A look back to March 21-27, 1962
March 21, 1962 – Morgan County Sheriff Knox McRae is currently suffering from the flu. He has had to miss both official work as well as campaigning for a full term in office.
March 21, 1962 – Lem Turney, who made his home at 365 Simpson Street, died there early this morning. In addition to his wife, Susan, seven daughters and five sons survive him.
March 21, 1962 – Mr. and Mrs. Jim Campbell are the proud parents of a daughter born yesterday at Baugh-Wiley Clinic and Hospital in Decatur.
March 21, 1962—Officials from the State Department of Education were in the Union Hill community today looking at possible sites for a new school building there.
March 21, 1962 – Alabama Democratic Senator John Sparkman has introduced a bill to allow veterans 35 instead of 30 years to pay off their government-issued home mortgages.
March 23, 1962 – Gen. John B. Medaris, a man who will be remembered as formerly the “big boss” at Marshall Space Flight Center, has been replaced as CEO at the Lionel Corporation, by which he has been employed since he retired and left Huntsville. Roy M. Cohn, formerly an aide to the late Senator Joe McCarthy, is his successor.
March 22, 1962 – Screw-worms have been found on cattle here in Morgan County.
March 22, 1962 – The Alabama Legislative Council is trying to find out why the State Department of Education changes approved textbooks so frequently. Since parents have to buy most of their kids’ books, having to buy new ones so often puts a heavy financial burden on many families.
March 23, 1962 – A new traffic light was installed on West Main Street this afternoon.
March 23, 1962 – Seniors at Eva presented their play, “Nowhere Fast,” in the school auditorium tonight.
March 24, 1962 – Ten-year-old George Wallace, Jr., was campaigning for his dad, gubernatorial aspirant George Wallace, in this area today.
March 24, 1962—St. Bernard College is now cooperating with UA and Cumberland Law at Samford to allow students to study three years in Cullman and then move directly into either the Bama or Cumberland Law School.
March 24, 1962 – A turkey hunt began in the Bankhead Forest today.
March 25, 1962 – Rev. Bob Clark of Birmingham is the evangelist in a Methodist Crusade that began in Falkville tonight.
March 26, 1962 – Hartselle Mayor Grady Long and several other city officials are en route to Mobile for the annual meeting of the Alabama League of Municipalities. The main speakers at the meeting will be Gov. John Patterson and the state’s nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 26, 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court made what is already being considered a historic ruling today. It held that citizens could sue in federal court if necessary to get their state Legislature to properly apportion itself. (The Alabama Legislature is supposed to do this every ten years but it is exactly the same as it was when the Constitution went into effect in 1901 despite massive population shifts and changes.)
March 26, 1962 – Local Tide fans were concerned by an announcement out of Tuscaloosa today. Acting on his doctor’s advice, an exhausted Bear Bryant says he is canceling all engagements not pertaining directly to his coaching responsibilities for awhile.
March 26, 1962 – Famed American poet and author Robert Frost celebrated his 88th birthday with a party hosted by Chief Justice Earl Warren in Washington tonight. He told his guests that he still has more books he wants to write.
March 27, 1962 – It may be easier to drive through Birmingham in the not too distant future. Work on I-65 through the Magic City is expected to begin later this year.
March 27, 1962 – Even though there’s school tomorrow, several Hartselle kids were able to persuade their parents to take them to see Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” at the Bowline tonight.