By Jean Hayworth
Sports Editor for The Breckenridge American offered his assessment of the Buckaroo football prospects for the fall of 1929. "Grid work for the Breckenridge Buckaroos was just a few weeks away, Sept. 1, when Coach P.E. Shotwell would gather his players for their first workout. The boys all had summer jobs that helped put on muscle and a few extra pounds. The linemen had worked especially hard to improve their size and weight. The backfield was pretty much intact but Coach Shotwell would have to find a few linemen and a wing man among the underclassmen who would move up to the varsity."
There were three new schools in the Oil Belt League for 1929, which included Sweetwater, Big Spring and Mineral Wells. Hodges said, "Big Spring was tough in Class B and will be just as tough moving up to Class A football. Mineral Wells held the Ranger Bulldogs to a scoreless tie and then lost to Post in the quarterfinals by one point. Sweetwater hired three new coaches which seemed to demonstrate that they were a serious contender in the Oil Belt League. San Angelo was having trouble keeping their players in school but would have the fastest backfield in the state, composed of all those track stars who won every track meet the previous spring. The Abilene Eagles would be tough with coach Chapman. The Ranger team appears to be on the rocks. They graduated all their outstanding athletes and it will be a building year for them."
Last year's captain of the Buckaroos, Delbert Downing, was gone as well as Herbert McClain, Bull Magness, John Ligon, David Cook and Munnerlyn. In their place was Captain Troy Carey, who had surgery during the summer but would be ready to go. Also, Thompson and Claude Cox and another Carey cousin would be on hand. The backfield would have Aubrey and Boon Magness, David Graham and Pruitt. All had worked hard over the summer with hard working jobs that put on muscle and built strength.
As the Buckaroo football team began the fall schedule no one had any idea that they would produce a winning record of 10-0 in a tough district and only allow their opponents a total of 25 points, while racking up 321 points for their backfield and then have to share the state championship with Port Arthur in a tough 0-0 stand-off. Buckaroo football for the fall of 1929 would be an exciting season for everyone and the inexperienced players would rise to the occasion week after week in a tough 10 game Oil Belt District.
The "grain embargo" of 1929 was lifted temporarily for a 48-hour period so that farmers could get their grain to Galveston. So far there were 283 railroad cars of wheat and 25 cars of barley headed for Galveston from the West Texas area. Texas reported that 4,000 railroad cars were loaded and headed to the port. As long as the cars left their city of origination during the embargo "grace period," they would be excepted at the port of Galveston.
An historic event made the international news from Rome, Italy. Pope Pius XI was set to end the longest period of isolation by a Pope. No pope had left Vatican City in 59 years, since 1870. The bells pealed the announcement of his procession accompanied by a score of Roman guards and his contingent of the Papal Swiss Guards, which had served as personal bodyguards to the Pope since 1507, beginning with Julius II, more than five centuries ago. Historically, it is known that on May 6, 1527, 150 of the 200 Swiss Guards, who guarded the Pope at that time, were killed in one day, during the eventful sacking of Rome.
In Iron Mountain, Mich. an oddity occurred which involved the Born family and the Olson family. The Born family had one son, Edwin, and four daughters that included Dora, Ruth, Amy and Effie. The Olson family had four sons and one daughter including Ethel, Theodore, Charles, Archie and Oliver.
Between 1924 and 1929 the five Olson siblings married the five Born siblings. The first couple to wed was Theodore Olson to Dora Born, followed by Charles Olson to Ruth Born, Archie Olson to Amy Born and Oliver Olson to Effie Born. The last of the siblings to wed in 1929 was Edwin Born to Ethel Olson.
The Graf Zeppelin, the large, German-made dirigible, was due to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station Monday, Aug. 5, in New Jersey. It arrived earlier than scheduled due to picking up good winds over the north Atlantic Ocean. This was the second westward crossing for the Graf Zeppelin. One hundred workman quickly scampered over the craft to check for tears in the skin which needed to be repaired and a quick engine overhaul for its return across the Atlantic Wednesday, Aug. 7. It was picking up a few key passengers in the states and then leaving to return to their airfield at Friedrichshafen, Germany before it left on a world cruise. Among the passengers were Otto Hilling of Bridgeport, Conn. and Lady Grace Drummond Hay of England.
There was a stowaway, Albert Bushkin, from Dusseldorf, Germany, who was escorted to the local authorities. A court hearing sentenced him to immediate deportation as an "undesirable alien." He was to be sent back on the next freighter headed to Europe and would probably have to work on the trip to pay his fare, while on the freighter cruise.
The United States announced plans to build two Zeppelins by Goodyear. Plans called for them to be twice as big as the Graf Zeppelin and would be built in Akron, Ohio. When the two ships are completed, the Goodyear Zeppelins will be the largest commercial crafts of their kind in the world.
School superintendent N.S. Holland and his wife were studying at Columbia University in New York during the summer months and were due back the end of August, in time for the school term to begin Sept. 9. Administration reports said that all positions had been filled and that there would be 77 white teachers and two Negro teachers for the coming year. All principals were the same with John F. Bailey at Breckenridge High School, Junior Ward had G.L. Keathy, South Ward had L.B. Herring, North Ward had B.G. Combs and East Ward had Roy H. Rowland. P.E. Shotwell was the head athletic director and three new teachers had been hired to supervise playground activities at the three Ward schools. They included Marvin Rowland, L.R. Tatuna and H.S. Willon Jr. The three men would be working with the fifth and sixth-graders to build a football readiness program to prepare them for playing at the junior high level.
A new Agriculture Department was established at BHS which would be headed by L.E. Sweatman, who had graduated from Texas A&&M University. He was to teach two classes in the morning and then work with the rural boys in the afternoons with their club work. There were a number of ranches registered at the County Superintendent's office and it is expected that enrollment in the Ag courses would increase.
The chiropractic office of Dr. W.R.C. Allen, located in the Burch Hotel, had added a Turkish Bath with the latest equipment for his chiropractic patients. The Turkish Bath was equipped with the latest Reynolds Electro Vaporized Mineral Fume Baths, which included the cabinet and additional power bath equipment. A masseur, Mr. Leonard Galbraith, who had worked at the Mineral Wells Crazy Bath House for 15 years, had been hired. In addition to his skills as a masseur, he also had experience with the Turkish Bath equipment. Residents of Breckenridge had long demanded this type of equipment be installed and expressed their appreciation to Dr. Allen by signing up for his services.