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VALLEY OF YEARS PAST
Mary Lott

The Morgan County High School cheerleaders in this 1947 photo are, bottom row, from left, Geraldine Grantland Holmes, Frances Ann Wallace Greer, Ruth Hawkins Cain and Wanda Praytor Harvel. Middle row are Helen Poole Beddingfield, Merle Powell Warren and Betty Palmer Parker. Hilda Wallace Hall is on top.
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The Morgan County High School cheerleaders in this 1947 photo are, bottom row, from left, Geraldine Grantland Holmes, Frances Ann Wallace Greer, Ruth Hawkins Cain and Wanda Praytor Harvel. Middle row are Helen Poole Beddingfield, Merle Powell Warren and Betty Palmer Parker. Hilda Wallace Hall is on top.

Elkmont Future Farmers of America elect Davis president

75 years ago

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1932

Two members of the Decatur Kiwanis Club made records for their attendance in the organization.

George Lawrence had not missed a meeting since he became a member in 1929.

J.W. Clopton, secretary, beat that three-year record, because he had not missed a meeting in five years.

50 years ago

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1957

The Elkmont Future Farmers of America elected officers.

They were James Floyd Davis, president; Ray Davis, vice president; Jimmie Ray Higginbotham, secretary; Howard Hobbs Jr., reporter; Randle Whitt, treasurer; and Jerry Daly, sentinel.

Keith Brooks’ speech about what a modern industry’s personnel relations department is won him an award as best speaker at the Decatur Toastmasters Club meeting.

Brooks was the manager of employee and industrial relations for the Chemstrand Corp. He received a silver cup.

The club had recently received a formal charter in the Toastmasters International. The organization offered training for public speakers.

25 years ago

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1982

Steve Allen, a collector of rare and valuable comics, was the organizer of Decatur’s first comic book convention.

The convention was at Wheeler Basin Regional Library.

Collectors and traders of movie posters and baseball cards were also welcome.

Allen promoted the event by personal phone calls, word-of-mouth, newspaper advertising and fliers.

Daisy Tate of Lacey’s Spring was elected president of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the American Production Inventory Control Society.

Tate worked for Universal Data System.

Michael Beddingfield of Trinity, director of the adult psychiatric program at Retreat Hospital, was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.

The 1982 award volume of Outstanding Young Men of America included Beddingfield’s biographical sketch and record of accomplishments.

A native of Decatur, Beddingfield graduated from The University of Alabama in 1976 with a master’s degree in social work.

10 years ago

Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1997

The Morgan County Fair featured country music entertainers Loretta Lynn and Toby Keith.

More than 570 graduates of the former Trinity High School came to Athens for the first schoolwide reunion in anyone’s memory. The Class of 1966 organized the two-day event.

The American Missionary Society founded Trinity High in 1865. School buildings burned at least twice in its 105-year history. It took a federal court-ordered integration to permanently close the high school in 1970.

Lorraine Smallwood, associate director at Backstage Ballet Theatre, was accepted as a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. The designation is awarded on successful completion of an examination in ballet, tap and jazz.

Smallwood is a former member of the Huntsville Civic Ballet.

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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