Pages from the Past

Published 2:44 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2002

By Staff
Stories from past editions of The Advance
50 years ago – August 14, 1952
Former Escambian dies in Carolina
Dr. James A. Campbell, prominent Dothan physician, died at Saluda, N.C. on July 28 while attending a seminar course.
Campbell was a native of Atmore, having received his early education at Escambia County High School. Two sisters live here, Mrs. J.H. Patterson and Mrs. W. H. Arnold.
Campbell was born on June 11, 1889 at Perdido and moved to Atmore at the age of 12. After high school, he attended medical college in Mobile and later finished at Oklahoma City.
Sales Tax receipts show slight drop
Alabama sales tax receipts in June totaled $4,451,336 according to Revenue Commissioner Joe Edwards. The total failed to show an expected drop because of the steel strike, he said.,
The June total compares with $4,065,799 for May.
Receipts from tobacco taxes totaled $723,698 which was $42,000 above the May tobacco tax income.
Chamber of Commerce celebrates sixth anniversary here this week
The sixth birthday of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce is being observed this week with the main feature being a special radio program scheduled for next Sunday.
Appearing on the special program will be all the past presidents of the merchant's organization, the current president, and the chairman of the organizing committee that began the association in 1946.
The program will be heard ten minutes earlier than the regular time for the chambers weekly broadcast.
The Chamber was organized the night of August 14, 1946 at a meeting of 56 Atmore businessmen. Membership has grown to 145 in 1952.
Three meals a day plan may not be best
The usual American custom of three meals a day is not necessarily the best eating schedule.
Mary Hulsey, API Extension nutritionist explains that some people, often the elderly, feel better if they eat more frequently, but less at a time. They may prefer to divide their daily fare into four or five meals instead of three. Some food may be saved out for snacks between meals or at bedtime. Many people find that warm milk at bedtime is an aid to restful sleep.
25 years ago – August 16, 1977
Chamber seeks new members
The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce will soon initiate one of the most sweeping membership campaigns to be held by the 30-year old organization in recent years.
The drive will open Friday, August 26, according to J. Byard Swift Jr., acting president of Swift Lumber, Inc. and chamber president.
The goal of the drive is to get 75 new members to invest in Atmore's future.
Atmore Youth pedals 500 miles in Fla.
You couldn't really blame Atmore's Glenn Cunningham if he never wanted to ride a bicycle again.
After all, the youth just pedaled one of the two wheelers home Saturday morning after completing a 500-mile odyssey through North Florida in 10 days.
Even after pedaling about 50 miles a day on his 10-speed bike, with his tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, bicycle pump and water bottle as extra baggage, Cunningham says he is ready to go again.
"I had a good time and I would like to do it again if I had the time," he said.
School bells mean end of vacation
Unlike the ringing of alarm clocks and other summer time hindrances that can be ignored, the ringing of school bells will soon be getting the attention of area students once again.
For some students, the bells have already signaled the end of summer vacation. Classes at Escambia Academy began Monday for about 375 students, according to new Academy Headmaster John Cason.
In addition to the new headmaster, seven new teachers are on the staff as the Academy begins its eighth year in operation. A picture can be found on another page in this issue of The Advance.
10 years ago – August 16, 1992
Thieves hit area again
Atmore police believe the Thursday burglary of a Jack Springs Road home is to the work of a burglary ring which was been operating in the Gulf Coast area.
The burglary ring hit an Atmore home last week, but no activity had been reported since that time. Police have increased patrols in areas that fir the description of those hit by the burglars, usually older homes in older neighborhoods.
Woman's will has caretaker, bank in county court
The domiciliary proprietor accused of using coercion to receive the estate of a client testified Friday she did not know she was even in the elderly woman's will until days after her death.
Peggy McArthur told the jury she never discussed 79-year-old Mary Chamberlain's will with her during her 13-month stay in the McCall domiciliary. Mrs. Chamberlain's 85-year-old-sister, Ethel Bethea, is accusing McArthur and her husband, Edgar, of coercing her mentally and physically incapacitated sibling into giving them $70,000 of her estate.
Harris completes internship
Keecha Harris of Atmore was among a group of 34 college undergraduate students who completed a research internship sponsored by the Program for Women in Science Engineering at Iowa State University in late July. She was selected to participate in this internship program on the basis of academic achievement.
Harrris conducted research under the direction of ISU professor Dr. Suzanne Hendrich. To culminate the eight weeks of research, she presented a poster summarizing her research at an afternoon poster session that was attended by approximately 100 people.
Pages from the Past is compiled from bound volumes of The Advance.

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