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Cathy D. Wahl

27 Confederate veterans will receive vouchers worth $150 per quarter

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

March 31-April 6, 1930

Morgan County Probate Judge M.D. Wiggins says that 27 Confederate veterans will receive vouchers worth $150 per quarter, and 100 Confederate widows will get checks, some as high as $30.

Lucy Haywood Binford is May Queen at Athens College. She chose Margaret Young Wall of Athens as maid of honor. Queen's Court members also included LeRuth Glaze of Athens as junior maid, Barbara Sarver of Athens as junior duchess, Beth Tyler of Decatur as sophomore maid, and Elizabeth Malone of Athens as sophomore duchess.

50 Years Ago

April 3-9, 1955

Carolyn A. Alexander of Massey, Mrs. Paul Hendrix of Hartselle and Allie M. Banks of Decatur claimed their winnings in THE DECATUR DAILY's "Bonanzagram" contest. They'll divide the $100 prize.

Martha Oden, 16, 1602 Locust St. S.E., won first place in the State Diversified Occupation Club essay contest in Tuscaloosa. She entitled her essay "I Am a Window Display."

Massachusetts Governor Herter refused to extradite a convicted Lawrence County murderer who escaped from a high work camp in Decatur in August 1944, and has lived in Massachusetts for 11 years. The court sentenced the man to life imprisonment in 1942.

St. John's Episcopal Church in Decatur will build an $87,000 fireproof parish house with a basement.

Ben Newton, 80, of Austinville is probably the only living person in this part of the country who saw the notorious outlaw Jesse James in his heyday. Newton encountered Jesse at the age of 7, just before Jesse and his brother Frank held up the Muscle Shoals Canal payroll for $8,700.

Robert Mills, owner of Mills Motors, 138 Second Ave. N.E., announced its appointment as a factory-authorized dealer to sell and service Dodge trucks.

Morgan County Probate Judge T.C. Almon announced that Flint City is reinstated with T.V. Day as mayor. G.H. McClellan, R.L. Tapscott, Ben C. Norris, R.L. Schultz and William Robert Grant are aldermen. The area was incorporated on March 14, 1888, but allowed to become dormant about 1910 when U.S. 31 was built through town.

Decatur Plastics and Engineering Inc. purchased a second $23,000 plastic molding machine. Manager M.E. Hickson said that his firm and Decatur Tool and Machine Co. jointly designed a polyethylene water pitcher.

C.B. Goss announced that the new drive-in theater being built just south of Decatur would be named the Bowline Drive-In Theatre.

25 Years Ago

March 30-April 5, 1980

THE DECATUR DAILY recognized 20 leaders age 36 and under who are determining Decatur's future. The list includes Eddie Belew, Bobby Bradford, I.C. "Sonny" Craig, Dan David, Joel Denbo, Tom DiGiulian, Roger Dutton, Ann Gebhart, Judy Gomes, Trudy Grisham, Randy Krafft, Gil Langley, Sandra Locke-Godbey, Tom Shepherd, Steve Shirley, Marshall Smith, Decatur Police Sgt. James Steenson, George Wheelock III, Nancy Worley and Bill Wyker III.

Deer Run, Lawrence County's first golf course, will open May 1, according to Phillip Reich of the Moulton Parks and Recreation golf committee.

Decatur Dixie Girls Softball Association separated from the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department. Its board includes president Eldred Sims; vice presidents Lewis Tapscott, Carol Goforth and Dottie Fuller; secretary-treasurer Gerald Marks; equipment manager Terry Sherer; and Mothers Auxiliary chairwoman Glenda Oakley.

Joe Berry said Hartselle Jaycees will decorate 2,500 eggs from Lacon Farms and hide them in Sparkman Park for the group's annual Easter egg hunt.

In other Jaycee news, Berry and his wife Bertha, David and Lori Nelson, Joe and Sherry Abercrombie, Tim Donahue, Tim Metzgher and Marc Tuttle will attend the April convention in Mobile.

Olympic great Jesse Owens, 66, born in Lawrence County, died in Phoenix.

10 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1995

Thousands of girls, boys, men and women answered a casting call in Huntsville for extras for the movie "Tom Sawyer," which will be filmed in Mooresville with television's Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the lead role.

Peter Clarke ended his 13-year reign managing Monsanto's Decatur plant by moving to a new job in customer service. He transformed an aging, money-losing factory, rumored to be on the shut-down list, into a modern, computerized colossus coming off a record year and strong profits.

— 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

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