Today in Longview history

Jan. 9, 1934: Longview pastors met to elect officers for the new year and unanimously voted to form a Gregg County Pastor’s Association and to immediately send invitations to other pastors of the county. “It was proposed that meetings be held monthly,” the Daily News reported, “preferably around a luncheon table.”

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Jan. 8, 1930: A survey from the state health department showed Gregg County suffered 870 cases of malaria during the first 10 months of 1929. That number put it in the top three of Northeast Texas counties for the disease. Upshur County was first, with 1,358 cases; Morris County was second with 1,010.

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Jan. 7, 1950: City Hall announced residents’ water and sewer bills would have a new look in February. Instead of statements in windowed envelopes, they would be mailed on a penny postcard with itemized charges for each service — and add the fee for garbage.

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On Jan. 6, 1938: The Longview Lobos football queen of 1937 was crowned and players feted again at a gala celebrating the season that saw the Lobos win a Class 1A state championship. On Christmas Day, the Lobos rolled to a 19-12 victory over the Wichita Falls Coyotes at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

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On Jan. 4, 1935, six people were facing felony charges of operating a public gambling hall after a raid on a “well known local Bank Avenue horse racing bookie.” Ten others were arrested on misdemeanor charges after a raid by the sheriff, constables and city officers. And throwing the full force of his department behind his “clean up and dry up” campaign, District Attorney Claude A. Williams stopped the transit of 860 cases of liquor and issued injunctions against the Texas & Pacific Railroad, Red Ball Transportation Co. and Southern Transportation Co. to keep them from moving evidence.

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