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Mary Lott

Bess, Sarah and Howard Lovelady, with children Nancy and Marsha, enjoy a day at Decatur Boat Harbor in 1955.
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Bess, Sarah and Howard Lovelady, with children Nancy and Marsha, enjoy a day at Decatur Boat Harbor in 1955.

Athens women form local sorority

75 Years Ago

Feb. 5-11, 1932

High school and college girls in Athens formed a local sorority. The organization was named Nu Lambda Delta.

The charter members were Christine Gray, Virginia Grasse, Jayce Merman, Nancy Malone, Irene Patton, Frances Powers, Louise Sarver and Deen Williams.

T. Cantrell, vocational agriculture teacher at Eva, was guest speaker at a Decatur Kiwanis Club meeting.

Cantrell and other teachers, B.G. Hall of Falkville and F.E. Martin of Danville, organized a safe farming program for Morgan County. They distributed pamphlets illustrating the importance of agriculture welfare.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 5-11, 1957

Effie Gilchrist, vocational home economics teacher at Morgan County High School, was elected president of the Morgan County chapter of the American Vocational Association.

Sandra Tapp, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James S. Tapp, and Harvey Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Morris, were chosen as Mr. And Miss Junior High Personality at Decatur High School.

Noel Harris, daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Julian Harris, was chosen by faculty and students as Student of the Month at Decatur High School. Harris was a member of the National Honor Society and the student council, editor of the yearbook and a cheerleader.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 5-11, 1982

Oak Leaves Garden Club elected new officers. They were Barbara Gustafson, president; Betty Sue Smith, vice president; Mary Bragg, treasurer; Dixie Bibbee, secretary; Ruth Zeamer, parliamentarian; and Kay Myers, historian.

The local chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Club honored Jennifer Barton as “Young Careerist.”

Winners of the Woodmeade School Cub Scout Pack 277’s pinewood derby were John Vontrotha, first place; Larry Vontrotha, second place; and Jeremy Collins, third place.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 5-11, 1997

Decatur High School quarterback/punter Matt Dawson decided to continue his football career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He signed his letter that said he accepted an appointment to the academy from U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville.

Realtor Jack Templeton, associate broker with Hartselle Real Estate, was inducted into the 1996 Alabama Realtor Honor Society for involvement in Realtor activities at the local, state and national levels. It was his third consecutive year to receive the award. Templeton was also named Certified Resident Specialist Member of the Year for the Alabama chapter.

About 6 percent of the state’s Realtors have earned the designation.

Ken Maddox and Jerry Gatlin were honored by Mutual Savings Life Insurance Co. as sales leaders. Maddox of Ardmore was the leading agent in the Decatur district and Gatlin of Athens was leading sales manager.


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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