10 years ago
When 41-year old Victor Viesca beat a Cowboy Gallop 5K record in 2003, it was his first ever win in the event and it was certainly a highlight. Five years later, Viesca lit up the streets of Pleasanton and clearly ran his personal best in the annual Cowboy Gallop 5K run, taking as much as a 20-second lead and winning with a time of 15 minutes, 25 second. It was his first appearance back at the Cowboy Gallop since 2003. It was sort of a bittersweet victory for Viesca. He came within 1/100 of a second in tying the record of 15 minutes, 24 seconds set by longtime friend Efrain Velazquez in 2005.
Rocky Roberts (with saddle) was named the 2008 Working Cowboy of the Year at the Pleasanton Young Farmers rodeo. Handing out his prizes are Cowboy Homecoming co-chair, Aubrey Smith, Young Farmer president Robert Earl Wood, Cowboy selection committee chairman Steve Richter, Jim and Gus Wheeler and Chamber 1st vice president Tammy Tolbert. The Wheelers of Atascosa Livestock Exchange donated the hand tooled saddle once again.
20 years ago
Forty-three children, ages 2-17, from an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico visited Pleasanton last Thursday on a goodwill tour of South Texas. The tour was arranged by Richard and Esmeralda Young.
Among the hardworking cowboys cooking up the Cowboy Breakfast Friday, August 14 at 6:30 a.m. at the Riverpark was Craig Henry, kneeling. Standing behind Craig is Travis Burris, President/CEO of the Bank of Alice (formerly Country Bank). The Bank of Alice sponsored the event that fed over 200 people. In the background keeping awake with coffee is J.D. Carlisle.
30 years ago
First Place Commercial Float winner was the outstanding entry from First National Bank in Pleasanton.
Daddy’s Little Darling Contest winners in the boys and girls 3-4 year old category are front row, left to right, first place, Chase Martinez with dad Ed Martine; Second place, Chase McCool with dad Corky McCoo; and third place winner is Will Schultz with dad Rusty Schultz. Back row, first place, Kayla Rowinsky with dad Roger Rowinsky; second place Jennifer Olle with dad Mark Olle; and third place, Sarah Simpson with dad Glenn Simpson. The contest was held Saturday, August 20, 1988, during the Cowboy Homecoming festivities.
40 years ago
Fun and games at the Chili Cook-off – Everyone had a good time at the Chili Cook-off band stand area as this rowdy bunch performed for the audience. The crowd was asked to donate money for each performance and all money raised was turned over to the Lions Club for their various projects. Here this barefoot cowboy on his stick horse try to set a record of jumping over seven people (one of which includes Shady Lady, Peggy Schultze).
Eagles Sporting New Look- Senior lineman Mark Buford was the first PHS grinder to sport this new hair cut and some of his teammates have followed suit. Some of the other players are expected to do the same thing before the first game is played on Sept. 8. Front row, left to right are Duward Gasch, Ricky Reed and Jack Widom. In back are Johnny Sanchez, Louis Zepeda and Mark Buford.
50 years ago
To Zoom Over Parade- A diamond formation flight of four of these F-9 Cougar Jets from Training Squadron 25 at NAAS Chase Field in Beeville will fly over the main street of Pleasanton to signal the beginning of the Cowboy Homecoming Parade at exactly 10:00 Saturday morning, August 24th. Training Squadron 25 is one of three jet squadrons at Chase Field which combine to produce one-half of all the U.S. Navy Marine jet pilots in the world.
60 years ago
Overflow Crowd – Here is part of the large crowd that attended the opening sale of the Atascosa Livestock Exchange, Friday. Sales will be held every Friday at the exchange.