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Editorial: 1984 — not the book — but looking back three decades




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It’s often the little things that are buried deep within the recesses of the mind. They emerge only when something jogs your memory.

That’s what I’m doing this week -- trying to jog your memory with a look back. As we celebrate 30 years of publishing, it is appropriate to visit some of the past issues of the Wilson County News.

Here is some of the news and information from the Jan. 4, 1984, issue of the Wilson County News.

Pat Brown announced a new name for her business. Brown had been doing business as Cannon-Brown Realtors during the interim after buying C.C. Cannon Realty from Clyde Cannon. Now she officially became Pat Brown Realtors. You can still find her office at the corner of C and Fourth streets in the heart of downtown Floresville.

Another business that was advertising with us in 1984 and is still very much alive is Town & Country Hair Designs (now run by Tony Haley). In fact, Janie Haley and Pat Brown may well be two of the longest-running continuous advertisers in the Wilson County News. Congratulations to both of them!

Discount Carpet Warehouse, on W. W. White Road in San Antonio, is another advertiser that has been around for a long time. Now called Peter Dunn’s Discount Carpet Warehouse, the business was established in 1972 and is still going strong. Other ads in 1984 were MG Building Materials in Pleasanton, and in San Antonio, Dos Pedros restaurant and Ashley Salvage.

Some of the businesses from back then, however, were not as enduring. Among those which are no longer around are Skrobarcek Implement Co. and C & J’s Self Service in Floresville.

Does anyone remember the old Plaza Shopping Center in Floresville? It is where Walmart used to be located. Among the businesses located in the strip center were La Fiesta Gifts and La Feet owned by Sharon Connally Ammann. What about Karin’s Kloset owned by Karin Kasper, and Fargo’s Pizza?

Remember Henkes Bros. Carpet Service in Adkins? Gloria Henkes and her crew are the ones who installed the carpets in our office so many years ago. Perhaps it is time to consider having those floors redone!

And Albert’s Nursery in La Vernia? For many years, Minnie Albert wrote “Tips from Minnie” with her gardening advice in the Wilson County News.

Of course, the two-page ad (called a double truck) in the center of the newspaper was always Baumann’s Grocery in Floresville and La Vernia. Henry Baumann (RIP) was a loyal advertiser for all those many years.

Some of the prices advertised in 1984 look awfully good compared to those in today’s supermarkets. How about a 1-lb. can of coffee for $1.99, a gallon of milk for $2.09, a 25-lb. bag of flour for $3.99, and a pound of “fresh ground meat” for $1.59?

Now those were some bargains! Of course, coffee now comes in a 12-oz. can, and I’m not sure if flour is still popular in the 25-lb bag.

The news on the front page announced that a newly formed Homeowner-Taxpayer Association of Bexar County would expand to include the Southeast part of San Antonio. The HTA was formally incorporated Oct. 18, 1983, and its founder, C.A. Stubbs, went on to effect change as an activist and dedicated taxpayer “watchdog” for many years.

Another front-page photograph shows a very young Lyndra and Leaette Kolodziej announcing their 4-H achievements. Classified ads were just $2 per week for the first six lines, and the Wilson County News was mailed to all households in certain areas using what was then called a Third Class mailing permit.

My, how times have changed since 1984!
 

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