A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
June 7, 1957-A 20-year-old Hartselle girl, Sarah Ann Thompson, was crowned Morgan County maid of cotton for 1958 tonight at the conclusion of a week-long county-wide cotton promotion. The alternate maid, Rhona Howell, is also from Hartselle.
June 7, 1957-People locally as well in the rest of the country were pleased to learn today that President Eisenhower’s condition, despite two heart attacks, is still regarded as good by his physicians. Harry Truman, Eisenhower’s predecessor, is celebrating the birth of his first grandson yesterday.
June 8, 1957-Don Lee, Joe, Hart, and Gerry Holmes, Falkville, and Eddie Roy and Marion McAbee, Hartselle, are now back at home after attending the state FFA convention in Auburn.
June 8, 1957-Parties unknown cut the guywires holding up the tower of Hartselle’s radio station WHRT last night. It is hypothesized that the criminals who did this also were responsible for the crash of the tower of WEZB in Birmingham two months ago. Entrepreneur Gene Newman owns both stations.
June 9, 1957—-July’s issue of the nationally syndicated Focus magazine has an article about our neighboring county of Limestone. The feature is entitled “Limestone’s 12-Hour Divorce Machine” and discusses just how easy it is for unhappy mates to get unhitched in Athens these days.
June 10,1957-A new way of handling incompleted long-distance calls has been adopted by Southern Bell. If the called party is not reached when the call is placed, then the calling party is given the choice of having the operator continue trying the call or of placing it himself at another time. The telephone company is totally committed to providing the highest level of personal service for its valued customers.
June 11, 1957-Bob Gilchrist, Hartselle’s representative in Montgomery, has a bill under consideration by the Legislature that would require the State Department of Pensions and Security to pay for all phases of the state welfare program.
June 12, 1957-Hartselle football fans will be delighted to know that a committee of the irritated Southeastern Conference is seeking means of getting more SEC football games televised in the future. SEC teams have drawn a blank on the nation’s television screens as far as this upcoming fall season is concerned.
June 13, 1957-Martha Stewart will edit “The Riddle,” the MCHS newspaper, for the school year 1957-58. Jimmy Millwood will be the associate editor.