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Mary Lott

Neel Home Demonstration Club had a meeting at Mary Sue Ellisí home on March 11, 1965. The members and young friends are front row, from left, Jan Maddox, Annette Maddox and David James; middle row, Eddie Pike, Gladys Maddox, Morgan County Assistant Home Agent Mary Coffey, Lula Maud Ledlow and Nell Johnson; and back row, Lucille Sparkman, unknown, Lillie Ellis, Reba James, Mary Sue Ellis, unknown, Ada Thompson, Morgan County Home Agent Lucille Hawkins and Jeanette Lane.
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Neel Home Demonstration Club had a meeting at Mary Sue Ellisí home on March 11, 1965. The members and young friends are front row, from left, Jan Maddox, Annette Maddox and David James; middle row, Eddie Pike, Gladys Maddox, Morgan County Assistant Home Agent Mary Coffey, Lula Maud Ledlow and Nell Johnson; and back row, Lucille Sparkman, unknown, Lillie Ellis, Reba James, Mary Sue Ellis, unknown, Ada Thompson, Morgan County Home Agent Lucille Hawkins and Jeanette Lane.

Railroad promotes Lee Hartung

75 Years Ago

June 12-18, 1931

Lee Hartung, formerly of Decatur, received two promotions and transferred to the general offices of Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co.

Hartung was transferred from Decatur to division accounting offices in Birmingham in November 1930. He was a native of Decatur and served as assistant chief clerk to the master mechanic.

Morgan and Lawrence county students met at Florence State Teachers College and organized the Morgan-Lawrence County Club.

Hafford Leeman of Decatur was elected president. Other officers were Ruby Jackson of Mount Hope, vice president; Sara English of Decatur, secretary-treasurer; and Annie Sue Smith of Florence, reporter.

Mary Cortner, second-place winner in the Atwater Kent radio audition, sang at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Cortner.

50 Years Ago

June 12-18, 1956

David S. Habercom, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Habercom of Decatur, won $50 in a DECATUR DAILY contest. He won with a letter to THE DAILY telling "Why I Think My Dad is the Best in the World." Habercom, a Tennessee native, had lived in Decatur for 12 years and was in 10th grade at Decatur High School.

The Rev. Otis L. Golden became the new pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. He had been pastor at Cave Springs Baptist Church.

He is a native of St. Clair County and attended Pell City High School and Howard College.

Tom Delmore of Athens was elected president of North Alabama Hairdressers Unit. Other officers were Gercia Johnson of Decatur, first vice president; Alice Church of Decatur, second vice president; Kathryn White of Athens, secretary; Peggy Clardy of Huntsville, treasurer; and Mary Grady of Huntsville, historian.

A crew of five aboard a hand-built barge pulled into Decatur Harbor for supplies and fuel before embarking on a monthlong trip from Chattanooga to Cairo, Ill.

The crew consisted of five teenage boys who were vacationing after a year at Baylor Military School in Chattanooga and were living the life of sailors for about 30 days.

Members of the crew were Buddy Langston, 16; Ruffner Robinson, 17; Bill Pitner, 17; Jimmy Wesenauer, 17; and Paul Hodgdon, 17, all of Chattanooga.

"Cairo or Bust" was the motto written on the canvas tent that covered about half the barge and they had painted their names on the front of the tent.

Wooden lockers were built under the tent for food, bedding and other supplies. They had two gasoline stoves and a cooler.

The boat contained a generating system that navigated at night. It had running lights, headlights and a horn.

The teens hoped to reach Cairo in 19 or 20 days from Decatur.

25 Years Ago

June 12-18, 1981

Students in Decatur's public and private schools did well on compiled achievement test scores, and compared favorably with school systems around the state.

Decatur public schools ranked 11th statewide among city school systems.

Students at Grace Baptist surpassed the public school scores and sixth-graders at Grace Baptist performed at high school levels.

The five grades tested at Tri-County Bible School equaled or surpassed the public school scores in four out of five cases.

Laurie Denise Sansing, 18, was selected to be a contestant in the 1981 Miss Alabama World America Pageant.

She was a freshman at Auburn University and graduated from Decatur High School. She was sponsored by Jimmy Smith Jewelers, B.J.'s Deli, Brown's Fabric Center and Styles Unlimited.

Sansing is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Daniel Sansing of Decatur.

Hartselle Board of Education gave an open house to show area residents the newly renovated Pettey Center, formerly Pettey Gymnasium. The center includes the renovated gym, a new band room, weight room and a classroom that can be used for the wrestling team. The center is named for J.C. Pettey, former superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

Mrs. T.C. Ashford and Mrs. Lee Damsky were first-place winners in the Decatur Duplicate Bridge Club game.

Singer Perry Stephens added an Alabama touch to "Opryland's Night of Stars and Futurestars," an NBC special that broadcast June 16. Stephens, the son of Peggy Stephens of Decatur, joined seven other Opryland entertainers in a show hosted by Gene Kelly, and also featured Ben Vereen, Debby Boone, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee.

10 Years Ago

June 12-18, 1996

Hartselle native Michael Landers was honored with the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer of the Year Award for his technical achievements in support of the U.S. Army Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System program.

Landers graduated from Hartselle High School in 1984 and Auburn University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. He is concluding his master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and is a member of the Missile Systems Branch at Dynetics Inc. in Huntsville.

The award is presented by the Alabama-Mississippi Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to an aerospace engineer, 30 years of age or younger, in recognition of extraordinary technical ability, creativity and leadership.

He is the son of Doyle and Janice Landers of Hartselle.

University of North Alabama senior Greg Privett, son of Charles and Jewel Privett of East Limestone, will be meeting national and international news reporters during the summer internship with the White House Press Office. Privett, who is majoring in journalism, broadcast journalism and radio/television/film, won the six-week assignment after applying for it at the suggestion of assistant professor of journalism Bobbie Hurt.

He is an Athens native and a graduate of East Limestone High School.

A group of Brookhill Elementary School students took on the problems of the United Nations and solved them.

Brookhill Problems Solvers placed sixth in international competition in the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference at Providence College in Providence, R.I.

They applied their skills against 59 junior division teams from 49 other states and Australia, British Columbia, New Zealand, Ontario and Kuwait. In their problem scenario, the seven members of the Brookhill team — Sara Lansford, Julie Moss, Bailee Christopher, Tyler Robbins, Jacob Campbell, Matt Huggins and Crystal Norwood — came to the rescue of a financially strapped U.N. on its 100th anniversary in 2045.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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