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Cathy D. Wahl

14 degrees 75 years ago today

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1930

A temperature of 14 degrees greeted the area the morning of Jan. 30, 1930. More sleet and snow have fallen this winter in Morgan County since the "memorable winter" of 1918. Clyde McEntire, however, declared it already warm enough for snakes to crawl. The well-known planter who resides on the Courtland Pike said he ran over a snake on his way to Decatur.

A group of Trinity residents digging in a cave in the area found a human skeleton underneath a huge rock. Older residents said the rock had been in place for the past 30 years. They theorized that an unfortunate pioneer must have been exploring the cave when the huge boulder fell on him.

Guy Brown, first cousin of the famous Johnny Mack Brown, moved to Decatur with his family, entered Central High school and joined the basketball team. Local cage coaches were impressed with his speed and ability to take the ball away from his opponents.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 1955

Dr. Arthur B. Beindorff will direct Alabama's first regional science fair, set for April 1 and 2 at Athens College. Dr. Madison L. Marshall, also of the Chemstrand Crop., is state science fair chairman.

Practically all the residents of Lester in Limestone County are direct relatives of Mrs. M.E. Jackson, 87.

Albert Melton is Decatur's new superintendent of city parks and recreation.

The Athens High School senior Eagles downed Ardmore 64-57. Ardmore's Glenn Clem pumped in 30 points before he fouled out midway in the fourth quarter. Athens' Orr added 27 points to the score, with Bolton pouring in 17.

Betty Sue Crow, 18-year-old Decatur High School senior, won a $1,000 scholarship in the second Lion Oil Scholarship Fund essay contest. Teacher Mabel Poer sponsored her in the contest.

The Alabama State Senate confirmed the election of John A. Caddell, 2000 Somerville Road S.E., to The University of Alabama's board of trustees.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1980

Doyle Carson, 57, who owns Carson Implement Co., is the new president of the Moulton-Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Roger Weatherwax is outgoing president. Other officers are Mike Praytor and Bob Quinn, Rodger Nix and James Johnson.

WAJF radio music director George "Cardboard" Carden and disc jockey Dave Hargrove cut an anti-disco novelty record called "Cardboard's Delight."

Forecasters predicted a low of 10 degrees this week, with heavy electricity demand from 7 to 8 in the mornings.

David L. Lee, 30, manager of the District Claims Center Unemployment Agency, is Decatur's Outstanding Young Man. The Decatur Jaycees named Lee, a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, at their Distinguished Service Awards and Bosses Banquet.

Bob Crone Jr., plant manager at Monsanto Textiles, is the outstanding boss of the year. Marlene Clemons is Outstanding Young Educator; Jack Honea, Outstanding Young Religious Leader; Kermit Robbins, Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer; and Bobby Bradford, Outstanding Young Farmer.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 1995

Limestone County native Jake Hess landed a spot in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Hess won the John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award, named for the Alabama native who invented magnetic tape for recording. Hess won admiration from Elvis Presley and Hank Williams for his gospel music and sang at both their funerals.

Vicki Toney, Athens' new recycling program director, plans a door-to-door promotion campaign and school education programs to encourage more residents to recycle.

Speake High School authorities suspended 14 eighth-graders for drinking and smoking in a physical education class. Principal Charles Garner said the suspensions mark an "all-time high" at the 535-student school.

— Compiled by Cathy Wahl

THE DECATUR DAILY welcomes the loan of any photos depicting people, places and events from Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties for each Sunday's "Valley of Years Past" column. Photos will be returned.

Contact the Living Today department at 353-4612, or Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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