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Mary Lott

Charles Henry, a former Decatur High School science teacher, in a photo from the 1974 Decatur yearbook.
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Charles Henry, a former Decatur High School science teacher, in a photo from the 1974 Decatur yearbook.

Missionary to speak at St. Johnís

75 Years Ago

Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 1930

St. John's Episcopal church will have a special meeting Wednesday. The Rev. James Kenneth Morris, native Alabamian and missionary to Japan, will be guest speaker.

The Limestone County singing convention will be Sunday at the Athens schoolhouse. Many singers from the surrounding area are expected to attend.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 31-Nov.6, 1955

Billy Louis Brooks and Eleanor Blankenship were chosen Little Miss and Mr. Priceville at the Halloween Carnival at Priceville High School.

Some 35 Athens residents gathered at Athens Cafť on Tuesday for the kick-off breakfast inaugurating a drive for $2,100 for the Boy Scouts of America.

Among 58 Alabamians are to be appointed to an advisory committee of the Alabama Citizens' Committee for Schools, seeking passage of school amendments. The following from Decatur are Dr. Frank L. Chenault, Walter M. Jackson and Barrett C. Shelton.

25 Years Ago

Oct. 31-Nov.6, 1980

The Rooster Club of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce will feature Harris T. Remley as guest speaker for its breakfast meeting Thursday at Decatur Inn.

Ramsey is a former Navy officer and Jacksonville, Fla., civic leader. He now serves as the director of civic affairs for Seaboard Line Inc. and has shared speaker's platforms with former first lady Betty Ford, and television actor Chad Everett.

Adults and children were awed by mounted specimens of wildlife that inhabits the 37,000-acre refuge at the Wildlife Interpretive Center after the dedication Sunday at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

After the ceremony which featured Dr. Robert S. Cook, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the building was opened for its first public inspection.

Members of the 12 Girl Scout and Brownie troops from four elementary schools in Decatur distributed yellow ribbons to remind the community not to forget American hostages in Iran. Among those who participated are Peggy Fite of Gordon-Bibb Elementary, Mary Virginia Fite of Walter Jackson Elementary and Edie Goodman of Eastwood Elementary.

The Singing Cops, a barbershop quartet composed of Decatur residents, will perform at the Rocket City Diner chapter of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. show Saturday at Von Braun Civic Center Concert Hall. The members are Jerry Paulson, Marvin Hale, Howard Ellis and Bob Baur.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 31-Nov.6, 1995

The national commander of the American Legion is coming to Decatur for a breakfast and church service. Commander Daniel A. Ludwig, who heads the largest veterans organization in the world, will be accompanied here by Decatur resident O.J. Hyde, who is the Legions' Alabama state commander.

A Hartselle woman could be named Miss Homecoming at Auburn University on Saturday. Ceil Morris, a senior communications major and the daughter of Donald and Sarah Morris, is one of five members of the homecoming court. She also is Auburn's head cheerleader.

Kindergartners from Gordon Bibb Elementary School were among those from the community who attended Novacor Chemicals Inc.'s "Spirit of Responsible Care Open House" on Wednesday. Paul Latini of Decatur plant off Alabama 20 West helped tell the children about plastics, the environment and how the company manages it responsibilities.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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