60 Years ago-
J.T. Mills Jr., who began developing his second FHA subdivision here in 1955, hopes to build 50 news homes in Pleasanton in 1956. A year ago he announced that he would construct 40 new homes here in 1955. He said this week that his actual total was 44 new homes either completed or under construction. Most of the homes he has planned for 1956 will be built in his second FHA subdivision.
With a candidate for congress already officially announced it’s a safe bet that politics will begin warming up this month. The first official candidate is County Judge John Young of Corpus Christi, who is seeking Rep. John J. Bell’s seat in congress. The terms of five county officials District Attorney John May and State Rep. Bob Wheeler are expiring. Faced with seeking reelection, if they hope to remain in office, are Sheriff Ray Strickland, County Attorney J. Taylor Brite, Tax Assessor-Collector Fred Richmond Jr. and County Commissioners Daylon James (Precinct 1) and Clarence Lee (Precinct 3). These county officials and the district attorneys were dealt two year terms while all other county officials were elected for four year terms, two years ago.
50 Years ago-
After 25 years, Rudy Moseley is leaving his “temporary job” with the Hurley Funeral Home here. Rudy, now 65, is retiring to live in colorful Pueblo, Colorado. He expects to rest and take things easy and enjoy the scenery. It was on January 1, 1941, that Rudy came to work for the Hurley Funeral Home. “Millard (Hurley) asked me to help him out for just 90 days until he could get somebody permanent,” Rudy recalled, “but I got interested in the work and stayed on.” And stay he has. He has a vivid recollection of his early days with the Funeral Home. “When Millard asked me to come work here,” Rudy grinned, “he said there wouldn’t be much to do… and we had 27 funerals that month.”
40 Years ago-
Hundreds of FFA’ers and 4-H’ers from Atascosa County will be vying for top honors next week as Atascosa County’s 22nd Annual Junior Livestock Show will get underway. Big show begins Thursday, January 16 and will continue through Saturday, January 18. “This should be our best show yet,” stated Gilbert Kuretsch, Pleasanton High School Ag teacher and executive secretary-treasurer of the stock show association. Kuretsch stated that entries are up again this year, with 590 compared to 521 last year and 471 in 1974.
A Poteet soldier, PFC Adolf Durand, has been awarded the United States Army Commendation Medal for bravery and an exceptional act of courage while on duty recently at Fort Lewis, Washington where he is now stationed. According to the official citation presented by the Secretary of the Army, a grass fire ignited in the small arms impact area of the First Battalion 67th Air Defense Artillery and quickly spread to the compound where Durand was on duty guarding eight Vulcans, seven Chaparrals, two armored personnel carriers and a large quantity of 20 MM ammunition. It was by his quick and immediate response to an emergency situation that prevented damage or possible destruction to the equipment placed in his care.
30 Years ago-
The City of Pleasanton took over the operation of the city’s primary tourist attraction, the Longhorn Museum, on January 1, 1986. The transfer of operations from the Longhorn Museum, Inc. to the City of Pleasanton was unanimously approved by the council 4 ½ years ago, on August 17, 1981, when Dr. Ben Parker who, along with this wife, Mona, promoted the museum, requested that the city take over operation of the facility. The museum has been operating under the guidance and leadership of the Longhorn Museum, Inc., a state chartered, nonprofit organization that was chartered in 1976, and approved for tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in 1977, according to Parker.
20 Years ago-
The Poteet Aggies came back from a long holiday break a bit out of sync but still used their talent to record a pair of victories last week. On Jan. 2 the Aggies played their first game since Dec. 16 against the Somerset Bulldogs and won by a score of 52-44. On Friday they pelted the taller George West Longhorns, 67-62 for the season.
The Tilden FFA Chapter recently received the Bronze Chapter Award at the national Chapter Awards during the 68th National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo. Tilden was one of 88 FFA chapters nationwide to be ranked in the bronze category.
10 Years ago-
It’s a feat many have not heard-playing in a college band when one did not play high school band. Yet, Mychael Solis-Wheeler has accomplished just that. Solis-Wheeler is the eldest son of Celia Solis- Wheeler and Retired US Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Wheeler of Pleasanton. He was born in Spain on the Torrejon de Ardoz Air Force Base. The 2005 Pleasanton High School honor graduate is a member of the University of Southern California Trojan Band. The trumpet player, who wasn’t a member of the Mighty Eagle Band, was on the sidelines at the Rose Bowl Parade on Monday, Jan. 2. His proud mother said Mychael’s talent playing the trumpet developed from his classical piano skills. He began piano lessons at age 13, after learning to play the guitar.
ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.