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Cathy D. Wahl

'Pigpen party' results in 11 arrests

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

Jan. 13-19, 1930

Officers busted up a "pigpen party" at Trinity and arrested 11 offenders for illegal gaming. Morgan County sheriff's deputies found the 11 happily engaged in the pastime of shooting craps in a torch-lighted pigpen.

Decatur police charged another 16 people with gaming. They arrested one person for "keeping late hours."

Authorities served Kate Lackner and Josephine Lyons with a temporary injunction enjoining them from maintaining a "nuisance" in the Lackner residence on Bank Street. Solicitor Wade Wright said the circuit court action occurred because of complaints that the defendants were maintaining a nuisance in the two-story frame house at 110 Bank St.

The Lawrence County Democratic Committee unanimously voted to uphold the action of the state Democratic committee in barring from candidacy those who actively opposed the Democratic nominee for president in 1928. Lawrence County committee members include Rush Martin of Mount Hope, S.O. Hardin of Hillsboro, J.F. Rebman of Courtland, R.B. Preuitt of Town Creek, Roy Graham of Mountain Home, Albert Speake of Oakville, J.N. Sheats of Union Hill, Emmet Byars of Moulton and Milton Little of Hatton.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 16-22, 1955

James E. Folsom took office as Alabama's governor, his second but not consecutive term. Glenda McRae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Knox McRae, represented Morgan County on the county's parade float. Sim Howell was float chairman, while Melvin Dawkins is general parade chairman.

Four majorettes led the 31-member band from the new Lakeside High School, who marched in their brand-new black and gold uniforms. Francis Ethridge directed the band. Chaperones included Principal and Mrs. Sheffield, Emma Kate Gray, Clotelia Harris and Lillie Matthews. Morgan County and Decatur high schools also sent their bands.

Local officials also took office during the week. Judge D.L. Rosenau Jr. swore in Limestone County Sheriff Clyde W. Ennis along with deputies Dennis W. Brown, Terry Bottom, Clifford C. Davis and E.D. Seamans. James W. Woodroof is the new Limestone County solicitor, and Martin W. "Buddy" Evans is the county's new coroner.

Jimmie Collier is Morgan County's new sheriff.

Area residents awoke to find a light blanket of show covering the ground, rooftops and automobiles. It is the first snowfall this year to "stick."

25 Years Ago

Jan. 13-19, 1980

Athens High School students will play in the 3A classification instead of the 4A schedule they've played the last four years. Head football coach Ronnie Phillips said a computer error caused the Alabama High School Athletic Association to classify the 700-student school with schools of 1,300 to 1,500 students.

Terri Warner, a seventh-grader at Oak Park Middle School, is Little Miss Pop Warner for Alabama.

Charlie Mitchell owns Mitchell Service Station on Moulton Street, the first station in Decatur to offer gasohol. Gasohol mixes regular gasoline and alcohol. At $1.18 per gallon, it is slightly higher than regular gasoline.

Allyson Bills reigned as queen over homecoming festivities at Grace Baptist High School. Her attendants included Deborah Freeman, Paige Key, Debbie Sullivan, Beth Bills, Lisa King, Marina Griffin, Julie Matthews, Valerie Curbow, Wendy Sandlin, Christina Ellis, Kathy Gatlin, Margaret Hoskins and Blythe Orr.

The Alabama Star, a new riverboat, will offer dinner cruises and afternoon excursions from Huntsville's Ditto Landing. Decatur investors Clete Quick, Ronald Mixon, Jack Morris and Rodger Shabel own the boat, which is being built in Chattanooga.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 15-21, 1995

Richard Lee, Jerry and Cindy Evans, Ed Monroe of Hartselle and the Austin High School marching band are among the local people attending the inauguration of Fob James for his second term as Alabama governor.

Decatur's first Martin Luther King Jr. parade proceeded on schedule with a few scattered crowds. Later, the action moved to Austin High School, where Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford praised Decatur's progress in race relations.

— Compiled by Cathy Wahl

Geraldine Taylor and Maxine Shine modeled Lakeside High School's new band uniforms in a photo in the Jan. 20, 1955, edition of THE DECATUR DAILY. Do you have a copy of that photo? Please share it by contacting the Living Today department at 353-4612, Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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