50 Years Ago
July 16, 1959
In June 319 persons were arrested for fishing without licenses. A fishing licence costs $2.15. Other violations were 22 persons arrested for trespassing and 15 for hunting at night. There were a few violations for killing game out of season. Arrests for the month totaled 440 persons, who paid fines and court costs totaling $7,370.
Jerry Wash, Richland Springs 4-H Club boy, was first place winner in the Sears Heavy Litter Contest for the Brownwood Store Area, according to Billy F. Kidd, county agricultural agent. The Duroc sow raised by young Wash farrowed 12 pigs which weighed 594 pounds. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Wash of Richland Springs.
Upon returning home from the hospital a few weeks back, Mrs. Emma Whitley reports that a swarm of honey bees had moved into her kitchen. They have started to work between the walls and are very neighborly. All she needs to do now, she says, is to install a faucet to draw the honey right there in her kitchen.
Fred R. Brison, pioneer research and educational promoter of the Texas pecan industry who formerly was county agricultural agent in San Saba, received the Gold Pecan Award, given annually to the person who has contributed most to the growth of the industry. His wife, the former Vera Dean, is a native of San Saba.
At the Corral Drive-In Theatre-Green Mansions-starring Audrey Hepburn Anthony Perkins and Lee J. Cobb.
69 Years Ago
July 18, 1940
A 73 pound catfish, the years largest, was caught last Friday night on the Colorado river near the Shaw Bend community by three San Saba men, Buck Hill, Neal Fulcher and Rufe Underwood. Measuring 4 feet in length, 10 inches across the head, and 8 inches for diameter of the mouth, the fish resembled a young whale.
At the monthly meeting of the City Council last Thursday evening the commission fixed the tax rate for the ensuing year at $1.50, the same as it was last year. They appointed the following men to constitute the Board of Equalization: S.E. Kelly, chairman; R.L. McConnell and E.M. House.
John Low, operator of the city street tractor-grader, was appointed also as foreman of the NYA sidewalk project here that is soon again to be resumed, according to R.L. McConnell, who recently contacted the Austin NYA office on this matter.
The annual Old Settler's Reunion will be held August 15 on the old Fair Grounds and open to the public. Hugh Mill is the president and S.E. Kelly, the secretary of the organization. Attorney G.A. Walters gave an inspirational talk at the business meeting at the court house last Saturday afternoon.
100 Years Ago
July 15, 1909
Dr. F.W. Sorell went to Dallas last week and returned Saturday with his new red top Regal automobile. He came through over land in the car.
At the adjourned meeting of the stock holders of the Farmers Union Warehouse Co. last Monday the following officers were elected: three-year term, T.J. Murray and Young Pierce; two-year term, Jas. Burns and W. F. Johnson; one-year term, Wm. Scott, E.B. House and A.J. Walker.
J.E. Smith sold the Harkeyville gin last week to R.S. Crain of Mills county for $4,000. Mr. Crain also owns the Dunbar gin on the river a few miles above this one.
G.B. Shoemake has purchased the W.M. Allison residence property in town and sold his farm to Mr.. Allison. Mr. Shoemake will open a boarding house and hotel as successorto the Yarborough House and invites his friends to call and see him when in town.