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In this glimpse of the past, Dr. Gladys Auten, nurses, Pastor Milford Zirkel of First United Methodist Church, mothers, and their babies appear together, circa 1970. After Hurricane Celia destroyed or heavily damaged two local hospitals the Aransas Pass church became a temporary maternity ward where 86 babies were born between August 6 and December 12 that year, including three sets of twins. Courtesy: FUMC

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Pastor Zirkel, now 92, remains humble about the role he played in Aransas Pass history following Hurricane Celia. Frail and dealing with personal health issues he hopes to participate in the planned August 14th reunion at the church. ‘The Lord willing,’ Zirkel expressed. Aransas Pass Progress

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Pastor Zirkel is pictured with mothers and 31 of the 86 babies born in ‘Methodist Hospital’ – the church was known as following Hurricane Celia. Members of the congregation have launched an ambitious appeal to find all 86, now adults, to commemorate 52 years this August since that historic time. Courtesy: FUMC

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