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Mary Lott

Frank Webster and Mac Scruggs outside Spur Service Station in Decatur in 1946 or 1947.
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Frank Webster and Mac Scruggs outside Spur Service Station in Decatur in 1946 or 1947.

Shearer wins Goodyear radio contest

75 Years Ago

Dec. 25-31, 1931

Bankers swept past Decatur Post Office in bowling at the YMCA. Fred Bloodworth Jr. of the Bankers claimed the highest single and highest game total for the season.

Local Goodyear representatives presented Mrs. H.R. Shearer of Decatur with a check she won in a radio contest sponsored by the company. Shearer’s letter about the merits of Goodyear tires and services placed third nationally.

The Hotel Lyons had a perfect record of appearance, sanitation and cleanliness, according to the Alabama Board of Health Inspections. The hotel had maintained that record for 10 consecutive years.

The hotel was awarded a gold seal. J.K. Hughes was manager.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 25-31, 1956

Mary Etta Ramsey, a senior at West Limestone High School, was chosen as DAR Good Citizenship Girl of the Year. Ramsey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Ramsey of Elkmont.

She was an honor student, a member of the Beta Club, Commercial Club and FHA, and was on the yearbook and newspaper staff.

Evelyn Blankenship of Hartselle was selected Miss Future Homemaker for December at Priceville High School.

Girls receiving the honor were judged by their attitude, disposition, integrity, scholarship and interest in home economics.

Shelva Gibson and Wayland Cross were named sweetheart and beau of Hazlewood’s Future Homesmakers of America and Future Farmers of America.

Officers of the Club of Arts hosted their fifth annual Christmas party at All States. Officers were Mrs. Irby Johnson, president; Mrs. Emmett Roan, vice president; Mrs. McCulloch Scruggs, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. Garnett Dement, social chairman; and Mrs. Calvin Gay, demonstrator.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 25-31, 1981

Fedois Eugene Brown, 14, was named outstanding student of the year in the young people’s Sunday school class at Apostolic Church of God. Brown is the son of Mary Gwendolyn Brown and was in the ninth grade at Austin High School.

Terri Narrell, 9, of Danville was the winner of a “Tell Me Why” book for her essay “My Favorite Instrument Is Piano.” Narrell is the daughter of Kenneth and Jean Narrell and was a fifth-grader at Danville Elementary School.

The Parent Teachers Association of Woodmeade Elementary School had a reception for the school’s teachers at the home of Bob and Erdith Schwuchow. Mayor Bill Dukes was speaker and he presented a copy of “The Story of Decatur, Alabama” to Byron West, Woodemade principal.

Alabama Maid of Cotton Pam Love of Decatur began the competition for the National Maid of Cotton with a press conference and judging of speaking ability. The interview started two days of competition for 19 competitors.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 25-31, 1996

Scott Matthews of Decatur, who was a senior at Birmingham-Southern College, was inducted in the 1997 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Matthews.

Thomas Thurston Bodine of Decatur was awarded the Brevard Family Scholarship in Engineering at The University of Mississippi.

Col. Walter Aston Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century, elected new officers for 1997. They were Mrs. Julian Kobler, president; Mrs. Carl Powe, first vice president; Mrs. Thomas Montgomery, second vice president; Mrs. J.W. Ivey, chaplain; Mrs. Wallace Brassell, recording secretary; Mrs. Stephen Leonard, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Daniel O’Connell, treasurer; Mrs. Ellsworth Richter, registrar; Mrs. Larry Johnson, librarian; and Mrs. Albert Rollins, historian.

Dieter Schrader, owner of new Athens eatery Shells and Scales, said some people told him when they heard the name they thought he was running a bait-and-tackle shop.

The newest addition to The Village shopping center near Interstate 65, however, was a restaurant. Schrader and his wife, Sonja, were backed by many years of restaurant experience. They owned Old Heidelberg, the Santa Fe Grill and Café Berlin.

The restaurateur said he chose the name Shells and Scales to reflect the seafood dishes on the menu, but it also featured many chicken, beef, pork and pasta entrees.

Compiled by Mary Lot>t

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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