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February 2019

50 Years Ago
Rev. Msgr. Joseph G. McArdle, pastor of St. Bede Parish, Montgomery, assisted by Rev. Frank Muscolino, blessed the cornerstone of the new Church of St. Bede the Venerable.
St. Jude Pirates won the Class 2A Region title under coach Ostill Hamilton.
Rev. Oliver Adams, freshman counselor at McGill Institute, gave an explanation of the feast of St. Blase to members of the Sodality.
J. Lanaux Marston Jr., special adviser to the President of the Mobile Diocesan Holy Name, represented the Diocese at the convention in Pittsburgh. He was elected to the chairman of the Rehabilitation Committee.
Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus 3565, installed Mrs. Leon Nicholas, president; Mrs. Bernard Zimlich, vice president; Mrs. Jack Henderson, secretary; and Mrs. Cecil Brown, treasurer.
Joseph H. Crane, president of McGill’s PTA, was presented a United States Flag that had flown over the Capital in Washington by senior students Michael Tomlinson and Arthur Dyas.
Mrs. James Bullen was chairman of Bishop Toolen Homecoming Banquet on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Class of 1944. Mrs. Edward Peters was president of the alumnae.
Rev. Oliver Adams, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Citronelle, was pictured at the site of the new all purpose hall built at a cost of $89,500 including furnishings. Committee heads were: Mrs. Don Coleman, financial chairman; Bobby Craft, plans; and Ben G. Topper, construction.
Miss Connie Jordan of St. Jude High School in Montgomery reigned as Queen of the Valentine Ball.
25 Years Ago
McGill-Toolen students Aliz Roberts and Bradley Sanders were two of three students from Mobile County selected to attend the Freedom’s Foundation.
Montgomery Catholic High senior Cyrus Berry was named a “Commended Student” by the 1995 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
More than 200 fourth-grade students from Mobile County participated in the Freedom’s Foundation essay contest. Drew Nelson of St. Pius School won first place and Zac Madonia of St. Ignatius School won second place.
Pictured officers of St. Jude Credit Union were Ed Clark, president; Annette Babston, secretary; Thomas C. Logan, treasurer; and Mildred Lewis, board member.
Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb was the main celebrant at the annual Mass for 6th graders attending Catholic schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Hosting the event was Christ the King Parish, Daphne.
Marie Martin, chairwoman of the ACCW Burse Club, presented Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb with a check for $5,000 during the annual ACCW Board Luncheon held at St. Patrick’s Parish, Robertsdale. The money was used to help support seminarians in their studies for the priesthood.
Fr. John Crotty, S.S.J., was appointed pastor pf St. James Major Parish, Prichard.
A New Orleans family donated an outstanding collection of items from the life of international chess champion, Paul Morphy, to Spring Hill College, his alma mater. Morphy graduated from Spring Hill in 1854 and rose to fame as the world’s first chess champion at age 22 in 1857.
Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb formally dedicated and blessed McAuley Place, Mercy Medical’s new assisted living community and the new Mercy Medical Hospice inpatient facility in Mobile. Mrs. Robert Hale was the first resident to move in. Facilities director was Paul Shorrosh.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.

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