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A look back to March 28-April 3, 1962

March 28, 1962 – A dozen new business privilege licenses have been issued recently by the Hartselle city clerk’s office.

March 28, 1962 – The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve a constitutional amendment that abolishes the poll tax as a prerequisite for voting. Both of Alabama’s senators, John Sparkman and Lister Hill voted to keep the $1.50 annual tax that Alabamians must pay if they want to exercise this right.

March 29, 1962 – The Morgan County Committee to Elect Albert Boutwell Governor hosted the formal opening of its headquarters in Decatur tonight. Boutwell (who later served as mayor of Birmingham) does not appear to have much support here.

March 29, 1962 – Spring training for the MCHS football team is now completed with the playing of the second of two intrasquad games tonight. Head Coach J. P. Cain says he feels his guys have worked hard and will give a good account of themselves when the fall season begins against Falkville on September 7and Athens on the 14th before hitting the road to play the Decatur Red Raiders. Coach Cain is hoping to improve on last years .500 record (5W, 5L). He has 19 lettermen coming back; nine “M” Club members will graduate in a couple of months.

A few of the players that the coach singled out for praise based on their performance in spring drills are Charles and Larry Clemons, Gary Bentley, Charles Boster, Bill Halbrooks, Stanley Cash, Preston Newman, and Richard Grammer.

March 29, 1962 – The Adult Morgan County Baseball League was organized in a meeting at the municipal auditorium tonight.

March 30, 1962 – Former Hartselle Postmaster John T. Cooper celebrated his 74th birthday today. Mr. Cooper was born on March 30, 1888.

March 30, 1962 – Just north of the Hartselle city limits a 1955 GMC truck caught on fire early this morning. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at approximately $3,000. The truck driver – Bill Hughes – was a long way from his California home at the time of his misfortune. The truck belongs to a Vinemont produce company.

March 30, 1962 – Doctors at Hartselle Hospital were honored with red carnations by staff members today in observance of National Doctors Day.

March 30, 1962 – Gov. John Patterson left on a ten-day mission to South America with the goal of increasing the markets for Alabama agricultural products.

March 31, 1962 – Autolite of Decatur, which employs workers from throughout the area, may be adding more jobs in the future. The company is closing its Toledo plant and may move shift some of the production south.

April 1, 1962 – Effective today Hartselle residents may call their friends in Falkville and Massey without charge. This change was made possible through an agreement between W. H. Partlow, who owns the Falkville phone company, and Avery Taylor, manager of Southern Bell’s office in Decatur.

April 1, 1962 – Long-time Enquirer staffer Mrs. Dorothy Puckett is the president of the newly organized Hartselle Business and Professional Women’s Club. Mrs. Esther Cain also played an important role in helping to organize the new club.

April 2, 1962 – Hartselle garden clubs began their observance of “Littering Week” today with a plea for Hartselle residents to take greater pride in the appearance of the hometown.

April 2, 1962 – An American bald eagle, discovered in rural north Alabama, has been safely captured and donated to the Birmingham Zoo.

April 3, 1962 – A district-wide Baptist Training Union was held at Hartselle First Baptist tonight. Currently serving as pastor of First Baptist is Rev. W. L. Carden.

April 3, 1962 – Rhonda Copeland and her mom, Mrs. J. T. Copeland, Jr., are now back at their home on Elm Street here in Hartselle after a visit with relatives in Tupelo.

April 3, 1962 – An area auto repair shop is offering a brake lining and adjustment and a tire check and toe-in for 99 cents.

April 3, 1962 – Former Gov. Big Jim Folsom, who is seeking to return to Montgomery for a third term, says he will summon a constitutional convention “the first month I get in office.”

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