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Mary Lott

The Chemstrand Corp., a manufacturer of chemical textile fibers, in a photo from 1960.
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The Chemstrand Corp., a manufacturer of chemical textile fibers, in a photo from 1960.

McDonald to lead auxiliary

75 Years Ago

Sept. 4-10, 1931

Mrs. John McDonald was elected president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Athens. Other officers were Mrs. Hector French, first vice president; Mrs. Martin Whitt, second vice president; Mrs. N.S. Stewart, secretary/treasurer; Mrs. N.R. Nichols Jr., historian; Mrs. T.F. Nelson, chaplain; and Mrs. Douglas Newby, sergeant-at-arms.

Dick Coffman, an Athens youth with the St. Louis Browns, helped his team claim another victory over the Indians 11-3. The Browns had 16 blows with Coffman leading the attack. He had a double and three singles, driving in five runs and scoring one.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 4-10, 1956

Victorious City League All-Stars defeated Chemstrand 6-0. The team members were Scott McClanahan, manager; Junior Wallace, Winston Ridgeway, J. McKenzie, Billy Sparkman, Billy Woodall, James Massey, Lawrence Garner, Gayne McKelvey, Douglas Birdyshaw, George Murphree, Joe Burns, Jimmie T. Davis, Wilbur Geloneck and B.C. Schmidtke, managers.

North Alabama Model Airplane Meet had 28 contestants with 56 models from Birmingham, Decatur, Athens, Huntsville and Cullman. In the Junior Division, Jerry Stone of Decatur was winner in the combat event, Crosby Holt of Decatur won the scale model event and Don Sams of Decatur won the open race.

Three young women were selected as finalists in the Miss Labor Day beauty contest. They were Amelia Blevins, sponsored by I.B.E.W. Local 538, first place; Jean Kent, sponsored by Iron Workers Local 637, second place; and Emily Abercrombie, sponsored by Cullman Lady Garment Workers Local 457, third place.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 4-10, 1981

Untamed but affectionate, the puppets of Decatur First Christian Church put on a show with their puppeteer friends. The group performed at Crestwood Christian Church in Birmingham. The puppeteers were Janna Schwuchow, Kristy Goode, Kristie Johnson, Lane Stinson, Kim Edwards, Ardith Schwuchow, Kenny McCulloch, Barry McCulloch, Bill Livingston and Shirley Johnson.

Billy R. Letson of Trinity and Larry D. Malone of Athens were presented $10,000 maximum suggestion award checks by General Motors and Saginaw Steering Gear for cost-saving ideas. Malone's idea saved material and Letson's idea produced a special wrench used in assembly operation to improve efficiency and reduced down time.

Maria Sims of Danville won the Morgan County Miss Agriculture Contest sponsored by the Morgan County Farm Bureau. She was to represent Morgan County in the state pageant in Mobile in December. She is the daughter of Sandra Hardwick Sims of Danville and Tommy R. Sims of Lumberton, N.C., and was a sophomore at Calhoun Community College.

Mary Daniels, president of Decatur Junior Service League, presented a $3,000 check to Ginny Fite, president of the Friends of the Little House, and Evelyn Bibb, chairwoman of the Little House Building Committee. The donation was to help renovate the Girl Scout Little House in Delano Park.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 4-10, 1996

Patrick Dillion of Decatur, a regional recipient of Southtrust Bank's Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award, was honored by Southtrust Bank of Morgan County at a luncheon.

The $750 scholarship recognizes Alabama high school seniors who have achieved a high level of academic and athletic excellence.

Dillon had a 4.16 grade piont average at Decatur High School and his class standing was No. 1 out of 207 students. He was on the cross-country and track teams at Decatur.

Decatur High School officers elected for the Future Business Leaders of America were Chelsey Hughes, president; Laura Lott and Carlton McMasters, co-vice presidents; Alexis Graham, recording secretary; Kenva Kirk, corresponding secretary; Chip Walters and Mac McCrary, reporters; Matt Dueks and Josh Sharmon, co-treasurers; Vince Kelly, historian; and Eric Rogers and Ginny Vickery, social chairmen.

John Walsh, host of FOX TV's "America's Most Wanted," spoke in Decatur at the Parents and Children Together appreciation luncheon.

Walsh is founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Jim Sawyer, salesman at Joe Sartain Ford for six years, received the Ford Motor Co.'s Quality Commitment Award. Sawyer finished in the top 10 percent of 3,500 salespeople in customer satisfaction based on a questionnaire. The award covers five states in the Atlantic region.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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