A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
The Christmas season continues.
1948 –December 11, Mrs. R. H. McClanahan entertained at her home on Rock Street this afternoon with a lovely party for her daughter, Jane, the occasion being Jane's fourth birthday. The children played for about an hour, then Santa Claus arrived and distributed presents to each one.
1952 –December 11, Don Mikel, an MCHS student, is reported to have actually baked a Christmas cake. Whether or not it is edible or not is unknown.
1907 –December 12, A Hartselle newspaper correspondent notes that, "Christmas will soon be here with Santa Claus and all of his beautiful presents."
1921 –December 13, Local Methodists are planning an addition to the church to accommodate the increasing enrollments in their Sunday school program. Attendance is reaching new highs during this Advent season.
1936 –December 14, This year's is the most elaborate Christmas display ever as far as Hartselle streets are concerned. Downtown shoppers are dazzled by colored lights extending down Main Street through the two main business blocks and down the Beeline highway from the Chevrolet place to the bus station.
1940 –December 15, Members of the Danville HDC are currently purchasing gifts to take to their Christmas meetings. The ladies are to pay no more than ten cents for the presents they buy.
1935 –December 16, Mrs. Fred Bennett was hostess at a birthday party this afternoon complimenting her son, Freddie, on his fourth birthday. Freddie has both his birthday and Santa Claus to look forward to at this time of year.
1917 –December 17, E. A. Harris, Hartselle 2, bought two barrels of flour for his family's Christmas baking at S. E. Stewart's store in Hartselle today.
1946 –December 17, Students and staff members at A.P.I. are rejoicing today over an announcement of an old-fashioned prewar Christmas holiday schedule by Auburn's President L. N. Duncan. Students will leave Auburn tomorrow following graduation ceremonies and will not return to classes until Monday morning, January 6, 1947.