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Mary Lott

2 Decatur furniture stores lead state in collections

75 Years Ago

July 6-11, 1930

The Sterci Stores managers meeting, held in Knoxville during the past week, developed the interesting fact that the two Decatur establishments of the furniture company are leading the Alabama stores in collections for the year.

J.L. Shumake, Decatur manager, accompanied by Alva Burns and Eason Shumake, Decatur store attaches, attended the meeting in Tennessee, which featured both business and entertainment sessions.

E.T. Burgess, member of the Stamps All-Star quartet, Victor recording artists, will open the first session of a singing school tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church on Moulton street.

The school will be conducted for two weeks and is expected to attract a great number from in Decatur and in the rural sections.

Judge B.M. Miller is scheduled to address the voters of Morgan County assembled in the circuit courtroom here at 8 p.m. tonight in the interest of his candidacy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

New officers for the Christian Woman's Society for the ensuing year are Mrs. S.M. Thompson, president; Mrs. Erin Walker, vice president; Mrs. H.H. Steineker, secretary; and Carrie Jones, treasurer.

50 Years Ago

July 7-12, 1955

Among those from this area who are completing their basic military training in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, are Kent Handley Jr., 20, husband of Lucy Handley of Decatur; Ralph Pattillo, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.V. Pattillo of Hartselle; Billy Joe James, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Judson James of Hartselle; and Roy Glenn Dugger, 17, son of Ethel Dugger of Decatur. These men through their training have prepared for entrance into Air Force technical training or for Air Force duty assignments.

Among many recent newcomers to Decatur are Mr. and Mrs. Archie Hampton and 15-month-old daughter Denice. Hampton comes to Decatur as educational director of the Central Baptist Church and also will be in charge of music. They are natives of Middlesboro and Louisville, Ky.

Earl Solomon, manager of the South Limestone Cooperative, engaged in farming and marketing, told Kiwanis Club members Thursday of the growth of the Cooperative and its accomplishments in production and marketing. He also praised Decatur as a supply point saying, "Decatur is the best town I have worked around to get supplies."

Representatives of the Southern Regional Council on Human Relations in Atlanta and the state director of the Alabama Council were in Decatur on Friday night to discuss the organization of a local council in Decatur.

Winners of the Chemstrand Recreational Association's annual fishing rodeo are Charles Martin, Lloyd Maner, T.C. Hill, Robert D. Lacy, Johnnie Greer, chairman of the fishing rodeo committee; Roy Dodd, Elba Terry, Billy Sandy, Earl Harper, Charles W. Cox, Thurman Glenn, Billy Joe Terry and Vernie R. Haley. Prizes were awarded to the winners for their catches by Lacy.

Lt. and Mrs. Walter N. Miles have been appointed to assist Capt. and Mrs. Ed Bowman in Salvation Army work in Decatur. Lt. Miles is a native of Camden, N.J., where he attended Chester High School before serving 3 years in the Air Force. He also attended Howard County Junior College in Big Springs, Texas, and the training college in Atlanta. Mrs. Miles attended San Angelo High School.

Beta Delta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha has its president, Mrs. Hubert E. Burleson, and vice president, Mrs. James M. Bloodworth Jr. This is the second chapter of the sorority recently chartered in Decatur. The first chapter is Alpha Psi chapter.

25 Years Ago

July 4-9, 1980

Trey Bosson and Crawford Piesco, both of Decatur, applied finishing touches to a foam raft built for today's annual Elk River Raft Race, held between Athens and Rogersville. The two "nautical engineers" heard about the race and made a miniature for foam company owner Paul Ward Sr. who, after seeing the miniature, commissioned the two to build the real thing.

C. Gordon Jones was presented the Decatur Civitan Club's Good Citizenship Award at the Spirit of America Festival.

Jones is the president of the First National Bank of Decatur.

U.S. Rep. Ronnie Flippo presented Alexander M. Haig Jr. with the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award during the Spirit of America Festival on Friday as Decatur Mayor Bill Dukes and Sen. Donald Stewart led applause.

Haig is a retired U.S. Army general and served in Richard M. Nixon's White House. He is chief officer of United Technologies, a major engineering company.

Teenagers and puppet friends of Southside Baptist Church in Decatur left Sunday for Highlands, N.C., where members will conduct vacation Bible schools and backyard Bible clubs, work in nursing homes and perform "The Witness" musical. The choir members are Leanne Sharp, Beth Montgomery, Leighann Wyatt, Stephanie Douglas, Brian Williams, Daniel Rozear and David Rozear.

The Decatur National League Dixie Boys All-stars are Brian Stainforth, Sean Merino, Richard Smith, Brian Rushing, Phillip Olinger, Kirk Graves, Brian Headley, Bill Huff, Jill Hillhouse, Brent Chandler, Mickey Whitt, John Doss, Mike Proctor, Tim Douthit, Billy Farris Jr., Mike Lovelace, Brian Devine and Kriss Plaffman. Coaches are Lloyd Nix, Billy Farris, Ken Dyer and Bill Bohannon.

Four children have been named winners of the Decatur Jayceettes' Beautiful Baby Photo Contest at the Beltline Mall. Seventy youngsters'
photos were entered. The
proceeds of $140 from the $2 entry fees will go to Operation Home and the Decatur General Hospital pediatric playroom.
Winners were Aimee Leigh Hollingsworth, first-place girl; Jonathan Paul Howell, first-place boy; Lenora Jane Lee, second-place girl; and Eddie Sims, second-place boy.

Mrs. Joseph D. Moss of the Decatur branch of the American Association of University Women presented Whitney E. Wilson a $750 scholarship to continue her studies at The University of Alabama. Wilson is a junior and plans to enter dentistry. At UA, she is involved in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program and Triangle. She is the vice president of Young Republicians and is the recording secretary of Alpha Delta Pi social sorority.

10 Years Ago

July 7-12, 1995

Christina Shedd, the 1995 salutatorian at West Limestone High School, has qualified for the $30,000 college fund for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mickey Maddox, a technology and math instructor at J.F. Drake State Technical College, has been selected as a Fellow for the 1995 Community College Enrichment Program at the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center.

During the four-week summer program, Maddox will learn math and science utilization in NASA labs, contribute to research and analysis objectives and develop a survey course in aerospace technology.

Dr. Robert C. Walker recently was named to the Compass Bank board in Decatur.

Dr. Walker practices general and peripheral vascular surgery at Surgical Associates of Decatur P.C.

He received his medical degree from The University of Alabama and an undergraduate degree from Harding College. He is the past president of medical staffs at Decatur General Hospital and Parkway Medical Center Hospital.

Reba M. Wadsworth of Decatur has received the Outstanding Student Award from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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