Taking a look at papers from the 60s

Published 11:17 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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I saw an article on my home town of Ozark, Ala. in the newspaper from 1969, 50 years ago. It was leading the way in South Alabama in the HUD program participation.
T.R. Miller High School was to present “Harvey” for the Senior Class play. Do you remember Harvey? It was the story of a middle aged man, by the name of Elwood P. Dowd, who could see an invisible rabbit. Because of this his sister was trying to have her brother committed. The story goes on to prove that maybe he wasn’t so crazy after all.
When you look at the newspapers from the sixties, you will notice lots of homemakers club meetings. I guess this was back in the day when most wives and mothers did not work outside of the home. They took time out of their busy days to attend homemakers’ meetings. These meetings would be held at someone’s home and usually included a snack and a program focusing on the busy homemaker and how she could make life easier. I have to admit that I once belonged to a neighborhood homemaker’s club, The Lynbrook Homemakers’ Club. Within a few years these same housewives were out in the world, holding down jobs. They had no time to spend in homemakers’ club meetings.
The TRM High School Academic Team won over a school in Moss Point, Miss. The competition was televised as the High School Bowl Show on Channel 10, in Mobile. This was the third time that they had won.
Brewton was to get new traffic lights around town and the city council bought a new fire truck for the Brewton Fire Department.
There was a story about the amount of trash being dumped along the roads. Litterbugs were making the roadside look like a dumpster.
The Ritz Theater was showing “Swiss Family Robinson.” Do you remember this one about the family stranded on a deserted island? It was amazing how they managed to make it into a comfortable home. I am not sure anyone could really do it.
Southern Normal High School was to present “The Beverly Hillbillies” in a play. This could have been their senior play.
Big Bear had pork loin for 48 cents a pound; sliced bacon for 99 cents and a giant size Bold detergent for 58 cents. Detergent has really gone up in price in the past 50 years. I remember a time when boxes of detergent would not only hold detergent, but it would also have glasses and dishes to get you to buy the detergent.
Ford Motor Company introduced their new car, “Maverick.”
East Brewton City Council was to spend $1,631.10 for new band instruments for the W.S. Neal Band.
Joe Thomas McFerrin was named the new principal for T.R.M. High School

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