VALLEY OF YEARS PAST|
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Decatur officials joined members of the Decatur Kiwanis Club at City Hall’s flagpole to inspect a sample of American flags that the civic club was selling to raise funds to support its charitable activities. Holding the flag are Kiwanis president John Eyster, left and Decatur Mayor Murray Dodd, right. Back row, from left, are Rex Pou, A.J. Coleman, Bob McWhorter, (sale chairman), Paul Robinson, Commissioner Wilson Morgan, Jim Duncan, Ray White and Commissioner Jack Higginbotham. This photo appeared in The Decatur Daily on April 27, 1962.
Hill named director of Tuscaloosa Veterans Hospital
75 years ago
Aug. 14-19, 1932
Walton A. Hill, formerly of Decatur, became director of the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
Hartselle signed Dixie Walker of the Southern league to aid the baseball team in its climb. Walker was a pitcher.
50 years ago
Aug. 14-19, 1957
The Kappa Delta Alumnae elected officers for the ensuing year. They were Mrs. Leroy McEntire Jr., editor; Mrs. John Caddell, treasurer; Mrs. Fred Sherrill Jr., secretary; Mrs. Richard Hopper, vice president; and Mrs. W.S. Crawford, president.
Charles “Sarge” Gilliam shot a once in a lifetime hole-in-one at the Athens Country Club. Gilliam was a member of an informal post-season night shift league that was formed by members of the night shift at Wolverine Tube, Division of Caulmet & Heels. Gilliam shot the hole-in-one on the No. 8 hole, which is 171 yards, with a par of 3. The Wilson Co. presented him with a trophy.
25 years ago
Aug. 14-19, 1982
Nine players won awards at the Douglas-Shuttleworth Basketball Camp at John C. Calhoun Community College. Winners were Patty Bennett of Priceville, Girls’ Best Camper; Melvin Duran of Priceville, Hot Shot I; Kal Hargett of Decatur, Hot Shot III; Ben Peek of Decatur, Free Throw I; Brian Gibson of Decatur, Best Camper I; Jon Howell of Decatur, Best Camper III; Richard Ellis of Decatur, Free Throw II; David Dunn of Leighton, Best Camper II; and Burl Watkins of Decatur, Free Throw and Hot Shot II.
Jim Smith presented Barrett Shelton Jr. a $10,000 check for Business and Friends of the Arts, completing a pledge made by Saginaw Steering Gear Division Alabama. The money was for three local projects: Wheeler Basin Library, Cotaco Park and the renovation of Princess Theatre.
Smith is the personnel manager of the Limestone County facility of Saginaw Steering Gear Division. The $10,000 came through the General Motors Foundation Inc.
Shelton headed the campaign to provide private funding for the Princess project.
10 years ago
Aug. 14-19, 1997
An Austin High School cheerleader became a Bama Belle. Allison Mills, a marketing major, aided the football department in recruiting efforts and did office work for football coaches and secretaries. She also assisted at any athletic functions when needed.
Lesli Bradford of Moulton was named a U.S. National Award Winner in honor roll by the U.S. Achievement Academy and appeared in the U.S. Achievement Academy Official Yearbook. She is the daughter of Michael and Patti Foreman.
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