Flashback: City of Charlotte has water again

10 Years-

Atascosa County Judge Diana Bautista attended TxDot’s public meeting in Pleasanton concerning Trans Texas Corridor 35.  The state has been holding public meetings in cities along the proposed super highway toll road.  Judge Bautista not only attended and spoke at the meeting in Pleasanton, she also attended similar meetings in Floresville and Pearsall.  She reported the meetings were well attended.  Around 200 attended the meeting at Pleasanton High School-about 300 in Pearsall and 700 in Floresville.  “So far, nobody wants it,” the judge summarized all three meetings.  She and others told TxDot they needed to work with what already exists-meaning the leg of IH-35 from Loop 1604 in Bexar County to Laredo.  “They [TxDot] seem to feel that (using the existing IH-35 roadway between San Antonio and Laredo) would not be a problem-at least for another 20-25 years.  Some people may dispute that,” the judge said.


20 Years ago-

At this time last year, the rain situation was only beginning to hit the arid Brush Country.  This year, the drought has caused water usage to soar and the water level in the aquifers to drop.  The shortage of rain during the last 12 months that have passed did not provide the needed recharge for the aquifers.  In mid-July 1995, more than 200 heat-deaths were recorded during one week as temperatures reached the 120-degree mark.  Half of the deaths were in the Chicago area.  While farmers, ranchers and other residents of South Texas looked to the skies for afternoon showers to help crops and cooling temperatures, they did not come.  This year, the temperatures have been consistently over the 100-degree. Still, no rain.  


30 Years-

Atascosa County and South Texas farmers and ranchers know firsthand how much damage a severe drought can do to their operation.  Currently, their counterparts in the Southeast are undergoing a severe drought that is threatening their livelihood.  How many times have area ranchers wished they could buy hay at any price just to get them through a drought or bad winter weather?  Well, they can do something to help someone in a similar situation.  A local woman has gotten the information necessary to transport needed hay to the stricken Southeast and is welcoming all farmers and ranchers who would also like to contribute.  Atascosa County residents wishing to assist with the drought relief operation may contact Bonnie Schimelpfening.  She said Tuesday that railroad cars must be ordered by Friday afternoon, Aug. 15, for this area.  Anyone wishing to contribute hay to the drought-stricken areas should contact her and give her a count so that she will know how many cars to order.  One railcar holds about 25 round bales and approximately 700 square bales, she said.


40 Years ago-

Atascosa County Rifle and Pistol Club Inc., will hold a shoot Sunday, August 15, at the rifle range behind the Atascsoa Showbarn on Hwy. 97.  Shoot will begin at 2 p.m., and although actual competition is confined to members, spectators will be welcome, according to President Lee Roy Anderson.  Trophies will be given to the winners in large bore rifle division, small bore rifle division, black powder division, and both large and small bore pistol divisions.  Cold soft drinks will be available.  All money derived from their sale will be used to put a roof over the shooting table.  Membership blanks will be available at the shoot for any prospective members.  Membership blanks also will be available at Preston Dowdy Supply or the Pleasanton Police Department.  


50 Years ago-

State Highway Commission has approved creating Hwy. 281-from the south Pleasanton city limits to its planned link-up with interstate 37-into a multi-lane highway “as soon as funds are available and before the completion of 37.”  County officials and Pleasanton Chanmber of Commerce members requested this action in an appearance before the commission in Austin on Thursday morning.  Contrary to a metropolitan newspaper account which reported the commissioner as “cool to the request,” County Judge Dave Davidson yesterday received a letter from State Highway Engineer D. C. Green announcing commission approval.  In his letter, Greer said, “…After carefully considering this matter subsequent to the public hearing, the Highway Commission directed that you be advised that the multi-laning that you requested will be done as early as funds can be made available for this purpose, and certainly well before the completion of Interstate 37 in this area.


60 Years ago-

Charlotte had city water once again this week after two weeks-once for a nine-day stretch-of being intermittently without it.  The city’s troubles developed when more staging was added to the well pump because of the lowered water table.  The well sanded up, leaving Charlotte as dry as a desert.  With the lower of its two sand strata plugged off, the well was gotten back into operation early this week with the assistance of Henry Shearrer of North Pleasanton.  It was pumping over 550-gallons per minute at last report.  “It’s cloudy but is wet,” said Bill Marshall, Charlotte druggist.  He was referring to the fact that the water is still slightly discolored.  “Looks like we’ve got it whipped,”  commented H.V. Hawk, who is president of the Charlotte Water District.  While the water system in Charlotte is city owned it is operated as a district that was created by the state legislature because the city itself then lacked sufficient valuation to vote bonds for a water system.  Charlotte was exceedingly dry during the enforced shutdown of the well.  Water had to be hauled to town.  Luckily there are several good wells in the Charlotte vicinity whose owners were generous in supplying the stricken city.  President Hawk said that plans are now in the mill to ask for a $30,000 bond issue which would provide for another Carrizo well and also extend water and sewer lines to accommodate Humble families now moving from the Humble camp into Charlotte.


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