A look back

By Staff
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
Buford Kracke Roberts, who passed away recently after a long and extremely full life, was without question one of the most gracious, knowledgeable, and influential women who have graced this community since its founding. Her death leaves a void that cannot be filled. She came from a family whose roots went back to the earliest days of Hartselle and whose influence extended far beyond its boundaries.
1942 – July 31, Buford Kracke of Hartselle has done yeoman work as one of the chairmen for the Victory Book Campaign for Morgan County. This campaign supported the effort to provide good reading materials for the men fighting for their country in Europe and Asia.
1893 – August 1, H. Kracke has quit business in Hartselle, having sold his wagon and repair shop business preparatory to relocating to Guntersville. (Mr. Kracke was the father of Buford Kracke Roberts.)
1955 – August 2, It is obvious that Mrs. E. R. Roberts did a superb job of buying summer merchandise for the E. R. Roberts Store when she visited St. Louis back in April. The goods sold extremely well this season.
2000 – August 3, Hartselle is named after George S. Hartsell Sr., one of the early settlers in the area. Local historian Buford Roberts said Hartsell and Dr. S. L. Rountree debated for whom the city should be named at length. Then Rountree unilaterally said the name should be Hartsell and that settled it.
1935 – August 4, Buford Kracke will resume her studies at Florence State Teachers College when the fall term begins next month.
1998 – August 5, Hartselle people are distressed that UAB plans to tear down the Kracke Building at 1922 Seventh Avenue South in Birmingham. The building was named for Hartselle native Dr. Roy R. Kracke, first dean of the medical school. This eminent physician, who died in June 1950, was the brother of Mrs. E. R. (Buford) Roberts.
1945 – August 6, Buford Kracke, who formerly was a member of the public school faculty, will go soon to Nashville where she will enter Peabody College for a special course in educational work.
1942 – August 7, Buford Kracke will serve as business manager of the public school cafeteria in the upcoming fall school term.
1973 – Buford Roberts' record of community service is the most impressive of any woman in Hartselle.

Falkville

Larry Madison has been a pillar in Falkville for four decades

Hartselle

Hartselle trio nominated for two K-LOVE awards

Hartselle

Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

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Hartselle Kiwanis Club continues scholarly legacy with annual golf tournament

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Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

Decatur

Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

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Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

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Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

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Hartselle baseball legend dies

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Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

At a Glance

ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

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Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

Hartselle

New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

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Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

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Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

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State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

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Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

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Northern lights visible from north Alabama

Hartselle

Hartselle students to attend Boys State

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High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

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Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

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Planned Hartselle library already piquing interest 

Brewer

Students use practical life skills at Morgan County 4-H competition

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After 13 years underground, the cicadas are coming 

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