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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Virgil McDonald Jr., a former Decatur High School student, is ready to sprint as he waits for Coach H.L. “Shorty” Ogle to fire the pistol starting the 1969 season. Ogle was famous for his winning football teams from the 1930s through the ’60s, and he also filled in as track coach.
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Virgil McDonald Jr., a former Decatur High School student, is ready to sprint as he waits for Coach H.L. “Shorty” Ogle to fire the pistol starting the 1969 season. Ogle was famous for his winning football teams from the 1930s through the ’60s, and he also filled in as track coach.

Dr. J.S. Thomas speaks at Rotary Club’s “Ladies Night”

75 Years Ago

Feb. 26-March 4, 1932

Dr. J.S. Thomas , world famous economist, was guest speaker at the Rotary Club’s annual “Ladies Night” program. He spoke on the political atmosphere in Washington and problems the U.S. was facing.

The Rev. W.P. Wilks, former pastor of Central Baptist Church, was selected to serve as chairman for the executive committee of the Baptist state board.

The Decatur Kiwanis, which was formed Feb. 26, 1920, celebrated its anniversary.

J.R. Daniel, a charter member of the organization, made a presentation on the club’s history. W.W. Benson was in charge of entertainment, which included a pageant, directed by Mrs. Albert Alexander. Fifty children dressed in colonial attire for the pageant.

50 Years Ago

Feb. 26-March 4, 1957

Yvonne Anderson, an Alabama College junior from Vinemont, was elected president of the Future Teachers of America organization.

Mrs. C.K. Parker of Hartselle was elected chairwoman of the state recruitment committee for Delta Kappa Sorority. The organization is an international education group. Parker taught at Morgan County High School.

25 Years Ago

Feb. 26-March 4, 1982

The Travelers won the Boys’ Club senior league and tournament championship with a 10-2 record.

Members were Keith Parker, Lynn Childers, Mickey Whitt, Ray Case, Al Cheatham, Randy Case, Wade Wilson, Greg Caudle, Chris Childress and Billy Little. The coach was Stanley Keenum and the assistant coach was Bob Childers.

The Rev. Rabon Stewart, pastor of Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Flint, was named superintendent of the Alabama Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Churches.

Ted Musial, manager of Parisian’s Decatur store, presented a $1,000 check to Mrs. Dennis Griffith, chairwoman of the Salvation Army Advisory Committee. The money went toward the Salvation Army Building Fund.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 26-March 4, 1997

Heritage Bank reached the milestone of $50 million in total assets after 21 months of operation — faster than any bank in Decatur’s history, according to company President Reggie Gilbert.

Started in 1995, Heritage Bank is a locally owned and operated bank. It expanded its services through Decatur Utilities/Heritage Bank PowerLoan program, accreditation as a Small Business Administration certified lender, access through the Internet and the Heritage Travel Club.

Crestline Elementary School third-grader Kristian Vinson was honored at her school for quick action in dialing 911 that helped save her 77-year-old grandmother, Ozell Lawler, who had a heart attack. Morgan County 911 Director Judy Livingston was among those congratulating the 8-year-old for her quick action and remaining calm during the emergency.

Decatur educators and school officials planted a tree in memory of Raymond Hemstead Warth Jr. , who served the school system from 1965 to 1993 as a teacher, principal and supervisor. Superintendent Larry Walters and teacher Georgia Crane placed a plaque at the tree. Among those who attended were school board President Lynn Fowler; Sam Houston, assistant superintendent for instruction; Warth’s widow, Gail Warth; and Charles Howard, assistant superintendent of finance. Educators who donated the tree and plaque were Eleanor Harvey, Virginia Orr, Lou Denton, Evelyn Fisher, Louise Wilhite, Mary Collier, Frances Collier, Brownie Godfrey, Hattie Maude Vaughan, Irene Newman and Crane.

Dr. Trevia F. Hayden received the Ginsberg Fellowship Award to serve as a Ginsberg Fellow in the group for the advancement of psychiatry. She also was appointed chief resident physician for outpatient services, department of psychiatry, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Hayden is a graduate of Austin High School and Howard University School of Medicine. She is the daughter of Agnes Baugh-Hayden.

MARY LOTT

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 mary.lott@decaturdaily .com. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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