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Mary Lott

Birmingham Barons sign Hargrove

75 Years Ago
July 24-31, 1931

Isaac Hargrove, 19-year-old Ardmore pitcher who has been pitching for the Athens team in the Bee Line league, was signed by the Birmingham Barons.

Falkville Chapter of Future Farmers of Alabama attended the state convention in Auburn. Local delegates were Ralph Parker of Danville, Herman Sandlin of Hartselle, Dillard Jones, Ira Penn, V.A. McCrosky Jr., John Teague, Bill Drinkard and Willie Reeder, all of Falkville.

Thirteen Decatur golfers traveled to Tuscumbia to compete at Tennessee Valley Country Club. In the seven matches, Decatur came away with five victories. Representing Decatur were Bob Banks, George Curtis, Frank Dulaney, A.C. Bailey, W.W. Fussell, Roland H. Gray, E.W. McLeod, John C. White, Sam Stephenson, Woolsey Finnell Jr., Father Moeller, Dr. John C. Bragg and Dave Martin.


50 Years Ago
July 24-31, 1956

Young Democrats of Alabama named new district vice presidents. Among the officers named were Guy D. Roberts of Hartselle, Eighth District, and Gilmer Blackburn of Decatur, vice president for administration.

Marel Sheats was promoted at Decatur Iron and Steel Co. to purchasing agent. Sheats had been employed with the company as a production control supervisor. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Sheats of Decatur and a graduate of Austinville High School and The University of Alabama.

25 Years Ago
July 24-31, 1981

William Jones, dressed as Elvis Presley, entertained at a talent show at Delano Park during the annual picnic celebrating the last day of Association for Retarded Citizens' summer school for mentally retarded people.

Hartselle won its first game in the Bronco State Tournament, beating Jasper
10-7. Chris Orr took the win for Hartselle, giving up eight hits in seven innings.
He struck out 11 and walked two. Dexter Orr and Rodney Young led the Hartselle hitting attack with home runs.

A Decatur native, fulfilling a lifelong dream, was named administrator of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Lt. Col. Gerald C. Oliver is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Oliver of Decatur. While attending Decatur High School, he worked at Decatur General Hospital. He worked at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield while he attended Florence State College, where he graduated in 1962.

He was then commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the medical corps.

From 1967-68, he was a medical adviser to the Liberian government. He was named by the Liberian government as an honorary Paramount Chief of Liberia and was decorated with the Joint Service Commendation Medal by the country. Prior to his appointment at Walter Reed, he was assigned to the Pentagon as an assistant to the surgeon general and oversaw the construction of medical facilities at Army installations worldwide.


10 Years Ago
July 24-31, 1996

Athens Mayor Dan Williams was a guest on the Ace and T.J. Radio Show on WZYP to bestow the local personalities with keys to the city. Williams proclaimed "Ace Anthony and T.J. Rockett Day" and commended the two for service to the community.

Patrick M. Dillon of Decatur was awarded the Furman Founder's Scholarship to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He is a 1996 graduate of Decatur High School and is the son of Bill and Mickey Dillon.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THEDAILYwelcomes the loan of vintage photographs of people, places and things from Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties. We will return photos. Call Mary Lott at 340-2352 for more information.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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