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Years ago for Sunday, Jan 01, 2012

Dec. 29, 2011 at 6:29 a.m.


1912

Jan. 1 - Farming with dynamite has become so popular in other parts of the country that progressive tillers of the soil of Bee County have become interested, and as a result, a well-known powder supply house will give a demonstration at Tuleta, about 10 miles north of this station, on Jan. 5.

Jan. 2 - James W. Rugely has decided to subdivide the big Sargent Ranch and place it on the market at once. A town will be established on the property and later the Southern Pacific extended from Hawkinsville to the ranch. This means that about 15,000 acres of Caney soil will be available for development in this county. As is well known, the Intercoastal Canal crosses the Sargent Ranch and will afford water transportation into Galveston. The town will be called Sargent.

Jan. 3 - Henry C. Adler, commander of Camp Garfield, G.A.R., of this city, has just received a bronze medal from the U.S. Bureau of Navigation for meritorious service in the Federal Navy during the Civil War, it being awarded by a special act of Congress. The medal depicts the noted naval engagement between the Monitor and the Merrimac, and on the reverse side is a Union naval monogram, the disk caught with a ribbon of blue and gray. Mr. Adler served aboard the U.S. Steamships Ozark and Nauntag, which vessels participated in several important battles of the war. During the course of his service, Mr. Adler saved an officer of high rank from drowning.

Jan. 4 - The offering at the Hauschild Opera House for Tuesday and Wednesday will be Truman DeRoame and his company of players. They open Tuesday with the problem play, "Man's Way." Wednesday night they offer "Forget Me Not," and "The Girl Upstairs" for matinee.

Jan. 6 - "Santa Gertrudis," the home of Mrs. Henrietta M. King on the famous King Ranch, three miles from Kingsville, was destroyed by fire at 2 o'clock this morning, causing a loss of more than $50,000. Mrs. King and members of the family of R.J. Kleberg narrowly escaped death in the fire and were rescued with difficulty as the flames enveloped the structure within a few minutes after the alarm was sounded.

1937

Jan. 3 - Victoria's 1936 rainfall was the third-highest on record, according to figures released by Winston L. Zirjacks, United States weatherman here. The precipitation was 46.69 inches. The previous high was recorded in 1929, when 51.81 inches fell here. The all-time high was 60.50 inches, set in 1919.

Jan. 5 - Chancellor Hitler delivered an ultimatum to the Spanish government today demanding that the loyalists release within three days the cargo and passengers seized several days ago aboard the Steamer Palos at Bilboa. He threatened "drastic measures" will be taken if the ultimatum is not met.

Jan. 7 - The special committee of Chairman W.H. Smith, Erik Fiek and Roy McFaddin, appointed by the stockholders of the Victoria District Fair Association at their Dec. 22 meeting to sell the fair's property, is now ready to receive bids on the 39.2 acres in the fair grounds and the other property thereon.

1962

Jan. 1 - John Paul Sommers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Sommers, has been named The Advocate's Carrier of the Year after delivering 30,425 newspapers in the past 12 months while receiving only one complaint.

Jan. 5 - Deposits in the three local banks set an all-time record by nearly $5 million at the end of 1961, totaling almost $100 million when the vaults closed Dec. 31.

Jan. 7 - Members of the Victoria Gem and Mineral Society plan to enter an exhibit in the Texas Federation of Mineral Societies Inc. annual gem and mineral show and exhibition March 2-4 at the Border Gem Fiesta in McAllen. New officers of the local group are B.M. Dugat, president; Elmo Hartmann, vice president; and Mrs. Norma Arnold, secretary-treasurer.

1987

Jan. 1 - Jim Sharp, a 21-year-old bull rider from Kermit, has been called "the next Donnie Gay."

Gay has won eight world champion bull riding titles, which is the most ever won by a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull rider. Those attending the opening performance of the PRCA sanctioned rodeo Thursday at the Victoria Community Center will have a chance to see Sharp in action.

Sharp captured PRCA Rookie of the Year honors for 1986 and finished fourth in the bull riding world standings.

Jan. 2 - Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, 202 Stanly, will present a liturgical play in celebration of the Epiphany at 7 p.m. Monday, Epiphany Eve. The play, which will be included in the evening service, is based on the medieval Play of Herod. It will contain elements found in the liturgical dramas of that time, including processions, instrumental and vocal music in the spirit and style of the Middle Ages, and liturgical dance.

The Epiphany is the last of the 12 days of the Christmas season and celebrates the appearance of the Star and the arrival of the Wise Men in Bethlehem. In the process of their journey to worship the baby Jesus, they come in contact with the infamous Herod in Jerusalem.

The play, its costumes and music were arranged and created by members of the congregation. The three camels in the play were designed and made by Libby Stirneman, Debbie Webb and Charlene Hedtke.

Jan. 3 - What's in, and what's out for 1987?

Romance is in the air. Which is a good thing, because everything else is so expensive. Off-the-shoulder dresses are back, and so are crinolines. Masses of flowers are a must, and the single exotic flower is a must-not. Off-white is gentler than stark white, candles more calming than direct light, country cooking more hearty than nouvelle cuisine. Crocodile Dundee is a more graceful macho than Rambo, Cybill Shepherd is softer than Linda Evans. And long hair, even on men, reflects another more romantic era.

There is the recurring intrigue of far-off places, Vienna more so than Paris these days, foreign correspondents more than columnists, foreign news rather than domestic. Love is in the air, but not sex. Letters say it better than car phones. And this year you can put away your Filofax and start making lists.

Jan. 4 - Construction of a $2 million Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Victoria Regional Medical Center, beginning in January, with completion expected in June. VRMC will also be operating in the new year with its first dedicated pediatrics ward on the hospital's third floor - having opened Dec. 29.

Citizens Medical Center will complete its $1.6 million cafeteria project this month, and renovation of its medical intensive care unit at $220,000 is expected to be completed in March or April. When the intensive care unit is completed, the hospital will begin to relocate the respiratory therapy unit at a cost of $120,000 and completion set for September. Citizens will also put in place a new $175,000 echo cardiography unit and a new $200,000 nuclear medicine camera.

DeTar Hospital will develop two new programs, including "High-tech Centers of Excellence" and a new community resource called "The Women's Center."

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