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       You have probably already noticed that this week’s paper is a little different than usual; for one thing, there are only twelve pages in it. That’s partly because January is my slowest month; there are not as many public events in January (especially this week, between the stock shows and the Chamber banquets) and, frankly, I’m not selling as many ads. Along with those facts, I am expecting guests this week: my brother and his wife are taking my father on a cross-country road trip, and they are headed in this direction as I type. I’m taking most of the day off on Wednesday.
John Hallowell, Editor       There are three things I want to mention here. One is a Super Bowl “Tailgate” promotion from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kingsland H.E.B. on Saturday, February 3. Festivities will include free refreshments, a football-throwing competition and more. Another is the “Singing Valentine” program by The Hill Country Blenders. For a cost as little as $40, a quartet in Barbershop attire will come to your chosen venue and present two love songs, a lovely silk rose and a picture of the loved one with the quartet. Contact any of the Blenders to arrange a “singing Valentine” or call Jim McCutchan at 325-388-4446 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The third item is a “Valentine Shoes” fundraiser for the Orphan Grain Train, to be held at Genesis Lutheran Church in Buchanan Dam on the evening of Saturday, February 10. I hope to have more details about all these items in next week’s paper.
       I got a sort of “wake up call” last week, illustrating one of the pitfalls of writing history (especially when it’s done a little bit at a time over six years!). I was not at all confident about the name of one of the three men I named in the old church picture on January 5, and I very much appreciate all those who called or emailed to let me know that he was Bryant (or B.C.) Long (NOT the pastor, Rev. Theron Browne). However, Sheree Kaspar went above and beyond, emailing me another picture of that same event, which noted that it was taken on January 24, 1965.


       I had recently been reviewing Kingsland news from 1964, and there were three items which led me to believe the old church had been moved that year. The first reported that members of the Kingsland Community Church discussed plans for a new building at a meeting on April 15. The second told how members of the Kingsland Christian Church voted on July 12 to sell their property to Kingsland Community Church, which had already decided to build a new sanctuary. That decision meant that the old Christian Church building would have to be moved, and a search was on for a suitable new home. The third (near the end of July) was a front-page story which bore the headline “Kingsland Landmark Church to Be Moved,” and read “One of Kingsland’s few old-time landmark buildings is being moved soon to a new site.” According to Shirley Williams, who had recently been elected chairman of the Christian Church board, the old white frame building had been constructed in 1904; it had been “used for several years by the Kingsland Community Church.”
       In January of 1965, a news item (which I last read about four years ago) mentioned that the first services at the newly-reorganized Christian Church were held on Sunday, January 17 in the 1904 church building. Apparently, that building had not yet been moved to Chamberlain Street, because it was still on the Community Church property when the ground-breaking was held on January 24. I am now assuming that it was moved in 1965, but I won’t put that in my book unless I find some solid confirmation!
       I regret to say that there are almost certainly a few misstatements in my book; I believe that almost all that I’ve written is at least very close to the truth, but I’m already planning to write a revised edition of the book (with more facts, a few corrections, a list of businesses and likely locations, plus a family name index) after I get some feedback from this “first step” toward a real Kingsland history. I do believe that there is enough good information in my book to make it a real benefit to the community.
       There are a couple of other things I want to mention (that’s why I opted to skip the “Photo of the Week” this week). Pastor Bubba Stahl, of Kingsland First Baptist Church, is “retiring” (or at least shifting his focus to his “Salt Block Ministries”) next month, and there will be an event in his honor at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 11. I hope to have more details next week.
       The Texas Exes are inviting all alumni and friends to help Habitat for Humanity with a new home at 2nd Street and Avenue M in Marble Falls. They are hoping to have 15-20 volunteers from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.
       And the Hill Country Memorial Medical Group’s Immediate Care Clinic is now open in Llano at the former Parrish Dental office (1310 Ford St.). It will serve patients of all ages, providing immediate care for: colds & flu, injuries & sprains, allergies & asthma, rashes, bug bites, skin problems and other common ailments. such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever Patients will also be able to get on-site x-rays, stitches and some lab work.

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