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Ad Dunaway joins Hartselle club

75 Years Ago

Aug. 1-6, 1931

H.L. Kirby delivered a series of sermons at Mount Zion school. He spoke on "The Lord's Supper" and "Unity."

The Rev. J.D. Carter, formerly of Decatur, and a missionary in who had recently returned from Africa, spoke over the radio on a New York station from Broadway Hotel.

Ad Dunaway, a pitcher from Somerville, joined the Hartselle club. Dunaway was a pitcher known for mixing speed with curve balls and giving opposing batters plenty of trouble.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 1-6, 1956

Six Cub Scouts of Den 4, Pack 89, and Den Mother Grace McKean embarked on a journey from Decatur Harbor to Bird's Island for an adventurous day of picnicking and swimming. The Scouts were Danny Haraway, Randy McKean, Paul Doss, Wayne Terry, Joe Barran and Jerry Spain.

A Decatur girl was among 27 contestants in the finale for Miss Alabama. Aviona Yarbrough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Yarbrough, who was an honor student at Birmingham-Southern College and a graduate of Decatur High School, was a music major.

Limestone, one of the largest cotton-producing counties in Alabama, selected
Myrna Lindsay, Junior Maid, and Nancy Gentry, Senior Maid of Cotton.

Gentry is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gentry of Athens. She attended Birmingham-Southern and was a Kappa Delta. While at Athens High, she was a majorette and editor of the school annual.

Lindsay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lindsay, was a senior at Tanner High School. She was a cheerleader, Beta Club officer and president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship at Tanner United Methodist Church.

Maj. Guy R. Woodall was appointed command of cadets at Marion Institute in Marion. Woodall, a native of Hartselle, became a member of the faculty in 1951 and taught in the English department. A veteran of World War II, Woodall served with the U.S. Navy in Asian-Pacific, Philippine, and European theatres with an Armed-Guard detachment aboard the S.S. Lurline.

25 Years Ago
Aug. 1-6, 1981

Decatur Chamber of Commerce announced three winners from the 35,000 people
registered in a citywide shopping promotion. Winners of Extra Value Days was Mrs. J.F. Scroggins of Decatur, first-place prize of $1,000; Cindy Agee of Decatur, second-place prize of $300; and Rowena Livingston of Decatur, third-place prize of $200.

Bob Wilson was named Falkville police chief.

The Boys' Club most improved players award winners were Andrew Matthews,
Braves; Matthew Carroll, Cubs; Jim Garner, Indians; Jody Murphree, Mets, Tim Bates, Orioles; and Craig Garrison, Senators.

J. Whitfield King Jr., who was Southern regional director of corporate governmental and civic affairs for Monsanto Co., and had been active in Decatur civic affairs, was appointed vice president of personnel and public affairs of Avondale Mills in Sylacauga.

10 Years Ago
Aug. 1-6, 1996

Joe Hendrix of Decatur won a boat given away by Committee on Church Cooperation. An anonymous person gave the 1980 Bonanza runabout, and
Hendrix was among people who donated money to the CCC for a chance to win. The $2,561 raised went toward buying school supplies for needy children in Morgan County.

Decatur High graduate Gare Linley signed a soccer scholarship with Martin
Methodist College. Linley, a goalie, had not played high school soccer until his senior year. The 5-foot-11 DECATUR DAILY All-Area honorable mention selection in soccer also was an offensive guard on Decatur's football team.

Chris R. Spann of Athens was named operations manager for Wright-K Technology's Alabama operations based in Decatur. He had 28 years experience in manufacturing at General Motors Corp.

THE DAILY welcomes the loan of vintage photos from Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties for Valley of the Past. Photos will be returned. Call Mary Lott at 340-2452.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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