Pages from the past

Published 8:25 pm Tuesday, December 31, 2002

By Staff
Today, January 1, these events occurred in world history:
1735 Paul Revere was born.
1863 The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.
1892 The first Ellis Island Immigration Station officially opened.
1902 The University of Michigan won the first Rose Bowl, defeating Stanford 49-0.
1942 Twenty-six nations signed the United Nations declaration.
1959 Fidel Castro ousted Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
70 Years Ago
January 5, 1933
New Year Finds Closed Business Places Few Here
Atmore enters another year with all of its major business houses operating and enjoying their share of business from the city's large trade territory.
Atmore has probably had fewer businesses failures during the depression than any other town the same size.
This Week at The Strand Theatre
"That's My Boy" opens starring Dorothy Jordan, Richard Cromwell, and Mae Marsh. Admission is 15 cents for children and 35 cents for adults.
Machinery For Silk Mill Arrives Here In Bad Condition
Operation of Atmore's new silk mill will be delayed for several weeks on account of the damaged condition in which the machinery arrived here. Of the four carloads of machinery there was hardly a single unit which was not damaged to some extent in transit from New York. One car was reported to be practically a wreck, the iron frame on many of the machines being broken in addition to the other more minor damages.
50 Years Ago
January 1, 1953
Capital Stock Of Bank Increased By Stockholders To $150,000.00
Reflecting the rapid growth of Atmore in business and commerce, a local bank Wednesday tripled its capital stock and issued two cash dividends.
The Bank of Atmore, which was organized in Atmore in 1904, declared a stock dividend of 100% on its capital; of $50,000.00 at a stockholders meeting on December 17.
2 Escaped Prisoners Still At Liberty
Warden S. W. Hixon Wednesday announced that two of the three convicts that escaped the Atmore Prison Farm late Monday afternoon were still at large.
Hixon reported that the third convict had voluntarily returned to the prison.
25 Years Ago
January 5, 1978
City Joining National Litter Cutting Effort
Atmore will launch a new litter reduction program that has been tested in twelve US cities at a saving of thousands of dollars in sanitation costs, Mayor Patricia McKenzie announced.
To gain public awareness of the program, an area-wide information campaign will be launched simultaneously. Using the "Pitch In!" slogan, symbol, and education materials, this campaign will urge all residents to containerize their litter and support the Committee's work.
Northrop-King Closing Atmore Site
Northrop-King is closing its Atmore research center after 11 years here due to a shift in the company's emphasis from forage crops such as alfalfa and other grasses to soybeans, according to research center branch manager Terry Walker.
10 Years Ago
January 3, 1993
McFarland: Write Governor, Save Train
Write if you love Amtrak.
Bill McFarland, president of the Alabama Association of Railroad Passengers, said Wednesday that letters to Gov. Guy Hunt would be a big help in an effort to convince him to release the state-promised $1 million Amtrak needs to keep the Gulf Breeze rolling.
EA Defeats Monroe Academy To Take First Place In Tourney
In the Championship game, Escambia handed Monroe a 9 point loss as Escambia captured first place. EA outscored the Volunteers in 3 of the four quarters before winning 43-34.
Last Year
January 2, 2002
The Fantasticks Auditions Upcoming
The Fantasticks, a musical comedy about love is coming to Atmore and Brewton.
The play calls for men and women in their late teens or early twenties. Director Dayton Long encourages anyone who has an interest in community theatre to contact him or come to auditions.

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