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--- SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1976 ail (lure by Jasper Davis Hill has a rich his- dating back to era, that saw and fall as the were cut. with increased pros- enabled her to hold and serve the farm- to the then Wal- rich cut over farm shores of Lake Jackson denot- ing General Jackson and his army camping at the site. Another interesting histori- cal point in Chessher's report noted that "Mimiraute was set- tied in the same year in which Jackson came through by some of the General's soldiers, and in 1827 there were enough Am- ericans settled there to esta- blish a post office under the name of "Yellow Water", later being changed, apparently due settling of Laurel to some objections to the new very well have been name to Almiraute in 1828 and Village due to it's continued to be known by that or near one of the name until it went out of exis- Indian trails and tence in 1868". coach route, and to This tatter date of 1868, as to the then wellreported by Chessher, was when of Almiraute. Almirante weutoutofextstence, of Laurel Hill conflicts to some degree with different from AI- available information in con- king its name from nection with the early churches ,ee, where as Alma- and school of the area, as not- [wed its name from ed later. Admiral. The coming of the railroad Hill was named from through the area played a de- lUrel tree that stood finite roll in the growth of not railroad depot by J. only Laurel Hill, but other ;lyons, according to communities from Crestview While another report to Florata, Auburn, Garden Ins named by "Uncle City, Camptoo and Sveatoname The third re- a few that benefited directly both men were mem- as building of the line prugres- committee that was sod on its way northward. decide on a nameThe stage was set for the It's also said coming of the railroad whenthe for quite some Yellow River Railroad Company the constant gnawing was formed and headed up by and horses that were business men, J. S. Reese, E. finally killed it. Ewiug Reese and the Wright of Almirante, that Brothers, George, Will and Van. Yellow River, was They are said to have gained fin an update of the possession of a large tract the Almirante corn- of the virgin timberlands in the part it played the area. of the area, by Historical So- Nathan A. Ches- from Chessher's the present day was known by the first being River", follow- a Spanish command Don Andre's De Per The word ad= in Spanish to the stream be- as "Rio De La The date of this action is not known, but the historians of the Louisville and Nashville Rail- road Company, Warren A. Mc- Neill and Julian L. James fur- nishnd this documented history in connection of the coming of the railroad itself. "The Yellow River Railroad Company was incorporated on July 23, 1887 to construct a standard-guage logging rail- road from Crestview, Florida to Florata, Atahama, adistance of 26.40 miles, with a branch extending from the Atabama- Florida Staleline (Paston)to Lakewood. "The line from Crestview to Cmpton, Florida, about 10 miles, was completed undplac- years the ri- by several na- "River of Fussy and "Yellow Water" ll'age, according ed in operatico as early as qocated at AI- May I, 1888. But the balance probably the one of the railroad, including the a journal kept branch to Lakewood, was not Andrew Jackson's completed until 1894 when re- they passed through gular freight and passenger 1818. service was inaugurated. (We Indian trails men- have been unable to ascertain Chessher was the near Fie- Was the one reached and his army on from the vicinity where it turned to Pensa- which took them Historical recognized the of the historical erected a his- near the west that "Lakewood was orlgmally is said to have completed their known as Simpson, and the Lake um~ business in the late Lumber Companyhavingatarge 1890's and had the territory mill there; hence the locality's surveyed setting aside one subsequent renaming as Lake- square mile to put on the mar- wood", ket as "city lots". The pre- Not included in the report sent highway 85-A is the nor- was "Falco Junction" on the them edge, with the majority main line, Just below Almirante, of the then city limits, extend- with a westward brunch line aug sou~h to Chicago Avenue. to the Falco, Alabama area. The avenues were laid out to The old railroad bed is very run east and west with the Rum- prevalent today as shown. The herod streets north and south. old bed back to the east to the Among the early homeowners main can also be seen, even in the city are said to have though the area has been clear- been the Givens, Gavins, At- ed and farmed for a number wells, Harts, Ctarys, Steeles of years. Campbells, Finiaysons, Fran- The Yellow River Railroad cis, Yon Axelson, and Moores. Old Postmaster - PERSONALS - the month and day on which this Miss Debra Savage of Mobile occured), visited her parents and family, "The L&N," the report con- Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Savage tinund, "subsequently purchas- and friends during the weekend. ed the Lakewood branch on sup- Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Daniel temher 19, 1904, and then ope- of Midland City were guests rated it as part of its system during the weekend of their until its abandonment in 1932. daughter and family, Mr. and The line from Crestview to Mrs. Charles Stevenson. Florala was purchased by the L&N on July 1, 1906 and gas Mrs. Clara Parker of Geneva since been operated as a par' is visiting this week with her of the system", daughter and family, Mr. and The report also pc/areal ow Mrs. Larry Woudham. One Afternoon in the past: Maude Campbell; Marie Campbell; Frances Hedge; Laura Campbell I would appreciate your vote CITY for COUNCILMAN, PLACE NO. 3, In the I=lorala City Election on August 1 O, 1976. INABINETT Officer Completes Course PAGE 3 Funeral Notices Green Henry Dale Green, age 5, drowned in Lake Jackson, Sa- turday afternoon, July 31, 19/6. He was the son of Mr. sad Mrs. William E. Green of Route Three, Elba, Ala- heron. Survivors are, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liam E. Green of Route Three, Elba; two brothers, William l~vid Green and Byron Green; one sister, Pamela JuneGreen, all of Route Three, Elba; grand- parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Green of Route Two, Altoona, Alabama. Funeral services and burial was held in Oneonta, Alabama ca Tuesday, August 3, 1976. Evans Funeral Home was in charge of local funeral ar- rangements. morning, July 31, 1976 in a Florata hospital. He was en- route through Floraia when being stricken. Re was a re- sidunt of Atlanta for the past 15 years and was a retired cotton broker. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Dorothy Harper White of Atlanta, Georgia; two sons, Harry White, Jr., of Jackson, Mississippi, Rederick T. White of Atlanta, Georgia; onedaugh- ter, Mrs. Mary Ellen Ghegan of Atlanta, Georgia; two sis- ters, Mildred White and Flo- rence White, both of New Or- leans, Louisiana. Funeral services and burial was held in Atlanta on Monday, August 2, 1976. Evans Fun- eral Home was in charge of local arrungements. Harrison G. Earlie B. Ellis, a member of the Florala Police Force for Mrs. Arnold approximately four months, recently completed courses in Oral Ronald Kenneth Harrison, Communications and Search and Seizure from the Alabama State Mrs. Maggie D. Arnold, age age 33, a resident of Poplar Department of Education. He has also completed a United In- 85, a resident of 722 Stanley Street in Florata for the past vestigators Course and completed an attitude test given by the Avenue th Pensacola, dtedSun- seven years, was kllledThurs- Alabama State Troopers. day night, August 1, 1976, in day morning, July 29, 1976 in a Pemmco~t nursing home. She a truck accident near Pansey, was a former resident of Fie- Alabama. He was a native of .e ~. and had lived in Pense- Opp, Alabama and was em- a n s e cola for the past 21 years. She pioyed as a truck driver. was the widow of the late W. H. All is in readiness for the Fred Williams, AndaiustaRoute big 1976 annual membership 1. meeting of Covington Electric Messrs. Johnson and Hutche- Cooperative, which will be held son are incumbent Trustees. at the Municipal Stadium in Following the business ses- Andalusia tonight (Thursday). sion, a used 1972pick-uptruck, Registration will open at 5:30 an electric range, and some 25 p.m., with free entertainment other smaller electrical appil- by The Btackwood Brothers ances will be awarded as utteR- Quartet, of Memphis, Teunes- dance prizes. Each Co-op see, starting at 6:30. member registering will re- The business session willget ceive a light bulb free. under way at 7:15 p.m. An "added attraction" at the In the event ofrain, themeet- meeting will be a special "cu- ing will be held in the Anda- orgy conservation" exhibit de- lusta High School auditorium, veloped st and made available which is located adjacent to the by Fort Rucker. Housed in a Stadium. large "walk through" mobile Program features will in- van, the exhibit features Rum- elude a humorous address by erous ideas and suggestions on Dr. Dan Whitsett, of Menage- how consumers can eliminate mery, former Andalusit pastor wasteful and inefficient energy and "Citizen Of The Year" usage. houoree; reports on Covington The exhibit van will be park- Electric operations, and elec- ed near the Stadium entrance, tiou of two members to the Board and CoVington Electric mere- of Trustees. hers can inspect it prior to, and Nominees named by the No- following the meeting. minating Committees to be we- Concession stands will be ted upon for possible election operated by the Covington Court- to the Board of Trustees ar~:. ty Shrine Club. ~ District I -- R. R. (Bud) Covington Electric provides Johnson, Dozier, and Fletcher electric service to over 13,500 M. ~arton, Andalusia Route 6. consumers in Covington, Cof- District II -- Warren W. Hut- fee, Crenshaw, Dale and Gen- chosen, Red Level Route 1. and eva counties. VICTOR ANDERSON Re .Election AruOld. Survivors are two daugh- ters, Mrs. Willene Granfham of Pensacola, Mrs. Ctartce Burrell of Oriole Beach; one Funeral services were con- dueted Saturday at 3 p.m. from Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Robert L. Davis officiat- ing. Burial was in the Alher- ton Cemetery, near Danley Cross Roads, with Evans Fun- eral Home directing. son, Frank W. Arnold of Am- ericna, Geergta; three grand- children and three great grand- children. Funeral services were con- ducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday from Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Steve Ep- person officiating. Burial was in the Floraia Greenwood Ce- metery with Evans Funeral Home directing. White Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Marie Cawthou Harrison of Ftorata; ouedaughter, Drama Marie Harrison; two sons, Carlton Ray Palmer and Ken- net~ DeWayne Harrison, all of Florala; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs, Jack Harrison of Opp, Alabama; four brothers, Faron Harrison of Pensacola. Billy Wayne Harrison and Re* bert Harrison , both of Route Two, Opp, Fred Harrison of Andalusia; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Davis and Mrs. Nell Weeks, both of Opp. Mr. Harold Charles White, age 64, a resident of 110 Hunt- ingdon Road, North East, At- tanta, Georgia, died Saturday THE ONLY TO IS THING WORSE THAN HAVING WORK FOR A LIVING NOT BEING ABLE TO Your City Council Place 2 YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT WILL BE APPRECIATED A BRIEF LOOK AT THE LAST FOUR YEARS 1. Streets: Several miles of our streets have been resurfaced, several more are planned for next year. Z. Sanitation: A landfill was placed into operation, a new garbage truck was purchased, and back door pick-up of garbage was accomplished. 3. Sewer: Several miles of new sewer lines are at present being installed, and several more are planned for next year. 4. Sewer Treatment Plant: Construction should start within the next few months. 5. Education: A trainable class for the mentally retarded was placed into operation at our City School. Victor Anderson working with representatives Frank Jackson and Harold Wise, accomplished this, and he's proud of it. 6. Jail: Your City Jail was completely rebuilt. 7. Recreation and Senior-Citizens: Florala had a Senior Citizens and Recreation Program until Hurricane Etoise. It was discontinued at that time. We now have plans for hot meals for Senior Citizens that should he in operation within three months. We have plans for a Recreation Park and program in conjunction with the City School. INDUSTRY An Industrial Development Bohrd was formed and members appointed. This Board was used in the expansion of Zorn's Agri-Business, and can be used to assist any new industry wishing to locate in Florata. I sincerely believe that had the energy shortage not hit when it did, we would have a new industry in Florala. We need a renewed effort in this area. GENERAL Hurricane Eloise and two large floods had a great impact on your CRy. We had to spend large sums of money not normally spent. We had to move out of your City Hail, interrupting service to you. Eloise stopped practically all repairs to your streets for months, it forced the temporary end to a good Senior Citizens Program, and all our Recreation Programs. We haven't completely recovered from Eloise yet, but we are moving forward towards complete recoverT. HOPES FOR THE FUTURE Regardless of whom is elected to your City Council, I believe these are a few of the things you the ~:itizen should ask to he considered: 1. A yearly street resurfaciug program be started and not discontinued until all the streets in Florala have been completed. Z.A review of all Board's appointed with possible consolidatiunof some. 3.A review of your Police Department - it's needs, size and operation. 4.A continuation of the Community Development Program. 5.A review of the medical services available to you. A very stroug effort should be placed here. 6. A review of our Zoning Ordinance, (example) anyone living in a mobile home or house trnflor is tn violation of this ordinance. These people bare two choices - violate the law or move out-of-town. This should be changed. If re-electeck I promise to you, I will continue to speak out for you (some people call it trou- ble making), I call it representing all the people all the time. 1M. ~ Adv. by Victor Anderson, Florala, AI~ I I I IIII I II0 Iml ii ~ms, reac in Is your to attend these worship services. Jim Caraway, Pastor