Dec. 5, 1943, in The Star: America’s most famous Annistonian, Douglas B. Leigh, who has designed many spectacularly lighted advertising signs in New York City, is now a married man. Leigh and his fiancée [whose first name is not listed with her picture] were married Nov. 27 at Little Church Around The Corner in New York City; the post-ceremony dinner party was held at the Waldorf-Astoria. The couple will initially make their home in Washington, D.C., where as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, Mr. Leigh has been serving as special poster consultant with the Treasury Department. Mr. Leigh’s parents live at 829 Highland Ave. in Anniston. Also this date: During the month of November a total of $19,650 in War Bonds was bought by the patriotic employees of Standard Coosa-Thatcher Co. in Piedmont, it was announced yesterday by local War Finance Chairman Howard Cater, who commended the workers for “their remarkable record of patriotism.”
Dec. 5, 1993, in The Star: Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fire that caused serious damage to First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. The fire last night caused extensive damage to eight classrooms, a kitchen and an old fellowship hall in the two-story children’s wing of the church’s education building, according to pastor Jeff Bayne. The damaged building was constructed in the 1940s. It was the largest fire in Jacksonville in about six years, said Lt. Ron Boozer of the Jacksonville Fire Department. Also this date: Anniston’s downtown Christmas parade yesterday did not yield to the inconvenience of high winds and a pesky drizzle, as proved by the attendance of around 1,000 people to watch 90 entries walk or ride the route. Cornelia Moon, age 73, enjoyed the parade from the vantage point of her front yard at 1515 Noble St., where she has lived for 63 years.