Looking Back: Atmore Hardware began 80th year in ‘68

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

According to The Atmore Advance, the timber crop produced $36 million in Escambia County in 1968, 50 years ago.

This fact was noted in a special edition on the timber industry in this area. There was also a full-page ad for Container Corporation of America. This in itself sounds odd, because the company has been through so many names since it was built in Brewton. But in 1968, it was Container.

Helton’s, located on North Main Street in Atmore, had a sale on televisions. One particular model was $99.95.

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J.A. White (83) retired from his job as station agent at Atmore, which he had held since 1919. He knew many stories to tell of the time he had worked there. He told of when students at Canoe and other outlying places, rode the train to school. He said, back then everybody rode the train, even if they just wanted to go to Mobile.

An inmate at Atmore State Prison was stabbed to death during a blackout, caused by a power outage during a thunderstorm.

Ten local farms were included on a Chamber Tour.

The Strand Theatre was reopening after a major remodel. They added air conditioning and new chairs. The first movie to be shown was “The Shakiest Gun in the West,” starring Don Knotts.

Kwik Chek had fryers for 29 cents a pound; 10 ears of corn for 69 cents; and 16 ounces of strawberries for 39 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Monry of Flomaton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Think about that for a minute. That meant that they were married 100 years ago.

Atmore Hardware Co. was beginning its eighth decade of being in business.