Looking back: Childress awarded distinguished medal

Published 9:58 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fifty years ago in 1967, an Atmore man, Army Warrant Officer Ralph Stanley Childress, was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic efforts of flying his helicopter in dangerous areas to rescue some of his fellow servicemen in Vietnam.

For those of you who were not around 50 years ago, these were years when we had troops on the ground in Vietnam, but we were still counting each day how many were wounded and how many killed. Most of us hoped each day would see the ending of the war, but also most of us didn’t see it happening anytime soon. This is the war we watched from our living rooms. There are some pictures that stick in my mind to this day.

A nine year-old was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the road to where his father was working in the field.

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The FFA Chapter of Ernest Ward was overrun with little piglets. Two sows had given birth to a total of 30 little ones. Two of the pigs had to be bottle fed.

The A&P was offering fryers for 25 cents a pound; and Jane Parker apple pies were three for $1. It sounds as if there were some good prices available 50 years ago.

Have you seen any Armyworms lately? Well in 1967 there were apparently lots of them around. The Atmore Advance ran an article about them and how to get rid of them.

Tilda Mosley of Stapleton was set to have an art show of her paintings that were done with her toes. Now most of us can’t even paint with our hands, so we should appreciate what we do have.

There were 12 contestants trying to win the homecoming queen position at Escambia County High School. The school was set to play Robertsdale for its homecoming.

I noticed an ad for home delivery of dairy products. Most of you won’t remember that, but I do. I remember well having to step out on the porch to pick up the milk or leave a payment. It was very handy.

Super Shell was offering all kinds of incentives for customers who would shop with them. They included color televisions, steak knives, Alabama and Auburn mugs and movie tickets. I remember well those days when we as customers were treated very well. I’m sure it would work today.

Classes of defensive driving were to be held at Atmore City Auditorium.

The United Fund Drive kicked off with a goal of $23,000.

Betty’s on Main Street was offering wrap-around ponchos. The reason I mention them was because we joke about styles coming back in and this would have been one of them. They were very stylish and made of colorful plaids. Plaids are back in fashion, at least that is what I hear.