NEWS GLEANED FROM
THE ELGIN COURIER
- April 1936:
this news is not as old as we normally feature, 1936 is the oldest that is not
in storage. As it turns out, 1936 was the year of the Texas Centennial and many
items reflected this fact.
A. Walling, who lives at the intersection of Hwy 95 and 20, requests that stop
signs be installed here before there is a loss of life. "Small accidents
are almost a daily occurrence", says Mr. Walling. "These accidents are
largely by cars driven by local people who drive recklessly fast coming in on
the concrete." This brings us also to the gross disregard that many people
show for the stop signs downtown. Jay walking has also become a habit with many
of us and this too will be dangerous when the tourists are coming thru [sic].
was saddened to learn this morning that "Uncle" Pat Sowell passed away
at 6 a.m. at the Confederate Hospital in Austin. Mr. Sowell was 91 and the last
remaining Confederate veteran residing in Elgin.
Knowles, 25, of Tallahassee, Alabama. (That’s what it said) died in a Taylor hospital
from a crushed head received when a heavy boxcar door slammed shut while the train
was being switched. It is believed that he was looking out the door of the car
when the accident occurred.
Old newspapers for sale. The Courier has a large quantity of newspaper suitable
to cover pantry shelves, wrapping clothes to put away, etc. A great big bundle
for 5 cents. As long as they last.
2 – LICENSELESS DRIVING ENDED YESTERDAY
enforcement of driver’s license law began April First. (This article was for real,
however one questions the wisdom of the date).
serialized story; The Last of the Pagans, ran it’s final installment this week.
The serial that replaced it was entitled: Wife vs. Secretary. Playing at the movies
was The Gorgeous Hussy with Joan Crawford and Love Begins at 20.
COLDEST BEER IN TOWN- THREE KEGS ON TAP AT ALL TIME
PRIZE – PEARL MAGNOLIA – MONTE CARLO
MARKET AND GROCERY
exhibit at the Texas Centennial Exhibition is BIG JIM, the world’s largest steer.
3,100 pounds, Jim was raised by the late Will Rogers, who donated the steer to
the Salvation Army’s Boy and Girls home in Lytton, California.
BABY CHICKS AND CUSTOM HATCHING
am setting my incubator each Monday and Thursday.
Flock owners of purebred
chickens; see me before selling your eggs.
each week in the Courier, were the school newspapers of Manor and Elgin High Schools.
This may have been done as a money saving plan during the depression, but it had
the added benefit of letting the parents know what was happening in school.
drawback was the teasing a student got from his/her peers (half the paper was
devoted to this) would now become community-wide teasing.
of the features was Senior Observation Post, which provided observations and advice
on and to seniors. Example:
McDavid Characteristic: Lady in Blue
most: to gain weight
to live in San Antonio
included watching cars on the highway, removing dogs from under houses, and eating
pecans. Ambitions were: to get out of school, to become a radio announcer, or
a detective, and my favorite: to be an apple vendor.
THE O. HENRY GARAGE 110 E. 8th Street Austin. 3 hours 15 cents – all
Elginites always park when in the Capital".
contest for best essay was held in honor of the Centennial. Suggested topics were:
Sidney Johnson, the Great Texan, The Alamo, Spanish Missions, Confederate Officers
that joined Maximillian’s Army after 1965, and The Suffering of Texas Under Radical
large advertisement for The Texas Centennial Extravaganza in Dallas shows none
other than Billy Rose as the Director General. Also featured was the famous fan
dancer Sally Rand. Not pulling any punches, the text reads: If you want education
go elsewhere, if you want Entertainment, come here. It could be argued that Sally
Rand’s performance was educational, but we won’t get into that.
concludes this installment of Old News, we now return you to the present and the
mayhem and violence of your newspaper.
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