Files from Yesteryear: 1959


From the Files of 1959:

Miss James Dies

Funeral services were held on November 11th at the Moss Service Chapel for Miss Alice James, 79, of Cullman, who died in Tuscaloosa on October 30th.

Reverend J.B. Lane conducted the services and Moss Service directed interment in City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank James, Preston James, Morris James, Grady Smith, Ralph Oaks and Martin H. Holcomb.

Surviving are one brother, W.E. James, of Cullman; two sisters, Mrs. S.C. Sloan and Mrs. Hattie Mae Ballenger, both of Birmingham and eleven nieces and nephews.

Miss James taught school in Cullman and Blount County.

Crumbley Rites Held

Mrs. Tansy Crumbley, 37, died on October 29th at Cullman Hospital and funeral services were held at Roswell, in Blount County, on October 31st with the Reverend George Helms officiating and Moss Service directing interment.

Survivors include: her husband, W.J. Crumbley; two sons, James R. and Dannie R.; one daughter, Brenda Joyce; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Powell; four sisters and three brothers.

Texas Rancher, 92, Wins Bride In City

A 92-year-old rancher from Lomita, Texas, is honeymooning with his 75-year-old Santa Barbara bride.

George Ashwander and the former Mrs. Alice Helene Simpson, of 2679 Puesta del Sol Road, were married at 3:30 p.m., yesterday in the First Methodist Church by the pastor, the Reverend Frank Matthews. Their only attendant was a friend of the bride, Kathryn Martin, also of Puesta del Sol Road.

Friends said that Mrs. Simpson is a former Army nurse and has served in hospitals around the world. For seven years she operated a hotel in the Philippines.

The above is a clipping from a Santa Barbara, California, newspaper sent by the bridegroom to his brother, John Ashwander, of Hanceville.

The bridegroom was reared at Hanceville and resided there a great deal of his adult life.

A local Hanceville resident quipped, “The Ashwanders are from Switzerland and are the best time keepers in the world. Old George will probably outlive his young bride.”

Burns Fatal To Woman

Mrs. J.E. Pruitt, 57, died around midnight on Monday, the victim of burns from her ankles to her head.

The accident, which caused her death, occurred at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, while she and her 90-year-old husband were attempting to improvise a gasoline lantern, after they had exhausted their supply of kerosene.

The Pruitts lived in a remote corner of Cullman County, a considerable distance from their nearest neighbors. Only a path leads from the Pruitts house to the nearest road.

Coroner J. Grady Moss said that Mr. Pruitt told him that he tried to ease the pain of his wife’s burns for five hours, after the accident until she died. He applied some homemade salve to her body.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pruitt were held at Bell Springs on November 4th with Moss Service directing interment.

Surviving are her husband and four sisters.


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