One hundred years ago this week:
Newly elected Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Perry B. Hughes elected his deputies and prepared to begin work. The following would be his three field deputies: Luther Curry, H.P. Cottingham and Bela Victor Hughes, three of the best-known men in the city.
City Engineer Robert E. Rodes appeared before the city commission and handed in a report that the Assistant City Engineer Webb of Birmingham had written about the condition of the asphalt paving in this city. Webb said the company putting down the paving, under its guarantee, should replace the paving without cost to the city.
Dr. Alston Maxwell received his discharge from Army duties and returned to Tuscaloosa. Dr. Maxwell was in charge of a government hospital at Nitro, W.Va., which contained 500 beds.
V. Hugo Friedman was unanimously elected chairman of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the American Red Cross. Friedman had served the Red Cross in Italy.
Officials around the courthouse were speaking of giving a reward to two trusties — convicts who were sent to capture an escaped convict on the chain gang on Watermelon Road. The guards could not leave their posts, so they sent the men, who soon brought back the escapee. It was talked of giving the men $25.
Dr. Charles M. Murphy returned from Aliceville, where he was called to the bedside of R.J. Kirksey, a prominent young businessman who had pneumonia. A telegram the next day said Kirksey was still a very sick man, but it was hoped that he would pull through.
James Summerville of Aliceville passed through Tuscaloosa on his way home, after having served in France for three months. His brother, Chalmers, was still in France.
City Clerk Jones prepared a list of those who were delinquent in the matter of paying for keeping the sanitary closets of the city in condition. There were some 1,500 of the closets, and the city charged $1.25 per quarter for looking after them. Since the installation of this sanitary system of closets, typhoid fever has almost entirely disappeared from the community.
Lifelong temperance advocates in Tuscaloosa rejoiced to news that Nebraska’s Legislature ratified the federal prohibition amendment, making the 36th and necessary state to ratify. They recognized this action as the death knell for “Old Booze.”
The University of Alabama graduated its first class under the Smith Hughes Act. The Smith-Hughes Act, formally National Vocational Education Act, U.S. legislation, adopted in 1917, provided federal aid to the states for the purpose of promoting pre-collegiate vocational education in agricultural and industrial trades and in home economics.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief McDuff was having the speedometer on his car looked after. The chief said there were too many drivers exceeding the speed limit and that as soon as his speedometer was repaired, he was going to catch a few of them by gauging the speed they were going by his own speedometer.
The largest-ever load of lumber passed through Lock No. 10 on the Warrior River. The steamer Baldwin, Capt. J.E. Baker’s boat, brought a tow of three barges loaded with lumber from Steel’s Bluff and unloaded at Riverview for the Stevens-Daley Lumber Co. The barges contained 350,000 feet of lumber.