A look back
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
Feb. 7, 1958-The MCHS basketball Tigers gave Cullman a 76-66 drubbing in a game played here tonight. High scorer for the locals was James Ledbetter who racked up 30 points. Their season record is now a very impressive 16-3.
Feb. 8, 1958-A log home near Danville said to be a minimum of 150 years old was destroyed by fire this morning. The residence formerly belonged to Ted Poole of Hartselle but has recently been occupied by the W. F. Farmer family.
Feb. 9, 1958-Mac Gallion, the man who helped his boss, John Patterson, clean up Phenix City has been doing some preliminary campaigning for state attorney general in this area. Phenix City is said to be clean as a pin now, no evidence at all of gambling, prostitution, narcotics, etc. Albert Patterson, John’s dad, was assassinated there.
Feb. 9, 1958-Thanks to improved drugs, better treatment facilities, and a continuous control program, VD is no longer a major health problem either in this area or in the state as a whole. Blood tests have been required in Alabama since 1943 as a prerequisite to marriage. Penicillin is available to all who test positive within two hours.
Feb. 10, 1958-Hartselle’s incumbent state legislator, Bob Gilchrist, is running for a second term. Gilchrist was the most outstanding freshman legislator during his first four years in office.
Feb. 11, 1958-Col. Carl Pattillo has returned from Camp Gordon, Ga. His 401st Engineer Brigade took part in the exercise known as “Lucky Charlie.”
Feb. 11, 1958-U.S. Rep. Bob Jones of the 8th congressional District filed for another term with Morgan County Probate Judge T. C. Almon today. Members of Congress file in each of the counties included within their districts.
Feb. 12, 1958-Alabamians will have plenty of candidates to choose from when they vote for governor this year. Jimmy Faulkner became the fourteenth man to qualify for the state’s highest office today.
Feb. 12, 1958-Three of four escapees from the Lawrence County jail surrendered tonight after laying out on the banks of Flint Creek for about 24 hours. They were afraid something might happen to them if they didn’t turn themselves in.
Feb. 13, 1958-The Morgan County Board of Revenue will keep property taxes as they are as far as 1958 is concerned. However, Hartselle residents will pay higher taxes because they have taken the initiative to pay more in order to get better schools.