VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
Decatur native Bobby Freeman, far left, and Decatur Boys Club director Dan Dubose, right, awarded Waylon Free, 15, center, with the 1957 “Boy of the Year” award. Freeman, a former standout quarterback for Auburn University, had just been drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns for two years, then the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Freeman was playing with the Washington Redskins when he finished his football career in 1962.
Detroit Tigers call up Sewell
75 years ago
June 11-17, 1932
Truit Banks Sewell, formerly of Decatur, was called to pitch for the Detroit Tigers, who were fourth place in the American League.
Sewell was recruited by Detroit, but the Tigers’ manager Bucky Harris said he needed more training. Sewell was then sent to play for a Toronto team, and he pitched so well the Tigers called him back.
Two Decatur men were playing for top circuits in 1932: Sewell with the Tigers and Raymond Pepper with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Billy Howell, Washington and Lee’s star golfer, was a visitor in Decatur. Howell was headed to Birmingham to enter the Southern Amateur tournament. Howell was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jones of Decatur.
T.D. Copeland, an Athens businessman, was elected worshipful master of the Athens Masonic Lodge.
Other officers were R.H. McGuire, senior warden; Herman Andrews, junior warden; J.E. Clem, senior deacon; I. Carney, junior deacon; J.E. Gray, secretary; C.T. McCormack, treasurer; and R.C. Allen, tyler.
50 years ago
June 11-17, 1957
The House and Senate of the 1957 Alabama Girls’ State had a joint session in Montgomery.
Local girls won high posts at Girls State.
Chief Justice J. Ed Livingston of Alabama Supreme Court inaugurated the officers.
They were Millicent “Micki” White of Athens, lieutenant governor; Joy Dyar of Courtland, chief justice of the Supreme Court; and Lilly May Davis of Elkmont, associate justice.
After the elections, the girls took a tour of Montgomery.
25 years ago
June 11-17, 1982
Rufus Wilson “Dub” Orr was named a Paul Harris Fellow at a meeting of the Decatur Rotary Club.
Orr had a perfect attendance record at the Decatur chapter that spanned 43 years. Before that, Orr had a perfect attendance for his seven years in the Hartselle chapter.
Linda MaHathy of the Decatur Silent Fury Karate Club, competing against 12 other competitors, won the Texas style point fighting championship and the title of Grand Champion Women’s Black Belt Division in a non-professional Karate Association tournament in Memphis.
She also won second place in the black belt women’s forms competition.
Five music students from Decatur and Moulton were among division winners at a state competition at Samford University in Birmingham.
Two thousand Alabama piano students were heard in competition by teachers from other states, according to Bea Carrell, a Decatur piano teacher.
Among the winners were Shawn Donahoo, 14, and Susanne Smith, 10, both of Decatur; and Patrick Rhyne, 17, Lindy Rhyne, 13, and Lori Chitwood, 11, all of Moulton.
10 years ago
June 11-17, 1997
Rob Walker, known for his portrayal of Commodore Stephen Decatur, suited up again and surprised his father, Robert C. Walker Sr. of Birmingham, by appointing him an honorary admiral in the Decatur Navy.
Jeffrey R. Bibbee of Decatur was honored as an outstanding scholar by Phi Beta Kappa at Auburn University and was also honored as the outstanding undergraduate history major by Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary.
Brittany Teague of Priceville was named a United States National Award Winner in Science by the United States Achievement Academy.
She was a student at Priceville Junior High School. She is the daughter of David and Alison Teague.
Emily Amason, 21, Miss Athens, was named fourth runner-up in the contest for Miss Alabama.
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