60 Years ago-
Kelly Horn of Rolling Fork, Miss., this week was given a three-year-contract as coach and athletic director of the Pleasanton schools. Horn will move here late in the summer and he will begin work about the middle of August. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he played under Red Drew, famed Alabama football coach. He set several athletic records while at that university. During the last five years his football teams have won 36 games, lost eight and tied 1. His worst season was in 1952 when his team lost four games after getting a late start in football practice because of a polio scare in his school.
Scotty’s operated by A.D. Scott, has been named as the Frigidaire appliance dealer for Pleasanton and this area, and he’ll celebrate with an open house at Scotty’s this Friday and Saturday. One feature of the open house will be the auctioning off of a new Frigidaire to the highest bidder. Sealed bids will be taken until late Saturday afternoon when the bids will be opened and the winning bidder announced.
50 Years ago-
Dr. and Mrs. U.B. Ogden, widely known Pleasanton residents, were killed in the crash of their light plane while taking off from the Isle de las Mujeres, a resort island off the coast of Mexico, Thursday afternoon, about 5:30 o’clock. The prominent Pleasanton physician and his wife were on vacation-his first in more than two years. They left here in Dr. Ogden’s Cessna 180 on Feb. 15 and had intended to return about Feb. 23.
Sterling performances by John T. Gonzales and Reyes Gallegos sparked the Charlotte Trojans to a narrow 61-59 victory over the Boerne Greyhounds in a Class A bi-district battle at John Marshall gym in San Antonio last night. Gonzales notched 24 points and Gallegos collected 22 as the hustling Trojans of Tom Mc- Neely won an uphill struggle. It was close all the way as the lead see-sawed. CHS was in front, 16-12, at the close of the first period but trailed, 32-33, at the half.
40 Years ago-
Gasoline spigot has been slowed to a drop in Pleasanton and Atascosa County as the energy crisis appears to be tightening over South Texas. “It’s very critical,” said Bubba Wehman, Texaco distributor in Pleasanton. He added that he expects it to get worse. Distributors and service station operators alike are pooh-poohing President Nixon’s ambiguous statement, made this week, that “the crisis is passed, but the problem is still here.”
Defense attorneys are expected to ask for a change of venue here Thursday in the case of Leonard Freeman, 28, who is accused of the July 18 murders of Deputy Sheriff and Mrs. Luis Garza. Olin Strauss and Tommy Franklin, the court-appointed defense lawyers, plan to pleas to Judge John May that pre-trial publicity makes it impossible for the defendant to receive an impartial trial in Atascosa County.
30 Years ago-
The Poteet High School Aggie Bands men participated in the Region XII, University Interscholastic League Solo and Ensemble competition last Saturday. The contest was held at McCollum High School in San Antonio. The Aggie bands men won 37 first division and eight second division awards.
You should have been there. The first annual Talent Show of the First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton was a resounding success, both in terms of performance and size of the audience. The majority of the acts were decidedly better than the usual fare one gets at local talent shows. It didn’t hurt to have some of the most darling little kids strut their stuff. The audience loved it. Who wouldn’t?
20 Years ago-
An Atascosa County District Court Jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday, February 16th, for a San Antonio man charged with the June 25, 1993 shooting of Constable Glen Riley. Approximately 3 hours later the jury returned with the maximum sentence of 99 years and a $10,000 fine for Refugio Cisneros Jr., 24, San Antonio.
Ruth Coronett, a sophomore at Jourdanton High School, will learn about “America’s Incentive System” during an all-expense paid trip to the West Texas Leadership Seminar. The seminar is affiliated with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation and will be held May 12-15, 1994 on the campus of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.
10 Years ago-
Tilden’s biggest social event has been planned for April 17, but the McMullen County Fair Association is already in full swing in preparation for it. The association’s “Spring Social” will include drinks, a steak and shrimp dinner, drawings for prizes and, of course, the dance.
The Pleasanton Eagle girls soccer team recorded two more shut-out wins to remain undefeated in District 29-A and up two games on second place Fox Tech. The Eagle girls improve to 14-3 in the season.
ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.