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Mary Lott

Ella Wyker, the 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wyker of Decatur, was THE DAILY’s Valentine to You. This photo ran in THE DECATUR DAILY on Valentine’s Day in 1959.
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Ella Wyker, the 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Wyker of Decatur, was THE DAILY’s Valentine to You. This photo ran in THE DECATUR DAILY on Valentine’s Day in 1959.

The Decatur Cornice and Roofing Co. elects officers.

75 Years Ago

Feb. 6-12, 1931

The Decatur Cornice and Roofing Co., which also operates its subsidiary, the Decatur Iron and Steel Co., one of Decatur's major industries, elected two new officers.

C.A. Ballentine was elected as vice president and Neal M. Speake as secretary-treasurer.

Lafayette School's sixth-grade Harmonica Club held a contest Friday for members who made the finals in the elimination contest held two weeks ago. Individuals in the finals were Bevelle King, Mary Fischer, Betty Giles, Harold Bowers, Frank Lovell and Jimmy Tillery. Bowers was the winner.

He received a miniature gold harmonica.

A series of rallies will come to the area Sunday with approximately 100 ex-servicemen representing the American Legion posts of the 8th Congressional District.

Judge Fred Johnson of Florence will be guest speaker at the business session, which will follow the luncheon in the assembly room of the Lyons Hotel.

No fewer than 157 children of the Hartselle public schools have received certificates of membership in the Young People's Reading Circle. Students must complete the required course of reading to qualify.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 6-12, 1956

Dr. James L. Hymes Jr., Peabody professor, was guest speaker for the citywide Parent-Teacher Association observance of Founders Day at Somerville Road School on Feb. 6. Mrs. Joe Guyton, president of the City P-TA Council, and Walter Jackson, superintendent of Decatur City Schools, introduced Dr. Hymes Jr.

Mayors from a number of area communities were present to congratulate Athens during an open house at the new Athens Municipal Building. Among those who visited Athens Mayor Elmer Vinson in his new office were R.B. Searcy, Huntsville; Leonard Beard, Sheffield; W.J. NeSmith, Cullman; and W.A. Toms, Courtland. A Decatur delegation headed by Mayor H.R. Summer visited the $300,000 facility earlier in the day. More than 1,300 persons toured the building.

During the 46th Anniversary Celebration of Boy Scout Week, four Decatur firms are carrying window displays of work done by the Scouts of Decatur. Members of the Explorer Post 19 prepared one of their display at Wyker's on Bank Street. The members are Mike McCoy, Frank Wilson, Norman Harris, Julian Harris, Bob Thomas and Larry Durham. The other displays are at Penney's, Patterson's and Williams Auto.

Harold Satchell of Hartselle received the keys of Standard Union Life Insurance Co. from W.J. Rohan, district supervisor. Satchell is now the district manager of the company, which has offices in Decatur. The presentation was made at a banquet Saturday.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 6-12, 1981

Bill Whatley of Whatley TV and Appliance in Hartselle won THE DAILY's season trophy for the Harmon Football Forecast. The trophy is rotated among THE DAILY's advertisers who sponsor the popular football rating service. In a weekly selection of games for advertisers to predict, Whatley won the most times and won the trophy permanently. Rick Chapman and Bill Bates of the DAILY advertising department presented the trophy to Whatley.

The Rev. Joe Ray, pastor of Southside Baptist Church and Decatur Civitan member, spoke to the club and 22 local clergymen. The club invited the ministers to join their Wednesday meeting as a part of Civitans International Clergy Week. Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Church of God ministers attended.

John Galloway, a United Methodist minister, has been named president of the Mental Health Association in Morgan County. Galloway is on the association's advisory committee and has served as fund-raising chairman for the state Mental Health Association.

Five members of the Athens High School wrestling team will be in the 3A State Wrestling Tournament this week in Oxford. Wrestlers from Athens are Bob Ballard, Earnie Tuck, Tim Connway, Nick Johnson and alternate Ted Loggins.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 6-12, 1996

A gala production in the Hollywood tradition paid tribute to five of the city's arts contributors Feb. 8 at Princess Theatre.

Singing, dancing and video clips showcased the talents of Ann Butler, Susan Godwin Windham, Ed Nichols, Jackie Goode and Ella Wyker Martin — nominees for the 1995 Decatur Arts Council Bravo Award.

The award recognizes "some of our community's unsung heroes in the arts — those individuals who do much of the behind-the-scenes work to see that you have numerous arts opportunities through the year," said Arts Council President Noel King.

Although the nominees were announced last year, the award winner was kept a secret until the ceremony. Butler, who has accompanied the Decatur Civic Chorus for more than 20 years, won.

The Racking Horse Breeders Association of America celebrated the group's 25th anniversary at its annual meeting and banquet Feb. 10.

Created in 1971 in Decatur, the association has about 3,000 members across the country. The annual fall horse show attracts as many as 70,000 people to Celebration Arena in Priceville.

Awards were presented to Larry Latham, Horsemen of the Year; Lisa Mann, Horsewoman of the Year; Phillip French, Juvenile Horseman of the Year; Sara Moersch, Juvenile Horsewoman of the Year, Billy Morgan, Outstanding 1995 RHBAA Member; Ronald Harrison, Commissioner of the Year; and for "service above and beyond the call of duty," executive director's awards went to Ann Yeiser, Sherrie Beam and the RHBAA staff.

Local attorney James Moffatt has been selected by the Alabama Jaycees as one of the state's five Outstanding Young Alabamians.

Moffatt, who has practiced law in Limestone County for 13 years, was submitted for state competition by the local Jaycees chapter. The names of the Outstanding Young Alabamians are submitted to National Jaycee competition for the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Some of the past Outstanding Young Americans have been Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner and President Clinton.

Decatur High football player Brooks Collins signed a scholarship with Vanderbilt University.

Michael E. Case was promoted to executive vice president for pulp and paperboard at Gulf States Paper Corp. in Tuscaloosa. The son of Charles and Ann Case of Decatur, Case attended Austin High School and graduated from The University of Alabama. He joined the company in 1981.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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