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Mary Lott

Hilda Café undergoing renovation

75 Years Ago

July 24-29, 1930

The Hilda Café, now under the management of Alvin and Bob Glass, is undergoing changes designed to make it one of the leading restaurants in the city.

The Glass brothers have been engaged in the restaurant business for several years and are planning to peek a step ahead in the march of progress.

Health authorities are waging a winning fight upon typhoid fever in Alabama. Reports show 64 cases of typhoid this year reported as against 129 cases reported for the corresponding month of 1929.

Reduction in the number of cases of this disease is attributed to the education of the public on the seriousness of the typhoid.

A.G. Patterson, congressional candidate, will speak in Athens on Saturday and in Rogersville on Tuesday.

Foster K. Gamble will visit Decatur and speak at Central United Methodist Church Sunday.

Gamble is a native of Alabama, but has spent a large portion of his life on the mission field. For 13 years he exercised a controlling influence in the missionary activities of the Methodist church.

The object of his visit to Decatur is to educate in the way of missions and provide firsthand information concerning movements of Christianity in the East.

Maynard Layman spoke about the work of the international relations committee of the Rotary International during a meeting of the Decatur Rotary Club.

50 Years Ago

July 25-30, 1955

The Men's Chorus of Chemstrand made an appearance at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club in Decatur. Ira Schnell is chairman of the Kiwanis Music Club Committee, Walter Carter is director and Mrs. John Cole is accompanist. Other members of the committee are Robert Helle, Milton Norris and J.R. Daniell.

Merle Franks, valedictorian of the 1955 graduating class of Trinity High School, has been awarded a scholarship to Alabama Christian College in Montgomery.

Bettye Ann Gentry was chosen as Lawrence County Maid of Cotton. She is a student at Florence State Teachers College and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis L. Gentry of Moulton.

Martha Bankston of Palmer, Texas, is visiting Alabama for the first time in 55 years. Her brother, Robert Todd Pitt of Trinity, has not seen her in 45 years. They are the last members of the Pitt family, which resides in the Morris Chapel Community in Lawrence County.

"I have never seen so many changes and improvements in a community as I have in Decatur," Bankston said. When she left 55 years ago, the community was known as Pitt.

Visiting Decatur with Bankston is her son, Joe, and his family from Dallas.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the "Gospel Echoes Quartet" will present a concert at Sixth Avenue Church of God. Members of the quartet are Mary Ruth Collins of Pearsall, Texas, Jean Davis of West Monroe, La., Linda Helvering of Houston and Joyce Ann Bounds of Bastrop, La.

25 Years Ago

July 21-26, 1980

Jannette Locke of Hartselle received a $50 savings bond for winning top honors in the 4-H dairy foods demonstration contest held recently in Auburn.

She is now eligible to compete for a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago.

New officers and board members are heading Jaycee projects over the next year, following installation for the 1980-81 term. Board members are Stanley Gillespie, Tony Gillespie, Don Kimberly, Jimmy Ray Smith, John Deeds, Sim Hamilton Jr., George Winters, Charles Morris, Mick Ceci and Jimmy Worley. Officers are David Lee, president; Tom Downs, state president; Kent Lawrence, external vice president; Roger C. Glaze, internal vice president; Larry Mauldin, treasurer; and John Wade, assistant treasurer.

The Decatur Dixie Youth Minor A All-Stars claimed the city championship and will host the subdistrict tournament which starts Thursday. They are Hugh Neville, Adam Compton, Will Williams, Greg Anderson, Jim Baldwin, David Johnson, Kirk Conaway, John Johnson, Hunt McKimmon, Paka Marks, Mitchell Duke, Russ Ford, Todd Jeffers, Mark Bradshaw and Steve Holt. Coaches are Joe Beams, Frank Duke and Phil Duke.

10 Years Ago

July 25-30, 1995

Athens State College Alumni Association will honor World War II veterans and the Honor Class of 1970 when the organization conducts annual Summerfest activities this weekend.

The farm animal parade opened the first annual Alabama State Championship Horse and Mule Show on Saturday in Hartselle. The event was sponsored by the Alabama Draft Horse and Mule Association, dedicated to revitalizing interest in farm work animals. Horses, ponies, mules and antique cars and vehicles paraded in front of curious onlookers.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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