VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Athens State College sophomore class officers at the Student Union in this photo from 1960.
Mainard wins at national competition
75 Years Ago
July 3-9, 1931
Lilly Mainard of Decatur was winner of the first prize of $75 for Zone B in the National Dressmaking Contest sponsored by Borden Fabrics. The fabric she used for her winning dress was from Ligon's Department Store.
The 12 states in Zone B includes are Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and Virginia.
Mizpah Chapter No. 19 O.E.S. installed officers for the ensuing year. They were Mrs. G.J. Wiggins, worthy matron; R.C. Moore, worthy patron; Mrs. Charles Uptain, associate matron; T.D. Brooks, associate patron; Mrs. L.W. Warner, secretary; Dolly Porter, treasurer; Mrs. Herbert Hauk, conductress; Mrs. Jesse Yarbrough, associate conductress; Mrs. A.L. Handley, chaplain; Mrs. B.R. Ross, marshal; Mrs. R.A. Nunn, organist; Mrs. R.C. Moore, adah; Mrs. T.E. Speer, Ruth; Mrs. C.E. Sittason, Esther; Mrs. W.H. Thompson, Martha; Lola McKnight, Electa; Mrs. J.E. Butler, warder; and A.C. McKnight, sentinel.
Elmer "Buddy" Young of Decatur visited Washington, D.C., as one of the champion members of the 4-H Clubs of Alabama.
50 Years Ago
July 3-9, 1956
Mrs. William Spink went to The University of Alabama for the annual summer workshop of the Alabama Division of the American Association of University Women.
Spink represented the Decatur branch at the presidents' dinner.
The Long family had an annual family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Bogue.
Those who attended were W.R. Long and family of Gulfport, Miss., Dr. H.E. Long and family of Brewton; S.R. Long and S.R. Long Jr. of Birmingham; Mrs. T.E. Drinkard and family and Tom Drinkard and family of Birmingham; Grady Long of Hartselle; Hal Long and family, Mrs. W.H. Hardin and family of Waverly, Tenn., Mrs. Bogue and Mrs. Henry Monk and family of Falkville.
Betty Moody represented Decatur Civitan Club in the Morgan County Maid of Cotton Contest. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Moody of Decatur and a 1953 graduate of Decatur High School.
25 Years Ago
July 3-9, 1981
Rotarians Hill Ferguson and Frank Stone were honored with the Paul Harris Fellow. The award, named after the Rotary founder, is the most prestigious award given to a Rotarian. Hugh Hillhouse, president of Decatur Rotary Club, presented the award.
Bank Street Players named officers for the 1981-82 season. The board was to select directors for the year who would submit resumes of the plays they wanted to do. The board was to select three plays and develop a production schedule. Elected were Patsy Bruce, president; Georgia Moultrie, vice president; and board members Jim Thorton, Jerry Puckett and Jim Montgomery.
Sen. Jeremiah Denton, R-Mobile, announced the selection of Walter Carl "Bo" Doss of Decatur for the Congressional Internship Program.
Doss, son of Bill and Laureen Doss, graduated from Austin High School and completed his freshman year at The University of North Alabama.
While at Austin, Doss played football, basketball and baseball and was Mr. Austin High School his senior year. He was the 1980 recipient of the Decatur Civitan Good Citizenship Award and is a member of Grant Street Church of Christ.
10 Years Ago
July 3-9, 1996
Timothy L. Lovelace was named senior vice president at First American Bank in Decatur. Lovelace, a graduate of The University of North Alabama, formerly worked at AmSouth Bank in Decatur. He is past president of Decatur Jaycees and chairman of the North Alabama Group of Robert Norris and Associates.
Decatur dentist Lloyd Nix received the Barrett C. Shelton Freedom Award for community service, named for the late editor and publisher of THE DECATUR DAILY.
Nix, 59, was a three-year football letterman at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, which became Auburn University, and was quarterback of the 1957 national championship team and the Southeastern Conference championship team. He also lettered in baseball, leaving a 9-0 pitching record in 1958.
After graduating from dentistry school in 1963, Nix served two years as an Air Force dentist. He began his practice in Decatur in 1965.
Stephanie Gwaltney, 21, of Huntsville was crowned Miss Point Mallard 1996.
Gwaltney's platform, "Arts Benefit Children," concerns introducing underprivileged children to the arts. She sang "Think of Me" from the Broadway musical "Phantom of the Opera" in the talent competition.
Former Decatur resident Brooke Carroll of Hoover was first runner-up. Stacie Martin of Dothan was second. Bari Watson of Bessemer finished third and Julianne Anderson of Jacksonville, Fla., was fourth.