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Mary Lott

Elmer “Hoot” Loyd, former owner of Loyd’s Drug Store, and Jane Ashford dance at a costume party at Decatur Country Club in about 1970.
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Elmer “Hoot” Loyd, former owner of Loyd’s Drug Store, and Jane Ashford dance at a costume party at Decatur Country Club in about 1970.

Adams leads committee to increase the use of cotton in the South

75 Years Ago

Jan. 15-21, 1932

The women of Decatur were invited and urged to join a statewide movement to increase the use of cotton in the South.

Use-More-Cotton Committee Chairwoman Mrs. W.J. Adams of Birmingham led the movement and several Alabama cities banded together to use cotton products to aid the southern cotton farmer.

The Decatur B.Y.P.U., composed of unions in the city and suburbs, elected officers at a meeting at Southside Baptist Church. They were Walter L. Bethany, president; Harrison Hill, secretary; Sarah Buck, assistant secretary; and Eugene Speer Jr., chorister. Vice presidents were composed of senior presidents from each church.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 15-21, 1957

The Self triplets of Hartselle celebrated their first birthday Jan. 17. Berthlene, Charlene and Darlene were the first triplets born in recent history in Morgan County and they were the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Self.

The telephone system in the area expanded at a healthy rate, according to a 1956 joint year-end statement by Southern Bell Telephone Co.’s local and state officials. Avery Taylor, the company’s local manager, said that about 10.8 percent more telephones were in service in Decatur in Dec. 31. The number of telephones increased by 1,008 to raise the total in use to 10,293.

Dr. Monroe Parker, evangelist and pastor of the Grace Baptist Church of Decatur, was elected to the executive committee of the Bob Jones University board of trustees.

Julian Harris, Decatur attorney, was named special assistant attorney general for Alabama. He advised the state Highway Department on legal matters such as obtaining correct titles for the acquisition of rights of way for new roadwork in North Alabama.

Earle Proctor of Moulton was presented with the Silver Beaver award, the highest award for Scouts.

The Silver Beaver is awarded to Scout leaders who render exceptional and meritorious service to the organization.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 15-21, 1982

Mary Lee Shannon of Montgomery, daughter of Catherine H. Rice of Decatur, was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America for 1981.

Women selected for the honor were chosen on the basis of ability, accomplishments and service to the community.

Shannon was director of the mental illness and substance abuse division of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and she was responsible for community programs.

Sara Long received the Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Humanitarian Award at the 51st annual membership dinner. Long, a retired Decatur schoolteacher, moved to Decatur in 1924 and began teaching French and Latin at Riverside High School.

Brian Moses, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Moses of Decatur, received the chamber’s Heroism Award. Moses saved a 2-year-old boy, who was face down in a rain-swollen drainage ditch, by jumping into the current and pulling him to safety.

The Committee on Church Cooperation elected the Rev. Ray Shubert, pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church, as chairman of a committee to raise support for Meals on Wheels.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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