And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
According to The Radio Post issue from October 26, 1972 using 1970 statistics Gillespie County had an estimated total of 1575 farms with an average acreage of 435 acres to the farm, 1450 farm owners and about 15 farm tenants. The 1956-57 Almanac report 1,356 farms.The 1970 Almanac said that Gillespie County derived 90 percent of its income from cattle, sheet, goats, hugs, poultry; goats were decreasing, hogs and turkey were increasing.
MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY: Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Have you visited the San Antonio zoo lately? It reaches its centennial mark this year and in celebration the zoo has unveiled its Zootennial Plaza. The plaza, designed to provide a gathering area for both casual and special occasions, features a restaurant and a dazzling, custom-designed carousel. Last year the added a two-headed turtle. A schedule of the zoo’s encounters can be found on the zoo map and brochure or the website: http://www.sazoo.org.
To help meet the needs of an individual with a disability the bathroom should have non-slip floors, grab bars, lowered or tiled mirror and roll-under vanity top.
May 6, 1942: Japanese captured Corregidor. General Wainwright surrendered all US and Filipino forces in the Philippines.
Every month Texas Highways lists 4 of the top 40 travel destinations in Texas. Kerrville made number 23 with readers citing the rolling hills, Guadalupe River and outdoor opportunities. Where do you think Fredericksburg will be?
In The Radio Post issue from October 26, 1972 the agriculture and livestock produced $12 to $13 million. Sheep were credited with 120,000 breeding age ewes and a lamb crop of 96,000. As of January 1, 2010 Gillespie County had 38,800 sheep. IN 1972 there were 30,000 cows in the county. Beef cows in 2010 were 39,000. IN 1972 turkeys represented a large segment of agricultural income. In fact the Gillespie-Blanco county area composed the largest area of independent growers in the US. Today there are very few turkey farms.
Have you visited Fredericksburg’s fine art galleries on Frist Friday Art Walk? You are missing seeing the finest in regional, national and international art in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting if you haven’t. Each gallery serves local wines and some offer entertainment. For more information see: http://www.FFAWF.com.
Close to home is a great attraction for adults and children alike.The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic site’s Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm in Stonewall is a German Farmstead in action just as it was for early 1900s settlers. You can see them making soap, feeding the animals and many other day to day activities done in the early days.