A Look Back at Independence Day

Tomorrow, Independence Day, is the biggest holiday of the summer. Many backyard barbecuers are getting their grills ready and, inside, the trimmings and delicious desserts are being prepared.

July 4, 1962—Dr. and Mrs. Roland King and daughters, Kathy and Vicki, are enjoying Independence Day far away from Hartselle in California. Dr. King flew the family in his plane to the west coast, stopping on the way for brief visits with friends and relatives.

July 4, 1962—Independence night moviegoers were in store for a lot of laughs as Red Skelton starred in “Excuse My Dust” now at the Ranch Drive-in Theatre.

July 5, 1962—Local gospel music fans drove over to Huntsville tonight to attend a Wally Fowler all-night singing program featuring the Chuck Wagon Gang, Fowler’s own Oak Ridge Quartet, the Harmoneers, Wendy Bagwell, and many others. (Older Hartselle gospel music fans remember Wally Fowler very fondly. At the height of their popularity, local enthusiasts needed to drive only to the Decatur High School auditorium for an all-night singing program featuring the artists just listed plus the superstar Blackwood and Statesmen quartets. Mr. Fowler passed away in 1994 at age 77.)

July 5, 1962–Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Summerford have a new granddaughter, Vonna Gayle. The baby’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Merrel Whittington of Birmingham.

July 5, 1962–Mrs. E. H. Sharpley died at age 83. She was the former Cora Lee and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Irving Lee. Her mother was the former Carrie Sobotka. Mrs. Carrie Sobotka Lee was the first musician to play the immortal Hartselle Hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” by A. J. Showalter, which was written in 1887 while she was attending a singing school at the original Christian church.

  • July 7, 1962—Sally Carver of Eva married Lee Corsley in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Norwood, Bibb St., Hartselle tonight. The vows were read by the Rev. W. F. Hurst, minister of the Hartselle Church of the Nazarene. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Puckett of Brewton and Chicago and David Puckett who is presently stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Benning. The groom was 50; the bride, 40.
  • July 7, 1962—The Falkville High class of 1944 held a reunion at the Flint Ridge Saddle Club.
  • July 7, 1962—Mr. and Mrs. Jim Colman, Hartselle 3, are the proud parents of a son born today at Decatur General Hospital.
  • July 7, 1962—The Morgan County Gun Club is hosting the state skeet shooting championship tournament today and tomorrow. The club’s range is located on Burleson Mountain. Gordon Blanton, 16-year-old Hartselle youth, is one of the leading junior shooters in Alabama. He is the son of club president Dr. Harold Blanton. Gordon won the junior championship with a 91 x 100 score.
  • July 7, 1962—MCHS Principal J. C. Pettey and his wife, Mrs. Beulah Pettey, returned home today following a week of participation in the National Education Association annual meeting in Denver. Principal Pettey recently won the Democratic nomination for superintendent of education and will assume this leadership position in 1963.
  • July 7, 1962—Several from Hartselle were in attendance tonight at a banquet in Decatur at which the featured speaker was Dr. Bob Jones Sr., founder of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Dr. Jones has spoken in Hartselle numerous times over the years.
  • July 8, 1962—Richard Wallace of Hartselle was elected president of the Morgan County Singing Convention during its summer session at the tabernacle today. Other officers are J.E. Mills, vice-president; Joe Wright, secretary-treasurer; Vernon Sharp, pianist; and Coleman Holmes, chaplain. Song directors during the day included Plumer Oden (outgoing president), Mr. and Mrs. Fred Summerford, Bill Stewart Jr., the Long sisters, Candler Pittman, Bill Willoughby, Shorty Long, Leon Beck, Grady Parker, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Ward, Johnnie Johnson, Charlie Woodard, Mrs. Ralph Brown, Lonnie Manner, Rodney Morrell, Cullie Gibson, Gilbert Drake, Jesse Bodley, Virginia Bodley, Mrs. Ed Ward, J. K. Haynes, Homer Price, Doc Tanksley, Fred Smith, Jack Garnett, Doyle Walker, D. R. Jarrett, Malcolm Stephenson, Lewis Miller and Homer Shoemaker.

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