These were some of the stories that ran in the Advertiser-Gleam 50 years ago, the first two weeks of September, 1972:
TWO EELS, ONE WEEK. “Those eels that aren’t supposed to be here at all keep showing up – and they keep getting bigger,” a story in the Gleam read. Paul Daniel caught a 3-foot long eel that weighed 5-1/2 pounds on a trotline below the dam. He took it to Williams Fish Market, where another eel had been brought in by Junior Pritchett earlier in the week. That one weighed over 3 pounds.
GARBAGE BID. The County Commission was about to take bids on a franchise service for garbage pickups at the mailbox in rural Marshall County. The conditions they had set included a price of no more than $3.50 per month.
$40 FOR A RIFLE. Big K was running a hunting sale. Hunting coats were $9, hunting pants $7, game vests $5 and a brand-new Glenfield .22 rifle with scope was $39.77.
PART OF THE COURSE. Jerry Huddleston thought he was just buying a lot on the Valmonte Golf Course. It turned out, after his survey was done, that he owned a piece of what had always been thought to be part of the golf course. He and his wife were building a home. It turned out if the home had been built on the property line, it would’ve blocked the cart path from the No. 6 green to the No. 7 tee.
NO HARBOR SUBLEASE. The City Council on a 4-2 vote declined to allow the leaseholder at the Harbor House to sublease the restaurant to another operator. The restaurant had been closed since June after the leaseholder, Gee Rice, had a disagreement with the man who was renting the restaurant, Jimmy Kennamer. The city’s lease provided that the Council had to agree to any sublease.
PICKET LINE. Some employees of the Boaz Spinning Co. plant in Guntersville walked off their job and set up an informal picket line following a dispute with management over pay. Manager Vernon Howell said only a small number of employees were involved in the work stoppage and the plant was continuing to operate.
MAKING UP CANE. People at Alder Springs were working hard trying to make up their cane before it ruined, community correspondent Jesse Cunningham reported.
FREE MEAL. Guntersville Police officers got a free meal courtesy of the 6 restaurants that were members of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber wanted to thank the officers for their help in the “Treat a Tourist” program.
IN THE NAVY. Four young men from Marshall County had completed recruit training at Naval Training Center in Orlando. Larry W. Casey was a fireman, Jimmy Bell an airman, James Henson was a fireman and Paul Thrasher an airman.
3,000 GUESTS. Between 2,500 and 3,000 people turned out for the St. William Seafood Festival on Sept. 2. The church sold out of food and ran an ad apologizing to the guests for long waits in line. “We promise this problem will be solved before our festival next year,” the church said in an ad. The churchs old 800 BBQ plates and more than 1,700 seafood plates.
FREE PIE. The Guntersville KFC was running a “No Lie – Free Pie” promotion. If you bought a dinner box for $1.35, you would also get your choice of a hot apple or peach pie. The dinner box included 3 pierces of chicken, whipped potatoes, cracklin’ gravy, slaw and rolls.
THOUGHT THEY WERE CALVES. “There have been pieces in the paper about a duck that thought it was a dog, a pig that thought it was a dog, a goose that thought it was a cow, and a hog that thought it was a person. Now Mrs. Bertha Guffey has 5 pigs that they think they are calves,” the paper reported. The Guffeys had wondered why their cow wasn’t giving any milk until their son caught the pigs sucking. They penned up the pigs and soon started getting plenty of milk.
SOLD FOR $60. “There’s just not much demand these days for 49-year old wood gymnasiums,” the paper said. Auctioneer Dewey Drain couldn’t get the bidding above $60 when the old Asbury Junior High gym went on the auction block. Billy Mitchell was the winning bidder and planned to tear down the gym for the materials.
BAPTIZED IN THE LAKE. At a lakeside service, three young men were baptized and taken into membership of the United Methodist Church at Wakefield.
NO RELIEF ON HAIR RULE. Two parents and 4 students failed to persuade the City School Board to liberalize the rule on boys’ hair length at Guntersville High School. Chairman Jack Wright said the Board had only a broad, general policy on student dress and it was up to administrators to work out the details. Appearing before the Board were James Rives, Shirley Webb, Karla Rizzort, John Rives, Steve Buffington and Kenneth Johnson. The story didn't say what the restriction on hair length was.
THE EAGLES’ NEST. The new "eagles’ nest" playground structure had been installed at the Elementary School after the PTO purchased it. “The kids are swarming to it like bees to a honey tree,” the paper reported.
OLDEST PERSON? 96-year-old Ruby Eason was thought to be the oldest person in the county. She had come to Guntersville 79 years earlier to buy clothes for her marriage to Barry Miller and she’d kept coming to Guntersville from time-to-time ever since. She’d grown up at Douglas.
BUYING LAND. TVA had paid $347,500 for 503 acres so far for the power plant it was planning to build north of Guntersville, according to deeds recorded at the Courthouse. That worked out to an average of $689 an acre. No condemnation suits had been filed yet, the paper reported, although it noted that TVA had that power.
BEAT BOAZ! Guntersville got by Boaz in a “surprisingly one-sided fashion 21-7,” the paper reported. But the Wildcats were facing a team no one expected to get by all season – Oxford. Oxford had finished the previous season No. 3 in the state and ran the powerful Wishbone T formation.
HORSE SHOW. The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was sponsoring a horse show at Civitan Park to raise funds to the Alabama Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch. There was going to be a parade through town prior to the show.
SENT TO PRISON. Three young men in their 20s were given “penitentiary sentences” Judge Ed Scruggs for selling drugs. Two defendants got 3-year sentences and the other 2-years.
87 MORE. Enrollment at Guntersville High had hit 930 students, 87 more than the enrollment of a year earlier and “the most ever by a good margin.”
AIRLIFT CONTEST. Master Sgt. Glenn L. Thrasher of Guntersville, a Vietnam veteran, had been selected to participate in the Military Airlift Command’s airlift competition at Travis AFB, California. He was a flight engineer on a C-141 based in Charleston.