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Mary Lott

Annual election of officers

75 Years Ago

June 14-17, 1930

At the annual election of officers for Mizpah Chapter No. 19 Order of Easter Star on Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, the following were elected to serve the chapter for the ensuing year: Fanny McKoin, worthy matron; Barnes R. Doss, worthy patron; Molly Ross, associate matron; Mrs. Hodges Crow, associate patron; Mrs. L.W. Warner, secretary; Dolly M. Porter, treasurer; Mrs. C.F. Uptain, conductress; Mrs. Herbert Hauk, associate conductress.

J. Marvin Kelly, well-known young Hartselle attorney, was the principal speaker at the meeting of the Decatur Pilot Club. Kelley discussed the work of civic organizations and pointed out the developments and progress, which have come through the efforts of these groups.

50 Years Ago

June 12-17, 1955

New Cotillion members are Gerry Sively, Jo Ann Short, Mona Ray Kelly, Ann Morton, Mary Ann Russell, Joan Hoppenjans, Carolyn Wyatt, Marjorie Spencer, Beverly Smith, Marguerite Livingston, Betty Edgil, Sandra Neher and Nancy Clare Malone.

First Decatur Scouts to leave for Boy Scout Camp Westmoreland, near Florence, are Explorer Patrol Post 19. They are Mike McCoy, Larry McRae, Joel Goree, Carlisle Berry, Ed Price, Frank Wilson, Ed Cornell, Larry Durham, Tom Guyton, Sammy Wright, Sammy Timberlake, and Julian Harris.

New officers of the Decatur Lions Club were installed at a recent meeting by Ben Britnell, governor of District 34-A. Officers for the ensuing year are R. B. Freeman, Ben Williamson, Ed Frazier, Dr. Allen Rooks, William S. Day, William G. Stone, R. L. Mac Gregor and Hulond Ryan, directors; James Edwards, treasurer; Leroy McEntire Jr., president; Tim Lyons, second vice president; J.C. Howell, tail twister; Russell Humphrey, secretary; U.H. Hassell, Lion tamer; and James Roberts, third vice president.

25 Years Ago

June 8-13, 1980

Three Cuban refugees who came to the United States on the freedom flotilla are in Decatur to visit relatives who live here. Flor de los Rios who has lived in Cuba most of her life, brought with her from Cuba three of her grandsons. Rios is visiting her daughter, Norma McNutt, and granddaughter, Tracy Lee, who live in Southeast Decatur.

A check for $1000 was donated to the American Heart Association by Thomas E. Rogers and Tokey Walker in memory of Sue McCord, a local woman who died recently of heart disease.

John Gratwick, a Decatur High School graduate, has signed a grant-in-aid with Calhoun Community College and will don the blue and white of Mike Sharman's tennis team next season.

Gratwick played four years for the Red Raiders and saw two of his teams make the state tournament.

Former Decatur resident, Jeanie Thompson Weaver, has been granted a $5,000 fellowship from Louisiana State Arts Council Artists' Fellowship in Literature, for her poetry.

She was judged on three poems she wrote, "The Black Venus," "Marie Laurencin's Portrait of Apollinaire" and "Midnight Swim: For Marilyn Monroe."

Wildlife officers captured two alligators during the first round-up Tuesday night on the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

The hunt was "uneventful and was real pleasant," said wildlife official Don Pfitzer, who caught one of the two alligators.

Refuge Manager Tom Atkeson said that one of the amphibians was about 4 feet long and the other one would have measured about 5 feet, but was missing part of its tail.

The Decatur Planning Commission did its part by approving Holiday Inn's request to vacate a portion of Well Street NE to permit a planned 150-room expansion.

Rebecca Williams of Decatur and Tim Parker of Cullman were among students honored during a recent School of Business Awards ceremony at Samford University. Williams received a $200 School of Business Alumni Council Scholarship, given in recognition of a student's potential as indicated by his or her academic record.

Parker received an award as the outstanding accounting student.

Ron Hallman, a sophomore English major at Berea College, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Hallman of Decatur, has been tapped for membership in Alpha Psi Omega national dramatics honor society.

Mrs. Noel Callahan of Decatur, historian of the Garden Club of Alabama Inc., is participating in the 48th annual convention at Auburn University.

Dr. Frances P. Moss, head of the Department of Music at Calhoun Community College, presented a certificate to Dr. James K. Simpson, head of the Department of Music at the University of North Alabama. Dr. Simpson, clarinetist, performed at the annual Series of Recitals presented by Calhoun. The series features accomplished artists who have distinguished themselves professionally.

Eloise Livingston presented a $300 scholarship check to Karen Crane. The chairman of the scholarship fund of the MU chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presented the check in memory of Pauline Yates, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

The robot of "Mark Twain" was introduced to Dorothy Schwuchow, a member of the 1st Southern Federal Savings and Loan Association advisory board, by Bill Persons, manager of the Decatur office.

This Mark Twain is a computerized robot in the lobby of 1st Southern Federal Savings and Loan Association at 402 E. Moulton St. The robot "explains" the merger of the former Fidelity Federal in Decatur with 1st Southern Federal.

10 Years Ago

June 12-17, 1995

Hartselle students and youngsters in the city league get a soccer field.

The city gets money to build the field on vacant city land near the Sparkman Civic Center.

The agreement was struck Monday night at a meeting between the Board of Education, the Parks and Recreation Board and the City Council.

Many students' work grabbed the Viewer's Choice Awards at the Decatur Art Guild's recent student art show.

Lee McCravy, second grader at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle, won a $25 gift certificate to Grisham-Cornell Gallery. Meagan Stowe, a sixth grader at Cornerstone Christian School, of Decatur won a $15 certificate to Country Cabin. West Morgan High School eighth-grader Chris Ledlow of Trinity, won a certificate to Vantage Pointe Gallery.

Jean Hunter of the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts board of director happily received a $5,000 check to sponsor a Broadway touring company production of "She Loves Me!" during the Princess' next professional season.

The Decatur Pilot Club recently celebrated the beginning of the 1995-96 club year.

Installed were Katie Worthy, president; Ozella Stewart, president-elect; Roberta Gray, secretary; Kay Chandler, treasurer; and Faye Chamlies, Judy Livingston and Evelyn Earwood, directors.

Lila Counter was recently honored by her P.E.O. Chapter U sisters for more than 60 years as a sorority member.

A recent meeting was a signature event for the American Heart Association's Morgan County chapter.

Art for Heart proved a successful fund-raiser, and not just in money. Lots of homes are now graced with notable works by local artists, and lots of good feelings are left from the socializing that took place.

The event also pushed the local society's collections up over the $78,000 goal.

Britt and Susan Sexton had the event at their Horsetree Place Southeast home. Local and locally connected artists were asked to display their work and 44 pieces were shown at the event.

Judy Norgord says the organizers were so pleased they plan to make Art for Heart an annual event.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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