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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Big Bob Gibson in 1958.
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Big Bob Gibson in 1958.

Flint man starts ‘squab raising’ industry

75 years ago

April 30-May 5, 1932

C.E. Scott of Flint was working on bringing a new industry to Morgan County.

Scott was entering the “squab raising” industry and he wanted to sell “squabs” at Decatur markets.

He had about 50 pairs of White King pigeons and wanted to raise 1,000 pairs of the same line.

“I haven’t started selling yet,” he said. “I am first building up the flock, then I expect to enter the local market and so soon as the flock is sufficiently large, then I plan to go into larger markets.”

Billy Armstrong hit a home run for the Athens club of the Bee Line league as the team took a 16-8 victory over the Florence Normalites.

Mary Houston of Hartselle and Mary Elizabeth Adcock and Helen Fischer, both of Decatur, were among 96 who received their diplomas at Florence State Teachers’ College.

50 years ago

April 30-May 5, 1957

Sub Deb sorority elected officers for the ensuing year. They were Ruby Sewell, treasurer; Becky Lovelady, scribe; Ginger Ward, treasurer; Margaret Wiley, secretary; and Amanda Jane Hunt, president.

New members were Sandra Tapp, Myra Brown, Betty Collier, Jeanette Giles, Frances Boseck, Penny Pinkston, Pam Gore, Judy Sanderson and Jane Coburn.

Necchi-Elna Sewing Machine Co. celebrated its grand opening. The firm joined forces with Belk-Hudson.

Audra Standridge, who had been with Necchi-Elna since 1956, gave 16 hours of instruction on modern sewing methods for free.

Geraldine Jackson, senior at Lakeside High School, was fourth place winner in the State Elks Oratorical contest in Montgomery.

25 years ago

April 30-May 5, 1982

Dr. Sam Houston, principal of Westlawn Elementary School, was named the top principal in Alabama by the Alabama Parent-Teacher Association.

Houston was presented the Alabama PTA Outstanding Educator Award for a principal at the PTA Convention in Birmingham.

Houston was selected based on his work at Westlawn, where in addition to his duties as principal, he was also curriculum coordinator for the Decatur magnet schools. His main responsibility as coordinator was to develop and supervise the instructional program in the two magnet schools, Westlawn and Gordon-Bibb.

Henry Cullom was elected president of the Decatur Rotary Club.

The Austin High School girls softball team won the championship at the Morgan County Tourney. Six of the girls who won positions on the All County team were Cathy Aycock, Beth Powell, Cindy Herbert, Lisa Terry and Christine Albano.

LaDonna Montgomery was voted Most Valuable Pitcher and Cindi Segars was Most Valuable Player.

10 years ago

April 30-May 5, 1997

Richard Gurley of Hartselle High School was named one of 10 members of the Birmingham Post-Herald’s 1997 Alabama All-State Academic Team.

Gurley, a senior who scored a perfect 1,600 on the SAT, was a National Merit Finalist, captain of the Scholars Bowl team and vice president of the student council.

He was the son of Richard and Jennie Gurley of Hartselle.

Youth Service Day provided 154 youths and 35 adult leaders throughout Morgan County an opportunity to serve 28 nonprofit agencies.

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County, WAFF-48 and Learn and Serve Alabama sponsored the day.

Students assisted preschoolers in a family literacy program at Even Start in Decatur.

Among the preschoolers who received help were Stephanie Pointer, Will Pitt, Elizabeth Jimenez, Andrea McKinnon and Melea Adams.

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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