News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

Alabama Hosiery Mills announced an expansion in its Decatur plant

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

April 7-13, 1930

Alabama Hosiery Mills announced an expansion in its Decatur plant that would add another 200 to 250 employees. The weekly payroll is estimated to grow to about $5,000, nearly three times the current payroll.

In Athens, the Volunteer Knitting Mills resumed full-time operation, day and night, after a "several months depression when the mill operated only two or three days a week due to scarcity of orders."

J.W. Chambers Lumber Co. of Athens won the contract for the new high school building in Decatur. The contract price is $34,600 and work will begin immediately.

50 Years Ago

April 10-16, 1955

Virginia Ann Lyons, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Lyons, received the first shot of the Salk polio vaccine given in Morgan County from county health officer Dr. L.R. Murphree.

Morgan, Limestone and Cullman counties begin their inoculation projects next week with Lawrence County beginning on April 25. Master Sgt. John W. Hicks and Capt. O.V. Norman of Camp Rucker flew the vaccine on an army plane from Montgomery to Pryor Field. Highway patrol officers escorted the vaccine from the airfield to the Decatur health department.

D.B. Mooneyham says at least 90 percent of Somerville's citizens are pushing to re-incorporate the town. Attorney Albert Brewer is handling the proposal. Residents appointed J.R. Ransom to look into the matter.

Austinville High School's senior class will present a three-act mystery, "Hobgoblin House," on Tuesday night at the school. Players include Jimmy Carter, Louise Hampton, Mary Frances Jones, Doris Puckett, Joe Lee Hamilton, Shelby Johnson, Mary E. Lake, Tommy Hill, Betty Hitt, Thomas Freeze and Charles Brinkley.

Decatur resident Ed Namie, who figures Major League pennant chases and usually comes up with the winners, announced that he figures the Milwaukee Braves to cop honors in the National League, and New York in the American.

Dean Carter won the West Limestone High School beauty contest sponsored by the Beta Club. Sara Camp won second place.

J.C. Stroup, coal dealer, purchased Hartselle Ice Co.

Real estate transactions continue at a brisk pace in and around Athens. Builders are erecting homes in all sections to house former GIs and their families. James Patterson, former Limestonian now living in Akron, Ohio, purchased one acre on the west side of the new U.S. 31 bypass from Dr. I.V. Legg. He expects to build a sporting goods store there. Edward Burgreen started his office building on two acres on the present U.S. 31-72 route, just outside the city limits. He will store equipment used by his Burgreen Construction Co. C. Frank Clift of Madison bought 360 acres one-quarter mile north of the Elk River Mills Road. Ashford Shaw sold Clift the land for $28,000.

Morgan County High School's junior class will perform the play "Junior Prom" in Riddle Auditorium. Actors are Virginia Fitzgerald, Charles Lambert, Jo Beth Shipp, Robert Mayfield, Robert Parker, Ruth Gayle Cost, Johnny Sims, Martha Lee Patterson, Lloyd Spain and Catherine Ann Dunaway.

New Center edged past Austinville 14-11 and Flint bested Mount Zion, last year's league champions, 11-8, in the first games of the Morgan County R.A. Baptist Softball League. J.P. Moore pitched for Mount Zion with Ray Coplon as his battery mate. A homer by Flint's Wendell Motes in the third turned the tide for Flint.

25 Years Ago

April 6-12, 1980

Lawrence County High School's band captured two first place positions and almost own a third first place honor at the Dogwood Festival band competition in Knoxville, said director Freddie Meadows.

Decatur Charity League ladies hardly drew a breath after their art auction and plunged into a fashion show. Parisian's Charlotte Horton coordinated the show. Susan Collier, Laverne Hendee, Carolyn Daniels and Pat Smith hosted the event. Models Van Foote, Mary McQuinn and Jean Pewitt stood out along with Margaret Slayton, Joyce Terry, Nita Frenzel, Ruth Hudson, Mary Sturges, Pat Thublin, Anne Chandler, Karen Duke, Marsha Swiss, Joanne Hastings, Marsha Vordemark, Charlotte White and Janice Howard.

10 Years Ago

March 20-26, 1995

A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday in a shootout with a guard at the Limestone Correctional Facility at Capshaw. Later in the week, another inmate died when he apparently took a forbidden swim in the Tennessee River while working at the Lucy's Branch area.

Austin High School band students Whitney Baker, Heather Martin, Angie Hampton and Robbie Stout are members of the Sousa National High School Honors Band.

Rodney Lemmond will play the title role in Dream Weavers' production of "Hans Christian Anderson." Other actors include Tiara Alexander, Patrick Kicker, Seth McCay, Jessica Wheeler and Cathy Klein.

Decatur's Gary Redus official ended his major-league playing career and took a job as Calhoun Community College's baseball-coach-in-waiting. He will take over the Warhawks' team at the end of this season when Fred Frickie's retirement becomes effective. Frickie started the program in 1966.

Lanny Scoggins, whose wife Cheryl is a Decatur native, is feared dead in the bombed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

DECATUR DAILY reporter Seth Blomeley completed a three-night sentence in the Morgan County Jail. Before leaving office, former Circuit Judge Bennett McRae found Blomeley guilty of contempt of court in December and later fined him $100 and court costs and sentenced him to jail.

— 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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