FLASHBACK: Downtown Revitalization Committee Met

10 Years ago-

Sesquicentennial is a big word to describe 150 years of history for Atascosa County.  With that big word comes a big, no, huge celebration.  Committee members have been planning for this historical event for over three years.  Several events are scheduled over the next two months and the festivities will culminate October 6-8 with a full weekend of entertainment.  A Plate and Book Release party is set for Wednesday, August 9.  Families of early settlers to Atascosa County (prior to 1900) are encouraged to submit their family history to Atascosa Sesquicentennial Association.  On Saturday, August 19 gather amidst great entertainment down at the Atascosa River Park and have special postal cancellation on a commemorative postcard.  Want to be an active participant in the Sesquicentennial celebration? Be sure to enter your float, trailer, vehicle, etc. in the parade for Saturday, September 9.  


20 Years ago-

Atascosa County Pct. #1 Commissioner Tommy Shearrer says there is growing interest in the use of cloud seeding (also called weather modification) to assist in water management.  A June 26 Pleasanton Express article explained the cloud seeding process.  The science, still being studied, is now high-tech  Shearrer is not only interested in seeding clouds for Atascosa County, he heads up the weather modification committee for the 12-county Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG).  He was among ten area representatives who traveled to West Texas a few weeks ago to get a first-hand look at the seeding operations based in San Angelo.  Committee meetings have also been held in  San Antonio and featured TNRCC’s authority on the subject George Bomar, who also holds a Master’s Degree in meteorology.


30 Years ago-

The Downtown Revitalization Committee met Thursday, July 31 at the Townhouse Restaurant in Pleasanton for a breakfast meeting to hear from an economic development advisory firm from San Antonio.  Debbie and Frank Reed of Sanchez Reed and Centeno, economic and community development advisors, made a presentation to the committee on identifying and procuring financing for economic and community development projects.  The brother/sister team own and operate the business.  Frank is  a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Miss Reed is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  The pair informed the committee that the company has, in the past 24 months, assisted local governments in Texas in the generation and administration of more than $10 million in public and private development monies for new jobs, road and street improvements, water and sewage supply, and new business and business expansion.  


40 Years ago-

Somewhere in Pleasanton, packed away in old trunks, desks, or boxes are, no doubt, manuscripts that could become valuable archives in a future archive section of the Pleasanton Public Library.  Old letters, journals, diaries, or other unpublished materials, as well as pictures and items of historical interest are just what the future researcher needs to accurately report the life of earlier days.  Mrs. Anna Mae Watts and Mrs. Fay Peeler, representing the local library, attending a District 10 workshop in San Antonio to learn how to organize an archive section of a small community library when they attended an SAMRC workshop last week.  They also learned to select and organize free and inexpensive government documents as library materials.  Mrs. Watts asks those who have contributions for a local archive, to hold on to them until the new library building is ready.  However, she said, if someone must dispose of his manuscripts and historical items immediately, the library will find some place to store them.


50 Years ago-

Dan Livingston has purchased J.W. Bradfute’s Humble service station which is located at the intersection of Hwys. 281-97 south.  He took possession on Aug. 1.  Until his resignation, Livingston had been associated with Lone Star Producing Co. for 18 years.  He had been here 11 years as district superintendent.  Lone Star recently announced that it was transferring him to Eastland in West Texas.  “I like Pleasanton and I don’t want to leave,” Livingston told friends.  So he has resigned to remain here.  Livingston family moved last week to the Volney McKay place, north of Pleasanton, which Dan had purchased shortly before his transfer was announced.  News that the family will remain in Pleasanton should delight the Livingston children.  Cindy started school here and will be a senior this fall.  The two boys are Matt, 13, and Robert, 10, who was born here.  Bradfute had operated the Humble service station for approximately seven years-and the doors were never closed during that time.  He bought Associated Services from Mrs. I.D. Wafer last January and will continue to operate this oil field service firm with its vacuum trucks and hot oil units.  Bradfute family, of course, will remain in Pleasanton.  He is a city alderman.


60 Years ago-

Atascosa County Commissioners “bearded” one of the county’s legal lions and issued the controversial centennial beard proclamation Monday over the attorney’s protests.  Frank Steinle, the dissenting lawyer, recently threatened court action of the commissioners court persisted in going ahead with the beard edict. Even though his theory of “Entire position” has a legal bar to the compulsory wearing of beards seemed to have gained some legal support, commissioners went ahead with the proclamation in a bust of centennial patriots and precinct pride.  Commissioner Gervys Mangum of Poteet told Steinle that it seemed to him that every county male was growing a beard, and that continuation of the legal battle wouldn’t make much difference.  Mangum added that at a recent meeting of the Brothers of the Brush, an exclusive organization with special privileges, most of them were in favor of growing some type of facial foliage.  “Speaking for the men in my precinct beards are sprouting everywhere,” Mangum continued.  “Personally I think we will get off with all the prizes to be offered in the beard-growing contest.”  That raised the eyebrows of other commissioners.  County Attorney J. Taylor Brite, appearing for the centennial association, said he had not received but expected an opinion from the attorney general soon.  This opinion, he said, was expected to be favorable.  


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