From the Chicago Defender – 31 Mar 1917

Talladega, Ala., March 30

  • Rev. G.B. Ward, presiding elder, held his second quarterly conference at Lane’s Chapel C.M.E. church Sunday
  • Mr. Butler leaves for Pittsburg, Pa., Monday
  • Rev. J.h. Martin made a flying trip to Birmingham last week
  • The Congregational churches of the state are holding their annual association in Montgomery
  • President Sumner and Professor Sheldon go from the college and Rev. C.L. Miller and S.O.B. Johnson, Mrs. Frank Crunkshantk and Mrs. E.R. Johnson from churches.  Rev. Aladabi Johnson, our African student, also attends Miss Juliette Derriatte represents the Sunday school. 
  • The college baseball team are off for a scheduel of games in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Work will soon be begun on a new brick school house.  I will be a $10,ooo structure.  The college donated the land. 
  • The members of the Boys’ club had a fine time at the home of Mrs. F. Cruixshank Monday night
  • The Y.W.C.A. rendered an excellent play Friday night at the college chapel
  • The children of the C.M.E. church are preparing to render a fine Easter exercise. 
  • George L. Knox is able to be out again and we are glad
  • Mr. Easily, the grocer, is doing a larger business now. 

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Auto Crash Kills Negro Minister
July 5, 1961
Pg. 1 & 4

E. L. Stone, 63 year-old Negro preacher and former pastor of the Lily Hill Baptist Church of Talladega, was one of the 2 persons accidentally killed in Alabama over the July Fourth holiday. He died Tuesday night from injuries received in an accident Sunday six miles north of Anniston. The Rev. Stone was returning to his home in Rome, Ga., after a visit here with relatives and friends.

Lilly Mae Carson, 47 of Rome was also killed in the two-car collision. Members of the family here said the Rev. Stone had preached a short sermon at the Lily Hill Baptist Church Sunday night and was on his way home when the accident occurred. Another occupant of the car, Classic Young, is in Memorial Hospital in Anniston. The Rev. Stone was serving as pastor of the St. Peter’s Baptist Church in Rome and of a Baptist Church in Buchanan, Ga.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Kidd of Talladega and Mrs. Erlene Watts of Eclectic; three sons, Abraham of Detroit, Otis of California and Ollie of Talladega; one brother, Bud of Talladega; and two sisters, Mrs. Missouri Hambric and Mrs. Annie Phillips of Birmingham. Funeral services will be held in Talladega but arrangements are not complete.


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1961 – July 3, July 5,

News of Bemiston
by Mrs. E. F. Ellison
July 3, 1961
Pg. 4

  • Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Forest and children of Rock Hill, SC visited Mrs. Pearl Hanners, Mrs. Lena Caldwell and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Forest.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter Knigthen hav gone to Decatur for a few days and plan to go from there to Fort Worth, Tex. to see relatives for the second week of their vacation.
  • Mrs. H. C. Bennefield and daughter Mrs. Ann Stephens and Allen are in Roanoke for several days.
  • Mrs. Vivian Wilson and family visited relatives in Tallasee [sic] for a few days.
  • Mrs. Lorene Taylor and Christine are spending a few days in Birmingham with relatives.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Woodie Forest and daughter Mrs. Ophelia Sizemore spent several days in Pensacola with relatives.
  • Tyril Jones is spending the summer with his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bean of Wedowee.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Warner Roberson will spend a few days with their son Elgin and family of Clayton, Ala.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Guy Vickers have visited their son Mickey and family of Birmingham and Mrs. Vickers’ mother, Mrs. D. J. Goss of Alexander City.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Bowen spent some of their vacation with her father, J. P. Martin near Millerville.
  • Marion Milam and Alves Weldon had a nice catch fishing in the Coosa River. They caught 27 pounds of catfish this week.
  • Mrs. Ellie Gaither and Mrs. Judy Holmes and Mike are visiting in Mt. Vernon, Fla., for a few days. Max Gaither will go by there and he and Mrs. Gaither will go on to Daytona on vacation.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Baily are spending their vacation in Valparaiso, Fla.
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Shaw had as their guests Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kirkland and children of Melbourne, Fla., this week; also Stanley Butler who was on his way to Las Vegas to be with his brother, A. J. Butler.
  • Mrs. Estelle Williams has visited her mother-in-law, Mrs. W. J. Williams of Sylacauga, who is improving and resting better.
  • Mrs. Frank Shaddix will have two weeks’ vacation from the G.E. plant.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chester Howard of Chicago and mother Mrs. Nina Howard and Cathy Johnson of Summerville, Ga., have been the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Howard this week.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Patjens have been visiting their daughter Mrs. Billy Cooley and family of Ara this week.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Oakley Patterson went on vacation to the Smokey Mountains.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Nixon and family have gone to be with their daughter, Mrs. Gerald Day, and family of Fayettville, SC.
  • Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Kidd are attending the National Educational Association in Atlantic City, NJ. Mrs. Archie Patterson, her mother, is keeping the children, Marilyn, Debbie and M. L. Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Hosey of Anniston had surgery at Citizens Hospital on Thursday.
  • Mrs. L. F. McCarley underwent surgery on her hand Thursday.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. B. White had a reunion of the White family at their home on Sunday with a large number of out-of-state relatives present.
  • Pat and Kitty Hughston of Mobile and Carol Coleman of Birmingham have spent the week with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hughston.
  • Mr. and Mrs. O. W. White and Wendell spent a few days with their son, Winnon White and family in Biloxi, Miss., and their daughter, Mrs. Bill Kornegay and family of Oneonta.
  • Anna Charlene Baker of Birmingham is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Baker.
  • Mrs. A. M. Patterson, Dot and Mickey of Ashland have been visiting the Clyde Mitchells.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Farris and son are spending their vacation in Panama City.
  • Sunrise County, winner of the Juvenile Stakes at Aqueduct, was purchased by Townsend B. Martin for $34,000 at the Keeneland, Ky. yearling sales last summer.


Chandler Springs Series Continues
July 3, 1961
pg. 3

Revival services at the Chandler Springs Assembly of God Church began Sunday night and will continue throughout this week. The Rev. T. C. Bradford of Clayton is the visiting evangelist. Services begin each night at 7. The Rev. Joe Haynes is the pastor of the church.


Miss Zora Ellis Is Attending Delta Kappa Gamma Meetings
July 3, 1961
pg. 3

Miss Zora Ellis, teacher at Talladega High School, is a busy woman this summer. As International President of the Delta Kappa Gamma, she is traveling to meetings and conventions all over the United States.

Miss Ellis, whose travel schedule will take her through August 17, has already attended meetings in Laramie, Wy.; Sun Valley, Idaho and Atlantic City, N.J.

After being in Talladega Saturday and Sunday, she left to attend a meeting of the International Administrative Board in Detroit, Mich. On July 7 she will go from there to Windsor, Ontario for a meeting of the Canadian Provinces. On July 10 Miss Ellis will attend a committee meeting in Austin, Tex., headquarters of the Delta Kappa Gamma. She will be in Talladega to attend a revival July 15-29.

After this she will attend three regional conferences, one in French Lick, Ind; another in Asheville, NC and the third in Phoenix, Ariz.