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Years ago for Sunday, Dec 18, 2011

Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.


1911

Dec. 18 - Monday night, there was a meeting of a large number of the citizens of Edna at the courthouse, which was called by Mssrs. Hawkins and Scheckell for the purpose of launching a campaign to organize a stock company to the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of erecting a three-story modern hotel in Edna. The gentlemen, it seems, have had the matter under consideration for some time, and have pretty well sounded the businessmen of this section on the project.

Dec. 20 - LOST: A hammerless shotgun out of a buggy Friday night on the road between this city and Telferner. Reward will be paid for its return to Garner's Boarding House, No. 608 E. Juan Linn St.

Dec. 23 - Today marks about the 10th consecutive day of wet weather for Victoria, during which time about eight inches of rain have fallen. The weather has been very hurtful to business, and the merchants have had the smallest holiday trade in years. However, if the weather clears, business probably will be unusually good all next week. The rain will be of immense benefit to farmers, and if cold weather does not set in, it will also be of great benefit to cattle interests.

1936

Dec. 20 - The Victoria Fire Department is the proud possessor of a camellia, one of the rarest plants in the United States and believed to be the only genuine one of its kind in the South.

Dec. 21 - A wall of fire reaching two-and-a-half miles in length swept over an estimated 4,000 acres of prairie land near Nursery Sunday, reducing to a black crisp valuable feed grass ranchmen in that vicinity used for grazing purposes.

1961

Dec. 19 - City Council agreed Monday that Southern Pacific officials will be asked to meet with city officials and discuss building an overpass at the joint expense of the city and railroad, as proposed by Councilman T.H. Evans.

Dec. 22 - Most members of Company E, 386th Engineers, of the Texas National Guard on duty at Fort Polk, La., will be able to spend either Christmas or New Year's Day at home, Lt. X.R. Fossati, company commander, told The Advocate Thursday. The unit has been on duty at Fort Polk since it was activated by President Kennedy in response to the crisis in Lebanon.

Dec. 23 - The Victoria Post Office handled approximately 1,140,000 pieces of mail, both incoming and outgoing, during the week of Dec. 15-21, which Postmaster Paul Berthelot said he believes is a record.

Dec. 24 - The four children of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Hightower of 1603 Crockett, have what probably is a unique Christmas tree in Victoria. Hightower, an engineering department employee at Carbide, constructed a polyethylene Christmas tree for the family.

1986

Dec. 19 - Cornell Green is a hometown boy who was looking for something special to do for Victoria during the Texas Sesquicentennial. As a free lance illustrator-photographer now living in Edna, Green specifically was looking for a project in his field of work, but he felt enough historical pieces had been done. Finding that project was a major hurdle, but after some thought, Green came up with the idea of doing a pen and ink aerial view of the Victoria skyline, and from that was born "Victoria, 1986."

Dec. 22 - Although pecans are grown in several other states and parts of Northern Mexico, Texas has more native pecan trees than any other state or area. There are some 152 counties where the pecan is found growing along the rich alluvial flood plains of major rivers and their tributaries.

Dec. 23 - Queen Elizabeth II will drop her traditional horseback ride at her annual birthday parade, the Trooping the Color, in favor of a carriage instead because her horse is too old, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

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