Looking Back… 50 years

Published 1:21 am Monday, April 25, 2005

By Staff
April 21, 1955
Citizens of Brewton voted - but lightly - in a bond election Tuesday. Only 175 people voted, with 173 voting in favor of issuing $85,000 bonds. The city will designate $45,000 of the money for a four-room addition to Brewton Elementary School, and the remainder will be used for street improvements.
A difference over a receipt for a two-bit parking ticket ended in a fight at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. However, both parties have agreed to drop the matter "by mutual consent."
The first serious picketing in Brewton of the railroad strike ended without incident late Friday afternoon. About 50 pickets, many of them carrying broom-handles and heavy sticks, came to Brewton from Georgiana and Butler County. They set up picket lines at all three downtown crossings.
Flood waters reached their height here Thursday after a near-record rain sent Murder Creek and Burnt Cork Creek surging into Brewton and East Brewton. Only minimal damage was reported in Brewton, but four families in Flomaton were evacuated and the school's lunchroom there lost about $2,000 in food when water flooded the basement before food stored there could be moved to the main floor.
The East Brewton FFA Dairy Judging Team, including James Crawford, Henray Uptagrafft and William Johnson, along with James Smith, who competed in the tractor-driving contest, were winners in district competition and will advance to state.