The Mercedes Enterprise (Mercedes, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1972 Page: 1 of 8
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Mercedes, Texas, 78570 Thursday, September 28, 1972
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CPL rate is approved by Commission action
MHS BAND OFFICERS NAMED--MHS band members recently elected their officers for the
current school year. Shown above are, left to right, Nancy Kelly, librarian; Johnny Downing,
president; Marisela Lopez, vice president; Aida Saldana, reporter; Barry Jones, student
council representative and Debbie Jones, librarian.
The Story of Mercedes’ opens October 8
“The Story of Mercedes**, an
historical exhibit, will open to the
public at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8
at the Hidalgo County Historical Mu-
seum in Edinburg. A special feature
of the opening day of the exhibit
will be a reception honoring Mer-
cedes citizens and their exhibit. Hosts
will be the Museum Guild. Reception
hours are from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Mrs. H. D. Lauderdale, Wendell
Schwarz and Joe Winston are mem-
bers of the Mercedes committee that
prepared the historical display.
Included in the exhibit are old
photographs, original land grants,
a 1910 Model T Ford headlamp, ear-
ly clothes, Olympic medals of Mer-
cedes* Billy Pemelton, a bull fight-
ing costume worn by Fay Fikes,
sombrero from the ‘Battle of Rey-
nosa*, old newspapers and speciar
displays of the Mercedes School Dis-
trict, local churches and clubs.
A unique part of the exhibit will
be copies of two 1910 editions of the
HONORED FOR SERVICE--Veteran Postal Service employee
Tom Fernandez with Mrs. Fernandez. A retirement party
marked his completion of 32 years of service to the commun-
ity as a postal worker. (See story, page two.)
MERCEDES ENTERPRISE. The ori-
ginals were buried in the corner-
stone of the original Hidalgo County
Courthouse and were unearthed when
that building was razed. Reproduc-
tions of the two newspapers have
been made available with the help of
the Hidalgo County Bank and will be
on sale to the public for a nominal
Museum hours are 2 p.m. until
5 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sun-
day. A fee of 100 for children and
250 for adults is charged. The Mer-
cedes exhibit will close January 31,
for Lions sale
Mercedes Lions Club members
have begun gathering items for their
annual garage sale scheduled for
sometime in October.
Anyone desiring to help the Lions
by donating items is asked to con-
tact Kenneth Barth, 565-1381, Fleet
Lentz, 565-1380, Rex Franklin, 565-
2169 or any member of the club and
they will pick up the items.
Monies collected from the sales
will be used towards furnishing glas-
ses and other necessary items to the
set October 15
First rehearsal for the Mercedes
‘Singing Christmas Tree* will be
2 p.m, October 15 at the high school
auditorium, announces ‘Tree’Direc-
or Mrs. O. W. Sumerlin.
Performances are scheduled for
Thursday, December 7 and Friday,
December 8 at the auditorium.
“We hope those who were with us
in the past will again be a part of
the production,** says Mrs.Sumerlin,
“but we also welcome newcomers to
this year's show.**
The Mercedes ‘Singing Christmas
T ree* has been produced four of the
last five years as a community ven-
ture. A choir, singing from a Christ-
mas tree-like setting, provides the
music of traditional songs as tableaux
provide visual representations of
A routine agenda occupied most
of the City Commission's time Mon-
day when Commissioners met in re-
gular semi-monthly session.
First item was a Public Hearing
regarding the requested increase in
rates by Central Power and Light
Company. No member of the com-
munity was present to offer objec-
tions to the proposed six percent in-
crease, so, after some discussion,
the Commission voted unanimously to
approve the company’s request. The
increase will be reflected in January
billings of CPL.
Another Public Hearing, this one
calling for a change in the zoning
classification of land owned by Del-
Tex Corporation across from the
Rodeway Inn on Mile Two West Road,
resulted in another unanimous Com-
mission action. This one approved
the change in classification from
Class N-Residential to Class C-Com-
mercial. The property is presently
used as a sales lot for mobile
Commissioners also selected a
City Auditor for the current fiscal
year. Again the choice was Edward
Romeros of McAllen.
A petition was received from re-
sidents of Orange Street asking that
developers of a trailer park close
to their property be told to remove
an alleged obstruction in a drainage
ditch so as to prevent possible flood-
ing. City Attorney John Dominguez
was instructed to find out whether
jurisdiction was with the city or with
the local water district and then re-
port back to the Commission.
Purchase on bid was made of a
1973 Chevrolet Impala from Central
Chevrolet Company. The $3,840.70
automobile will be used by City Man-
ager Joe Pence when received from
the motor company.
BY DICK HARMAN
AT SUN VALLEY HORSE SHOW— Mercedes and District Fu-
ture Farmers of American President Robert Perez was
among those to congratulate show Queen Stephanie Dollery.
The Saturday affair was the 13th annual presentation hosted
by the local FFA Chapter. (See story, page 5. )
All-out Harlingen effort defeats Tigers
This time Goliath won.
Harlingen, big, strong and fast,
beat the Mercedes Tigers by a 20-0
score Friday night, but only after the
smaller and lighter Tigers had show-
ed them a thing or two about courage
For the first two quarters Mer-
cedes never let Harlingen past the
Cardinal 45 yard line. So completely
did the Tigers bottle up the Harlin-
gen attack that, by halftime, Harlingen
was able to make only one first down.
The only trouble was that the Mer-
cedes offense was sputtering, too.
Tigers were able to move the ball
against the huge Harlingen defense,
but missed two scoring opportunities,
so that when the half ended neither
team had scored.
But when the second half opened,
what had to happen did happen. The
big dnd talented Cardinals took the
kick-off, used their size to advan-
tage, and drove down the field to
put the game’s first points on the
board. Minutes later the Cardinals
scored again, this time on a 25 yard
pass play to make the score 13-0.
Final points for the night were scored
on a 52 yard reverse by Cardinal
runner Buddy Tait, who put Harlingen
three touchdowns ahead.
Mercedes was never able to un-
track much offense in the last half
and never did seriously threaten.
Game stastics show that the Tig-
ers had nine first downs to Harlin-
gen’s six. Total yardage honors went
to Harlingen with 201 to Mercedes*
94, Tigers gained 64 yards rushing
compared to Harlingen’s 172. Both
teams gained 30 passing yards. Har-
lingen with four completions in ten
attempts and Mercedes with six out of
And while the score was not what
Tiger coaches wanted, the effort and
attitude of players surpassed what
the coaches hoped for. “We were sur-
prised and pleased with our team’s
ability to stay up with Harlingen,”
said ‘Chipper* Zamora, Tiger coach.
“The boys did a real good job ...
they have nothing to be ashamed of
... staying up with a big 4-A school
football power such as Harlingen is
a real credit.”
Coaches rated Tackle Joe Reagan
as the top offensive player and Middle
Linebacker Danny Garcia as the
game's best defensive player, but had
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THE TIGERS WITH THE CLAWSt-Outstanding plays, touchdowns scored, etc., they all earn
decal ’Tiger Claws’ for MHS football players. Based on play in the first three games of the
season, these are the Tigers who have earned the right to display the decals on their helmet.
From left to right, kneeling, are Javier Campos, Bobby Garza, Gilbert Chapa, Ubaldo De
Leon, Ray Gonzales and Danny Garcia. Standing, same order, are Mark Savarino, Rolando Mo-
reno, Joe Valle, Ubaldo Pena, Joe Reagan and Steve Edgemon.
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