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Looking Back: 45 years ago, crews investigated pine beetles

Forty-five years ago, in 1973, crews from the Alabama Forestry Commission were in Escambia County to try to curtail the damage being done by the pine beetles.

The beetles must have been very bad for a few years. I have noticed other accounts of them causing trouble in other years.

Piggly Wiggly, along with food items, also had stemmed goblets on sale for 39 cents.

Back in the day, grocery stores and gas stations were trying to get people to purchase their products, so they would give an incentive to buy. I can remember getting “silverware” for my house, glasses out of boxes of detergent and any number of other things. Many times people bought the product just to get whatever was in the box.

A&P had eight ounces of fresh roasted peanuts for 35 cents.

I could eat several bags of these. I love peanuts no matter how they are served. I like them raw, boiled and roasted (or parched, as my daddy used to say).

Farmer’s Trade Day was set for Atmore in front of city hall.

Construction of the Atmore Trade School was promised when $250,000 was received from Revenue Sharing Funds to go with $300,000 they already had.

There was an interesting feature story on Mrs. Jessie Forte who remembered Atmore’s first school, the first churches in town and many other things in her 82 years of living in Atmore. She was 84 years old and moved to Atmore when she was two. That meant that she was born in 1891.

There was an account of Wetumpka Prison. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The prison was 132 years old.

IGA celebrated Discount Day and had 10 pounds of sugar on sale for $1; 48 ounces of Crisco Oil for $1 and only 1$ for Delta bath tissue for three four-roll packs. These days, bath tissue cost at least $2 for one four-roll pack. That makes quite a difference.

Flomaton held Governor’s Appreciation Day with Gov. Wallace coming to speak to the Flomaton Jaycees.