Looking back: In 1976, America celebrated 200 years

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The year 1976 we all celebrated the bi-centenniel. The Atmore Advance came out with a special section commemorating this event with pictures from out of the past.

I remember when this came out. It was very interesting and I actually saved a copy of it. I have referred to it many times since then and it still stands out in my mind.

The newspaper ran a story 40 years ago about the Lord family who were involved in an automobile versus freight train accident. The car was broadsided  by the train at the Craig Street crossing. The family members were hurt and carried to the hospital.

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I am constantly amazed by the number of people who will try to beat the train at a crossing. Now, I don’t know the circumstances of this accident, so it may have been entirely unstoppable.

The Vanity Fair Company in Monroeville and Atmore were getting ready to square off against the coming of the union.

The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce were set to have a Farm-City Week to showcase and educate both the farm folk and the city folk about each other and the problems they have.

The Creek Indians were getting ready for their Sixth Annual Pow-Wow Day on Thanksgiving. I finally made it to a Pow-Wow a couple of years ago, and would have really enjoyed it if the weather had not been so cold.

Last week, I joined some members of the Escambia County Historical Society on a trip to Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson near Wetumpka. The historical area was celebrating Frontier Days. The weather was really good and the only complaint I have is that I walked more than I usually do and was worn out. I have reached the age when I don’t sleep too well. If I get three hours of sleep, I am doing good. Well, let me tell you…I walked so much that I slept all night long because I was so tired. Much of the food and entertainment was much like that at the Pow-Wow.

A lone bandit robbed the Super Test Service Station. The robber showed up early as the station was just getting ready to open. According to the clerk who was robbed, about $500 was taken at gunpoint. He could not give much of a description and spent the rest of the day in a daze.

I expect I would not be able to give a description either. In fact, I would have had to take at least the rest of the day off.

Christmas Club checks were mailed out and netted club members $423,631.57. This is a lot of Christmas money to be spent. Hopefully, some of it was spent locally.

Two people were hurt in a head-on collision on Main Street in Atmore. An accident anytime is terrible, but this close to Christmas is worse.

Piggly Wiggly was registering people for the chance to win a new 1977 car. The winner could have their pick from several models.

Lastly, there were pictures of the greased pig contest at the 1976 Pow-Wow in The Atmore Advance. That was a big mess. The prize for this one would have had to be a very good one and even then I would not have gotten in that pile of mud.