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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

These young men were named to the 1966 Tennessee Valley Baseball League all-star team. The front row includes, from left, Toby May, Tommy Hicks, Billy Waldrop, Joe Ray, Wayne Dotson, Bob Roy, Harsel Martin, Ivan Armor and Mikan Kerby. Back row are Wade Smith, manager Johnny McCluney, Elwyn Stephenson, Donald Way, Jessee Hunter, Kenneth Blankenship, John Kirkley, Tommy Jolly, Hollis Retherford, Jerry Graham and manager Russell Montgomery.
Daily file photo by Lonnie McDaniel
These young men were named to the 1966 Tennessee Valley Baseball League all-star team. The front row includes, from left, Toby May, Tommy Hicks, Billy Waldrop, Joe Ray, Wayne Dotson, Bob Roy, Harsel Martin, Ivan Armor and Mikan Kerby. Back row are Wade Smith, manager Johnny McCluney, Elwyn Stephenson, Donald Way, Jessee Hunter, Kenneth Blankenship, John Kirkley, Tommy Jolly, Hollis Retherford, Jerry Graham and manager Russell Montgomery.

Singing Cops perform at World’s Fair in ’82

75 Years ago

July 23-29, 1932

Officers were installed for the Morgan County Post No. 15 of the American Legion.

Mayor R.C. Billings was elected post commander. Other officers were Joseph M. Pettey, first vice commander; Jack Coolidge, second vice commander; and W.L. Grimes, adjutant.

Chief of Police Carl T. Wilson of Athens celebrated his 55th birthday with about 100 friends. Fred Watt, an Athens attorney, hosted the event, and guests were treated to barbecue and chicken stew.

50 years ago

July 23-29, 1957

Hilton Watson, Montgomery governor of Toastmasters district 48, presented Bob Young, president of the newly organized Decatur Toastmasters Club, a charter of the organization.

The charter formally recognizes the Decatur Club as one of the more than 2,500 clubs in existence in the United States and a number in other countries.

Pat Reynolds Odom, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Odom of Decatur, was selected a student group leader for orientation at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Odom was studying aeronautical engineering.

Peggy McCulloch, a sophomore education major at Athens College, was chosen as “Lady of the Columns.” The Athenian staff selected her and she was photographed in the parlor of historic Founders Hall.

25 years ago

July 23-29, 1982

Mrs. George White was named Queen for a Day for having the most correct answers on a quiz about Decatur given at a meeting of the Decatur Christian Women’s Club. Decatur Mayor Bill Dukes presented a key to the city and Kristi McClanahan of the club presented White with roses.

The Singing Cops of Decatur joined other members of the Rocket City chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing of America in a concert at the World’s Fair in Knoxville. The Cops, Bob Baur, Howard Ellis, Marvin Hale and Gerald Paulson and Shelley Richardson and Don Anderson of Decatur were part of eight other chapters in the Dixie District in a 150-man chorus.

Tom Hill of Decatur was elected president of the Alabama Grain Dealers Association.

Mrs. J.C. Brown of Brown’s Fabric Center, decided to reduce the Salvation Army’s building fund indebtedness by $1,000. She presented a check to Naomi Griffith, former chairwoman of the Salvation Army Advisory Committee. A campaign was begun aimed at reducing a building debt of $86,000, and had succeeded in cutting the debt to about $36,000.

10 years ago

July 23-29, 1997

A childhood dream came true for Hartselle native Steve Woodard.

The Milwaukee Brewers promoted him to the major leagues after he made only one pitching appearance with Triple-A Tuscon, Ariz.

Woodard, 22, made his debut just three years and two months after helping Hartselle High School win a state Class 5A baseball championship.

He was in Tacoma, Wash., where the Tuscon Toros were playing and was asked to join the Brewers and start the second game of a double-header in Milwaukee against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Richard Gurley of Hartselle won first place in a state-level competition in the National Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. He received a $750 college scholarship for his winning essay, and he also represented Alabama in a special program for state-level winners in Washington, D.C.

Gurley is a 1997 graduate of Hartselle High School.

Decatur City Councilman Mark Ray and Decatur Chamber of Commerce Commodore Layna Sorrell were among those who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Primetime in Decatur.

Primetime, a subsidiary of the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, served the elderly. Tom Salter was executive director of the Mental Health Center and Ronda Johnson was program director for Primetime.

Decatur native Marc Lewis scored the winning run in the ninth inning to lead the Greenville Braves to a 3-2 win over the Huntsville Stars at Joe Davis Stadium.

Lewis had scored 52 runs and had 108 hits with the Double-A team.

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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