VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Cathy D. Wahl
Virginia Prince Calvin was crowned 'Queen of Decatur'
75 Years Ago
May 15-21, 1930
Virginia Prince Calvin was crowned “Queen of Decatur” in a popularity contest sponsored by Decatur Pilot Club.
Decatur residents were asking Mother Nature to “turn off the water.” April showers arrived a month late and inundated the Tennessee Valley. Not a drop of rain fell the month before, but come May, storms raked the region. Farmers complained that weeds were outgrowing their cotton. Heavy rains fell during the latter part of the week, flooding streams and reducing many roads to mud. Several feet of water covered crops in Falkville.
An amateur baseball league was in the works for the region. Thirty-five representatives from seven cities — Cullman, Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, Rogersville, Town Creek and Haleyville — attended an organizational meeting.
A member of the editorial staff of the New York World visited his hometown. William Haggard grew up in Athens. After work on the Nashville Banner and Birmingham Age-Herald, he went to New York City, “having done well in a metropolitan city.”
50 Years Ago
May 15-21, 1955
Pfc. Buel F. Hanners of Hartselle graduated from Field Radio Repair Course, one of many courses offered at The Southeastern Signal School in Camp Jordan, Ga.
Dr. Charles E. Matthews, professor of romance languages at Athens College, was honored in Testimonial Convocation. He retired from the college after a long successful career as a language teacher, which included 12 years at Princeton University, 17 years at Louisiana State University and two years at Sweetbriar College in Virginia. He joined the faculty of Athens College in 1947.
Morgan County High School juniors Ike Groover and Robert Parker represented their school at Boys’ State at The University of Alabama. Groover was sponsored by Hartselle American Legion Post 52 and Parker by Kiwanis Club.
Ralph Agee, who had been a partner with R.T. McWhorter since March 1, 1945, in Quality Model Laundry and Dry Cleaners of Decatur and A&M Laundry of Fayette, became sole owner of the two plants.
Construction began on a $150,000 expansion on Hartselle city water system. An additional line from the water supply and the replacement of 2- or 4-inch pipes with 6- and 8-inch pipes.
The senior class of Decatur High School presented “Sleeping of Loreland.” The cast was Joan Hoppenjans, Beauty; Joanna Short, Sunlight Fairy; Linda Smith, Black Fairy; Ann Morton, Nanny the nurse; Barbara McGlawn, queen; Leo Wright, king; Neal Parker, butler; Charles Doss, Rubert the spoiled boy. Fairies were Betty Ball, Peggy Allen, Martha Garnett, Marjorie Spencer, Mary Norma Winton, Bobbie Selbert and Carolyn Wyatt.
Delores Culbreath is valedictorian and Jean Grantland is salutatorian at Union Hill High School.
The Decatur Rotary Club witnessed a program of rhythms and song presented by Stacey Wear’s third-grade class at Gordon-Bibb School. The rhythm band presented several selections . It was directed by Mary Anne Barran and accompanied by Helen Cortner; music supervisor.
Members of Decatur Kiwanis Club celebrate the 40th anniversary of the organization.
Some 50 seniors of Morgan County High School left Thursday for Washington D.C. Accompanying the seniors were Raymond Screws, assistant principal, Lizzie Reed Penn, Beulah Hester and faculty sponsors Mrs. E.R. Roberts and Mrs. Comer Hammitt.
Martha Collier, a member of the 1955 graduating class of Priceville High School, is the first recipient of a $100 scholarship to Judson College given by the Morgan County Judson Alumnae Association.
25 Years Ago
May 11-16, 1980
Katie Lovelace, office manager of Conagra Inc., was presented the American Business Women’s Association 1980 Boss of the Year plaque by Morgan County Probate Judge Bobby Day.
Sam Timberlake, a Decatur native, was professional guest soloist with the University of North Alabama’s 70-voice Collegiate Singers during a concert. A baritone, Timberlake has recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and toured with the New Orleans Symphony Orchetra as a featured soloist.
Seniors from Austin High School took top honors in the comprehensive competition at the 18th annual mathematics contests at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Richard Borie and Brad Long tied for first place and David Hovey was third.
Winners in Decatur Country Club’s annual Banks-Wyker golf tournament were medallist Elmer Vaughn, Bill Wyker, low net winner Betty Dinsmore, second place finisher Evelyn Justin, low putter Helen White and third place finisher Cara Law Street.
10 Years Ago
May 14-19, 1995
Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp. will spend about $75,000 a year on new economic development and about $25,000 on scholarships funded with revenue from a garbage billing contract.
The Decatur Elks Lodge No. 655 recognized Faye Claybough as the “Mother of the Year.”
The Calhoun Twisters are traveling to England for education and competition. Members are Pamela Whisenant, Lauren Pruitt, Katie Wiley, Emily Looney, Jennifer DiOrio and Sarah Rowe.
Chad Williams won a $1,000 Wal-Mart scholarship during a senior honors ceremony at Austin High School.
Winners of the annual Decatur Music Club scholarships performed in recital for members of the club. Winners are Lauren Britnell, first place, junior piano; Carolyn Lawton, second place, junior piano; Brandy Smith, winner, senior piano; Blake Gosnell, second place, senior piano; Jason Sanders, first place, brass; Garrett Smith, first place, strings; and Jonathan Ford, second place, brass.
— Compiled by Mary Lott
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