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A continuing look back at F. E. Burleson

March 22, 1926—Four days before Forrest Burleson’s election to the Alabama Legislature, Congress passed a law authorizing the Alabama Highway Department to construct a bridge ... Read more

3 days ago by Bill Stewart.

Another look at the life of Forrest E. Burleson

May 1, 1915—At the urging of his principal, Professor J. H. Riddle, Forrest Burleson takes and passes the state teacher examination. The Alabama State Department of ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Bill Stewart.

A Look Back at education before the pandemic

The 2019-2020 school year in Hartselle has been unlike any other.   The closest comparison would be the Great Depression, when the virtual economic shutdown required schools ... Read more

1 month ago by Bill Stewart.

A look back at family size

U. S. births continued to fall in 2019, the number of newborn babies amounting to the lowest number in a year since 1984. Instead of a “baby ... Read more

1 month ago by Bill Stewart.

A look back at smallpox

The possibility of contracting smallpox once struck fear in the hearts of local residents. The disease took an estimated 300 million lives in the 20th century, continuing ... Read more

1 month ago by Bill Stewart.

A Look Back at Scotty Maples

Sept. 1, 1941—A son, Scotty, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Eugene Maples here in Hartselle. Mrs. Maples is the former Mary Lou Ferguson.  Sept. 16,1958—MCHS student Scotty ... Read more

2 months ago by Bill Stewart.

A look back at polio

For many years, parents especially were fearful of the poliovirus. Although “polio” struck people in all age groups, its incidence among children was the source of the most heartbreak.  Those ... Read more

2 months ago by Bill Stewart.

A look back at typhoid fever

Typhoid fever has been referred to by various names, often associated with symptoms, such as gastric fever, enteric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittent fever, slow fever, nervous fever, phytogenic fever, brain fever ... Read more

2 months ago by Bill Stewart.

Another look back at influenza

  The flu was identified as “Spanish” because it was written about more frequently in that nation’s newspapers. The press was freer there than in ... Read more

2 months ago by Bill Stewart.

Another look back at influenza

Many Alabamians lost their lives as a result of contracting an influenza virus prior to 1918. The Spanish flu strain would prove to be much ... Read more

3 months ago by Bill Stewart.

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