Whatever Happened to

What ever happened to....?

20 YEARS AGO

(2001)

-- George Bailey, played by Thomas Bone, and Uncle Billy, played by Mark Henson, were rehearsing a scene of "It's a Wonderful Life,” that was being presented by the Gatesville Civic Theatre Association and the Gatesville High School Theatre Department.

-- Members of the Gatesville High School Class of 1961 met for their 40-year reunion. Two former faculty members joined the group: Robert Powell, who taught the students in sixth grade, and Al Langford, who was the head football coach.

-- Duane Galligher, an aide to State Representative Sid Miller, was the guest speaker at a quarterly luncheon sponsored by the Gatesville Chamber of Commerce.

--Richard Mackay and Homer Davis were in charge of updating the donation board for the Food for Families drive. When the drive ended, 144,320 pounds worth of food had been collected.

-- Violet Badger and Katie Webb earned high honors in separate choir competitions at Midway High School. Badger advanced to the area round of the Texas Music Educator Association All-State Choir competition, while Webb was named to the Ninth and Tenth Grade All-Region Choir.

-- Coryell County Sheriff Roger Faught hosted a blood spatter class at the Texas Army National Guard Armory. The class was taught by one of only a handful of blood spatter instructors in the state.

30 YEARS AGO

(1991)

-- Kim Gilbert, owner of "A Glamorous You" Hair and Nail Salon, conducted a grand opening with a ribbon cutting conducted by the Gatesville Chamber of Commerce and Agribusiness.

-- Mrs. Martha Williams was honored with a surprise birthday lunch at J.D.'s Restaurant. She was born Nov. 9, 1904, in Lampasas County. Mrs. Williams' children, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild were hosts for the lunch, along with the traditional balloons and cake.

-- Gwen Plentl, daughter of Ms. Kathy Plentl of Gatesville, had been selected as a finalist in the 1992 South Texas National Teenager Scholarship Pageant to be held in San Antonio.

-- First Baptist Academy recently observed Children's Book Week with guest storytellers including Ann Bates, Laura White, Dr. Jay Riley, Pat Aslin, Nina Davidson, Bill Donaldson, Dr. Tommy Davidson, and Miss Jo Lee.

-- Janelle Heiner of Gatesville shot a 10-point buck on opening day of the regular deer hunting season. Heiner landed the 125-pound buck on the Heiner Ranch near Leon Junction.

-- Tara Gellasch, freshman student at McLennan Community College and a 1990 graduate of Gatesville High School, was awarded a Distinguished Spirit of America Medal at the Fifth Annual Spirit of America Awards banquet held in Waco.

40 YEARS AGO

(1981)

-- Connie Franks, secretary at the office of County Agent Jim Vanstory, displayed a sampling of some 80 entries in the annual Coryell County Pecan Show.

-- The Pidcoke United Methodist Church held its Lord's Acre Day and part of the event was an auction that featured quilts made by Gladys Saunders, Callie Carroll, and Edna Dyson.

-- Dorothy Barker was named employee of the month at Coryell Memorial Hospital. She received her recognition from hospital Administrator Wallace Cooper. Barker had been a hospital employee in Gatesville for 20 years.

--Founded in 1881, Levita Baptist Church was celebrating its 100th anniversary. An all-day centennial program was planned featuring addresses by five former pastors and special music by visiting choirs.

-- Cloyce Duncan of Gatesville, Precinct 2 commissioner in Coryell County, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Central Texas Council of Governments for 1982 at a general membership meeting at Fort Hood.

-- Three-year-old Elissa Taylor, daughter of Woody and Jacque Taylor of Purmela, won the first prize in the American Heart Association Turkey Walk. Her award was a $100 savings bond donated by the National Bank of Gatesville.

50 YEARS AGO

(1971)

-- Creston Brazzil, business manager at the Mountain View School for Boys, had been named the new manager and secretary-treasurer of the Gatesville Savings and Loan Association.

-- A. J. Gordon, a Gatesville merchant, was all smiles after shooting a husky 8-point buck deer. It was only the second deer Gordon ever killed. He bagged the prize on his place near the city-county airport southwest of Gatesville.

-- Capt. Douglas M. Wendt, son of Mrs. Ida J. Wendt of Oglesby, received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Capt. Wendt was cited for his meritorious service as a combat crew commander.

-- Mrs. Mae Burt was honored on her 91st birthday with a family gathering in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Roy Lee Gray, with whom Mrs. Burt was making her home.

-- Army Sgt. Billy J. Carter, son of Rev. and Mrs. Willie M Carter of Gatesville, was assigned to the 75th Infantry. He was serving at Fort Carson as a patrol leader in the Infantry's Company B.

-- A deer hunter on Mr. and Mrs. Lee Carroll's place near Izoro decided he liked to fish better than stalk, so he caught a 12-lb. catfish in their stock tank.