This is not a Texas story, but it could have been…maybe even should have been, but seldom do any of us see a blessing in disaster, do we? That wasn’t the case, however, in the Alabama of the 19 teens.
The boll weevil began making its appearance in Alabama Cotton fields in about 1915 (and, of course, we know what the pest did here in Texas, don’t we?). Within three or four years, Alabama had a complete disaster on its hands. Thankfully, enterprising men saw a chance for peanuts to become the new crop of choice, and financed the first goober planting venture.
In 1919, a local businessman came up with the idea of building a monument dedicated to the fact that adversity had struck, and the people had responded to whip it back. The monument was dedicated in December of 1919 in the Alabama town so aptly named Enterprise in Coffee County.
I don’t much like saying it, but I’m thinking that my fellow Texans and I could all learn a lesson from this story, don’t you?