VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Decatur Junior High School’s 1948 basketball team. Members were, kneeling, from left, manager Tommy Edgil, George Clem, Jack Scott, Bob Bell, Billy Joe Aycock, Duggie Johnson and manager Joe Black; and standing, from left, Coach Floyd Briscoe, Bobby White, Bobby Freeman, Tuell Garnett, Bill Lovin and George Harvey.
Spain to lead Woodmen of the World
75 Years Ago
Dec. 11-17, 1931
Ed Spain was elected to lead Camp No. 437 Woodmen of the World.
Other officers were J.R. Gibson, I.M. Eubanks, E.A. English, S.R. Garrison, G.C. Penny, C.E. Spurlock, S.L. Ryan, B.D. Wright and J.D. Winton.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 11-17, 1956
Five Decatur businessmen elected to Decatur Chamber of Commerce were Kenneth Johnson, plant manager, Chemstrand Corp.; Leon Clancy, owner/manager, Clancy Forest Products; Gerald Neher, president/manager, Alabama Brick &Tile Co.; I.B. Schmidt, regional distributor, Gulf Oil Corp.; and Johnny Smither, CPA, partner in Bell, Smither & Martin.
West Decatur Elementary School’s student council sponsored a drive to collect used clothing for Junior Service League’s Clothes Bank at the Red Cross office. Council members who participated were Carolyn Winton, Janice Self, Bobby Piland, Carol Bowden, Mary Nell Swatzell, Boyd Hardin and Tommy Nix.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 11-17, 1981
Decatur Newcomers’ Club installed officers for the ensuing year at a luncheon. Entertainment was provided by the Madrigal Singers of Calhoun Community College Chorale.
The officers were Carol Bynum, president; Mildred Weaver, second vice president; Nona Fitts, recording secretary; Susan Halliday, corresponding secretary; and Pat Boyer, treasurer.
Members of Distributive Education Clubs of America at Austin High School shopped for Christmas presents for foster children.
The members were Lizza Chandler, Ron Beasley, Carolyn Wiley and Bonnie Thrasher.
First National Bank building on Lee Street Northeast was the newest addition to Decatur’s skyline in the downtown district. Joe Perrin, bank senior vice president, reported the building was on schedule and workers were constructing the last of five stories.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 11-17, 1996
New officers for Point Mallard Independent Golf Association were Dave Dobbs, president; Johnny Atkins, vice president; Marel Sheets, secretary; Don Agee, treasurer; and Charles Clem and Howard McLemore, board of directors.
David Duke of Rankin Insurance was named a member of the Million Dollar Round Table’s 1996 honor roll. The honor roll recognizes insurance agents who have met or exceeded production requirements 15 or more times.
John Craig Nash, a 19-year-old student at Hartselle High School, was honored with the 1996 Richard M. Scrushy Award for Courage. Superintendent Lee Hartsell and Transition Program coordinator Jamie Roden presented it at a Board of Education meeting.