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Stockdale News: small town rich in history
By Brandon Longoira
Living in a small town is a lot to get used to when you previously lived in a big city. I used to live in San Antonio before I moved to little ol’ Stockdale (that’s what I thought when I first moved here). That was fourth grade and honestly at first I hated it. I wasn’t used to living on a dirt road where the neighbors are hundreds of feet apart. Every little sound at night scared me; it was like I could hear every little thing. Unlike the city where the little sounds are masked by sirens, airplanes, and tires screeching. But after awhile, I began to like it more and more and I could see the good things about living in a small town and going to a small school.
As with everything in life, there is always the other side to something and don’t get me wrong, Stockdale isn’t always the best, but it’s where I’m from. The pros of living here are being able to have more privacy and being able to perform better in school. In a bigger school, it is harder to connect with the teachers and get help, but in a smaller school you don’t have that problem. The bad things are that there is nothing to do here and fewer extracurricular activities and sports.
When I decided to write this article, my original idea was to just give the history behind the town, but then my end result was to blend my opinion of small-town living and the rich history too.
Stockdale is located south of La Vernia and is home of the Brahmas. It has been around since the 1830s, but didn’t have a village until the 1860s-1870s. Back then, it was named a few times before they came up with the name Stockdale. Those names included High Prairie, Free Timber, and Bunker’s Store. But after the inception of a post office, they had to come up with a more professional name, so they came up with Stockdale. A man named Jethro Bunker was the first postmaster, but didn’t want the town named after him, so local citizens got together and came up with Stockdale.
Around 1914, watermelons became a cash crop, and an important one at that. So important that in 1937, the community’s annual celebration was changed from being the “Autumn Fair” to the “Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee.” Today, it is one of the oldest watermelon celebrations in Texas and enjoyed by people from near and far. This is a time where people come back home to enjoy family time and also partake in a rodeo and dance.
To learn more, check out http://www.stockdaletx.org/history.htm. I’m sure there is more than I can possibly write about the town of Stockdale, but if you’re looking for small-town living, consider the town of Stockdale.
Stockdale senior Brandon Longoria plans to study to become a crime scene investigator. The Junior Journalist and son of Tommy and Debbie Longoria works at the Texas Cooler in his spare time.
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