MAY 14, 1992
A Saturday morning collision between a northbound freight train and a tractor-trailer led to a nine-car derailment in Castleberry. Luckily, no one was injured in the mishap. According to Emergency Management Director Billy Mims, the accident occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. when the truck, loaded with two large tractors, hung up on the crossing in the path of the train. Officials with CSX Railroad stated the engineer applied the train’s emergency brakes and “killed” the engines in an attempt to stop the train. Eight cars, including three engines, overturned while a ninth car left the tracks. Rail traffic was held for two days while the tracks were under repair.
The 1992 graduating class of Sparta Academy will be honored during baccalaureate services Sun., May 17, 1992 at 2:30 p.m. Services will be held in Sparta Academy’s gymnatorium. Commencement exercise will be held Fri., May 22, at 7:30 p.m. also in the school gymnasium.
Honor graduates of Sparta Academy Class of 1992 are Ashley Earnest, Michelle Ferrell, Kimberli Griffin (salutatorian), Chris Owens (valedictorian), Steven Gall and Stacey White.
Evergreen weather observer Harry Ellis reported .10 inches of rain on May 6 and .03 inches on May 7. He reported a high of 82 degrees on May 10 and lows of 44 degrees on May 6 and May 7.
50 YEARS AGO
MAY 11, 1967
The fourth annual Conecuh County Market Hog Show will be held Mon., May 15, at the Conecuh Stockyards. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m., the show at 8:30 a.m. and the sale of the show hogs at 1 p.m. Over 100 head of top quality market hogs are to be shown.
The show is sponsored by the Evergreen Kiwanis Club and the State Dept. of Agriculture & Industries in cooperation with the State Dept. of Vocational and Agricultural Education and the Extension Service of Auburn University.
C.L. Kamplain is show chairman and D.C. Fleming is advisory chairman. Judge of the show is H.N. Lewis, Vo. Ag. Livestock specialist, Auburn. Dr. Carl Wilson is official veterinarian.
Lt. Patten is control officer of attack squadron: With Attack Squadron Twenty-Three, Aboard U.S. Naval Air Station, LeMoore, Calif. – LTJG Freddie J. Patten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Patten of 401 Belleville St., Evergreen, is presently serving with Attack Squadron Twenty-Three, a light jet attack squadron temporarily based at U.S. Naval Air Station LeMoore, Calif.
Attack Squadron Twenty-Three, better known as the “Black Knights,” is presently undergoing intensive training and exercises in preparation for its third combat cruise against the forces of Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.
LTJG Patten is serving as the squadron Maintenance Control Officer. LTJG Patten is a three-time veteran of the Vietnam Campaign.
75 YEARS AGO
MAY 14, 1942
Ben Foshee Loses Life In China: Ben Crum Foshee, son of Mrs. Ella Foshee of Cohassett, was killed in action on the Burma Road in China May 4. This news was announced to Mrs. Foshee through a cablegram from young Foshee’s commander, Col. Chenault, which was received last Saturday. He had been in China since last July attached to the American Volunteer Group under the command of Col. Chenault.
Foshee was the youngest son of Mrs. Foshee and the late George Foshee. He finished aeronautical engineering at Auburn and enlisted shortly afterwards in the Naval Air Corps. For about one year he was stationed at Pensacola, later going to San Diego, Calif. He resigned from the navy July 19, 1941 to enlist with the American Volunteer Group for service in China. He was 27 years of age. His family last heard from him three weeks ago.
Young Foshee’s life will be memorialized over CBS radio program, “They Live Forever,” at 9:30 Sunday night, according to a CBS representative who contacted the family this week. Should information which he collected reach New York too late for the program next Sunday night, it will be given the following Sunday.
FIRE DESTROYS RESIDENCE OF MRS. MATTIE STALLWORTH: Fire which originated around the stove flue destroyed the residence of Mrs. Mattie Stallworth Saturday afternoon. Living with Mrs. Stallworth were Mr. and Mrs. Hall and family. Some of the furniture and household furnishings were saved but both families suffered severe losses.
100 YEARS AGO
MAY 9, 1917
Prof. W.C. Wilburn will give up his place as principal of the Agricultural School, having been elected superintendent of education of Hale County.
Frost was reported this morning, the thermometer of the local weather observatory registered 39.
Robert Hines Dead: News reached here yesterday of the death of Robert Hines, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Hines, formerly of Belleville, which occurred at St. Thomas, Ky., where the young man was in navy training school. The cause of his death is said to have been pneumonia. The deceased was about 20 years of age. The body was shipped to Canoe, where his parents reside, for interment.
The county has purchased a large automobile truck for hauling gravel, sand and clay for the county roads as well as for dressing up and keeping the roads in repair. It is now being tried out, and we learn, so far, with satisfactory results.
The railroad company is putting in an additional 400 feet of side track from north switch, to accommodate the increasing traffic in timber and lumber. This improvement has been long needed.
Work has been started on the construction of a handsome residence for Attorney E.C. Page on the site of his old home. It will be one of the most modern homes in Evergreen.
MAY 8, 1879
THE EVERGREEN STAR
Mr. W.H. Hawkins has been reelected Marshal of Evergreen. Mr. Hawkins has made us a most excellent official in the past, and we are satisfied that he will continue, in the future, to conduct the affairs of his office in a proper manner.
Henry Colbert was shot and killed in Escambia County Saturday last by Mr. James Lambert. The killing was done in self-defense.
Bill Kennedy of Brooklyn tells us that 315 grown rats (and a table full of young ones) were killed on the premises of Mr. Robt. Garvin recently.
Col. J.W. Posey of Greenville was robbed at the Evergreen Hotel one night this week of $600. Col. Posey, upon retiring, raised a window fronting the gallery, through which the thief or thieves entered. We sympathize with Col. Posey in his loss, and hope that he may be fortunate enough to recover his money.
The shooting of cattle still continues. Mr. M.W. Etheridge, Mr. W.H. Herrington and Dr. J.D. Airey had their milch cows shot last week by unknown parties.
A postal from Hon. H.A. Herbert to Col. P.D. Bowles says: “Soldiers of the War of 1812 are not in any manner affected by the act of February 1879. – The back pay thereunder is only for soldiers of 1861 and since.”
There will be a meeting of the Trustees of the Evergreen Academy at Dr. McCreary’s Drug Store Saturday evening next at four o’clock.