September 16: Looking Back
14 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 2006
The United States was two-and-a-half years into the Iraq War. The top-rated United States television program was American Idol, followed closely by Dancing With the Stars. YouTube.com was in its first year of existence, and palm pilots were still a thing.
Lake Granbury Medical Center was awarded, “high marks for its accountability procedures with heart and pneumonia patients by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” LGMC director Joan Tracy said they were working hard to cover the multitude of bases.
Staff writer Denise Morris wrote about 10,000 bikers coming to Granbury for Thunder over Texas 2006, a Labor Day weekend festival for Christian motorcyclists. “We had visitors here from 32 states, and foreign countries as far away as Croatia and Australia,” CVB Director Charlie McIlvain said. The event generated $104,000 in sales tax for the city.
49 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1971
Six Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested in connection with bombing 10 school buses, Nixon was three years away from resigning and the number one song on the chart was “Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond.
Hood County was gearing up for Granbury’s Centennial Parade, projected to be, “one of the largest ever.” Chamber of Commerce secretary Eva Cathey said there were float entries from 20 businesses, 11 clubs and 18 individuals. Mrs. Ray Ratliff and daughter, Dena, graced the front page in their homemade centennial costumes for the costume contest.
A school budget of $1,831,916 was approved with over 1 million going toward the construction of a new high school. The budget increased because enrollment was growing and new programs were being introduced.
Not all schools reaped the benefit of the new funds. “The board did not accept the bids offered for the colored school building,” the Hood County News wrote. “They approved adding 12 new lights to the football field lighting, if the present facilities will handle the additional lights.”
92 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1928
The Okeechobee hurricane made landfall in southern Florida, killing as estimated 2,500 people in the United States, and Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming had just discovered penicillin while studying influenza.
On the front page of The Granbury News was the “Purely Personal” section, where they reported on their residents with sentences like, “Roy Simmons of the First National Bank at Lipan was in the city on business Friday,” and “Mrs. Edwin Gaston was considered somewhat better as to the latest report from the hospital.”
Farmers were, “taking advantage of the fine weather to rush their corn planting,” and Little James Thomas Petty of Lipan, “had the misfortune of getting his arm broken Thursday by a fall from a horse.