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Mary Lott

Three generations of the Cains, Morgan County High School athletes, are, from left, J.P. Cain who played from 1944-46; his uncle, Candler Cain, who played 1917-20; and J.P.ís nephew Frank McDaniel, 1961-63. This photo appears to be from the 1970s.
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Three generations of the Cains, Morgan County High School athletes, are, from left, J.P. Cain who played from 1944-46; his uncle, Candler Cain, who played 1917-20; and J.P.ís nephew Frank McDaniel, 1961-63. This photo appears to be from the 1970s.

Morrow to lead cityís Christian Endeavor Union

75 Years Ago

May 1-6, 1931

The executive committee of Decatur City Christian Endeavor Union elected new officers. They include Eugene Morrow, president; Mrs. M.E. McCluskey, vice president; Mary Jo Gordon, secretary-treasurer; and the Rev. E.N. Hart, pastor counselor.

Frances Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Cook, formerly of Decatur, now of Columbia, Tenn., was named valedictorian of the largest class graduated at Central High School in Columbia. Her four-year average was 97.73. There were 90 members in the class.

50 Years Ago

May 1-6, 1956

P.W. Robson, plant manager at Decatur's Wolverine Tube, Division of Calumet & Hecla Inc., announced the promotion of H.M. Lovelace Jr. to divisional methods engineer in the industrial engineering section of the operations control division. Lovelace will transfer to Wolverine Tube division offices in Detroit.

Four former Decatur teachers and four instructors who are retiring were honored at a meeting of Decatur Teachers Association at Decatur Country Club. They are Florence Smith, Lila Pritchett, Lillian Weaver and Mary Banks Terrell, all to retire this year. Previously retired teachers are Lillian Odom, Mrs. L.P. Troup, Mrs. L.A. Neill and Mrs. J.E. Blair.

LeRoy McEntire Jr., president of Decatur Lions Club, accepted a $1,200 check from Russell Humphrey, storekeeper for the project "Clean-Up — Light Up the Week Sale" of brooms, mops and light bulbs. The proceeds came from residential sales and are used for sight conservation work in Morgan County and the state.

25 Years Ago

May 1-6, 1981

Morgan County native William O. "Bill" Turney has been presented the Army's Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service at retirement ceremonies.

Turney, who retired from 30 years in civil service, worked for 22 years in the Ballistic Missile Defense Program.

During the 1970s, he was instrumental in negotiating major contracts for the Safeguard System, the free world's first operational BMD system — and for its deactivation. He also contributed to the successful completion of the Terminal Defense Validation program, an on-the-shelf technology format for the BMD system.

The graduate of Cotaco High School received his law degree from LaSalle University in Chicago in 1967, and his master of business from the American Graduate University of Covina, Calif., in 1976.

West Morgan High School standout Stanley Terry has signed a basketball grant-in-aid with Wallace State Community College in Cullman. Terry, a 6-foot-4 center for the Rebels, averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game in the season.

Perry Brackin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Brackin of Town Creek, went to Israel for a month-long study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies at Mount Zion, Jerusalem.

Brackin is a 1975 graduate of Hatton High School and a senior at Mid-Continent Baptist College in Mayfield, Ky., where he is on the dean's list. He also is full-time pastor at Kirbyton Baptist Church.

The 1981 officers for Decatur Jaycees were sworn in during a dinner meeting at the Chamber of Commerce building.

They are Butch Hill, president; Charles Morris, external vice president; Jimmy Ray Smith, internal vice president; Tom DiGiulian, secretary; Larry Mauldin, treasurer; and Robert Hubbell, assistant treasurer.

Decatur High School girls tennis team finished fifth in the 4A State Tennis Tournament at Samford University in Birmingham. Four Decatur individuals and one doubles team advanced to the semifinals. They were Emily Duke, No. 1 singles, Mary Allen Hamilton, No. 2 singles; Rebecca Stover, No. 3 singles; Amy Terry, No. 5 singles; and Stover and Debbie Prewitt in No. 2 doubles.

10 Years Ago

May 1-6, 1996

Johanna Kearns shot a two-day 136 and won the Burningtree Country Club Women's Golf Association spring handicap tournament.

Sharon Hughes won the championship flight, Bess Dykes won the first flight and Marie King captured the second flight.

Winners of Decatur Music Club scholarships were Angela Hampton, clarinet; Betsy Jackson, senior piano; Jodi Smith, junior piano; Jonathan Ford, trumpet; and Emily Jones, guitar.

About 34 Morgan County youths affiliated with a Decatur Chamber of Commerce training program participated in National Youth Service Day.

The high school sophomores and juniors from the Decatur, Hartselle and Morgan County school districts scraped and painted a house in Hartselle, spruced up the yard and planted shrubs and flowers donated by Universal Construction Co.

Joe Wheeler Electric Corp. donated a picnic lunch.

Another 51 students from county schools also participated in community service events along with 21 nonprofit agencies.

The event capped activities for Youth Leadership Morgan County, a seven-month program sponsored by the chamber. Other events included a training course at Decatur General West, preparing meals for Meals on Wheels, along with visits to Princess Theater, Calhoun Community College, Trico Steel Co., Novacor Chemicals and Huntsville International Airport.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

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