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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 • Posted July 20, 2010 10:00 PM

Our Servicemen

July 24, 1970

Will H. Carter, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Carter, Blanco, recently was promoted to Army Sergeant upon graduation from Air Defense Non-Commissioned Officer Candidate School, Fort Bliss, Texas.

He received 21 weeks of training in such subjects as military leadership, drill and command, combined arms operations and tactics. He was also trained for squad leader positions in units equipped with tracked vehicles mounting twin 40 mm or Quad 50 machine guns.

White Elephant Auction Planned

July 25, 1980

An extra added attraction at the Blanco County Fair next month will be a “White Elephant” auction to benefit LBJ Memorial Hospital.

Originally scheduled as part of a July 4th fundraiser for the hospital, the auction was postponed because of the intense heat which kept the crowd down will below expectations.

In addition to odds and ends and personal items for auction, also being offered are a number of personal mementos of President Lyndon B. Johnson, donated my Lady Bird Johnson.

The auction is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, at 4:30 p.m. immediately following the Old Time Fiddler’s Contest.

Well known local auctioneers Bud Hineline and Neal Harries will head up the auction.

Items are still being sought out for donations. In Blanco, they can be left at Blanco Office Supply with Jim Jones. In Johnson City, they can be left with Rosie Danz at the Johnson City Bank.

Anyone from out of town who wishes to donate may call Jeff Cohane at 830-833-5248 or Eddie Dyer at 830-868-7115 and your items will be picked up.

Bigden Insurance Agency to Continue

July 24, 1970

Mrs. R.A. Bigden announced this week that she will continue to operate her late husband’s business, The Bigden Insurance Agency, and will give the same personal service to their policy holders as they have in the past.

Rattler Bites Woman

July 21, 1961

Mrs. Joe Beck was struck by a rattlesnake on the left ankle the past Thursday and was treated at Blanco Hospital.

She is at home at this time and will be confined for another week or so.


July 24, 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Scharnhorst and family have returned from a vacation trip to Colorado and points in the west.

They report having a very enjoyable trip.

Mrs. Milton Yancey is visiting relatives in Robstown and in Corpus Christi.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Moellenberg and daughters, Ann, Mandy and Diane and Clayton Taylor of Houston spent Saturday and Sunday with Mrs. Annie Moellenberg.

Mrs. Moellenberg accompanied them to Cold Springs Cabin at the Frio River.

Blanco Chamber Meets

July 21, 1961

Announcement was made this week of a change in management of the business operated by Dorsey Smith, which will be effective August 1st.

In an ad appearing elsewhere in this newspaper, Mr. Smith announces that he is relinquishing management to his son, Dorsey Lee Smith, and his son in law, Delbert Hobbs. They will operate the business under the name “Dorsey Smith, Inc.”

There will be no change in personnel at the business house. Mr. Smith stated that he would retain the backhoe machine and persons in the need of his service are asked to contact him.

City Council sets hands off policy

July 25, 1980

Blanco City Council, in an effort to resolve further conflict and confusion in the River Road street abandonment plight, Thursday adopted a “hands off” policy in regards to closing the Road to the public.

Blanco Mayor Butch Crofts, saying he felt the city would face “just as much static if the road connects or if it is closed,” indicated the city’s position would be “no policy at all” thus leaving the decision to close the controversial road up to the landowners.

However, he and other city council members agreed they’d have to become involved again if selves or if a large amount of community pressure surfaced for additional council action.

“I feel the city has done everything it can,” Crofts said.

Council members also agreed they would not give up the city’s rights to River Road and Democrat Street.

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