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A look back to Oct. 17-23, 1962

Published 6:38pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Oct. 17, 1962 – M. H. Broom is the new president of the Citizens Bank of Hartselle. Horace Broom is vice-president. John D. Sample is assistant cashier and director.

Oct. 18, 1962 – MCHS QB Mike Simpson led his teammates in a 20-0 thrashing of the visiting Arabian Knights tonight. MCHS has two great signal callers, Simpson and Charles Penn. Simpson took over for the injured Penn and scored two touchdowns while handing off to back Roger Curnell for a third. Kicker Frank McDaniel was successful with two of three PAT attempts. Coach J. P. Cain’s charges now have a season record of 5-2. Melvin Curnel and Gordon Blanton both suffered injuries which will keep one or both on the sidelines when MCHS plays Russellville next Friday.

Oct. 18, 1962 – On Thursday nights Hartselle TV viewers are having to decide between two popular shows – the old reliable “Perry Mason” or the newer “Dr. Kildare.” They can’t watch them both since “Kildare” begins when “Mason” is only half finished and the undefeated attorney has yet to absolve the innocent and bring the guilty to justice.

Oct. 18, 1962 – Famed columnist Drew Pearson spoke in Decatur tonight. He was introduced by Ed E. Reid, long-time executive director of the Alabama League of Municipalities.

Oct. 18, 1962 – Dr. Murray Banks, a clinical psychologist and college professor, spoke at a meeting of the Morgan County Mental Health Association tonight. Hartselle Presbyterian minister Rev. W. P. Maxwell opened the meeting with prayer. Dr. Banks predicted that within 75 years purchasing a pack of cigarettes would require a license. He said he had absolutely no doubt but that cigarette smoking was a major cause of cancer, especially lung cancer.

Oct. 19, 1962 – President Kennedy is advocating tax cuts for businesses so they will have the incentive to expand their operations and hire more people.

Oct. 20, 1962 – An article published in the Saturday Evening Post of today, “College Football Is Berserk,” by Furman Bisher, sports editor of the Atlanta Journal, claims that Alabama football Coach Bear Bryant condones brutal play by the team he coaches. (On January 4, 1963, Coach Bryant sued the Post and Bisher, contending that the claims were false and amounted to libel against him.)

Oct. 20, 1962 – Brenda Pirkle, an Eva grad of a few years back, reigned as homecoming queen at Florence State College today. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Pirkle.

Oct. 21, 1962 – The Hartselle sub-district Epworth Training Institute began at First Methodist tonight. The pastor, Rev. S. E. Paulk, is teaching a class on Christian beliefs. Rev. Odie Gregg is offering a study of the life of Christ.

Oct. 22, 1962 – Today is “Meet Jim Martin Day” in Hartselle. Martin is the GOP candidate who is trying to unseat veteran Democratic Sen. Lister Hill. Martin spoke from a truck bed positioned on Main Street.

Oct. 22, 1962 – A school bus driven by a Hartselle youth, Gilbert Ellis, 16, was rear-ended this afternoon as it was taking the students back to their homes. The accident happened near Neel and the motorist who hit the bus was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.

Oct. 23, 1962 – A fallout shelter conference, made more crucial by the worsening Cuban missile crisis, began in Decatur this morning. Hartselle’s Guy Roberts, chairman of the county governing body, said he thought Morgan County civil defense personnel were doing good work. The main problem as he saw it was public apathy regarding the need to prepare for a possible Soviet nuclear attack.

Oct. 23, 1962 – The president of the board of the Wheeler Basin library system, of which the Hartselle library is a part, resigned today. Van Gilbert, an Athens attorney, praised Morgan County’s efforts in support of the library system, but said his own county of Limestone was deficient in its commitment to the reading public.

Oct. 23, 1962 – W. L. Morris’s grocery in Danville was robbed tonight. Mr. Morris is missing 40 cartons of cigarettes and nine cartons of gun shells.

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