Blanco County News
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A look back at Blanco County history.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted September 1, 2011
August 28, 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson was nominated for President of the United States at the Democratic Convention being held in Atlantic City. This was assured well in advance but did not dampen the enthusiasm of the delegates and guests attending the convention. Thus, Johnson became a candidate for the office on his own which he has held since the assassination of President John F.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 • Posted August 25, 2011 • Photos
August 23, 1963 Miss Sandra Crofts of Johnson City was crowned queen of the 1963 Blanco County Fair and Rodeo. The 17 year old, brown-haired, vivacious high school senior received the crown from Mary Ann Deering, 1962 queen. James Lamar Wittliff of Blanco was among 675 graduates at Louisiana State University’s annual summer commencement ceremony.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 • Posted August 18, 2011 • Photos
August 17, 1962 Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Schmidt announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Joyce Elaine, to Carl R. Poenisch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Poenisch. • There were 249 cattle, 9 hogs, 1,020 sheep, 600 goats and 1 horse brought to the auction on Friday, August 10.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011 • Photos
August 14, 1991 By Maxine Blackburn Editor’s note: Blackburn was a Blanco County News columnist for many years, is author of the 1987 “Just Visitin’”, and is also a winner of a 1990 Texas Press Award. Every year when it is time for the kids to go back to school, the school kind of memories come back.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 4, 2011 • Photos
August 5, 1960 A "you all" crowd of approximately 5,000 from the Hill Country of Central Texas greeted neighbor Lyndon Johnson at an old time barbecue supper and political rally that was also a sort of homecoming celebration in the Blanco State Park. There were visitors from San Antonio, Austin, and other cities with buses and auto caravans from as far as the Rio Grande.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 28, 2011 • Photos
August 1, 1969 Lt. and Mrs. David P Leese proudly announced the birth of their bouncing baby boy, David Patrick Leese Jr., who was born July 19, 1969 at St. David’s Community Hospital in Austin. David weighted 9 lbs., 4 oz. and was 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 21, 2011
July 19, 1968 A Grand Opening of Hazel’s Flowers and Gifts was held last Saturday. Many well-wishers dropped in to welcome the shop to the downtown area. Freshly decorated and tastefully arranged, the shop offered an expanded choice of gifts for all occasions. • The Blanco Little League defeated the Johnson City Little Leaguers 22 to 3.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 • Posted July 14, 2011
July 14, 1967 There would be a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Housing for the Elderly, Saturday July 15, 1967 in Johnson City to which the public was invited. There would be 44 units for the elderly and 6 units for low income families. In all, there would be a total of 181 rooms and a community center for the project.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 • Posted July 7, 2011
July 8, 1966 Senator John Tower announced that the Rural Electric Authority has awarded a $4,400,000 loan to Pedernales Electrical Cooperative, Inc., in Johnson City, for 445 miles of distribution line to serve 3,597 new consumers; 45 miles of 69 kilo-volt transmission line; 7 substations; and system improvements. • Drum Major Dixie Posey, Majorettes Beverley Mazurek, Connie Wagner, Peggy Weeaks, and alternate Majorette, Carolyn Bindseil attended the Twirling and Drum Majoring Camp at Texas ...
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 • Posted June 30, 2011 • Photos
July 2, 1965 Superintendent Lester C. Cobb released information on the progress being made by the school administration, the Blanco School Board, in cooperation with the advisory committee for preplanning of School Plant Facilities. Faced with inadequate classroom space and the need for major repairs or replacement of much of the school plant, the trustees of the Blanco School Board first sought the services of C.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 24, 2011
June 26, 1964 Slight damage occurred when chemicals exploded in a storage room in the high school science laboratory in Johnson City. Cause of the explosion was unknown as no one was in the building at the time. • The Jolly Eight 42 Club party was held in the home of Mrs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 • Posted June 17, 2011 • Photos
June 14, 1963 Miss Pam Taylor, 1962 State and National High School Rodeo Queen, participated in the 1963 State High School Championship Rodeo at Halletsville, where she is reigning queen. She also participated in Barrel Racing, Girl’s Breakaway Calf Roping, Pole Bending, and the Cutting Horse Contest. • All cattle were auctioned off first at the Blanco Livestock Auction Market.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 • Posted June 9, 2011 • Photos
June 8, 1962 The installation of officers for the 1962-63 year was the highlight of the May luncheon of the Blanco Woman’s Club held at the Golden Derrick Restaurant in the Petroleum Center in San Antonio. The officers installed were: Mrs. Roy Conn, president, Mrs. B. R. Gloor, 1st vice president, Mrs.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 2, 2011 • Photos
June 2, 1961 More than a score of workmen were busy rushing to complete the auction ring of the Blanco Livestock Commission Co., Inc., for their opening auction scheduled for June 13th, 1961. The building containing the auction ring, the administration offices, and coffee shop had been completed except for minor finishes.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 27, 2011 • Photos
''May 27, 1960'' The auditorium of the First Baptist Church would be the scene of a piano recital by the students of Mrs. B.R. Gloor. Students appearing in the program were: Jody Beverly, Maggie Beverly, Suzanne Bullard, Val Jean Ellison, Kristen Gloor, Beverly Hopson, Jean Poenisch, Christie Posey, Dixie Posey, Holly Smith, and Gail Stansbury.