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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

Mrs. Grisham, a librarian, in the bookmobile in 1960. Wheeler Basin Regional Library operated a bookmobile to carry books throughout Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.
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Mrs. Grisham, a librarian, in the bookmobile in 1960. Wheeler Basin Regional Library operated a bookmobile to carry books throughout Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.

Morgan superintendent honored in 1932

75 years ago

July 9-15, 1932

E.L. Hayes, Morgan County superintendent, was recognized by the Board of Education for his many years of service.

During his 12 years as superintendent, an accredited vocational school was established in Danville, which served more than 400 students. Another vocational school was opened in Falkville where more than 500 students attended, and in Eva serving more than 600 students.

“The Office Girl,” a major hit on the big screen, opened at the Pearl Vaughan Theatre in Hartselle.

The film featured popular German actress Renate Muller.

50 years ago

July 9-15, 1957

Euel Garrison, a Decatur businessman, was named president of the Georgia-Alabama Moose Association. He was also elected North Moose of Dixie Legion 115, Alabama-North Florida.

Garrison had been a member of the Decatur Lodge 243, Loyal Order of Moose, since 1949, and served as governor of the Lodge four times.

Byron Thrasher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thrasher of Decatur, was named “Boy of the Month” for the Boys’ Club of Decatur. Byron was one of the most active members of the club throughout the year and participated in all the club’s activities. He was a member of the Ping Pong Club and the Boys’ Club drill team and had participated in many day camps with the club.

Brenda Pirkle was chosen as one of the top state officers at the annual Alabama 4-H Club camp at Auburn. The Falkville girl was elected reporter.

25 years ago

July 9-15, 1982

Mark Ray of Decatur was initiated into the Samford University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta national English honor society.

A $374,000 health clinic opened at Town Creek. Family medicine, optometry, dentistry and pediatrics were practiced at the facility in a town that had been without a doctor for 10 years.

Among those who attended the open house were Judge W.J. Lee and Mrs. John Yates.

Jenny Brownlow of Athens was approved as the new director of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. She had served the association as director of marketing since October 1980.

The winners of the Burningtree Country Club Junior Tournament were Scott Faulkner, fourth flight; Laura Casey, first flight; Allyn Crane, championship flight; Dave Hebert, first flight; Nike Payne, championship flight; Bubba Roby, third flight; Clint Peters, fifth flight; and Kathy Faulkner, second flight.

10 years ago

July 9-15, 1997

Seth Wright of Trinity was awarded the Indian Education Parents Committee Scholarship for Lawrence County. He was a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe and attended the University of North Alabama, where he was awarded a $4,000 grant and scholarship. He was stationed in Fort Jackson, S.C., in the Army Reserves’ basic training program and is a graduate of East Lawrence High School.

Lindsey Tambora of Decatur participated in Alabama’s Governor’s School at Samford University. She was one of 90 students from 29 counties selected for the one-week honors program. She was a senior at Decatur High School.

William R. “Randy” Holmes, director of Wesley Acres Retirement Center, a senior housing facility in Decatur, was elected to the house of delegates of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Holmes is a multiple certificate holder from the National Centers of Housing Management and a senior housing specialist.

He is a resident of Decatur and a past president of the city Board of Education.

Lt. Col. Ronald W. Merkh of Hartselle assumed command of the Alabama Army National Guard’s 877th Engineer Battalion during a change of command ceremony at the battalion’s headquarters in Hamilton.

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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