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Hartselle Enquirer

A Look Back at Bird Day

A LOOK BACK AT BIRD DAY

One of the things that brings the most joy to the lives of those of us not living in big central cities is to see and hear the beautiful birds which perch on wings outside our homes, build nests, and sing songs more beautiful than any composer could ever put down in notes on a page. Tomorrow, January 5, 2017, has been designated Bird Day. Civilized people have always wanted to protect these lovely creatures of God.

July 11, 1901–The Enquirer warns that, “Killing birds that destroy injurious insects is a bad practice.”

Nov. 2, 1906—Bird watchers say that there are a lot more young birds here than has been the case for many years. This is due to the fact that the summer and fall exhibited the finest weather exhibited in a long time. As a fortunate result, but few young birds were killed on account of weather conditions.

Oct. 24, 1909–The Morgan County Fair Association closed a most successful three-days’ event last night here at 11 o’clock. The fair started as an experiment and has been a success. The crowd was surprisingly large and the interest manifested was the best. Considering the fact that only 30 days elapsed since it was decided to hold the fair, and that all the advertising and getting ready was done in that short time, it was a credit indeed. The poultry bird exhibit, superintended by Mrs. Forbes of Decatur, an expert in the scoring of poultry birds, was surprising indeed for the interest shown in it. The fair is now a permanent thing here.

May 14, 1929—In a contest in which children were asked to name their favorite comic strip character, one youngster said she especially like Little Orphan Annie because of the traits of character she possessed: “She is honest, truthful, and kind to dumb animals, birds, grownups, and children. She works and tries to do her best. She loves everyone she knows. I’m sure Annie would be just as lovely if she were a real person.” Many other contestants also named Annie as their favorite.

 

Oct. 15, 1931–Wild ducks and geese have been seen flying over this section in large numbers during the last few days, presaging the early approach of cold weather, according to old residents who are constantly looking for these signs. They point also to the fact that other migratory birds such as robins and blackbirds have been moving south. The woods have been alive with these birds during these last few weeks. Nearly all of the robins go further south while many of the blackbirds remain in this latitude, students of nature say. All of these beautiful birds are an inspiration to behold.

 

Jan. 12 1933–Reports having reached Montgomery that boys over the state were killing a large number of song birds, I. T. Quinn, commissioner of game and fish, called upon schoolteachers to stress the importance of protecting song and insectivorous birds. An urge to “try out” rifles and small arms received as Christmas presents was blamed by Mr. Quinn for the discouraging reports.

 

Oct. 22, 1936–Carl Williams, while walking with Joe Henderson in Stephenson’s hollow recently, saw an enormous bird flying over his head. He states that he had no idea what the huge thing was at first. He later determined, however, that it was only a common rabbit hawk, but an unusually large one. The bird had a wing spread of four feet, four and one-half inches and is thought to be the largest rabbit hawk ever spotted in this section.

Jan. 30, 1947Unit #2 of the Garden Club is sponsoring a contest for the city grammar school. Prizes will be offered to students building the best bird houses and making the best scrapbooks.

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Annual Christmas parade to be held Thursday  

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Some concerned over new Hartselle superintendent hire  

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Town of Falkville to hold Christmas in the Park Sunday

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Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday

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Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

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‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader

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Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

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Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

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Winter window wonderland  

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Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  

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Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10

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Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals

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HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 

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Lovely landscape

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Morgan buys SUVs to transport seniors, deliver meals

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

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Morgan teen exhibits grand champion at Alabama National Fair

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Murder-for-hire defendant seeks bond

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Stadthagen supports

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Second grade students in Hartselle honor heroes

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Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

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