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Employees of Hicks Chevrolet Co. in Decatur in a photo from 1952. If anyone can identify the men, please contact Mary Lott at 340-2452 between 5 and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail her at

Pearl Vaughn Theater opened in Hartselle

75 Years Ago

Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 1931

Pearl Vaughn Theater in Hartselle opened its doors with the film "Just Imagine." It featured Ed Brendal.

The theater, owned by Dr. W.M. Booth, was opened with R.C.A. Vitaphone. Mrs. A.E. Jackson was manager.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 1956

The Rev. Otis E. Kirby, district superintendent of the United Methodist Church, named Avery Roberts Jr. district lay leader. He succeeded Leonard L. McCulloch, who served 12 years.

Roberts was a member of Central Methodist Church and was vice principal at Decatur High School. He also had served as principal at Moulton Heights.

Tom Leslie, president of Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce, led the organization's efforts to help the United Fund raise $103,213 during its annual drive.

The Jaycees have the responsibility of contacting merchants in outlying sections of the city. This generally included all the smaller merchants with less than 10 employees in all sections of the city other than Second Avenue, Bank Street and Moulton Street.

There were about 250 contracts to be made in this division and to handle the job, Leslie appointed five team captains to head the solicitation task. Captains were Tom Hurst, Don Moser, J.D. Shown, Charles Steinmetz and Frank Wiley.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 1981

Ida Mayfield of Decatur was chosen 1981 Foster Grandparent of the Year. People who are over 50 and meet income requirements act as grandparents for underprivileged children and are paid $2 per hour stipends for their work. The program is a United Way agency.

Mayfield, a widow with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, had been with the program four years, she said. During that time, she worked with runaways, juvenile offenders and slow learners.

Margaret Anne Barnes, author, was guest speaker at the annual Friends of the Library Literary Luncheon. Her first book, "Murder In Coweta County," won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from Mystery Writers of America.

Members of the local chapter of La Leche League and their families celebrated the international league's 25th birthday. Among those attending were Suzanne Sims, John Sims, Michael Lambert, Phillip Hogan, Kathi Hogan, Kelly Hogan, Kerry Sims, Jeannie Sims, Jake Sims, Katy Lambert, Terry Lambert and Jack Lambert.

10 Years Ago

Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 1996

To coax Pat Nordmark to attend Decatur Civitan Club's award banquet, members told her to give a speech promoting Decatur Concert Association, one of the many charitable groups she helps. Instead, when presenter Eddie Self called her name, he announced that she was the club's Citizen of the Year.

Other things in which she was involved included Habitat for Humanity, Committee on Church Cooperation, tutoring at Calhoun Community College and Decatur Youth Enrichment, American Association of University Women, American Heart Association and North Alabama Presbytery Committee. She also received the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Three area students were selected as Ag Ambassadors at Auburn University. Steven Drake of Tanner, a junior agronomy and soils major; Bunny Brooks of Somerville, a sophomore animal and dairy science major; and Shannon Huber of Elkmont, a senior agronomy and soils major, were selected to the group of agricultural students dedicated to enhancing the image of and interest in the College of Agriculture.

Luther Douglas, Eric Hassett and Pooja Swamy, students at Austin High School, have been named Commended Students in the 1997 National Merit Scholarship Program. They received letters of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THEDAILYwelcomes the loan of vintage photographs of people, places and events in Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties for The Valley of Years Past. Photos will be returned. Call Mary Lott at 340-2452 between 5 and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail her at mlott@decatur

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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