Seems like we just now got into Spring, but Summer is trying to jump in a bit early. Typical of Texas weather, we are experiencing some extreme variants on the thermometer, not getting quite enough rain, & the wind is incessant as down in South Texas or up in the Panhandle. However, if one might exercise patience, something good usually turns up. Our fair valley of the Pecan, was really blessed Monday with a good general rain from the wee hours of the morning on into most of the day. Just about all areas of the County & some surrounding communities received rainfall of extremely generous proportions. The creeks, draws, bar-ditches were all running full to overflowing, filling most of the tanks & ponds to the “run-around” stage and put both the San Saba & Colorado on a fair rise that might last a few days.
Most of the reports here in Town were around the 3.5” level, with some outlying areas reporting a bit less while some areas East of Town registered more than that. Ms. Sue over at the Cherokee Store said they got about the same (3.5) as San Saba, with some reports of a little over 4” out close to Babyhead. Sunshine up at Mckinnerny’s Richland office said they got about 3” up at Lakeview, while T. Noel got 4.24” up close to the Cotton Belt on Richland Creek. I’d bet good money that Rainbolt won’t allow that as the official for Algerita. J. Casebeer told me 2.25 for Harkeyville, and Jr. Goode said they finally got 3” on the Harper Perry Lane up at China Creek. Joe, Jr. had 2 gauges up on the Ellis Ranch at Sloan with the best one measuring 3.25”. Jerry Johnson said he got 4.25 on the Sloan Rd. on the River. Orion & I made a trip up past Sloan to look at the River at the Maxwell Crossing & it was a bit over the new bridge & impassable over the slab that Elmo Whisenant built.
Jim & Lynn Traylor just about led the parade as they measured 4.95” , 7 mi. E. of Town on 190. Traylor & yrs. truly looked at the Colorado at the Red Bluff bridge Mon.. p.m. and the River appeared to be about 7 ft., while I’d say the San Saba seemed about 6 ft. up down at the Pecan Grove bridge by the ol’ Hardy House. I heard that the Bend got around 4” of rain, and the River report Tues. morning showed that the Colorado was at about the 10’ level. Bubba Barber called me from Buchanan Village down at Tow on Monday and said they were all rooting for us a good rain up the Rivers as they surely needed some water down in Buchanan. D. Barker told me later that morning that the LCRA estimates on the Basin was that the Lake should get about a 1.5’ lift. All the moisture was welcome and should put us in pretty good shape for a few weeks. Who knows, we might even get some more before it’s all over. Doug Rainbolt took credit for the rain as he reported to the “Table of Knowledge” Mon. at lunch, that he had turned his irrigation pump on at Aunt Rosa’s place at Harkeville, just a few days prior. Jim Traylor had a similar mission as he had a couple of brush piles that needed burning. I only hope they remember how to do it the next time we really need rain.
If it stays this wet the next few days, the County Agent and San Saba Co. Pecan Grower’s Assn. should expect a near record turnout for the Annual San Saba Co. Pecan field day down at the Civic Center in Mill Pond Park Monday morning, the 4th, with registration from 8:00-9:00 a.m. The program is star-studded, covering nearly all aspects of Pecan management practices as well as some up-dates on current conditions. Not only do we get a healthy portion of CEU’s for our Private Pesticide Applicator’s license, you’ll also get to enjoy Betty Ann & Tommy Johnson’s fish-fry with all the trimmings. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I also had the opportunity of visiting with James Epperson, Valley Springs, while attending the Aggie Muster on the banks of the Llano last week on San Jacinto day. Epperson said they could surely use some rain out his way, so I’d imagine that he’s about as happy as is the Mayor & yrs. truly out around———Harkeyville!!!!