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Mary Lott

Waitresses at the Why Not Eat Here Café in Decatur in the mid-1950s. The restaurant was on East Moulton Street.
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Waitresses at the Why Not Eat Here Café in Decatur in the mid-1950s. The restaurant was on East Moulton Street.

Kiwanis speaker focuses on debt, business

75 Years Ago

March 12-18, 1932

“Business is convalescent,” declared W.R. Spight, “and America’s economic recovery depends upon individual efforts.” Spight was guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting.

Spight focused on the program arranged by the Business Standards Committee. Clyde Hendrix was chairman of the panel.

The speaker pointed to debt as the principal reason for depressed business conditions and also discussed government aid.

Young men in East Decatur met and formed the Four Square Club. Officers elected were Carl Lee, president; Eugene Allford, secretary-treasurer; Hersel South, social leader.

S.E. Arvidson, secretary of the local YMCA, was the guest speaker.

50 Years Ago

March 12-18, 1957

Morgan and Limestone schools received first ratings in the two-day 18th annual North Alabama Choral and Piano Festival at Florence State Teachers College.

Mrs. Robert Lambert was director the Athens Junior High School small ensemble, and Linda Cain directed the Morgan County Mixed Chorus.

Mrs. Louis H. Houston of Hartselle won first place in the horticulture division of the Third Regional Federated Garden Club’s daffodil show in Birmingham.

She entered a collection of Trevithian Daffodils for her display.

Members of the American Association of University Women were finishing up plans for the fashion show and luncheon at the Country Club.

Mrs. Reid Byers was the chairwoman and her committees were Mrs. John Chenault, tickets; Mrs. Harry Anachutz, reservations; Mrs. Charles Minton, models; Mrs. Walter Carter, music; Mrs. Erskine Chenault, contracts; Mrs. Kenneth Lee, entertainment; Mrs. Richard Radford, decorations; Mrs. John P. Knudsen, posters; and Mrs. Paul Gann, publicity.

25 Years Ago

March 12-18, 1982

Decatur High’s Jenny Bendall signed a basketball scholarship with Georgetown University.

Three Decatur youths helped the Huntsville Juvenile Division All-Star hockey team bring home the championship trophy from a tournament.

Decatur’s Kenny Knable, Rob Welsh and Eugene Sartor were invited to play on the team made up of boys ages 15 to 18.

All three played key roles in the Georgia Amateur Hockey Association Invitational tournament victory.

Of Huntsville’s 20 goals scored, the trio scored eight from Decatur. Knable, who played center, scored four goals. Welsh, who played left wing, had three, and Sartor, who played defense, had one.

Classical guitarist David Richter performed at Calhoun Community College. Richter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Richter of Decatur, received a personal invitation to study under Maestro Andres Segovia, who was known as the father of the 20th century’s classical guitar renaissance, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Richter embarked on a career as a solo concert-guitar performer and had received an individual Artist Fellowship from Florida Department of State.

10 Years Ago

March 12-18, 1997

Commodore Stephen Decatur visited the Youth Leadership of Morgan County. Decatur’s namesake, a role played by city Planning Department Director Rob Walker, shared some laughs with students. Decatur became most famous as commander of the Enterprise during the war with Tripoli in 1804 and for his “our country … may she always be right …” toast.

Patti Lambert, a sales associate with Re/Max Realtors, was named the company’s No. 1 sales associate in Alabama. The award represents top real estate production among all agents in the state. Lambert was also recognized as a Platinum Club Member, a designation given to only seven agents in the state.

Technology Molded Plastics in Decatur received its second consecutive Gold Pentastar Award from Chrysler’s Huntsville electronics division. The award is presented to factories in recognition of outstanding supplier performance for quality, on-time delivery, price, customer support and warranty.

The Decatur operation employed 40.

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 of Years Past.” Please call Mary Lott at 340-2452 or e-mail her at mary.lott@decaturdaily.com. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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