Looking back: Everything 45 years ago was low key

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Everything in September of 1971 seemed to be low-key in Atmore. There was not much going on except back to school, football and cotton picking.

Meg Gordon was named Maid of Cotton while Dianne Hall was the Alternate Maid of Cotton.

The Strand Movie Theater was advertising the showing of Blood and Lace and The Barefoot Executive.

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Now I have to tell you, the Blood and Lace sounds just awful, but it may have surprised me. The Barefoot Executive is one that I do not remember. I guess movies were not high on my list of things to do. By this time I had been married for several years and, although I once had loved movies, my husband informed me that he didn’t care for movies after we were married. Sounds to me like marrying me under false pretenses, but after I married I hardly ever attended a movie. But, believe me, I have really enjoyed my television for the past 65 years.

A business in Atmore called Watson-Jones had a blender on sale for $17.44. That sounds like a good price to me.

Hauss State Nursery was photographed  showing off a large area of pine seedlings that shortly would be for sale.

One plant story deserves another. Tom Wilson of Atmore and Welden Vickery of Flomaton were growing things a little bit more exotic. Wilson was growing his own pineapple and Vickery was growing bananas.

John Silvia of the Atmore Police Department was chosen outstanding policeman by the local Jaycees.

There were 26 cases on the civil docket and 90 people had been chosen for jury duty for the upcoming court.

I served on a grand jury one time. It was very interesting. My dad always said most of what he had seen in court was too long and drawn out, but the grand jury took less time.

Eleven year-old, Michael Gohagan died of injuries sustained when he fell from a tractor under a bush-hog machine. He had been in the hospital for a few weeks and a mad scramble had been made to pay his hospital bills with donations.

The engagement of Brenda Faye Edgar of Atmore to Harold Joseph Clark Jr. of Walnut Hill, Fla. was announced.

There was a new nine-hole golf course to open at the Atmore Country Club.

Lastly, I guess it was the time of the year, but there were lots of ads for new cars in The Atmore Advance. I guess they all came out with new models at the same time. Do they still do that?