Looking back: Uvalde prepares for war

Allene Mandry

Contributing writer

“The war changed everything for everyone. It was a great unifier as it brought the wealthy and the poverty stricken together in Uvalde. It basically became the center of our lives.”

Those are the words of Jane Fulmer Willingham, daughter of former First Baptist Church minister Maurice Fulmer.

“There were more in church every Sunday, some that had never been to our church before,” she added. “I remember rich and poor standing on the steps of the church consoling one another.”

Earlier in 1941, Uvalde had witnessed a great deal of progress and change: Painter Bus Lines was razed at Getty and Oak and moved to 228 E. Main; teachers became eligible for the state retiree system; 12 grades were instituted at Uvalde High School; drivers’ education was offered; the North Uvalde post office was discontinued and North Uvalde schools were closed; the Coca Cola bottling plant at the corner South Getty and Calera opened with Albert M. Biedenharn Jr. as manager; the Uvalde and Northern ran its last train in August of 1941; and Dub McFatter Jr. opened Firestone Home and Auto Supply.


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