A look back
By By Dr. Bill Stewart
Aug. 6, 1959-Hartselle’s cheerleaders for the upcoming football season are in Tuscaloosa today for UA’s annual cheerleader clinic.
Aug. 6, 1959-The 60th annual Hartselle Camp Meeting continues at the campground one mile south of town and is to last through Sunday. Four new cabins are furnishing more comfortable living accommodations. The older ones have been enlarged and fixed up for campers while they are staying overnight on the campgrounds.
Aug. 6, 1959-The 55th anniversary of the Hartselle OES Chapter 39 was observed at the Masonic hall tonight.
Aug. 6, 1959-Funeral services were held this afternoon at Danville Baptist Church for Murray Landers, the victim of an auto accident here Monday. Pallbearers included Dr. Bluitt Landers, a nephew.
Aug. 6, 1959-Delmer Bagwell, principal at Cotaco, spoke on citizenship to the attendees at the Morgan County PTA school of instruction today.
Aug. 6, 1959-James Alvis passed away at Hartselle Hospital today. His many survivors include his widow Mrs. Ruby Alvis.
Aug. 7, 1959-Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sims entertained their future daughter-in-law Ann Blizzard, their son Raymond, and other members of the Blizzard-Sims wedding party with a post-rehearsal dinner at All Steak Restaurant in Cullman tonight.
Aug. 8, 1959-Bama football fans and Alabamians generally were concerned to learn that Tide Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was admitted to University Hospital in Birmingham tonight with an infection of the upper leg. Coach Bryant is expected to be hospitalized for several days.
Aug. 8, 1959-Ann Blizzard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Blizzard, was married today to Raymond M. Sims, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sims of Moundville. Rev. E. M. Barnes of Florence officiated at the First Methodist service. Mrs. Coy Stephenson and Robert Stephenson performed the nuptial music. Out of town guests included Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Freeman and son Allen of Atlanta.
Aug. 8, 1959-Hartselle attorney Grady Long participated in a panel discussion on Decatur radio station WHOS this morning. The topic was juvenile delinquency and what can be done to stop it from increasing.
Aug. 9, 1959-Sheriff Knox McRae and his deputies Pat Patterson and Lloyd Wallace conducted a raid on a Hartselle residence tonight. They seized 10 gallons of wildcat, four gallons of bonded, and approximately 50 cans of beer.
Aug. 9, 1959-Over 200 believers from four states are participating in the annual snakehandlers’ homecoming in Fort Payne this weekend. Snakes used were two rattlers and two copperheads. No local residents were reported to be in attendance.
Aug. 10, 1959-An as yet unapprehended man robbed Eva’s Frost Grocery Store tonight, taking about $150 and threatening members of the Cap Frost family with bodily harm if they interfered with what he was doing.
Aug. 10, 1959-The Hartselle Civics beat the Decatur Civitan Club 16-13 in tonight’s baseball game. Hartselle is now tied with the Decatur Jaycees for first place in the Civic League.
Aug. 11, 1959-The city council reappointed W. H. Stewart, Lamar Speake, and Merrill Doss to the Hartselle Industrial Development Board tonight. Others who will serve with them include Cecil J. Johnson, Horace Broom, Horace Roberts, Earnest Maddox, Scott Stone, and Paul Lee.
Aug. 12, 1959-Dr. W. H. Block, prominent Hartselle physician, testified in court in Decatur this morning. He said the man accused of killing his ex-wife in the parking lot of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q restaurant on June 20 was of “unsound mind.”
Aug. 12, 1959—Morgan County legislators plan to introduce bills at the next session that would raise the salaries of the tax assessor and tax collector from $5,400 to $7,200 annually.