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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Caddo School pupils wore overalls and hand-me-down dresses in a photo from 1924. Teachers were Will Sims and Bertha Fuller. Among the students pictured were Horace Standridge, Mattie Sheats, Flossie Sheats, Nona Lancaster, Arville Fuller, Ira Hawkins, Curtis Fuller, Raymond Fuller, Frank Fuller, Pearl Sims, Annie Whitlow, Mae Whitlow, Lula Mae Haynes, Lorene Lentz, Irene Lentz, Esther Mae Fuller, Elmer Fuller, Pauline Hawkins, Ruby Lentz, Wanda Hames, Leonard Hames, Bertha Standridge, Burchie Clardy, Fannie Mae Pitt, Christine Pitt, Clarence Sims, Maudie Hamilton, Cinthy Casteel, Elma Rae Hames, Sylvester McDonald, Clark Lentz, Quinten Lentz, Mary Stewart, Alma Lowery, Benford Lowery, Lorene Runager, Hilleur Standridge, Drew Lunsford, Erma Kyle and James Hamilton.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Thrasher
Caddo School pupils wore overalls and hand-me-down dresses in a photo from 1924. Teachers were Will Sims and Bertha Fuller. Among the students pictured were Horace Standridge, Mattie Sheats, Flossie Sheats, Nona Lancaster, Arville Fuller, Ira Hawkins, Curtis Fuller, Raymond Fuller, Frank Fuller, Pearl Sims, Annie Whitlow, Mae Whitlow, Lula Mae Haynes, Lorene Lentz, Irene Lentz, Esther Mae Fuller, Elmer Fuller, Pauline Hawkins, Ruby Lentz, Wanda Hames, Leonard Hames, Bertha Standridge, Burchie Clardy, Fannie Mae Pitt, Christine Pitt, Clarence Sims, Maudie Hamilton, Cinthy Casteel, Elma Rae Hames, Sylvester McDonald, Clark Lentz, Quinten Lentz, Mary Stewart, Alma Lowery, Benford Lowery, Lorene Runager, Hilleur Standridge, Drew Lunsford, Erma Kyle and James Hamilton.

Famous circus acrobats train in Decatur before tour

75 years ago

May 28-June 2, 1932

Art DaComa, a famous former showman and owner of The Five Flying DaComas troupe, visited E.R. Whitton in Decatur. DaComa of Florida was traveling to Cincinnati.

The troupe of circus acrobats trained in Decatur for years before touring each spring.

The DaComas were an attraction with Barnum & Bailey, Ringling Bros. and John Robinson.

Harry LaMar, who was a member of the troupe, was one of the few men in circus history who was ever able to execute the flying stunt known as “ a triple off the hocks.”

Probate Judge B.L. Malone was welcomed into the Decatur Kiwanis Club.

Shelby Southard of Athens received honorable mention in a national Hearst paper contest for the best essay on the Washington bicentennial.

Southard won a free trip to Oregon by winning first place in a national contest dealing with advantages in Oregon.

50 years ago

May 28-June 2, 1957

William R. Burks was named director of the new traffic department at Chemstrand Corp.

Burks served as general traffic manager since joining Chemstrand in 1951.

Byron E. Reid, former teacher at Cotaco High School, was named principal of Locust Fork High School in Blount County. Reid received his bachelor’s degree from Athens College.

25 years ago

May 28-June 2, 1982

Susan Parker, coordinator of college promotions at Calhoun Community College, was selected secretary of the Alabama Personnel and Guidance Association.

The more than 1,000 members of the association were involved in providing guidance services in high schools, colleges, mental health services and rehabilitation centers in Alabama.

Kevin Borie of Austin High School was one of the top winners in the 20th annual Mathematics Contest at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

He had the highest score in comprehensive examination and was presented a $500 scholarship to Murray State.

10 years ago

May 28-June 2, 1997

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce honored a Decatur businessman who overcame a life-threatening accident and put himself through college.

Carl Goss, owner of Goss Electric Co. Inc., received the 1997 Small Business Person of the Year award.

In 1982, while Goss was working at a site in Madison County, he received an electrical shock from high-voltage lines. If not for the quick thinking of his employees, the shock could have been fatal.

Since that time, Goss has worked to enhance safety for his employees, and he has won safety awards, including a 1996 Lost Time Accident Free Year award.

Goss is the founder and owner of Goss Electric, which he started in Decatur in 1976. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

For the first time in its history, Athens State College’s school of education received national accreditation. Jonita Haynes, dean, and the college’s professors, staff and students celebrated at Founders Hall.

Faculty and staff worked for three years to get the status, which says the school’s graduates should be as well prepared as those from any college nationwide.

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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