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Look Back ... to Army surplus for veterans first, 1946

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Representing growth at a modern college, two new halls were to be dedicated on the campus in Jacksonville on this date in 1963, according to this front-page story from Oct. 6.

Oct. 6, 1946, in The Star: Veterans from across the South are expected to converge upon Anniston Ordnance Depot at Bynum tomorrow morning as the sale of $1.8 million worth of goods opens exclusively to this valued group of men and women. Items for sale include everything from oil and grease to welding and soldering equipment to office desks and chairs. The entire week will be devoted to sales to veterans; other groups, such as owners of small businesses, will have their chance on succeeding days. Also this date: Basically outweighed on the line by almost 20 pounds per man, the Oxford football squad was bowled over by Anniston in their night game before 8,000 fans at Memorial Stadium, the final score being 51 to 0, Bulldogs favor. Roy Ford, Ralph Pearson and Gerald Dean were the standouts in the Anniston line as the entire backfield went wild with a running and passing fever. Additionally: All the numbers are in for Anniston High School enrollment this year and a new record has been set: 1,144 students signed up for classes, an increase of more than 200 and unprecedented in the history of the school. To accommodate them, the school has found classroom space in the basement and has added 38 teachers to the faculty.

Oct. 6, 1996, in The Star: Oxfordfest yesterday was a place to see grandmothers selling afghans and food, political candidates vie for votes, knights joust – and “Gilligan” clown for the camera again. Oxford police blocked off an even larger section of downtown Oxford than last year and the crowd of thousands grew on a warm fall day. The longest line of all, usually at least 40 people, snaked across Main Street to see actor Bob Denver – the title character on “Gilligan’s Island” – smile, chat, sign autographs and pose for pictures for hours. Adding even more color to the spectacle were members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, who traipsed around in medieval garb and battled with padded weapons.