Today in Longview history

Jan. 10, 1930: Teachers and trustees of Gregg County met at a banquet to begin organization of a county interscholastic league, a county teachers association and discussion of an educational exhibit for the next county fair.

Jan. 10, 1940: Gregg County grand juries set a record by working fewer days than in any year since the discovery of oil in East Texas, according to a report from District Attorney Fred Erisman. The grand juries of the six terms labored only 39 days, although 1,368 witnesses were heard and 228 indictments returned.

Jan. 10, 1953: The Pine Crest Country Club clubhouse was destroyed by fire. Fire Marshal Bernice Adams said firefighters arrived at 7:25 p.m. to find the center section of the club engulfed. Initial reports showed the fire apparently started in the kitchen area. Crews used water from the swimming pool to save part of the new north wing.

Jan. 10, 1953: Nineteen beer and liquor retailers in Pct. 7 ceased sales of alcoholic beverages, the result of a Dec. 6 local option election to prohibit the sale of intoxicating beverages. The vote was 1,004 for and 867 against ceasing sales. The precinct included Greggton, Seven Pines, Pine Tree, Judson and Spring Hill.Jan. 10, 1964: Taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of East Texas Bank & Trust in West Longview, publisher Carl L. Estes called attention to other projects announced for the area, including Brookshire Food Store and Tevebaugh Meat Co. He said he was certain others would follow.