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Looking Back: A Champion Tree was dedicated near here

Fashion news stated that dresses were making a come back. Dresses were back in vogue 35 years ago in 1983.

Of course I never knew they left the fashion scene. Now when I was a little girl, that is all we wore. In fact, the first jeans worn by girls back in the day were remodeled from big brother’s jeans. My clothing, as I have told you before, was mostly hand me downs and my “cow feed sack” dresses. My cousins were not only bigger than me; they were older, so I got all their left over clothes. I was not too proud to wear them either. I remember one that was white that had green dots with straps tied on the shoulder. It was almost shocking. Every time I wore it, it rained, so therefore that dress became known as the “rain dress.”

You probably think I lived in squalor, but I didn’t. We just spent as little as possible. Anyway, what did we know about how poor we were?

It was that time of year again for everyone to drag out their canning supplies for pear and fig preserves. I don’t remember the pears so much, but I loved those figs. I loved them raw and preserved.

A firefighter was suspected as having committed arson. Sheriff Tim Hawsey suspected it also. He said they had more arson fires and the narcotics problems were getting worse. Governor Wallace posted a $5,000 reward for anyone who could give information leading to an arrest.

A 5-year-old little girl drowned in a pool at Best Western Motel. She was staying at the motel with her parents and had been playing near the pool for a while.

The Atmore merchants Association was planning its third annual fashion show at the Atmore Country Club.

Eleven inmates escaped from Holman Prison after cutting through a chain Link fence.

According to Police Chief Bill Smith, the law against tinted windows would not be enforced because it was too vague.

A Champion Tree (Baldcypress) was dedicated near Parker Bridge.

Lastly, a meeting of the John Birch Society was to be held. How long since you heard that name?

“Mr. Mom” was playing at the Strand Theatre.