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Mary Lott

Bess Terry and Annie McDaniel outside the New York Hatters and Dry Cleaners in 1950. The shop, owned by Harry Bottis, was on Bank Street in Decatur.
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Bess Terry and Annie McDaniel outside the New York Hatters and Dry Cleaners in 1950. The shop, owned by Harry Bottis, was on Bank Street in Decatur.

Isbell awarded medal for heroism

75 Years Ago

Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 1932

Willis Van Gilbert, attorney, was elected secretary of the Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee

The Carnegie Hero Fund commission awarded a bronze medal for heroism to Jane E. Isbell of Guntersville. Isbell was 13 years old when she saved Elizabeth Drake, 16, from drowning while the girls were swimming in the Tennessee River. Isbell swam 15 feet to Drake after she heard the girl crying for help.

Mrs. H.T. Gill was chosen to serve as president for the Benevolent Society. Other officers were Mrs. F.F. Tidwell, vice president; Mrs. J.H. Calvin, secretary; and Mrs. R.H. Wolcott, treasurer.

A new department was added to Riverside school. Superintendent W.W. Benson announced that printing was being taught in the manual training building as part of the vocational training course.

First Methodist Church donated equipment for the printing courses.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 1957

Dr. Illja Pejovic of Podgorica, Yugoslavia, became associate medical director at the District 1 Tuberculosis Sanitorium.

Dr. Pejovic graduated from the University of Belgrade’s medical school.

He began his internship in Belgrade and was a physician in the Yugoslavia Army and Navy from 1944 to 1952.

Prior to coming to Decatur, Dr. Pejovic was affiliated with Mount Wilson State TB Hospital in Mount Wilson, Md.

The Decatur Rotarians elected six new directors. They were Bud Bryan, Jerry Comer, Lawson Davidson, Pete Henderson, Roy Sudhoff and Avery Taylor.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 1982

R.H. McCulloch Jr. of Decatur was elected Potentate of Cahaba Shrine Temple. He directed the activities of almost 3,000 Cahaba Shriners in North Alabama in their service to crippled and burned children.

Margaret Johnson of Decatur was named District Leader for 1981 in property and casualty insurance sales for Cotton States Insurance Co.

Johnson had 15 years of experience with the company and sold more than $120,000 worth of insurance during 1981.

Charles H. Jackson was promoted to vice president in charge of lending at First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Decatur. He was a Florence native and a 1974 graduate of The University of Alabama.

10 Years Agov

Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 1997

Tim Jones, professor of justice studies at Athens State College, was named to a three-year term on the curriculum committee of the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

The commission sets standards and requirements for police officers, state troopers and marine police.

Decatur recognized five individuals who gave their hearts to the arts at the Bravo Awards ceremony.

The ceremony was presented in the style of Hollywood awards shows featuring video clips, surprise guests and entertainers honoring the nominees.

Those honored were:

  • Ellen Langford, an English teacher responsible for establishing a successful speech and forensics program at Decatur High School.
  • Phillip Parker, owner of Spectrum Productions, a video and sound specialist who has volunteered and assisted local performing arts groups since 1988.
  • Paul Stroud, coordinator of The Sophisticated Swingers, a local instrumental group known for its Big Band music. He also helped establish the Concert in the Park series.
  • Flip Timberlake, a retired Decatur Utilities employee and devoted arts patron who rarely misses a local arts performance. He played piano at the Princess Theatre more than 60 years ago.
  • Darin Windham, sales manager at W&S Electric and coordinator of Encore!, a song and dance group. He was active in musicals and plays in Decatur and Huntsville.

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

    Mary Lott Mary Lott
    DAILY Staff Writer

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