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Mary Lott

The 1934-35 sixth-grade class from Gordon-Bibb school in this photo are, front row, from left, Muriel Thomas, Mary Lou Suits, Veloris Andrew, unknown, unknown, Aleta Jacobs, Ann Blackwell and unknown; middle row, from left, unknown, unknown, Jack Bucannan, unknown, Bobby Pettey, W.C. Hunter, Darrow Peebles, and remaining students unknown; and back row, from left, Mildred Hunter, Frances Hodges, Martha Dinsmore, teacher Ruth Briscoe, unknown, M. Bobo, Peggy Joyce Rainey, unknown, unknown, Elizabeth Best, and remaining students unknown.
Photo Courtesy of Frances Hodges Sittason
The 1934-35 sixth-grade class from Gordon-Bibb school in this photo are, front row, from left, Muriel Thomas, Mary Lou Suits, Veloris Andrew, unknown, unknown, Aleta Jacobs, Ann Blackwell and unknown; middle row, from left, unknown, unknown, Jack Bucannan, unknown, Bobby Pettey, W.C. Hunter, Darrow Peebles, and remaining students unknown; and back row, from left, Mildred Hunter, Frances Hodges, Martha Dinsmore, teacher Ruth Briscoe, unknown, M. Bobo, Peggy Joyce Rainey, unknown, unknown, Elizabeth Best, and remaining students unknown.

Day elected Pilot Club president

75 Years Ago
April 17-23, 1931

W.E. Crawford, who served as postmaster in Decatur for almost 18 years, has accepted a position as North Alabama representative of the DeBardeleben Coal Co.

Decatur Pilot Club elected officers. They are Kaleene Day, president; Ruby Jones, first vice president; Loraine Worthington, second vice president; Eva Lipscomb, third vice president; Inez Thombs, secretary; and Marcella Collier, treasurer.

Athens Post of American Legion awarded medals to students making the highest grades in Limestone County grammar schools. M.S. Kennemer, commander of the local post, made the presentation at a joint grammar school graduation. The winners were Evelyn Mayhall, arithmetic, geography and health; Sue Allen Clayton, English; Annie Swanner, spelling; and Clarita Thompson, health.


50 Years Ago
April 17-23, 1956

Chaminade Music Club elected officers. They are Carol Hughes, president; Carolyn Cantrell, vice president; Rita Adams, secretary; and Ann Diseker, treasurer.

David Kelley, assistant county agent in Limestone County, was guest speaker
at a meeting of Mooresville-Belle Mina Parent-Teacher
Association. He spoke on "4-H Work in Limestone County" and showed a film, "The Town That Came Back."

Eddie Ashford was elected president of Athens Lions Club. Other officers are Herman Andrews, vice president; Fulton Sims, treasurer; Owen Loyd, secretary; Paul Ragan and Julian Newman, directors; Douglas Strain, tail twister; and Dr. A.J. Meller, Lion tamer.

25 Years Ago
April 17-23, 1981

Two Lawrence County vocational students took second place honors in the state Vocational-Industrial Clubs of America contest. Scott Copeland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Copeland of Moulton, placed second in the architectural drawing competition. Darlene Nabors, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Nabors of Town Creek, took second in cosmetology.

Jimmy George and Rod Gillott signed football grants-in-aid with The University of North Alabama. Gillott, a quarterback, and George, a wide receiver, teamed up to lead Danville to a 6-4 record in their senior season.

Joe Crawford became the first president of the newly formed Brewer Lions Club. Lions district governor J. Whit Miles gave a charter to the club Saturday at Brewer High School. The Falkville Lions Club sponsored the charter. Other officers of the club are Paul Bowling, first vice president; Dennis Garrett, second vice president; Danny Huskey, third vice president; Douglas Johnson, secretary, treasurer; Wayne Couey, tail twister; and James Tucker, lion tamer.

An Austin High School junior and Decatur High School sophomore took top individual honors during the 18th annual Junior Achievement of North Central Alabama awards banquet. Austin student John Alexander, 17, was named president of the Year and Outstanding Young Businessman for the 1980-81 season of the organization of high school students.

Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander of Decatur, was president of
the JA Co., Omnitech, sponsored by Monsanto Technical Center. Suzanne Peltier, 16, a sophomore at Decatur High School, was named Outstanding Young Businesswoman and the JA's vice president of administration. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peltier of Decatur.

10 Years Ago
April 17-23, 1996

Two local high school seniors have received appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Samuel Alexander of Moulton, who attends Lawrence County High School, and David Tuyo of Decatur High School were chosen to attend the academy.

Andrew Wang, sixth-grader at Randolph School, has been named a United
States National Award winner in science by the United States Achievement Academy. He is the son of Dr. Michael and Susan Olmstead Wang of Decatur.

Decatur Police Lt. Frank DeButy carried the torch for Special Olympics and
lead the program's athletes and other Morgan County law enforcement officers on a 26-mile run. The officers ran from Decatur City Hall to Hartselle and back to raise money through sponsors for Special Olympics.

Marcia Bagby was elected president of Burningtree Country Club Women's Golf Association. Annie Lemons will serve as vice president in charge of tournaments. Sue Bowers is secretary and Marie King is treasurer.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

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