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A bit of history ... when Tigers were the Kangaroos
Cotton Beam shows a T-shirt featuring a photograph of the 1926 Floresville football team.
Cotton Beam, owner of Shorty’s Café in Falls City, thought folks might be interested in seeing a picture of an early Floresville football team. He could not remember who gave it to him “a long time ago,” but it bears the logo for Farmers Insurance Group on one sleeve. He thought that people might want to see what the 1926 Floresville football team looked like.
Indeed, the photograph on the T-shirt shows striped uniforms. Preliminary research shows that football was organized in Floresville in 1914. The games were played on a dirt field behind the “peanut scales,” which is now Lubianski’s. According to “What’s Cookin’, FHS,” the original school colors were black with yellow stripes, and they were known as the Floresville Kangaroos.
The book also said that by 1926, the colors had changed to maroon and gold and the Tiger mascot had been adopted. The photograph, however, appears to be that of the Floresville Kangaroos, although it is dated 1926. It was apparently taken the year that they changed their name to the Tigers.
During those years, pep rallies were held in the old Pershing Theatre, 1012 C St., which was the original building of the Wilson County News complex. Interestingly, when the football squad acquired “new togs, shoes, and gear,” in 1921, the players would take their shoes to the Vela Saddle Shop to have cleats added. (The Vela Saddle Shop, located next to the Pershing Theatre, is now the main office of the Wilson County News.)
The T-shirt and a copy of the book “What’s Cookin’, FHS” are on display in the newspaper’s lobby.
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