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Mary Lott

Rocky Hill Castle between Courtland and Town Creek in a photo from the 1940s. The mansion no longer stands.
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Rocky Hill Castle between Courtland and Town Creek in a photo from the 1940s. The mansion no longer stands.

Calvin wins Benson Medal

75 Years Ago

May 22-28, 1931

Earl Calvin won the Benson Medal in a declamation contest at Riverside High School. His subject was "America for Americans."

Marion Davies' new comedy "It's a Wise Child" opened at the Princess Theatre.

Members of the Walther League of the Lutheran church in Decatur had an informal banquet to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the International Walther League. The league was formally organized on May 23, 1893, in Buffalo, N.Y. The organization was named after the Rev. C.F.W. Walther, a pioneer of the Lutheran church.

Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Mittwede performed a piano and violin duet. Ann Clare Carlisle performed a piano solo at the event.

50 Years Ago

May 22-28, 1956

Elizabeth Sivley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Sivley, was elected Student of the Year by students and members of the faculty of Decatur High School. She is president of the Student Council, member of the honor society, Thespians, DHS band, Phi Sigma Alpha, annual staff, vice president of Tri-Hi-Y and Good Citizen Girl. She has starred in several plays, was narrator in the Senior Scrambles and had the lead in the senior class play.

Thelma Anne Hames was valedictorian and Faye Dean Couch Standridge was salutatorian of Trinity High School. Hames is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Hames of Trinity. She is treasurer of the senior class, business manager of the yearbook, class favorite, librarian, member of 4-H and Glee clubs and was secretary of the sophomore class and president of the junior class.

Standridge is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard Couch of Trinity. She is president of the senior class, society editor of the yearbook, school librarian and a member of the Friendship Club, 4-H and Glee clubs.

Bob Harrison announced he purchased Namie's Grocery Store on Fifth Avenue Southwest from Louie Namie. The store was named Monarch's Market No. 2. A.B. Lane, who has been in the grocery business for 26 years, was manager.

25 Years Ago

May 22-28, 1981

Larry Jarvis of Falkville was appointed state representative for the National Chimney Sweep Guild. He was named to organize statewide guild activities.

R.P. Smiley was promoted to senior environmental engineer within the Decatur plant of Monsanto Textiles Co. Smiley was assigned to the plant environmental health and safety department. He is a 1975 graduate of Alabama A&M University with a bachelor's degree in biology.

W. Dan Puckett, president and chief executive officer of Central Bank of Alabama, was named Alabama's Outstanding Young Banker for 1981 by the Alabama Bankers Association. A native of Hartselle, he was chosen from a field of 26 nominees.

Mike Quarles, formerly of Decatur, heads the newly opened E.F. Hutton and Co. office in Birmingham. He served as pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Church and was with Dean Witter Reynolds and Merrill Lynch before joining Hutton.

10 Years Ago

May 22-28, 1996

Among those who attended the silver anniversary reunion of the Alabama Legislative Club in Montgomery were Barbara White of Moulton, Betty McCorquodale of Jackson, wife of former House Speaker Joe C. McCorquodale Jr., and Betty Nell Letson of Decatur, widow of the late Rep. Sam Letson.

Nine Morgan County youths were selected as Pop Warner All-American Little Scholars.

Fewer than than 1,600 of the 300,000 youths in Pop Warner football and cheering programs nationwide get scholar honors. The awards are based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities. Fifty first-team All-Americans are selected nationwide in each class (35 players and 15 cheerleaders). Each class has 150 second-team honors.

The first-team All-Americans were James Hardin, an eighth-grader at Falkville High School, and his twin, John Harbin, also an eighth-grader at Falkville High School. Second-team All-Americans were Jeff Winsett, a seventh-grader at Falkville High School; Drew Stinson, a sixth-grader at Sparkman Elementary School; James Newcomb, Asa Coggin, Tracy Cole and Seth Copeland, fifth-graders at Falkville Elementary School; and Stevie Jackson, a sixth-grader at Cedar Ridge Middle School.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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