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A Look Back at Blanco County History
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 • Posted September 9, 2011 11:16 AM

September 3, 1965

Supt. Lester Cobb reported that the opening of school this year showed an increase in enrollment over last year. As of Sept. 1, 1965, the enrollment was 425 in comparison with 406 on that date in 1964. This set a new record for enrollment in the Blanco school system. Elementary enrollment was slightly up with 231 students, up one from the previous year. Grades 7-12 counted 194 pupils in comparison to 176 in 1964. • Father Edward Rabroker of St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church was honored with a farewell open house. Cake, coffee, and punch were served to more than 200 guests. • A new wall telephone with interchangeable color panels would be available to customers of Southwestern States Telephone Company. The Type 95 Panel telephone, manufactured by Automatic Electric Company, combined the space-saving advantage of a wall telephone with the beauty of a telephone instrument which blended with any room’s décor. It fitted flush against the wall and could be easily installed. Four textured vinyl plastic panels- in ivory, white, turquoise and tangerine- were provided with the instructions and interchanged at the user’s discretion.

September 5, 1975

Hill Country Feed Mill (formerly Smith Feed Mill) opened its doors to the public Sept. 5, announced new owners Mr. and Mrs. Joe N., Sawyer., They recently purchased the feed mill from former owner Val Smith and Son. Tommy Burns of San Antonio was also a partner in the Hill Country Feed Mill. • Ricky Weirich received his Eagle Scout award at Camp Gene Ashley in Mason, Texas. He was the first scout to receive this award from Blanco in thirteen years.

September 4, 1985

R. L. Toms, Inc. Announced plans to construct a major addition to the Blanco Mills Nursing Center in Blanco. The new addition and refurbishing of the existing facility was expected to cost in excess of $300,000. The 32 bed addition would provide for private and semi-private accommodations with private bathrooms, new lounge and dining areas, a 200 gallon fish aquarium, complete modification and upgrading of the kitchen, new floor surface in existing public areas and new administrative offices. Part of the new section would feature the new concept in medical services called “Personal Care.” The new facility would cater to retired and semi-retired persons with individualized attention as well as nursing and medical care to those in need. • The School menu for Wednesday was a cheeseburger, lettuce & tomato, pickle & onions, and French fries with milk. • Blanco Independent School District offered vocational programs in Home Economics and Vocational Agriculture. The school would take steps to assure that lack of English language skills would not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

September 6, 1995

Blanco County Sheriff Harry Carpenter fired a jailer/dispatcher less than two hours after an escaped inmate from the county jail was apprehended at the western city limits of Johnson City. According to an eight-sentence press release written by the sheriff’s department, jail staff discovered 20-year-old Saul Martinez Perez missing from the jail’s exercise yard at 5 pm. He had apparently escaped by removing a cut wire and forcing an opening in a cyclone fence panel, the release stated. • Tyre Thompson, an English teacher for Blanco High School, participated in the well known Hottern’ Hell Century Hundred bicycle race. He biked 100 km for the challenge. • New books at the library were: “Double” by Sharon McCone, “Lightning” by Danielle Steele, “Sauce for the Goose” by Robert Campbell, Stan & Jan Berenstain’s “What Your Parents Never Told You About Being a Mom or Dad”, “Endangered Species” by Doughty and Parmenter, “Hank Williams” by Colin Escott, Rebecca Emberly’s “Three Cool Kids”, “Pasta Factory” by Hana Machotka, and “Indian Signals & Sign Language” by G. Fronval and D. Dubois.

September 7, 2005

Lion June Newhouse presented the game football to Retta Martin at the Jourdanton football game. Also, Retta was presented a rally towel for being the winner. Proceeds from the raffle of the football are used by the Lions Club to fund scholarships.

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