Play ball

This slender young crew is the softball squad at Jacksonville State Teachers College in 1943, the Eagle Owls. The caption under the photo lists the men and their hometown, revealing that several are from the Calhoun County area.

June 13, 1943, in The Star: The Wellington Home Demonstration Club met with Mrs. J. C. Aerial on Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. T. E. Bryant as co-hostess. After the business meeting, refreshments were served to Mrs. Annis Snoddy, Mrs. Maud Stricklen, Mrs. Luther Browning, Mrs. G. W. Pentecost, Mrs. W. H. Carson, Mrs. J. A. Harvey, Mrs. Etta Hardwick, Mrs. J. L. Slappey, Mrs. A. L. Ferguson, Mrs. T. J. Mooney, Mrs. J. M. Smith, Mrs. Roy Harvey and Mrs. Carl Hathorn.

June 13, 1993, in The Star: Organizers of Anniston’s first Juneteenth Heritage Festival hope to make it an annual event, says Ruby Evans, who’s helping put it together. Mrs. Evans is referring, of course, to the celebration of the anniversary of the time in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned they had legally been free for 30 months. Such celebrations are already held in some other U.S. locations.