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Looking back: The Creek Indians held their pow-wow

Forty-five years ago, the United Fund in Atmore had gone over the top with $21,397 being raised for the season.

At that time, Thompson’s was selling suits for $69.99 and some were even cheaper than that.

A&P advertised 10 oranges for 39 cents. Good old Fruitcake was $4.99 for a five-pound cake. I think I have mentioned that I love fruit cake and this one caught my eye. I don’t think I have seen any fruitcakes out this year. Maybe they are there, but I don’t shop a lot. Have I told you how much I don’t like to shop?

If anyone bought a television from Goodyear Service Store in Atmore, they were to receive a free turkey. I noticed they were still holding that sale the next week.

The death penalty was given in a stabbing murder at Holman prison. One man who was already an inmate stabbed another man in the prison.

The Creek Indians were planning a celebration for Thanksgiving. It was said to be the only holiday that the Indians and the white man shared. I don’t know if this was the beginning of the Pow-Wow that they have today. I had always wanted to attend one of those, and finally a couple of years ago, I went to see what it was all about. It was very entertaining, but I almost froze to death.

This reminds me. On Saturday, I went on a trip with the Escambia County Historical Society to Fort Toulouse and Fort Jackson at the Frontier Days celebration. I met some of the participants and it is amazing how they get into their roles of being citizens from the time period in the early days of our state.

There was an announcement in The Atmore Advance telling of the death of the oldest man in Alabama (and Atmore). He died at the age of 121. He was born a slave in 1850. Imagine the history that man could tell.

Thirteen girls participated in the Junior Miss Contest. Jennifer Purifoy of Flomaton was the winner.

I noticed some of the editorials and they were very good. Weekly features named “Taxes and Termites” by Shorty Culpepper was very interesting.

One could buy a dinner plate at Piggly Wiggly for only nine cents and a can of cranberry sauce was listed for 12 cents.

There was a young man of 16 who was accidently shot to death just hours before hunting season was to begin. He leaned his gun against the side of a pickup and a loose board slipped against the truck, causing the gun to go off. The moral to this story is to watch out for yourself and everybody else if you intend to go hunting.

Lastly, many of you save for Christmas with a Christmas Club account at the local banks. It was announced that $191,000 from 844 accounts had just been paid out for the year.