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Editorial: Remember these folks? Looking back over 30 years
About politics and other thingsMarch 5, 2014 | 2,761 views | 1 comment
The Feb. 4, 1984, issue of the Wilson County News contains 24 quaint little 11-inch x 14-inch pages.
On the front page is a photo taken by Janie Martinez of Lyndra Kolodziej with her Wilson County Stock Show Reserve Grand Champion Steer. It was purchased by Preston Dairy of San Antonio for $2,500. Also on the front page was a photo of Georgia Ferry announcing Ferry’s Flowers and Things on Highway 87 in La Vernia. Ferry also ran the local headquarters for General Telephone Company. (Does that ring a bell for anyone?)
•There was a photograph of Orelia and George Reyes, former owners of The Curve Mexican Restaurant. The Curve was located between Floresville and Poth at “the curve.”
•On that same page was an ad for the State Bank of La Vernia.
•A full-page ad announced the legendary “Fast Eddie” just returning from a European USO Tour to make an appearance at Eddy’s Drive Inn in La Vernia.
•Neil Purtell, D.O., and Frank Moak, D.D.S., announced new hours for their practice on Hwy. 123 N. in Stockdale.
•The Floresville Area Soccer Association (FASA) announced registration with commissioner Vickie Griffin. Bill Gleeson was commissioner of coaches. Other FASA officers were Tony Hons, Judy Barber, and Patti Key.
•Sacred Heart School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with career day. Sharing their knowledge were a cowboy, Jerry Zuniga; hairdresser, Vicky Hernandez; and Mary Helen Tieken, a nursing professional.
•The La Vernia Christian Bookstore was located in the La Vernia Professional Building.
•MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was active under the leadership of Anne Farrell, Lillian Masters, Gloria Fleming, Loretta Kennedy, Julia Ann Mattke, Bettye Willey, Edwin Bunte, and Col. Cheek.
•The Hiway Haus on Hwy. 87 in La Vernia announced its Friday night fish fry.
•Ewald Koepp Jr. and former State Rep. Jay H. Reynolds addressed the Wilson County Republican Women’s Club. Margie Aaron was introduced as a new member.
•Ruth and Nash Seguin announced the reopening of the Monte Carlo Restaurant on Hwy. 181 north of Floresville.
•Leaette Kolodziej was pictured with her grand champion broilers, which were purchased for $1,000 by the First National Bank of Poth. Kenneth Moy of the Three Oaks 4-H showed his reserve champion broilers, purchased for $1,000 by Lyssy & Eckel.
•I. D. Flores Drug Co., 1031 C Street in Floresville (now home of Trail Riders Steak House), advertised a water treatment system.
•Skrobarcek Implement Co. Inc. advertised the Krause Landsman implement that saves costs by disking, cultivating, and finishing seedbeds “in one pass.”
•Two other advertisers were Byron Durbon’s Air Conditioning, Heating, and Appliance Service in La Vernia, and Plaza Ford-Mercury on Hwy. 181 in Floresville (now the home of Ancira Ford).
•Adolph Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers announced weekend engagements at the Silver Saddle, Loop 410 and South Presa, in San Antonio.
•Box 7 Discount Mart in Stockdale, owned by Rebecca Box, advertised “wholesale prices” on groceries, notions, and hardware.
•Pat Brown Realtors’ ad listed Pat Brown, broker; Clyde Cannon and Kevin Foster, associate brokers; and Sue Winhoven, Patti Foster, and Judy Barber, sales associates.
•A Family Affair listed “fine resale fashions” in its shop on South Flores in San Antonio.
•U.S. Rep. Kika de la Garza and Wilson County Attorney Archie G. Wilder campaigned for re-election.
•Vicky’s Unisex Hair Styling listed Vicky Hernandez, Becky (Garza) Garcia, Nina Martinez, and Janice Lothringer as stylists.
In 1984, there were no area codes listed on telephone numbers, as all of southern Texas was under the 512 area code. Telephone calls were made by dialing just the seven digits. Yes, most of us had to “dial” in those days! Push-button phones were just gaining popularity.
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