Flashback: Founder of Jourdanton’s daughter, Grace Campbell Armstrong dies



It’s a new year, babies! Kelly Dwyer and Andy Bryan, grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Perkins Sr., do not really understand what all the fuss is about with paper hats and balloons. But it doesn’t matter, the things make great toys and the boys love every minute of it! Photo originally ran in the Jan. 1, 1975 edition of the Pleasanton Express.

It’s a new year, babies! Kelly Dwyer and Andy Bryan, grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Perkins Sr., do not really understand what all the fuss is about with paper hats and balloons. But it doesn’t matter, the things make great toys and the boys love every minute of it! Photo originally ran in the Jan. 1, 1975 edition of the Pleasanton Express.

60 Years ago-

Burglars broke into J.B. Martin’s IGA store here Sunday night and made off with between $300 and $50 in cash and $225 in cigarettes. The thieves forced a screen off a small window in the rear of the building, broke the window and climbed into the store. The window, about quarter-size, is one of two located over the meat cooler and some seven or eight feet from the floor of the building.

How curb and gutter and draining could be financed for the proposed widening and improving of Hwy. 281 through Pleasanton was a subject discussed at the city council Tuesday night. No figures are yet available as to the cost of the project. E.E. Haverlah, named as a committee of one to feel pulse of the public told Mayor Gene Winn and the council that he hadn’t gone into that much detail yet. “But so far most of the folks seem to think that the property owners ought to pay for their own curb and gutter.”

50 Years ago-

Mrs. Grace Campbell Armstrong, 65, died recently in San Antonio. She was the daughter of the late Jourdan Campbell, founder of Jourdanton, for whom the town is named. She was reared in Campbellton and was well known in Jourdanton. Surviving Mrs. Armstrong are her husband, Clifton T. Armstrong; a daughter, Mrs. F.B. Gillette, Dallas; a brother, Donald Campbell, Houston; sisters, Mrs. Arthur Wessely and Mrs. James R. Hickman, both of San Antonio, and Mrs. Joseph Curvin of Dallas and three grandchildren.

40 Years ago-

Poteet-City fathers, as their last official action before 1974 ended, hired Jess Young of San Antonio as the Strawberry City’s new attorney at the city meeting held Monday, December 23, Young was employed for a four-month period with Councilman Henry Goins, T.N. Ragland and Helen Opperman voting approval and Councilmen Chon Davila and Robert Enriquez abstaining.

There’s probably a logical explanation to why so many auto and truck accidents occur on Hwy 281 between Pleasanton and Campbellton, especially near that south Atascosa county town. Friday, the reason probably centered around wet pavement due to several days of drizzle. Whatever the reason, Campbellton jinx perhaps, four large tractortrailer rigs were involved in three separate accidents Friday in and around Campbellton.

30 Years ago-

A spokesman for the Texas low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority, Thomas W. Blackburn, III, Director of Special programs, was in Atascosa County Thursday to discuss objections raised by opponents of the proposed McMullen County Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Site. A major concern of McMullen County and Nueces River Basin residents is seepage of contaminated water into the South Texas water supply. The alertness of concerned citizens and quick work by Deputies Lee Cook and Bob Davis of the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department, resulted in the apprehension and arrest of one of a trio of Lytle area burglars less than 24 hours after the fact Sunday. Atascosa Co. Deputy Sheriff Lee Cook was notified of the burglary Saturday by Lytle Police Department Patrolman Manuel Martinez, who in turn had learned of it from the victim’s grandson.

20 Years ago-

Pleasanton police Lieutenant John Eric Rutherford this week confirmed one rumor of possible gang activity. He also dispelled another rumor. Rumors spreading around town involved a sixth grade child being beat up by gang members, also in the junior high school age group. Rutherford confirmed that there was a fight on December 16 that resulted in one youth being taken to the local hospital for treatment.

It was the quietest holiday season in my 23 years-almost a quarter of a century-in office,” stated Atascosa County Sheriff Tommy Williams this week. Oh, we had a few small things and some accidents but none of them were very serious. On the whole it was very quiet,” Williams added. Atascosa Countians were well behaved in the county’s communities as well.

10 Years ago-

Sometimes the new year starts of right and suddenly it falls in the ditch flat on its face. Floyd Barnes III, 20, of Buena Vista in San Antonio, and a friend were returning to Royal Oaks Subdivsion from a bar about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 2, when they were accosted by some men who were speaking Spanish and demanding money. When the money was not forthcoming, one of the men allegedly pulled a knife and started slashing, cutting Barnes deeply in the left forearm and stabbing him in the lower abdomen.

The turnout for an Atascosa River Water Quality meeting was so poor in mid November, the state’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled a second public meeting Thursday, January 20. TCEQ has been making study of the water quality of the Atascosa River. The results of the study and any program the state may undertake to clean up the water could have a great impact on property owners along the Atascosa River and creeks which run into the river.

ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: agnews@pleasantonexpress.com.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *