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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Colt League All-Stars of Decatur were, front row, from left, Larry Luckett, Allen Elkins, Ronnie Dukes, Bailey Rowden, Tommy Syers, Danny Wakefield and Bobby Joe Robinson. Second row are Coach Ed Brazelton, Mike Ratliff, Hammond (first name unknown), Donnie Arthur, Hal Miller, Foster (first name unknown), Danny Gibson, Raymond Ward. Norman “Shorty” Florence, manager, is not pictured. This photo was taken in 1965.
Colt League All-Stars of Decatur were, front row, from left, Larry Luckett, Allen Elkins, Ronnie Dukes, Bailey Rowden, Tommy Syers, Danny Wakefield and Bobby Joe Robinson. Second row are Coach Ed Brazelton, Mike Ratliff, Hammond (first name unknown), Donnie Arthur, Hal Miller, Foster (first name unknown), Danny Gibson, Raymond Ward. Norman “Shorty” Florence, manager, is not pictured. This photo was taken in 1965.

Construction of Athens post office is authorized

75 Years Ago

Jan.1-7, 1932

Athens postmaster C.M. Hillis announced the authorization for construction of a $90,000 post office for the city.

Dr. J.A. Howle of Falkville was elected president of the Morgan County Medical Society.

The local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars changed its name to Frank R. Stockton in honor of the community’s war heroes.

Stockton died in World War I while trying to save one of his wounded friends.

Limestone County passed the 50,000 bale mark for the 1931 cotton crop, exceeding its former record of 49,001 bales.

50 Years Ago

Jan.1-7, 1957

Stockholders of Town Creek Development Association elected W.W. Brackin president. Wesley Davis and Russell Armstrong were elected vice presidents and Luther King was elected secretary-treasurer.

The spotlight at the Cotillion dance was on Mrs. D. Lindsey Hume, its president. Other officers elected were Mrs. Joe Renneker, vice president; Mrs. George Sletcher recording secretary; Mrs. Fred Pappenburg, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Pruitt Cartwright Jr., treasurer; and Mrs. R.T. McWhorter, parliamentarian.

25 Years Ago

Jan.1-7, 1982

Pam Lang of Decatur was selected to perform with Continental Singers, an interdenominational group based in Los Angeles. She toured with 25 other singers and a brass orchestra.

Lang first saw the singers perform at a Hartselle church and decided to audition.

Continental Singers is a nonprofit corporation founded by musician Cam Floria. It grew from one tour in 1962 to 14 tours in 1997 involving 500 singers and band members. Ten participants were chosen from each state.

Two Morgan County deputies, following the motto on patches worn on their shirt sleeves, helped a stranded young couple with two young children from Cleveland, Ohio, make it back home.

The family was traveling home from a funeral when their car ran out of gas near Cee Jay’s Restaurant on Alabama 67. Deputies Rocky Huddleston and Houston Harris were dispatched to the restaurant after the family called the Sheriff’s Department for help.

The deputies took the family inside Cee Jay’s, bought them dinner and put gas in their car. They spent $29 out of their own pockets.

The deputies radioed back to the Sheriff’s Office to contact one of the charitable organizations for help, but they all were closed for the day.

People with scanners heard the story and began arriving at the restaurant with money for the family. In all, $70 to $75 was collected.

10 Years Ago

Jan.1-7, 1997

Two Decatur companies received awards from Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama.

M&D Mechanical Contractors received the award for mechanical industrial work under $2 million. The award recognized a test fixture built to test the design of the International Space Station seal ring assembly.

Baggette Construction received the award for specialty residential. The award recognized a home built for Dr. Malcom Prewitt of Decatur and designed by Scott Schoel of John Scott Architects.

Athens attorney James M. Plunk was among three Alabamians elected to The University of Mobile Board of Trustees.

Plunk, with the law firm Alexander, Corder, Plunk and Baker, was district attorney for the 39th Judicial Circuit under Gov. Fob James from 1981 to 1982. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from The University of Alabama.

MARY LOTT

The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties for use in “The Valley ofYears Past.”Please call Mary Lott at 340-2352 or e-mail her at mary.lott@decaturdaily. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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