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Mary Lott

J.D. and Leta Collins operated Joe’s Coffee Cup at 708½ Bank St. from 1942 to 1985.
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J.D. and Leta Collins operated Joe’s Coffee Cup at 708½ Bank St. from 1942 to 1985.

Minute Men of Morgan County Elect Kelly President

75 Years Ago

March 19-25, 1932

Ex-servicemen of Morgan County, including veterans of all wars, made progress toward forming “The Minute Men of Morgan County.”

Sen. J. Marvin Kelly of Hartselle was elected president of the organization. Joseph A. Wood of Decatur was named vice president and Ben Bloodworth of Decatur secretary-treasurer.

John Andrew Caddell, a Decatur student at The University of Alabama, received the high honor of being named delegate of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity to the Olympic games in Los Angeles.

The Rev. Peter M. Dennis was named chairman of the “On to Huntsville” committee for the Decatur Rotary Club.

Louise Jones of Fayetteville, Tenn., was elected Queen of May for the annual May Day celebration at Athens College. Frances Powers was selected as Princess of May.

Other members of the Queen’s Court were Evelyn Reed Gray of Elkmont, Mrs. David Woodall of Hillsboro, senior maids. Junior maids were Margaret Rosenau of Athens and Carolyn Patrick of Corinth, Miss. Elizabeth and Sarah Riddle of Talladega were sophomore maids, and Louise and Sarah Frances Mitchell of Tupelo, Miss., were freshman maids.

50 Years Ago

March 19-25, 1957

Mrs. Waights G. Henry, formerly of Decatur and a Trinity native, was named “Alabama’s Mother of the Year.”

The American Mothers Committee made the selection.

Henry resided in Anniston and had five children. She was married to the Rev. Waights G. Henry, who served as a Methodist minister for more than 50 years.

She wrote a book “ One Mile From Trinity,” which is a biographical sketch of her and her husband.

Henry’s children are Robert Fillmore Henry, tile contractor; and Jefferson Davis Henry, executive vice president of Casualty Life Insurance Co., both of Montgomery. Taylor Hill Henry was postmaster of Mobile, Waights G. Henry Jr. was president of La Grange College and Ann Elizabeth Henry Evins resided in Birmingham.

A Morgan County farm switched to a modern dairy operation, eliminating “back-breaking labor” and using a glass-lined “cow-to-tank milking system.”

“I’ll never try dairying again without my pipeline milking system,” said grade-A dairyman J.R. Legg of Falkville. “If anyone takes the bulk tank out of my barn, he can take the cows along; I’ll find another way to earn my living.”

The bulk tank operation eliminated filling each milk can individually.

“He (Legg) tells me that he likes the system because it saves time — a costly item in any farm operation during these days of high-priced labor,” said Assistant Morgan County Agent Charles D. Rutledge of Hartselle.

“Legg was spending over two hours twice each day milking his herd of 28 Jerseys and Guernseys with the old machine and can method. And a good part of this time was spent wrestling milk cans into the sink for washing, on to the milking area to collect the milk, back to the cooling room and finally into the cooling vat.”

Dr. Robert Joe Burleson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Burleson of Decatur, completed examinations certifying him as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Burleson had practiced in Asheville, N.C., since 1954.

He graduated from Columbia Military Academy, attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute, received his A.B. degree from The University of Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

25 Years Ago

March 19-25, 1982

The American Watercolor Society awarded the Calhoun Community College art department a $500 scholarship fund.

“We were the only college in a three-state area to receive the scholarship,” said Dr. Helen Austin, a faculty member in the art department.

The award, which was intended to promote watercolor painting, was open to all art majors.

Pam Love of Decatur, the 1981 Alabama Maid of Cotton, was crowned Miss Tennessee Valley at Calhoun Community College.

Phi Delta Chi sorority honored its officers at a formal. Past president Liz Drake presented the officers with roses.

They were Becky Lee, sergeant-at-arms; Krissy Piper, treasurer; Robin O’Hara, president; Kay Grimsley, secretary; Allyson Tucker, scribe; Leslie Montgomery, chaplain; Leslie Knable, vice president.

10 Years Ago

March 19-25, 1997

Ginny Ozier of Decatur was awarded a scholarship to study at St. John’s College at Oxford University in Oxford, England, as part of the British Studies at Oxford program. She was a student at Birmingham-Southern College and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ozier.

Decatur Youth Enrichment published a cookbook titled “More Than Meets the Eye.” The cookbook contains recipes, many going back generations, contributed by Decatur-area residents.

Kay Looney took office as the new president of the Decatur Country Club Women’s Golf Association.

Other officers were Jeanette Daugherty, vice president; Mary Earley, tournament chairwoman; Belinda Villarreal, treasurer; Lou Street, recording secretary; and Evelyn Loyd, corresponding secretary.

A Hartselle boys youth basketball team finished second in an age 15 to 18 state tournament in Talladega.

Hartselle beat Fort Rucker 56-54 and Homewood 82-72 before losing to Mobile 94-70 for the championship game.

Hartselle guard Adam Yates scored 66 points in the tournament.

Other players were Josh Drake, Brad Murphy, Chris Price, Steven Bowlan, Jason Preuitt, Mitch Dobbs, Keith Wiggins, Justin Lindsay, Josh Sawyer and James McAlpine. Sidney Sawyer was the coach.

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 340-2452 or e-mail her at mary.lott@decaturdaily .com. Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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