25 Years Ago
August 30, 1984
James B. "Red" Gossett, San Saba District Supervisor for L.C.R.A. has retired from his employment here after 38 years. Cecil Lusty has been named by the Lower Colorado Authority to succeed Gossett.
The M.D.A. Labor Day Telethon benefitting Jerry's Kids will begin Sunday, September 2, at 8 p.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m. Monday. The Pledge Center will be located at Reavis Sporting Goods just across from the courthouse.
Louis Crump, of San Saba has announced his retirement as 33rd District Attorney, effective Sept. 1. Crump's political career has spanned some 30 years and represented San Saba County in one capacity or another for 24 of those years.
The Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship will meet Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. in the Adam St. Community Center in Brownwood. Retired Air Force Colonel Andy Anderson from San Angelo will be the speaker.
The oldest known photograph taken in Texas was made in Corsicana in 1853, fourteen years after the invention of photography was announced in Paris. The photograph is a portrait of James Buckner "Buck" Barry, a former Texas Ranger, Indian fighter, and free thinker. This photo is on page 8 of the San Saba News and Star Aug. 30, 1984.
69 Years Ago
August 29, 1940
C.E. Whitman, whose farm is located 4 miles northwest of town, arrived at Ponton's Gin early Tuesday morning with San Saba's first bale of 1940 cotton which hit the scales at 508 pounds. The gin rewarded Mr. Whitman by ginning the cotton free of charge and giving him a $5 bonus.
Eight thousand minnows and fingerlings were placed in public streams of San Saba county Monday afternoon by Mr. Proctor of the Cisco Fish Hatchery, accompanied by Lynn Ward of the San Saba Hardware and Furniture Co.
Members of the San Saba County-Wide Road Committee, consisting of W.E. Gates, Burrel Park and M.W. Trussell of San Saba; Noble Prentice and John Gibbons of Richland Springs, appeared before the State Highway Commission at a hearing at Austin last Tuesday morning.
Dean Bagley, former football star of San Saba High School and outstanding man on the freshman squad at TCU last fall, will leave Sunday for Fort Worth where he will start training with the TCU Frogs Sept. 5.
100 Years Ago
August 26, 1909
J.S. Briggs has bought the Richland Springs mail line and his father, J.D. Briggs, is now carrying the mail from here to that point.
A.J. Walker has a force of about 100 Mexicans grubbing for him on his ranch eight miles below town. He will put in something like 100 acres of new land for another year.
The fire alarm Monday about 1 o'clock was the occasion for some excitement in town. No sooner had the alarm been sounded than almost every man in town was on the streets going in the direction of the fire which was on the roof of the Star Restaurant. The roof had caught from a defective flue. The blaze was first discovered by Mrs. Seiders who saw it from her home and phoned to the judge's office.
The San Saba Steam Mills want to buy all the corn for sale in the county.