Looking back: Atmore was getting ready for football in ‘67

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fifty years ago, things in Atmore were pretty quiet around town.

The Atmore Blue Devils were getting ready for the football season to open. The first game on Sept. 7 was to be played against Evergreen. There was a photograph in The Atmore Advance showing a large group of Vanity Fair workers being honored with a 10-year service award. They must have been a bit content with their work for so many to be there for that long.

After a long dry spell with the blood drive, things picked up and 230 people showed up to give blood. They exceeded the quota by 23 pints and were able to accept 188 pints.

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The Atmore City Council met and one of the items on the agenda was to strengthen an ordinance on aerial spraying in the city limits that had been on the books since 1965.

A&P had fryers on sale for 27 cents a pound; bacon for 59 cents a pound; and steak for 88 cents a pound. Now these sound as if they would be very good buys. To tell the truth, I have almost quit buying meat at the store. It is so expensive, or it is for me.

Another good buy was in another ad for Bateson Furniture. It was for a Simmons mattress that one could have for only $49.95. Now have you priced mattresses lately? I saw one advertised on QVC one night this past week on sale for $960. Looks like I will be sleeping on my lumpy mattress.

The Assembly of God Church in Bratt were getting ready to have its annual “Old Folks Day.”

A committee was formed to see about getting new Christmas lights to go in downtown.

S.W. “Dubby” Young of Atmore received his third Purple Heart in Vietnam. This was in 1969 so he must have been there a long time and seen some furious amount of battle.

Here is a little item I haven’t seen for a good many years. When I was younger, I liked to sew, but nobody I know still does. Sewing classes were planned to be held at Ernest Ward High School for adults.