One hundred years ago this week:
A new school building was to be built at Abernant, in Tuscaloosa County. The building would have about eight teachers and be a central school to take the place of schools then operating in Davis Creek, Yolande, Rock Castle and Pleasant Grove.
February reports from the Board of Health showed that births and deaths the previous month in the county were about even, with 60 births and 61 deaths, although in the city the number of deaths was almost double that of births, the report showing only nine births and 14 deaths.
A letter was received by his brother from a Tuscaloosa County man who was aboard the Tuscania when that transport was attacked and sunk by an enemy submarine. Henry Thomas Mills wrote from England, telling his brother that he was safe on land before the ship went to the bottom. (On Feb. 5, 1918, the American troop ship the Tuscania, en route to Britain with more than 2,000 American soldiers on board, was torpedoed by a German submarine in the North Channel and sank seven miles off the Mull of Oa. More than 200 men either drowned in the seas off Islay or were dashed to death on the rocks.)
The Boy Scouts of Tuscaloosa collected books from city residents to send to the soldiers on the front. Each home was to be visited by the Scouts, and it was hoped that each could provide at least one book for the collection.
It was announced that the Central Foundry Co. at Holt would resume operation on March 25, after having been closed down for several months. Between 300 and 400 men would go back to work full time.
Sales of thrift stamps to aid in the war effort were promoted. It was advertised that a single thrift stamp would buy a tentpole or five tent pins, a waist belt or hat cord, shoe laces or identification tags; two would buy one trench tool or a pair of woolen gloves. Four thrift stamps would buy two pairs of canvas leggings; six would buy five pairs of woolen socks or three suits of summer underwear; 12 would buy a steel helmet.
The City Commission accepted the bid for $50,000 municipal terminal bonds. Work on the terminals would begin immediately and it was estimated they would be ready for operation within 60 days.
Highwaymen robbed Ernest Duncan of Moore’s Bridge while he was on his way to Tuscaloosa in a wagon. Robbers emerged from the bushes by the side of the road wearing cardboard masks and leveled revolvers at Duncan and demanded his money. He turned over his pocketbook that contained $130. The robbers immediately left. Sheriff Watts opined that the robber was committed by persons acquainted with Duncan, who knew he had the money with him at the time.
A party of Tuscaloosa people joined others from Alabama for a trip to Detroit, Mich., to drive some new cars from the Hudson and Hupmobile factories. Congested freight conditions made it almost impossible to have the cars shipped. The cars were to be for the Tuscaloosa Motor Co.