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A look back to Oct. 10-16, 1962

Oct. 10, 1962 – Hartselle motorist John Morrison narrowly escaped death this morning when his car got stuck on the L&N tracks a few miles north of here. Fortunately, Mr. Morrison was able to get out of the vehicle before an oncoming train’s engine struck it.

Oct. 11, 1962 – President Kennedy signed a bill today that will raise the cost of mailing a letter to five cents. An air mail stamp will sell for eight cents.

Oct. 11, 1962 – The LeFevre Trio and the Johnson Sisters performed in a gospel concert at Pettey Gym here tonight. The Kiwanis Club sponsored the event.

Oct. 11,1962 – Marsha Guthrie, daughter of Rep. and Mrs. John Guthrie, was well enough to go home from Cullman Hospital today. (Marsha Guthrie Folsom was first lady of Alabama from 1993-95.)

Oct. 11, 1962 – Army PFC John D. Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Wright, is currently stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo. Private Wright and other members of the 5th Infantry Division are currently taking part in “Operation We Will” held in the Rocky Mountains to train the men in guerilla and anti-guerilla warfare.

Oct. 12, 1962 – Charlie Calloway, age 74, passed away at Hartselle Hospital late this afternoon. Mr. Calloway’s funeral will be Sunday at First Methodist.

Oct. 12, 1962 – MCHS improved its football record to 4-2 with a win over Hanceville here tonight, shutting the visitors out 12-0. Neither team could score in the first half, but in the second QB Mike Simpson and halfback Hamil Aldridge were both able to cross the Bulldogs’ goal line.

Oct. 13, 1962 – The 87th Congress adjourned today. Polarization between the Democratic and Republican parties seemed to be at an all-time high and differences between the House and Senate also prevented much from being accomplished.

Oct. 14, 1962 – Hartselle patrons of the Decatur community concert series should by now have received their tickets for the 1962-63 season. Those who haven’t should contact Ruth Hartselle.

Oct. 15, 1962 – Today is the last day to register if one wishes to vote in the November general election. The general election generally is meaningless in Alabama, but this year Republicans are making their strongest effort in almost a century to win office, especially for the U.S. Senate. (One must previously have paid his or her poll tax.)

Oct. 15, 1962 – Donna Kay Prince, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Prince, Hartselle 4, died at Hartselle Hospital very early this morning.

Oct. 15, 1962 – Danville driver Jim McCaghren, 35, was badly hurt early this morning when his car went off the road and struck a utility pole. It took several men working feverishly for half an hour to get Mr. McCaghren out of his vehicle so he could be taken to the hospital. (This was one year before the jaws of life was initially used to get an entrapped driver out of his car.)

Oct. 15, 1962 – Hunting for squirrel began today and the season will continue through January 1 for this part of the state. The bag limit is 10 a day. Rabbit season also began today and will end on February 20. Hunters are allowed six a day. Coons and possums may be hunted as game beginning today until Feb. 20. There is no set bag limit. Fox and beaver may be hunted as game continuously. Their seasons never close. Bear and alligator may not be hunted in Alabama at any time.

Oct. 16, 1962 – Frank Howell currently has under construction a new six-room brick veneer home. Joe Patterson is building a house of similar size. Arthur Howell is adding a carport to his home.

Oct. 16, 1962 – Charlie Cason, a salesman for New York’s Shoup Voting Machine Co., is trying to persuade the county governing board to purchase his equipment for Morgan voters’ use. He claims the Shoup Voting Machine is “fool proof, fraud proof and tamper proof.”

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