Editor's note: This is the second of two articles relating events from past issues of the Madisonville Meteor.
January 1968: W.H. Scott announced that he'd sold half-interest in Scott's Drug as of Jan. 1 to young pharmacist Marshall Clouser. Clouser and his bride Sunny had just married on Dec. 1 and were living on Whistle Street in a rent house belonging to Ray Reding. Janet Price and Earl Wayne Parten married on Jan. 5 and went to Houston for a short wedding trip. The State was paying a $10 bounty for each wolf killed. Ernie Petri, Jr., B.A. Morgan, Jim Howe, Billy Bard, Sammy Leathers, and M.R. Gafford recently killed wolves. Jerry Dyer's Mustang basketball team defeated Trinity 43-38 in the district opener. John Sawtelle led scoring with 12 points, and Calvin Sloan, Jeffery Johnson, Freddy Starns, Steve Wells, and Tommy Starns were also on the A-team. The Mustangs B-team won 43-35, with Gene Bracewell scoring 13 points and Larry Sanders 12. The Corral Café charged $2.25 for its Thursday night all-you-can-eat shrimp meal, and Boney Bass Chevrolet advertised a 1966 half-ton 8-cylinder Chevy truck, with radio, heater, and trailer hitch, for $1,350.
January 1978: Local businesses J.B. White and Winns were still operating, as was The Carousel, with clothing for ladies, children and infants. Glenn Stifflemire was Meteor editor and publisher, and Norman Risinger handled advertising and sports. Folks in Madison County or surrounding counties paid $5 for a year's subscription, those living elsewhere in the state paid $6, and out-of-state folks paid $6.50. CB radios were the rage, and the Country Bumpkin CB Club met at Midway Community Center. School board elections were coming up, and Dr. Bob Jones, Jimmy Fite, Faye Smith, and Herb Krantz had filed. Coach Jim Vinson's Mustangs defeated Willis 56-46 in roundball action. Jerry Paul Moffett led scoring with 18 points, followed closely by Herbert Nealy with 17. Lamar Brazzell, Ronnie Gilbert, Greg Scott, and Quinny Mosley also got in on scoring.
January 1988: John Dean Carter celebrated 50 years as a grocer, having started in 1938 at the age of 19. Coach Jerry Harper retired as Madisonville High School head football coach and athletic director after 16 years in those positions. His football teams' record was 127-67-5. Gregory Hardeman, son of Beverly and Grady Hardeman, celebrated his first birthday on Jan. 10. Reed's Furniture Store's bridal registry listed Angela Fraley and Gary Baker and also Donna Reno and Curtis O'Brien. Scoring 36 points, Bobby Whaley led the Mustang basketball team to beat Rockdale in 64-57 in the district opener. Other Mustangs scoring were Ray Neeley, Michael Bibbs, Otis Moten, Andre Buckner, Keifer Wheaton and Allan Jaster. Coach Jeff Jefferson's Lady Mustangs crushed Rockdale 74-37. Sonya McCloud's 17 points made her high scorer. Others who scored were Tina Randle, Sheila Johnson, Latunja Burns, Secnetria Dunn, Stephanie James, Cassandra Cooper, Froncella Reece and Katrina Nellums. North Zulch Lady Bulldogs roundballers romped over Rockdale 51-27. Cheryl Andrus led scoring with 17 points, and others scoring included Sondra Gray, Brenda May, and Lea Ann Busa.
January 1998: Heavy rains fell locally on Jan. 6, with flash flooding around the county. Dustin Todd Harkrider was born on Jan. 10 to Lynn and Todd Harkrider. Ben and Laverne Waldrip established the Dale Waldrip Memorial Scholarship through Madisonville Church of Christ. The Mustangs beat Snook 88-85 in basketball action, with Kevin Ford high scorer with 26 points. Others scoring included Cyrus Byrd, Anthony Merchant, Jimmy Walker, Jimmy Wheaton, David Underwood, and Jeremy Williams. Roy Davis was unable to play due to flu and a broken ankle. Kyle Rogers celebrated his third birthday Jan. 21. He fell while jumping on a couch and broke his foot in 3 places, so he spent 4 hours of that birthday in the emergency room. Advertisers included Reed's Furniture, Godwins' Super Market, and Springfield Service Co.
January 2008: Helen Farris Tinkle's family honored her with a 90th birthday celebration and reception. Dan Douget filed to run for Sheriff on the Democratic ticket in the upcoming primary, and Jerald Tarver was running as a Democrat too, for Constable, Precinct 1. North Zulch's Lady Bulldogs defeated Milano at the Thorndale tournament, Maricia Ferrell led scoring, followed by Kelsey Heath, Calley Raynor, Taylor Jones, Jana Whitmire, Emily Weise, and Mallorie Ferrell. MHS's Lady Mustangs beat Palestine Westwood 59-31, with Chasity Young netting 20 points. Others on the team were Unique Johnson, Adrianna Gilbert, Brittney Collins, April Curtis, Tiara Morning, April Ford, and Kamry Green.
I hope this whirlwind trip brought you pleasant memories.
Madison County Museum, at 201 N. Madison St., Madisonville, TX, is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum curator Jane Day Reynolds welcomes your visits. Memorials or donations may be mailed to the Museum, P.O. Box 60, Madisonville, TX 77864.