Linked to past

A man with ancestral links to the earliest days of Oxford died at his home in Jacksonville on Oct. 3, 1942.

Oct. 4, 1942, in The Star: At the suggestion and under the leadership of their pastor, members of the Gaines Chapel Church, a black congregation in south Anniston, will pick cotton for wages in order to get the crop harvested in a timely fashion. Due to the need for fighting men on land and sea and in the air, and working men in the factories, the cotton crop has been in peril this year for lack of labor to pick it. Some 25 men and women from Gaines Chapel Church will meet tomorrow at Christine and “A” Street and from there they will be taken by farmers to the cotton fields. The Rev. Robert Barfield is pastor at Gaines Chapel. Also this date: Anniston’s new elected leaders will take office tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock when W. S. Coleman, retiring president of the City Commission, administers the oath of office to his successor, J. F. King. Mr. King in turn will then swear in associate commissioners T. Flint Gray and S. F. Street. The new commission’s first regular meeting will be held the next afternoon. Mr. Coleman has served as the city’s chief executive since 1932 when his title was mayor; after the city changed its form of government, he was president of the commission.

Oct. 4, 1992, in The Star: The city of Jacksonville finally has an official city seal. In one of the last actions by the outgoing city administration last week, the City Council approved the visual device. It will eventually appear on all city letterheads and documents. Also this date: A rainy homecoming game yesterday against winless South Carolina ended with Alabama as the natural victor by a score of 48-7. “The best thing about the game was the opportunity to let a lot of people play. It was the first time when everybody we brought was able to play,” said a soaking-wet coach Gene Stallings after the game.