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Mary Lott

The Decatur High School clean-up crew in a photo from the 1950s.
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The Decatur High School clean-up crew in a photo from the 1950s.

Sockwell to lead the Decatur Community Sing

75 years ago

July 2-8, 1932

Arthur Sockwell was tapped to lead the Decatur Community Sing.

C.E. Lowery, another popular singer, was elected vice president and pianist for the organization, and the Rev. S.V. Blythe was chaplain.

The women of St. John’s Episcopal Church sponsored the Society Circus. A full program was delivered including chorus and dance performances. Booths included the fish pond to reel in prizes, fortune telling and more.

Mrs. Raymond Hodges was the general chairman of the event.

50 years ago

July 2-8, 1957

Mutual and the White Sox of the Decatur Girls Softball League took a clean sweep in Birmingham.

Mutual defeated the All-Stars 9-3, with Linda Sparkman doing a nice job of hurling for her team. She allowed only three hits.

The White Sox beat Belcher Lumber Co., 8-5. Pitcher J. Turney allowed only six hits and two walks. The White Sox had 15 hits, including three each by P. Kimbrell and N. Reed.

J.B. Harlow, president of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Decatur, cut the ribbon at the formal opening of the new home of First Federal at Grant Street and Fourth Avenue. Joe McCullers, manager of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcome address and Merle Smith, vice president of the United States Savings and Loan League, made the dedication speech.

William Grandberry, executive secretary of the Alabama Savings and Loan League, said Decatur had the most modern First Federal building in Alabama.

25 years ago

July 2-8, 1982

Artis Johnson brought the first cotton bloom by The Decatur Daily office. The bloom beat the July 4 goal used by many farmers as the date for first bloom. The bloom came from the Moore Farm west of Decatur.

Larry Sandifer and Steve Loftin were awarded “camperships” to Camp Sumatanga. The camp was for the mentally retarded at the United Methodist facility.

A concert at B.J.’s Deli drew enough funds to pay their way.

Ron Hill gave the concert, which was sponsored by the Morgan County Association for Retarded Citizens. Hill, a professional singer from Birmingham, volunteers as a counselor at the camps. Loftin worked at the Decatur Workshop and Sandifer at the Lurleen B. Wallace Center’s Sheltered Workshop.

10 years ago

July 2-8, 1997

Decatur American’s 13- and 14-year-old All-Star teams advanced to the Dixie Boys district tournament.

Rusty McIntyre’s two-hitter put the 14-year-olds over Limestone American 13-1 in a five inning game for the East sub-district championship.

The two teams played in the first round of the double-elimination tournament, with Decatur American recording a 13-0 victory.

Calhoun Community College named Theresa Hamilton dean of instruction.

She was responsible for college-wide instruction leadership, including curriculum development, instructional budgets, faculty professional development and institutional program effectiveness.

She had worked at Calhoun since 1981, originally serving as the director of the Redstone Arsenal extension.

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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