Flashback: Poteet has ‘State’s Best Water Tower’



Hospital takes shape-The new Mercy Hospital, located at Jourdanton, is being pushed to completion. The 25-bed community hospital is being built with locally subscribed funds matched by the federal government. Express photo originally ran in the July 5, 1956 edition of the Pleasanton Express.

Hospital takes shape-The new Mercy Hospital, located at Jourdanton, is being pushed to completion. The 25-bed community hospital is being built with locally subscribed funds matched by the federal government. Express photo originally ran in the July 5, 1956 edition of the Pleasanton Express.

10 Years ago-

Based on the amount of rainfall during the first six months of 2006-4.84 inches-by South Texas Weather modification Association at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport, this could be one of the driest years in 73-year recorded history. Of course, that doesn’t mean the year will end with the same drought ranking (4th worst since 1934). STWMA forecaster Todd Flanagan has accumulated just shy of 5 inches of rain at the airport this year. Records kept by Atascosa County Soil & Water Conservation District date back to 1934 and show that there were only three years when rainfall has been less during the first six months of the year-1956 (3 inches) 1996 (3.53 inches); and 1967 (3.94 inches).

20 Years ago-

Jack Wisdom, president of the Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming Association, announced this week that activities for the 31st Annual Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming are shaping up for the August 15-17 event. “You remember, of course, that the Homecoming has moved and, with the exception of the Cowboy Gallop, the Fun Run and the big parade, will be staged at the Atascosa County Showbarn grounds. “The Gallop and the Fun Run will be coordinated out of the Atascosa River Park and as usual, the parade will wind its way through the downtown area,” Wisdom added. The PCHA president went on to explain that the 1996 Homecoming gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 15, when Alamo Attractions Carnival launches Armband Night at the show grounds.

30 Years ago-

Two towering home runs by Ricky Leal and Roland Garcia over the left field fence added sparks to the Pleasanton Colt 12-2 victory over the Poth Bobcats in Bluebonnet League action here Sunday. Poth leads off in the top of the first inning with two consecutive singles by N. Estrada and T. Cervantes. B. Kotzur drove in the only run with a ground out to Short Stop David Pena. The Colts started the bottom of the inning with a walk by John Wiles. The Peña brothers, Bernie then David, each signaled to load the bases. Ricky Leal grounded out to second base but the hit scored Wiles. Roland Garcia brought in both Peñas on a fielder’s choice to give the Colts a 3-1 lead.

40 Years ago-

The nod for having the “best water tower” in the state of Texas has been given to Poteet’s strawberry tower by the prestigious Texas Monthly in a section devoted to the “best” of everything to be found in the state. The magazine’s July issue singles out the Strawberry City’s big berry among other honors such as the best hotel, best sandwich, best freeway, best restaurant and so forth. What the magazine didn’t tell its readers is that the big berry towers 135 feet up into the Texas ozone and takes care of a whopping 100,000 gallons of water. It’s almost 4 years old and was constructed under the administration of former mayor Lawrence W. Jackson, Jr. and city public works director, Joe Carson. Lighted at night, the strawberry tower causes quite a bit of comment from tourists plying Highway 16 for the first time. Old timers who revisit South Texas frequently use it as a landmark.

50 Years ago-

Modernization is the keynote in railroading today. This was illustrated here yesterday when a ribbon rail train strung twin rails along five miles of Missouri-Pacific rightof way into Pleasanton. It took just about four hours. “Those rails come off that train twisting like snakes,” said Ted Dickens, long-time Missouri-Pacific employee. It’s an apt description. The 1440-foot rails are loaded on rollered tiers stretching over 36 flat cars. Ends of the twin rail sets are anchored to the ground near the diesel locomotive which is hooked up to push the flat cars. Tied-down rails curl off the flat cars as the diesel pushes ahead. New seamless rails will be installed from San Antonio to Coughran (Mile Post 38) in this year’s project. Dickens said that phase 2 will see the extension of the new rails from Coughran to Three Rivers.

60 Years ago-

A move will be launched soon to create a public library for Pleasanton that will be housed in the new city hall. The editor of the Pleasanton Express has been named as Chamber of Commerce chairman to promote such a library. At the same time,, C of C directors have agreed to permit Mrs. Nora Brite, C of C Secretary, to act as temporary librarian in addition to her other duties. She has agreed to do the library work without an increase in salary. The C of C office in the new city hall will be located adjacent to the space to be utilized by the library so that the work will be handy for Mrs. Brite. Under present plans, the library will occupy the meeting room of the city hall. It was designed by the architect with this in mind, and only wall space will be used for books. Tables and chairs for the library necessarily will have to be of the folding type so that they can be moved quickly and easily before a scheduled meeting.

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


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