The Lyeffion Quarterback Club will meet Tuesday night at the school. Plans will be made for the rodeo to be held Aug. 7 and for Pee Wee and Termite football programs. Also, the new assistant coach will be introduced. All members are urged to attend.

Glenn Lawrence may be retired, but he hasn’t forgotten how to reel in a mess of bass. He caught these out of his pond near the junction of the Old Castleberry and Johnstonville-Brooklyn Roads over the weekend.

Frank Lawrence may be a “big city boy” now, but he hasn’t forgotten some of the things he learned while growing up on the Lawrence Place near the junction of the Old Castleberry and Johnstonville-Brooklyn Roads. He caught this nice string of bass out of his father’s pond while here from Pontiac, Mich. visiting and attending the reunion of his EHS Class of 1944. Actually, according to his sister, Helen (Mrs. B.E. Coleman), the bass were caught by the Colemans, but they let the “Yankee” take credit for them. (See there, Frank, what happens when you don’t check in with the editor?)

JULY 26, 1951

Loree Dollies Slip Past Bermuda Bears By 6 To 5: The Loree Dollies edged the Bermuda Bears 6 to 5 Saturday afternoon in a well-played game at Bermuda. The game between the two teams scheduled for Sunday afternoon was rained out. It will be made up Saturday afternoon at Bermuda.
Haskew Danial pitched creditable ball as he racked up another win for the Dollies. He struck out five batters and didn’t issue a base on balls. Allen Thompson was on the mound for the Bears. He gave up only seven hits.
Red Powell started the ball rolling for Bermuda with a timely hit which brought in the first two runs.

Paul Aces Score Shutout Wins Over Starlington: Harold Godwin and J.W. Windham hurled the league-leading Paul Aces to a pair of shutout wins over the last place Starlington club at Starlington Sunday. The double win increased the Aces’ margin over the rest of the league.
In the opening game, Godwin sent the Starlington batters back to the bench with their bats dragging while his mates were hitting at a merry clip to win, 6-0. His batterymate was Joe McClain. Godwin also led his team’s hitting getting two hits in four trips.
Dunk Stinson threw for Starlington with Elmore Stinson doing the catching. Elmore and Tank Stinson with a hit a piece in three and two trips, respectively, topped the Star batters.
In the nightcap, it was J.W. Windham who had the Starlington batters on the heels as the Aces eased out a 2-0 win. Joe McClain was again the Paul catcher. Tank Stinson worked on the hill for Starlington with Dud Stuckey behind the plate.
Harold Godwin again led the Paul hitting with two for three including a second inning triple. McClain had two for three also. H. Black and J. Harrison with one hit in three trips each led the Star batting.

Shreve Gets Double Win Over Centerville Sunday: The Shreve Eagles took both ends of a doubleheader from the Centerville Rookies Sunday afternoon in Brooks Stadium, Evergreen, where the Rookies play their home games. In the opener, Chester (Check) Ellis bested league-leading hurler George Gaston by a 6-1 score. Seven Rookie errors paved the way to Gaston’s second loss of the current campaign.
Ellis checked the Rookies with but six hits, well scattered. His mates backed him up by committing but one error and touched Gaston for seven hits. Georgie Brown was the Shreve catcher. Dennis Andrews relieved Gaston in the third and gave up but one run. Clint Ward was behind the plate.
Ellis was Shreve’s leading hitter with two hits in three trips. Herbert Sanford had two for four. Randy Moorer with three hits, single, double and triple, in as many trips led the Rookies.
In the second game, the Eagles rallied for two runs in the fourth inning of a five-inning encounter to register a 6-5 win. Ferrill Smith started and was relieved by Ellis in the fourth. Leroy Smith was behind the plate. Dennie Andrews started for Centerville and gave way to Jeff Moorer in the fourth. Bailey did the catching. James Barlow had two for three to lead the Shreve batters. The Rookies divided their six hits up. Centerville made seven costly bobbles in this game also and gathered but five hits.

JULY 24, 1879

Croquet parties by lamplight is a new feature in Evergreen life. They are enjoyed by the young ladies and gentlemen. 

Today in History for July 24, 2017

Guy W. Green's Nebraska Indians
July 24, 1534 – French explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross on the GaspĂ© Peninsula and took possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.

July 24, 1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later became the city of Detroit.

July 24, 1725 - Anglican clergyman and hymn writer John Newton was born in London. He is best remembered for his hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

July 24, 1776 - In a letter to Major General Phillip Schuyler on this day in 1776, Congressional President John Hancock accused the officer of tolerating discord among soldiers from different states under his command.

July 24, 1786 – French mathematician and explorer Joseph Nicollet was born in Cluses, Savoy, France.

July 24, 1802 – French novelist Alexandre Dumas was born in Villers-CotterĂȘts, France (1802). His novels include “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

July 24, 1814 – During the War of 1812, General Phineas Riall advanced toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.

July 24, 1823 – Slavery was abolished in Chile.

July 24, 1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.

July 24, 1847 - Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press.

July 24, 1861 - At Fort Fillmore, Arizona, Lt. Col. John Robert Baylor led 300 men of the Confederate Second Texas Mounted Rifles in an assault on Union forces under Major Isaac Lynde.

July 24, 1861 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Blue Mills, Mo. and at Black River, Va.

July 24, 1862 - The Eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died at 2 a.m. of bronchial asthma and heart failure at the age of 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y. He is buried in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery, as are his wife Hannah, his parents, and his son Martin Van Buren, Jr.

July 24, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought on the Amite River in Louisiana; at White Oak Bayou, Miss.; and near Mackville, Ky.

July 24, 1862 – During the Civil War, Admiral David G. Farragut pointed his Union fleet toward New Orleans, leaving five gunboats to guard the Mississippi River between Vicksburg, Miss. and Baton Rouge, La.

July 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Sante Fe and another at Moore’s Mill, near Fulton, Mo.; at Cook's Canyon, N.M.; and at Athens and Washington in Ohio

July 24, 1863 – During the Civil War, a Federal operation began involving New Berne, Trenton and Pollocksville in North Carolina. A Federal operation also began from Fredericksburg toward Orange Court House, Va. A two-day Federal operation began in Wyoming County, W.Va.; and a Federal operation also began between Helena and Marianna in Arkansas.

July 24, 1864 – At the Second Battle of Kernstown, Va., Confederate General Jubal Early defeated Union troops under General George Crook to keep the Shenandoah Valley clear of Yankees. Early’s victory led to significant changes in the Union approach to the Shenandoah Valley.

July 24, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Huntsville, Mo.; at Whitesville, Fla.; near Cartersville, Ga.; near Collierville, Tenn.; and at Fall Water, W.Va.

July 24, 1866 – During Reconstruction, Tennessee became the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

July 24, 1879 – The Conecuh-Escambia Star reported that “croquet parties by lamplight is a new feature in Evergreen life. They are enjoyed by the young ladies and gentlemen.”

July 24, 1895 – English poet and novelist Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon.

July 24, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Bear Creek Mill Co. had closed a deal by which they secured large bodies of timbered lands in the vicinity of Monroeville. The company had already begun work on the extension of a branch railroad to give access to the timber. The railroad was to reach a point within three miles of Monroeville.

July 24, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that Dr. Carter and his wife of Marengo County were spending a few weeks in Monroeville, Ala. They were guests at the Watson House.

July 24, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Pineville community, that Dr. T.B. Robbins had been quite sick for the past week.

July 24, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Turnbull community, that Miss Mary G. Stallworth was to again honor the Pineville school with her services.

July 24, 1897 – Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. The aviatrix gained worldwide acclaim in 1932, when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, it was her mysterious disappearance in 1937, during an attempted solo flight around the world, which resulted in her having a place in esoteric lore. The ultimate resting place of Earhart and her plane remains a hotly debated topic to this day.

July 24, 1900 – Zelda Sayre was born in Montgomery, Ala. and she would go on to marry writer F. Scott Fitzgerald on April 3, 1920.

July 24, 1901 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the “famous” Battle of Manassas was fought 40 years before on July 21, 1861 and that three survivors of that battle were presently living in Evergreen - John G. Guice, M.B. Salter and W.S. Crosby

July 24, 1901 – The Evergreen Courant reported that one of the homing pigeons released by “Agent Sawyer of the Express Co.” had reached its destination in Bridgeport, Conn., a distance of 1,016 miles, on July 17. Another of the pigeons arrived the next day, July 18. of the 11 released, one remained in Evergreen and was given to Sawyer as a present. The other eight had not been heard from.

July 24, 1901 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Sheriff Pridgen had placed Jim Williams in jail for shooting of R.C. Brawner at Castleberry, Ala. Williams was captured in Brewton by Sheriff Raley.

July 24, 1908 - Amid turmoil in the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdul Hamid decreed restoration of the constitution, fulfilling the main demand of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), a rising reformist political party known as the Young Turkey Party, or the Young Turks.

July 24, 1911 - American archeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world's top tourist destinations.

July 24, 1914 – Evergreen beat the Nebraska Indians traveling baseball team, 7-6, before “the largest crowd that ever witnessed a game” in Evergreen, Ala.

July 24, 1914 - The S.S. Gaillard Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met at the Masonic Hall at Perdue Hill, Ala. at 4 p.m.

July 24, 1915 – A large number of farmers gathered at the Conecuh County Courthouse in Evergreen, Ala. to hear a speech given by the Hon. Emmet A. Jones, chief of the bureau of markets of the agricultural department.

July 24, 1915 – The first open bolls of cotton from the 1915 crop were sent to The Monroe Journal by J.E. Hendrix of Mexia, Ala.

July 24, 1916 – Mystery novelist John D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa.

July 24, 1916 - Rev. C.A. Williams left Monroeville on this Monday to assist the pastor, Rev. C.W. McConnell, in a series of meetings at Uriah, Ala.

July 24, 1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne, settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, was signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in World War I.

July 24, 1937 – The State of Alabama dropped the rape charges against the so-called "Scottsboro Boys."

July 24, 1938 – The first ascent of the Eiger’s north face was achieved.

July 24, 1945 – Lt. Ralph E. Boggs, husband of Frances E. Boggs of Repton, Ala., went missing in action. In July 1946, Boggs, who was still missing, would receive the Air Medal with a gold star. He “earned the award for meritorious service in aerial flight as leader of a fighter bomber division in action against enemy forces in the Pacific.”

July 24, 1947 – Conecuh County Sheriff W.D. Lewis accidentally shot himself with a .22 caliber target pistol while fishing with Fred Oswald at the “Evergreen Club.” He was trying to shoot a grindle when the pistol misfired, and the bullet passed through his right leg and hit his left big toe. He was treated by Dr. Robert Stallworth.

July 24, 1947 – The Evergreen Greenies baseball team beat Monroeville, 5-4, in Monroeville, Ala.

July 24, 1947 – The Evergreen Rotary Club’s Second Annual Horse Show was scheduled to be held on the Evergreen High School Athletic Field on this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and was to be comprised of 16 classes. The show was a feature of the Plantation Saddle Horse Association of America and was a charitable promotion.

July 24, 1947 – The Monroe Journal reported that preparations for about 1-1/2 miles of street for paving in Frisco City probably would get underway that week or the next, according to Mayor G.E. Hendrix. The construction was expected to cost about $7,500 and the majority of the paving was to take place in the area leading out to Snyder and on the extension to Central Avenue.

July 24, 1948 – Capt. Clarence Chiles and copilot John Whitted were flying an Eastern Airlines DC-3 from Houston to Atlanta. Over Montgomery, Ala. they saw a “dull red glowing object” appear out of nowhere. The object was headed right for the plane, but before the pilots could react, the object zipped by their starboard side, nearly colliding with the plane. The object then climbed quickly and disappeared from sight. Chiles and Whitted said that the object was about the size of a B-29 bomber and noted that it didn’t have wings or a tail. When it passed the plane, the pilots saw that a row of windows ran down the side of the object. Adding credibility to their story, witnesses at Robbins Air Force Base near Macon, Ga. also claimed that they saw an unusual object that matched the description of the object seen by Chiles and Whitted. Investigators later determined that there weren’t any other planes in the area when the sighting took place.

July 24, 1955 – In the Conecuh County Amateur Baseball League, Chapman beat Old Texas, 25-1. Burkett pitched for Chapman while Old Texas used four different pitchers.

July 24, 1955 – In the Conecuh County Amateur Baseball League, Paul beat Garland, 15-3, at Paul, Ala. Harold Godwin pitched for Paul, allowing just two hits and no runs, and he also recorded three hits on offense. Other Paul players included Terrell McClendon, Robert King, Homer Riley and Mason, the catcher.

July 24, 1955 – In the Conecuh County Amateur Baseball League, Lyeffion beat McKenzie, 11-6, in McKenzie, Ala. Robert Dees and Donald Evers pitched for Lyeffion.

July 24, 1955 - Alabama author Brad Watson was born in Meridian, Miss.

July 24, 1961 – In the Evergreen Senior Baseball League, the Tigers beat the Pirates, 9-2. Standout players for the Tigers included winning pitcher Sid Lambert, and standout players for the Pirates included pitchers Scott Cook and Steve Baggett

July 24, 1961 – In the Evergreen Senior Baseball League, the Braves beat the Indians, 3-2. Standout players for the Braves included winning pitcher Ronnie Jackson, and standout players for the Indians included pitcher Jimmy Weaver.

July 24, 1965 - In the air war, four F-4C Phantom jets escorting a formation of U.S. bombers on a raid over munitions manufacturing facilities at Kang Chi, 55 miles northwest of Hanoi, are fired at from an unknown launching site. It was the first time the enemy had launched antiaircraft missiles at U.S. aircraft.

July 24, 1966 – Michael Pelkey made the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.

July 24, 1969 - U.S. President Nixon met with the crew of Apollo 11 aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.

July 24, 1974 – During the “Watergate Scandal,” the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they ordered him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.

July 24, 1977 - Members of the Foshee-Tranum Post No. 3581 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Conecuh County were requested to attend a meeting on this Sunday afternoon in the County Courthouse at 2:30 p.m. This was the first called meeting of the year, and some important business was to be taken care of before the new year begins, according to Commander J.B. Harper.

July 24, 1978 - Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.

July 24, 1987 - Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.

July 24, 1983 – George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, had a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident."

July 24, 1984 - Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League.

July 24, 1990 – Iraqi forces started massing on the Kuwait–Iraq border.

July 24, 1998 - Director Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic, “Saving Private Ryan,” was released in theaters across the United States.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., July 24, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.90 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 15.25 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 58.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 205th day of 2017 and the 34th day of Summer. There are 160 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, July 23, 2017

125-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from July 1892

Lilly Blackwell grave at Manistee.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor Q. Salter, published four editions 125 years ago during the month of July 1892. Three of those four issues, which were dated July 7, July 14 and July 21, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. The July 28 edition is missing from the microfilm archives at the library. What follows are a few news highlights from the three editions that can be found on microfilm. Enjoy.

JULY 7, 1892

The Glorious Fourth was passed very quietly in Monroeville. The old time custom of noisy celebration is falling into disuse.

A delightful picnic was given at the Bear Creek Mills on the Fourth. There was a large attendance, a splendid dinner and the occasion a most enjoyable one.

We learn that a Mr. Martin was killed by a Mr. Crawford just over the Conecuh line near Ireland, this county, last Saturday. No particulars have been learned further than that the killing was in self-defense.

During the rain storm last Monday evening, the colored Baptist church in the Clausell Quarter, about two miles northwest of town, was struck by lightning, damaging the building severely.

The Monroe County Corps, with 25 men, left for Mobile Sunday to attend the encampment of the First Regiment. The Monroe Corps is one of the largest companies in the regiment, but urgent business kept many members at home.

At the last communication of Monroeville Masonic Lodge, No. 153, the following officers were elected for the ensuing Masonic year: Samuel H. Dailey, worshipful master; George W. Salter, senior warden; Arthur T. Sowell, junior warden; John DeLoach, treasurer; James E. Cogburn, secretary; William G. McCorvey, senior deacon; Q. Salter, junior deacon; John W. Broughton, chaplain; Simeon F. Daniel, Tyler; William F. Garrett and Samuel W. Yarbrough, stewards; John W. Rumbley, marshal.

JULY 14, 1892

A special term of Commissioners Court was held Monday for the purpose of examining the Assessor’s books and fixing the county tax rate. No change was made in the tax rate.

Sheriff Harrengton returned from Texas Monday having in custody Mose Horn who broke jail here several months ago and made his escape with four other prisoners. Mr. Harrengton has succeeded in recapturing all but one of the prisoners who escaped at that time.

“Prof.” Dorrity will give a vocal concert, consisting of Scotch and Irish songs, at the courthouse Thursday night, 21st inst. Admission 25 cents, children free.

The members of the Monroeville section of the Monroe County Corps have returned from encampment at Mobile. They report a very pleasant occasion, the weather excepted. The boys anticipate holding the next encampment at Chicago.

BUENA VISTA – The following were elected officers at Bells Landing Lodge No. 373, F&AM, for the ensuing Masonic year: William M. Hestle, worshipful master; Samuel M.C. Middleton, senior warden; J. Godfrey Lambrecht, junior warden; George W. Riley, treasurer; George W. Lyon, secretary; Robert McCants, senior deacon; William R. Black, junior deacon; A.P. Majors, chaplain; George C. Nettles, tyler.

PERDUE HILL: The Monroe Corps and Wilcox Rifles chartered the steamer Minnie Lee and came home Sunday. The Corps reports the encampment quite a success in spite of the incessant rains, and anticipates its next camp at Chicago.

JULY 21, 1892

Mr. Hunter of Wetumpka has accepted a position as clerk with Capt. W.S. Wiggins.

The Perdue Hill Dramatic Club will given an entertainment Friday night, the 29th inst., for the benefit of the Union church, at the Masonic hall.

News has been received here of the drowning of Miss Lillie Blackwell in Bear Creek on last Sunday night. We learn that she and her mother attended services at Poll Bridge church, and were detained in the afternoon by a heavy rain. The creek was much swollen, and on attempting to cross, the vehicle was overturned, throwing the two into the midst of the stream. Mrs. Blackwell’s life was saved by catching to a mass of vines which hung over the creek, where she remained until rescued the next morning. The body of the unfortunate young lady was recovered and buried Monday.

TEKOA, ALA. – Mr. Geo. Stacey and Miss Mary Blackman was married on last fourth Sabbath by Rev. J.W. Jones and on the first Sabbath, Mr. James Green and Miss Mary Sawyer, by the same preacher.

We would be glad to have of our friends who are accustomed to “follow the hounds” come into our community (Tekoa) and exterminate the wild cats, panthers or catamounts, four of which have been seen during the past month.

JONES MILL, July 18: We learn that Mrs. Blackwell and one of her daughters, while trying to cross Bear Creek, their buggy was overturned, the creek being swollen, and both thrown into the water, which carried them some distance and lodged them in some vines where they remained all night.

Today in History for July 23, 2017

Congressman James Taylor Jones
July 23, 1793 - Roger Sherman, a Connecticut Patriot and member of the Committee of Five selected to draft the Declaration of Independence, died of typhoid in New Haven, Connecticut, at age 72. Sherman alone among the Patriots of the American Revolution signed all four documents gradually assigning sovereignty to the new United States: the Continental Association of 1774, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution.

July 23, 1861 – During the Civil War, Fort Buchanan, in the New Mexico Territory, was abandoned by Federal forces.

July 23, 1862 – Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s army moved from Tupelo, Miss. in route to Chattanooga, Tenn., via railroad, which took his forces through Meridian, Miss. to Mobile, Ala. They crossed Mobile Bay Delta and proceeded on by rail to Montgomery, Ala. Then they went to Atlanta, Ga. and then north to Chattanooga, Tenn.

July 23, 1862 - General Henry W. Halleck assumed the role of general-in-chief of all Union forces in an effort to better coordinate the overall Union war effort, which was floundering. Under his direction, Union successes continued in the west, but Halleck was unable to orchestrate any progress in Virginia or to enact an overall strategic vision to defeat the Confederates. In 1864, President Lincoln moved Halleck to a higher position as chief of staff for the army while appointing General Ulysses S. Grant general-in-chief, but this was really in recognition of the fact that Halleck failed to effectively direct the armies.

July 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal operation began from Helena, Ark., aboard the steamboat, Catahoula, to Coldwater, Miss., with a skirmish at White Oak Bayou, Miss.

July 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, extra Union mortar boats on the Mississippi River were transferred to the James River to support the Army of the Potomac.

July 23, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Columbus, Mo. and near Florida, Mo; and multiple skirmishes were fought near Carmel Church, Va.

July 23, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Rockville, Ohio; and near Chester Gap, Gaines Cross Roads, Snicker’s Gap and Manassas Gap in Virginia. A Federal operation was also conducted from Memphis to Raleigh, Tenn.

July 23, 1864 - General Jubal Early's troops engaged Union forces under General Crook near Kernstown, Va. The Union troops fled the area the next day.

July 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal began operation between Jacksonville and Baldwin, Fla. Federal operations also continued around Atlanta, Ga.

July 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Liberty, Mo. and Kernstown, Va. A Federal operation also took place in Randolph County, Mo., with skirmishes at Allen and Huntsville in Missouri.

July 23, 1864 – During the Civil War, a Federal operation began against Apache Indians in the New Mexico Territory.

July 23, 1885 – Just after completing his memoirs, Civil War hero and former President Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer in Wilton, N.Y. at the age of 63. He is buried at the General Grant National Memorial in Manhattan, N.Y.

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that Steve Renfroe, ex-Sheriff of Sumter County, who’d escaped from the Pratt Mines prison, was captured near Enterprise, Miss. a few days before and carried back to Livingston and lodged in the jail from which he was taken by a mob and lynched.

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Buena Vista community, that Cadet Travis Perryman, who had been attending Howard College, was spending vacation at home.

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that John I. Watson had sent the newspaper a cucumber a few days before that measured 18 inches in length, four inches in diameter and weighing 4-1/2 pounds.

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that there was “a great deal of sickness in the country around Monroeville.”

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that Mobile was to have a new daily newspaper, The Telegram, to appear about Aug. 1. It was to be conducted by a joint stock company with W.A. Battaile as president, W.B. Sorsby secretary and J. Baennnan treasurer. It was to be issued every morning in the week.

July 23, 1886 – “Old Mr. Burson” of Pineville, Ala. died on this Friday. This may have been a reference to Richard Augustus Burson, who sources say died at the age of 68 on July 24, 1886. Born on April 16, 1818 in South Carolina, Burson, a Freemason, was buried in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery at Fatama in Wilcox County.

July 23, 1886 – The Monroe Journal reported that a post office money order office had been secured for Monroeville through the influence of congressman, James T. Jones.

July 23, 1888 – Detective and crime novelist Raymond Chandler, creator of fictional detective Philip Marlowe, was born in Chicago. He wrote seven novels featuring Marlowe, including “The Big Sleep” (1939), “Farewell, My Lovely” (1940), “The Little Sister(1949), and “The Long Goodbye” (1954).

July 23, 1896 - The Confederate veterans of Wilcox County hosted a reunion and “grand barbecue” at Camden on this Thursday. Dr. J.M. McDaniel and D.M. Gordon of Monroeville and Ed (Ned?) Robison and Geo. Marshall of Perdue Hill attended the event, reported a grand time and returned home on Sun., July 26. From the Perdue Hill community, Misses Minnie and Bessie Lee Marshall and Messrs. G.F. Marshall and E.E. Robison also attended the event. Capt. W.H. Andrews also attended, according to The Monroe Journal. 

July 23, 1896 – James T. Snow brought The Monroe Journal two well-matured open bolls of cotton, which he said opened on July 15.

July 23, 1896 - Prof. J.N. Ivey passed through Monroeville, Ala. on this day on his way to Perdue Hill.

July 23, 1896 - Dr. Yarbrough and John Fore attended a picnic and political speaking at Repton, Ala. on this Thursday.

July 23, 1903 – Ford Motor Co. sold its first car, a two-cylinder Model A, to a Chicago dentist named Ernst Pfenning for $850. The Model A was painted red, with a seat that fit two people, and no roof. It reached 28 mph at top speed.

July 23, 1914 - At six o’clock in the evening, nearly one month after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by a young Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Baron Giesl von Gieslingen, ambassador of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Serbia, delivered an ultimatum to the Serbian foreign ministry.

July 23, 1918 – National Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese was born in Ekron, Ky. He played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

July 23, 1925 – Evergreen’s baseball team was scheduled to play Andalusia in Evergreen, Ala. at 4 p.m. The two teams had met four times earlier in the season with Andalusia having won two and tied one. Evergreen won the last game between them, 4-3.

July 23, 1929 - The Fascist government in Italy banned the use of foreign words. Regional dialects were still so prevalent when Mussolini came into power in 1922 that no more than 12 percent of the population of the unified state spoke straightforward Italian. The regime wanted to promote unity and a strong national identity, so anything that was seen to undermine these things was a cause for concern.

July 23, 1931 – In Evergreen, “What promised to be one of the most closely contested baseball games of the season between the Methodists and Baptists was abruptly ended” due to rain with the score tied, 0-0. The game, which was sponsored by the Lions Club for the benefit of the Boys Scouts, was rescheduled for Aug. 6.

July 23, 1936 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale was born in Van Nuys, Calif. He played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

July 23, 1938 – Evergreen Greenie’s manager Charlie Hilcher was released from the team and was replaced by pitcher Charlie Richards, who was to act as temporary manager. Hilcher had replaced Harry Rice as manager after Rice went to the Deland (Fla.) Reds to become their manager.

July 23, 1940 – The Boy Scouts of Frisco City left on this Tuesday afternoon for Ward’s Creek, which was about five miles northwest of Frisco City, Ala. Early the next morning, they “explored a large cave, approximately 100 yards from where we were camping.” They were accompanied by Assistant Scout Master Bennet Dean.

July 23, 1954 - The movie “Living It Up,” story by Alabama author James H. Street, was released.

July 23, 1954 - A law was passed that stated "The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the U.S.S. Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the U.S.S. Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts."

July 23, 1958 - The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct "Operation Sunshine." The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautilus achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.

July 23, 1961 – Indian author Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi.

July 23, 1964 - Ambassador Maxwell Taylor met twice with South Vietnamese Premier General Nguyen Khanh to register U.S. disapproval of the recent calls by Khanh and Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky to extend the war into North Vietnam.

July 23, 1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the course of discussions about what to do concerning the deteriorating situation in Vietnam, was told by some that he should give the American public all the facts, ask for an increase in taxes, mobilize the reserves, and declare a state of national emergency in the United States. Johnson rejected this approach, and informed his staff that he wanted any decisions implemented in a “low-key manner” in order to avoid an abrupt challenge to the communists, and to avoid undue concern and excitement in Congress and in domestic public opinion.

July 23, 1967 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrayed Truman Capote in 2005’s “Capote,” was born in Fairport, N.Y. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Capote in the film.

July 23, 1967 – The “12th Street Riot,” one of the worst riots in United States history, began in the predominantly African American inner city of Detroit, Mich. It ultimately killed 43 people, injured 342 and burned about 1,400 buildings.

July 23, 1969 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew threw out the first ball at the Major League All-Star Game.

July 23, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the members of the National League All-Star team included (Giants) Larry Reid, Walker Scott, Woody Register, Ronnie Pugh, Karl Dubose, Joe Andrews, Delane Hartzog, Darwin Covin, Tom Nielsen; and (Yankees) Buddy Carrier, Freddie Sellers, Junior Nelson, Allen Padgett, Jerry Kendrick, Jeff Daniels and Gray Stevens.

July 23, 1970 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the members of the American League All-Star team included (Pelicans) Donnie Ray Butts, David Sabino, Steve DuBose, Bret Gearhart, Darin Gearhart, Mike Webb, Tony Rains and Randall Cooper; and (Orioles) Tony Hawsey, David Bass, Mike Nelson, Bobby Padgett, Bill Cope, Ronnie Brooks and Wayne Gladwell.

July 23, 1974 - Local weather observer Earl Windham reported 2.4 inches of rain on this day in Evergreen, Ala.

July 23, 1976 – The Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

July 23, 1976 - Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported a high of 100 degrees in Evergreen, Ala. for the third day in a row.

July 23, 1977 – Local weather reporter Earl Windham reported a high temperature of 101 degrees in Evergreen, Ala. He recorded a high of 100 degrees the day before.

July 23, 1982 - Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le, were killed in an accident involving a helicopter during filming on the California set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” Morrow, age 53, and the children, ages six and seven, were shooting a Vietnam War battle scene in which they were supposed to be running from a pursuing helicopter. Special-effects explosions on the set caused the pilot of the low-flying craft to lose control and crash into the three victims. The accident took place on the film’s last scheduled day of shooting.

July 23, 1985 - Oddibe McDowell became the first Texas Ranger player to hit for the cycle.
July 23, 1992 – The Monroe Journal reported that Hope Alexis Daniels, 11, of Monroeville had been invited by the Country Music Association of Alabama to vie for the title of 1993 Top Female Vocalist of the Year in Alabama. Daniels was the daughter of Joe and Margie Daniels and had been singing since she was seven. Her most recent performance was at the Hank Williams Memorial Concert in Georgiana in June 1992.

July 23, 1992 – The Monroe Journal reported that construction of a building for Frisco City’s newest industry, Medline Industries Inc., had been temporarily delayed. Bids were opened July 10 from three general contractors vying to build the 39,080-foot pre-engineered building, but all seemed “excessive in relation to the budget for the building,” according to Frisco City Mayor Billy McCrory.

July 23, 1995 – Comet Hale–Bopp was discovered, and it became visible to the naked eye on Earth nearly a year later.

July 23, 1995 - The National Inventors Hall of Fame opened in Akron, Ohio.

July 23, 1998 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Wesley Persons, a graduate of Auburn University and a star player with the Cleveland Cavaliers, had visited Evergreen to help with the Evergreen Summer Youth Basketball Camp. That year, 74 young players participated in the camp. Earnest Boykin, youth basketball director, said that this was one of the biggest camps ever, and he extended his thanks to Persons and his staff.

July 23, 1998 – The Evergreen Courant reported that LaFrancis Davis had been hired to serve as the new band director at Hillcrest High School. A reception welcoming him to Evergreen was to be held on this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium at the school.

July 23, 1998 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Landstar Systems, Inc. had agreed to sell Poole to Schneider National. If all went well, Landstar Poole was to be under new ownership by late August 1998, after agreeing to sell out to Schneider National, Inc. Landstar Poole was a wholly owned subsidiary by its parent company Landstar Systems, Inc. The announcement was made on Thurs., July 16. Poole had its headquarters in Evergreen and was the third acquisition made by Schneider National in the previous several months. Prior acquisitions were Highway Carrier Corporation of Des Moines, Iowa and Builders Transport of Camden, South Carolina. Purchase price for the Poole-Schneider National deal was $42 million.

July 23, 2008 – Former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell was interviewed on Kerrang Radio by Nick Margerrison, and Mitchell claimed the Roswell crash was real and that aliens have contacted humans several times, but that governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, stating: "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real."

July 23, 2009 – The Gulf State Park Pier, the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, opened in Gulf Shores, Ala.

July 23, 2009 - Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history. The Sox beat Tampa Bay, 5-0.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., July 23, 2017

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 2.10 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  5.90 inches.

Summer to Date Rainfall: 15.25 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 58.80 inches.

Notes: Today is the 204th day of 2017 and the 33rd day of Summer. There are 161 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, July 22, 2017

Singleton recounts story of ghostly Rebel soldier near Old Scotland church

George Buster Singleton
(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 “Vagabond blood causes one to wander” was originally published in the July 11, 2002 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

Tuesday, the 25th of June, the urge to wander began to come over me as though a slight chill of some sort had entered my body. My dear wife was going to be away for most of the day with a group from our church. So, after giving it a little thought, I rolled out my trusted iron horse and headed toward the nearest crossroad. Many times I never really know where I’m going until I come to the first intersection in the highway.

I was up near the community of Tunnel Springs when suddenly I turned to the west and proceeded back to the road that would take me into the Old Scotland area. As I made my way down the narrow road, I was amazed at the many blooming mimosa trees that dotted the countryside. Their raw, primitive beauty was something to behold as they spread their branches like large colorful umbrellas near the old forgotten house places. As I rode along the narrow dirt road and marveled at the beauty of the mimosas, I was reaffirmed that the Master’s hand was in all things of beauty that dotted the landscape around me.

Stopping in front of Old Scotland Church, I looked out over the cemetery and noticed that as always, there were many fresh flowers on many of the graves. I never grow tired of visiting the beautiful old church and the well kept grounds. As I have stated many times before in my writings, somewhere in my mind, I almost expect to see a couple of Scottish bagpipers step out of the tall timber, playing Amazing Grace, the most beautiful hymn that man has ever written. As always, my ancestral Scottish blood seems to rush forth and I enter another time.

After absorbing the total peace and beauty of the old church for about a half hour, I knew that I must go on to other places. Stopping at the old Davison cemetery for a few moments, I then proceeded on down the road. A quick stop at a couple of old homesites brought back to mind that day when I brought to one of these old homesteads an elderly lady, now deceased, who had been born here and raised here as a child. I remembered her telling me that it had been 65 years since she had visited this place of her birth and childhood home. I remembered her weeping and saying that this would probably be her last visit here. I assured her that I would bring her here anytime she wanted to come; all she had to do was to let me know that she wanted to come and again visit the old homesite. I remembered her picking some blooming jonquils that grew near the old yard. Weeping openly, she said she remembered planting these jonquils as a child. This dear old lady now sleeps in the cemetery at Old Scotland church.

Turning down the steep hill and down the narrow road that would eventually lead to the creek, it seemed as if I was going through a narrow dark tunnel. The heavy overhead branches of the timber covered the narrow dirt road completely. Slowly, making my way across the bottom, I stopped at the old wooden bridge that spanned the large creek. Stopping again, I turned off the engine of my motorcycle and stood looking down at the flowing waters of the creek. As I had many times before, I remembered the story of the wandering Confederate soldier, who, wounded and sick, had camped for a considerable time here under the wooden structure. I remembered my dear friend, Mr. Raymond Fountain, telling me about the ghost of this Rebel soldier being seen walking across the old bridge during the early morning and late evening hours. I remembered the story of how one could stand on the old bridge during the hours of the late evening and smell the odor of food cooking. As I made ready to depart this place of mystery, I vowed to return here again, and I had done several times before, during the late hours of the evening and try to witness for myself the stories that I had been told by my dear friend. As I rode to the west, the story of the Rebel’s strange disappearance raced through my memory.

Crossing the low bottomlands and another wooden bridge that spanned yet another large creek, I soon found myself climbing up into the hill country. As I approached the crest of beautiful Locke Hill, I knew that I had to stop and spend a few moments and absorb the vast beauty that lay in the bottoms before me. Here, I was reaffirmed once again, only God was capable of creating such beautiful handiwork with such vast magnitude of colors.

As I traveled the narrow dirt road toward the old Red Hills cemetery, I thought of the many dollars that had been spent on traveling to distant places in search of nature’s beauty. Since leaving Highway 21 at Tunnel Springs, I had witnessed nature in her grandest colors, except perhaps during the fall months, and it had cost me almost nothing, perhaps a quart and a half of gasoline.

As I stopped in front of the old Red Hills cemetery, the memory of another dear friend came to mind. I remembered how I used to come here with my friend Oscar Wiggins, and wander for hours through the old cemetery. I knew by heart the names of his distant ancestors who rested in some of the graves nearby. I had been shown many times the final resting places of several Confederate soldiers who had departed this world and now sleep in the red clay of the old cemetery. Never did we visit here that my friend did not always go first to the grave of his grandfather who had worn the Rebel uniform. And, always I would hear the story of his return from the dreadful war, a wounded and sick man. After his return from the war, he spent the remaining years of his life digging a living out of the red clay soil of the Red Hills area.

As I proceeded across the high hills toward Highway 41 and the Franklin community, I knew that I had to make up my mind real soon as to the direction I would take. Looking at my watch, I knew that the noon hour was fast approaching. Turning northward, I twisted and turned on the winding and scenic highway until I soon found myself approaching the town of Camden. A quick stop at a fast food place satisfied my hunger and soon I was on my way again.

Not knowing for certain as to where I was going, I found myself in the community of Possum Bend. It didn’t take but a minute to view the sights here, so I proceeded on toward the river and the paper mill on the highway that would carry on to the town of Pine Hill. Just past the paper mill, I turned to my left and soon I was at the intersection of the road that would carry me to either the community of Sunny South or turn left and travel toward Lower Peach Tree. Turning left, once again the memories began to flow as I swept past old familiar landmarks that brought back many hours of research and adventure.

I knew if I wanted to cross the Alabama River on the ferry, I had to be there before the 4 p.m. deadline. Stopping in Lower Peach Tree, I fueled up my motorcycle and drank a quick cold drink. I had heard many stories about this community and how a terrible tornado many years past had almost wiped out the surrounding area. I remembered a lady who lived near where I grew up had been blown up into a tree during this terrible storm when she was a small child. The rest of her life she was a cripple; almost unable to walk or to do anything.

Looking at my watch I wasn’t sure if I could get to the ferry by the time it closed for the day so I headed up the scenic Old Line Road. I knew that I had no time to waste if I was to get home before my darling wife came home from a day of shopping. With just minutes to spare, I stabled my iron horse and began the “honey do” work that she had instructed me to do. I had made it in time before her arrival home. This vagabond blood of mine is going to get me in to serious trouble yet if I’m not very careful…

Contentment is for those who have reached their goal
and are satisfied no more to wander.
Happily, I have not reached mine,
and have no intentions of doing so.

(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.)