A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
The MCHS graduating classes of 1943 and 1953 recently reassembled for their 60th and 50th reunions, respectively. All of these stories are from 1943. Events from 1953 will be coming up soon.
August 7-The war bond quota of $1,200 at Morgan County High School was oversubscribed. Teachers and students bought about $4,000 in bonds and stamps. This will be enough money for the War Department to purchase one more Jeep.
August 8-The Jr. Red Cross Council anticipates another active year at MCHS when the fall term of school begins next month.
August 9-When classes resume a Bible study class will continue to be taught at MCHS on a weekly basis. Different pastors of Hartselle churches will take part as they did last term. The Rev. Frank T. Smith of the Hartselle Baptist Church started this program.
August 10-Courses in pre-flight training will be a part of the curriculum at MCHS this fall.
August 11-Evangelist Bill Piper and his assistant, Cliff Barrows (later a long-time associate of Billy Graham), are continuing their tent meeting at the corner of Main and Sloss streets. Young people have been particularly noticeable for their support of this outreach effort.
August 12-Rev. Billy Stephenson is spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Stephenson. He has recently been conducting a revival at Gum Springs Baptist Church. Billy was formerly a star football player at MCHS.
August 13-The class of 1944 will have a hard act to follow if they are even to equal, much less surpass, the work of their predecessors in behalf of the war effort. Seniors graduating in May held a scrap harvest last fall, which yielded a very large amount of metal, the use of which is vital in the struggle against Hitler and Hirohito.
August 13-More students will be walking rather than riding bicycles to school when classes resume. Due to the shortage of metal, only a few new bikes are available for civilian use. The two-wheel vehicles are strictly rationed.