This week, The Citizen travels back in time 55 years to February of 1958 when Buddy Holly was turning the music world on its head with his Rock and Roll music.
In 1958, President Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower was serving in his second term as President of the United States. During that year, President Eisenhower sent 15,000 United States troops to Lebanon to prevent the pro-Western government from falling to a Nasser-inspired revolution. Near the end of his second Presidential term, President Eisenhower’s efforts to set up a summit meeting with the Soviets collapsed because of the U-2 incident when an American spy plane was shot down over Russia and its pilot captured.
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly, native Texan who was born in Lubbock, continued to be on the rise of music superstardom, releasing his second album, self-titled, “Buddy Holly” in February 1958. The album included such hits as “Everyday” and “Words of Love” as well as the phenomenal hit, “Peggy Sue” which went on to rise to Number 3 on the Billboard Pop Singles
Publishers of The Colorado County Citizen in February of 1958 were Truman and Elizabeth McMahan.
Found on the front page of the Feb. 6, 1958 edition of The Citizen was an article informing readers that Texas Governor Price Daniel was scheduled to deliver the Principal Address at the Columbus FFA Parent-Son Banquet April 7 in Memorial Hall, according to FFA Advisor Herbert Schroeder.
The article included that Columbus FFA students honor their parents and invited special guests at the annual banquet. The article also read, “Topic of Gov. Daniel’s address is not known. He spoke in Columbus while he was Texas attorney general, but will be the first governor to speak here in many years.”
In other news on the front page, Columbus was scheduled to host the 8th Annual Spring Sale of the Gulf Coast Hereford Breeders Association at the FFA Show Grounds in Memorial Park. GCHBA members and consignors were scheduled to arrive on Feb. 6 and were scheduled to dine on a steak dinner at Dennis Catering Hall.
The article read that the 60 head of purebred Herefords were to be judged at 9 a.m. on Feb. 7 and that the auction would begin at 1 p.m. at, “the bang of Auctioneer Walter Britten’s gavel.” Britten was reported to have been the auctioneer for each since the first one back in Memorial Hall in 1951. Since that time, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, according to the article, had erected a barn at the FFA Grounds so that shows and sales could take place rain or shine. The article informed readers that Columbus State Bank was giving awards to owners of the best of the 47 bulls entered in GCHBA sale and the owner of the best 43 female Herefords. Herefords from eight Colorado County ranches are among the 60 being offered for sale.
Also found in Feb. 6 edition of The Citizen from 1958 was an article informing readers that the Colorado County Bar Association’s Annual Banquet was set for Feb. 18 at Marvin’s in Altair. At a bar meeting following calling of the civil docket by District Judge Lester Holt on Monday, Feb. 3, Bar Association President John Hancher named O.P. Moore Jr. and Ed Simpson to arrange for the dinner. Hancher was assigned to obtain a speaker. Attorneys Gus Miller and Charles D. Rutta were named on a committee, according to the article, to draw up a resolution memorializing the late Joseph V. Frnka, a Bar Association member who died the previous week.
In other news, names of new officers of the Columbus Garden Club were announced at their most recent meeting, as reported in the pages of The Citizen. Mrs. Ernest Baumgart Jr. was named the new President. Other new officers named during the meeting included: Mrs. C.A. Baer, vice president; Mrs. Clarence Fowler, recording secretary; Mrs. Warren Simmons, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Lester Potter, reporter; Mrs. Charles Redus, treasurer; and Mrs. Carl Mattern, librarian. The article read that the above mentioned were to assume their duties at the beginning of the new season in September. Reported as present officers of the club, according to the article, were Mrs. E.E. Irwin, president; Mrs. Baer, vice president; Mrs. John Mattern, recording secretary; Mrs. Charles Klein, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Doyle Moore, reporter; Mrs. Kirby Etheridge, treasurer; and Mrs. Mattern, librarian.
An article found in the Feb. 6, 1958 edition of The Citizen included that Glenn Ray Weishuhn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Weishuhn of the Zimmerscheidt community, was honored with a birthday party by his mother on his fourth birthday on Jan. 28, in the assembly room at the Lutheran Church in Frelsburg. According to the article, “games were played and Valentines with heart shaped suckers were given as favors. The cake was white, baked by his mother and decorated with the inscription, ‘Happy Birthday, Cowboy’ and four pink candles.” Refreshments were served which included birthday cake, sandwiches, pickles, potato chips, Ritz crackers, cookies, ice cream and punch. Reported to have attended the birthday party were Linda Cloat, David Kautz, Helen Weishuhn, Bobby Lynn Weige, Annette Warschak, Gregory Venghaus, Loreta Warschak, the two grandmothers of the honored guest, Mrs. Frank Weishuhn and Mrs. A.J. Aschenbeck, as well as Mrs. Leroy Weishuhn, Mrs. Herbert Aschenbeck, Mrs. Jesse Welge, Mrs. Arthur Kautz, Mrs. Dean Venghaus, Mrs. Delmo Warschak, Mrs. Jack Cloat and Mrs. Clarence Warschak.
Announced in The Citizen was that the Mardi Gras Carnival was set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Veterans Community Center in Weimar with a Fried Chicken Supper beginning at 4 p.m. to take place indoors “Rain or Shine.” Meal tickets for adults were $1 and meal tickets for children were 50 cents. The event was sponsored by Weimar K. of C. Council.
A Turkey and Fryer Shoot was scheduled to take place at John’s Oasis, three miles south of Columbus off of Highway 71 on Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. The advertisement for the event found in The Citizen informed readers to, “Bring your gun and shells.”
A bake sale sponsored by St. Anthony’s Altar Society was set to take place on Sat. Feb. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. in Columbus in front of Winn’s Store.
Garwood Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Benefit Dance was announced to be taking place at the Nada K.J.T. Hall on Thursday, Feb. 13 with music by the Jurecka Orchestra. Those planning on attending were asked to provide a donation. A dance was also announced in The Citizen to be taking place at Waco’s Place in Alleyton on Saturday, Feb. 8 with music by Jax Rhythm Aces.
Also advertised in the pages of The Citizen was, “Planning to build or remodel? Let us finish your floors for you! Carpets, floor tile, linoleum…complete installation service…Weldon Neuendorff, Columbus Floor Company, Farm Road 109.”
Moviegoers could go see Ann Blyth and Paul Newman in “The Helen Morgan Story” at the Oaks Theater in Columbus on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Check upcoming editions of The Citizen for the next installment of “Looking Back.”