50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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FEBRUARY 17, 1971

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An estimated 5,000 people attended the dedication and open house of Hill Country Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoon. The hospital grounds were a sea of cars as people from across the Hill Country came to see the new hospital.

During the open house, a sign near the entrance listed the total cost of construction and equipment amounted to $1.4 million, for an average cost per bed (50 beds) of $28,000.

Administrator Jerry Durr reported that the daily rate for semi-private service has been set at $30. Private room service will be $35 and $37.

The annual benefit turkey dinner and concert by the Fredericksburg Public School bands will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, at the elementary school gymnasium. Adult plates are $1.35, while children’s plates are 90 cents.

Katherine Schlentz of Hondo, bride-elect of Kenneth Crenwelge, was honored at a miscellaneous bridal shower Sunday afternoon at the Girl Scout Cabin.

Fredericksburg’s newest beauty shop, Elite Coiffures, 202 South Adams, will have an open house on Monday. Manager Dorothy Moldenhauer invites everyone to come see their modern new facilities.

Paulette Jenschke became the bride of Thomas Leyendecker Saturday after noon, Feb. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds are sponsoring a field trip to Enchanted Rock on Saturday. They will be searching for epidote, quartz crystals and Indian artifacts.

Great strides are being made in planning for Fredericksburg’s 125th anniversary celebration. Norman Rech and Belton Klinksiek, co-chairmen of the fund drive, encourage those who promised to contribute to turn in their donations. They report that just over $13,000 of the $42,500 budget had been turned in.

Joe Miiller, president of the ECHO citizens band radio club in Fredericksburg, was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Fredericksburg Lions Club meeting.

Members of the Fredericksburg High School football team received their letter and award jackets Thursday at an assembly.

The FHS Battlin’ Billies basketball team closed out its season with a 58-47 victory over Crystal City on Friday night. The Billies finish the season with a 6-4 record and a firm hold on second place in district play.

The Stonewall Baseball Reunion directors met Feb. 9 to hear reports and elect new officers. Leroy Behrends was elected president; Hilmar Nebgen, vice president; Mrs. Ruben Ruebsahm, re-elected secretary; and Kermitt Hahne, re-elected treasurer.