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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Night prices of the Ritz Theatre of Athens is 40 cents for adults

75 Years Ago

May 28-June 2, 1930

Night prices of the Ritz Theatre of Athens, which opens today with "On With The Show," is 40 cents for adults. Afternoon prices are 30 cents for cents and 10 cents for children.

The Ritz has all-talkie and Western Electric equipment installed and ready for the formal opening.

A large crowd of Decatur singers will go to Eva to attend the annual sing at Eva High School. Elaborate preparations have been made for the event by the people of Eva.

A delightful social hour was enjoyed following the regular meeting of the Bessie Rebekah Lodge No. 61. A string band composed of Lyle Delmore accompanied by Sarah English on the piano rendered delightful music. Comedians J.W. Phillips, L.B. Friend and H.M. Johnson kept the crowd laughing during the event and refreshments were served before they returned to their homes.

50 Years Ago

May 28-June 2, 1955

Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson will present a certificate of appreciation from his department to Seabel Smith of Athens for "superior service" she has rendered the Farmers Home Administration and its clients. The presentation will take place in Washington, D.C.. Smith will receive a cash award from the national headquarters of the FHA.

She was nominated by fellow workers and is the fourth Alabama employee and the first woman to win the coveted certificate from the secretary of agriculture.

Annual presentation of the American Legion Good Citizenship medals was made to two ninth-graders at Decatur High School by Tom Harvey, commander. Mary Frances Garnett and Jim Marshall were chosen for the awards by points accumulated throughout the school year.

Melvin K. Kilpatrick, Paul H. Darmer, Buster Q. Cowan,
Harry F. Brunner and Roy A. Dodd received promotions to higher positions with the Chemstrand Corp. in Decatur.

Winners of Morgan Home Demonstration are Mrs. Philip Walters of Union Hill Home Demonstration Club, winner of the special division, and Mrs. J.M. Chunn of Valhermoso Springs Demonstration Club, winner of the sports division. Winner of 4-H Dress Revue for 1955 is Martha Collier. Collier is a member of the Priceville 4-H Club and has been county winner for the past four years.

Aubrey Fuller, Decatur High School student council sponsor, and W.H. Jenkins, principal, presented student council awards to a boy and girl for the 7th and 8th grades. Recipients were Larry Durham, Cecelia Smith, Judy Peebles and Ben Lee Damsky. Students were chosen on basis of points earned through school activities such as grades, attendance, etc., throughout the year.

David Milton Peek of Decatur was among winning exhibitors at the annual Tennessee Valley Horse Show at Legion Field.

What is promised to be the largest cake ever displayed in Alabama will be shared by member families of First Christian Church at a fellowship dinner following the morning service.

The cake, in which every family in the congregation will have a part, will signify the 125th birthday of the church.

Mrs. V.L. Deese was elected president of the Women's Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon meeting at the Lyons Hotel.

Officers are Mrs. I.B. Schmidt, first vice president; Mrs. L.R. Nash, second vice president; Mrs. Joe Corbin, recording secretary; Mrs. Frank Soday, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Carl Hoyer, treasurer; and Mrs. T.J. Cottingham, installing officer.

25 Years Ago

May 23-27, 1980

The River City Kiwanis Club and the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department received a check from the Hershey's foundation to pay the transportation costs for participants who will compete in the state meet of Hershey's national youth track and field program.

Fifth-grade graduates of Walter Jackson Elementary School attended a sock hop in the teen room at Burningtree Country Club. Hosts and hostesses were Brent Warner, Lori Sturges, Jennie Ridella, Evans Dunn and Kevin Sprague.

New officers of Parents and Children Together Inc., are Marilyn Harris, vice president; Susan Horton, president; Yvonne Hogland, secretary; and Bayne Vaughan Jr., treasurer.

Margaret Vann, director of special education for the Decatur City Schools, received two $500 checks from Marsha Swiss, president of Decatur Charity League, and Jo Ann DiFlora, treasurer.

DiFlora and Swiss also presented a $500 check for renovation of the Princess Theatre to Barrett Shelton Jr., one of the co-chairmen of Operation Better Decatur.

Andrea Thrasher, a 15-year-old Decatur girl turned in a painting of a bull done in human blood for a high school Spanish project.

"We had to make something that related to Spain," the Austin High School sophomore said. "And bullfighting relates to Spain."

The bull in the painting is copied from a picture in a book. The processed blood was obtained from a local hospital, which planned to discard it.

The practice of painting in blood was not unique to Thrasher. She took the idea from American artist John Fulton, who has been a bullfighter. After killing a bull, Fulton would paint a picture in blood.

Thrasher and her family had lived in Spain for three years and attended bullfights, but she was too young to remember.

She received an A and her project attracted a lot of attention.

10 Years Ago

May 27-31, 1995

Five Decatur teams were among 5,000 students from the United States and 14 foreign counties that competed Wednesday through Saturday in the 1995 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Creative problem solving and on-the-spot thinking skills are tested by the OM program.

The team from Austin High School finished 10th out of 58 teams in Vaudeville, Division III.

Gordon-Bibb Elementary School finished 23rd out of 57 teams in the Scientific Safari, Division I and Decatur High School was 27th out 47 teams in Scientific Safari.

Marcus Jones of Hillsboro has been awarded a Leadership Scholarship to Northwest Shoals Community College.

Tiffany Mann of Decatur was selected as a senator from the College of Engineering in Auburn University's Student Government Association Senate.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THE DAILY welcomes the use of photos for this column. Photos are returned after publication. Call Mary Lott at 340-2449 for more information.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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