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Remember When
A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 27, 2011 10:23 AM

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. • Several college news services announced that they had candidates for graduation from Blanco. Texas A and I News Service announce that John T. Adams for Blanco and Elmond Albert Thormaehlen Jr. from Johnson City, are candidates for Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, 2 of 336 candidates for graduation. From Texas Woman’s University at Denton comes word that Mrs. Hazel Dale Ball will receive her MA degree in Education at the graduating exercises. From Abilene Christian College comes that Shyrle Grisham is to receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Therapy at ACC graduation ceremonies. Among the 215 candidates for graduation of Southwest Texas State College at San Marcos, according to announcement from the college, are the following students from Blanco: Sally Casparis, daughter of Mrs. Lois Casparis, bachelor of science in home economics; June Hensley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Smith, bachelor of science in education; and Herman Wade Schlameus, son of Mr. and Mr.s Herman Schlameus, bachelor of science. • Clifton Knoll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Knoll of Route 4, and Kenneth W. Schuetz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Scheutz of Route 4, both of Blanco, graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, California.

May 22, 1970

Valedictorian of the 1970 Blanco High School graduating class was Holly Smith. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Smith. Her four-year grade average was 92.36. She was active in sports, band and organizations. Salutatorian was Nancy Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Williams. Her four year grade average was 92.02. She was an active member of band, Spanish Club, and FHA. • The Blanco Lions Club met at the Western Café. As part of the program for the evening, Eph Cummins of the Pedernales Soil Conservation Service presented a plaque to Elo Krueger naming him the outstanding Conservationalist of the Pedernales Soil Conservation District for the year. • The children of the late John E. Smith and Susie Cravatt Smith held their yearly reunion in the Club House in Blanco State Park with 44 present.

May 23, 1980

Beth Berger was named Valedictorian and Terri Roberts as Salutatorian of the Blanco High School graduating class of 1980. For the LBJ High School class of 1980, Charles Centilli was named Valedictorian and Ricky Martin was Salutatorian. • The City of Blanco would receive $14,140 from the Environmental Protection Agency. The money is in order to help pay for Step 1 in preparing a Facilities Plan for a projected new sewer system. • The 50th wedding anniversary of Alton and Lorene Lindeman was celebrated in the Social Hall of the Blanco Methodist Church. Their children and grandchildren were the hosts. • Martin and Mary Frances Meier of Hye were honored with a surprise barbeque dinner and dance at St Thomas Hall in Stonewall honoring their silver wedding anniversary. The couple thought they were being taken to a photographer for a family portrait, but suddenly were among family and friends, receiving greetings and good wishes. Approximately 300 guests, including their best man Clifford Schumann and maid of honor Patsy Riba Lewis, and groomsmen and bridesmaids attended. • A teenage boy took a short thrill ride down Blanco’s Rocky Road and law enforcement was puzzled by it. At 10:25 am, Aaron Posey left his 1976 Chevrolet pickup at Nim Smith’s Texaco to have some work done on it. Smith told Chief of Police Lowell Barker that the boy, apparently about 15 years old, with black hair and wearing a red shirt, suddenly appeared out of nowhere, jumped in the truck and sped away north on Main Street, turning left on Rocky Road (7th street). Barker, followed by Deputy Sheriff Joe Owen and Posey, found the truck abandoned 20 minutes later a few miles out, parked off the road and locked. A search found the keys in a nearby driveway, and investigation found nothing taken from the vehicle nor were any residents in the immediate area parents of children.

May 23, 1990

A 36-minute power outage in Blanco rerouted Pedernales Electric Cooperative repairmen driving to headquarters back to the substation here. District Manager Benny Jarvis said the first call about the outage was received at 7:27 am. Moisture within the bushing could have triggered the power failure. Power was restored to Blanco and the surrounding area by 8:03 am. • EMS crews responded ‘back-to-back’ to three summons for an ambulance within an hour. A pager at Blanco Health Care Center sent out the first call around 5 pm for an emergency situation at the Blanco Plaza Apartments. Driver Fernando Flores with medical crew Dan Faurie, Carla Ernst and Kelly Formanek rushed to the barn on Pecan Street and immediately headed for the scene. That case was transported to an Austin hospital. Twenty minutes later, a second page sounded, notifying crews that a woman was lying on Farm Road 32. Driver Clifford Baird and crew Debbie Miller, Chris Hoskins, Lee Matsumura, and Fran Crossley boarded an ambulance. The crew found a badly injured woman, the apparent victim of domestic violence, who refused treatment and begged county deputies not to arrest the man (who refused to talk). Then, a third page sounded. This time, emergency attendants were needed for a car accident that had occurred on US 281 just south of Super S Foods.

May 24, 2000

Master Gardener Tess Lueders recently opened "Native by Native Landscapes" in the old lumberyard in Johnson City. • Recently, the local bureau of Johnson City has joined the growing list of internet contact points. From anywhere in the world, the local address is The site includes a calendar of events, where to stay and eat, things to do, shopping and businesses, non profit businesses, realtors, churches, history, contact us, and weather. • Local merchants began calling law enforcement around 7 pm to ask why so many "kids" were milling around town. They were across for Lindig’s, the RV park, at the Cupboard’s parking lot, Dairy Queen and places between. There were 300-500 high school students from Austin schools there. Investigation by the JC Police, Sheriff, State Patrol and TABC revealed what is called a "RAVE Party" in progress of being put together. About 9 pm, the crowd moved to the Water’s Ranch at Mountain Top where they broke through a gate and trespassed. It was a well planned party. They had their own generators, sound system, and even lights. Alcohol and drugs were in abundance as well.

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