Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 18, 1973 Page: 2 of 20
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18^1973 THE RIO GRANDE HERALD PAGE 2
by TISSA PETERSON
Ain't October great? A little soggy so far, but great just the same.
The coolness in the air gives the air conditioners a chance to rest
(at last), and seems to give most people an urge to get-up-and-go!
With Halloween looming ahead and Thanksgiving and Christmas
following in rapid succession, there is plenty to get-up-and-do, and
the crispness of October is just the boost we need to go and get it
done! America's best loved poet, and my favorite, Edgar A. Guest,
sums it up well.
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Days are gettin' shorter an' the air a keener snap; Apples now
are droppin' into Mother Nature's lap; The mist at dusk is risin'
over Valley, marsh an' fen, An' it's just as plain as sunshine, win-
ter's comin' on again.
But the air is mighty peaceful an' the scene is good to see, An'
there's somethin' in October that stirs deep Inside o' me; An' 1
just can't help believin' in a God above us when, Everything is ripe
for Harvest an' the frost is back again.
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The Catholic Daughters of America Court, St. Rose of Lima
#827, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, October 14. All
the courts of the state of Texas were invited to attend the cele-
bration that began with a Mass at St. Paul's Church. The celebrant
was His Excellency Bishop of the Brownsville Diocese John Joseph
Fltzpatrick. Mrs. Corinna V. Taylor, regent of the local court Our
Lady of Mercy, attended, accompanied by Mrs. Albessa S. Saenz,
Mrs. John A. Pope Jr., and Mrs. CelestinaG. Garza. After mass a
buffet dinner was held at the Ramada Inn in McAllen. Five charter
members of the Mission Court were awarded 50 year pins. During
the program, musical numbers were presented by the Four Machac
Sisters from McCook, and Mr.RicardoAyalawhosang four Spanish
songs accompanied on the piano by the former Christina Hinojosa
from Rio Grande City, Now Mrs. Pablo Martinez from Mission.
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Members of the Methodist Church of Rio Grande City celebrated
Laymen's Day last Sunday. Recognized for their service to the
church were Mrs. Adela Gutierrez, Mrs. Wilma LaGrange, Boone
LaGrange, John A. Shuford, and Arturo Montemayor Jr. Also hon-
ored but not present were Nina Diaz Lopez, Ruben Saenz, and Ram-
iro Gutierrez. All were awarded pins for their special work in the
church. The Reverend Eubaldo Ponce welcomed the visitors, and
Arturo Montemayor Jr., conducted the service.
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Twenty five members of the Mission Garden Club met with Mrs.
George R. Boyle last Tuesday. The group enjoyed a luncheon at the
House of Raphael and then reconvened at Hotel Ringgold. Mrs.
Boyle presented a program entitled, "Container-Growing Plants",
including hanging baskets and terrariums, and showed illustrations
with her presentation. She served cold soft drinks to her guests
and led them on a tour of the Hotel's patio garden.
The Mental Health Volunteer Council of Rio Grande City is spon-
soring a benefit. They will be giving away a wall mirror donated by
Torres Glass Shop on October 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Tickets are available from Volunteers and members of the Mental
Officers for the 4-H Club were Installed at the Starr-Grande Club
meeting on October 1. The 1973-74 officers are president, Mario
Guillen; boy vice president, Raul Hinojosa; girl vice president,
Cindy Hinojosa; secretary, Lazaro Rodriguez; treasurer, Tony
Resendez; reporter, Heron Escobar; parliamentarian, Willie Rod-
riguez; boy recreation leader, Abel Rodriguez; girl recreation
leader, Cindy Rodriguez; boy council delegates, Lazaro Rodriguez
and Raul Hinojosa; girl council delegate, Maria L. Garza.
Babies! Babies! Babies! A baby is a blessing In a home. These
tiny people bring joy and happiness with them into the world.
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Happy birthday, Father and Son! Ramiro Molina Jr. received a
very special birthday present from his wife. Their son, Ramiro
Molina in was born on his father's birthday, October 5. Born at
McAllen General Hospital, little Ramiro weighed 6 lbs., 1 1/2 ozs.
and was 19" long. He is at home at 803 Ramirez Drive in Rio
Grande City with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ramiro Molina Jr. and
his big sister Veronica, age 6. His proud grandmothers are Mrs.
Eliza Molina and Mrs. Rosa G. Lopez.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Hernandez are also the parents of a new son
born on October 5. The Hernandez family lives in Rio Grande City,
and their son was born at McAllen General Hospital.
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Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato Lopez are the proud parents of a son.
He was born on October 3 at McAllen General Hospital. The family
lives in Rio Grande City.
The Rio Grande Valley Historical Society will open their program
year tonight (Thursday) with a program headed by George Boyle of
Rio Grande City.
The meeting is slated for the Rio Grande Valley Electric Cooper-
ative Building in Mercedes.
Boyle will present a program entitled "Juan Cortina: Bandit or
Visitors are always welcomed and the public is invited.
HOUND 1ABLE FOCUSES ON ECUADOR—Mrs. Kodrigo Palacios, program chairman for
a program on Ecuador, is shown with Gilberto Saenz and Luis Alberto Garza, student
guests from Roma. The program, heard by the Rio Grande City-Roma Pan American
Round Table at their regular dinner meeting last Tuesday, was given by Cesar Espino-
za, a native of Ecuador who has lived in Rio Grande City for the past forty years. Mrs.
Palacios wore an Ecuadorian skirt and poncho and displayed many art objects from Ecu-
Pan American Round Table
hears Espinoza on Equador
The longest poem ever writ-
ten was the "Mahabaharata"
which appeared in India around
400 B.C. It runs to 220,000 lines.
Jchn Massis of Belgium is
said to be the man with the
world's strongest teeth, In 1969
he pulled a 40-ton train by a bit
in his teeth.
Mrs. Roger Williams, direc-
tor, presided over the regular
dinner meeting of the Pan A-
merican Round Table held
Tuesday, October 9, at the Ed-
ucational Building of the First
United Methodist Church.
Mrs. James Shafer introduced
the two student guests, Gilberto
Saenz, president of the Student
Council of Roma High School,
and Luis Alberto Garza, presi-
dent of senior class at Roma
High School. Gilberto is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilberto
Saenz, Sr., and Luis Alberto Is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus-
tavo Garza. Other guests at-
tending the meeting were Ce-
sar Espinoza, Mrs. TomTharp,
and Ms. Judy Barrera.
Mrs. Rodrigo Palacios of Ro-
ma was in charge of the pro-
gram on Ecuador. Mrs. Pa-
lacios was wearing a lovely
red wool skirt embroidered In
white with a matching poncho
which she brought back from
Ecuador. Her jewelry was al-
so from Ecuador.
Mrs. Palacios graciously in-
troduced her guest speaker, Ce-
sar Espinoza, a native of Ecua-
dor who has lived In Rio Grande
City for the past forty years.
Espinoza, a veteran of World
War II is well known in this
community, having been asso-
cated with the late Dr. M. J.
Rodriguez for many years. Es-
pinoza gave a warm and per-
sonal view of Ecuador and the
people living there.
The speaker began by giving
a history of the country. In
1533 when the'Spanlards.arrived
to what was later called the Gran
Colombia, they found a very
powerful chlelf named Atahual-
pa. His empire consisted of
what is now Venezuela, Colom-
bia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
These countries made up the
The Spaniards wanted the e-
normous amount of gold that
Atahualpa's people were known
to have, but he had the treasure
buried by his people before the
Spaniard's killed him, and It has
never been found. Today it Is
known as "El T e s o r o de
Qulnara". A great number of
books have been written about
this great treasure, and many
expeditions have come to Ecua-
dor looking for the gold,
Espinoza went on to describe
the people of Ecuador. Most
of the Indians live In the high
country where the weather Is
rather cold. Generally they
raise sheep, cattle, pigs, chick-
ens, potatoes, and corn, which
is the main source of feed. On
market day, the whole family
goes to town and sells whatever
they have and also buys articles
of clothing. By the end of day,
the caravan heads toward home.
The little ones take care of the
horses, llamas, or mules, while
the grownups, who are usually
loaded with aguardiente, follow
along behind. Aguardiente Is
made of sugar cane which is
distilled, reduced to a drinka-
ble strength, and Is very cheap.
The most useful animal the In-
dians have Is the llama. It is
about five feet tall and five feet
long. It can carry a load of a
hundred pounds and travels
from 15 to 20 miles a day. The
meat of the young animals is
eatable, and their hair is used
to make garments.
By tradition the Indians are
very religious in their own way.
From year to year they pre-
pare to celebrate the "Fiesta
de las Patrons." Espinoza
described the celebration which
begins with the offering of gifts
for the virgin or patrons, a Mass
a n d a fiesta in the streets fol-
The speaker elaborated on the
types of music which the In-
d 1 a n s use to express them-
selves. The bocina, a wind in-
strument, is a part of the In-
dian life, and there is hardly
a home that does not have at
least one. The Indians isual-
ly have three different types
of music. One for the mingas,
one for harvesting time, and
one for the Vaquedas, or round-
up of the cattle. Espinoza
played the guitar and sang a
native song to acquaint the
members with Ecuadorian mu-
It has been said that the Edu-
adorlan music came from Ven-
ezuela and slightly changed
when introduced to Ecuador.
The most popular Is the Pasu-
lo, a very lively and romantic
music which Is heard practical-
ly everywhere. When the boys
serenade the girls, apaslUocan
tell her just what he feels. An-
other popular music Is the San
Juanlto which has a rather sad
sound but very lively. The San
Juanlto is danced when the par-
ty Is at its highest, usually at
three or four in the morning.
The people love to have a good
time and take the opportunity
to celebrate anything.
The so-called Panama hat Is,
of course, made in Ecuador.
Originally it was called a Jlpl-
japa Hat, as the only place that
the hats were made was a small
town on the coast called Jlplja-
pa. The temperature and
humidity are essential to make
these hats. The hats are made
of t h e Ivory Nut Palms which
grow around the west coast
of Ecuador. The King of Eng-
land had a Panama hat made at
Espinoza urged visitors to E-
cuador to be sure to visit Qui-
to, the capital. "It is beautiful
to get up in the cool of the morn-
ing and see the beautiful moun-
tains. The air Is very clean
and the people the finest we can
find anywhere In the world."
Mrs. Palacios and Mr. Espi-
noza had displayed around the
room lovely paintings of typi-
cal Ecuadorian scenes and wood
carvings of the people living in
the mountains of Ecuador.
Mrs. Manuel Barrera provided
the lovely floral arrangement
at the head table. The meeting
adjourned with the reading of
The greatest number of cur-
tain calls in ballet is believed
to have been after a perform-
ance of "Swan Lake" in Vienna
in 1964 — 89 curtain calls. The
dancers were Dame Margot
Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.
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Trejo, Raul. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 18, 1973, newspaper, October 18, 1973; Rio Grande City, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194428/m1/2/: accessed August 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.