50 Years Ago
Feb. 12, 1959
The four boys who ran away from the Cherokee Home for boys were found by a rescue plane out of Brownwood. The pilot located the boys in the Stewardson pasture about 2 P.M. Friday, Feb. 6th, and local officers went by car to the spot where the boys were hovered in a group, cold and hungry. The boys; one 14, two 13 and one 12; walked away from the home on Wed. Feb. 4th.
Dr. Ray Bullard, M.D. of Blanco will be in charge of the installation of the new Chamber of Commerce officers, including Tommy Golding, president; Dr. W.R. Benson, vice-president; W.L. White, treasurer; and Max Mahan, Howard Harrison, Jack Harkey, Charles Miffleton, Clovis Letbetter and Billy Kidd, new directors.
Mike and Gregg Bogard will leave for San Antonio Tuesday with their two calves and turkey hen to be shown there at the Fat Stock Show Saturday, Todd Oliver will take four of his hogs tomorrow. Hope these boys all win places in the show.
All American Red Heads, the World Champion girls basketball team will play the San Saba businessmen's team here Friday night, Feb. 13. The men's team includes Dean Maxwell, J.R. Shaw, Jesse Miles, Ward McKee, Edgar Thornton Jr., Joe Ragsdale, Charles Cunningham, Don Woodruff, Jimmy Ward, Jim Dannheim, James Reavis, all of San Saba, and Charles Perry of Cherokee, Coach Dale Bagley, and Principal Hoyett Browning will referee the game.
70 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1939
Dr. Frances K. Oldham of Vancouver Island, Canada, went to an armadillo farm near Comfort to study the pituitary glands of the female armadillo. Other findings of Dr. Oldham's study regarding armadillo's are: armadillos have no teeth and cannot eat anything bigger than they can swallow whole; they are always born quadruplets and that all four are of the same sex; they can see only eight feet ahead; and will not run away until they scent you.
The Com. Court sets officials salaries for ensuing year as follows: county judge, $175 per month; county commissioners not to exceed $116.66 each per month; sheriff, $1,000 a year; county clerk, $75 a month; district clerk $100 a month; county attorney, $75 a month; deputy sheriff, $40 a month; matron of the ladies restroom, $15 a month; courthouse janitor, $85 a month; case worker, $100 a month; county home demonstration agent, $75 a month,; and county agricultural agent, $100 a month.
One of the nicest improvement on Wallace Street is being made at Edwards Cafe. New service counters have been installed and the rear has been laid with hardwood floors, where the fleet footed young people can trip the light fantastics to the latest swing music. Good things to eat are served on short notice.
125 Years Ago
Feb. 16, 1884
The north bound stage which left Mason night before last, containing Mr. G.W. Todd and daughter and Miss Cora Bridges and W. Keller, agent was stopped by two masked men when about a mile out of town, who compelled the passengers to climb down and out of the stage, when they relieved the male passengers of their wealth, but did not molest either of the ladies or the mail. The robbers were captured next day, and are now in jail at Mason.
Notions of every description are at the post office.
Plans for the new jail were presented by R. Dean of Tyler, W.F. and W.S. Hall, Jackson, Miss.; and Bristol and Clark, Temple. The plans of the latter firm were adopted. The action of the court in locating the jail on the courthouse square will undoubtedly be reconsidered, as the placing of the jail at that point would ruin the looks of the square.
It rained here for several days this week, and our town was one continuous mud hole, and the only thing that appeared to be happy was the razorback hog. When will our streets be paved? Echo answer "when".