Files from Yesteryear: 1954, 1994


From the Files of 1954:

Picnicking at the swinging bridge on Tuesday were: Nell Ann Durham and Jack Perkins, Mary Ann Speer and Bill Martin, June Carr and Jim Edwards, Ellen Shaw and Jerry Fuller, Shelby Fuller and Bertis Roscoe and Carolyn Smith and Jim Link.

Joe H. Graveman lost four dairy barns, three horses, 21 heifers and two young bulls to a raging fire, on Monday.

Eugene J. Grimes will succeed A.B. Bradford as principal at Walter School.

Robert L. Batson is the new principal at Baileyton.

The first mystery farm pictured in the Tribune last week, from an airplane photo, belongs to Mr. and Mrs. L.E. McDowell, of Bethsadia.

The $100,000 armory, long promised to Cullman, will definitely be built. In a letter received this week by Cullman’s Representative, Henry White, from Governor Gordon Persons, plans were revealed for the modern building. The bids for which will be let on March 23rd.

The building will be 100 feet wide and 150 feet long. There will be a 74 x 102 foot auditorium for the drill and gym floor. Also included will be an indoor rifle range, two supply rooms, three offices, three classrooms, kitchen, shower, laundry, restrooms and a vault.

From the Files of 1994:


Regent Janice Gentry and Chaplain Cherrell Creel Burkett opened the September 11, 1994 meeting in the First United Methodist Church Parlor with the Ritual. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, led by Paula Waldrep Henry, the Star Spangled Banner, led by Organizing Regent, Bettina P. Higdon Burns, the American’s Creed, led by Regent Smith and the Preamble to the Constitution, led by Melinda Day Hunt the President General’s message was read by Ex-Regent Rhonda Burks Van Zandt. Mrs. Van Zandt introduced the speaker, Mrs. Sarah Phillips Thomason, who explained “Our Constitution – Continuing the Commitment.” Mrs. Thomason is a lawyer with Saint John and Saint John and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama Magna Cum Laude. After a brief history of why the first Ten Commandments were added to the Constitution, shortly after its ratification, Mrs. Thomason explained the changes in attitude brought during the 1930s and subsequently.

Mrs. Van Zandt and Miss Lisa Coleman were hostesses. The guest speaker, Daughters and Valerie Opacity and Lauren MacMilliar were served refreshments.

The business meeting, which followed, included minutes of the former meeting, treasurer’s statement, report of officers and committees. A fact sheet on World War II was distributed to the Daughters by the Regent. Jimmy Caretti from Veterans of Foreign Wars gave a large American Flag and staff to the Chapter, which was on display.

Other than the ones mentioned above, those present were: Opal Boschung, Myrtle Launius Glaze, Ex-Regent, Atholene Lee Goodwin, Mary E. McAfee Jones, Myram Sandlin McClendon, Secretary, Magdalene Roberts Payne, Elva Robert Smith and Ex-Regent, Jean Bryan Waldrep.

Regent Janice Smith and Mesdames Burns, Goodwin, Henry, Dorothy Grimes Lytle, McClendon, Van Zandt and Waldrep attended the Northern District ALDAR meeting at Guntersville State Park, on September 16. State Regent Ann Briglia, State Officers and State Committee Chairpersons outlined the activities and responsibilities to their counterpart.


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