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Mary Lott

Austinville High School students made a class trip to Panama City, Fla., in 1955. From left are, Clarence Prater, Ray Parker, Charles Brinkley, coach Joe Jones, Alton Carr, Shelby Johnson and Jimmy Cartee, kneeling. Coach Jones and his wife were two of the chaperones.
Courtesy photo by Faye Sparkman
Austinville High School students made a class trip to Panama City, Fla., in 1955. From left are, Clarence Prater, Ray Parker, Charles Brinkley, coach Joe Jones, Alton Carr, Shelby Johnson and Jimmy Cartee, kneeling. Coach Jones and his wife were two of the chaperones.

Ford announces new models with 75 mph capabilities

75 Years Ago

March 26-April 1, 1932

The Ford Motor Co. announced new Ford models and one was displayed at the Morgan County Motor Co., the Ford distributor in Decatur.

The Ford had an eight-cylinder called ‘The New Ford V-8 Cylinder.” The engine had 65 horsepower, and the car could travel 75 mph.

H.L. Peterson of the Morgan company went to Memphis to obtain all necessary information on the new models.

Friends of Herman Papenburg and “Scrappy” Moore received postcards saying the youths were in Jaurez, Mexico. They took a road trip to California to visit relatives of Papenburg.

Tennis S. “Red” Sparkman was elected to lead the Decatur Community Sing. Arthur Sockwell was vice president and the Rev. S.V. Blythe was chaplain.

50 Years Ago

March 26-April 1, 1957

Decatur’s Cecil Turner did just about everything one bowler could do at the Southern Bowling Tournament in Memphis, including winning the All Events Championship in a tournament that included more than 2,000 contestants from the South.

Turner’s nine-game total of 1,903 pins from scratch, and his high single game total of 279 (best in the tournament) gave him the scratch All-Events title.

The Student Council for Decatur High School was elected. Leaders for school activities were Milton Yarbrough, president; Pam Goare, treasurer; Syble Shelton, vice president; Larry Durham, secretary; and Aubrey Fuller, faculty sponsor.

The Trade School auditorium was the setting for a Hobo Party with members of T.S. Auxiliary hosting. Best-dressed hobos who won prizes were Mrs. Kirk Langford and Gene Ware. Mrs. R.H. Holland, Mrs. Coy Burfield and Mrs. Greene Foster hosted the event.

25 Years Ago

March 26-April 1, 1982

David E. Wojack was appointed assistant to the director for marketing and public relations and head of press relations for the Edison Institute.

The institute is the nonprofit educational institution of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.

Wojack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Wojack of Decatur.

Wojack was senior writer of public relations at the institute. He joined the museum and village complex in 1977.

He had also served as chairman of the language department of Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights and assistant principal and chairman of social studies at St. Agatha High School.

He was on the board of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrants observed the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus. Mark Maloney, Bud Hoppenjans, George Harvey, chairman; Pat Andazola of the ladies auxiliary, Grand Knight Don Jansen, the Rev. Kevin Cooke, associate pastor of St. Ann’s Church, and Mike Arndt were among who gathered around and observed the flag of the Decatur Council 3986.

Guests were charter members of the council and all past grand knights.

The scholars bowl team from Grace Baptist School took top honors in Division 1-A during competition at Wallace State Junior College.

Members of the team were Paul Matthews, David Brittle, Bill Livingston, Steve Junkins, Arthur Orr, Blythe Orr, Tammy Haussler, Joel Logan and Michael Free.

10 Years Ago

March 26-April 1, 1997

Matt Hancock of Decatur was selected “Mr. USA” at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

He was also accepted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society.

Hancock was majoring in political science and history and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He is the son of Mike and Jean Hancock of Decatur.

Jim Dunlap of Decatur was named North Alabama Civitan district governor for the 1997-98 fiscal year.

Athens resident Martha Jo Leonard was named executive director of the Limestone Area Community Foundation. The foundation is a publicly supported, federally approved nonprofit organization established through contributions from the late Chet Dekko, founder of Group Dekko.

The foundation using endowment funds, awards grants to community projects in health and human services, education, arts and community improvement.

Leonard retired from Compass Bank in 1992 after 36 years.

Brian Jennette of Decatur was chosen as a member of Capstone Men and Women at The University of Alabama. This group consists of qualified undergraduates who assist the university president’s office, admissions office and other university activities.

Jennette was a sophomore accounting major with a 3.95 grade point average, a member of Cardinal Key Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi.

He is the son of Dan and Susan Jennette.

Johanna Littleton, a graphics design student at Calhoun Community College, was one of 70 winners in the Addy Awards sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation. The awards recognize the best local advertising during the past year. The Decatur resident won the award for a magazine ad titled “Only in Java.”


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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