A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
In just a few days Americans will be choosing who they want to lead them during the next four years.
1924 -October 28, President Calvin Coolidge, the Republican nominee for a full term, is drawing little support in Hartselle and surrounding areas. The Democratic candidate, John Davis, is much more popular. (Coolidge won overwhelmingly in the nation.)
1904 -October 29, Recent visitors to Cullman say the town's substantial contingents of both Republicans and Democrats have made a bet regarding the presidential election. If Republican President Theodore Roosevelt is elected Democrats will have to carry the GOP leaders around town for an hour in wheelbarrows and on their shoulders. If Democrat Alton Parker is the people's choice, the Republicans will have to do the same. (Roosevelt was elected.)
1996 -October 30, Jamie Swanson, Hartselle junior high social studies student, heard former President George Bush while campaigning for Alabama GOP candidates in Huntsville and said, "This is the spiffiest thing I've ever seen."
1887 -October 31, Hartselle Democrats are dejected because President Grover Cleveland has declined their invitation to visit here. Being the first Democratic president since the Civil War, he is a hero to many people.
1952 -November 1, Bill Stewart, Jr., president of the Hartselle Young Republican Club, reports rough going as far as trying to persuade locals to support the Ike and Nixon GOP ticket is concerned.
1936 -November 2, The statewide campaign to bring out a record confidence vote for the reelection of Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt is expected to be fully realized in tomorrow's voting. The Alabama League of Young Democrats led the campaign.
1952 -November 3, Bowery and High School streets are now Sparkman Street, in honor of Hartselle's most famous son, Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Sparkman who hopefully will tomorrow be elected to the second highest office in the United States.
1964 -November 3, In presidential voting today Republican Senator Barry Goldwater carried Hartselle with 782 votes. Incumbent Democratic President Lyndon Johnson received 675 votes. This was the first time Hartselle had voted Republican for president since 1928.