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Mary Lott

Anyone recognize this old house in Austinville? Rick Sharpe of Decatur recently found this photo in a suitcase belonging to his great aunt, Pearl Reid Rainwater. She would be 150 years old today. The back of the photo had the inscription “Austinville, Ala.” Sharpe asks anyone with information about the house to call him at 355-4230.
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Anyone recognize this old house in Austinville? Rick Sharpe of Decatur recently found this photo in a suitcase belonging to his great aunt, Pearl Reid Rainwater. She would be 150 years old today. The back of the photo had the inscription “Austinville, Ala.” Sharpe asks anyone with information about the house to call him at 355-4230.

Gardner is new pastor at First Baptist

75 Years Ago

Jan. 1-7, 1931

A welcome service will be at First Baptist Church for the new pastor, the Rev. Vergile Gardner of Opp. Representatives from other churches will participate in the service.

The New Morgan County Building & Loan Association closed another successful year. The 48th annual stockholders' meeting of the organization was Jan. 3., and a profitable year was reported.

The institution is the oldest building and loan association in the state, and has run continuously for 48 years, and has never failed to pay the regular dividend.

The institution shows undivided profits of $20,000 and a surplus account of $20,000.

At the meeting the following officers were elected: W.B. Shackelford, president and treasurer; W.E. Shackelford, secretary; John W. Wyker, first vice president; A.D. Jervis, second vice president; and J.W. Cunningham, Arthur Dix, Julian H. Harris, A.D. Jervis, E.W. Godbey, Thos Hodson, W.B. Shackelford, W.E. Shackelford and John W.Wyker, directors.

The Rev. Peter M. Dennis, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, was guest speaker at Decatur Rotary Club's luncheon at the YMCA. He spoke on "Club Service," the program the club service committee is in charge of and John W. Jones is chairman.

R.H. Richardson Sr. of Athens has been appointed license inspector of Limestone and Lauderdale counties.

Tanner All-Stars defeated the Fayetteville Ramblers in one of the most exciting games of the season. The final score was 26-12.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 1-7, 1956

Lt. Gov. Leonard Johnson installed leaders of Decatur Kiwanis Club in 1956. They are Rex Rankin, president; B.M. Cornell, first vice president; Dr. Robert Evans, second vice president; John B. Harlow, treasurer; and W.H. Armstrong, secretary.

Arthur Belew, past president of the Decatur Exchange Club, presented the gavel to Joe Corbin, who was elected president at a meeting at Cornelian Court Hotel.

The Newcomers' Club distributed March of Dimes coin cards to businesses in Decatur in preparation for the opening of the 1956 March of Dimes Campaign.

Dr. Allen C. Rooks, director for the drive, announced that approximately 10,000 letters are to be mailed after they are prepared by Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Members of the J.U.G. club held their annual holiday dance at Decatur Youth Center.

Chaperones were sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mueiler, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cranford, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tuck and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hemminghaus.

Millard Buchmann's orchestra provided music.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 1-7, 1981

Winners in the Morgan-Lawrence-Limestone Lovely Lady Pageant at Falkville High School are Petite Lovely Lady Kasey Kearce, 6, of Hartselle; Little Lovely Lady Kristi Boyer, 9, of Hartselle; Young Lovely Lady Dana Collins, 11, of Hartselle; Miss Lovely Lady Laura Sellers, 15, of Decatur; and Lovely Lady Lynn White, 18, of Addison.

They will compete with girls from throughout Alabama in June at the state competition at Troy State University.

The 1981 Calhoun Community College cheerleaders are Cathy McLin, Ginger Craig, Beverly Long, Carol Vice, Teresa Crawford, Rosemary Dougherty, Vicki Payne and Libby Morgan.

Gregory C. McDaniel, son of Hattie P. McDaniel of Moulton, has been promoted in the U.S. Army to the rank of specialist 4.

He is a radio teletype operator at Hanau, West Germany.

The Calhoun Community Collegespeech team is composed of Mark Sellers, Carol Coffey and Rick Hundley. Two members placed 16th and 17th among 82 speakers at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Sellers took first in prose at Treveca in Nashville. The team from Calhoun won first overall.

Jan Terry, a student at The University of Alabama, has been elected president of the Graduate Association of Social Workers for the 1981-82 year. Terry, formerly of Decatur, lives in Tuscaloosa.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 1-7, 1996

William Cole Johnson, son of Rodney and Kelly Johnson, not only won the honor of being the first baby born in Decatur in 1996, he also beat his parents' expectations by about three weeks.

He was not supposed to arrive until the latter part of January.

The Hartselle High wrestling team improved to 7-1 with a victory over Gardendale.

P.J. Henry won his match by a pin while Allan Segars, Chris Ball and Brett Greer won decisions.

Debbie McKeivy recently joined the sales staff of Nationwide Insurance Brewington Agency at 303 Cain St. N.E. She has worked in the insurance industry for 10 years.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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