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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013 2:00 PM

October 26, 1962

Benefit Football Game Clears Debt On Scoreboard

Football fans in the Blanco area paid $663.79 Thursday night, October 18, to watch the “Old Pros” and the “All Stars” in a benefit game to pay off the debt on the new illuminated scoreboard.

These “sideline quarterbacks” demonstrated that they “still have it” in a fashion that surprised and delighted the largest crowd to ever witness a football game here.

The Old Pros while unable to score, threatened several times and made it difficult for the All Stars to make their touchdowns.

With 5 minutes and 35 seconds left in the first quarter, All Star Jerry Wilke made the first score of the game. The conversion was made good on a pass from Wilke to Ed Felps.

The second quarter went scoreless, but with 7 minutes and 53 seconds left in the 3rd period Wm. Surber made the second score of the game. The try for PAT was a pass that failed. With only 1 minute and 46 seconds left in the third period Maxie Jonas intercepted a pass and raced across for the final score of the game.

The ladies were not to be out done either. Forming two cheerleading sections, the girls kept a rousing yell during the game and a half time show that would be hard to beat anywhere. During the half-time Mrs. Frank Abbott was crowned “Sweetheart” for the night.

The entire effort demonstrated the ability of the people of the area to pool their resources to successfully complete a community project.

This Week in History

October 28, 1886

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as “LIberty Enlightening the World.”

October 24, 1901

Annie Edson Taylor a 63 year old school teacher, becomes the first woman to take the 175 foot plunge over Niagara Falls. In an old pickle barrel she celebrated her birthday.

October 29, 1998

Nearly four decades after he became the first American to orbit the earth, Senator John Hershel Glenn Jr., is launched into space again aboard the space shuttle Discovery. At age 77, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space.

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