50 Years Ago - This week

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Working for the Robertson County News has been pleasure beyond belief. I went exploring in the room we all call the “dungeon” and found treasures galore, file cabinets of pictures from the past to present, newspapers back to the 60’s and older. I have found a lost treasure...
The Robertson County News has decided to remove the dust and open the pages once again to bring you, the readers a part of our history from the past, 50 years ago to be exact.  So sit back and relax as we go back in time and let your mind explore the past from July 5, 1963, we bring you the news.
Calvert breaks ground for a 32-bed rest home. The groundbreaking was at 10 am, Saturday. Calvert’s Mayor J.L. Crouch announced that no federal aid was sought or needed for this enterprise; it would be all local funding for this project. Representative Melton J. Schiller, of Cameron was also there as a speaker with praises to the group with an answer to an important problem, caring of the aged. Richard Morris of Midland would operate the facility, which would be completely air conditioned with a recreation facility and even a beauty shop, modern equipment, communication system for broadcasting music, news, news casts into each of the rooms, outside warning lights and alarm system in case a resident strays out at night. The building will have kitchens and equipment that will favor many small hospitals with technicians and nurses on duty 24 hours a day. The completion and door opening would be sometime in September 1963.
E.A (Chili) Pursley relocated his business to a new Phillips 66 Service Station at Market and Third Street from the many years of operating a station at Market and Moss streets.
J.B. White Company was having a Summer Clearance Sale and a Fall Layaway Sale starting July 5 ending on July 13. Ladies cotton Capri pants sizes 8 to 16 were marked down to a $1.00, yes, I said ONE DOLLAR, and ladies that liked to sew could get summer, all cotton fabrics three yards for $1.00, what a price. A pre-season jacket sale, boys’ sizes 3 to 6x, car coats with zip off hoods were marked $5.99.
In the section of the paper called “News Notes”, we are treated with the entire goings on with after hour activities such as R.T. Amos hosting a two-day, Hawaiian Luau at their home with Hawaiian music as quests entered the tropical garden setting.  The meal consisted of the traditional roasted pig and seafood with all types of fruit salads.  The amusements of the evening consisted of dancing, swimming and visiting with friends and family. Then on Sunday at 2 pm, the Amos’ entertained fifty small children of their Saturday evening adult guests and children from the neighborhood and later that evening hosted another luau for fifteen of their teenaged friends.
In the “Interest to Women” section of the newspaper, there are family reunions, engagements, weddings and even birth announcements. The Hiltpold family reunion held on June 30, Sunday with descendants and friends of Casper and Barbara Hiltpold attending in the home Hans and Mattie Schultz from New Baden with 160 guests consisting of adults and children.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mahan of Elliott observed their 60th wedding anniversary with their seven children, who gave them a family reunion house party at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Couch.  Also celebrating an anniversary was Mr. and Mrs. Will H. Grace of Franklin, 50 years, on Sunday, July 6, 1963 from 3 to 6 pm, both natives of Robertson County.
Miss Georgia Mae Akins became the bride of Charles Wayne Currie with a traditional double ring ceremony.
The nuptials of Kenneth W. Gates to Miss Jane Elliott were held in New Mexico on June 22.
We cannot forget the birth of Nealine Bell, June 28 to Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Ellis.
Did you know that the New York Mets had a try-out camp in Rockdale on Thursday, July 4?  Camp started at 9:45 am and continued through Saturday night, three full days of coaching, training, and try out sessions with several hundred outstanding baseball players from all over Texas attending the camp.
Lion Club member Bill Palmos installed Thomas E. Brashear as president of the Hearne Lions Club at Grace Methodist Church recreation hall. On taking command of the club Brashear thanked Floyd Tippitt, the outgoing president for the successful year of Lionism and presented him with the past president award.
LET’S TALK FOOD, YUMMY! Browning Grocery at 218 Magnolia had awesome Weekend Food Specials for July 5 and 6, a five pound bag of Gladiola flour for 45 cents, fryers for 29 cents a pound and ground meat 39 cents a pound. I think at those prices that we could feed an army and then some. We cannot forget Mr. G.R. Varner selling a bushel of tomatoes for $1.00. Love me some tomatoes.  We cannot forget Smith Grocery and Market with their specials located then at 204 Fourth Street, fresh ground meat or stew meat three pounds for $1.00 and Old Fashioned Summer Sausage 49 cents a pound and then the deal of a lifetime, Shoulder Roast 59 cents per pound.
Finally yet importantly, for all of those that like those headlines, the topic back on July 5, 1963 was Hearne Chamber Endorses County Tax Rate Increase.  The Hearne Chamber of Commerce took a long look at the county’s tax election schedule for July 20, deciding it was a progressive step toward improving Robertson County as a whole and went on record as supporting the tax measure.

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