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Mary Lott

Athens College students display their winter fashions when they visited the Decatur Boat Harbor for a fashion layout in 1970. Models on the boat are, from left, Mary Ann Chando, Judy Zalloughi, Carol Ader, Nancy Keech and Jan Price. On the walkway are Mary Ann Anderson, Ann Holland, Linda Belcher, Lynn Abraham, Pat Perkins, Sue Corey, Jo Misserandino, Tyndall Smith, Barbara Tharp and Pat Gudzik; and on the pier are Bev Patterson, Jimmie McElyea and Leska Turner.
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Athens College students display their winter fashions when they visited the Decatur Boat Harbor for a fashion layout in 1970. Models on the boat are, from left, Mary Ann Chando, Judy Zalloughi, Carol Ader, Nancy Keech and Jan Price. On the walkway are Mary Ann Anderson, Ann Holland, Linda Belcher, Lynn Abraham, Pat Perkins, Sue Corey, Jo Misserandino, Tyndall Smith, Barbara Tharp and Pat Gudzik; and on the pier are Bev Patterson, Jimmie McElyea and Leska Turner.

Hartselle residents form rural baseball league in 1932

75 years ago

June 18-24, 1932

Hartselle residents gathered and formed a rural baseball league.

The organizers wanted to provide entertainment during summer and develop talent for the Bee Line league.

Officers were L.J. Stallings, president and manager; S.M. Nelson, vice president; Harold Orr, secretary; Herman Puckett, treasurer; Will Howard Thompson, business manager; and Pelham Speake, publicity manager.

Charles S. Sykes, well-known cartoonist for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, was visiting his sisters, Bessie Sykes, Carrie Sykes and Mrs. W.G. Martin.

Sykes was a native of Athens.

He was living in Athens when he produced a cartoon illustrating a former basketball rivalry between Athens and Lynnville, Tenn.

The illustration attracted attention and a Nashville daily paper offered him a job.

His cartoons were printed in newspapers around the world.

50 years ago

June 18-24, 1957

Jack Freeman, sophomore at Howard College majoring in sacred music, directed a choir of 60 youths during the City-Wide Youth Crusade For Christ that began June 20 at Decatur National Armory.

Freeman graduated from Decatur High School, where he played football, baseball and basketball.

Al Jones, a Decatur golfer, won the Lawrenceburg Invitational Golf Tournament. C.W. Moore Jr., president of the Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club, presented Jones with silverware.

25 years ago

June 18-24, 1982

Angie L. Bell, a teacher of mildly retarded children at Vinemont School, received a special recognition award from the Association for Retarded Citizens-Alabama.

Bell was recognized for “calmly resolutely leading her charges to safety without regard to her personal safety and to her property” when a fire destroyed the school.

Jacquelyn B. Outlaw, Madison County Extension agent, received the Alabama Association of Extension Home Economists’ Outstanding Service Award for her work with adults in various economics programs. A native of Decatur, Outlaw is the daughter of Mrs. D.G. Outlaw. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee Institute and a master’s degree in home economics from Alabama A&M University.

She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Kappa Omicron Phi, Alabama Association of Extension Home Economists, Alabama Education Association and King’s Memorial United Methodist Church.

The top three finishers in the Insurance Youth Golf Classic at Decatur Country Club were Allyn Crane, first; Chad Allred, second; and David Parker, third.

10 years ago

June 18-24, 1997

Four people were recognized for promoting tolerance, respect and understanding at the fourth annual Decatur Brotherhood Awards Dinner.

The National Conference of Christians and Jews sponsored the fundraiser at the Holiday Inn. The proceeds were used to promote communication between races and religions.

Those honored were:

  • David J. Breland, a district and juvenile court judge in Morgan County since 1983. A member of Central Baptist Church, he served as president of Rotary Club and board member of the Volunteer Center of Morgan County. He was a legal subcommittee member of the state task force for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and chairman of the board for Northwest Alabama Corrections for Youth Inc.

  • Catherine C. Hansberry, director of Calhoun College Foundation. She generated more than $4 million in private support and $8 million in grants for Calhoun Community College. She was Morgan County Volunteer of the Year in 1988 and is a former president of United Way. She was a member of the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Advisory Board. Her civic work includes Mental Health Association, Parents and Children Together, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army Advisory Board. She was a member of Rotary International and Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

  • Charles A. Bibbs, a teacher at Austin High School. He is a former Chamber Commodore and board member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of King’s Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee and chairman of the finance committee. Bibbs served on the Red Cross board for six years, is a former member of the United Way board and volunteers time with the Boy Scouts of America and United Way.

  • Trudy McKnight Grisham, president of Decatur General Foundation. She led efforts to organize the hospital Foundation in 1983, and the volunteer board raised more than $4 million for the hospital. She was president of the Alabama Hospital Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Her civic work includes Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Junior Achievement, Hospice, United Way and American Red Cross.

    Decatur High School graduate Will Burks signed a basketball scholarship with Motlow State Community College in Tennessee.

    Burks, a 6-foot 6-inch center, averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in helping the Red Raiders to a 20-9 record.

    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
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