POLANSKY, Julius A., 85, of Giddings, died Wednesday. Wake 7:45 p.m. today at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. Services 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dime Box. Survivors: wife Clara Polansky of Giddings; son Clifton(sic) B. of Irving; daughters, Mrs. Gerry Laier of Austin, Loree Roft(sic) of Giddings, Lynn Garrett of Austin: brothers, Fred Polansky of Dallas, Stanley Polansky of Caldwell, Jerry Polansky of Houston; sisters, Mary Kocurek of Caldwell, Martha Krystynek(sic) of Grand Prarie(sic), Frances Shoppe(sic) of Lyons, Josephine Grigar(sic) of Temple; 12 grandchildren, four Grandchildren.
(from undated and unidentified newspaper-typed exactly as written including many spelling errors-probably published Friday, 17 February 1978)
FROM AN UNDATED PROBABLY HOUSTON NEWSPAPER pub aft. 17Aug1976 bef. 16Aug1977
How's the Weather? Dime Box's Polansky has the official word (by Steve Hultman)
DIME BOX - More than 35 years ago Julius A. Polansky's neighbors started calling to talk about the weather.
They're stilling calling today, and the National Weather Service has awarded Polansky the John Campanius Holm Award for his continuing daily reports on the weather in Dime Box.
The award, created in 1959, is named for a Lutheran minister who is the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American colonies, according to the weather service.
The Rev. John Campanius made records of the climate, without the use of instruments, in 1644 and 1645, near the present site of Wilmington, Del. Only 35 of the nation's 12,000 weather observers received the award this year.
Polansky, a spry 84, checks his rain gauge every morning at 7 a.m. and reports any rainfall to the Austin office of the weather service. He also has two weather service recording thermometers, one for the high temperature of the day and one for the low temperature. Tiny markers on each thermometer record the highest and lowest points of the temperature range for a 24-hour period.
"I get a lot of kick out of working with the weather people," said Polansky. " I started with a little old rain gauge. People would call me and ask about the rain.
"Then the Giddings paper asked me to report the weather to them," he said. "Finally the weather service called and asked me to work with them and installed an official rain gauge."
His reports are among those of more than 40 Central Texas Cooperative Observers working with the weather service in Austin. The weather observers receive a small sum each month for their services, but they are in the business of weather watching for the fun of it, rather than for reimbursement.
"We log in all the calls from the observers" said Charley Gouldie of the National Weather Service in Austin, who answers the special weather telephone with "Groodwood six red" before taking the information.
The reports of significant rainfall, reported at 7 a.m. each day, are disseminated on a weather teletype circuit to newspapers, radio and television statios across the state for use in their daily weather reports.
Each observer also keeps a detailed log of the rainfall in his area and mails it in to the weather service at the end of the month.
"I just don't miss my weather reports," said Polansky. "My weather report is right up to snuff since the government depends on it and it's official."
The monthly reports, according to Gouldie, are sent to the National Weather Center to be included in a national report on rainfall that includes the rainfall reports, on a day-by-day basis, of all 12,000 weather observers.
The reporters include bankers and farmers, the rich and the poor. "some are meticulous, some are sloppy, said Gouldie.
"Most of the people are interested in the weather," he said of the observers. "It's sort of a hobby to them."
To Polansky, who receives calls from friends and neighbors after every rain to get the "official" report, it's more than a hobby.
"I really enjoy doing it," he said. "It makes me feel like I have done something useful."