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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Decatur High School’s 1961 Boys’ Chorus included, from left, seated, Marvin Dinsmore, Tommy Black and Jack Farrow; and standing, are Jerry Lee, Tommy Rost, Ken Nelson, Tommy Smith, Jimmy Cox, Stanley Hyde, Johnny Moebes, Wayne Sparks, Jimmy Appleton and Jimmy Thrasher.
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Decatur High School’s 1961 Boys’ Chorus included, from left, seated, Marvin Dinsmore, Tommy Black and Jack Farrow; and standing, are Jerry Lee, Tommy Rost, Ken Nelson, Tommy Smith, Jimmy Cox, Stanley Hyde, Johnny Moebes, Wayne Sparks, Jimmy Appleton and Jimmy Thrasher.

Walker named Democratic Victory Campaign chairman

75 Years Ago

April 23-29, 1932

R.H. Walker of Athens was appointed as chairman of the Democratic Victory Campaign for the third division in Alabama. The division was composed of Jackson, Madison, Limestone, Lauderdale, Colbert, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, Winston, Cullman, Marshall, and Morgan counties. Walker was a state senator.

A.L. Cristopher, a Limestone dairyman, was one of five dairymen in Alabama to be placed on the national honor roll of the dairy herd improvement association for outstanding results.

The honor roll requires a dairyman’s herd average 300 pounds of butterfat per cow for the year, which is almost three times higher than the average of cows in Alabama.

Sarah Bloodworth and Hilda Carpenter, both of Decatur, were among 14 women at The University of Alabama tapped for membership in the Mortar Board.

Henry Collum, manager of the Lookmont Tire company, was elected president of the Decatur Rotary Club.

50 Years Ago

April 23-29, 1957

J. Grady Shaw of Decatur was nominated to serve as president of the North Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Cost Accountants. He was a member of the accounting staff at Chemstrand Corp.

Bob Orr of Hartselle was a member of The University of Alabama debate team that won its third debate at Notre Dame National Debate Tourney. The UA team also won third place at the National Tau Kappa Alpha tournament in Indianapolis.

The Cosmopolitan Club welcomed two new members, Mrs. W.L. Bullard and Mrs. Henry King.

Mrs. Alma Williams, office manager at McRae Buick Co., was crowned Decatur’s “Secretary of the Year.”

25 Years Ago

April 23-29, 1982

Athens businessman J.T. Collins was named Citizen of the Year by the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce.

Collins has been president of the chamber and served on the board of directors.

He was president of the Athens-Limestone County Industrial Development Committee, was on the board of directors of the Athens-Limestone County Mental Health Association and was a member of the Civitan Club.

He was also member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mark Austin, Melanie Poole and John Justice, all seniors at Austin High School, and Chris Hamilton, a senior at Decatur High School, received National Merit scholarships.

10 Years Ago

April 23-29, 1997

Brett Sams of Serra Toyota received top sales honors for Southeastern Toyota. He was also salesman of the month for Serra.

The Chamber of Commerce increased its top award categories from two to three because there were too many outstanding Athens residents. In addition to the traditional Citizen of the Year and Businessman of the Year, the chamber presented its first Public Service Award. Tanner nursery owner Hugh Strain was the chamber’s top businessman of the year. Retired poultry executive Sam Gibbons was Citizen of the Year and Probate Judge Mike Davis received the Public Service Award.

Lori Cross of Moulton was a United States National Award Winner in English and history and government.

Cross was awarded an academic scholarship from the University of North Alabama.

She attended East Lawrence High School and was a member of the Beta Club and Who’s Who Among American High School students.

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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