News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2005

Cathy D. Wahl

Whippet buyers get 100 gallons of gas

From the archives of THE DECATUR DAILY:

75 Years Ago

April 24-30, 1930

B & S Motor Co. of Decatur announced that it would give 100 gallons of gas to each purchaser of a Whippet, the "world's lowest price sedan."

Central and Riverside high school graduates will wear caps and gowns for the first time, a style that is sweeping the state. School officials say parents prefer the formal wear by six to one.

Eva School reported a record year, with a new $30,000 school building and full senior high school accreditation.

50 Years Ago

April 24-30, 1955

Two children and an elderly couple died when a tornado struck the Cedar Plains area in southwest Morgan County early Sunday morning. Winds shredded buildings and tossed cars and farm equipment, leaving 20 families homeless. Joe Wheeler Electrical Co-op lines sustained some $20,00 worth of damage to electric lines and other property. Hartselle Hospital admitted about 10 people and treated and released another 20.

The tornado completely destroyed Andrews Chapel church but did not touch a piano, a pulpit and an open Bible on the speaker's table. The Bible was opened to Hebrews 10 and 11.

Athens Chamber of Commerce members elected H.E. Bryan president for 1955-56. Bryan manages Athco Inc., a local lingerie plant soon to undergo expansion.

Garrison's Cleaners of Decatur had open house to show a new method of safely finishing all manmade fibers such as Acrilan, Dacron, Orlon and Dynel. Chemstrand Crop. representatives R.J. Wojtowicz, Doyle Nicely, E.J Gernt, J.L. Brownlee, Robert Amsler, P.F. Fitzgerald and Norman Thurnauer visited Garrison's to inspect the process.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, the Decatur club viewed the motion picture "The Great Adventure," depicting the history of the movement.

Adelaide Pepper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pepper of Mooresville, won the grand champion award at the annual Limestone Fat Calf Show with her white face steer from the herd of W.B. Shaw. Inez Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Thomas of Route 3 Athens, won the second highest award with her Angus calf from the herd of Ed Horton Jr. of Greenbrier.

Lawrence County High School FFA officers for 1955-56 are Rayburn Harris, Mike Alexander, Wayman Wallace, Jerry Woodruff, Richard Montgomery and Alton Lang. S.L. Canerday is advisor.

Mrs. Lee Ogle, 511 Cleveland Ave., Austinville, pledged allegiance as a new American citizen during Naturalization Ceremonies in Huntsville. She was the only person from the Orient to become a citizen along with more than 100 German scientists and their families. Mrs. Ogle (whose first name is Tami) and her husband have a son, Thomas Lee, 2 ˝.

Dr. J.Y. Hamil, well-known Decatur physician, died Thursday afternoon after being stricken with a heart attack in a Birmingham café.

25 Years Ago
April 20-26, 1980

E.P. and Lois Childers of Hartselle saw their son, Air Force Capt. Clifton "Sonny Childers," perform in Birmingham on Saturday. The younger Childers, a 1971 graduate of the Air Force Academy, flies second solo position with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

The homes of Ken and Darlene Teter, Rhea Greenwell and Katie and Norman Harris are on display this weekend in the Decatur Women's Chamber of Commerce Spring Pilgrimage of Homes. Laverne Dollahite is tour chairwoman. Co-chairwomen are Betty Dinsmore, Betty Jean Ellis, Sherry Ordway and Olga Barker.

Athens removed its downtown parking meters. The city is selling them for $35 each.

Pam Siegler of Decatur is the first female licensed as a nuclear operator at a TVA nuclear plant.

Hartselle Postmaster Hugh Penn says preservationists will move Lee R. Warthen's Depression-era painting at the Hartselle Post Office now that the old building has been sold. Owned by the Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institute, the painting will probably hang in the town's renovated train depot.

The Bank of Moulton will expand, more than doubling its floor space and adding a new drive-in banking facility on the old Bragg property.

The Morgan County Hospice Board of Directors is looking for money to fund a newly formed organization to provide care for terminally ill patients. Lazelle Henderson is secretary-treasurer of the board.

10 Years Ago

April 23-29, 1995

Decatur has 12 new firefighters who also are certified emergency medical technicians, according to Lt. Meredith Lott, training officer. The 12 are Janice F. Smith, Robert C. Bracken, Glenn W. Johnson, Carlos R. Harraway, Lance H. Millette, Glen R. Hunter, Pamela J. Owen, Craig B. Livingston, Douglas J. Belletete, Timothy L. Bottom, Jerry A. Tapscott and Tosh S. Hawke.

Faye Demastus is volunteer of the year at Austinville Elementary School.

Citizens of North Alabama's best-preserved historic town organized a society to raise funds for preservation and restoration. Organizers include Kathryn Price, Shirley McCrary, Anne Pollard and Jeri McLain.

— 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

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