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Mary Lott

‘Greater Movie Season’ at Princess

75 Years Ago

Sept. 1-6, 1930

Princess Theatre manager G.P. Banniza announces the inauguration of the "Greater Movie Season," which starts Monday. The latest screen releases will be shown along with silent pictures of one and two reels, talking comedies and larger productions and pictures presented in Technicolor.

The National Junior Shakespeare Storytelling Club, with the assistance of Alma Butler, will form a branch association in Decatur.

The club is educational in purpose and is designed to acquaint grade-school children with Shakespeare's works.

The National Association now reaches into almost every state.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 1-6, 1955

Two new faces have joined the faculty at Falkville School. They are Coach W.B. Whitlock and Dee C. Poe, who will serve as vocational agriculture teacher.

Decatur High School's student council is sponsoring an orientation program for incoming students Wednesday, designed to eliminate "mass confusion" at the beginning of school for newcomers not familiar with the building or its facilities. Student council officers are Elizabeth Sivley, president; Mary Frances Garnett, vice president; Sue Faulkner, secretary; and Syble Shelton, treasurer.

Pvt. Greta M. McQuigg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John. W. McQuigg of Mount Hope, has completed basic training at the Women's Army Corps. Center in Fort McClellan. She has been assigned to the Medical Field, Service School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 1-6, 1980

Decatur residents pledged $4,356 to help in the fight against muscular dystrophy during the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on Sunday and Monday.

PBX Club operators answered calls around the clock from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6:15 p.m. Monday.

Winners of the Master Pointers Duplicate Bridge game were Mrs. Lee Damsky and Mrs. Thurmond Ashford, first place; Mrs. M.H. Mulder and Christine Beattie, second place; Mrs. Phillip Reich and Mrs. Ray Chenault, third place; and Mrs. A.M. White and Stewart Bennett, fourth place.

The Bountham family has arrived in Decatur to be sponsored for one year by Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family is from Laos and moved to Decatur after spending more than a year in a refugee camp in Thailand while communism took over in Southeast Asia. Family members are parents Dock Bountham, 28, and Song Bountham, 31, and their children, Sithoun 1½, Soukanh, 5, Bouaphan, 10, and Song Kane, 14.

Jimmy Carter, the first Deep South president in 143 years, stood in the heat on a platform in the Heart of Dixie on Monday in front of a crowd of some 25,000. He was greeted with applause and roars during his 25-minute speech kicking off his national campaign for a second term in the White House.

Carter spoke in Tuscumbia at the Quad-Cities Labor Day Picnic in Spring Park.

Paige Burchell and Suzanne Wilson, both of Decatur, won prizes in modeling and talent at the Miss Cinderella Girl pageant in Baton Rouge, La., in their respective age groups. Both were state finalists in the contest.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 1-6, 1995

A $30,000 appropriation from the state Legislature will help preserve a crumbling Athens landmark. State Sen. Tom Butler and Rep. Tommy Carter announced the appropriation to the Houston Memorial Library and Museum on Thursday.

Members of the 8th Tennessee Infantry fired a volley Saturday during the annual September Skirmish at Point Mallard Park. This year's mock battle honors Confederate generals Joe Wheeler and John Hunt Morgan.

Water balloons and "noodles" were whipped out as the sisters of Xi Pi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority celebrated the beginning of the 1995-96 year with a pool and pizza party at Jan Yount's home in Decatur.

After cooling in the pool, the gals drew for door prizes. Winners were Lynne Griffin, Mary Kaye Stout and Ann Hopper.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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