VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Sweltering temperatures keep ice plants busy
75 Years Ago
June 18-23, 1930
A week-long heat wave blasted Alabama, setting records and smothering the Tennessee Valley and the rest of the state. Highs of 101 were recorded on June 23.
Ice companies were delighted with the weather, as were stores with electric fan supplies. A run on fans cleaned out some stores' stock.
Unemployment was extremely low in Morgan County for the early summer. Only 21 people were reported without a job, able to work and looking for a job.
A cartoonist of international fame was visiting Athens.
Charles H. Sykes of the Philadelphia Public Ledger was an Athens native who got his start with a baseball cartoon, which appeared in an Athens newspaper. The cartoon brought him an offer from the Nashville Banner, and from there he went to Philadelphia. His cartoons had been reproduced in publications worldwide.
If dairyman C.C. Glenn had owned a crown, he probably would gladly have placed it on the head of his dog, Queen.
Glenn and Queen were in a dairy pasture west of Decatur when suddenly a bull attacked, pawing Glenn and dragging him 30 feet. The dog, 100 yards away, heard her master's cries, wheeled around and made a dash for the bull with fangs bared. The bull became frightened and ran, Queen in pursuit.
The attack left Glenn with bruises and cuts on his head and legs but with no serious injuries.
Queen, meanwhile, had her pick of edibles and "occupied a position befitting a princess" at the Glenn home.
Decatur's first woman lawyer filed her first suit in Morgan County Circuit Court. Mary Louise Chenault had just been admitted to the bar following graduation in the class of 1930 from The University of Alabama.
50 Years Ago
June 18-24, 1955
The 1955 Alabama Girls State broke up after a six-day study in citizenship climaxed with the awarding of medals to nine outstanding delegates.
One of the medals went to Elizabeth Sivley of Decatur.
William F. Sittason was appointed purchasing expediter for The Chemstrand Corp. Norman C. Stiles, general purchasing agent, announced the decision. Prior to joining Chemstrand, Sittason was associated with Speake, Warren & Ratliff in Decatur. He has also worked for Firestone and Wilder's Inc., in Decatur. In his new position, he will be in charge of all expediting matters at the Decatur location.
Carrie Jane Standridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Standridge of Hartselle is completing her Air Force basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, the "Gateway to the Air Force." Her basic military training is preparing her for entrance into Air Force technical training and for assignment in specialized work.
Officers for the newly chartered Epsilon Sigma Alpha, international, culture, social and service sorority are: Mrs. W.K. Martin, president; Mrs. H.F. Mahoney, first vice president; and Mrs. Avery Roberts, second vice president.
25 Years Ago
June 14-21, 1980
Children who attended day camp at Point Mallard participated in '50s Day. The boys were dressed like miniature Fonzies or John Travoltas, complete with greased-back hair, white T-shirts, jeans and leather jackets.
Some of the girls were wearing full skirts and others sported rolled-up jeans. Most had ponytailed hair and some had bright lipstick and blush smudged on their freckled faces.
The youngsters played games, had a cookout and gave it the old one-two in a dance contest.
Joe Smith boogied down in the Elvis-style dance he performed to win first-place in a dance contest. Heather and Laurie MacArthur, a sister and sister team, were other winners.
Four DECATUR DAILY staff members won awards in the Associated Press news competition. Receiving recognition for the awards at a luncheon were Wayne Morgan, Paul Foreman, John Godbey and Cathy D. Wahl.
The many sides of a coondog's life were on trial Saturday at the North Alabama Coonhunters Association water races and treeing contests at the NACA clubhouse in Limestone County. The treeing contest came before three water races.
4-H delegates Anna Chunn of Somerville, Hank Summerford of Falkville and Eunic Tibbs of Guntersville attended the 25th annual 4-H regional resource development conference in Fontana, N.C., recently. About 250 delegates from seven Tennessee Valley Authority watershed states attended. During the workshops, delegates examined many natural, geographical and physical resources found in the TVA area.
Roy McAllister, community relations director for Monsanto in Decatur, presented Morgan County Sheriff Van Ward a check for $250. The money from the Monsanto Fund will go to the Alabama Sheriffs' Boys and Girls Ranches. The ranches provide homes for dependent and neglected youth from across the state. A Boys Ranch is located at Punkin Center.
The Hartselle Board of Education filled Hartselle High School's head basketball coaching spot at a special meeting Tuesday night, naming Fred Bryan to that post.
Bryan has spent the past three years as the head basketball coach at Winfield after one year at the helm of the American School of Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico.
Bryan's first team in Mexico City finished with a 32-3 record, and his first team at Winfield (then a 2-A school) finished 24-6, the best record there in 20 years.
Morgan County was represented at the Alabama Youth Leadership Conference at Camp Sumatanga near Gadsden. Attending were Paul McCleskey, Libby Chunn, Terry Holmes and Phillip Kinney. The four attended seminars on citizenship and motivation at the conference, which was sponsored by the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation.
Mrs. Noel Callahan of Decatur received two national garden club awards during the 48th annual Garden Club of Alabama convention at Auburn University. Mrs. Arthur J. McCrary of Fort Payne made the presentation. The first award was a white ribbon and certificate for Mrs. Callahan's outstanding garden club activities over 18 years. The second award was for a promotion from which proceeds are used for a scholarship fund.
Cathy Johnson of Decatur, a junior at the University of North Alabama, has been awarded a recruitment grant by the Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teachers' professional organization.
Gary Aldridge of the River City Kiwanis Club, presented a $1,000 check to A.D. Ashcraft of the Decatur Boys Club. The Kiwanis donation will be used for club equipment repair and to aid the club's summer program.
John Webb received a plaque from Wayne Key for being the Driver of the Year at Decatur Transit Inc. Webb has been employed for more than 27 years with the petroleum haulers division and has logged more than 2 million safe miles. Key is the company's safety manager.
Members of Decatur Tennis Association and Decatur Womens Tennis Association took top honors in the DTA-DWTA Mixed Doubles tournament. They were Eugene McNutt, Deral Rider, Linda Burgreen, Pam Bennett and Dot Henderson.
10 Years Ago
June 18-24, 1995
Imagine the King of Jordan calling for a chat. That is what happened to Lloyd Barnett of Decatur when King Hussein of Jordan responded to a general call on Barnett's ham radio.
"We just talked a little bit about nothing much — just the weather and our equipment," said Barnett. "We didn't talk about politics or religion."
Heritage Bank's Peggy Keeton, Decatur Chamber of Commerce Commodore Willa Dockery, Barbara Maze, John E. Whitley and bank president Reggie Gilbert were present during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies Wednesday morning. Decatur's newest bank recently opened across from the Morgan County Courthouse.
Narva Stewart, a quality assurance and planning specialist since 1990 at Lurleen B. Wallace Development Center, has been named coordinator of infection control and medical health services at North Alabama Regional Hospital.
Steven Smith, son of Decatur General President/CEO Bob Smith, was recently named president/CEO of the Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, Nev.
— Compiled by Mary Lott