A look back
By By Dr. Bill Stewart
Aug. 27, 1959—Susan Stewart left the latter part of last week for Los Angeles, Calif., where she will teach in the county school system this coming year.
Aug. 27, 1959-A pre-school meeting of Principal Arlo Abercrombie and his 1959-60 faculty was held this morning at Crestline Elementary.
Aug. 27, 1959-A new place for out-of-town guests to stay as well as a nice restaurant with banquet rooms will be available in the relatively near future. Crescent Amusement Co., owner of the property where the old Sunset Drive-in Theatre was located, is going to build a motel-restaurant facility at the site on US 31 south of Decatur.
Aug. 28, 1959-The new garment factory here will be constructed south of the cemetery and be known as the Hartselle Manufacturing Co. It is a subsidiary of Fly Manufacturing.
Aug. 28, 1959-County governing board Chairman Guy Roberts is currently in Birmingham for the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners.
Aug. 29, 1959-F. R. Minter, retiring letter carrier for Falkville’s route two, was recognized for outstanding service by his postal patrons today in a program at Mt. Nebo church near Massey.
Aug. 30, 1959-A memorial singing was held at Salem Methodist Church today in honor of both living and
deceased individuals who have been most active in promoting the cause of gospel music in the community, including Ed and Viola Bodley, Jesse Bodley, Dolphus Roper, Edmond Stevens, Marvin Foote, Robert Foote and Lester Shaneyfelt. The regular singing at Salem is held each fourth Sunday evening.
Aug. 30, 1959-The Decatur Red Raiders will win the football title in the TVC for the second consecutive year. At least that is the consensus view of coaches who voted in a recent poll. One of Decatur’s top players is a guy with strong Hartselle roots, tackle Claude Lavender. Decatur and Hartselle will meet up on Sept. 25.
Aug. 31, 1959-Seven lots in Hartselle Heights subdivision will be sold tomorrow. It is expected that each will bring about $2,750.
Sept. 1, 1959-All Bama football fans wished they were in Tuscaloosa today for the beginning of fall football practice. Coach Bear Bryant expects to have about 70 guys on his squad, including 18 lettermen. The Crimson Tide is looking to improve on its 5-4-1 record of last season.
Sept. 1, 1959-While most of Alabama remains legally dry, the state of Oklahoma is no longer totally dry. Today, for the first time in 52 years, liquor could legally be sold in the former Indian Territory to which Carrie Nation first brought prohibition more than half a century ago.
Sept. 1, 1959-The news today reported the death of Jack Norworth, 80, author of the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” His obituary noted that at the time he wrote the classic he had never been to a ball game.
Sept. 2, 1959-Auburn football Coach Shug Jordan says his players are determined to “win ‘em all” in the upcoming season. If that goal were achieved, it would mean that each senior on the squad would finish his collegiate career without ever playing in a losing game.
Sept. 2, 1959-Comer Tankersley is going to add to his service station at the intersection of highways 31 and 36. He was recently issued a building permit to do this.
Sept. 2, 1959-A workshop for Morgan County teachers was held at MCHS today. The guest speaker was Dr. Houston Cole, president of Jacksonville State College. His topic was, “The Kind of Education Our Youth Need in the Present Day World.”
Sept. 2, 1959-J. C. Pettey, MCHS principal, was elected president of the Tennessee Valley Conference at its fall meeting in Decatur tonight.