Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 60, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 6, 1980 Page: 1 of 12
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* * * * RIO GRANDE * * * *
E R A L
BY MARCELO SILVA
Veterans Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11. We have just had the priviledge of voting in a free
election. How lucky we are among the nations of the world. Veterans Day is an ap-
propriate time to greet the veterans we know, and say "thank you." It is to them in
great part that we are indebted for these freedoms which we enjoy. Unfortunately,
many of our heroes died in the battlegrounds of the several wars, However with a
symbolic handshake to those who are alive and with us we can express feelings of
gratitude and joy to all who have struggled for us, living and dead.
Veterans Day 1980 marks the 62nd anniversay of the signing of the Armistice which
ended World War I. It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month
that the "silence was heard in no-man's land."
This year also marks the third year of the return of the national holiday to
November II from the fourth Monday in October observed for a few years as part of
the "3-day weekend holiday law."
On November 11,1918, a more innocent generation than our own hailed the victorious
conclusion of "the war to end all wars." It is indeed significant that this day should be
observed on the anniversary of the World War I Armistice.
For two decades afterward, the observance of what was then known as Armistice
Day was an occasion for commemorating the great outpouring of relief, of patriotism,
of prayerful thanksgiving, and unrestrained joy which marked the end of the First
War, however, was not banished from the face of the world. We have since had
World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and we are presently held hostage by Iran. The fact
that war was not banished, that democracy is as seriously threatened or more so
today then it was then, takes nothing from the achievements of the men and women
who answered the nation's call to arms in the eras of conflict.
Our national coasciousness today has been tempered by a realization on that no one
lump sum of effort or sacrifice will assure an honorable world peace as Vietnam
heartbreakingly brings to mind.
However, a giant step toward the attainment of that lofty goal begins with the
recognition of our veterans - men and women - who throughout this century have set
aside their civilian pursuits to serve our nation's cause - the defense of freedom
against the challenge of armed aggression and the permanence of our government
"of the people, by the people, and for the people,"
War has taught us that vicotry can be attained through unity of purpose, sacrifice,
tolerance, bravery, and discipline. It has also taught us that honorable peace is the
ultimate challenge. On this Veterans Day let's not only honor the men and .women
Who served us in time of war, but also reafirm our nation's committment to use those
same values so necessary to victory in time of war for the development of a world
which shall one day realize peace for all mankind - peace with honor.
So on Tuesday, Nov. 11, let us shake the hand of the veteran and say, "Thank you.
You have served our nation so well." And may that spirit which has made this nation
great and free prevail for the ultimate goal - freedom for all.
DOWNED TIGER—Wenceslado Martinez has just returned from a reunion in
Spokane. Washington, with members of the Third Infantry Division, his combat
buddies of the Second World War. Martinez is shown here in a WWII photo beside a
destroyed Tiger tank in Gutenburg, Germany.
\ rirrnn's l)u\ Approticlies:
World W ar IIVeteran
Remembers Big War
It was by sheer luck that he was not killed
drowned, remembers Wenceslado
"Martinez about his service in the United
States Army during World War II.
Martinez served with the -Battery "C",
■list Field Artillary Battalion, of the Third
Infantry Division. He saw action in Casa
Blanca. Sicily, Salerno, Ancio, South
France, Komal Pocket in France, and
trussed the Rhine into Austria.
He was a cannoneer all the time he was in
the service, firing between 22,(XX) and 23,(XX)
rounds to the enemy with the I05MM
YioM'itzer. He lost a howitzer to a direct hit
'.it Nopoles. just before getting to Koine
A sniper had shot at him, Martinez
recalls, so he moved away. At that time the
howitzer was destroyed. If he had stayed
where he was, Martinez would have been
killed right there.
On landing at Napoles he almost drowned.
The amphibeous truck he was riding in sank
,md he took to the water. His life preserver
inflated, but lost the air right away. It was a
•stormy day and it was only his good luck
- that another truck came by and he was
saved from certain drowning, Martinez
Rio Schools Trustee
Tli" Regular Meeting of School District scheduled for Multi-purpose Center, ac-
tht Board of Trustees of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, has been cording to Jorge I. Guerra,
_Rio Grande City Con- postponed until 5 p.m. secretary.
Wsolldated Independent Monday, Nov. 10, at the
Starr County voters gave the Democrats a
near four to one victory in the General
President Jimmy Carter and Vice
President Walter Mondale received the
most votes in the presidential race. Starr
voted 4,782 for the Democrats while 1,389
voted for Republicans Ronald Reagan and
The Republicans, however, won nation-
wide and Reagan will be the next President
of the United States.
In the only county-wide contested race,
Eugenio "Gene" Falcon Jr. received 87
percent of the votes over write-in candidate
Homero Salmon in the race for Sheriff of-
Starr County. Falcon received 5,187 votes
compared to 745 for Salmon.
Another contested local race was for
County Commissioner of Precinct Three. In
that race, Democrat Norberto "Robe"
Montalvo won by a landslide over In-
dependent Leonel R. Lopez. Montalvo
received 1,387 votes and I/jpez received 218
There were two other presidential can-
didates on the ballot. Liberterians Ed
Clarke and David Koch received 32 votes
and Independents John B. Johnson and
Milton S. Eisenhower received 50 votes
In the race for U.S. Representative of the
15th Congressional District Incumbent
Democrat Kika de la Garza received 5,306
votes over challenger Republican I^ndy
McDonalds 548 votes.
In percentages, the Democrats polled just
over 78 per cent of the vote while the
Republicans carried about 22 per cent.
Democrat Buddy Temple defeated
Hepublican Hank Grover, 4,878 to 481, for
For unexpired term, railroad com-
missioner, Jim Nugent defeated Republican
Doe Blanchard, 4,884 to 453. Libertarian
David Hutzelman received 28 votes in that
In similar manner the Democrats carried
all other races.
Local Doctor Named Diplomate
Dr. Antonio Falcon of Rio Grande City,
has been named a diplomate of the
American Board of Family Practice
( ABFP) as a result of passing a certification
examination offered by the ABFP. He is
now certified in the medical specialty of
The intensive 2-day written examination
is designed to prove the candidate's ability
in the areas of internal medicine, surgery,
obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics,
psychiatry and community medicine.
To qualify for the examination a physician
must have successfully completed three
years of residency training in family
practice. There are some 382 such training
programs in teaching hospitals and
university medical centers across the
ABFP diplomates also must continue to
show proof of competence in the field of
comprehensive, continuing care of the
family by being recertified e.cry six years.
No other medical specialty requires
diplomates to prove competence on a
The latest group of diplomates brings the
total number to more than 24,000. Most
are members of the Academy of Family
Physicians, the national association of
family doctors. The Academy was the first
national M.D. group to require members to
take continuing medical study, and was
chiefly responsible for securing specialty
status for family practice.
Starr Receives Check
Starr County has received a check for
$811.43 as its 15 per cent remittance from the
State's mixed drink tax for the third
quarter, announced Bob Bullock, state
The total revenue from mixed drink taxes
in Starr County was $5,409.56.
Bullock Thursday said sales of mixed
drinks in Texas during the third quarter of
1980 pushed the yearly total during the first
nine months to more than $700 million.
Bullock said mixed drink taxes collected
during July, August and September total
$24.2 million. There were $22.1 million and
23.6 million collected during the first and
He said his office is mailing checks
totaling $7 million to 212 Texas counties and
366 cities as their share of the 10 percent
gross receipts tax on mixed drinks.
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FFA SWEETHEART-The Rio Grande
City F.F.A. held their October meeting to
elect their F.F.A. Sweetheart for the 1980-81
school year. The sweetheart for 1980-81 is
Belinda Alvarez, a junior at Rio Grande City
High School. She is the daughter of Mrs
Armandina Alvarez and the late Benito
Alvarez. The F.F.A. members congratu-
PAU Raises Academic Standards
By an overwhelming margin (187-34), the
faculty of Pan American University has
voted to upgrade the standards for all un-
dergraduates enrolling in the 1981-82
academic year at the Edinburg institution.
Dr. J.C. Nichols, president for academic
•iffairs, announced that this action con-
cluded more than two years of study and
deliberation, arid that the vote will result in
several changes in the basic requirements
all studt rits must nice* ir orde- to .suc-
cessfully obtain advanced standing ;.nd taki
upper level courses in the various major
fields offered by the university.
County Receives Contract
For Conservation Corps
A contract in the amount of $23,000 has
been awarded to Starr County by the Texas
Department of Community Affairs ITDCA).
This contract, according to Governor Bill
Clement's office, will provide conservation
oriented employment for young men and
women, ages 16 through 23, through the
Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC)
program, for the period of October I, 1980
through September 30, 1981. The Starr
County office may be contacted at Starr
County Courthouse, Rio Grande City, Texas
Sidney M. Wieser, Executive Director of
TDCA, stated that the funding for this
contract is being made possible through the
cooperation of the Texas Department of
Community Affairs, which will administer
the grant, and the U.S. Department of In-
terior and the U.S. Department of
These young people will work, earn and
learn together by doing projects which will
further the development and conservation
of the natural resources.
Additional information concerning this
contract may be obtained by contacting the
Children and Youth services Division at
TDCA in Austin.
The addition of a mathematics
requirement for all students is one of the
primary changes adopted by the facultv
vote. Pr. sent ■< qu''irntyits make it
[Kissible for students to avoid mathematics
by concentrating on foreign language and
Along with the addition of mathematics to
the general education requirements of all
students, the university has imposed the
requirement that a set of "core" courses be
completed before students may enroll in
junior and senior level courses. The core
adopted by the faculty vote consists of six
semester hours of freshman English, six
semester hours of American history, six
semester hours of government, and the
three-hour mathematics requirement.
Students who do not successfully complete
the core requirements with a 2.00 (C) grade
average by the time they have attempted 60
semester hours of college work will be
restricted to enrolling only in those courses.
Under the new policy, students must also
achieve a grade of C or better in each of the
freshman level English courses before they
will be considered to have successfully met
general education requirements.
In addition to the core courses, students
will also be required to complete 12 hours of
T rmry in b "b b g nnmrs m b~b b b rrnimrn ttiiiitnimii rrr
coursework in two of three areas, science,
mathematicsand foreign languages, as well
as siv st-nester hour. <jf sophomore
English, four semester hours of physical
education activity courses, and 12 semester
hours of free electives.
It is expected that the addition of these
new requirements will help improve the
quality of education obtained by PAU
students while allowing the university to
continue to meet its commitment to the
students of the region by maintaining an
open admissions policy at the un-
dergraduate level. Dr. Nichols also said
that concurrent with these changes was an
increased effort on the part of the university
in the areas of remedial courses, tutorial
programs, learning centers and academic
advising and counseling services.
In addition to the changes in the un-
dergraduate program, the selective ad-
missions requirements for the university's
graduate program have also been upgraded
to become effective in September 1981. Dr
Nichols suggested that ali potential
graduate students contact the admissions
office of the university for information
concerning these revised standards.
His decorations and citations name such
far-away places as Cicily, Naples-Foggia,
Hnme-Arno, Southern France, Khineland,
Algeria-French Morocco, Central Europe,
Hthold'saCroix de Guerre with Palm, the
Good Conduct Medal, FAME Campaign
Medal with eight bronze stars and with one
Born Nov. 28,1919 at El Refugio, Martinez
was inducted into the service on Dec. 10,1941.
He went to Camp Roberts, California for
basic training, and then was assigned to the
Third Infantry Division on Feb., 1942. He
served with "C" Battery throughout the
war, and has always remained in close
contact with his "war buddies" through the
Society of the Third Infantry Division.
Martinez attended the 61st annual reunion
of the Society September 4, 5, 6 and 7 at
Spokane Washington. The Society is
composed of Third Infantry Division
Veterans of WWI, WW 11, and Korea, as well
as those who served in peacetime.
Martinez is married to the former Antonia
Trevino of Los Garcias. He is now retired
and does some ranching part time.
Starr 4-H'ers Receive
Gold Star Fins
Starr County's most outstanding 4-H outstanding 4-H careers. Council Delegate for two years. In looking livestock Show. He was also a San Antonio
• members for 1980, Melissa Ann Ramirez, Melissa Ann Hami-ez has been in 4-H forward and making plans for the future, Calf Scramble winner. He plans to apply"
• Andriana Juarez, and Eddie Barrera, were work for six years. During this time she has she is considering plans to be a Speech what he has learned as he works on his!
J honored here last week at the annual South been Food Show Alternate to State, awarded Therapist. father's ranch with their livestock. I
jDistrict (12) Gold Star banquet in Edinburg. as County Fair Grand Champion in Arts and Fduardo Barrera plans to go into Other projects in which Eddie has dealt'
• Boys and girls from each of ten other Crafts, and won District in Public Speaking. Veterinarian Medicine as a result of his are l^jmb and Recreation. Eduardo, 17, is!
J counties in Texas southmost district also Fashion Revue was her most rewarding Beef Projects during the course of his eight the son of Mr & Mrs. Heberto Barrera. He*
• received Gold Star pins, symbolic of the project as she has won on the district level years of 4-H work. He has had two Grand was an exchange trip recipient, won a 4-H
I highest county 4-H honor provided by the for four years. Champion Steers at the Starr County Youth Summer Camp Scholarship and has served \
Texas Agricultural Extension Service, mi _ Fair and a Reserved and Grand Champion (,n County Council during his years as a 1
• parent organization of the huge youth "'is year she represented Starr County m his breed at
program. and District 12 at the State Dress Revue in
Selection is made by a local committee on Abilene. She feels that through this ex-
• the basis of personal development, perience, she learned onfidence and
J leadership, achievement in 4-H projects and P"15'' bV developing skills in making clothes
• activities and contributions to the over-all which were expressive of her personality
I county 4-H program. iini' 'hat promoted gracefulness, good
The guest speaker was Dr. Uel Stockard, posture and good grooming habits. She also
state agent, Texas Agricultural Extension learned that she could save a deal of money
5Service for her family. Other projects completed by
; Stockard presented Gold Star pins to the M'ss>' were Public Speaking, Foods and
honorees. Nutrition, Method Demonstrations,
Sammy Morrow, District Council Leadership and Arts & Crafts. She has been
•chairman from Cameron County, presided. both President and Vice-President of the
• Other council officers appearing on the &,M Lsidro 4-H Club and County Council
J program were Melissa Huie, Willacy Delegate. She is 15, and the daughter of Mr.
•County, John Koemel, Live Oak County; antl Mrs- Rolando Ramiie*. Broadcasting
I Jean Daughtrey, McMullen County; Penny is ,u'r career choice at the present time.
Cash, Willacy County; Orlando Munoz, Live Adnana Juarez is a 17 year old San lsidro
• Oak C ounty and Courtney English, Webb 4-H member who considers Safety her best
County. project. Adriana says she has learned so
The welcome was extended by Tyler many different ways to help people through
Russell, District Manager of the Central her 4-H Safety project Honors awarded her
Power and Light Company, San Benito include State Winner wlthher Safety Record
Jwhich sponsored the event for the 29th Book and of course with this came hei trip to
• consecutive year. National 4-H Congress in Chicago.
The luncheon, held at the Echo Motor In addition to Iter Safety Project, Adriana
•Hotel, was a cooperative effort of the Ex- has been involved in Poultry, Foods ,md
•tension Service and Central Power and Nutrition over the past three years that she
,Light Company. has been in 4-H worn. Ailriana tias
These three 4-H'ers have some very represented her local club as a County
the Rio Grande Valley member of Starr Grande 4-H Club.
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Silva, Marcelo. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 60, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 6, 1980, newspaper, November 6, 1980; Rio Grande City, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194792/m1/1/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.