Looking back: Bad wrecks occurred

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fifty years ago, in 1968, there were some more of those price tags that we find hard to believe.

A&P had fryers and turkeys listed at 49 cents a pound; bananas for 10 cents a pound and two heads of lettuce for 29 cents.

H&R Block was advertising a price of $5 and up to do tax returns for the public. Now that has gone up a bit. It cost much more to get someone to do your taxes these days.

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The Strand was showing “The Hills Run Red” and “Point Blank” starring Lee Marvin. Now if you don’t remember Lee Marvin, just think westerns.

Another movie coming was Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”

What was labeled the worst wreck in the state happened near Atmore.

Three persons were killed and two more were injured in a two-car accident. The accident was a near head-on collision. Killed were Roy Kenneth Coleman, his two-month old son, Gary Kenneth Coleman, both of Atmore, and James Harold Bagwell of Brewton. Apparently, one of the vehicles was headed north and the other headed south when one of them swerved into the wrong lane, causing them to hit almost head-on. From the looks of the vehicles, it is a wonder that anyone survived.

The Bloodmobile made a trip to Atmore and came up a little bit short of their goal of 165 pints and only got 132 pints. However, those who normally would have given blood had some good reasons for not donating. For some it was too soon since the last donation and for others flu was running rampant and accounted for some non-shows.

I remember the flu that hit us that year. It was called the Hong Kong flu and boy was it nasty. I was so sick I just wanted someone to go ahead and kill me, or at least that is the way I remember it. I know that my husband was taking me to see the doctor and was holding me up to get in the car. I was limp as a noodle and when he turned me loose, I hit the ground. I have not missed a flu shot since that year and I always remember why.

Myron Hall of Poarch was hit by a car and put into a cast from his toes to his neck. He remained in this cast for several months and when it was taken off he was able to sit up by himself. At the time of the article in The Atmore Advance, he was able to get around with the use of a wheelchair.

The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) named Mary Joyner and Henry Lodge as Good Citizens.

A red-bearded man who was playing in a band in Atmore was arrested and charged with molestation. Nine school children appeared in the courtroom as witnesses.

Leonard Peevy, Director of the Veterans Affairs, announced that he was opening an office in Atmore in City Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Chief Service Station, located next to Southland Motel, had a Grand Opening. Everyone who bought gas was to receive a carton on Pepsi-Cola.