Files from Yesteryear: 1957


From the Files of 1957:

Mrs. Rigsby Dies

Mrs. John W. Rigsby, 78, died on Saturday, following a long illness and funeral services were held on Sunday at Seventh Street Baptist Church, with Reverend J.G. Speake officiating and Moss Service directing interment.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Kyle, of Huntsville and Gilbert Rigsby, of Cullman; four daughters, Mrs. J.N. Nix,  of Montgomery, Mrs. Dave Blackman, Mrs. Lois Griffin and Mrs. H.D. Wilkins, all of Cullman; fifteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers and one sister.


Here for the weekend, at bedside of  their mother, Mrs. W.M. Neal, who remains seriously ill, were Mr. and Mrs. Willard Neal and son, of Atlanta, G.F. Neal, of Newnan, Georgia and Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Snider and children, of Bessemer.


Hanceville Happenings:

The Hanceville Elementary School gave a chicken supper on Thursday evening, at the new lunchroom. Proceeds from this supper will be used to buy new furniture for the elementary school.

Miss Margaret Ellen Hines presented the annual Christmas musical program on Tuesday night, at the Hanceville High School auditorium, with the pupils of the elementary and junior high Glee Club participating.

The Hanceville High School Band, under the directions of Wallace E. Green, Junior, presented a program on Friday morning at the White City School auditorium.

Meeting to give her a surprise birthday dinner on Monday, December 9th, were a group of Lola Mae Knight’s friends. Guests bringing a covered dish and gifts were Mesdames Talmadge Chappell, Leo Yongue, Lewis Fanning, W.W. Ballard, Polly  Stricklin,   of  Cullman,   Mrs.  Lou Vincent and Miss Opal Tolbert, of Cullman.

Mrs. Wilson W. Ballard and Mrs. Minnie Bonner spent Tuesday, in Birmingham.

Mrs. Razzie J. Rice had as her guest last week, Mrs. Bush, of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mrs. Bula Croft, of Pleasant Grove, spent Sunday afternoon, visiting Miss Berma Braswell.

Mr. and Mrs. James B. Kelly, of  Decatur, were the weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Caudell.

Miss Ora Thigpen spent the weekend visiting her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Henry, in Birmingham.

Mrs. W.E. Ballard has been quite ill, at her home, for the past week.

Hardy Sellers, of Cataula,  Georgia, spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ashwander.

G.W. Clapp is home from Auburn, to spend the Christmas holidays with his mother, Mrs. Vernie Clapp.

Mrs. Herman Whatley and daughter, Pam, spent Wednesday in Birmingham.

E.M. Quick remains critically ill at the University Hospital, in Birmingham.

Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Cobb and daughters, spent Wednesday, in Birmingham.


Sunshine Club Has Annual Christmas Party

The Sunshine Club of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church held its  annual Christmas  party,  at  the  home  of  Mrs. W.O. Buettner, Senior, with Mrs. Herman Buettner as co-hostess.

New officers elected were: Mrs. Henry Young, president and Mrs. W.O.  Buettner, Junior, treasurer.

Members    present    were:    Mesdames W.O. Buettner, Junior, Arthur Apel, Dyson Hamner, Robert Buettner, Edward Apel, Joe Duncan, Henry White, J.W. Arnold,  George Fehler,  Woneda Lessere, E.G. Plunkett, Ed Bottcher, Dorsey Plunkett, Emil Buettner, Arthur Karter, Louise Graf, Junior, James  Barnes, Charles Bottcher, Henry Young, the hostesses and one guest, Mrs. Louis Wamp.


Reverend and Mrs. Fredrick Beversdorf announce the birth of a son, Frederick, Junior, on December 16th, at the Culllman Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cusimano and boys, of Birmingham, were the Sunday guests of her mother, Mrs. Emily Griffith.


Cotton Seed

We have Stoneville and HiBred Cotton Seed. These are 1955 Crop Seed of highest Purity and Germination.


Cullman Feed and Seed Company

4th Street West Phone 168



Tractor Farmers


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Out for some pre-season cheer on Monday through Thursday nights were: Carolyn Rains and J.D. Elrod, Alice Perry and  Wayne Hasenbein,  Linda  Gibbs and Larry Byrd, Melba Mauter and Carl Griffin, Mary Flippo and Dickie Clark, Nellie Sue Griffin and J.D. Marcum, Kay Keller and Daniel Haynes, Mert Hesterly and Ray Pruitt, Jayne Thomas and Philip Cabri, Esther Pruitt and Bobby Cupp, Betty Pruitt and Billy Gene Chandler and Linell Jones and Bill Cole.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Gammon visited the Elam family, in Addison, last Sunday. Mrs. Elam is seriously ill.

Sheila Susan Lewis is the one year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Lewis (Joan Sticher), of Valpariso, Indiana. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Sticher and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Lewis, all of Cullman.

A new Christmas Cantata, “Love Transcending” will be presented by The Church Choir of Saint John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church on Sunday, December 22nd, during the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. The choir will be  under the direction of Mrs. Carl Stiefelmeyer and will be accompanied by Shirley Kirk. Choir members are: sopranos – Charlotte Budweg, Kathleen Butler, Bertha Cooper, Pat Peinhardt, Evelyn Richter, Kay Richter, Inez Ruehl, Brenda Schumann, Connie Stiefelmeyer and Karen Stiefelmeyer, altos – Dorothy Burton, Karen Butler, Alverna Frey, Radah Heitmueller, Dorothy Kelley, Carolyn Peinhardt, Ruth Richter and Kathryn Stiefelmeyer, male voices – Oscar Frey, Herbert Heitmueller, Ray Heitmueller,  Johnny  Richter  and Arthur Richter.

“Love Transcending” was written this year by John W. Peterson. It presents the glorious story of Christmas, in modern musical form.


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