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Mary Lott

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Photo from Morgan County Archives
Folks browse at the Morgan County Fair in this photo from the 1950s.

In 1956, Joneses make world trip with Methodists

75 Years Ago

Oct. 9-15, 1931

A new Boy Scout troop was organized at Tanner. Members of the rural-urban committee of Decatur Rotary Club went to Tanner to assist in organizing the troop.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 9-15, 1956

A former Decaturite, the Rev. Elton Jones, and his wife are at India Methodist Centennial at Lucknow, India.

The Rev. Jones, a brother of Guy Jones of Decatur, is a native of Falkville. He is pastor at Asbury Methodist Church at Greeneville, Tenn.

The Joneses made the trip around the world with a group of Methodist ministers, laymen and church executives. They visited Cairo, Egypt, New Delhi, India, Madras, India, Bangkok, Thailand, Manila, Republic of the Philippines, Tokyo, Japan and Honolulu.

Morgan County Probate Judge T.C. Almon addressed members of Decatur Civitan Club about mental health. He said there are 7,800 patients with mental disorders in overcrowded hospitals in the state.

25 Years Ago

Oct. 9-15, 1981

The 1981 Austin High School student council officers were Mike Marmann, president; Deana Marks, vice president; Denise Owens, secretary; and Leanne Sharp, treasurer.

Jim Gregory, president of the new state-chartered bank, announced three officer positions at First American Bank of Decatur.

Lee Adcox was appointed vice president and loan officer, Nancy Haskins was appointed cashier and operations manager, and Robert F. Tweedy was appointed assistant vice president.

Robert J. Barrett was appointed superintendent of personnel and community relations at Monsanto's Decatur plant.

Barrett, a native of Giddings, Texas, graduated from The University of Texas in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in personnel management and industrial relations.

Donald Henderson of Trinity received $10,000 as payment from Kenneth Lange, manager of Saginaw Steering Gear Plant 21, as a maximum suggestion award. The General Motors Corp. suggestion plan pays up to $10,000 for eligible ideas from employees that save material, increase efficiency, reduce safety hazards and improve quality.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 9-15, 1996

Kevin Bazzel of Decatur was elected president of the College Student Union by the student body at St. Meinrad College in St. Meinrad, Ind.

Alison Ray and Ashley Reynolds, both students at Austin High School, qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award by earning grades of 3 or above on five or more AP exams.

Kristi Love of Decatur was accepted for inclusion in the 19th annual edition of the National Dean's list. She is a student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and a graduate of Austin High School.

Her parents are Essie and Sylvester Love of Decatur.

Melissa Fredrickson was named Citizen of the Month at Woodmeade Elementary School. The honor is based on consistency and dependability. Sydney Stover was first runner-up and Antoinette Robinson was second runner-up.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THEDAILYwelcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties for The Valley of Years Past. Photos will be returned after they are published.

Call Mary Lott at 340-2452 between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail her at for more information.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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