60 Years ago- The Pleasanton Eagle band will travel in style when it goes to the state marching contest at Uvalde on Dec. 2. Between 500 and 600 persons-as many as the home fans for some football games-turned out Tuesday night to hear the Eagles play for bus fare at the annual band concert. The Eagles who needed $325 to charter buses got more than that amount. Final take on the concert, which included the sale of refreshments by Band Boosters, totaled $353.88. Band members were delighted with the turnout, and Eagle band fans were delighted with the hourand a-half concert.
The old buildings just north of the Plestex Theater are being razed, a fact that the Clean Town Council hails as a major contribution to the clean-up campaign. …M.L. Thompson is tearing down the old Haverlah building on South Main Street and putting up a concert block building that reportedly will be used for a restaurant. Red Higdon is the contractor.
50 Years ago- Pleasanton Express this week is starting to send free subscriptions to Atascosa County servicemen in Viet Nam. A number of names and addresses have been turned in to the Express offices during the past week. Offer will remain open indefinitely. Please remember that it is limited to Atascosa County military personnel-no one else- serving in Viet Nam, and it is restricted to their period of service in the war zone.
Married men without children, regardless of the date of their marriage will begin being called for the Armed Forces next month,
according to Mrs. Virginia Dare, clerk of the local Selective Service board. Fifty men will be called during December, Mrs. Dare said. This represents the biggest draft call locally in the past 12 years. Meanwhile five men left Tuesday for induction. They included Donald L. Retzloff, Whitsett; Jose G. Hernandez and David G. Zamzow, Three Rivers; Crisoforo Moya, Jr., Dinero; and Jim F. Stewart, Charlotte.
40 Years ago- Sixth annual Pecan Show and Foods Show is slated for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25 and will be held at the community room. First National Bank, Pleasanton. Norman Porter, now committee chairman said the show continues to generate interest every year and with a good crop indicated this year, “We can expect a real good show, probably the best yet,” he said. Pecan Food Shows, held in conjunction by HD and 4-H cooks, also promises to be a fattening success as buyers vie for bids on the variety of foods entered in the show. Voters in Pleasanton need to be thinking about the important school bond election which has been called for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1975. Pleasanton Independent School Board is calling this election for numerous and very important reasons, first and foremost the necessity for more classrooms and other facilities to take care of the increased pupil enrollment.
30 Years ago- The curtain will open at 8 p.m. Friday to present Atascosa County Troupe’s final production of their eleventh season, William Gibson’s drama “The Miracle Worker.” A moving
depiction of Helen Keller’s struggle to overcome being death, blind and mute, “The Miracle Worker” is being directed by Mary Ann Richter. The play is not an easy one to direct since it involves many technical intricacies such as 67 lighting changes.
The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament (IWBS), headquartered in Victoria, have officially decided not to renew their lease of Mercy Hospital in Jourdanton when that lease expires in October of 1986. Sister Joan of Arc emphasized that this does not mean the hospital will be closing. Several hospital systems have expressed interest in the sponsorship of Mercy Hospital. Among them are Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Continental Health Services Inc., Nix Hospital Accord Group Inc., Santa Rosa Medical Center and others.
20 Years ago- Charlotte was the site of the latest case of reported (positive) rabies in Atascosa County. According to the Texas Department of Health’s regional Zoonosis Specialist Tony Hiller in Uvalde, the case was reported by Audrey Orsak of Charlotte on November 6, 1995. To date, the region of more than 25 counties has had a total of 145 positive cases reported in 1995. Orsak noticed a coyote in her back yard during daylight hours. Her father shot the coyote and using rubber gloves, he dragged the coyote and had it submitted to Austin for rabies testing.
10 Years ago- Atascosa County Sheriff Tommy Williams told commissioners Monday he recently learned that a
deputy had been killed in the line of duty almost a century ago. The information about the murder of the deputy had been lost in history, but was uncovered by an individual from Bexar County who was researching the deaths of law enforcement officers in South Texas. Local Historian Norman Porter has also researched the deputy’s death. According to the sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Abner Matlock was murdered in Jourdanton on August 11, 1911. The sheriff admits the details he has learned of the incident are sketchy. Sheriff Williams said Deputy Matlock had told Eulogio Trevino to leave a dance one week earlier because it was reported Trevino had a gun. When the deputy confronted Trevino about the gun, Trevino denied it, saying another man had the gun in question- pointing across the street. When Deputy Matlock turned to look, Trevino grabbed his hidden pistol, shot and killed the deputy.
ROBBIE HAMBY, delves into the Pleasanton Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at: email@example.com.