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Mary Lott

The old Austinville School in the early 1950s at Lamar and Spring avenues.
Courtesy photo
The old Austinville School in the early 1950s at Lamar and Spring avenues.

North Alabama Hi-Y Officers Training Institute met in Decatur

75 years ago

Sept. 24-30, 1932

New officers for the first North Alabama Hi-Y Officers Training Institute met in Decatur. Carlton Kelley, faculty advisor, was chairman of the convention.

Officers elected were James Wade of Tuscumbia, president; Joe Sarver Jr. of Athens, vice president; Granston Gray of Decatur, treasurer; and Tommie Woodard of Decatur, scribe.

Mrs. William Goidel, a former Decatur resident, was elected president of the post auxiliary of the American Legion in Evansville, Ind.

50 years ago

Sept. 24-30, 1957

Directors at Chemstrand Corp. elected Louis W. Brummer assistant comptroller and Norvell G. Jones as assistant treasurer.

L.R. Dishman Jr. was named development project engineer for Decatur’s Wolverine Tube, Division of Calumet & Hecla Inc.

He is a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

G.T. Semmes of Decatur was named to the board of directors for the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama.

25 years ago

Sept. 24-30, 1982

New officers were elected for the Brewer Band Boosters Association.

They were Lafett Hendrix, president; John Crawford, vice president; Joyce Dotson, secretary; and Carolyn Crawford, treasurer.

Ernestine Ling was honored by the Rev. Carroll Hart and members of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 50 years of service to the church as organist.

10 years ago

Sept. 24-30, 1997

Gordon Terry fiddled his way to the top with some of the biggest names in country music, and was inducted into the Walkway of Stars by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The Lawrence County native joined more than 150 other artists honored with bronze stars in the walkway.

Terry began his career in 1950 as a singer, guitarist and fiddle player but soon began concentrating on the fiddle as his dominant interest. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry with celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

About 200 faculty, students, alumni and friends attended the 175th birthday party for Athens State College on Sept. 24.

Kathy Houston with American Speedy Printing in Decatur was named one of the top 10 print communication sales people in the Troy, Mich.-based company’s network.


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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