Thursday, July 19, 2018

Besides Aven's anonymous prostitutes, Buck Bannon, the protagonist of Dougie Bailey's DEVIL MAKE A THIRD, has three sexual partners in the novel: Big Vic, Ivy Longshore and Lota Kyle. These three fictional characters have two counterparts in the life of Dothan's Buck Baker, Bailey's inspiration for his novel's main character. They are the two women who married Baker: Ida Clark in 1898 and Eula Stagg in 1919. How Bailey took the story of the two main women in his uncle's life and turned them into the three fictional characters in his book is presently the target of my research. Somebody out there in CYBERLAND seems to be interested. My DEVIL MAKE A THIRD blog had over 1000 visitors last month and has now totaled almost 26,000 views. Check it out and I'd appreciate any comments or recommendations. The ONLY WAY you can know the STORY OF DOTHAN is to understand DEVIL MAKE A THIRD. "The past is prologue" ~ William Shakespeare (Because Bailey chose to name his novel after a Shakespearean quote, it is entirely appropriate that the ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL should dramatize this ground-breaking novel. I find it ironic that Landmarks Park, located on land once owned by the Baker family, was built by the Landmark Foundation which was founded in 1976 by members of the Southeast Alabama Community Theatre who were concerned about preserving the City Auditorium, built in 1915 during the administration of Mayor Buck Baker.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 from page LX of House Documents, Otherwise Published as Executive Documents, 13th Congress, 2d Session-49th Congress, 1st Session – 1834-35

"Proposals for supplying bricks and lime were advertised for at Mobile, in 1822, and Captain De Russey, in a letter written to the Engineer Department soon after the proposals were received, stated that 'lime at the kiln will be obtained at fifty cents per barrel;' and in a subsequent letter he represented that an arrangement for 4,000 barrels at that price, received at the kiln, had been entered into. With the accounts of the disbursing officers at Mobile, there are vouchers showing that 2,716 barrels were paid for at that price, and 619 barrels at 62 and one half cents; that the rate paid for the transportation of lime from the shell banks was 18 and three quarter cents per barrel ; and that, thereafter, shell lime was manufactured by the United States, and a compensation at the rate of 12 and one half cents per barrel, amounting to several thousand dollars, paid to L. De Vauberay for superintending the making of it. The contents of a barrel appear to have been about 2 and two third bushels, and at 50 cents per barrel, therefore, without any addition for transportation, the bushel would be 18 and three quarter cents; and Lieutenant Ogden's deposition, it will be seen, declares that it was valued at 20 cents. For the other ingredients, sand and water, the estimate in the proposed award makes no allowance, but, with regard to them, observes, that ' the testimony of Colonel Gadsden, Majors De Russey and Fisher, all state they were under foot, and therefore its cost is nothing.' Colonel Gadsden's answer is as follows : 'Sand and water were both on the spot : the digging of the former, and a well to be sunk (not exceeding 15 feet) for the latter, was the only expense to be incurred.' "

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Probably more documentaries have been made about the 1962 ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ than any other event in human history yet the entire story begins in Houston County with the January 17, 1958 robbery of the Bank of Columbia.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Sometimes this computer technology gives you so much access to the past that it's just PLAIN SPOOKY. I've been studying these Yankee raids on the St. Andrews Bay salt works and found that the superintendent of the Confederate government's salt works was named Clendinen and that being a very old Dothan name, I began to look into it. I found Mr. Clendinen mentioned in an issue of the February 4, 1863 TROY MESSENGER. After copying and saving the clipping I decided to go back to that same page of the Troy paper from the Civil War and I found a recruitment article about men being brought into the Confederate service to protect the St. Andrews salt works from the Yankee raids but then over in the lower right corner of that page I noticed where my Great Great Grandfather John Young Register (my full name is Robert Young Register) had posted a Tax Collector's Sale for property he'd condemned for back taxes. Made the hair stand up on my arms.
December 1863 salt works raid on St. Andrews Bay





March 1863 Raid

Grave of a man who may have served during a salt works raid

from a Nantucket history site:
James Folger was born on April 9, 1817; the Barney record notes that he died at sea on April 15, 1863. Accordinly in the May 11, 1863 edition of the Daily National Intelligencer, a Washington, D.C. newspaper, there is a record of the death of a James Folger, Acting Master of the USS Roebuck, who died of a gunshot wound on April 15, 1863. The USS Roebuck was a bark rigged clipper ship that made at least trip around Cape Horn to California as a merchant ship before being purchased by the Navy in1861. She was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off the Carolina coast, and intercepted several smugglers on their way to Confederate ports. On March 20, 1863 a party was sent ashore in the bark's launch to investigate a report that a vessel was loading with cotton nearby; they were ambushed and suffered heavy losses before retreating (from the "US Civil War Navies" website, by Terry Foenander). In all likelihood this is when James Folger was wounded; it would explain why a naval officer died of a gunshot wound, an injury more often associated with soldiers than with naval personnel. 


U.S. Navy Sesquicentennial of Civil War

1886 navigational chart

Marlene Womack 2015

G.M. West's History of St. Andrews

U.S.S. Bohio

U.S.S. Albatross

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Ya know, when it comes to knowing about the Gulf Coast, especially from the State of Mississippi's islands to St. Marks, me and my buddies(especially the crowd who I linked this post to on Facebook) know about as much as ANYBODY! There's one BIG PROBLEM we got with all those trade secrets and all that highly specialized knowledge: WE GITTIN' OLD and our old bodies are givin' out on us and THE LORD'S ABOUT TO CALL US HOME so now's the time to ACT! WE NEED US SOME MEDIA! In the interest of this endeavor I have included a link to some stuff I've written about THE BEACH. The pilot episode for OUR BEACHES could ask a single simple question to our friends and neighbors all along the coast & see what happens..."Follow me to where the sun meets the sea..."

Monday, July 02, 2018

"Hey, like I'm working on this 1948 novel based on Dothan called DEVIL MAKE A THIRD. The title comes from Shakespeare so I think it qualifies to be dramatized by the ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. O.K. so I've 'dissected' the novel I believe the school the protagonist sends his TROPHY WIFE to (circa: 1915 and because of his money, his wife is the ONLY student who is a married woman) in CHAPTER 25 is based upon Brenau.  Anyway, I'm including some quotes from CHAPTER 25 for you and ALL YOUR BRENAU FRIENDS to look at. Even though the time of the action is 1915, the college doesn't want automobiles on campus. I looked up some stuff on student discipline @ Brenau and the #1 expulsion offence was 'NIGHT RIDING.' I'd surely 'preciate any comments or suggestions or ANYTHANG ELSE ya gotta say!Oh yeah, could the road into campus have gone underneath 'a heavy stone arch that was covered with ivy'? BEST! r"


...Buck's clumsy two-seater hack rolled swiftly behind a fast-trotting team of roans, through a heavy stone arch that was covered with ivy. Its rubber-rimmed wheels ground lightly over a driveway that sounded in the dark as if it had been thickly padded throughout most of its curving passage under heavy oak limbs."

"Must have toted pine straw out of the woods," Buck thought as the carriage swept stylishly up in front of a large grey-stone building whose white-pillared porch jutted like a firm chin onto a lawn that was still green and thick. The carriage tilted far over when Buck stepped out on the narrow iron footrest and its springs creaked as if they'd never been greased.

(clipping from the July 7, 1920 MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER)

Monday, June 25, 2018

O.K. My working title is "WORK HARD!" ~ A STORY OF SOUTHERN FOOTBALL IN THE SIXTIES. My main characters live in the fictional Southern town of TUSTENUGGEE and are associated with the TUSTEHATCHEE STATE athletic department. I plan on modelling my characters upon Namath, Coach Bryant, Cuz Hartley, Jimmy Hinton, Frank Rose and Bert Bank. I plan on modeling the settings for my dramatizations upon a downtown Tuscaloosa office, the Stafford Hotel, Indian Hills Country Club, Tuscaloosa Country Club and the Holiday Inn north. I plan on avoiding virtually all signs of "family life" in any of my characters, including the students I describe at Tustehatchee State. I'm now in the process of DIGGING DIRT and I'd showl 'preciate your help. I can promise you FREE BEER ON DAUPHIN ISLAND. Best, reg

Joe Namath handing off to Mal Moore. Don't know who the others are. (from a Facebook post by DAVE DEXTER~ " Having looked at a 1962 football program, the players are as follows: Jack Hurlburt (#16), Carlton Rankin (#17) and I am pretty sure that the player behind Namath is Buddy French."