VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Pennsylvania boxer no match for Decaturís Jackie Baker
75 Years Ago
June 30-July 5, 1930
Decatur native and boxer Jackie Baker beat out a Pennsylvania opponent in New York. Outweighed by 17 pounds, Baker easily won over Johnnie Bell of Chester, hammering Bell "all over the ring."
Warner Fussell captured the Carpenter Cup at Valley County Club's Fourth of July tournament.
Fussell beat out Billy Wyker, "considered one of the best golfers in the Valley section."
Cotton production was down in Alabama, chiefly because North Alabama farmers were planting less, said a state agronomist. In North Alabama counties, 6 percent less acreage was put into cotton in 1930. Statewide, 46 million acres were planted that year, compared to 47 million in 1929.
"The Two String Beans," Decatur musicians, performed a program of popular ballads on Birmingham radio station WBRC.
Alton Delmore played the guitar and Tennis Odom, the mandolin. Hensel South chimed in on the Hawaiian guitar.
50 Years Ago
July 1-6, 1955
Committee members who planned the annual Farm Industry Picnic at Hatfield Lake were Mary Clements, Grace Norris, Leona Sherrill, Irving Key and Elmo Hallbough. More than 300 people attended the company outing. Races, guessing games and egg-throwing contests were on the program.
Thirty-five teenagers representing 16 foreign countries arrived in Decatur for their fourth stop on a "Help Show America" tour sponsored by the American Field Service. The students, who have attended American high schools for the past year, are among 440 foreign youths touring the United States on 13 chartered Greyhound buses. During the tours, each of which covers more than 2,000 miles, the students see the industrial, agricultural, scenic and cultural resources of the country and meet more of its citizens. The group now visiting Decatur has stopped previously in Kingsport, Tenn., Covington, Va., and Washington. The tour is directed by John Robbins and Alice Gerlach. Jerry Comer, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce public relations committee, and R.S. Hicks Chamber of Commerce president, were among those on hand to greet the students. Decatur High School Key Club handled housing arrangements.
Serving as new officers of the Moulton Lions Club are J.T. Warren, president; Wayne Gentry, first vice president; P.R. Chenault, second vice president; Robert White, third vice president; Franklin Roberson, secretary-treasurer; Truman Praytor, lion tamer; and James Miller, Nat Burch, Wallace Sneed and Kenneth Roan, directors.
Tommie Dunlap, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Newell Dunlap of Falkville, is one of four Morgan County boys who won a trip to the State 4-H Club Camp in Auburn. Dunlap is the county 4-H reporter and has been president of the Falkville High School 4-H Club for the past two years. He has been president of his school class and a camp counselor for two years. In addition to his 4-H work, he plays basketball and baseball.
New officers of Decatur Chapter No. 38 Royal Arch Masons and the installing officers for the installation ceremony are Elmer E. Lindsey, Samuel W. Kay, Guy L. Colbert, Carl B. Kenton, James R. Vaughan, D.L. Allen, John L. McClanahan, H.B. Norwood, Julian Hardy, Eddie R. Glenn, William H. Lakey, William A. Glenn, Lee M. Thornton, Freeman C. Free and Willie G. Smith.
Zela Simpson, a 1955 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn., has received a four-year scholarship to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scholarship is for $400 each year.
Simpson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Simpson, former Decatur residents, and is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Simpson, who lived in Decatur, and Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Hough of Lacey's Spring.
New officers of Mizpah 19 O.E.S. are Mary Sherrard, Juanita Nelson, Dr. D.L. Allen, Grace Sandlin, Mary Kirkland, Wallace Meadows, Grace Briscoe, Rebecca Wright, Flora Clemmons, Ophelia Hagerman, Lorena Henson, Dr. Neil Kirk, Bessie Pickens, Stella Nelson, Gussie Bell, Alvis Clark and Beatrice Chenault.
25 Years Ago
June 28-July 3, 1980
Eight members of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of American chapter at Brewer High School placed fourth in the nation in VICA competition at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 8,000 students participated in the National Skill Olympics in Atlanta last weekend, said the faculty advisor Jimmy Tilley. The students make up the business procedure team that had to conduct a business meeting according to Robert's Rules of Order before three judges — all experts in parliamentary procedure, Tilley said. The members are Richard Creel, Jeff Halbrooks, Elizabeth Jones, Orvil Landers, Perl King, Victor Lemmond, Kenneth Tilley and Jeff Dufey.
Several youngsters won honors in the Burningtree Junior Golf tournament recently. They are Scott Faulkner, Laura Casey, Angela Willis, Beth Sartain, Tim Webb, Jan Flowe, Michael Howard, David Johnson, Mark Lininger, David Herbert, Allyn Crane, Chris Lindville, Dave Lange and Dee Dee Hoppenjans.
Mark Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Wright of Decatur has been selected to participate in Mission Interface, a student orientation program at Freed-Hardeman College at Henderson, Tenn.
Miss Point Mallard 1980 is Deborah Klingenbeck of Enterprise. She defeated 21 other contestants during competition at Point Mallard Park. Miss America 1980, Cheryl Prewitt, attended the festivities, along with newly crowned Miss Alabama, Paige Phillips.
Arnold Green, coordinator of Junior Colleges Recruitment, Athens State College, has been asked to serve on the national Equal Educational Opportunity Committee which is affiliated with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
New officers of Phi Delta Chi social sorority for high school girls are Liz Drake, president; Beth Teague, vice president; Rebecca Beard, secretary; Jennifer Cagle, treasurer; Leann Williams, sergeant-at-arms; Allyson Tucker, scribe; and Julie Thompson, chaplain.
10 Years Ago
July 1-6, 1995
Spirit of America board members are Julian Walker, Dot Montgomery, Beverly Walker, Debra Talley, Kelley Holloway, Steve Farris, Vann O'Hara, Tom Little, Steve Garner, Virginia Lokey, Steve Crabbe, Jim O'Hara, Grady Tyler, Ray Nixon and Mike English.
Rachel Bobo of Florence was crowned Miss Point Mallard 1995. Rain forced the competition inside T.C. Almon Recreation Center from the Spirit of America Stage.
Chapman Cox, USO president since 1990, will be in Decatur Tuesday to accept the H.J. Heimlich Humanitarian Award on behalf of the USO, at a 6 p.m. Spirit of America awards ceremony.
A combat veteran of Vietnam and a 1965 graduate of Harvard Law School, Cox devoted the first part of his career to practicing law in California and Colorado.
He is currently a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee of Law and National Security.
Lucas Black, 12-year-old of Speake, who first appeared in the Kevin Costner movie, "The War," now has a starring role in an upcoming CBS television series and a film due out next summer.
Black will spend four months in Wilmington, N.C., to film 13 episodes of the CBS series "American Gothic," written and produced by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy.
Suzanne L. Dye, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Dye, and Anthony B. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton M. Williams, all of Decatur, have been named to the dean's list for the 1995 spring semester at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.
Ellen Liles was recently crowned Little Miss Cotton at Courtland's annual Picnic in the Park.
Velma Robinson of Decatur was recently nominated for Poet of the Year by the international Society for Poets.
She was invited to read her works at "the single largest gathering of poets in history" in Washington D.C. A retired teacher, Robinson has been writing poetry for a number of years and has been published in several poetry collections.
— Compiled by Mary Lott