A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
Holiday-related events become even more frequent as Christmas gets nearer.
1941 -Dec. 9, Rachel Pattillo's 16 birthday party today had a holiday theme.
1954 -Dec. 9, It will be a stressful holiday season for Alabama's First Family. Governor Gordon Persons suffered a heart attack at about 7 a.m. and is in serious condition. Morgan County Treasurer Luther Roberts, a recent appointee of the governor, is helping local residents keep fully informed about Montgomery developments.
1942 -Dec. 10, A wonderful holiday movie will begin tomorrow at the Strand. It's "Holiday Inn," the highlight of which is Bing Crosby's rendition of "White Christmas."
1955 -Dec. 11, Mrs. Eva Bodley is working on the refreshments for the upcoming Salem Methodist Christmas party.
2003 -Dec. 11, The "Winter Wonderland" Hartselle Christmas Parade will be tonight at 7. The Jaycees will once again sponsor the event with special guest Santa Claus and grand marshal Stan White, former Auburn University quarterback.
1956 -Dec.12, The postmaster advises that out-of-town Christmas cards must be mailed immediately.
1953 -Dec. 13, Pfc. Roy P. Roberts of Camp Bliss, Tex., arrived Monday to spend a ten-day holiday furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy P. Roberts, Sr., and brother, Curly.
1956-Dec. 13, The holiday-themed Hartselle football banquet was held tonight in the basement of the First Methodist Church. Three players were selected for the highest honors-brothers Frankie and Brownie Dean and Karl Estes.
1953 -Dec. 14, All circles of the W.M.U. of the First Baptist Church gathered this afternoon at the home of Mrs. R. A. Payne for a Christmas program and party. The program was presented under the direction of Mrs. M. H. Broom.
2003 -Dec. 14, Hartselle's Christmas Tour of Homes was today from 2-4. Featured homes were located in Booth Meadows and Hickory Heights.
1953 -December 15, The Iris Garden Club Christmas party was held tonight at the home of Mrs. L. G. Martin with Mrs. Frank Rausa as co-hostess.