News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007

Mary Lott

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Youths enjoy a concert at the Athens College Student Union in 1970.

Williams wins baseball contest

75 years ago

May 21-27, 1932

J.A. Williams, a bank clerk with the Tennessee Valley Bank, won a season pass in a contest to select a new name for the Decatur baseball team in the Bee Line circuit. His suggestion, “Decatur Blue Sox,” was tapped by the judges.

The youths’ division of the Ninth Street Methodist Church presented a pageant “The Challenge of the Cross,” to observe Anniversary Day on Sunday.

Mrs. J.G. Stanly was counselor for the division. The Rev. Frank Philpot, newly elected president of the city union of young people, gave a sermon.

Eleven-year-old Marjorie Phillips was recognized for her excellent school attendance. The student had not had one absence in five years and her average was 91 percent. She was a student at Gordon School and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Phillips of Decatur.

50 years ago

May 21-27, 1957

An Army Ballistic Missile Agency engineer with three children of his own began playing the role of “adopted father” for an impoverished Polish youth in a German camp for displaced individuals. Hubert B. Wells, 34, of Decatur became a “parent by proxy” to 12-year-old Nikolaus Bilaniuk through the Foster Parents Plan for War Children based in New York City.

Under the Foster Parents Plan, the benefactor gives $15 a month. Wells also sent packages of food and clothing to Bilaniuk, and wrote him letters monthly.

J. Grady Shaw of Decatur, employee of Chemstrand Corp., was elected president of the North Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Cost Accountants.

25 years ago

May 21-27, 1982

Decatur attorney John A. Caddell received an honorary doctor of laws degree at The University of Alabama.

Caddell, a trustee emeritus of the university, was among five men, including university President Joab L. Thomas, who received honorary degrees.

Caddell received a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1931 and graduated from the university’s law school in 1933.

He was a former president of the Alabama Bar Association and was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Probate Counsel and the American Bar Foundation.

Tracie Allen, Casey Murphy and Julie Haley were first-place winners in their divisions in the Miss May Day pageant at Priceville.

Allen won Junior Miss May Day, Murphy was named Young Miss May and Haley won Little Miss May Day.

The Hartselle American Legion Post 52 recognized individuals for their service to the community.

They were Kathy Tyree, Community Service Award; Ron Merkh, Policeman of the Year; Jerry Putman, Fireman of the Year; Jean Horton, Teacher of the Year; Robert Street, Americanism Award; and Ferell Proctor, Legionnaire of the Year.

Faye Brewington’s photograph of a reluctant mule in the Hartselle Mule Day parade won first place in the humor division and best of show in the black and white division at the Tennessee Valley Camera Club’s show. Dudley Campbell won for technique, scenic landscape and nature. Lee Puckett won in people and sports, and Paul Nave won in the animals category.

Former Decatur High School basketball standout Curtis Brannon was awarded the Dean’s Trophy for the high scholastic average at the University of Montevallo. Brannon played forward for the Falcons.

10 years ago

May 21-27, 1997

Tabitha Culver of Moulton was nominated as Wallace State College’s Adcock Award winner and represented the school at the Alabama Association of Health Information Management’s state meeting.

The award is based on scholarship, leadership and community service.

Culver is the daughter of Lenda Middlebrooks and Roger Culver.

A children’s bookstore got a new look when it reopened as Tiggywinkle’s, a book and gift shop on Second Avenue Southeast. Among those who participated in the ribbon cutting were co-owners Kelly Kazek, Anne Price and Chamber of Commerce Commodore Susan Lowman.

The shop was formerly Bearing Books.

Gatha Crowson, president of Crowson Productions Inc. and Crowson Marketing of Athens, was recognized for outstanding service as a “Builder of Excellence” by Alabama-Mississippi Optimist International Governor Nancy Boyd. She received a numbered print of the “In Our Hands” for her work with the Jasper/Walker County Optimist Club. Crowson is a speaker, seminar leader, author and entrepreneur.

Gov. Fob James appointed Hillsboro resident and Decatur hairdresser Hubert White to the District 4 seat on the Alabama Cosmetology Board. White was managing cosmetologist at Village Design Beauty Salon. The board’s duties include administering the state’s cosmetology exam.

Katie Morehead of Decatur was elected senator-at-large for the Student Government Association at Auburn University. She was also tapped for membership in Squires, which selects the top freshmen.


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 Photos will be returned.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
DAILY Staff Writer

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