The Pharr Press (Pharr, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 5, 1977 Page: 2 of 11
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THE PHARR PRESS, PHARR (HIDALGO COUNTY), TEXAS
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1977
THE PHARR PRESS
Established February 20, 1931
Second Class Postage Paid at
Pharr. Texas 78577
Lloyd H. Glove):, Editor-Publisher
Office: 203 So. Cage, Pharr Texas
Published each Thursday morning
at Pharr, Hidalgo County, in the
Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
$4.00 Per Year In County - $4:50
per year outside of Co.
10 — 20 — 30 — 50
From the Files of
The Pharr Press
Rio Grande Valley Sun
10 Years Ago—-May 4, 1967
Valley bank deposits hit a record
high with the April 25th bank gall
with a total of $273 million on deposit,
an increase of $30 million over the
the same call of 1966. The Security
State Bank, Pharr, had deposits of
$7,575,000, an increase of $1,170,000
over the previous year.
* + *
John Pavlica, long time Dist.
Mgr. for the RGV Gas Co. at Pharr-
San Juan-Alamo, has been promoted
td division mgr. of the company’s
western division with headquarters
at McAllen. J. C. Patrick, who has
been ass’t. mgr. of the company’s
. eastern division in Brownsville, will
replace Pavlica here at . Pharr.
Patrick is a long time employee
of the company joining when the
lines were first laid in Port Isabel.
Since 1958, he has been in the
Brownsville office as ass’t. mgr.
* * #
l The PSJA School Dist. will sell
$1.6 million of its recently voted
bond issue. Before the bonds are
sold, the School Dist. will send a
delegation to New York City to
l contact the bond rating firms in
an effort to improve the bond rating
* ’ of the district.
The Pharr Rifle Gub elected C. Co.
W. Williamson as president; Sam
Dramisino first vice president; Ken-
ith Click second vice pres.; Lloyd
H. Glover, sec.-treas.; Melvin
Thompson, ass’t. sec.-treas.; Dwight
Robertson, eXce. officer and Otto
Coffey instructor at the annual
election of offcers.
« • •
Walter Brant, mgr. of the Hidalgo
Co. Water Dist. No. 2, gave a thumb
nail sketch of the water situation
in the Valley and outlined the opin-
ion on the water judgment suit and
what it will mean to the Valley at
the April 27th meeting of the Pharr
Bruce Kolberg will be PSJA’S only
competitior in the state 4-A track
and field meet in Austin May 5-6.
He will compete in the pole vault.
He placed 2nd in the Regional meet
with a vault of 13-2, to qualify.
m * •
Joseph Raymond Beck, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Beck, is a
candidate for a degree in science
in aerospace engineering at Texas
A & M University in the spring com-
* • *
20 Years Ago—May 3, 1957
Mrs. Chas. (Elena Wiley) Lantz,
89, passed away at the home of her
niece, Mrs. Verna Hansen, April
25th, after an illness of about a
month. Funeral services were held
April 27th with Rev. Robert Hinkel-
man, pastor of the Pharr Methodist
Church, officiating. ‘Aunt Nell,” as
she was known by her many friends,
had lived at the corner of South
Athol and East Cherokee for 18
years, coming here from Pennsy-
* * •
Pulliam’s Central Drug Store is
having its grand opening at its new
location, 301 South Cage. It is a
Walgreen drug store. Owners are
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pulliam.
* * *
A controversy over a raise in
salary for an assistant coach at
PSJA, Alton Slayton, .was settled
this week to the satisfaction of all
the board members and the‘incident
is closed. Head Coach Doug Cooke
and Alton Slayton appeared before
the board in closed session and
every board member was satisfied.
Slayton received a $250 a year
raise, for a total of ‘$1,000 extra for
* * *
The heaviest rains in the Valley
in some time brought two to six
inches of rainfall to every area.
This was heaviest rain since 1954.
Pharr had 4.16 inches with 4.6
inches in Starr Co. at Delmita.
Heaviest was around Edcouch with
six inches causing flooding.
* * *
Har dest of the cantaloupe crop
will be delayed one week or more
because of the heavy rains over ah
the growing area. First shipments
had been made from Rio Grande
City this week by McBride Produce
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/VdiHiorta. i theater 'send: business folocjj
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FIRST THEATRE IN PHARR—Few people now living in Pharr or this area will recognize this
picture. This theatre was built by W. E. Cage on or about 1915 in the first or second block
of West Park. This theatre and other buildings in the block later burned in a big fire a few
year later that destroyed several buildings in the block, including a lumber yard.
I—Picture furnished by Mrs. Verna Hansen.
Jack Ross, the former Hidalgo Co.
D. A., is now the chairman of the
board of the state board of pardons.
He was “written up” in a recent
feature in the Dallas News.
• • *
Mr. and Mrs. Fremont Muecke
have returned from a two months’
foreign trip with four weeks spent
in Africa, and the remainder in
various European cities.
FOR 17-27 YEAR OLDS. WE
OFFER GUARANTEED TRAIN-
ING. GOOD PAY, 30 DAYS
VACATION, & ENROLLMENT
IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY
COLLEGE OF THE AIR FORCE.
S/Sgt. Vic Sabala
El Centro Mall
LEARN AND EARN
Hidalgo Co. 4-H students won ten
first in district 12 competition last
week. Among the local winners
were Ruffin Cooper, Jr., 1st in
Share the Fun; Jimmy Steele, Roy
Netz, grass identification; Mike
Steele, Cullen Looney, grass identi-
fication, Jr. division.
• * *
Janice Snowden, sophomore at
TSCW, Denton, was elected historian
of the Student Council of Religious
Activities for the next year.
* * *
30 Years Ago—May 2, 1947
Charles E. Curtis was elected the
commander of the 15th District of
Texas, American Legion, at the an-
nual spring convention held in
Laredo last week-end. He is the
first Pharr Legionnaire to ever be
elected to this high post.
* * *
A campaign to improve all the
traffic conditions around all the
public schools and to alleviate all
the hazards to school children as
Radio and Television repairing and
sales We service all makes color and
Black and White Located 1V2 miles
North on 281 next to A. B. C. Storage,
SEE OUR COLLECTION OF NICE
GIFT CERAMICS. SPRING COLORS
MILK — $1.79 Gal. — Vs Gal. 89*
NEW CROP TOMATOES
"THE COLDEST BEER IN TOWN"
We Always Satisfy Our Customers
DON’S SHOP & GO
405 West Highway — Pharr
OPEN 5 A.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO PLEASE OUR CUSTOMERS
possible was started by a special
safety committee of the Pharr
Kiwanis Gub. Program will include
placement of safety sallies, warn-
ing signs, speed limit signs, in-
stallation of a blinker light at the
H. S., and strict enforcement of
speed limits around schools when
children are present.
* * *
Repaving of North Cage and ex-
tension to an 80-foot width with a
concrete gutter on each side will
start in 30 days with E. B. Darby
& Co! the contractor, announces the
Texas Highway Dept. Contract is
* * *
A total of 231 dogs were vaccin-
ated in Pharr last week in a rabies
drive sponsored by the city and
many of the service clubs.
* * *
The Pharr Kiwanis Gub contri-
buted $250 for welfare work in
Texas City where disaster struck.
The money was sent to the Texas
City Kiwanis Club to be spent as
they see fit.
* * *
A bill on the d e s k of Governor
Buford Jester would change the
deer seasons in Hidalgo* Cameron
and Wjllacy Counties. T» new sea--
son would be from Dec. ^st through
January 15th, two weeks later than
what has been in effect for so many
years. It is expected to be signed
by the Governor.
• * •
The remodeling of the two story
Sam Pearson bldg, on West Park
has been completed with the up-
stairs divided into four office
spaces. Attorney J. D. Vollmer, for-
merly of San Antonio, will occupy
one of the offices.
.• • •
50 Years Ago—-April 26, 1927
From Files of Rio Grande Valley
Quail are plentiful in the western
section of Hidalgo Co., according to
Deputy Game Comm. Chas. G.
Jones. Hunting parties returning
from Mexico with an abundance of
game are reported numerous at
Hidalgo and McAllen. Johes said he
was seeking a special commissioner
at Hidalgo to take care of permits.
• ♦ *
Changes are being made in the
M Allen Monitor. T. J. Howarth re-
tires as editor and manager and
Messrs. Elzy and Leonard of the
Mission Enterprise will take the
position left vacant.
• • •
Work on the lines of the Valley
Gas Co. will be started soon and
we will be able to have gas for
the people of the Valley by October
of this year, according to P. H.
De Jordan, engineer for the Hope
Engineering Co., who has the con-
tract to lay the main lines.
• * * •
The sound of the auctioneer’s
gavel will be heard on the military
road April 27th when the new town
of Ansley will be sold. To reach
Ansley from Pharr, go due south
until you reach the railroad and then
one mile east. Auctioneer will be
Col. Rufus J. Lackland, Weslaco.
• * •
A history of Hidalgo Co. contain-
ing a half a page appeared in the
April 26th issue, dating back to the
time the county was incorporated
on August 7th, 1852. One paragraph
read as follows: “In 1884, John Mc-
Allen, then county judge, walked
into the court room with the scalps
of 14 coyotes, and 11 wildcats,
killed by a young Mexican residing
near the county seat. Apparently a
reward for scalps was offered for
Mr. McAllen was given script to
the amount of $12.50 to be given
to the hunter.”
* * *
April 29, 1927
Pharr raised a total of $550 for
the Red Cross flood suffers fund.
Payments from more than a 100
local residents and businesses was
listed and varied from a high of
$25 to a low of 50c. The County had
a quota of $1,000.
* * *
A survey shows that Pharr, the
Meets every Thursday
8:00 P. M. — 208 S. Cage
Frank Escobar, President
Hershgt H. Hanshaw, Secretary
AMERICAN LEGION F
Post No. 101
Meets 1st, 3rd Mon.
Leg. Bldg., 417 S. Cage
PHARR LIONS CLUB
Meets 1st,' 3rd Tuesdays
JOSE ADAN FARIAS, Sec.-Treas.
PHARR ROTARY CLUB
Meets Every Tuesday, 12:05 P.M.
ROY ABREGO, SR.
Meet Every Wednesday at
Pharr Civic Center
at 8 P.M.
Ruben Tijerina, President
Robert Navarro, Secretary
AD Young Men Welcome
No. 1227 A.F.&A.M.
Meets Every First and Third
Tuesday, 8:00 P.M. at Lodge Hall
William Roberts, W.M.
James Davis, Jr., S. W.
Edwin Smith, J.W.
A. B. Fields, Sec.
Visiting brethren are cordially
Hub City, has an estimated popul-
ation at this time of 3,500.
* * *
The Pharr Kiwanis Gub baseball
team challenged the Edinburg
Kiwanis team to a benefit game,
with all proceeds going to the flood
sufferers in the Mississippi Valley.
• * *
A big May day fete will be pre-
sented at the High School, with
several hundred students partici-
pating. Here are a few that have
been assigned: Ladies in wating—
Ila Marie Hinds, Imogene Hold-
ridge, Ruth Bell, Porter Louise Al-
corn, Helen McKinney. Fools of
court: Ralph Beck, Harlin Doty,
Kenneth McNeil and Carl Eby. Her-
alds will be: Frank Giuoco, Billy
Hogan, Victor Kormier, Murray
Hensley, Edward Martin, Cecil
White and Leonard Warden.
You can never tell when a little
careful driving will save your life
on the highways.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AT P-SJ-A—Shown above is a
portion- of the bookkeeping class held through the Com-
munity Education program at PSJA. Plans are now underway
for summer evening classes, but right now you can register
for slimnastics, beef production, lawn care, landscaping, and
growing begonias. You may also register for a defensive
driving course which could save you a 10% discount on your
insurance. Call or visit Santiago Alanis at 787-5518 — 806
East Highway 83 — Pharr.
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