Looking Back: We’re going back 50 years to 1969 in Atmore

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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This week I want to take the time to leave 1989 behind and travel back to the year of 1969, 50 years ago.

New officers were announced for the Atmore United Fund. They were T. M. Feris, Gwen Dorrity, David Beasley, Lavon Henley and Robert House.

The Mobile Regional Red Cross was appealing for donors to collect 225 pints of blood in itís next visit to Atmore.

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Atmore Police chief James Dixon, was the speaker at the Rotary Club. He said that Atmore had 13 members in the department and stated that the department made 150-175 arrests a month.

Now I don’t know just how many officers they now have, but I bet it is more than 13. I also believe there are many more arrests made during a month.

Minnie Lee Heath, governor of District II of Pilot International spoke at the Pilot Club of Atmore.

When I was in high school, I was one of the charter members of the Anchor Club at Carroll High School, which I believe was connected to the Pilot Club.

The Alabama Highway director, Bob Kendall Jr., was asking motorists to stay off the unfinished I-65 from Montgomery to Georgiana. They were trying to get that portion ready to open.

The A&P advertised five 16-ounce cans of fruit cocktail for $1. Tomatoes were 25 cents for a pound and onions were 19 cents for two pounds.

Piggly Wiggly had a large head of lettuce for 19 cents, 14 ounce cream pies were 26 cemts each,  a large box of Tide detergent for 24 cents and a jar of Plymouth mayonnaise for 38 cents.

There was a large photo of the Creek Hotel which once stood where the Bank of Atmore was in 1969.

Goodyear had a grand opening with a new building on East Nashville Street. Some of the special prices were tires for two for $20, car batteries for $8.88 for a six volt and $10.88 for a 12 volt and if you bought a set of tires, the first three were all you paid for. The fourth one would be free.

The Atmore Blue Devils were practicing two times a day to get ready to meet the Evergreen Aggies for the first football game of the season.

Pecans and soy beans were hurt by fringe winds from Hurricane Camille, according to Jeff Martin, farm extension chairman.