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2014-01-16

- Courier's History Corner -

Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

A story from The Bandera New Era
Nov. 1, 1934
Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

PROGRESS ON OBSERVATORY
Work on the McDonald Observatory at Mount Locke, near Fort Davis, is proceeding rapidly, WW Dornberger, acting supervising archtect, has announced.
The steel frame for the dome and the first of several residences have been completed. Dr. Franklin Roach, formerly of the Perkins Observatory, Ohio Wesleyan College, will occupy the cottage temporarily.
When completed, the dome will be 60 feet in diameter and will house an 80-inch telescope now being made. This telescope will be ready for use in December, 1935, it is estimated.
The observatory is being built with money bequeathed by the late WJ McDonald, banker of Paris, to the University of Texas.

ARMISTICE DAY CELEBRATION
One of the biggest celebrations ever to be held at Hondo will be the Armistice Day Celebration there on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Medina County Fair Grounds.
A free barbecue with bread, pickles, and coffee will be served from 11 to 1. Everybody is requested to bring their own cup for the coffee.
In the afternoon there will be public speaking, horse races, goat roping and greased pig catching contests.
At night the Tune Wranglers, who play over Radio Station KTSA daily, will play for a dance for young and old at the Fair Grounds Hall.
Keeno, ice cream, hamburger and cold drink stands will be open day and night.
There will be no admittance charge at the gate and only a 15 cent charge for the grandstand.

MRS JESSE LAXSON
Mrs. TA Laxson of this city received a telegram announcing the death of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jesse Jackson, which occurred at Beaumont last Friday morning. Friends of the family here deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones.
Mrs. Laxson is survived by her husband, Jesse Laxson, and six children, three sons and three daughters.

Old Bill Snafflebit of Bugscuffle tells us about a man who said he'd rather read the Bandera New Era than any other newspaper published in this region, and that he intends to subscribe for it when his neighbor moves off. The neighbor is a regular subscriber and cheerfully loans his copy each week...Snafflebit wants to know how we can furnish a newspaper to two or more families so cheaply.