40 Years Ago - July 9, 1970
The suspension bridge at Bend is the only one of its kind still maintained by the state. It has two towers on each side of the Colorado river and they are strung with a pair of huge cables that support the suspension span. Cables are six inches thick, made of hundreds of individual wires like a telephone cable. The bridge floor is built of 2X4s laid edge-wise, and they're getting rotten in places. So, don't wait too long to cross it, because the bridge is due to be replaced soon.
The San Saba County Historical Society is requesting the aid of citizens in the county in obtaining a list of names of the couples who were married under the Wedding Oak Tree on the China Creek road. Informants may call Mrs. Graves Burke of San Saba and Joe E. Rogers of Richland Springs.
A total of 63 violations was filed in city court and fines collected total $1,345.50 during the month.
Interested cattlemen of San Saba county will have opportunity to attend a Field Day on testing cattle for pregnancy, Tuesday, July 14, at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Crutsinger pens located three miles west of town on Brady Highway.
69 Years Ago - July 3, 1941
Workmen have recently removed tons of plaster and steel mesh from the ceilings of nine rooms in the high school building and new ceilings of Masonite have been substituted. Since the near-tragedy when the H.S. assembly room ceilings crashed to the floor some time ago the school board felt uneasy about the plaster ceilings in the other rooms and have now removed that possible danger to the children.
Bernie Hart and Perry Hardin spent part of last week on the Colorado river fishing at the "Fish Roost" on the Ragsdale place.
Miss Ruth Harbuck of San Saba, a 1941 graduate of Texas College for Women, has just been employed as teacher of music in Blanket for next year.
Ras Thorpe reports cleaning a gasperrgoul or drumfish that dressed 16 pounds for Jim Brown, Coach Andrew Locklear and W.T. Thorpe, who caught it Monday night on the Colorado river at the Mack Tyler place in Cat Claw. This indicates that the gasper must have weighed about 25 lbs. before being dressed, and several local fishermen have affirmed that this is by far the largest gasper they have ever heard of.
100 Years Ago - June 30, 1910
One of the boldest robberies ever committed in San Saba took place last Saturday when someone stole diamonds to the amount of several hundred dollars from Simmon's Drug and Jewelry Store in broad open daylight and Mr. Simmons and all his clerks in the house at the time. It was discovered sometime after it happened and the officers were at once notified and began work on the case.
It is reported that the Santa Fe railroad has signed a contract with the citizens of Eden to build the San Saba extension into that town. This is good news for Eden, as the uncertain attitude in which the matter has been kept for the past several months has kept the growth of the town back. No it can get busy.
You are welcome, yes thrice welcome, to San Saba land. Be a booster. If you just can't boost then go way back and sit down.
The Lometa road is said to be in wretched condition. When it is remembered that all of our freight, all of our express, the greater part of our mail and most prospectors and home-seekers come over this road it is easy to appreciate the dire necessity of working this road and keeping it in good traveling condition.