Monday, May 21, 2018

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for May 21, 2018

Sparta Academy's Jerry Peacock.

10 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 2008

Sparta Academy senior Myles Wiggins received the coveted Jerry Peacock Memorial Award last Thursday night during the school’s annual athletic awards banquet in Evergreen. The award is given annually to the school’s top senior athlete in memory of Jerry Peacock, a 1977 Sparta Academy graduate and standout athlete whose life was cut short in a tragic drowning accident shortly after his high school graduation. Wiggins, the son of Sam and Allison Wiggins of Evergreen, was a standout athlete during his career at Sparta, excelling in a number of sports, including football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Sparta Academy senior Peyton Thompson received the coveted D.T. Stuart Football Sportsmanship Award last Thursday night during the school’s annual athletic awards banquet in Evergreen. The award is given annually to the football player at the school who displays the best sportsmanship on and off the playing field throughout the season. Thompson was also named as a Football Captain Award winner and was tapped as the winner of the football team’s Best Defensive Back Award.

Sparta Academy senior Susan Ann Cook received the coveted Wayne Peacock Memorial Award last Thursday night during the school’s athletic awards banquet in Evergreen. The award is presented annually to the school’s top girls basketball player in memory of longtime Sparta girls basketball booster, Wayne Peacock. Cook also received a Senior Recognition Award, a Girls Basketball Captain Award and a Varsity Cheerleader Captain Award.

Hillcrest High School will wrap up spring football practice tomorrow (Friday) night when the Jags will travel to Roanoke to play a spring football game against Handley High School. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at Wright Field in Roanoke.
(Rising seniors on Hillcrest’s team that spring included Devin Carlis, Dexter Chapman, Ellis Gill, Destin Gross, Eother Holder, Antonio Jordan, Ramel McClean, Quenton Nettles, Alexander Nevlous, Vincent Randleson, Malcolm Rudolph, Price Salter, Shannon Salter, Derek Smith, Malik Steen, Terrence Thomas, Justin Watson and Earnest Williams. Maurice Belser was head coach.)

35 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1983

Joey Johnson was winner of the coveted D.T. Stuart Jr. Sportsmanship Trophy. Russ Raines was winner of the equally desired Jerry W. Peacock Memorial Trophy.
Winners of the various awards in the respective sports follows:
Football: best blocker, Mike Wilson; best defensive player, Wes Brown; best academic average, Britt McNeil; hustler, Wes Brown; sportsmanship award, Joey Johnson; and captain, Russ Raines and Wes Brown.
Baseball: leading hitter, Al Etheridge; captain, Russ Raines; academic average, Mike Wilson; best defensive player, Joey Johnson; sportsmanship award, Ed Carrier; and hustler, Joe McInvale.
Basketball: hustler, Russ Raines; defensive player, Russ Brown; rebounder, Chris Blatz; best field goal percentage, Chris Blatz; best free throw percentage, Chris Blatz; academic average, Britt McNeil; sportsmanship award, Vince Watts; and captain, Chris Blatz.
Girls basketball: captain, Cheri Johnson; sportsmanship award, Cheri Johnson; defensive award, Cheri Johnson; best field goal percentage, Tammy Booker; academic average, Jan Coker; hustler, Raye Ann Gall; best rebounder, Tina Bybee; and best free throw percentage, Leah Carrier.

60 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1958

The Evergreen Little League began official play Tuesday night with games between the Chicks and Orioles and the Yankees and the Dodgers.
In the American League, the Chicks dropped the Orioles by a score of 9-1. Glass was the winning pitcher for the Chicks and Engle was credited with the loss for the Orioles.
The Chicks were credited with two hits, both collected by second sacker Kelly. Kelly tagged a single in the third inning and a double in the fourth. The Orioles failed to touch Glass for a single hit.
Losing pitcher Engle fanned 10 men and walked 10. Glass struck out six men and walked four.
In the National League, the Dodgers continued their winning ways from previous seasons by dropping the Yankees by a score of 13-7.
Briggs was credited with the win for the Dodgers and Cloud was the losing pitcher for the Yanks.
Lambert led the Dodger hitters at the plate with two doubles for three trips. He was followed by Tolbert and Jackson with singles and Briggs who connected with a three-bagger. The losing Yanks were led at the plate by Scott Cook who tagged two doubles and Salter, Warren and Hayes who singled.

Aggies defeat Monroeville, 13-0: The score was very much like one from a football game but the game was definitely baseball when Friday the Aggie nine downed Monroeville, 13-0.
(Players on Evergreen High School’s team that year included Robert Ellington and Ken Tucker.)

85 YEARS AGO
MAY 18, 1933

Locals Take Game From Greenville 4-3: Evergreen’s Fighting Irish baseball team defeated Greenville on the Butler capital’s home field Sunday, by a score of 4 to 3, in a contest which was not decided until Archie Barfield, Evergreen first sacker, made a final putout in the ninth inning.
Greenville scored first, in the first inning, with the aid of some weird fielding and umpiring, garnering one run off Loyce Hyde; Evergreen tied the score in their half of the third, and put the game away safely in the fifth, when three runs cluttered across the pan, Joe Hagood exploding a clean base hit to right field after three mates had taken life on the sacks, to supply the big punch in the winning splurge.
The locals lost a run in the first inning when Hagood apparently scored from third base on a close play in which the Greenville catcher failed to tag him. Umpire Bryant, however, waved the runner out, despite Pierce’s efforts to tag Joe after the latter had slid into the pot and after the catcher’s initial attempt to tag him coming in, had failed.
Greenville kept pecking away at Hyde, and scored one run each in the sixth and seventh innings, to creep within one run of the locals. With one away in the ninth, Greenville put two men on the base paths, but Hyde “bowed his neck,” bore down like a trooper and retired the next two hitters, closing the game in a blaze of cunning curve ball pitching.
Al Hansen, husky Evergreen shortstop, was the victim of two collisions on the base paths, Greenville runners running into him on two occasions just as he was set to make a play on batted balls down his groove.

110 YEARS AGO
MAY 20, 1908

The trial has been set for June 12, next, when the same teams are scheduled to play here again.
The arrest today is the second for alleged violation of the Sunday baseball law this month, and the local association announced tonight that another game will be played next Sunday when Atlanta and Mobile are scheduled to clash.

Today in History for May 21, 2018


May 21, 1502 – The island of Saint Helena was discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova.


May 21, 1542 – While searching for gold, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died of fever at the age of 45 on the bank of the Mississippi River. Some say he died near present-day McArthur, Ark. while other sources say he died near Ferriday, La.

May 21, 1602 - Martha's Vineyard was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

May 21, 1688 – Poet Alexander Pope was born in London.

May 21, 1758 - 10-year-old Mary Campbell was abducted from her home in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, by Lenape Indians; she became an icon of the French and Indian War and backcountry experience. After her abduction, Campbell lived among the family of Chief Netawatwees in the Ohio Valley. Mary Campbell was returned to a European settlement at age 16 in the famous release of captives orchestrated by Colonel Henry Bouquet at the conclusion of Pontiac’s War in November 1764.

May 21, 1766 - A Liberty Pole was erected in New York City commons in celebration of the repeal of the Stamp Act.

May 21, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Maysville, Ky.

May 21, 1832 - The Democratic Party held its first national convention in Baltimore.

May 21, 1839 - Alabama editor and author Thomas Cooper De Leon was born in Columbia, S.C.

May 21, 1844 – French painter Henri Rousseau was born in Laval, France.

May 21, 1851 – Slavery was abolished in Colombia, South America.

May 21, 1856 - Proslavery men raided, captured and burned the abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas. John Brown personally sought revenge for the act. On May 25, Brown and his sons attacked three cabins along Pottawatomie Creek. They killed five men and triggered a summer of guerilla warfare in the territory.

May 21, 1861 - The Confederate Congress met for the last time in Montgomery, Ala. Montgomery served as capital for just three months, from February to May 1861. After Virginia joined the Confederacy in April 1861, leaders urged the move to the larger city of Richmond, which was closer to the military action.

May 21, 1861 - Missouri declared its neutrality in the Civil War, and Sterling Price signed an agreement with William Harney, essentially handing Missouri over to Federal forces.

May 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Paraje, New Mexico.

May 21, 1863 - The Siege of Port Hudson, La. began when Nathaniel Banks of the Union Department of the Gulf surrounded the Confederate stronghold and attacked. Franklin Gardner refused to surrender after being ordered to abandon fort by Joseph Johnston. This was a fatal mistake, and Banks soon had Gardner surrounded. For the next three weeks, Banks attempted to capture Port Hudson but failed each time. It was not until Vicksburg surrendered on July 4 that Gardner also surrendered.

May 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, the Union demonstration against Kinston, North Carolina, continued.

May 21, 1863 – During the Civil War, the siege of Vicksburg, Miss. entered its third day. A Federal Navy flotilla was sent up the Yazoo River on this day, its destination Yazoo City. There was a Confederate navy yard there, and its occupants did not even wait for the flotilla to arrive. As soon as its mission became known, the yard was abandoned, its shops destroyed, and three ships - two steamships and an uncompleted gunboat--were burned.

May 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ended.

May 21, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought on the Blue River in Missouri; and at Fort Powhatan, Hanover Court House, and Newton in Virginia. A combat also occurred at Stanard's Mill, Virginia.

May 21, 1864 - One of the worst curses of both the Union and Confederate Army were the “political generals.” On the Union side, one of these was Gen. Franz Siegel, a native of Germany. He was immensely popular among the large number of troops who were immigrants from that country. Siegel was not a good general. On this day, he was replaced by Gen. David Hunter on the grounds that Siegel had been unsuccessful in the Shenandoah Valley.

May 21, 1865 - Author Jeremiah Clemens died in Huntsville, Ala.

May 21, 1881 – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

May 21, 1886 – No edition of The Monroe Journal was published on this date, and the following week’s paper included the following apology from publisher Q. Salter: “We owe an apology to our readers for non-appearance of The Journal last week, which was due to our absence, having been called away on business.”

May 21, 1889 - Alabama author Frances Gaither was born in Somerville, Tenn.

May 21, 1895 – J.H. Moore Jr. of Perdue Hill was in Monroeville, Ala. and informed The Monroe Journal newspaper that he had already begun the construction of a new and larger warehouse on the site of the Lower Claiborne Warehouse that burned on May 9. Also that day, George Agee, who had been arrested for “complicity” in the building’s burning had a preliminary hearing before Judge Stallworth and was discharged because there was no evidence to implicate him in the crime.

May 21, 1895 – Richard Henry Rumbley, who was believed to be the oldest man in Monroe County, passed away at his home six miles east of Monroeville, Ala. He was 96 years and four months old. Born in 1799, he was buried in the Rumbley Cemetery.

May 21, 1895 – Virginia Shomo, sister of Dr. J.W. Shomo of Mount Pleasant, passed away at 11 p.m. at the Providence Infirmary in Mobile, Ala. Her remains were returned to Mount Pleasant, where she was buried in the family cemetery.

May 21, 1896 - Monroe Masonic Chapter No. 4 held a regular convocation in the Masonic Hall at Perdue Hill, Ala. at 2 p.m. The following officers were elected for the ensuing Masonic year, May 21, 1896 – J.A. Savage, H.P.; H.J. Savage, K; J. DeLoach, S.; R.F. Lowrey, Treas.; W.J. McCants, Sect’y; W.A. Locke, Chaplain; I.D. Roqerts, C of H; S.F. Gaillard, P.S.; J.B. Williams, R.H.C.; E.T. King, M. 3rd V; J.L. Ballard, M. 2nd V.; C.R. McNeil, M. 1st V.; Wm. Tomlinson, Sentinel.

May 21, 1896 - At a regular communication of Monroe (River Ridge) Lodge No. 485, the following officers were elected for the ensuing Masonic year: R.W. McCants, Worshipful Master; D.M. Stabler, Senior Warden; A.H. Johnson, Junior Warden; J.G. Johnson, Treasurer; T.G. Reynolds, Secretary; J.F. Rowell, Senior Deacon; A.H. Hays, Junior Deacon; W.A. Locke, Chaplain; T.M. Piggott, J. Hetherington, Masters of Ceremony; A.J. McKinley, C.G. Reynolds, Stewards; J.A. McKinley, Tyler.

May 21, 1896 – This day’s Monroe Journal carried the following notice – “The steamer Tinsie Moore announces the following summer schedule: On and after May 1st, until further notice, the following schedule will be run, water, etc., permitting: Leave Mobile Saturdays 6 p.m., leave Selma Mondays 7 p.m., arrive Montgomery Tuesdays 9 a.m., leave Montgomery Tuesdays 12 p.m., leave Selma Tuesdays 10 p.m., leave Burford’s Wednesdays 8 a.m., leave Lower Peach Tree Wednesdays 11 a.m., leave Bells Landing Wednesdays 12 p.m., leave Claiborne Wednesdays 4 p.m., arrive Mobile Thursdays 6 a.m.”

May 21, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that Prof. Powers was making preparations for the closing exercises of his school.

May 21, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that physicians were reporting “considerable sickness in the vicinity of Monroeville, not of a very aggravated type however.”

May 21, 1901 - The Constitutional Convention of 1901 assembled in Montgomery to write Alabama's sixth constitution. Convention president John B. Knox of Anniston, pointing to ongoing "race conflict" in state politics, explained that the foremost objective of the convention was "to establish white supremacy in this State." The delegates accomplished that by producing a document that effectively disfranchised blacks, along with poor whites. Voters ratified the Constitution of 1901 in November of that year.

May 21, 1902 – National Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Earl Averill was born in Snohomish, Washington. He went on to play for the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Braves. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

May 21, 1908 – Miss Jessie Bertah Staples, the daughter of steamboat owner Capt. Norman A. Staples of Mobile, christened the “James T. Staples,” which was named after Norman’s father. John Davis Gerald Sr. of Bell’s Landing eventually became co-owner of the boat.

May 21, 1911 - Six years after the First Moroccan Crisis, during which Kaiser Wilhelm’s sensational appearance in Morocco provoked international outrage and led to a strengthening of the bonds between Britain and France against Germany, French troops occuppied the Moroccan city of Fez, sparking German wrath and a second Moroccan Crisis.

May 21, 1912 – W.A. Floyd, “one of Evergreen’s most prominent and valued citizens,” was found dead by his wife, seated in a chair on the front porch of his home. He was about 61 years old.

May 21-25, 1916 - The second annual commencement exercises at the Conecuh County High School at Castleberry, Ala. were to be held during this time. An “interesting program” had been arranged for Sunday morning, May 21, and church services were to be held on Sun., May 21, at 7 p.m. The exercises were to begin on May 21 and continue through May 25.

May 21-25, 1916 – Commencement exercises were held at Monroe County High School. On May 21 at 11 a.m., a sermon was delivered in the auditorium by the Rev. C.A. Williams of the Monroeville Methodist Church. On May 22 at 8:30 p.m. the annual concert was given by the Department of Music. Admission to the concert was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children with proceeds to go toward the purchase of a school piano. On May 23 at 8:30 p.m., the annual declamation contest was scheduled to be held. On May 24 at 3 p.m., diplomas were scheduled to be presented to seventh-grade students by Prof. J.B. Hobdy. On May 24 at 8:30 p.m., graduation exercises were scheduled to be held with the address to be delivered by Dr. Jas. S. Thomas of the University of Alabama. The 1915-1916 school year “was one of the most successful in the history of the school, the enrollment having reached 121.” The following pupils passed approved examinations on the prescribed high school course and were given diplomas: Lula Agee, Emma McWilliams, Gilmore Massey, Harry Lazenby, Walter Hines, Clyde Posey, Nick Sawyer, Arthreene Carter, Willie Mae Vann, Lamar Griffin, Willie Johnson and Erastus Talbert.

May 21, 1926 - Earl Sheely of the Chicago White Sox hit his sixth consecutive double.

May 21, 1927 – Charles Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.

May 21, 1928 – Closing exercises were scheduled to be held at the Evergreen City School at 10 a.m. in the auditorium.

May 21, 1930 – Baseball player Max Bishop was walked eight times during a doubleheader.

May 21, 1930 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit three consecutive home runs.

May 21, 1932 – Bad weather forced Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

May 21, 1933 - On Sunday this afternoon Monroeville’s baseball team played Chapman in Chapman and lost, 8-7, in 11 innings.

May 21, 1941 – National Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman and manager Bobby Cox was born in Tulsa, Okla. He went on to play for the New York Yankees and also manage the Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

May 21, 1943 - The White Sox and the Senators played the fastest nine-inning night game in American League history. The game was finished in 89 minutes.

May 21, 1946 - Twenty-six graduates of the Monroe County High School were to receive diplomas at exercises to be held on this Tuesday night. Following is the list of graduates: Emma Lou Agee, Evelyn Fay Andress, William Sam Bowden, Ouida Inez Byrd, Betty Hixon Chambers, Mabrey Thomas Easley, A.D. Dickson, Jean Farish, Thelma Louise Hall, Edith Grey Hightower, Saranne Hundley, Sue Millsap Jones, Patsy Estelle Lazenby, William Sadler McGraw, Ethel McKinley, Jacqueline Jean Pickett, Thomas Edward Riley, Julia Frances Ryland, Nancy Elizabeth Sheffield, Spurgeon D. Terry Jr., Owen Locke Lear Thompson, Margaret Katherine Thompson, Margaret Elizabeth Watson, Alice Jeannette Wiggins, Lonnie J. Wiggins Jr. and Debe Catherine Williams.

May 21, 1947 - Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.

May 21, 1948 - Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.

May 21, 1948 - Funeral services for Leonard Howard Jordan, 25, of Monroeville were conducted on this Friday afternoon from the Assembly of God Church in Excel with the Rev. A.L. Shell officiating. Jordan died on Thurs., May 20, about 1:15 a.m. as the result of knife wounds suffered the previous night in an altercation at a Little River fishing camp near Chrysler. Four youths, all residents of McCullough and vicinity, had been jailed at Bay Minette in connection with the slaying. Jordan died approximately 40 minutes after being stabbed five times about midnight on Wed., May 19. His death occurred at Repton Hospital.

May 21, 1948 – On this Friday at 10:30 p.m. at the Pix Theatre in Evergreen, on stage in five big scenes, one show only, “Dr. Silkini’s ASYLUM OF HORRORS,” and “Direct From Hollywood,” the “FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER IN PERSON.” Described as “Ghastly! Horrifying! Chilling!” people were warned that “If You Have A Weak Heart Don’t See It!” Also to be shown that night was the comedy “Scooper Dooper.” Tickets were to go on sale Fri., May 14. All seats were 60 cents each, including tax.

May 21, 1950 – The Dixie Amateur League baseball game between the Evergreen Greenies and Jay, Fla. was rained out. The game was scheduled to be played in Evergreen, Ala.

May 21, 1950 – The Shreve Eagles beat the Paul Aces, 6-2, on this Sunday behind the steady pitching of Ferrell Smith. Harold Godwin pitched for Paul.

May 21, 1950 – A game between the undefeated, league-leading Centerville Rookies and the Flat Rock Rockets ended in a 1-1 tie after nine innings.

May 21, 1952 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 15 runs in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. The final score was, 19-1.

May 21, 1955 - The late Major Dave Lewis was to be honored on this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. when the new armory in Evergreen was to be officially designated as Ft. Dave Lewis and presented to the local unit, Battery C, 117th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day celebration there. The new armory was completed several months before at a cost of approximately $100,000.

May 21, 1956 - The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb. It was dropped from a B-52 bomber over the tiny island of Namu in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

May 21, 1956 – English businessman and adventurer Harry Bensley died in Brighton, England.

May 21, 1961 – Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declared martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots broke out.

May 21, 1963 - Glenn Calvin Cook, well-known local insurance man, died late on this Tuesday afternoon in Evergreen, a victim of a heart seizure. He was 52 years old. Cook was stricken while driving in his automobile on Spring Street just off Bruner Avenue around 6 p.m. His car crashed into one parked on the street after the attack caused him to lose control. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, but was dead on arrival. A native and lifelong resident of this county, Cook, for a number of years, operated his own general insurance agency. At one time, he was employed at the local post office. Cook was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was called back to duty during the Korean conflict. Born on April 6, 1911, he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen.

May 21, 1968 - The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

May 21, 1969 - U.S. military command spokesman in Saigon defended the battle for Ap Bia Mountain as having been necessary to stop enemy infiltration and protect the city of Hue.

May 21, 1971 – Army Spc. J.C. Summerlin, 20, of Brewton, Ala. was killed in action at Fire Support Base C-2 in Quang Tri, Vietnam. Summerlin died from injuries suffered in a 122-mm rocket attack that collapsed a bunker that contained between 65 and 70 personnel. During the incident, 29 were killed and 33 were wounded, including Summerlin, who survived the initial explosion, but died after being flown out on a medivac helicopter. He was buried in the Canaan Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery at Barnett Crossroads in Escambia County.

May 21, 1972 - Michelangelo's statue Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was vandalized by a mentally deranged Hungarian geologist named Laszlo Toth.

May 21, 1980 - The movie "The Empire Strikes Back" was released.

May 21, 1987 - Alabama author Archie Carr died in Gainesville, Fla.

May 21, 1993 – The William King Beck House (also known as River Bluff Plantation) on the Alabama River near Camden, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

May 21, 1996 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the eighth youngest player to hit 200 home runs.

May 21, 1997 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox got his 200th win.

May 21, 1997 – The “New” Repton Post Office in Repton, Ala. on U.S. Highway 84 first opened for business with Napoleon Lee as postmaster.

May 21, 2003 - The NFL decided to not vote on expanding the playoffs in 2004.

May 21, 2005 - Child actor Mary Badham, who portrayed “Scout” in the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was scheduled to return to Monroeville on this Saturday at the Old Monroe County Courthouse. Badham planned to reminisce about her work on the film with Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck during the “Scout Returns to Maycomb” event from 2 to 3 p.m. A question-and-answer period was also to be held.

May 21, 2006 – Harper Lee of Monroeville, Ala. accepted an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame.

May 21, 2008 – Asa Johnston Farmhouse at Johnsonville, Ala. was added to National Register of Historic Places.

May 21, 2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.

May 21, 2014 – The National September 11 Museum opened to the public.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., May 21, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.25 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 18.35 inches.

Notes: Today is the 140th day of 2018 and the 62nd day of Spring. There are 226 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, May 20, 2018

Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper of Monroe County, Alabama

Mary Badham as "Scout"

10 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 2008

Mary Badham, known internationally as the child actor who played Scout in the film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be the featured guest for “A Day in Maycomb” Saturday.
Teachers, students and the general public are invited to the Old Monroe County Courthouse Museum on Monroeville’s historic downtown square for a day of immersion into the historical surroundings associated with the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“A Day in Maycomb” features a special presentation from 12:30-2:30 by Badham, who is now a professional speaker on “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Excel’s Lady Panthers capped a season of one-run wins and losses with one more Tuesday of last week in the rubber game of a Class 2A, Sub-state playoff series against Wicksburg High in Newton.
Wicksburg broke a 1-1 tie in the third game of the best-two-of-three-game series with a run in the bottom of the sixth and made it stand up to get a 2-1 win.
Excel, which bounced back from a 9-3 loss in the first game against Wicksburg to post a 5-1 win the second game and force the third and deciding game, finished the season with a 30-17 record under Coach Charlotte Wiggins.
(Top Excel players that season included Alycia Baggett, Amy Hudson, Claire Jordan, Kayla Jordan and Kelsey Ledkins.)

Monroeville’s Mockingbird Court recently visited Congressman Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, at his Mobile office and presented him with Rikard’s Mill grits, Monroe Sausage and Auntie Em’s homemade rolls. 

35 YEARS AGO
MAY 19, 1983

Larinda Stallworth of Beatrice admires her newborn son, who last week was named the Monroeville Jayceettes’ Healthy Baby during Healthy Baby Week at Monroe County Hospital. Mr. Stallworth and her husband, Alonzo, named the boy Darrius. He was born last Thursday and weighed 7 pounds, 2-1/2 ounces. The Jayceettes annually honor the first baby born at the hospital during Health Baby Week and present the mother and father with gifts donated by local merchants. Donating gifts for this year’s project were Bedsole’s, M. Katz Store, B.C. Moore’s, TG&Y, Plaza Pharmacy, Revco Drugs, MarDee’s Misc., Monroeville Pharmacy, The Boodleheimer, Williams Drug Store and Medical Center Discount Drugs.

The Frisco City High School track and field team recently participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A state track and field meet at Troy State University. The team completed the meet in fifth place. (Members of the team included Darren Smith, Robert Byrd, Shannon Scruggs, Ben Smith, LaTonya Darby, Brenda Davison, Susan Davison, Walter Anderson, Brian Taylor, Rodney Franklin, Foster Agee, Janie Dean, Steve Davison, John Dailey, Charlie Davison, Frank Files and Perry Williams.)

Touring the emergency room at Monroe County Hospital during a hospital wide open house Sunday afternoon are Dr. Francis Nicholas and wife, head emergency room nurse Gail Turberville, hospital administrator Gene Sharpe, Monroe County Red Cross blood drive chairman Susan Sanderson, Dr. Hardy Downing, employee Nicky Caston and Robin Sanderson. The event was held during National Hospital Week.

60 YEARS AGO
MAY 15, 1958

Monroe Mills will celebrate 21 years of operation in Monroeville with its annual “Monroe Mills Day,” scheduled for Thurs., May 29.
The annual vacation period will begin and festivities are planned during the afternoon and evening at Vanity Fair Park.
Over 2,000 persons, including employees and immediate families, are expected to be on hand for the celebration during the afternoon at Vanity Fair Park.

Native of Chatom Named Assistant Coach At MCHS: Ronald Mozley Dees, 23-year-old native of Chatom, has been named as new assistant coach at Monroe County High School, H.G. Greer, Superintendent of Education, said Wednesday.
Mr. Dees is a graduate of Washington County High School and McNeese State College, Lake Charles, La., having played varsity football at both institutions. For the past year, he has been assistant coach at Lafayette College, Lafayette, La.

Members of Excel, Frisco City and Uriah 4-H Clubs took top honors at the Monroe County 4-H Fat Calf and Market Hog Show held Wednesday at the Farmers Cooperative Market in Frisco City.
Grand Champion Steer was shown by Harry Sawyer, member of the Excel club and son of Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Sawyer, Monroeville Rt. 1.
Reserve Champion steer was owned by Lester Scott, Frisco City, Rt. 2. First place winner of the hog show Class II (litter of hogs ready for market) was Clark Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelburne Harris, Uriah.

85 YEARS AGO
MAY 18, 1933

Mr. J.B. Barnett will attend the State Bankers meeting in Montgomery this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Jones and George Thomas visited relatives in Tuscaloosa this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Finch, Mrs. A.C. Lee and Miss Louise Lee spent the weekend in Atmore.

“Cool Knights,” a three-act musical comedy, is being presented at the Frisco City School auditorium at eight o’clock Friday evening, May 19. The ladies of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Union are sponsoring the production, which is under the direction of Miss Kathleen Strickland.
The cast includes Bonnie Sims, Lotan Jones, Ellen Burns, Frank Echols, Lucile Blackburn, Abe Martin, Alma McMillan, Burney King, Euline Hendrix, Wiley Long, Jessie Lee Long, Levaughn Hanks and Bud Hanks.

Men Leave For Forestry Service: Twelve boys from all sections of the county, accompanied by Mrs. D.R. Nettles, director of unemployment relief, left Wednesday for Mobile, where the boys will take physical examination at the recruiting station for work in the reforestation program. Ten is the quota allotted Monroe County in the second call for workers. Two are being taken as substitutes in the event any of those selected should fail to pass the examination, which is very rigid.
After the examination in Mobile, the boys will journey to Fort Benning, Ga., where they will spend a period of two weeks in training for their six months work in the national forests of the country.

110 YEARS AGO
MAY 21, 1908

ATTENTION VETERANS! The George W. Foster Camp No. 407 U.C.V. will hold a meeting on Sat., May 30, 1908 for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuring year and appointing delegates to the reunion to be held in Birmingham July 9-11. The members are urgently requested to attend and pay dues for the present year. – T.S. Wiggins, Adjutant.

Sheriff M.M. Fountain is in Brewton for a few days.

On the night of the 19th inst. a posse of avaricious Monroevillians sought out the home of Rev. W.H. Boyd and when they found it they called him out and gave him such a pounding as he cannot soon forget. His purse also was taken in charge and when returned to him it was plethoric beyond his recognition. As for silver and gold they knew he had --. In kind he declares he can never repay and his only means of redress is to pray that our good Lord will repay them a hundred fold in this life and in the world to come life everlasting.

The concluding entertainment of the school closing exercises took place last Friday evening when the medals were awarded to the following pupils: High School department, Charles R. Broughton for declamation, Miss Ruth Simmons for recitation; Intermediate department, Ernestine Lazenby for declamation, Maud Yarbrough for recitation. For scholarship, George Yarbrough; for attendance, Emma Yarbrough.

Mr. Laban Turk of Turkestan, one of Monroe’s oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, was among Monroeville friends the first of the week.

Today in History for May 20, 2018

W.S. Whisenhant Woodmen memorial, pictured at left.

May 20, 685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain was fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who were decisively defeated.


May 20, 1497 – John Cabot set sail from Bristol, England, on his ship, Matthew, looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

May 20, 1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India when he arrived at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

May 20, 1506 – Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the Americas, passed away in poverty at the age of 54 in Valladolid, Crown of Castile, Spain.

May 20, 1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.

May 20, 1520 – The massacre at the festival of Tóxcatl took place during the Fall of Tenochtitlan, resulting in the turn of the Aztecs against the Spanish.

May 20, 1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” the first modern atlas.

May 20, 1609 – Shakespeare's sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

May 20, 1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior.

May 20, 1774 - The Parliament of Great Britain gave royal assent to the Massachusetts Government Act. The act abrogated the existing colonial charter of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and gave its royally-appointed governor wide-ranging powers.

May 20, 1774 - The Parliament of Great Britain enacted the Administration of Justice Act (Act for the Impartial Administration of Justice). The Act granted a change of venue to another British colony or Great Britain in trials of officials charged with a crime growing out of their enforcement of the law or suppression of riots.

May 20, 1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence.

May 20, 1776 – American-Canadian explorer Simon Fraser was born in Mapletown, New York.

May 20, 1778 - In Pennsylvania, the Battle of Barren Hill took place as British forces made an unsuccessful attempt to trap Continentals that were defending Valley Forge.

May 20, 1799 – Novelist Honore de Balzac was born in Tours, France.

May 20, 1802 – By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution.

May 20, 1834 – Marquis de Lafayette, who visited Claiborne, Ala. on April 1825, passed away at the age of 76 in Paris, France.

May 20, 1839 – Mitchell Burford Salter was born near Evergreen, Ala. On April 20, 1861 in Evergreen, Salter enlisted as a private in Co. E, 4th Alabama Infantry. His right arm was amputated at the Battle of Gettysburg, and the bone from his arm is on display in the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. After his discharge, he went to work for the U.S. government gathering taxes and continued that work until the war ended. Salter died in 1920 and is buried in Old Evergreen Cemetery.

May 20, 1860 – Noah Dallas Peacock (Lewis Lavon Peacock’s older brother) married 20-year-old Martha Caroline Bridges at Rocky Head, Ala.

May 20, 1861 - North Carolina became the 11th state to secede from the Union.

May 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, the state of Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality, which would last until Sept. 3 when Confederate forces entered the state.

May 20, 1861 - During the Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala. to Richmond, Va.

May 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, an act was committed on this day which, in later days, would no doubt set off a media frenzy of unprecedented proportions, not to mention a legal and constitutional crisis. At a prearranged time (in the middle of the afternoon) every U.S. Marshall in the North went to pay a visit on the local telegraph office. There the marshals confiscated every single telegram which had been sent for the past year. The intent was to ferret out spies or suspicious patterns of messages.

May 20, 1862 - The Union Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862. The act allowed an adult over the age of 21, male or female, to claim 160 acres of land from the public domain. Eligible persons had to cultivate the land and improve it by building a barn or house, and live on the claim for five years, at which time the land became theirs with a $10 filing fee.

May 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Fort Gibson in the Indian Territory and at Salem and Collierville, Tenn. The Union demonstration against Kinston, North Carolina began. The siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi entered its second day.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, at the Battle of Ware Bottom Church, which was part of the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fought in this Confederate victory.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Crooked River, Fla. and at Greenville, Miss.

May 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, Union Lt. Col. Joseph Bailey had rescued the waterborne side of the Red River Expedition earlier when he built a dam which raised the water level and allowed his ships to pass some rapids. On this day, he helped out the army of Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks, rigging a bridge out of a large number of steamships anchored and lashed side-by-side. Once the armies passed over this walkway to the side of the river they were officially supposed to be on, the ill-fated Red River Expedition was officially over at last.

May 20, 1864 - President Lincoln signed the legislation creating the Official Records.

May 20, 1865 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Pawnee Rock, Kansas; near Longwood, Missouri; and at Deer Creek, Wyoming.

May 20, 1871 – The people of unincorporated Greenville, Ala. voted on this day to accept a charter granted by the legislature on March 9, 1871 to incorporate the City of Greenville. John B. Lewis was elected the first Mayor of the City of Greenville.

May 20, 1873 - Acting at the behest of a Reno, Nevada tailor who had invented the idea, Levi Strauss secured the necessary patents for canvas pants with copper rivets to reinforce the stress points.

May 20, 1883 - The Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia began erupting on this date.

May 20, 1894 - The first bloodshed of the 1894 miners' strike occurred when a strike breaker was killed by striking miners near Birmingham, Ala. In their first show of industrial strength and discontent, 8,000 Alabama miners left the job in April 1894. The strike was over by August, as the powerful coal companies prevailed with the help of the State Militia and leased convicts.

May 20, 1905 - The George W. Foster Camp, United Confederate Veterans, held its annual meeting in the Monroe County Courthouse on this Saturday afternoon in Monroeville, Ala. Capt. Thomas J. Emmons was re-elected commander, and Capt. Thomas S. Wiggins was chosen adjutant. Thomas A. Nettles and J.A. Grace were picked as delegates to the annual reunion on June 14-16 at Louisville, Ky., and J.I. Watson and N.J. Stallworth were picked as alternates.

May 20, 1906 - Rev. F.M. Fletcher filled his regular appointment on this Sunday at Mt. Pleasant. A large congregation attended.

May 20, 1908 – The final day of commencement exercises at the Agricultural School in Evergreen were scheduled begin on this Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with the Hon. A.E. Gamble of Greenville delivering the literary address. That night the graduating exercises were scheduled to occur, closing out the 14th annual session of the school. The graduating exercises and awarding of diplomas was to take place in the chapel that night. The graduating class included Ben F. Rountree, Oscar C. Moorer, Edwin W. Hagood, Homer B. Tisdale, Miss Ida Murphy, Miss Minnie B. Guerry, Miss Gertrude O. Tisdale, Miss Marcella McCreary, Miss Mary McCreary and Miss Olive McCreary.

May 20, 1909 – Conecuh County Sheriff J.F. Irwin returned from East St. Louis, where he went to arrest a man named “Milne,” who was wanted in Conecuh County for murder.

May 20, 1915 - A movie version of Alabama author Augusta Jane Evans Wilson's book “God's Witness” was released.

May 20, 1915 - British, Canadian and Indian troops launched a new round of attacks against a reinforced German line around the village of Festubert, located in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.

May 20, 1916 - The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting, “Boy with Baby Carriage.”

May 20, 1916 - The small town of Codell, Kansas was struck by a tornado. But what was truly incredible was Codell was hit by a tornado on the same date in 1917, and yet again in 1918. Further, all three storms came through around the same time-- in the early evening.

May 20, 1917 - Orrie P. Curry and Miss Emma Dearborn were married at high noon on this Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Dearborn, on Belleville Street; Rev. D.W. Haskew officiating. The marriage was a very quiet affair, only the immediate family and a few friends being present.

May 20, 1917 - Poplar Springs Camp No. 623 of the Woodmen of the World unveiled the monument of sovereign W.S. Whisenhunt (Whisenhant) at Pleasant Hill cemetery at Manistee at 2:30 p.m. All Woodmen and the public were cordially invited to attend. G.W. Riley was Camp Commander, and T.N. Ikner was Clerk.

May 20, 1917 - Jasper Hayle of Manistee lost his barn, two fine mules, one horse, all feed stuffs and farming implements, in a fire on this Sunday morning, “supposed to have been on incendiary origin,” according to The Monroe Journal. “The loss was a heavy one, coming as it did at the busy season on the farm and when all feedstuff is unusually expensive.”

May 20, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. George Lee of Evergreen, Ala. “died from disease.”

May 20, 1920 – Montreal radio station XWA broadcast the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.

May 20, 1921 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser was born in Detroit, Mich. He went on to pitch for the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

May 20, 1922 - Author James Ralph Johnson was born in Fort Payne, Ala.

May 20, 1922 - Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel returned to the New York Yankees lineup. They had been suspended on Oct. 16, 1921.

May 20, 1927 – Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and defensive end Bud Grant was born in Superior, Wisc. He went on to play for the University of Minnesota and the Philadelphia Eagles and he also coached the Minnesota Vikings.

May 20, 1929 – Lyeffion High School was scheduled to hold its graduation exercises, and Dr. J.B. Hobdy, director of vocational education, was to deliver the graduating address. J.T. Dykes was Lyeffion’s principal.

May 20, 1930 – Repton’s music pupils of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Trueman were scheduled to present a concert at Repton on this Tuesday at 8 p.m. The public was cordially invited to attend.

May 20-21, 1930 - The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias of Alabama were scheduled to meet in their 58th annual session in the city of Montgomery on this Tuesday and Wednesday, and it promised “to be one of the most constructive sessions ever held by this body in the Grand Domain of Alabama,” according to The Monroe Journal. The meeting was to be presided over by Grand Chancellor Tully A. Goodwin of Florala, and recorded by Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, Joe King Stanley of Montgomery.

May 20, 1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

May 20, 1933 - The FBI's hunt for Bonnie and Clyde began when the United States Commissioner at Dallas, Texas issued a warrant against Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

May 20, 1935 – During an Evergreen City Council meeting in the office of Mayor C.A. Jones on this Monday night, traffic policeman Harry L. Riley was promoted to Chief of Police to replace J.C. Grant, who had resigned earlier that day to accept a job with the State Highway Department.

May 20, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that a large crowd attended the graduation exercises of the eighth grade of Goodway School, held in the school auditorium. The program was as follows: Salutatory, Cleveland Jones; Class Will, Burnett Lane; Class Prophecy, Hazel Booker; Valedictory, Evelyn White; Graduation Address, Rev. Cameron; Presentation of Diplomas; Class Song, Graduating Class. The members of the eighth-grade class were Burnett Lane, Luvern Coker, Evelyn White, Vera Nell Morris, Iva Wiggins, Mary Spears, Doris Matheny, Cleveland Jones and Hazel Booker.

May 20, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Rural Electrification Administration had advised that the contract for the construction of distribution lines in Monroe County had been approved. The transmission line was to be extended from Baldwin County into the southwest corner of Monroe County and serve homes between Uriah and the Alabama River.

May 20, 1941 - Taft Wright of the Chicago White Sox set an American League record for 13 consecutive games with RBIs.

May 20, 1942 – During a storm, three military planes crashed in Conecuh County, Ala. and five more crashed near Atmore, Ala. en route from Crestview, Fla. to Maxwell Field in Montgomery, resulting in five deaths. All of the planes were piloted by British cadets who were assigned to Maxwell Field for training.

May 20, 1942 - Lt. Laula M. Middleton, son of Mrs. Evelyn Middleton of Fairview, Ala., was awarded his “war wings” at Foster Field, Texas after a period of intensive training since Nov. 8, 1941. Upon receiving his wings, he was immediately transferred to Orlando, Fla. for advanced training.

May 20, 1943 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, after graduating recently from the officer candidate school at Fort Sill, Okla., Winton D. McIntyre of Evergreen, Ala. was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He was assigned to Camp Gruber, Okla.

May 20, 1946 – English-born poet W.H. Auden became a U.S. citizen.

May 20, 1946 - Claude Passeau made his first error since September 21, 1941. He set the pitcher's fielding record at 273 consecutive errorless chances.

May 20, 1947 – The first organizational meeting of the Monroeville Kiwanis Club was held at the Tally-Ho Restaurant in Monroeville, Ala. and Owen Ivey was elected as the club’s first president.

May 20, 1950 – Seven people were killed in a two-vehicle accident on this Saturday morning around 6:15 a.m. on the Loree Road, just inside the city limits of Evergreen, Ala. Those killed included Jay Sawyer, 30, of Frisco City; Leonard Bryant, 21, of Frisco City; Walter Johnson, 26, of Frisco City; James Johnson, 25, of Frisco City; and General Rodgers, 33, of Monroeville; Mario Salter of Evergreen; and Mary Bozeman.

May 20, 1953 - Using a phrase that would haunt Americans in later years – “Now we can see [success in Vietnam] clearly, like light at the end of a tunnel” – Gen. Henri Navarre assumed command of French Union Forces in Vietnam.

May 20, 1955 - Color films of Nebraska, having to do with farming in that state, and color movies made on a trip through the mountains, were to be shown to members of the Kiwanis Club when they met on this Friday. Ward Ostberg was to show the films and give the program discussion. The session was to be held at the Hi-Ho Restaurant during the noon hour.

May 20, 1959 - The New York Yankees were in last place for the first time since May 25, 1940.

May 20, 1961: The Freedom Riders arrived at the Greyhound bus terminal in Montgomery, Ala. where they are attacked by an angry mob. The Freedom Ride, an integrated bus trip from Washington D.C., through the Deep South, was formed to test the 1960 Supreme Court decision prohibiting segregation in bus and train terminal facilities. Before reaching Montgomery, they had already suffered violent reprisals in Anniston and Birmingham. The Freedom Ride eventually resulted in a campaign that caused the Interstate Commerce Commission to rule against segregated facilities in interstate travel.

May 20, 1963 - A group of businessmen and representatives from civic and study clubs met with Rep. Ralph Jones on this Monday afternoon at the Hi-Ho Restaurant in Monroeville to formulate plans for locating a state-supported junior college in Monroe County.

May 20, 1966 – Army PFC Obie Clyde Simmons, 20, of Brewton, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam. Born on March 2, 1946, he was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brewton. He was a member of Troop D, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division.

May 20, 1969 – The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ended as Hill 937 in South Vietnam was finally captured by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops.

May 20, 1971 - Peter Cetera of the band Chicago was beaten up by four men at a Chicago Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. The men objected to the length of Cetera's hair. Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery.

May 20, 1976 – Major League Baseball catcher Ramón Hernández was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He went on to play for the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, the Baltimore Orioles, the Cincinnati Reds, the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

May 20, 1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.

May 20, 1980 - The submarine Nautilus was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

May 20, 1980 – Evergreen, Alabama’s new park and recreation area was officially named Evergreen Municipal Park in an action by the Evergreen City Council during a meeting on this Tuesday night.

May 20, 1980 – At around 1:15 a.m., a tornado struck Conecuh County, Ala., causing damage in and around Evergreen. The storm damaged the residence of Circuit Judge Robert E.L. Key, including a pickup truck and house, and the yards of Mabry Cook and Harry Ellis. Two businesses, Evergreen Fertilizer & Chemical Co. and Daniels Floorcovering, also suffered damages, and there was extensive loss from damage to timber.

May 20, 1982 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a cross-burning during the previous week on the lawn in front of Repton High School. Deputy Sheriff James Lambert said Repton principal David Johnson reported the cross-burning in front of the school sign when he discovered it at the beginning of school on Wed., May 12. The cross was burned sometime late Tues., May 11, or early Wed., May 12, Lambert said, and although the incident appeared to be a prank, it was under investigation.

May 20, 1984 - Roger Clemens got his first pitching victory.

May 20, 1988 - Mike Schmidt hit his 535th home run to move into eighth place on the all-time list.

May 20, 1991 - Jeff Reardon got his 300th career pitching save.

May 20, 1993 - Mandy Riley was awarded the Joe Wayne Wright Jr. Memorial Scholarship during Honors Day ceremonies at Sparta Academy. Presenting the award to Mandy was Mrs. Pat Wright, mother of Joe Wright Jr. This was the second year this scholarship had been awarded.

May 20, 1995 - Marty Cordova tied a rookie record when he recorded home runs in five consecutive games.

May 20, 1997 - Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox reached base safely for the 15th straight time.

May 20, 2005 – Don Hand became the head football coach at Sparta Academy in Evergreen, Ala., replacing Gerry Watson.

May 20, 2006 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Babe Ruth for second place with his 714th career home run.

May 20, 2017 – A UFO incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on this Saturday near Montevallo in Shelby County. The witness in this case said he was standing in his driveway, looking for lightning from a distant storm, when he saw a “glowing orange light” fly overhead toward the west. He said he was immediately struck by the fact that there was no sound whatsoever coming from the object, which was flying just below the thick clouds. A minute or so later, the witness saw two more lights traveling the same path, side by side, but somewhat staggered. A few seconds later, three more lights in a triangle-shape flew overhead in the same direction. The man ran inside to get his wife and son, so they could see the objects, and as he waited for them to come outside, he saw two more fly overhead. “They were all completely silent and moving at a quick but steady pace,” the witness said. “They were definitely moving nonstop. My heart was racing, and it seemed really surreal, like I was watching a movie. It was kind of disturbing. They didn't appear to fly like anything one would logically believe capable.”

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., May 20, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.25 inches.

Spring to Date Rainfall: 8.00 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 18.35 inches.

Notes: Today is the 139th day of 2018 and the 61st day of Spring. There are 227 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, May 19, 2018

George Singleton describes 'Holy Ground' between Monroe County's Limestone and Flat creeks

Flat Creek, Limestone Creek area described by 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 “Indian legacy: Holy Ground revisited” was originally published in the Sept. 16, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

The hooting of an owl broke the silence over the swamp as we stood knee deep in grass and viewed the area around us. “This is the place all right; this is it. It’s been a long time, but I never forget a place like this.” These were the words of Tom Snyder, who had shown me the way to a small section of land, deep in the swamps of Limestone and Flat creeks, known as the Holy Ground.

“It’s about a quarter of a mile across,” stated Tom. “There’s places sunk in the ground just about the size of a grave all over the area. The ground is real soft, won’t hold up much. When I was a boy, we used to cross this place with wagons on the way to Claiborne. Just about every time we crossed here, the wagons and mules would bog down. The ground just won’t hold any weight at all.

“They used to tell that the reason the ground gave way was that the spirits of the Indians that were buried here didn’t want no one to cross over the ground. I think that’s why it’s called the Holy Ground.

“It’s been this way ever since I can remember. I’m 86 years old. I guess that I’m about the only one left that knows about the Holy Ground.

“Don’t ever hear anything about these kind of things any more. All forgot about; but I’m glad you brought me here. If you hadn’t, I would never have got to come.”

I had talked to Tom Snyder one afternoon about some places of interest in and around the Hixon Quarter settlement. Having lived in the vicinity all his life, I had been told that if anyone knew about these things, Tom Snyder did. In our conversation, the Holy Ground was mentioned. I became interested in the place and began to ask questions.

“I’ll show you sometimes, when we got more time,” Snyder had said. The right time presented itself and here I was, standing right in the middle of the Holy Ground. While standing there among the weeds and timber, I thought of all the people who had passed this way and probably never knew this place existed.

Whatever the reason, I’m sure that the early Indians of this area had cause to name this place what they did. It would be interesting to learn of its history. Being part Indian myself gives me much more reason.

(This column was accompanied by a picture of Snyder, and the caption read as follows: Tom Snyder visits the area known as the Holy Ground. It is located in the swamps of Limestone and Flat Creeks.)

(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 to Vincent William Singleton and Frances Cornelia Faile Singleton, during a late-night thunderstorm, on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served as a U.S. Marine paratrooper in the Korean War, worked as a riverboat deckhand, lived for a time among Apache Indians, moved to Monroe County on June 28, 1964 and served as the administrator of the Monroeville National Guard unit from June 28, 1964 to Dec. 14, 1987. For years, Singleton’s columns, titled “Monroe County history – Did you know?” and “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. It’s believed that his first column appeared in the March 25, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal. 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.)