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Mary Lott

Decatur High School majorettes flank the drum major in this 1973 photo.
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Decatur High School majorettes flank the drum major in this 1973 photo.

Bishop O'Neil to speak on racial integrity

75 Years Ago

Dec. 26-31, 1930

Bishop Socrates A.E. O'Neil, who is in Decatur to speak on the subject of racial integrity, delivered the second series of lectures at the theater on West Vine Street on Tuesday.

Morgan County is not far behind the yield figures in cotton for this year as compared with 1929. Before Dec. 13, the cotton gin reached 37,788 bales, compared with 39,150 in 1929.

The annual Christmas bonuses for J.C. Penney Co. employees total $536,778.36 for 1930, with 6,671 salespeople and other employees benefiting.

Four employees of the local store were awarded bonuses. Maximum bonuses for length of service went to Mrs. E. Mc-Knight. The employee receiving the largest bonus for sales volume was Mrs. W.C. Sanders.

The Wear family had a holiday reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Wear. Members of the family who visited were Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Wear and family of Huntsville, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Howell and family, Mrs. George Stephenson and son, Billy, of Hartselle, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Free, Mittie Wear and Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Robinson and family of Decatur.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 26-31, 1955

Kenneth Wilkinson of Athens received a certificate from Athens High School athletic director Ferman Elmore for his loyalty and interest to AHS athletic events. Wilkinson goes everywhere the Athens team goes, and has been for 35 years. He also presented an AHS jacket.

P.W. Robson, plant manager at Wolverine Tube, division of Calumet & Hecla Inc., announced the promotion of Neal Cagle and Harold C. Whitmire to assistant foremen at the Decatur plant.

Cagle has been with the company since June 1949. He has worked as production helper, furnace operator and group leader.

Whitmire is being promoted to assistant foreman in the drawing department. He was among the first employed at Wolverine Tube and has worked as a drawbench operator and group leader before his promotion.

Decatur Chamber of Commerce officers elected include Jimmy Edwards, treasurer; Luke Pryor, second vice president; Paul W. Robson, first vice president; and Redus Collier, W.J. Williams, F.W. Koster, Avery Taylor and George LaBoon, directors.

Charles J. Carstens Jr., Virgil F. Holland and David A. Zaukelies were appointed to the research and development department of Chemstrand Corp.

Allen Blevins, one of the biggest players for Moulton, has signed a grant-in-aid scholarship with The University of Alabama.

The Rev. M.L. Triplett, contractor Ray Childs and Noble J. Russell, chairman of the building committee, broke ground for the start of construction on an $83,000 addition to Decatur's First United Methodist Church.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 26-31, 1980

Craig Singleton, a member of the music faculty of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, will present a concert of sacred music Sunday at Decatur First Baptist Church.

Singleton is a graduate of Samford University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Athens Golden Eaglettes Christmas tournament continued Saturday with four teams advancing into the tournament's semifinal round.

The Danville Lady Hawks downed Tanner 59-35, the Brewer Lady Patriots whipped Ardmore 50-39, the Lauderdale County Lady Tigers defeated Red Bay 70-55, and Athens beat Elkmont 47-26.

Bicycles were given to a needy family, along with other gifts, by the women of First National Bank, who met at their annual Christmas breakfast at Holiday Inn. Frances Brown of the Department of Pensions and Security, Julie Basden, breakfast committee co-worker, and Mary Ann Drake, chairwoman of the breakfast committee, were among those who participated.

Corinne B. Blackwell retired this week after 30 years with Alabama Medical Services Administration, also known as Medicaid. Jackie Johnson, Betty Nelson, Sharon Bradford, office manager Ray Lindsey, Joel Fondren and Frances Lewis presented her a silver tray.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 26-31, 1995

Julia Ann Underwood Hall and Penny Williamson Haddock were recently installed as members of Decatur Assembly.

Hall is a graduate of Decatur High School and attended Auburn University, where she studied visual communication and psychology. She is Alabama sales leader for Carlisle Kids and works part time as a travel consultant for Sterling Travel.

Haddock, wife of Circuit Judge Steven E. Haddock, is a retired day-care director and elementary school teacher. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a master of arts degree from The University of Alabama.

Brant Billen, Courtland's 175-pound running back, rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns as the Chiefs claimed their first 1A title since 1990.

In five playoff games, the explosive Billen rushed for 650 yards on a 9-yards-per-carry-average.

As a result, Billen earned Class 1A all-state honors as selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and The Birmingham News.

He is also one of seven Courtland players named to THE DAILY's Small School All-Area team.

Doug Jacobs of Re/Max Decatur Inc. was recently awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by Realtors Marketing Institute.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

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Mary Lott Mary Lott
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