A look back to Nov. 10-16, 1961
Nov. 10, 1961—MCHS had a big 27-6 win over Rogersville there tonight. This was the last game for nine seniors, including star Quarterback Wayne Brown. It looked like the game was going to go Rogersville’s way when the Tigers’ opening kickoff was run back for a TD. However, after this, Hartselle did all the scoring. TDs were credited to Brown, Roger Cornell, and Tommy McDaniel.
Nov. 10, 1961—Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price, the Drifters, and other big name R&B entertainers performed in concert at the Florence Coliseum tonight.
Nov. 10, 1961—Governor John Patterson has returned to his office in Montgomery following yesterday’s dedication of the new 3M plant. It is expected to provide many jobs for residents of Decatur, Hartselle, and other area communities.
Nov. 11, 1961—Flags were flying high in Hartselle today as Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) was observed. Government offices, which are usually open on Saturdays, were closed today.
Nov. 11, 1961—W. J. Mittewede, Hartselle native who achieved fame as a great baseball player back in the 1920s, passed away today. Following service in World War I, he began playing baseball with the L&N team, headquartered in Decatur, but went on to be an excellent member of the Atlanta Crackers baseball team, playing third base and hitting many homers. Mr. Mittewede was 66.
Nov. 11, 1961—The Crusaders Class of First Methodist Church hosted a pancake breakfast in the church basement this morning.
Nov. 11, 1961—The Hartselle Jaycees put on their annual turkey shoot today at the Tanner Heights shopping plaza on Highway 31 South.
Nov. 11, 1961–Mr. and Mrs. Guy Roberts were in Tuscaloosa today for homecoming at Bama.
Nov. 12, 1961—A Hartselle restaurant was the scene of a shooting tonight. Two men suffered serious wounds as a result. Both Hartselle police and Morgan County sheriff’s deputies are involved in trying to identify the perpetrator.
Nov. 12, 1961—Business has picked up at Rohrer Portrait Studio here now that holiday season is approaching.
Nov. 12, 1961—Of the 33 new 1962 models that Ford Motor Co. has introduced, the greatest interest is being expressed in the two-seat Thunderbird.
Nov. 13, 1961—Hartselle native and former star MCHS football player, Rev. W. K. (Billy) Stephenson, was elected president of the Alabama Baptist Pastors Conference at their meeting in Mobile tonight. Rev. Stevenson is now the minister for the First Baptist Church in Fairhope.
Nov. 13, 1961—Hartselle employees working on the Saturn project report that Brainerd Holmes, the new director of the Office of Manned Space Flight, made his first inspection at MSFC today.
Nov. 13, 1961—In a speech today, SEC Commissioner Bernie Moore said that coaches put too much pressure on high school athletes they are recruiting. Sometimes they take star players out for a big dinner on the night before a big game and this hampers their play the next day.
Nov. 14, 1961—Alabama was still the number one college football team in the nation, according to the AP poll published in newspapers today. Texas is Number One. Both are undefeated.
Nov. 14, 1961—In his recorder’s court this morning Mayor Grady Long sentenced a man to 75 days at hard labor for being publicly drunk.
Nov. 15, 1961—Mrs. Reginald Bogue of Falkville has been elected to the board of the Morgan County League of Women Voters. Mrs. Ernie Holmes, also of Falkville, is the group’s secretary.
Nov. 16, 1961—With cotton picking season about over, county agents in North Alabama are making predictions about how this year’s crop will compare with those in previous years. At present, it looks like Morgan and Limestone will have lower totals while Lawrence County will gin more. Charles Rutledge reports that about 23,000 bales of cotton have been ginned in Morgan County so far.
Nov. 16, 1961—Hartselle police have arrested a man for hunting inside the city limits.