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Editorial: Some 30-year-old political stories from the Wilson County News
About politics and other thingsFebruary 19, 2014 | 2,018 views | Post a comment
Looking back at the Jan. 18, 1984, issue, the front page was filled with political announcements.
•Eldon Edge, Poth School Superintendent for the past 13 years, announced his candidacy for District 45 State Representative.
•Local attorneys Howard Berger and John Winhoven announced that they were running for Wilson County attorney.
•Wilson County Sheriff M.H. “Pete” Baumann and Commissioner Billy Deagen both announced that they would be seeking re-election to their respective offices.
These candidates all were on the Democratic ticket, as the Republican Party in Wilson County was struggling to be recognized.
The Republican Women’s Club announced a barbecue dinner to be held at the Koepp ranch in La Vernia. Jewell Koepp, Mary Grace Coates, and Betty Willey would be installed as officers of the newly formed club. H. “Pulse” Martinez of Pleasanton and Robbie Borchers of New Braunfels were to be special guests.
In other news, a new feed store was to be opening “next to Pollok’s Western Store on Hwy. 87” in La Vernia; the Magnolia Café in Stockdale added a bar to its dining facilities; and Morgan Cleaners opened in the Plaza Shopping Center in Floresville. Radio station KWCB FM 94.3 was “serving Wilson County with music, news, and sports.”
Page’s, on Hwy. 87 E. just out of San Antonio, was the authorized “Singer-White-Elna” dealer for sewing machines. Yes, people used to sew their own clothes; sewing machines were a big business.
The La Vernia school announced its “largest kindergarten class” ever, which included 65 “little people.” This was compared to only 45 students just two years prior. Because of the increase in enrollment, the school asked parents to pre-register their children as “future students,” giving their names and birth dates.
The La Vernia Chamber of Commerce announced its annual membership drive and a party, which would include a meal and dance. Membership dues were $15 for individuals and $25 for businesses. An additional $5 would be charged if a spouse wanted to be a voting member. The announcement was made by Paul Mattke Jr., Fuzzy Jenschke, and Buddy Strey.
Belen Denecamp was heading up a membership drive for the Stockdale EMS. Also working with the EMS were Carolyn Childress, Julia Campbell, John Hallum, and Pauline Humphries. Stockdale EMS directors were Mike Coon, Wade Rutland, and Ione Hummel.
In other news, Floresville had just approved the addition of two baseball fields at the Floresville City Park. An April 1984 completion date was anticipated. Members of the Floresville Recreation Commission included Judy Barber, Janice Witten, and Pete Talamantez.
Jan Morris was the Wilson County veterans service officer, Jack Chaney was Floresville’s city manager, and Manuel Longoria was the assistant city manager. Poth’s Mayor Al Kollodziej had just resigned after 15 years of service, and Ronald W. Eckel was named as his replacement.
Wilson County commissioners were Ben Talamantez, Albert Pruski, Billy Deagen, and C. W. “Slim” Daniels. W. D. “Del” Cox was Wilson County judge. R.L. Eschenburg was the district judge and Jody Gregory, district clerk.
Eligio “Kika” de la Garza was congressman for the 15th Congressional District of Texas and Ronald Reagan was president of the United States.
In 1984, the Wilson County News was mailed to all La Vernia and Sutherland Springs addresses, and in Floresville, to the rural routes. This was a total of only 2,601, so you can see how the area has grown! Additional newspapers were distributed to area business locations for customer pickup. The “shopper” was free to all.
Today, the award-winning Wilson County News is one of the largest-circulated weekly community newspapers in the Texas Press Association.
Read more history next week as we mark our 30th year in publishing.
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