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Albany News (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Albany, Texas
Aug. 3 anniversary Renews painful memories of by Elsa Turner Albany people Are remembering some with horror some with a lingering sense of disbelief their experiences of August 3, 1978, a a the Day it rained 29.03 even the most rational memory cannot dislodge the unreality of it. The drought and most people in West Texas Are conditioned to drought had been especially bad All year. The summer dryness coupled with summer heat made an almost unbearable combination. During july 1978 the town suffered under the heat of 20 consecutive Days of i of plus tempera Tures with several of those Days reaching 108 to 112 degrees. No Echo by Donnie Lucas things Are busier than Ever at the Shackelford county Hospital District. Maybe you Are already aware of the improvements and the new construction going on. But this week i though i would fill you in on the activity and explain we certain things Are being Dor just so i Cai rag i e it in my own mind. In a by caking this column into arts updating of the his ii Pacili to and the new Lime a willing. It Modt Ling. The halic and Many of the rooms Art filled with pain ers. Paper a Gers plumbers electricians and tile Lav Ere the Hospital is currently undergoing a Complete ver haul. Each room has new tile new Vinyl wallpaper and fresh paint a new Call system has been installed. Patients Are now Able to talk directly to the nurse s station when they Are in need of something. Oxygen has been piped into every room through a Central system. Previously an oxygen bottle had to be carted in when it a required the operating delivery and emergency rooms All three a e been reworked. Several other items such As new air conditioners and color to s have been installed or w ill be shortly and last but certainly not least new furniture is on order for each of the 24 rooms. Almost All of the Cost of the new electric Beds. Night stands Etc. Was taken care of by the Moncrief donation of $25,Ogu Why Why is All t his Money being spent this prob Abb is the ques Tion Many have asked them selves. The answer though not simple is Clear. Due to the condition the Hospital was in it All boiled Down to whether Albany should have a Hospital or close it up medicare which governs member hospitals required that most of the work be done or the local Hospital be certified. And without certification it would have to close. There is a definite need for a Hospital in our county and if you can t see that you Aren t being realistic in my opinion. With the acquisition of a new doctor for Albany the Hospital May operate in the Black for the first time in several years. In turn the tax rate of the Hospital can be lowered. And with the remodelling of the building and the expansion of the health care such As respiratory therapy and More advanced lab equipment for diagnosis i Hope those of you that choose not to use our local Hospital will take a second look. Clinic building. The clinic building next to the Hospital is nearly com Elete. Plans Are being made y or. Phillip of Neill to begin practice there August 13. See Echo pm. 2 night was cooler than 80 degress. And Hurricane Amelia was boil ing like a tigress off the Gulf coast. So on the morning of August 3 when the rain began to fall gently from a heavy sky with not even a gust of wind to Buffet the air everyone was very grateful and Happy. By 2 00 . The rainfall measured Between three and four inches a everyone was jubilant and still the rain fell. The Clouds rolled in and Hung Low and heavy Over the Small Valley. The rain came Down with increasing Force to a heavy constant Roar. The North prong of Hubbard Creek which winds around the Southwest part of town and has several Small tributaries crisscrossing the town became a wild and raging torrent. Houses barns Sheds cars trucks and everything else in the flood Plain began to move with the Waters. About 200 people lived in the flood Plain. Most of them were at Home with the doors closed unaware that the water had become a sudden threat to their lives. But Joe Williams Wasny to in his House. He went in and out Wash ing the rain checking the water his wife Josephine came in from work. They ate supper then Joe started out to recheck to rising water Josephine with him. And found to his dismay that he get to his car a Young neighbor son of l. D Latimer across the Street came Over. A a dad la take you out in his pickup a he told Joe. A the just took my Mother and the kids Over to my by this time the water was running four feet deep in the Street in front of Joe Wil hams Home he said. . Took us to Richard Kings Jose Phineas lathe where we spent the Joe concluded. A we were marooned on a tiny Island there just the Richard King and the Clifford King houses on it in the meantime Latimer and Many others pitted their wits against the Force of the flood. He returned to the flood Plain to evacuate others hoping to help those who needed him and almost lost his life and that of his son Larry Don in the process. With the help of a Cable stretched from tree to tree by Joe Jones Jim Graham and others Latimer did his Best to Rescue those about him in distress. In the end he spent the remainder of the night in his House which did not Wash away. His son Larry Don spent the night clinging to a Pecan tree along with others. Soon after the alarm was spread by Telephone cd radio Short wave and television help began to pour into Albany from All sides. Rescue teams of the nato j guard Dyess air Force a e red Cross and Many other organizations brought manpower equipment and food. Tho Williams family and the Latimer family Are Only two out of hundreds who went through the flood. Their Story however is somewhat the same except that som lost love i ones. Albany has had foe floods in its 105-year history. The flood worst in toll the dam at then flood w0t0 with y ear it i pen s by w to or face com min thai f 1941 was the o lives lost when Lake Diller broke n 1953 and 1961, two lesser a ised by heavy rainfall lightening experiences but to Ali ties. The flood of one ill so fresh in the a nose who experienced Ort of thing that Hap hut it did. No one e those who saw it. In Roost 30 inches in i exits in one one y a later. Albany Turgel restored. Only a in Nesses or Homes remain it established. Some will fully recover from their i loss and signs from the in will remain on the the and for Many years to tut All of Albany is of one it Ane thing they Are ii for w hat they do have on 3, 1979. Jar opening. Albany chamber of Commerce president Johnny Heady left congratulates Troy Daniel right vice president in charge of retail operations and local store manager Lim Daniel after the official ribbon cutting wednesday morning August i signalled the opening of the new 14,000 Square foot Job supermarket in Albany. Grand opening plans Are tentatively scheduled for next week. Staff photo workers ready local Arena for Rodeo August 10-11 cd a a Quot a. Se.-. Rizw. I plans for the pleasure riders Rodeo on tap for Augustio la Are going Well according to Anita Henry who is filling in at Ayers Dozer for Ruby Yergin on vacation. A a we re beginning to get entries a she announced a mostly from out of a working Crew has been mowing cleaning and getting the Arena in Good shape she said add ing that a this rain Shower should two Young lady enthusiast v a a in said in Ahrn p one year ago. The path of cutting raging flood Waters in he nor prong of the Hubbard is 1 one year ago August 4, 1978 after the Dev rating deluge receded i he a Homes automobiles trucks tank batteries and any other moveable Objet lives in the process. Photo taken d destroyed taking nine staff photo we i we sign St Jour thursday August 2 1979, Albany Texas 76430 volume number 104 number 6 a pr1\.� <5 ribbon cutting wednesday opens new Job supermarket the new 14,000 Square part ment managers mar voting All of the citizen of Lions for a grand opening foot Job supermarket Ket manager Wade my Shackelford count my Celebration tentatively was opened yesterday at Rick non food manager he surrounding area to a ribbon cutting Cere Kim Anderson and pro come in Mony at 8 00 . With Duce manager Janies a store. And local new. Store officials Are cur Hope to have something Daniel concluded a in gently making prepare for everyone he said. And View the new scheduled to begin thursday August 9, according to the local manager. A we arts Lisa Henry and Vickie har gis. Are taking donations for prize Belt buckles. A the boys and girls Are really enjoying practising in the Arena a mrs. Henry reported. A they meet on tuesday and thursday evenings and ride rope race barrels and so there Are always a few spectators mrs. Henry said. Entry Blanks Are obtained at Ayers Dozer or by writing Billy Ayers Box 391, Albany Texas 76430. Both Job chamber of Commerce officials present. Troy Daniel vice presi Dent in charge of retail operators Cut the ribbon opening the facility to Albany shoppers. The new store is stocked with Over 11,000 items compared to 4.000 previous uttered at the old location. The biggest change according to local manager Jim Daniel is the addition of a House hold goods department. A we now have a Good selections of hardware sports clothing Small Home appliances and a sewing Center a explained Daniel. The Frozen food and produce departments As Well As other selections have been doubled in size to offer the customer a larger variety said store officials. Job supermarkets Are headquartered in Brown Wood Texas where the founder of the Chain j. R. Beadel opened his first store in 194>. Today the Chain has 28 supermarkets throughout West Texas. Troy Daniel in discuss ing the reason for the new store commented a a we be been Here in Albany for three years and Albany has been Good to us. So we in turn wanted to provide Albany with the Best store anywhere. A there might be bigger stores in the area but there Isnit a More Complete store to be found a he said. Six new employees have been added to the current workers with the following named As de local school terms to begin after labor Day weekend Albany Public schools will open the 1979 so term on tuesday september 4, announced Harry e. Holder superintendent. A we Are pleased with the Date a he admitted Quot and we Are looking Forward to what promises to be the Best year most of the staff has been hired and will be announced at a later Date he said. A teacher in service dates have been set for August 27-30. Well get that and labor Day week end behind us before we Gene Williams Prince pal at Nancy Smith elementary said that he is looking at the Date of August 20 for registration a but that will be affirmed later. He said that the preregistration of kindergarteners last Spring reflects no marked increase however the May be a slight upward trend. He expects the elementary total to he 335-340. Quot maybe athletic director Ken Hill announces that foot Ball candidates will be is a a shoes on wednes Agust 8 workout v. Auk sue a ians ii i or i w or the e High a Ward he blueprint Vith two a to begin St 13 and weeks. New build school Are very Well be mailed n to the architects today w Ith a few changes indicated by some of the faculty a a he stated monday. Joe b. Matthews watering trough to be dedicated saturday aug. 4 the Joe b. Matthews memorial watering trough at the ranching heritage Center of the museum of Texas tech University w ill be formally dedicated saturday August 4 during Cere monies in Lubbock. The watering trough whose theme was chosen by the late Joe b. Mat thews of Albany and financed by the Matthews family was named in his Honor after his death in 1977 at the age of 94. Matthews chose the watering trough project because of his recognition of the significance of water to the rancher. The site was landscaped at his request by three Hackberry Trees and placed near the Reynolds Gentry barn also Shack Elford county connected at the Center. Matthews was his grandfathers namesake and a third generation member of the Matthews and Reynolds families who came to the Albany area in the late 1860s. He was born sep tember 12, 1882, the. Third child of John Alexander Matthews and Sallie Ann Reynolds. During the civil War Reynolds and Matthews families lived in a civilian fort fort Davis. In Stephens county after the w a ended the Barber Watkins Raynolds family settled in a Bend of the Clear Ford River where Sallie Reynolds and John Matthews were married in 1876. Matthews grew up in this area. He attended school on the ranch and later attended Reynolds presbyterian Academy and College in Albany a school named for his Grandfather b. F. Reynolds. See Matthews pm. 2
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