News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

Merchants tout spring home repair

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

March 10-16, 1930

With spring-like weather, many local merchants encouraged residents to fix up and redecorate. Joe Brown of Brown's Variety Store suggested wallpaper, available for 4 to 8 cents a roll. L.R. Jacks of Jacks Awning Co. said Decatur has become "awning minded." C.D. Clardy at Twin City Electric Co. said his fixture business is increasing because people are staying home more.

W.B Neher at Alabama Brick & Tile Co. said a large number of homes should be torn down and rebuilt with brick.

The Hollywood Show Boat docked at the Decatur River Landing and presented shows of "high class vaudeville."

The highway between Decatur and the Tri-Cities is rough but passable at all points. Rock fills holes in the road at Fish Pond between Decatur and Courtland.

50 Years Ago

March 13-19, 1955

Morgan County National Bank celebrated its 60th anniversary. E.W. McLeod, president, commemorated the anniversary by giving a silver bowl to young Susan Louis Hoff, great-granddaughter of the banks' co-founders W.A. Bibb and G.A. Hoff.

Frank Price, 17-year-old senior at Decatur High School, built a working model stage for the upcoming regional science fair at Athens College. The model includes miniature furniture and a three-color lighting system.

The Priceville Parent Teacher Association will present a mystery play, "Aunt Susie Shoots the Works." Players include Florence Spanabel, Myria Russell, Mrs. Marvin Skidmore, Mrs. Cecil Turner, Mimi Jones, Mrs. Paul Collier, Mrs. Bob Blackwell, Alex Collier, Hugh Thompson, Thomas Parks and J.C. White Jr. Mrs. Lamar Speaks and Mrs. O.N. Williams direct.

Mary L. Wade, 86, is Somerville's oldest resident. Sylvia Kay Gilchrist is the town's newest resident.

All Decatur firefighter units responded to a fire at Sherrow's Department Store on Second Avenue. E.S. Loyd Jr. spotted smoke pouring from a roof vent and reported the fire, which involved Sherrow's National Credit Clothing Co. and Sears-Roebuck as well as apartments and offices over the stores. C.H. Eyster, Mrs. T.A. Bowles and Mrs. J.L. Gunter own the building.

Dean Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Jones of Decatur, is one of five vocalists to appear on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club in Chicago later this month. One of the five will be chosen to appear regularly on the program.

Employees at two Decatur businesses walked strike lines. Southern Bell Telephone employees Mary McKelvey and Robbie Griggs picketed for their union, the Communications Workers of America. At L&N railroad, non-operating employees belonging to the AFL stayed away in a dispute over a proposed health and welfare plan. Rate clerk John D. Long and depot foreman Robert L. Minor were among those to walk the picket line.

25 Years Ago

March 9-15, 1980

The wets came up dry again as Morgan County voters elected Tuesday by an 11.61 percent margin to keep legal sales of alcoholic beverages out of the county. Decatur voted wet for the first time since Prohibition. The margin was 45 "yes" votes, but the county vote easily cancelled Decatur's.

A 2-cent sales tax for the Morgan County Board of Education passed by an almost 3-2 margin. Lawrence County voters approved a sales-tax increase.

Morgan County Industrial Development Association president Willard Nelson announced that the group appointed Tommy Ed Roberts of Hartselle as executive director.

10 Years Ago

March 12-18, 1995

Premal Vora, a freshman at Hartselle High School, won the state spelling bee for high school students in Montgomery. His older brother, Nirav Vora, won the state competition when he was a freshman at Hartselle. Nirav is now a student at Birmingham-Southern College.

They call him the Two Fister Twister and he's a man to be feared. Twelve-year-old Dondi Garrison of Hartselle will attempt to win his third junior national title in flying control-line model airplanes this summer in Washington.

Compiled by Cathy D. 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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