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Mary Lott

Harry Boltis appears delighted after a few inches of snow fell in 1951 as he stands on Bank Street in front of New York Hatters and Dry Cleaners.
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Harry Boltis appears delighted after a few inches of snow fell in 1951 as he stands on Bank Street in front of New York Hatters and Dry Cleaners.

Legion elects mayor as post commander

75 years ago

June 4-10, 1932

Mayor Roy C. Billings was elected post commander of the Morgan County Post No. 15 of the American Legion.

Other officers elected were J.M. Pettey, first vice commander; C.J. Coolidge, second vice commander; W. L. Grimes, adjutant; and O.J. Shepard, service officer.

Carolyn Lentz won the beauty contest sponsored by various businesses in Decatur, Hartselle and Athens at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

Esther Caudell won second place, Perrye Finck won third and Lillian Feigley won fourth.

Falkville was the first stop on the speaking itinerary of Sen. Hugo Black of Birmingham, who had served in the Senate for five years. He spoke about state and federal taxation on a Falkville street corner before traveling to Hartselle and Decatur.

50 years ago

June 4-10, 1957

Ted Grantland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Atley Grantland, was elected president of the Priceville FFA. He represented his chapter at the state FFA convention at Auburn.

Other officers were Phillip Vaughn, vice president; Hugh Sharp, secretary; Harvey Williams, treasurer; Edwin Price Jr., reporter; and Rosa Thomas, sentinel.

Roy L. Wood, minister of music and high school music director, accepted dual positions in Decatur as minister of music of the First Methodist Church and choral director at Decatur High School.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Auburn University in 1951. He served as minister of music at the East Gadsden Methodist Church, where he organized the Men’s Chorus in 1954.

Dr. Arthur Beindorff, research chemist for the Chemstrand Corp., was appointed chairman of the new chemistry department that was created at St. Bernard College in Cullman.

25 years ago

June 4-10, 1982

Three Art Belew Chevrolet salesmen and a former salesman were inducted into the Chevrolet Truck Sales Honor Club for their 1981 truck sales with the Decatur dealership.

Salesmen Ivy Brown, Bobby James, Lloyd Sams and former Art Belew salesman Ron Underwood were cited.

Sales manager Miles Bentley said the four were among about 30 salesmen who received the awards.

Georgia Moultrie of Decatur was elected president of the Bank Street Players.

Bill Livingston, Steven Junkins, Joel Jorgenson, Rhonda Speakman, Tammy Hoskins, Christine Matthews, Johnny Wigginton and Kevin Trine, all students at Grace Baptist School, were selected for the Society of Distinguished American High School Students.

10 years ago

June 4-10, 1997

Moulton Middle School student Bret Waddell of Tuscumbia had his social studies fair project, “Stars Fell on Alabama,” displayed at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia.

Gina Ingram was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for exemplary academic achievements at Wallace State Community College. She is a former employee of The Decatur Daily and the daughter of James and Rita Birdsong of Decatur.

Misty Anders, a student at Falkville High School, received the $700 Dorothy Woodall Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Anders.

Officials of Romania’s civil defense system visited the area to see how the Decatur area prepares for a disaster during a drill for Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

The group, which is learning about disaster preparation here and in other areas of the United States, met at the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency office. The visitors were Col. Gheorghe Corodescu and Maj. Gen. Gheorghe Popescu, who commanded Romania’s civil defense system, and First Lt. Alin Ochis. EMA Director Eddie Hicks gave them a tour of the facility.

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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