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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. I: PAGE 6 New Boating Regulation Water Patrolman O. G. San- ders is reminding Alabama boaters that a new federal re- gulation will require that, ef- fective October 1, 1973, there must be on board all boats 16 feet in length or over, one wearable type coast guard ap- proved life preserver for each person aboard. (Jacket or vest type). In addition there must be one throwable type aboard, such as the familiar cushion. The cushion type life pre- server will still be acceptable equipment on boats smaller than 16 feet in length, however the wearable type is recommended. A poll seems accurate when its results are for your side. I I II II DIGGIN' IN THE PAST CONTINUED FROM FRONT tel has returned to her home at Andalusia. The little son of Mrs. Cassie Boyd is very sick this week. J. H. Burgess, Sam Burgess, C. Cawthon and F. Wilson went to Opp last Monday and drove back in Mr. J. R. Burgess new auto. It's a beauty. FREE LECTURE Dr. Jas. R. gays, who has spent nine years in and around Palestine, will lecture at the Presbyterian church Friday evening at 7:30. Subject: "Pompeii burial and ex- cavated." The lecture is en- tirely free and all are invited. WORK ON PARSONAGE The Home Mission Society will soon have a very nice parsonage. They are having it overhauled at back, old pan- try and porch torn away, a new kitchen and pantry fixed and the long room in front is being divided for a study and par- lor. After a good coat of paint is applied it will not look like the same place. PREPARED FOR BURIAL HE GETS UP AND WALKS After being pronounced dead, an unidentified man, found on the Frisco tracks between Jas- per and Corduva, rose from the cooling board of an undertak- ing establishment in Jasper; calmly walked about the town. He is now at the South High- land Infirmary in Birmingham, and the attending physicians say that there is a chance for him to live. When picked up by a band of passersby, the man was uncon- scious. There was a deep cut in his forehead and he seemed near death at the time. He was taken to the home of Doc- tor Goodwin, of Jasper. At 9 o'clock Tuesday night Dr. Goodwin pronounced the man dead. He was then removed to the undertaking establishment off. B. Leggs and preparations were being made to embaml him, when at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning life came, as if by magic, into his body. When the undertakers went to look for him he was gone. Later he was found stalking like a spectre through thetown. For a while no one would go near him, but several finally stopped him, seeing that he would soon be dead unless immediate medical attention was given to him. Under the orders of Dr. Good- win he was placed ")n a train and rushed to Birmingham. Shaw's ambulance met him at the station and carried the un- conscious man to the South Highlands Infirmary, where he has been given close attention ever since. ANDALUSIA MEDICAL SURGICAL CENTER Andalusia, Alabama 36442 Robert E. Vickery, MAD., F.I.C.S. Joe D. Sanders, MaD. Thomas R. Guyer, M.D. ...... , ..... Announce With Pleasure . , ......... The Association Ofz Nathan Donald Feibelman, M.D. Office Hours: Beginning July 2, 1973 Telephone (205) 222.7591 Efforts were made to esta- blish the man's identity, but without success. He is an old man, apparently about 65 years old. He stands five feet nine inches, has a bald head, and red and gray beard. Several of his teeth were missing. When found he wore rough clothes and blue poka dot shirt. FEBRUARY 8, 191Z Announcements began in that issue of The Florala News from Clarley M. Sims for Tax Col- lector; W. W. Waiters for re- election of the office of Tax Collector. Those announce- ments were added to the ones mentioned in January 25th, 1912 issue. personals The little child of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Shepherd is sick this week. Wilbur, the little son of Mrs. Cassie Boyd, is reported very ill. SCOUTS HIKE TO SAMSON For several days last week the local troop of Boy Scouts of America were busy making preparations for a hike toSam- son, twenty miles east of Flo- rata. It had been announced by Scout Master James P. Doster that the boys would walk to Samson during the day and return on the Central of Geor- gia train Saturday night. Four- teen of the scouts met at their club room in the McRae build- ing Saturday morning ready for the hike. Promptly at 8:15 amid the laughs and taunts of the crowd the boys got away on the long walk. The first part of the jour- ney was made in a brisk walk, the boys making four miles an hour. The noon hour caught them at Hacoda, twelve miles on their way. At this place a stop was made for lunch and it is needless to say that the scouts did full justice to the lunches carried in the knap- sacks. By one o'clock they were again on their way mak- ing good time. They reached Samson at four o'clock where they lined up in front of the bank for a Picture. The Brock Hotel, which is; now in charge of the former Florala citizen, Mr. J. W. Byrd, was headquarters for the scouts during their stay in Sam- son. Shortly after they had reached the hotel, Mrs. Byrd, who always knows how to do the right thing, had served the boys plenty of hot tea, sand- wiches, and doughnuts. The sqouts t~n scattered and took in the "sights" of Sam- son. It is safe to say very little happened duringtbeirstay in the town that escaped the Imtice of the boys. A hot supper at the hotel, games dur- ing the evening and a long wait for the train finished the stay in Samson. The scouts stood the long hike remarkably well. All of them were in fine condition when they reached Samson and were cap- able of enjoying to the fullest extent the stay there. Those who went were Scout Master James P. Doster, who had charge of the boys, Patrol Leader, James Mozley; Scouts: Malcolm Wynn, Fred McDouglad, Douglas Davis, Clarence Manning, Fos- ter Farmer, Grady Miller, Jos- eph Wallace, Lonnie Henderson, Lonnie Henderson, Cuthbert McRae, Aubrey Price, Lewe Lewis, Bryd Spears and Roy Powell. (NOTE: If anyone has a pic- ture taken of these Scouts in Samson that day would they please, please telephone me and let me know when I can meet you at The Florala News office so that I can copy it. You would not have to leave the pic- ture but it would take a few minutes to shoot a negative and develop it before leaving with the original picture). BIRTHDAY PARTY On last Friday afternoon at four o'clock Miss Ruth Hughes celebrated her thirteenth birth- day. As the guests assembled punch was served by Misses Winnie Shepherd and Birdie Hughes. (It is with regret that all three of these grand ladies are now deceased but they are still remembered by many people here and else- where. Miss Shepherd died only a few years ago and operated the Shepherd Furniture Com- pany for many years). Thimble was the first game played beginning with little Inez Hughes carrying it around. Af- ter that the game of hearts was played with Miss Winnie Shepherd score keeper, each one threw the ball five times at the hearts, the one that made the highest score, won the prize which fell to Miss Eltha Ban- ister, it was a beautiful vase. While the games were played music was furnished by Misses Irene Parker, Claudys Swilley, Miriam Windham, and Bonciel Stewart. Next the guests were invited into the dining room where a delicious salad course was served by Miss Birdie Hughes and Mrs. Hughes. Then nuts, ice cream and nabiscoes were served, after which the guests left wishing Miss Ruth many more happy birthdays. She received many beautiful pre- sents. Those present were: Misses Clarible Turner, Claudys Swil- Icy, Estelle Davis, Marie Cle- merits, Lessie Redmond, Edna Hughes, Irene Parker, Winnie Shepherd, Ethel and Eltha Ban- nister, Bonciel Stewart, Josie Mills, Tbelma Martin, Miriam Windham and Myrtle Spradley. 1910 I beg of you to let me go back to 1910. I found several issue of 1910 and found some very interesting items in those few issues. I'm hoping that I will find more of the oldez files as I dig through them. For the balance of this week's report I will be taking from 1910 so any of you who are saving the week- ly "Diggin' Into the Past" column you may want to place them before the beginning of the 1911 reports. As I come to the older copies of The Florala News I will refer to items from GUARANTEE ~ We will, at no charge, repair defects in the ~ewing machine head i~or the number of years stated =lonl~aide each ma- chine, and m the electrical equipment for 2 years. Dur- ing the first 90 days, we will also.provide any mechanical servwe necessary for proper operation (other than normal customer maintenance) and replace belts, bobbin winder, rubber rings or light bulbs re. turned to the store. Wcs ,q6˘.90 SearsI Authorized CATALOG SALES MERCHANT e INCLUDES: CARRY CASE No. 9702 Just DIAL The~e Stitches 4 S-T-R-E-T-C-H STITCHES. Straight, Rick-Rack, Elastic and Smocking Stretch 6 UTILITY STITCHES. Straight Stitch, Zig-zag, Blind Hemming, Mending, Box, Sc'allop PLUS Zipper foot, automatic buttonhole attachment, sews on buttons, lightweight aluminum, 5.8 MM stitch-width capability! Built-in motor and sewing light. 25.yr. head guarantee. Sears] Authorized CATALOG SALES MERCHANT JIM CALDwELL 519 NOR ~lr01l HOUlSt MOM. " Fill., ItOO - $sO0 PHONE 8-6002 SAT., ltN- 1~0 II I them at the end of the regular report which I am trying to keep in order. The reading of these old files are as interesting to me as a novel and to me they are just as romantic. I find myself living those days with the people being mentioned in the papers. I find myself struggling with the building of Florala, with the, even then, constant boost of Beautiful Lake Jackson, the building of good roads - there was no such thing as paved roads then and travelers were real happy fora "graded road." I remember the first road I ever saw other than a "graded road" was the few miles of brick road near Milton, Florida. I find myself living the social whirl of those early days and according to the papers Florala was quite social and cultured with the opera house and the grand Chautauqua building and the performances at the two places. Even then, Florala, as all towns, had its problems, it's bar-halls and "women of ill repute" but taking it as a whole Florala was a grand and glorious city in those days. A personal news item, Nov- ember 3, 1910 which was of much interest to me was the following: "Grandpa Woodham, living near Poley, the venerable and respected head of the numerous Woodham family in southeast Covington, is reported dan- gerously sick. Numberous friends join THE NEWS inwish- ing this grand old man a speedy recovery." The Woodham referred to in this item was the great-grand- father to Larry K. Woodham, publisher of The Florala News and grandfather to my first hus- band, the late Benjamin Stuart Woodham. OFFICIAL DIRECTORY Some of you may be interest- ed in knowing who the county and city officials were in 1910. County officers were: Judge of Probate, J. M. Ro- berson; Judge City Court, R.H. Jones; Solicitor City Court, L. H. Brassell; Supt. of Schools, W. O. Bozeman; Register in Chancey, A. Whaley; Tax Col- lector, W. W. Waiters; Tax Assessor, I. S. Boles; Trea- surer, W. J. Merrill; County Health Officer, Dr. H. E. Bat- tle; Sheriff, W. T. Prestwood. Deputy Sheriffs: J. N. Jerni- gan, Andalusia; S. A. Hutche- son, Lockhart; J. B. Shine, Red Level; John H. Givens, Fal-~o. City court met every fourth Monday. Jury terms were Feb- ruary and August. Circuit court met on the eleventh Monday after the first Monday in March and September, and con- tinued three weeks at each term. County Commissioners were: J. M. Roberson, Jr., Judge of Probate; P. J. Gantt,, J. A. Prestwood, J.L. Williams, W. D. Powell. Regular terms were on the second Mondays in February and August; first Mondays in April and No- vember. City officers for Florala were: M. A. George, Jr., mayor; Jno. L. Johnston, clerk; T. S. Lanz, treasurer; J. H. Wall, City Marshall; John Price, night marshal; Dr. P.B. Spears, city health officer. Members of the city council were: W. C. McLanghlin, J. H. Lamar, J. T. Manning, R.A. French and G. F. Petrey. The Council met the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the council chambers. The Board of Education was T. S. Lanz, P. S. McClung, W. F. Hughes, W. B. Perry and A. L. Wynn. Apparently Florala's first sewer system was installed the later part of 1910 and the first part of 1911. A personal item in the Nov. 18, 1910 issue of The Florala News reads: It is a fact perhaps not gen- erally known, that the residence Third District, Henry Clayton; Fourth District, Fred L. Black- mon; Fifth District, J. Thomas Heflin; Sixth District, R. P. Hobson; Seventh District, John L. Burnett; Eighth District, William Richardson; Nineth District, Oscar W. Underwood. Oscar Underwood and Tho- mas Heftin were the most pro- minent of the Alabama members of the House of Representatives in the U. S. Congress during that period. EDITORIAL NOVEMBER 17, 1910 If Lake Jackson could be transported bodily and set down in some northern locality, bar- rells of printer's ink and columns of space would be used in publishing glowing descrip- tions of its beauty as well as its value as a health resort. The lake never fails to excite the wonder and admiration of the visitor who see it for the first time. LAKE JACKSON J. A. Carmack having been awarded the contract, is now engaged with a crew of hands in building a road around Lake Jackson. This will be gratify- ing news to all those who de- sire to see our growing city improved and her points of interest made attractive. When the driveway is completed, other improvements should be made until this beautiful piece of nature's handiwork shall be- come a popular resort and one of the attractive features of our growing little city. There are some who ap- parently look upon this beauti- ful body of water merely as a common "fish pond/' overlook- ing the fact that it is capable of being transformed into one of our city's most valuable as- sets. There are towns and cities which would consider their future as a popular re: sort assured, had nature been as generous with them in the bestowal of her gifts as she has been with Florala. Then let us show our appreciation of this wonderful gift of nature by improving and beautifying it in every way possible. Local pride should prompt every citizen of Florala to aid in this work. And we believe they will. NOVEMBER 10, 1910 Mrs. Mamas Brewton of An- dalusia and Dr. Holley of Sam- son, were happily married at the home of Geo. E. Hicks in Andalusia last Sunday. The doctor and his bride left im- mediately for New Orleans. EDITORIAL J. E. Mason and family of Conecuh County, are stopping at the McDonald House. Mr. Mason is here prospecting with a view to locating in Florala. We hope this clever gentleman and his estimable family will be pleased with our town and decide to cast their lot with us. The election returns show that the House of Representa- tives in the next Congress will stand: Democratic, 225; Re- publican, 164; Socialist, 1; va- cancies, 4. This giving the Democrats a clear majority of 61. Gains have also been made in the Senate. John W. Kerr, will probably take the place of Senator Beveridge of Indiana. NOVEMBER ~.4, 1910 John Ben Petrey of Petrey, Aid., will be here to spend Thanksgiving with his brother, Dr. Petrey, and will sing some of his variety songs at opera house on Thursday night, to the delight of his many friends. Griffin Miller, the Standard Oil representative at Florala, laid aside business cares for awhile last week and spent a day deer hunting near Ealum, Fla. We guess his brother must have killed the last deer of T. A. Goodwin, L & N a- in the bunch, as Griffin didn't gent, on Fifth Street, occupies bring any venison back with the highest point in the city. him. The civil engineer having in charge the construction work of the sewerage system of Flo- rala, placed a stake immediate- ly in front of the Goodwin re- sidence as marking the most elevated Imnt within the city limits. Only homes near the city had sewerage connections to their homes until in the 1940's. Though many homes were within the city limits they did not have the sewerage con- nections, which included my home on North Sixth Street, but the most of us were happy to just be a part of the City of Florala and have a voice in its activities. Those elected on the state ticket in November 1910 were as follows: Emmett O'Neal, governor; W. D. Seed, Lieu- tendent Governor; Cyrus B. Brown, Secretary of State: C. Brooks Smith, State Auditor; Robert C. Brickell, Attorney General; John Purifoy, State Treasurer; H. J. Willingham, State Superintendent of Educa- tion; R. F. Kolb, Commissioner of Agrfculture; Frank N. Ju- lian and Leon McCord, Associ- ate Railroad Commissioners; J. R. Dowdell, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Elected Associate Justices of the Sup- reme Court for a full term were John C. Anderson and Ormond Somerfteld; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court for an unexpired term was A. D. Sayre. Elected to the House of Representatives were: First District, G. W. Taylor; Se- cond District, H. S. Dent, Jr.; J. N. Gillis has the contract for building ten miles of log road for Stearns-CulverLum- ber Company. The line will run through a finely timbered section in the neighborhood of Natural Bridge. Mr. Gillis is pushing the work as rapidly as possible and hopes to complete the job in about two months. J. D. Dixon, living near Lock- hart, is still feasting on water- melons and tomatoes. He sent a Florala friend a large luscious melon last Monday. Unless some friend puts him wise to the fact that the watermelon season proper is over with Jeff may go right along raising melons and tomatoes all winter. DEC. I0, 1910 Miss Maggie Enos and J. F. McGuirk of near Laurel Hill, were married by Brackin Mil- ler, J. P., justacross the state line, last Sunday afternoon. The groom was about thirty-five and the bride thirteen years old. A collision occurred on Fifth Street last Monday morning. Postmaster Ewing's buggy was run into by two of the large horses belonging to Sun Bro- thers' circus and a hind wheel of the vehicle badly wrecked. The Stardard Oil Company is having a new and larger tank built just below the Cen- tral depot, the capacity of which will be 25,000 gallons. J.W. Haynes of Gadsden, Ata., is in chaxs~ of the work. THE FLORALA. NEWS- THURSDAY, The young man who rented a bicycle from J. J. Johnston last Monday for a few hours' spin, and who failed to return the wheel, has been located at some point in Florida. DECEMBER 8, 1910 Members of the Florala po- lice force have handsome new uniforms. The writer while standing in a sunny nook, enveloped in a heavy overcoat, almost had a rigor when he saw a muscular mage sale in next to ginning ing three days. good second clothing, furnishings, candy, etc. All these will tremely cheap. great event to have to make a long way. MEETING OF Florala young man "shuck off" and take at the annual a plunge in Lake Jackson on Masonic grand a recent cold morning. After gomery this dressing, and to show his con- ing named were tempt for the "chilling as delegates breezes", as well as "physi- Lodge No. ca1 weaklings" he sought the Douglad, W. shade of a nearby tree and thews, S.W. actually fanned himself with J.W. his hat! Sassy but gitty. J.R. Shepherd Chapter No. 134. It develops that considerable trouble which the Albany, Ga., Power and Manufacturing Com- pany has been experiencing with its hydro-electric plant, just north of Albany, has been due to eels. It was discovered that eels had, for some unex- plained reason, abnormally a- bundant in Muckafoonee Creek, whose waters turn the machi- nery of the power plant, and that they actually clogged the small turbine known as the "ex- citer." The larger turbines are so constructed as to per- mit passage of eels and other fish, but the smaller machine makes the best sort of a trap. Several days ago fourteen pounds of squirming eels were taken from the turbine at one haul and the eels now have to be removed daily. The em- ployees of the company are growing fat on eel meat, and are not spending any money with local butchers. ter, which has under a granted a charter vocation of Rev. D. C. represented Lake Those who one of the best the body ever had. Mrs. J. P. tertain at a tion this for Mrs. J. J. caloosa, which one of the tions of the seasOn~ life of Florala is and elaborate being made for the Doster is a and possesses manner, which friends during here last sunner, lighted to have rala again. The following was written Dec. 8, 1910 but it could have been written today - it is just that timely: "What have the women con- tributed toward the upbuilding of our city? Many things, more than can be enumerated in the brief space at command. There was a time in the history of the world, way back in Paul's day, when women was looked upon with something of dis- favor. That was an unchris- tian era. Today the situation is vastly different, and instead of women being inferior to man, she has proven herself to be his equal, if not his su- perior, in many virtues that make for good citizenship. To read the Bible through at the rate of a chapter a day, would take three years and three months. Prof. Rosier, the efficient principal of Florala school, is laboring laboriously to have his students study studiously, learn grammar grammatically and to more thoroughly sys- tematize the system upon which the school is run generally The J. N. McClung Electric Light Co., is having installed a new engine and dynamo of 140 horse power - just doubl- ing their present power capa- city. The foundation for the heavy machinery is now being laid. When the work is finish- ed this will be one of the best equipped light plants of its size in this past of the state and the company deserves credit for the progressive and up- to-date spirit shown in making these expensive additions to their already well equipped plant. LOST - Plaid silk waist in dressing room at opera house, Nov. 23th, on the night of the play "The Spinsters' Return." Return to Mrs. G. W. Reeves. A RUMMAGE SALE The ladies of the Presby- terian Church will have a rum- HAVE A GREAT VA And If "Old the car that has carried you safely for of miles is not up to the trip, we can car into your driveway fast and at 10~/ rates. Talk to us. e MEMBER OF FDIC