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Mary Lott

Deer Springs Tourist Court in this photo that appears to be from the 1950s. Deer Springs was located 5 or 6 miles south of Decatur on U.S. 31.
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Deer Springs Tourist Court in this photo that appears to be from the 1950s. Deer Springs was located 5 or 6 miles south of Decatur on U.S. 31.

Stone and Barnett operators install lumber plant

75 Years Ago

Dec. 18-24, 1931

Stone and BarnettLumber Mill operators installed a lumber plant on Riverview Avenue. They expected the plant to begin operating after the first of the year and employ approximately a dozen men.

O.J. Sheppard, eighth district committeeman, was chosen to head a delegation of Decatur Legionaires and members of the Auxilliary, who went to Birmingham to greet the national commander.

A crowd gathered at the Sterchi store on Second Avenue for the conclusion of a trade campaign that was a feature of the holiday business drive sponsored by the local Sterchi organization.

B.L. Malone, probate judge, acted as master of ceremonies.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 18-24, 1956

Sharon Thrasher, a senior at Hazlewood High School, was elected Good Citizenship Girl for 1957 to represent her school. Thrasher was vice president of Beta Club, head cheerleader, member of the H Club and FHA, secretary of the student council and a typist for the annual.

The Decatur Junior Chamber of Commerce distributed food baskets to needy families in Morgan County. Ross Hawkins and Bill Lee were Jaycees in charge of the program.

Lt. Wesley Mott of the local Salvation Army post and a Jaycee, was in charge of clearing all families being considered for baskets.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 18-24, 1981

Decatur native Gene Black was named dean of the School of Music at Samford University. He had been associate dean since 1975. Black received a bachelor of music degree from Samford and a master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in music education from The University of Alabama.

A new technology developed by Monsanto Co. for recovering hydrogen for recycling by industry won the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award.

The award is presented every two years for outstanding achievement in chemical engineering.

The company developed PRISM separators, a system, which uses a specially developed chemical membrane to separate hydrogen from purge gases.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 18-24, 1996

Austin High School junior varsity head football coach Thomas Pierce was voted for induction to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame.

Before arriving at Austin in 1990, Pierce spent 22 years coaching at Aberdeen High School in Mississippi, including 13 years as head football coach and athletic director and four years as principal.

The Courtland Town Council selected former Lawrence County District Attorney Tim Littrell as city attorney.

Doug Maund of Athens was elected chairman of HealthGroup of Alabama, an alliance of nonprofit hospitals. Maund was a board member at Athens-Limestone Hospital.

He is owner and chief executive officer of Emm-Dee Drug Corp. in Athens is a 1953 graduate of Auburn University.

Compiled by Mary Lott

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