Oct. 19, 1941, in The Star: The Oxford Yellow Jackets ran over a weak Heflin football team Friday afternoon in Heflin, scoring four touchdowns to win 24-0. Avery Pike, who sparked the Jacket attack throughout the game, made both of Oxford’s first-quarter touchdowns. After receiving a pass on his own 35-yard line from Stinson, Pike got by a couple of defensive backs on his way to a 65-yard run. In college football action yesterday, Vanderbilt beat Georgia 14-7 and Alabama defeated Tennessee in Knoxville 9-2. Also this date: “Anniston city schools’ boys and girls are putting forth their best foot in order to do their part in the defense program,” Miss Josephine Ledbetter tells us in an article about their work. “These young people are showing their willingness and their unselfishness through the volunteer work they are doing as members of the American Junior Red Cross. In fact, the spirit of the students in this volunteer activity is reflecting many ways in which democracy and the spirit of brotherly love really work.” For example, senior high school girls are making baby quilts and hemming towels, while boys and girls in elementary schools are filling gift boxes to be sent to England and South America.
Oct. 19 (the date in print today is typo'd as '18'), 1991, in The Star: Late in life, Sherman Harper had one last goal to reach: He wanted to preach until he physically could preach no more. On Sept. 8, after 32 years at the helm of Saks Baptist Church, he ordained his son Daniel to replace him. Rev. Harper never returned to his pulpit. A short time later, he was hospitalized. He died yesterday morning from cancer at age 73. Rev. Harper’s outspokenness was widely known through both his pulpit and his TV and radio programs, as he often condemned various social and moral ills. Rev. Harper, said Eddie Greenwood, a member of his church, “always gave to you more than you’d ever ask from him. You could learn more from being around him five minutes than you could by listening to some preachers for thirty minutes.’’ Also this date: The Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board has taken the first step to make improvements needed at its Coldwater Springs plant. The board approved a $196,000 contract with Paul Krebs and Associates recently to provide engineering design on the project. To meet new guidelines for drinking water, the board must build a new contact basin for adding chlorine to the water. The project also involves minor improvements to the spring impoundment to keep surface water out of the water supply, and changes in the chlorination process.