Looking back: McMurphy’s home was Holiday House

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fifty years ago, in 1966, the Escambia County High School band received new uniforms and was able to wear them in the final two games of the season. The uniforms were red, white and blue. Jim Elkins was the band director.

A car stolen from Bay Minette was retrieved in Atmore. The thief wasn’t smart. He stole the car in Bay Minette and set up his business out of the trunk of the car in Atmore. A nearby merchant reported him selling items out of the trunk to the police. He was returned to Bay Minette.

Now, you all know how I feel about crooks. They use their smarts in breaking the law where they would better be served by holding down a legitimate job.

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The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McMurphy was chosen as the Holiday House for Atmore.

Apparently, they chose one house each year to showcase the Christmas decorations. There are towns that have a list of homes that are turned into showplaces during this season and there is a tour of those homes.

Escambia County High School Quarterback Club met and discussed the possibility of sending the football team to the Sugar Bowl after they won the AAA Regional Championship. In order to do this, the funds would have to be raised. The Sugar Bowl was to host the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Nebraska Corn Huskers.

In a later issue of The Atmore Advance, I saw that the money was indeed raised for the trip and I am sure they had a great time. Who wouldn’t? After all, it is the Sugar Bowl and Alabama is playing. What could be better?

More than 2,000 people turned out at Poarch to register and discuss settlement and expenses. Apparently there was a problem about just who was the official chief of the tribe.

I noticed an advertisement for Samsonite Luggage at Watson Ace Hardware. It was the luggage that everyone wanted back in the day. I know that when I was a senior in high school that was one of my graduation presents. Mine was white and I got three pieces. I know my mother must have had a time paying for it.

Now my luggage also had a hard shell. I don’t know if they even sale that kind anymore. Everybody these days want the soft-side luggage.

Talk about the nerve of some thieves, while the First Baptist Church of Atmore was having its Christmas Cantata thieves broke into the church and stole $2,000.

Sherry Robinson was chosen to be Atmore’s Junior Miss for 1967.

Gregory M. Salter, formerly from Atmore was given the Bronze Star for his acts of heroism in Vietnam.