Lori Taylor’s LOOKING BACK
100 YEARS AGO - May 21, 1920
TOWN OF OLNEY HAS A NARROW ESCAPE
It seems to us that Olney had a narrow escape from a disastrous fire Tuesday afternoon when a tank containing ten thousand gallons of gasoline caught fire on the Katy tracks in the northeast part of town. Jack Marcell was unloading a car of gas into a storage tank, using an electric motor and a power pump. The motor was located directly under the storage tank, and before they noticed it the pump had filled the storage tank and gasoline had run over the sides, onto the motor, and became ignited. Nobody knows why or how it failed to explode.
75 YEARS AGO – May 18, 1945
TWO OLNEY BOYS SERVE WITH ARMY IN GER.
Pfc. M.L. Bowden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Bowden, 713 N. Avenue C, and Pvt. Durwood Biggers of Olney were members of the 142nd Infantry Regiment which experienced some of their hardest combat in more than 350 days of battle when they recently broke through the Moder Line at Cherhoffen, capturing Wissembourg and slashing their way through Siegfried Line defenses.
50 YEARS AGO – May 21, 1970
WORK CONTINUES AT TOM GRIFFIN PARK
Olney’s Tom Griffin Park continues to be a busy place with children playing and volunteer laborers pouring concrete for three slabs and one eight foot table with benches. Preachers, teachers, retired men, businessmen and wives are assisting the new park employee, Jerry Powell, in improving the park for summer fun. Confirmation was received this week that new park equipment will arrive in Olney the week of June 1. This equipment includes Relax-A-Bench with fiberglass legs and two eight foot heavy duty benches of fiberglass.
25 YEARS AGO – May 18, 1995
EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL HONORED
Texas Department of Health, City of Olney and Hamilton Hospital have set aside May 14-20 as Texas EMS Week, a celebration to honor the nearly 50,000 EMS professionals in Texas and the seven members of the Olney EMS team who provide lifesaving emergency care. Theme of Texas EMS Week 1995 is “Think Child Safety”, which emphasizes the role EMS also plays in injury prevention.