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Mary Lott

Austin High School students at a sock hop in 1966.
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Austin High School students at a sock hop in 1966.

American Legion launches offensive on Depression

75 Years Ago

Feb. 12-18, 1932

The American Legion went over the top at 8 a.m. Feb. 15 in the first major offensive in the “war on the Depression.”

Legion members in communities across America launched an effort, backed by other civic and patriotic groups, to help unemployed men find work.

Starting at 8, teams contacted firms and individuals in the area to secure 50 permanent places and 200 part-time positions for unemployed.

Service stars were awarded to companies that filled work positions.

The Athens Lumber Co. filled its spots early and was the first to register in The Daily’s service star column.

The Decatur Daily was second in filling positions.

The “Friendly Five” band of Decatur performed during a radio program on WBRC, Birmingham.

The band members were J.T. Lively, violin; Mrs. O.C. Marsh, piano; Harold McClanahan, mandolin; Gilmer McClanahan, guitar; Roy Griffith, mandolin; and W.B. Stedham, bass violin.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 12-18, 1957

Highway patrol Capt. Charles Barrett, who was in charge of the Decatur district office for several years, was assigned to the driver license division in Montgomery. Capt. A.G. Mitchell replaced Barrett.

The Dr Pepper Bottling Co. in Athens was honored for 100 percent production efficiency.

The award was presented annually to Dr Pepper-franchised plant operations in the United States that achieved perfect performance records based on the Dallas firm’s stiff requirements. Production technicians made periodic inspections throughout the year.

R.B. Nichols, head of the Athens plant, presented the award at Jill and Kay Café on U.S. 31.

Homer Miller, Lester Holmes and Winford Martin, production personnel, were responsible for the plant receiving the national award.

Frances Roberts Berryman was elected secretary-treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi, national honor society in education at The University of Alabama.

She was formerly of Town Creek and a graduate of Hazlewood High School.

She was an honor student and was majoring in secretarial studies.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 12-18, 1982

Former Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Irvin M. Commander Jr. was named executive director of the chamber.

Commander was manager of community relations and corporate communications consultant for Copeland Corp.

Hartselle football player Stevie Williams signed with Iowa State. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelvie Williams.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 12-18, 1997

Awards were presented at the Athens State College Homecoming banquet.

Those honored were:

  • Clio Lovin Loyalty Award: Frances Powers Wilson, 1936 graduate.
  • Loraine B. Pabst Commitment to Teaching Award: Curtis Coleman, faculty member since 1966.
  • Alumni Achievement Business Award: Charles Durham, 1968 graduate.
  • Alumni Achievement in Education Award: Nofflet D. Williams, 1957 graduate.
  • Alumni Achievement in Humanities and Social Sciences Award: Phillip Reyer, 1973 graduate.
  • Alumni Achievement in Science and Mathematics Award: Debra Fuller, 1994 graduate.
  • Deweese and Jim Beasley Alumni Appreciation Award: William “Sonny” Crutcher of Coca-Cola Co. and Jim Waybright of Steelcase Inc.
  • Stephens Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored its DAR Good Citizen Award winners and American History essay winner with a tea.

    The Good Citizen winners were Kim Wright of West Morgan High School, Todd Pressley of Falkville High School, Ricky Chenault of Decatur High School and essay winner Nichole Bohren of Cedar Ridge Middle School.

    Paul Taylor of Decatur was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in Tuscaloosa.

    Taylor worked at Monsanto Co. for 30 years and retired in 1985 as manager of technology operations.

    From 1986 to 1993, he worked at Boeing Co. in Huntsville and retired as manager of plant engineering.

    Taylor served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, flying 52 combat missions and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    He is a 1949 graduate of Georgia Tech.


    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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