Monday, January 22, 2018

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.90 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 2.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 1.90 inches.

Notes: Today is the 22nd day of 2018 and the 33rd day of Winter. There are 343 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, January 21, 2018

Old newspaper excerpts from The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Alabama

A.C. Lee of Monroeville, Ala.
JAN. 21, 2010

Anne Crook Hines Farish, 83, of Monroeville died Mon., Jan. 18, 2010 at her residence.
Farish was a native and lifelong resident of Monroeville and a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She had served as the mayor of Monroeville for 16 years.

Dustin Ellison of Monroe Academy and Curtis Bradley of Monroe County High School have been named the top prep players in the county, and Mitchell Turberville of Monroe Academy has been named the top coach.
Ellison, a junior quarterback, is the Offensive Player of the year for The Monroe Journal/Coaches all-star football team. Bradley, a senior linebacker, is the Defensive Player of the Year.
(Other players named to the first team were Craig Bryan, Keland Dees, Graham Smith, Logan Smith, Tanner Smith, Sam Vermilyea, Buchannan Watson and Willis Webb, all of Monroe Academy; Dalton Baggett, Seth Baggett, Wykein Dean, Chase Godwin, Dallas Scruggs and Michael Williams, all of J.U. Blacksher; Tyler Davis, Charlie Davison, D.D. McMillian, Syngen Taylor, Ak’keem Williams and David Willis, all of Excel; and Reggie Bonner, Deandre McMillian, Curtis Ondrey, Demtri Richardson and Grant White, all of Monroe County High School. Honorable mentions included Excel head coach Al Bowen; Trey Brooks, Ryan Dean, Logan Gorum, Labryson Hudson, Cody Phillips and Jamal Threatt, all of Blacksher; Ryan Bowen, Drake Hudson, Mark Hutcherson and Grant Norris, all of Monroe Academy; Bennie Andrews, Nick Brown, Hudson Jordan, Hunter Lewis, Kiara Love, Cedric Stevens and Nick Wiggins, all of Excel; A.J. Chaney, Ja’Kendrick Davison, Daryl McMillian, Demetrius Taite, Brandon Taylor and Devarine Terrell, all of MCHS; and Carlos Castopheny, Nick English, NaDarrian Nettles, Chris Rodgers and Jalen Stallworth, all of J.F. Shields.)

JAN. 17, 1985

Monroe County Junior Miss Linda Pierson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerre O. Pierson of Monroeville, will represent the county at the state Junior Miss pageant tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.
The 17-year-old Monroe Academy senior will compete with 52 girls for the state title in Montgomery and said she feels her strong point is her ability to communicate.
A member of Monroeville First Baptist church choirs since the age of six, she said she plans to sing an upbeat arrangement of “A Most Unusual Day.”

Monroe Academy capped another excellent football season last month with its annual football banquet honoring athletes, coaches and cheerleaders.
Senior offensive and defensive tackle Steve Lambert was named the 1984 team’s honorary captain.
(Other award winners included Donald Foster and Michael McCrory, most valuable offensive backs; Steve Kennedy and Chad Jordan, most valuable offensive linemen; Stephen Simmons, most valuable defensive back; Johnny Elliott, most valuable defensive lineman; Todd Stacey, head hunter award; Hudson Hines, special award for being the leading Class AAA receiver; Shane Silcox, most improved; and Michele Hines, most spirited cheerleader.)

JAN. 21, 1960

T.A. “Tommy” Black was named president of the Peoples Exchange Bank, Beatrice, at a recent meeting of the board of directors.
He replaces P.S. Jackson of Peterman, who was named chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Mr. Black had held the position of vice president.

The J.U. Blacksher High School Bulldogs of Uriah captured top varsity honors and the Beatrice High School Eagles “B” team was winner in the finals of the annual Monroe County basketball tournament here Saturday night.
The Uriah quintet won the countywide tourney title by defeating the Beatrice High varsity five, 65-40, while the Beatrice “B’s” won over the Frisco City High School Whippets, 35-31, to take top spot.
In the varsity finals, the Blacksher Bulldogs’ scoring was paced by Thomas, center, with 25 points.

If it’s thrills you want, it’s thrills you will get when you see the man who brings back the dead, Dr. Evil, in his big Terrors of the Unknown stage shop playing at the Monroe Theatre on Thurs., Jan. 28. Mr. Dorriety, manager of the Monroe Theatre, says the triple shock stage show will also feature in person, KING KONG, the famous Hollywood gorilla, and the Mummy, and portions of the show are too scary to advertise.

Three Monroe County men left for active military service Wednesday under the Selective Service System in Monroe County.
Miss Jewell Coxwell, clerk of the local draft board, listed the following inductees: Raymond Gregson, Rt. 1, Uriah; Douglas Edward Wilson, Goodway; Donald Junior Flowers, Rt. 2, Atmore.
Miss Coxwell said no induction quotas for February have thus far been received by the local board.

JAN. 17, 1935

Fire Damages The Hixon Home: The home of S.W. Hixon on Claiborne Street was partially destroyed by fire on last Friday. The alarm was sounded about 12 o’clock and at the time of the discovery the fire seemed to be making good headway in the central portion of the house. A good crowd quickly gathered about the burning building and succeeded in removing most of the furniture from the house before the fire hose was brought into play on the flames.

Beatrice High School will play practically a full schedule in basketball this season.
Prospects for Beatrice’s team are Monroe Griffith, Frank Blackwell, Bradley Harper, Leslie Livingston, Albert Davis, Ed Williams, Dave Williams, Welman Riley, Miles Jackson and others.
The season will open Friday with Camden at Beatrice, the game to be played at two o’clock. Coach Knight is anxious to schedule games with each school in Monroe County.

A.C. Lee, who was re-elected representative from Monroe County, began his term of office on Jan. 8 when the 1935 session of the state legislature opened.

W.M. Lindsey Is Named Deputy: W.M. Lindsey of Monroeville was appointed chief deputy by Sheriff J.P. Farish when he took office the first of the week.
Mr. Lindsey, for the past 15 years or more, has been a resident of Monroe County where he is well known by most of the people. Prior to his appointment as deputy, Mr. Lindsey was connected with the sales department of the Stallworth Implement Co. in Monroeville.

JAN. 20, 1910

SMALL POX IN COUNTY: The contagious disease which developed at Peterman several weeks ago has swept almost the entire community, and is spreading to contiguous neighborhoods. The infection has been generally so mile in character as to suggest nothing more than varicella, but a few of the more severe cases strongly indicate small pox, and the health authorities are doing all in their power to stamp it out.
The origin of the infection at Peterman has been traced to a railroad or lumbering camp in Mississippi.

Commander Thomas J. Emmons of Camp George W. Foster, United Confederate Veterans, gives hearty endorsement of the plan to erect a monument commemorative of the valor and self-sacrifice of those heroic sons of Monroe who yielded up their lives in memorable of 1861-65. Mr. Emmons’ communication was written before our publication last week, which goes to show that the idea was largely original with him. We should be glad to give space to expressions from other veterans and also to letters from any citizens who may feel an interest in the success of the undertaking.

J.B. Barnett, Esq., has had a new stairway erected affording more convenient access to the second story of the old court house now used as an office building. A new pavement has been laid on the south side and the building otherwise renovated and improved.

Superintendent J.A. Barnes was here from Jones Mill Tuesday. Prof. Barnes has arranged a splendid program for the Teachers’ Institute to be held at Bailey school house on Feb. 3-4.

Today in History for Jan. 21, 2018

Dr. Stanley Wilson
Jan. 21, 1527 – Spanish explorer Juan de Grijalva died in Nicaragua.

Jan. 21, 1674 - Using an almanac, Father Pierre Millet predicted this day’s lunar eclipse. He challenged the Iroquois shaman to predict the time or date of the eclipse, but he couldn’t. Millet made “religious” inroads among the Iroquois by his “successful” use of the almanac prediction.

Jan. 21, 1688 – On this day, a letter in Spanish and the Apalachee languages was written for transmission to King Charles II. The letter contained practically all of the Apalachee language known to be in existence. “The chiefs of the Apalachee express their pleasure at having missionaries among them and at being relieved from the former burdensome labors they were compelled to undergo in St. Augustine.”

Jan. 21, 1698 - French missionary Father de Montigny reached the Tensas Indian village on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and he stayed with them to instruct them in Catholic Christianity.

Jan. 21, 1738 - Ethan Allen, future Revolutionary War hero and key founder of the Republic of Vermont, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Jan. 21, 1765 - In a letter to Governor James Grant on this day from James Pampillone, he named the “Indian Towns, Number of Gun Men, and the miles distant from St Mark’s Fort Apalachee.” “Old Fields (the Spaniards had formerly a fort there), Flint River, or Chiskalalufa, Little Town, Tomawithlaw, Hitchetees and Ochesees. These are the nearest towns to me, belonging to the lower Creeks, the soil rich and fertile, and well-watered. The other towns are the Cowettas, Ufallees, Pallochucalla, Towassee, Swaglew, Latchaway, of them I have yet not account.”

Jan. 21, 1785 - The Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot acknowledged the sole sovereignty of the U.S. Tribal land boundaries was established and no U.S. citizens could live on Indian lands without Indian approval. The treaty was signed on this day by 13 chiefs at Fort McIntosh in western Pennsylvania.

Jan. 21, 1789 – The first American novel, “The Power of Sympathy” or the “Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth,” was printed in Boston.

Jan. 21, 1793 – France’s King Louis XVI was beheaded for treason in Paris, one of tens of thousands of victims of the French Revolution.

Jan. 21, 1795 – English navigator and explorer Samuel Wallis was born near Camelford, Cornwall.

Jan. 21, 1812-ca. – Joseph Tarpley Peacock, the first son of Levi and Martha Peacock and the father of Lewis Lavon Peacock, was born in Wilkinson County, Ga.

Jan. 21, 1813 – General, explorer and politician John C. Frémont was born in Savannah, Ga.

Jan. 21, 1815 - Alabama author Joseph Glover Baldwin was born in Friendly Grove Factory, Va.

Jan. 21, 1824 – Civil War general Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Va.

Jan. 21, 1836 - President Jackson ordered General Winfield Scott to take command of the forces in Florida. Scott left Washington on this day, stopping in South Carolina and Georgia to arrange for militia and supplies and to set up a depot in Savannah. He didn’t arrive at his headquarters in Florida near St. Augustine until Feb. 22.

Jan. 21, 1840 - A skirmish between militia and Seminoles took place on this day near the Suwannee River.

Jan. 21, 1846 – Confederate veteran Robert Baxter Platt Jr. was born in Evergreen, Ala. During the Civil War, he served in Co. H of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry and was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor. He enlisted in February 1863 at Quitman, Miss. and fought at Holly Springs and Tupelo. He was paroled at Meridian, Miss. on May 13, 1865. After the war, he was a Methodist minister, cotton broker and cross-tie contractor for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. He moved to Chattanooga in 1916, but had previously lived in Evergreen; Collierville and Memphis, Tenn. He passed away on March 29, 1934 and is buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn.

Jan. 21, 1846 – The Alabama legislature selected Montgomery as the state’s new capital and later began its first session there on Dec. 6, 1847.

Jan. 21, 1846 - The first issue of the "Daily News," edited by Charles Dickens, was published.

Jan. 21, 1861 – James Adams Stallworth of Evergreen, Ala., who began serving in the U.S. Congress in March 1857, withdrew with the rest of the Alabama delegation when Alabama seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War.

Jan. 21, 1861 – Former U.S. Secretary of War and the future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, bid farewell in a speech in the U.S. Congressional Chambers and resigned from the U.S. Senate. Four other Southerners also resigned, including Clement C. Clay Jr. and Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama and Stephen R. Mallory and David L Yulee of Florida.

Jan. 21, 1862 – During the Civil War, Union Brig. Gen John Alexander McClernand returned to his base of operations at Columbus, Ky.

Jan. 21, 1863 - Rebels recaptured Sabine Pass, Texas, and opened an important port for the Confederacy. Two Confederate ships, the Bell and Uncle Ben, drove away two Union ships, the Morning Light and Velocity. The event is known as the First Battle of Sabine Pass.

Jan. 21, 1863 – A skirmish was fought in the vicinity of Columbia, Mo. and on the Shelbyville Pike, Tenn. A three-day Federal reconnaissance began between Murfreesborough and Cainsville, Tenn. Union Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter was officially cashiered from the Union Army by order of President Lincoln. This order would be revoked in 1879 after a military review, and Porter would be reinstated as a Colonel in the Regular Army in 1886 without any back pay.

Jan. 21, 1864 – During the Civil war, a five-day Federal operation began between Waldron and Baker’s ‘Springs, Ark., and a two-day Federal operation began between Rossville and Dalton, Ga. A Federal reconnaissance was conducted from Chattanooga to Ooltewah, Tenn., and skirmishes were fought at Strawberry Plaines and Armstrong’s Ferry, Tenn. A five-day Federal reconnaissance began on the Matagorda Peninsula, Texas.

Jan. 21, 1865 - A two-day Federal operation began from Brashear City to Bayou Sorrel, La.

Jan. 21, 1869 – Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin was born in Pokrovskoye, Siberia.

Jan. 21, 1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union, was born in Wellesley, Mass.

Jan. 21, 1885 – Italian engineer and explorer Umberto Nobile was born in Lauro, in the southern Italian province of Avellino.

Jan. 21, 1895 – A man and a woman were killed by lightning near Suggsville, Ala. on this Monday. They were among 10 people who had “taken shelter from the rain in a small house, and it was said that “electricity came down the chimney and passed out at the door knocking” all of them down and killing two.

Jan. 21, 1905 – Fashion designer Christian Dior was born in Granville, France.

Jan. 21, 1907 – Mr. G.L. Witherington, a prosperous merchant-farmer of Mt. Pleasant, visited The Monroe Journal on this Monday.

Jan. 21, 1907 - Senator O.O. Bayles returned to Montgomery on this Monday to resume his legislative duties after spending a few days with his family, according to The Monroe Journal.

Jan. 21, 1915 – The Monroe Journal carried a story about Judge T.L. Sowell’s gold watch, which the judge’s father bought in New York City in 1847. During Wilson’s raid through Alabama in 1865, Judge Sowell’s father hid the watch in a glass jar with other valuables and buried them in the woods near his home in Monroe County, where they remained safe for three months. Judge Sowell received the watch, which was made in Liverpool, England, for his 21st birthday.

Jan. 21, 1918 - “The Eyes of Mystery,” a movie version of Alabama author Octavus Roy Cohen's book “The House in the Mist,” was released.

Jan. 21, 1918 – The Milt Tolbert Tent Theater Company, commencing on this Monday night, was “to begin a week’s engagement in Evergreen under canvas, opening… in the beautiful four-act pastoral” comedy, “The Village Parson.” On Friday night, Bertha M. Clay’s masterpiece, ‘Beyond Pardon,’ was to be presented. “Mr. Tolbert has a new and novel heating system, and the big tent will be comfortably heated at all times, no matter how cold it is outside, and the tent is positively waterproof, so one takes no chances with the elements. While the Tolbert Co. is new to Evergreen, several familiar faces will be seen, among whom are H.I. Hale, leading man; Sam Hunter, the well-known comedian; Miss Cora Lee and Miss Beatrice Gibson, as well as Hi Washburn, the eccentric dancer.”

Jan. 21, 1924 - In Moscow on this evening, shock and near-hysterical grief greeted the news that Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the radical socialist Bolshevik movement that toppled the czarist regime in 1917 and head of the first government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), had died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Jan. 21, 1925 – Austrian-born English novelist Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria.

Jan. 21, 1936 - The pouring of the concrete on the Monroeville, Ala. square paving project started on this Tuesday afternoon. Although the gaps to be filled were prepared for the concrete several weeks before, work had been held up because of the weather and also the lack of some of the necessary materials.

Jan. 21, 1936 - Work began on this Tuesday on the foundation of the new Eastern Star Hall to be erected in the southern part of Monroeville, Ala. It was hoped to be ready for use within 60 days.

Jan. 21, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that Judge F.W. Hare had presided over Circuit Court in Mobile, Ala. during the past week. He was spending the week of Jan. 21 in Brewton where he was holding a non-jury term of court in Escambia County.

Jan. 21, 1937 – The Monroe Journal reported that at a regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the Peoples Bank of Frisco City, held the previous week, the following officers and directors were elected for 1937: President, J.B. Barnett; vice-president, J.J. McWilliams; cashier, W.A. Giddens; assistant cashier, J.A. Hayles; directors, J.B. Barnett, J.J. McWilliams, O. McNeil, W.M. Williams, John T. Lee, C.A. Florey, W.A. Giddens and Q. Salter.

Jan. 21, 1938 - Alabama author Julia Fields was born in Perry County, Ala.

Jan. 21, 1940 – The Gloria Colita (Colite?), a 125-foot schooner, sailed from Mobile on this day, loaded with a cargo of lumber bound for Guantanamo, Cuba. On Sun., Feb. 4, 1940, the Coast Guard cutter Cartigan found the Gloria Colita “adrift, crippled and unmanned” with everything in order about 150 to 200 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan. 21, 1952 – William Shawn took up the reins of The New Yorker, after the death of his predecessor and the magazine's founder, Harold Ross.

Jan. 21, 1952 – Pulitzer Prize-winning American critic, scholar and essayist Louis Menand was born in Syracuse, N.Y.

Jan. 21, 1954 - The first nuclear-powered submarine, USS NAUTILUS, was launched by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, who broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the ship's bow.

Jan. 21, 1957 - David Anthony Stewart, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stewart, was born in the Monroeville Hospital.

Jan. 21, 1965 – The Evergreen Courant reported that The Birmingham News had named Repton High School as the 1964 Division 1-A football champions after the Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-1-3 overall record. Repton’s head coach during the 1964 season was Gene Madison, and players on that game included Capt. Jimmy Bradley, Nicky Thompson, Robert Lowery, Dwight Jerkins and Glenn Baggett. The results of Repton’s games in 1964 included, Baker (Fla.), won, 7-0; Excel, won, 14-6; Lyeffion, 0-0; Coffeeville, 0-0; Red Level, 12-12; McKenzie, lost, 13-6; Dozier, won, 31-0; Coffee Springs, won, 49-0; and Zion Chapel, won, 49-0.

Jan. 21, 1965 – Conecuh County’s 1965 Junior Miss, Sally Oswald, was to participate in the State Junior Miss Finals in Birmingham, Ala. on this Thursday.

Jan. 21, 1968 – The Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War, began, 14 miles below the DMZ and six miles from the Laotian border. Luther Upton of Uriah, Ala. was there with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Jan. 21, 1973 - The AFC beat the NFC, 35-31, in the NFL Pro Bowl in Dallas. The game had been played in Los Angeles since 1942.

Jan. 21, 1976 – Singer-songwriter and actress Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls was born in Finchley, London, England.

Jan. 21, 1976 – Olympic baseball player Patrick de Lange was born in Amsterdam.

Jan. 21, 1977 – United States President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada.

Jan. 21, 1979 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.

Jan. 21, 1983 - In his second D.B. Cooper copycat incident, Glenn K. Tripp, while still on probation, hijacked Northwest Flight 608 en route and demanded to be flown to Afghanistan. When the plane landed in Portland he was shot and killed by FBI agents.

Jan. 21, 1983 – The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Promotion Banquet” at 7 p.m. at the Old L&N Depot on this Friday night in Evergreen. Escambia County native Dr. Stanley Wilson, Vice President for Agriculture, Home Economics and Veterinary Science at Auburn University, was the guest speaker. At that time, the depot was owned by the Murder Creek Historical Society.

Jan. 21-22, 1983 – Missy Price, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, represented Conecuh County in the 1983 Alabama Junior Miss Pageant at Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala.

Jan. 21, 1986 - Former Major League player, Randy Bass, became the highest-paid baseball player in Japanese history. Bass signed a three-year contract for $3.25 million. He played for the Hanshin Tigers.

Jan. 21, 1993 – National Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer died at the age of 89 in Bloomfield Hill, Mich. He played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949.

Jan. 21, 1994 – Episode No. 14 of “The X-Files” – entitled “Gender Bender” – aired for the first time.

Jan. 21, 1994 – The New Evergreen (Ala.) Commercial Historic District was placed on National Register of Historic Places.

Jan. 21, 1994 – Sparta Academy’s varsity boys basketball team beat Catherine Academy, 72-69, in Evergreen. Britt Ward, a senior, led Sparta with 27 points, and James Johnson followed with 16 points.

Jan. 21, 1997 - Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees officially announced his retirement.

Jan. 21, 1998 – Betty Lou Dougherty, 57, of Asheville, N.C. was last seen after visiting Montgomery, Gulf Shores, Tuscaloosa and Hamilton. Her rental car was found in the Range, Ala. community in February 1998, and her family hired a private investigator to find the woman in March 1998.

Jan. 21, 2006 – Conecuh County Attorney Richard Nix told the Conecuh County Commission on this Monday that records from the Merit Board supported a change in classification for Payroll Clerk Ann Sullivan. Nix researched the issue, which had been in the headlines of the Mobile Register for two weeks, and found the Jan. 23, 2003 minutes of the Merit Board recommended that her pay be changed to a grade equal currently of $10.66 per hour. She was raised to a scale of $10.71 in October.

Jan. 21, 2010 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Reid State Technical College in Evergreen, Ala. was to be featured in a segment of “On the Job,” a Montgomery-produced television program airing weekly on Alabama Public Television and WSFA-TV 12.2.

Jan. 21, 2012 - The 1964 Miller-Meteor Cadillac hearse that carried President Kennedy’s body from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field for the flight to Washington, D.C. was sold at auction. Stephen Tebo paid $176,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, AZ.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.90 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 2.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 1.90 inches.

Notes: Today is the 21st day of 2018 and the 32nd day of Winter. There are 344 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, January 20, 2018

Singleton tells of large cave near old fire tower at Midway, Alabama

Historical marker at Midway, Alabama.
(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 “Midway cave afforded early man shelter” was originally published in the June 24, 1971 edition of The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, Ala.)

A limestone cave located near the Midway community has long been a place of interest to the people of northeast Monroe County. Easy to reach by auto, one can drive within 200 yards of this natural wonder. Near the Midway Fire Tower, one only has to walk down the hill to reach this cool, dry cavern formed by mother nature many centuries ago.

An ideal shelter, it is easy to see why the early Indians used this cave as protection from the elements. Measuring about 50 feet across and about 20 feet deep in the center, this cave could house about 30 men, women and children. The entrance faces the south, thus giving ideal shelter from the cold wind and rain sweeping down from the north in the winter seasons.

The roof is blackened by the smoke of a thousand cook fires, giving evidence to the fact that early man lived and worked here. Wood and water are in abundance, and one could imagine the hills in the area covered with patches of maize, squash and sweet potatoes, while the woods were full of wild turkey and deer for the hunters.

Under these conditions, the early Indians prospered and went on to build villages all along the ridges southward through what is now Pine Orchard. The land was fertile and the hunting was good, thus giving them reason to stop their wandering and build permanent villages and settle and farm.

Very few of us today realize the role that this cave has played through the centuries in the development of this section of the country. A landmark since prehistoric times, this small but vital shelter enabled early man to gain a foothold in a wild and virgin land. From this hole in the side of a hill, he could move forth to explore and return to rest and regain strength for other ventures.

Unfortunately, there are signs that modern man has passed this way, too, leaving behind the trash and litter that is common of today’s civilization. Names and initials have been dug in the floor and sides, destroying the natural beauty of the interior. Trees have been cut without cause on one side of the entrance, increasing the chances of a landslide within a short time. If the trend to destroy continues, soon all that will be left is a memory, as the destroyers of our environment run roughshod over the face of the land, pushing us ever onward, onward into oblivion.

(The story above was accompanied by one photo taken by Monroe Journal photographer Aaron White. The captions to that photos read as follows: “The gaping hole in the earth is a limestone cave located near the community of Midway.”)

(Singleton, the author of the 1991 book “Of Foxfire and Phantom Soldiers,” passed away at the age of 79 on July 19, 2007. A longtime resident of Monroeville, he was born during a late-night thunderstorm on Dec. 14, 1927 in Marengo County, graduated from Sweet Water High School in 1946, served as a U.S. Marine 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.)

Today in History for Jan. 20, 2018

Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson
Jan. 20, 1616 – The French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived at a Huron village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois warriors. He hoped to stay the winter there and heal from his wounds.

Jan. 20, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, 11-year-old Abigail Williams and nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris begin behaving much as the Goodwin children of Boston acted three years earlier. Soon Ann Putnam Jr. and other Salem girls begin acting similarly.

Jan. 20, 1702 - French colonists, led by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, established Fort Louis de la Mobile on a bluff 27 miles up the Mobile River from Mobile Bay. The settlement, soon known simply as "Mobile," moved to its permanent site at the mouth of the Mobile River in 1711. It served as the capital of the colony of Louisiana from its founding to 1718.

Jan. 20, 1777 - Brigadier General Philemon Dickinson led 400 raw men from the New Jersey militia and 50 Pennsylvania riflemen under Captain Robert Durkee in an attack against a group of 500 British soldiers foraging for food led by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Abercromby near Van Nest’s Mills in Millstone, New Jersey.

Jan. 20, 1783 – The Kingdom of Great Britain signed a peace treaty with France and Spain, officially ending hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

Jan. 20, 1785 – Invading Siamese forces attempted to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but were ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút.

Jan. 20, 1788 – The third and main part of First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decided that Botany Bay was unsuitable for the location of a penal colony and decided to move to Port Jackson.

Jan. 20, 1791 – On this day “a curious assembly of Americans appeared before the brethren of the Prince of Wales Lodge No. 259 in London, England. The minutes of the Lodge recorded the event – “William Augustus Bowles, a Chief of the Creek Nation, whose love of Masonry has induced him to wish it may be introduced into the interior part of America, whereby the cause of humanity and brotherly love will go hand in hand with the native courage of the Indians, and by the union lead them on to the highest title that can be conferred on man, to be both good and great, was proposed by the Right Worshipful Master, with the Approbation of the Prince to be admitted an Honorary Member of this Lodge. He was seconded by the Secretary, and received the unanimous applause of the whole Lodge.”

Jan. 20, 1818 – The City of Mobile, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

Jan. 20, 1820 – John Dudley Cary was born in Sumter District, S.C. He would eventually move to Conecuh County, where he served as Conecuh County Clerk and as a state legislator.

Jan. 20, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette left Baltimore on a steamboat bound for Norfolk, on his way to visit the legislature of Virginia at Richmond.

Jan. 20, 1825 – In November 1824, a Choctaw delegation arrived in Washington to negotiate a new boundary line in the Arkansas Territory. The government entertained the delegation, spending $2,500 for liquor, $400 for jewelry and $1,100 for clothing. A new agreement was reached on this day that set the Choctaw Line at a point 100 paces east of old Fort Smith and “running due south.” James S. Conway was selected to survey this new line. Arkansas residents complained to Conway, saying that the new line deprived Arkansas of valuable mineral resources. Conway “does not run the survey due south” and angles in a southwesterly direction, “depriving the Choctaw of land.”

Jan. 20, 1827 – Charles Renatus Hicks, one of the most important Cherokee leaders of the early 1800s, was believed to be the first to be chosen as Principal Chief of the tribe that was not a full blood Cherokee. He was born Dec. 23, 1767 in the town of Tomotly on the Hiwassee River. His parents were believed to be a white trader named Nathan Hicks and Nan-Ye-Hi, a half-blood Cherokee woman. At 59 years of age, Hicks passes on this day in Spring Place, Ga. two weeks after assuming the office from Chief Pathkiller. He was buried in the Old Mission Churchyard in Murray, Ga. His younger brother William Abraham Hicks was appointed interim Principal Chief by the National Council.

Jan. 20, 1830 – Red Jacket, originally named Otetiani but who changed his name to Sagoyewatha during the Revolutionary War, was a Native American Seneca chief born around 1758 in Canoga, New York. He was best known for his oratory skills that helped keep him in power despite strong criticism from his people. During the 1820s, Red Jacket lost prestige due to his drinking. In 1827 he was deposed as chief by a council of tribal leaders, only to be reinstated by the Office of Indian Affairs.

Jan. 20, 1830 - Lowndes County was established by an act of the Alabama General Assembly. The county was named in honor of William Lowndes, a U.S. congressman from South Carolina. The earliest settlers came to the area from Georgia and Tennessee.

Jan. 20, 1838 – Some sources say Osceola passed away on this day at Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina. Born in 1804, he was buried near the entrance to the fort. (Others sources say he died on January 30.)

Jan. 20, 1838 – A Notice from General Nathaniel Smith, Superintendent of Cherokee emigration, to the Cherokee people on this day informed them that steam boats would be available for their transportation to a territory west of the Mississippi River, but emigrants had the option to choose the overland route as well. He reminded the Cherokees of the sentiments of the President on the removal issue and warned them to remove early or face military force.

Jan. 20, 1841 – Danish adventurer Jørgen Jørgensen died at the age of 60 in the Colonial Hospital in Hobart, Van Diemen's Land.

Jan. 20, 1841 – Vietnamese emperor Minh Mạng died at the age of 49 in Phú Xuân, Đại Nam.

Jan. 20, 1858 - On this night, the USCS Robert J. Walker was at Pensacola, Fla. when a major fire broke out at Fort Pickens. The ship's men and boats, along with the hydrographic party of the U.S. Coast Survey steamboat USCS Varina, rallied to fight the fire. The next day, the commanding officer of the Robert J. Walker received a communication from Captain John Newton of the Army Corps of Engineers, who commanded the harbor of Pensacola, acknowledging the important firefighting service rendered by the Robert J. Walker.

Jan. 20, 1861 – During the Civil War, the unfinished Fort Twiggs, later named Fort Massachusetts, on Ship Island, off the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was seized by Mississippi State troops.

Jan. 20, 1862 – During the Civil War, Federal operations began in the vicinity of Atchison, Kansas. Also on that day, a second stone barricade was put in place at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, S.C. by the Federals in an attempt to prevent Confederate blockade runners from entering.

Jan. 20, 1863 – During the Civil War, Patterson, Mo. was captured by Confederate Brig. Gen. John Marmaduke. A skirmish was also fought out from Jacksonville, N.C.

Jan. 20, 1863 - Union General Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac began an offensive, now known as the “Mud March,” against General Robert E. Lee. The operation quickly bogged down as several days of heavy rain turned the roads of Virginia into a muddy quagmire. The campaign was abandoned three days later, and the campaign was considered so disastrous that Burnside was removed as commander of the army on January 25.

Jan. 20, 1864 – During the Civil War, naval reconnaissance began of Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan, at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Ala. Skirmishes were also fought at Island Number 76 on the Mississippi River and a Tracy City, Tenn. An eight-day Federal operation also began in the District of North Carolina.

Jan. 20, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Point of Rocks and Ft. Larned in Kansas. A Federal operation was also conducted between Pocotaligo to the Salkehatchie River, S.C.

Jan. 20, 1874 – Hugh T. Fountain was named postmaster at Burnt Corn, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1885 – Monroe Journal editor Horace Hood left Monroeville, Ala. for Montgomery to be present at the opening of the state legislature on Jan. 21.

Jan. 20, 1889 – Musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, was born on or near this day in Mooringsport, La.

Jan. 20, 1891 - In Italy, a luminous object or meteor was seen, accompanied by a fall of stones from the sky and an earthquake.

Jan. 20, 1896 - Capt. W.B. Kemp, State Senator from the 21st District, was in Monroeville, Ala. on this Monday and reported to The Journal that “everything (was) quiet in political circles in his neighborhood.”

Jan. 20, 1896 – Actor and comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.

Jan. 20, 1906 – J.W. Wilkinson of Manistee, Ala. attended the Masonic lodge at Blacksher on this Saturday, according to The Monroe Journal.

Jan. 20, 1911 – Around 6 p.m., the Dunn Hardware Co. garage and warehouse in Evergreen, Ala. was totally destroyed by fire. Caused by an oil explosion, the fire resulted in a “mass of flames” and several employees barely escaped. The next door building, which belonged to Jas. F. Jones, was almost totally destroyed and several other buildings were threatened.

Jan. 20, 1914 – The school for naval air training opened on this day in Pensacola, Florida.

Jan. 20, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Capt. J.C. Cheney had made a donation of “several volumes of very valuable reference books” to the Evergreen City School Library.

Jan. 20, 1915 - Author John Craig Stewart was born in Selma, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that Monroeville, Ala. had “experienced this week the first real breath of winter during the season. Following the rain on Sunday, the temperature dropped with marked suddenness and sleet and ice were in evidence for three days.”

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Monroe Journal reported that The Peoples Bank of Roy (present-day Frisco City, Ala.) had held its annual meeting of stockholders a few days before and had elected the following officers and directors: W.M. Newton, President; J.F. Busey, Vice President; D.M. Maxwell, Cashier; W.H. Tucker, W.H. Pearce, C.P. Deming, W.R. Blackwell, W.M. Newton, J.F. Busey and D.M. Maxwell.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that thermometers in Evergreen, Ala. dipped down to 20 degrees during a recent cold snap.

Jan. 20, 1916 – The Conecuh Record reported that an inmate died a “few nights ago” in the county jail.

Jan. 20, 1918 - On this morning during World War I, British and German forces clashed in the Aegean Sea when the German battleships Goeben and Breslau attempted a surprise raid on Allied forces off the Dardanelle Straits.

Jan. 20, 1920 – Italian film director Federico Fellini, who became famous for his 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” was born in Rimini, Italy.

Jan. 20, 1931 - Frisco City High School’s faculty was scheduled to host a “book tea” on this Tuesday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the benefit of the school library. The school could not be accredited until it has a fully equipped library, so the faculty was hosting the event as a means of replacing the old library which was destroyed by fire.

Jan. 20, 1937 – Lawrence Wheeler Locklin II, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Locklin of Monroeville, Ala., and the grandson of the late L.W. Locklin, whose name he bore, passed away shortly after 5 a.m. on this Wednesday morning in a Mobile hospital. He was stricken on Jan. 13 and was rushed to Mobile for an operation for appendicitis. Complications followed and throughout his illness his condition was critical. “Monroeville was stunned… at the news of the death of this popular child,” The Monroe Journal reported. Born on May 17, 1923, he was buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Monroeville, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1938 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Deputy Sheriff J. Greely Moore, who was also a former county sheriff, had qualified as a candidate for Sheriff in the upcoming primary election.

Jan. 20, 1942 – During World War II, at the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discussed the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish question.”

Jan. 20, 1945 – Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist and short-story writer Robert Olen Butler was born in Granite City, Ill.

Jan. 20, 1946 – Novelist Susan Vreeland was born in Racine, Wisc.

Jan. 20, 1947 – James “Big Jim” Folsom began his first term as Alabama governor on this date after being elected in 1946. His first term ended on Jan. 22, 1951 when he was succeeded by Gordon Persons.

Jan. 20, 1947 – Lloyd G. Hart began his term as Conecuh County (Ala.) Probate Judge. Roy L. Moorer was his chief clerk. Assisting clerks included Mrs. Robbye A. Hart and Miss Perry Mae Darby.

Jan. 20, 1947 – National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson died at the age of 35 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He played his entire career in the old Negro Leagues. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Jan. 20, 1948 – Millry, Ala. was officially incorporated as a municipality.

Jan. 20, 1949 - Free substitution was adopted for one year in the National Football League.

Jan. 20, 1949 - J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.

Jan. 20, 1950 – Poet and author Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago, Ill.

Jan. 20, 1952 - The second annual Camellia Show in Monroeville, Ala., sponsored by the Monroe Men’s Camellia Club, was scheduled to be held at the local regional livestock coliseum on this Sunday, when camellia blooms were to be on display from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This was to be the second show of this kind to be staged by the local group which was organized approximately three years before.

Jan. 20, 1956 – Evergreen High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat McGill of Mobile, 63-44, in Evergreen, Ala. Randy White led Evergreen with 32 points. Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Kelly, King, Pugh, Boykin, Carrier and Joyner.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Greenville High School’s varsity boys basketball team beat Evergreen High School, 74-35, in Greenville. Billy Melton led Evergreen with 11 points.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Alabama Recording Secretary Mabel Amos of Conecuh County, Ala. administered the oaths of office to the cabinet of new, incoming Alabama governor, John Malcolm Patterson.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Alabama Gov. John Patterson, who took office the day before, announced that Mabel Amos of Brooklyn, Ala. would remain in the governor’s office during the new administration. Amos, who had served in the office for 20 years, began work there in 1939 under Gov. Frank M. Dixon. She went on to serve under governors Chauncey Sparks, Jim Folsom and Gordon Persons.

Jan. 20, 1959 – Novelist Tami Hoag was born Tami Mikkelson in Cresco, Iowa.

Jan. 20, 1961 - The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on this Friday at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This 44th presidential inauguration marked the commencement of the term of John F. Kennedy as President and Lyndon B. Johnson as Vice President. According to the Jan. 12, 1961 edition of The Monroe Journal, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Garrett of Uriah planned to be included in the delegation of Alabamians to attend the inauguration.

Jan. 20, 1961 – Eighty-seven-year old poet Robert Frost recited his poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

Jan. 20, 1965 - The period of unemployment for former Conecuh County (Ala.) Probate Judge Lloyd G. Hart was very brief. The veteran judge of probate of Conecuh County ended his 18th year in office at midnight on Mon., Jan. 18, and he went to work in a position with the Alabama Public Service Commission at eight o’clock on this Wednesday morning.

Jan. 20, 1969 – During the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as president of the United States and said, “After a period of confrontation [in Vietnam], we are entering an era of negotiation.”

Jan. 20, 1972 – During the Vietnam War, in continued efforts to disrupt an anticipated communist offensive, a contingent of more than 10,000 South Vietnamese troops began a sweep 45 miles northwest of Saigon to find and destroy enemy forces.

Jan. 20, 1973 – Army Sgt. Spencer E. Taylor, a 1964 graduate of Marshall High School in Evergreen, Ala., was among a group of handpicked soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg to provide a cordon along Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon.

Jan. 20, 1973 – Fred David McClammy of “Mystery Stone” fame passed away at the age of 33. He is buried in the Lone Star Cemetery at Pine Orchard.

Jan. 20, 1974 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported. 4.6 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1974 – Around 4:25 p.m. on this Sunday afternoon, Evergreen (Ala.) Assistant Police Chief Talmadge Hampton (Tal) Smith, age 65, was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a car while crossing U.S. Highway 31 South on foot. Smith, an eight-year veteran of the police force, had just checked the doors of Taylor Auto parts and was returning to his patrol car, which was parked in front of Barlow’s Paint & Body. The car that struck Smith was driven by R.C. Trawick of Flomaton, and witnesses said the accident was unavoidable. Born on March 7, 1908, he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1976 - The Evergreen City Council had a rather uneventful second meeting of the year on this Tuesday night, according to City Clerk Miller T. Sellers. Approval was given to the painting of the fireplugs in the downtown area ‘Red, White and Blue’ in the “Spirit of 1776.” The Council also voted to appropriate $500 to the city’s Bicentennial Committee. The committee had planned a number of activities during the year to mark the nation’s 200th birthday.

Jan. 20, 1979 – Weather reporter Earl Windham reported 1.87 inches of rain in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1979 – John Coburn, 71, of Evergreen, Ala. passed away after a long illness. Coburn was a retired contractor who was associated with the group that built the houses in the first subdivision in Evergreen. He was also the contractor for many other homes, churches and buildings in Evergreen and the surrounding area. Born on Sept. 22, 1907, he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 1979 – Monroe Academy’s varsity boys basketball team remained undefeated by beating Sparta Academy, 62-44, in the Sparta Academy Invitational Tournament championship game in Evergreen, Ala. Terry Peacock led Sparta with 15 points. Peacock and Bobby Padgett were named to the all-tournament team.

Jan. 20, 1981 - Ronald Reagan, former Western movie actor and host of television’s popular “Death Valley Days” was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

Jan. 20, 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat in Des Moines, Iowa and was hospitalized to undertake a series of rabies shots.

Jan. 20, 1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute. Joe Montana was awarded his third MVP award.

Jan. 20, 1986 - New footage of the 1931 movie "Frankenstein" was found. The footage was originally deleted because it was considered to be too shocking.

Jan. 20, 1991 – The body of a Paul man who had been missing for almost five months was found on this Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. by some local hunters. Larry Ray Thomas, 37, had been missing since Aug. 28, 1990 when he was last seen on the Brooklyn Road. His body was found approximately 372 feet off County Road 42 (Brooklyn Road) next to a pine tree. Foul play was ruled out by the forensics lab in Mobile. Born on Aug. 23, 1953, he was buried in New Providence Cemetery in Conecuh County. His date of death on his headstone is Aug. 28, 1990.

Jan. 20-21, 1995 - Heather Watson, Conecuh County’s Junior Miss, participated in the Alabama State Junior Miss Finals in Montgomery.

Jan. 20, 2007 – A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completed a 1,093-mile trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.

Jan. 20-21, 2009 – Weather reporter Harry Ellis reported low temperatures of 19 degrees in Evergreen, Ala.

Jan. 20, 2009 – Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the state, beat Warrior Academy, 57-17, in Eutaw, Ala.

Jan. 20, 2009 – Montgomery attorney James H. Anderson, who was representing Pete Wolff III in the ongoing lawsuit over Evergreen, Alabama’s disputed mayoral election, filed a brief in Conecuh County Circuit Court, giving his position on a number of legal points in the case. Anderson’s brief, a six-page document, made the argument that the outcome of past lawsuits and state law support Wolff’s side of the case. Wolff ran for mayor against incumbent Larry Fluker only to lose by two votes in the Oct. 7 runoff election.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Sat., Jan. 20, 2018

Rainfall (Past 24 Hours): 0.00 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.25 inches.

Month to Date Rainfall:  1.90 inches.

Winter to Date Rainfall: 2.50 inches.

Year to Date Rainfall: 1.90 inches.

Notes: Today is the 20th day of 2018 and the 31st day of Winter. There are 345 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.