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Mary Lott

Morgan County High School Class of 1950.
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Morgan County High School Class of 1950.

Athens teen wins ‘Why I Want to Spend My Vacation in Oregon’ contest

75 Years Ago

April 2-8, 1932

Sen. J. Marvin Kelley of Hartselle was elected president of the Morgan County Taxpayers Association formed in Hartselle. A.T. Hanson of Decatur was vice president and Italyne Hardwick of Hartselle was secretary.

Shelby E. Southard, 17, of Athens was winner in a national contest sponsored by the American Boy Magazine and the Chamber of Commerce of Portland, Ore. Southard’s 4,500 word article “Why I Want to Spend My Vacation in Oregon” was judged best among submissions from across the United States. Her prize was a summer trip to Oregon with all expenses paid.

50 Years Ago

April 2-8, 1957

Members of the Marine Corps recruiting substation in Decatur received the “Station of the Month” award for having topped all other substations in Alabama and Northwest Florida for March. Those honored were Technical Sgt. Thomas W. Ovbey and Staff Sgt. Henry F. Smith.

Frank Price Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Price of Decatur, attended the Southern Division Conference of Delta Tau Delta in Washington, D.C. He was a delegate from Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Alabama Polytechnic School in Auburn. He is a 1955 graduate of Decatur High School.

Meme Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hudson of Courtland, became a member of the Queens College Choir, which brought its tour to Columbia, Spartanburg, S.C., Atlanta and Macon, Ga.

25 Years Ago

April 2-8, 1982

Louise Key was named 1982 Woman of the Year of the American Business Women’s Association, Scenic South Charter Chapter. Key is an accountant in the finance department at Wolverine Division, U.O.P. The award is based on business experience and accomplishment, ABWA participation, education and other community activities.

First-place winners in the Decatur Art Guild’s spring arts and crafts show were Jim Meadows, first in oil painting; Jessie Short, miscellaneous art; Carol Montgomery, ceramics; Jearl Holmes, wood; Sue Farrish, needlecraft; and Terry Andrews, miscellaneous craft.

Decatur High School basketball players were honored at a banquet for the 1981-82 season.

Among those who received awards were Thomas Collis, free throw award; Ray Robinson, field goal award; and Derrick Davis, rebound award. Earl Morris was coach.

Thomas M. DiGiullian and Anne Geloneck were boss and secretary of the year.

The Morgan-Lawrence Legal Secretaries Association honored the pair at its annual Bosses Night Celebration.

DiGiulian received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1975 and was a member of the Alabama and Virginia state bars. He came to Decatur from Birmingham in 1977 and had been a practicing attorney in Decatur since. DiGiulian was involved in charity, school, hospital and civic functions. He was serving as Law Week chairman for the local bar.

Geloneck had been with the Calvin and Frazier firm for 27 years as legal secretary. She was a charter member of the association and had served in offices from parliamentarian to president and as state officer for many years.

10 Years Ago

April 2-8, 1997

Joy Rath, a student at Cedar Ridge Middle School, placed third in the junior high school level of the 48th annual Journalism and Poster Scholarship Awards Program.

Rath won $100 for her poster and was invited to a luncheon sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Students write articles and design posters to encourage a change in the general public’s attitude toward people with disabilities.

Katy Aycock of Hartselle was named secretary to the Ambassadors of The University of Alabama College of Engineering. She was a junior and a chemical engineering major.

John Payne, an employee for the Custom Vinyls division of Patrick Industries in Decatur, won a new pickup as the national grand prize in Patrick’s safety incentive program. Out of 825 employees nationwide, 82 were eligible for the truck. Patrick has two other divisions in Decatur: Sun Adhesives and Patrick Distribution.

Jim Sawyer of Joe Sartain Ford received the Ambassador Award. The award recognizes the top 100 sales consultants in the region.

Local officials broke ground for the Key West Inn on Danville Road. The building is a three-story, 104-guestroom, interior-corridor hotel with a corporate meeting room. Those who participated in the ground breaking were Chester Parker, Rime Construction Co.; Key West President Cory Jackson Jr., Wiley Blankenship of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Julian Price.


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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