Bill Stewart’s Column

ALL EYES ON EYESIGHT

August, traditionally the month before school started has been designated as National Eye Exam Month

Jan. 16, 1886–Miss Hattie McDonnell, a beautiful and charming young lady of Danville, with dark hair, tender blue eyes, veiled with long lashes, has been shedding her sweet smiles in our midst today, visiting friends.

June 30, 1896–New interest developed here today in the mobbing of Fred Jansen, the German blacksmith, by Louisville and Nashville railroad shopmen in the Decatur’s on Saturday last, when information reached Morgan County from Nashville that Jansen was there in a hospital under treatment, and will probably lose an eye as a result of his injuries. Supt. Beekert, of the railroad shops, after investigation, discharged three of the guilty parties, two others having voluntarily left.

Aug. 16, 1898–Deputy Sheriff Cross made an important capture this morning in the person of A. L. Larsen, a well-dressed and intelligent white man, whose ostensible business was that of a fisherman, but who has really been industriously broadcasting spurious coin over Morgan County. The coins, mostly quarter dollars, are excellent counterfeits and bear 1896 date. Larson, who is a tall, rather heavy man, with florid complexion, beautiful blue eyes and curly blonde mustache and hair, it is believed, is connected with the notorious Cullman gang of counterfeiters. His fishing business was evidently used only as a blind.

June 20, 1903–A report has reached here of the accidental killing of W. D. Hyatt, a young man of Hanceville. Mr. Hyatt had gone fishing and planned to kill the fish with dynamite. The dynamite, however, exploded prematurely, blowing out both of the unfortunate man’s eyes, tearing off one of his legs, and injuring him so seriously that death resulted.

Jan. 4, 1908–Young Cecil Hartselle, who has been totally blind since his eyes became infected in early infancy, entered the state school for the blind at Talladega today. He is a brilliant young man and is expected to do very well in his studies. (At the commencement exercise in May, 1911, he was valedictorian of his class. In the fall of 1917 he returned to Talladega for a post-graduate course in music and piano tuning.)

April 1, 1908– L. B. Friend, an employee of the Louisville and Nashville railroad shops in New Decatur, may lose his eyesight as a result of an accident. He was using blasting powder to blow bolts out of a locomotive boiler. One of the blasts failed to explode and he attempted to remove the fuse and when he did the blast went off and he was frightfully burned about the face and eyes. He was taken to Birmingham for treatment. There is no treatment available locally for injuries to the eyes.

Feb. 1, 1912—One-eyed men in Alabama having taxable property not exceeding $500 in valuation are exempt from the annual poll tax of $1.50 required in this state, under an opinion just rendered by Attorney General R. C. Brickell.

Jan.18, 1921–In an attempt to arrest John Smart yesterday near Pisgah, on Sand Mountain, Deputy Sheriff Gant was shot in the face and his right eye blown out. Smart made his escape and has not yet been captured.

Aug. 1, 1926–One action is charged to the recent hurricane near here in the bursting of the glass eye of C. E. Lyle, resident of the Fairview section. Birmingham specialists are treating Lyle to prevent infection from the breaking of the artificial member. It is not unusual for glass eyes to burst in chilly, damp weather, it is said.

May 10, 1945–On Friday evening, May 25, the Morgan County High School will graduate its 34th group of seniors. At this time the class will present a brief pageant based on the history of the school, which will serve as a part of their graduation program. As one part of the program, Beth Howell will sing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Jan. 11, 1951–The MCHS spotlight this week was on John Howell. Close observers reported that “just one twinkle of his eyes and the girls drop dead.

 

 

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