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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Members of the 1949-50 Decatur High School band at a concert directed by Carl Schwuchow.
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Members of the 1949-50 Decatur High School band at a concert directed by Carl Schwuchow.

Ninth Street Methodist organizes ‘Glad Hand’

75 years ago

June 25-July 1, 1932

Young men organized a Bible class at Ninth Street Methodist Church called the “Glad Hand” class with L.R. Yarbrough as the teacher.

Officers were Ernest Beard, president; Ira H. Jones, vice president; Marvin Kembrough, secretary/treasurer; and Otto Reeder, chairman of recreation.

The class also organized a baseball team. John Gingrich was manager and Morris Rogers was assistant manager.

Amos Clanton was elected Limestone County superintendent.

50 years ago

June 25-July 1, 1957

The Masonic Rising Sun Lodge 29 elected officers for the ensuing year.

They were James Robert Vaughan, worshipful master; Johnny Hudson Aycock, senior warden; David McCord Gautler, junior warden; Lynn Christopher, treasurer; D.L. Allen, secretary; William Alton Brown, senior deacon; Cole Jackson Young Jr., junior deacon; and William Lakey, tiller.

The multi-talented Donald O’Connor portrayed the great deadpan comedian of the silent screen in “The Buster Keaton Story” at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

The film also starred Ann Blyth and Rhonda Fleming.

25 years ago

June 25-July 1, 1982

Keep America Beautiful Inc. chose the Athens-Limestone County Clean Community Commission to receive a 1982 KAB Week National Award.

The commission will receive one of eight awards, according to a mailgram from KAB President Roger Powers.

About 240 clean community commissions are in the U.S., said commission Coordinator Joyce Counter.

Counter said the commission won the award for gaining community support for the commission’s programs. City and county governments worked with the Limestone County Girl Scouts, local businesses, schools, civic groups and church groups to have a successful KAB week.

The state chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, presented 15 Alabama journalists, including Mark Kulaw of The Decatur Daily, with excellence in journalism awards.

Journalists from Alabama newspapers, radio stations and television stations were honored during an awards banquet.

Kulaw won the award for best newspaper photography. His entry was a sports photograph.

The Minor B Red Legs won their league championship. The team members were Phillip Stone, Mark Shirley, Dennis Wallace, Brandon Blaich, Scott Shirley, Stephen Stone, Chris Waldrop, Pete Dawson, Joey Borden, Laddie Cannon, Chad Tucker, Brent Green, Shane Casteel and Arron O’dell. Coaches were Charles Stone and Bob Shirley, and Theron Green was the manager.

Becki Jackson, 12-year-old daughter of Joe and Virginia Jackson of Moulton, won a book for her question, “What is static electricity?” The question was answered in the Tell Me Why column. She was an eighth-grader at Speake High School.

10 years ago

June 25-July 1, 1997

Edward Jones Investments had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new office in Decatur. The office is operated by investment representative Stephen J. Mann, a former telecommunication project manager for AmSouth Bank who has a master’s degree in management from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Former Hartselle High School baseball star Steve Woodard was selected to play in the Double-A All-Star game in San Antonio. The game pitted the stars from the American League’s Double-A farm teams against the National League’s.

Woodard, a 1994 Hartselle graduate playing for the El Paso Diablos, led the Texas League with a 10-3 record and has the second-lowest ERA at 2.74

Phillip E. Dotson, administrator and chief executive office of Athens-Limestone Hospital, was elected at the state convention to serve on the Alabama Hospital Association board of trustees as representative for the North Hospital Council.

Dotson, who has been at Athens-Limestone since 1987, had served as associate executive director of Humana Hospital McFarland in Lebanon, Tenn., and had 22 years of experience in health care administration.

C. Kent Quinn, certified public accountant and a partner in Wear, Howell, Stickland and Quinn of Decatur, was elected treasurer of the Alabama Society of Public Accountants. He formerly served as secretary of the professional association and was instrumental in organizing its Wheeler Basin Chapter.

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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