10 Years ago-
Twelve to fifteen fires were deliberately set, alleges Atascsoa County Fire Marshal Chuck Garris. A ban on outside burning has been in effect since July 13, 2005 when drought conditions throughout the county reached an unsafe level. All of the eleven volunteer fire departments were called upon to battle blazes and were sometimes aided by departments from neighboring counties and the Texas Forest Service deployed helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to assist with the wildfires on several occasions. Garris said about 15 fires were deliberately set between December and April. One of the fires destroyed a home, which was vacant at the time, on Ditto Road north of Poteet and came close to destroying another home just yards away. The house fire is being investigated as a separate case of arson, Garris stated.
20 Years ago-
Luling-The chance to win a world championship in any sport isn’t anything to spit at, but for Pleasanton residents Michael and Karen Easterling, it was literally spitting-and a little beginner’s luck-that earned them both the title of World Champion at this year’s Seagrams Wild Watermelon Seed Spitting World Championship. With a spit of 54 feet-61/4 inches, Michael Easterling captured the title of 1996 World Champion during the weekend tournament, June 29-30, which was the premier event of the Watermelon Thump festival held in Luling. Karen Easterling, Michael’s wife, captured the 1996 Women’s Championship title with a spit of 40 feet-2 inches. “Neither of us had ever even spit watermelon seeds before,” said Michael Easterling. “I had a gut feeling that Karen might do well, but I really didn’t think either of us had a good chance.”
30 Years ago-
Unless a concrete decision regarding the future of Mercy Hospital is made and made quickly, Atascosa County could be facing a medical crisis of monumental proportions. This is the fear of the county’s medical community, a fear which has spread into the general population as the ramifications of the increasingly critical situation unfold. Concern about the future of Atascosa County’s only medical facility has been mounting steadily since last year when the Order of Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament announced it would relinquish its lease as operating entity when the lease expires October 1. Since that time Atascosa Countians have viewed with growing alarm that time when the Order’s lease expires is approaching rapidly with no new management entity signed to take over. “Not to worry,” says Leon Steinle of Jourdanton, spokesman for the Atascosa Hospital Association whose responsibility it is to find a management group to take over Mercy Hospital.
40 Years ago-
Tommy Shearrer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Shearrer, Pleasanton, was selected as the Star American Farmer in Agri-Business of Texas. American Farmer degree is the highest award attained in FFA, and by being selected as the Star American Farmer in Texas, this makes the Pleasanton youth judged the best qualified person for this honor. In addition to being recognized as the tops in agri-business, Tommy will be serving on the state officer’s team at the state convention. He has served as local, district and area president as well as state vice-president while in the FFA. He is now employed at Perry Holstein Farm where his activities include all the work connected with a dairy, including milking, mixing feed, feeding, cutting silage, driving trucks, etc.
50 Years ago-
Pleasanton school trustees last night accepted the new Pleasanton High School athletic stadium from James Cude of Pleasanton who was the contractor. Cost of the field, with 2500- seating capacity, was approximately $64,550. “We have a few details to finish but the field is largely completed,” said Supt. Drew Reese. Lights were tested last night, and a Westinghouse engineer is expected to be here in August to make a final check. Meanwhile the trustees have negotiated with Cude to build a ticket office at the northeast corner of the field. Office building will be 8’x8’ and of concrete blocks. It will provide space for a double ticket window. Trustees also okayed a low bid from Mission Fence Co., San Antonio, for chainlink fencing at the athletic stadium at a cost of $1,877.50. Board will negotiate for sections of “divider” fence – 4 foot – which will extend north and south of the concrete bleachers and act as a restraining barrier.
60 Years ago-
Construction began this week on Pleasanton’s new $41,284 city hall which is being erected in the old courtyard. H.O. Wiley of Charlotte is the contractor. The new brick structure is being located to the rear of the large live oak tree in the courtyard. Members of the C of C advisory building committee had recommended that the city hall be situated in front of the tree, but a survey of the site disclosed that it would be impossible to add a circular drive into the city hall if this recommendation were followed, city officials say.
ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: email@example.com.