Flashback: Thousands view Pleasanton’s Homecoming Parade

10 Years ago-

Can you believe it?  Labor Day Weekend is here!  That means it’s time for the Tilden Lion’s Club Rodeo.  Few rodeos can claim a run of 56 years, but Tilden can.  Although the rodeo is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 2-3, there are events and activities on Thursday and Friday leading up to the rodeo.  On Thursday night, August 31, 4D Barrel Racing is planned beginning at 7 p.m. This is a 5-County Barrel Race, which allows participants from Atascosa, Duval, LaSalle, Live Oak and McMullen counties to compete.  


20 Years ago-

Pleasanton City Manager Larry Pippen was all smiles late last week when rumors started flowing in that Pleasanton’s bid for a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a sports complex and swimming pool may be approved soon.  Other funds will cover the construction of the community center and other items, such as an additional baseball field) to complete the project approved by voters in a bond election in 1994.  This was the second time the city had submitted a grant request, having been let down six months ago when the department ranked Pleasanton’s request just below the cut off line for funding.  Pippen’s smile was even bigger Monday morning when a ltter was received from Tim Hogsett, TP&WD’s Chief of the Grant-In-Aid Program, about the grant application.  The letter noted that this group was recommending to the Parks and Wildlife Commission that the project be funded.  The commission will meet Thursday to vote on the list of ranked projects from across the state.  


30 Years ago-

Dr. John Clader was a guest speaker for Texas A&M University at the Texas Veterinary Medical Center summer seminars in Austin on Aug. 14-15.  The seminars were held in conjunction with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors meeting.  Dr. Clader is presently serving a three-year term representing South Texas.  Dr. Clader spoke on the “Medical and Surgical Aspects of Preputial Prolaps in Breeding Bulls”.  Current treatment and surgery of bull sheath problems as practiced at Chaparral Veterinary Center in Jourdanton were described to a large group of  veterinarians from Texas and the Southwest.  Emphasis was placed on practical and cost-effective therapy designed to save damaged bulls and return them to breeding service.


40 Years ago-

Citizens of Atascosa will get the swine flu inoculation at 13 sites in October according to Mrs. Janis Schroeder, county coordinator for the program.  Clinics will be conducted on Sunday, October 10, and Sunday, October 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following places:  City Fire Station, Pleasanton; Poteet Civic Center; Elementary School Cafeteria, Pleasanton; Methodist Church, Jourdanton (in the Walton Memorial Building); Elementary School Gym, Lytle; School Cafeteria, Charlotte; Christine Community Center.  The Christine clinic will be held Sunday, October 10, only.  “The flu shot is voluntary.  No one is required to have it,” said Mrs. Schroeder.  “However, after reviewing all of the facts, a person will see that it is just good common sense to take it.”  The inoculation program in the county is a totally volunteer effort.  There is no charge for the shot.  Mrs. Schroeder, who is county extension agent, is coordinating efforts.


50 Years ago-

Thousands of visitors watched while Pleasanton-birthplace of the cowboy- turned back the clock to yesteryears at the first annual Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming here Friday and Saturday.  Highlight of the two-day celebration was the Saturday  morning parade which one watcher said would have done credit to a city of 12,000 to 15,000 population and which was climaxed by a real-life cattle “stampede”-unplanned.  Estimates on the size of the parade crowd varied, but there was general agreement that it was perhaps the largest turnout in modern-day Pleasanton’s history.  “We had cooperation from everybody,” said a smiling Leonard Boyd who was parade chairman.  Approximately 50 floats appeared in the parade with the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce winning first place in the civic division and the Karnes Electric Cooperative winning top honors in the commercial class.  Ricks Co. was judged second and Boyd’s Pharmacy was third in the commercial division.


60 Years ago-

Atascosa ranks high among the 100 leading peanut counties in the United States.  This county was 27th in peanut acres planted and 48th in pounds harvested, according to 1954 Census of Agriculture figures for peanut counties released last week by the Bureau of Census, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Atascosa County harvested 5,034,905 pounds of peanuts from 15,059 acres, the census report reveals.  It’s interesting to note that Atascosa topped neighboring Wilson County Where 13,513 acres were planted and 4,227,514 pounds harvested. In fact, only two other Texas counties-Comanche and Eastland-ranked ahead of Atascosa County in peanut acreage and production.  


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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