Another year gone by

Published 8:41 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year to all of you. It seems as if we just got used to writing 2016, and now we have to adjust to a different number.

Fifty years ago, The Brewton Standard announced that the Bank of Brewton was going to build a branch in the Brewton Heights Shopping Center. It was supposed to be located to the rear of A&P Grocery Store, which is today, the New Beginnings Thrift Store.

The new year of 1967 began much as 2017. More than six inches of rain had fallen in the past six days. Talk about the past repeating itself. Since Saturday, it has probably rained about six inches, causing some minor flooding.

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The All-American Redheads, a ladies basketball team, was to play a game at T.R. Miller gym. They were playing a team made up of Brewton residents, the Brewton All-Stars. Tickets were on sale, with adults tickets being $1.50 and student tickets for $1.

A later newspaper said that the Brewton All-Stars won 63-57. Apparently, this team had been in Brewton the year before.

The A&P Grocery Store had cube steak for 79 cents a pound; carrots for 19 cents a pound and 10 oranges for 39 cents.

Big Bear had temple oranges for 39 cents for 10; and a pint of oysters was on sale for 79 cents.

It was noted in the newspaper that farm income was decreasing. There was a time when almost everyone lived on a farm, but in the 50 years since then, more and more people have left the farm to live in town.

There was an announcement in The Brewton Standard telling about the town getting ready for the upcoming inaugural parade for Gov. Lurleen Wallace. Sue Sparks was to represent T.R. Miller High School. Cathy Palmer was to represent W.S. Neal High School. Mayors of Escambia County were to ride in the parade. The position of each county’s representatives in the parade would be based on the date they were admitted to the state. That meant that Escambia County was way down the list because it was admitted to the state in 1868.

It seems as if we have always had zip codes, but it was 50 years ago on Jan. 15, 1967, that zip codes were required.

There was a notice in the paper that Yank Lovelace was the seventh All-American camper in his family announced at Mountain Lake.

Finally, another price that caught my attention was advertised by Peoples Motor Company. They had a big sale on used cars as low as $175 up to a 1965 Pontiac Bonneville, four-door that was listed at $2,050. It was also advertised as having air conditioning.

Yes, in days gone by, every store and vehicle were not air conditioned, so if they had it, they advertised it.