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Mary Lott

The drum major and majorettes for Decatur High School’s band in a 1953 photo.
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The drum major and majorettes for Decatur High School’s band in a 1953 photo.

Kiwanis Club hears about tourist trade

75 Years Ago

Sept. 18-24, 1931

Leroy F. Hill, secretary-manager of Alabama Motorists Association, was principal speaker at a meeting of Decatur Kiwanis Club.

He spoke about tourist trade and what it means to a town, particularly Decatur, because of its position on the Bee Line highway.

Scouts received their badges and awards at Athens Court of Honor at Athens High School.

Mack Maples of Troop 7 was awarded an Eagle Badge, the highest Scouting award. Bobby Cox, G.W. Feigley, Maurice Nichols, James Lewis and Rat Allen were advanced to second class.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 18-24, 1956

Officials took part in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new two-story home of First Federal Savings and Loan Association at Grant Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast. The firm's president, J.H. Harlow, turned the first dirt. Others who attended were Alvis Briscoe, executive vice president; Mayor H.R. Summer, Ray Childs, contractor; S.A. Lynne, company director; and Joe McCullers, Chamber of Commerce manager.

New officers for Moulton Heights P-TA were Quilla Reed, president; Mrs. Raymond Royer, first vice president; Mrs. Ernest Couch, second vice president; Mrs. Perey Phillips, secretary; and Mrs. J.R. Vaughan, treasurer.

The Rev. E.L. McFee became pastor of Athens First Methodist Church. He came to Athens from Roanoke, where he served for four years.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 18-24, 1981

The Chamber of Commerce hired Debra Lewis Gaston of Russellville to serve as director for Decatur Tourism Bureau.

Gaston was the manager of Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. She graduated from Northwest Alabama State Junior College in Russellville with an associate of science degree and received a bachelor of science degree from The University of North Alabama.

James Fuller, a familiar face at Decatur Lanes, was named Greater Decatur Bowling Association's Bowler of the Year. Fuller and his wife worked with younger bowlers in the league for several years and he was president of the junior association.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 18-24, 1996

Pat Ubaudi and Suzie Wiley won women's club golf championships in Decatur.

Wiley won Decatur Country Club women's championship with a two-day 164. Ubaudi won the Burningtree Country Club women's championship.

For most people, checking the weather is a quick look outside. For John Kelly of Moulton, it was a little more than that.

Kelly had been making daily weather observations for the National Weather Service since 1957, and the U.S. Department of Commerce honored him for his efforts.

He was awarded the John Campanius Holm award for outstanding contributions to the field of meteorology.

The award is named after a Lutheran minister who was the earliest known systematic weather observer in North America. He compiled weather records, without the use of instruments, in 1644 and 1645.

Kimm Wright, daughter of Kerry and Nancy Wright, was homecoming queen for West Morgan High School. Lisa Tuck, daughter of Louis and Linda Tuck, and Casey Hembree, daughter of Nathan and Carolyn Hembree, were senior attendants.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

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