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Years ago for Sunday, Jul 24, 2011

By Victoria Advocate
July 21, 2011 at 2:21 a.m.


1911

July 24 - R.B. Bledsoe dropped a half-cocked pistol on the floor of his store yesterday evening, the weapon exploding and the bullet passing through the floor. Several costumers were in the store at the time. The report of the pistol attracted a large crowd.

July 25 - The City Council at its meeting last Monday night finally refused to reconsider its order for the removal of the shipping pens from within the city limits. Alderman Roos, Sitterle and Clegg voted to reconsider the order and Aderman Stuart, Weber Koch and Smith voted against it. City Marshal Holheuser yesterday notified the railroad officials of the council's action.

July 26 - James V. Carroll and Charles A. Schuchert were elected aldermen yesterday to fill the unexpired term of Oscar Roos and Max Sandhop, aldermen from Wards 1 and 2, respectively. Mr. Schuchert was elected without opposition, and Mr. Carroll defeated Charles J. Meyer.

July 28 - The Knights of the Macabees, Victoria Tent No. 30, elected the following officers last night: O.E. Cox, lieutenant commander; A. Heinke, sergeant; J.H. Brown, chaplain; J.A. Lingo, record and finance keeper; J.A. Lund, master of arms; E. Walker, first master of the guard; J.L. Lloyd, sentinel; R.B. Bleeker, picket; Dr. J.L. Borden, physician, and Frank Wagner, A. Simon and A.L. Manson, trustees.

1936

July 24 - A bolt of lightning ignited the wild gas well on the Missouri Pacific right-of-way at Greta, Refugio County, Thursday afternoon and the gasser was still burning furiously today.

July 25 - Despite the heavy rains of Thursday and today, making many rural roads impassable, voters are expecting to go to the polling places in the 29 precincts in the county today and roll up one of the largest votes in history.

July 26 - A crowd estimated conservatively at 1,500 persons jammed the sidewalk and street in front of the Chamber of Commerce Hall Saturday night and early this morning eagerly watching the election returns at The Advocate Chamber of Commerce's annual election party. The total number of votes cast in Saturday's Democratic Primary election is believed to have broken all existing records in Victoria County although the vote over the state is not expected to measure up to the past high marks. The total here was approximately 3,500. The vote July 29, 1934 was approximately 3,200.

1961

July 24 - Sixty-two complaints charging crimes ranging from murder to removing mortgaged property from the county will be submitted to Victoria County Grand Jury at 9 a.m. Tuesday by Sheriff Montie Marshall, Dist. Atty. W.W. Kilgore. The grand jury is the one impaneled in April for the six-month term ending in November. G.V. Pritchard is foreman. Other members include Raymond Hill, Manuel Reyes, Marvin J. Foss, Roland A. Timberlake, Mrs. Claude Riley, J.C. Brown, John Artero, Joseph C. Wyatt, Robert L. Massey, Paul Fly and R.D. Smith Jr.

July 25 - Six cheerleaders who will spark the spirit of Nazareth Academy and St. Joseph High School this fall left Sunday for one week at a camp for cheerleaders at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville. The group, who represent the first from Nazareth to attend the summer training camps, are Madeline Murphy, Yvonne Lamb, Debby Hendek, Kathy Sandhofer, Sylvia Reyna and Betty Junca.

July 26 - Mitchell School, first occupied in 1902, just four years after Victoria Independent School District was formed, this week is getting a new coat of paint to hide its battle scars. The third story of the building was torn away several years ago after being gutted by fire. And this weeks painting is being done to hide fire scars left at that time. Riddell and Krueger Lumber Co. is doing the work on a low bid of $3,938. The bond issue approved in 1899 for this building and F.W. Gross High School was for only $35,000, and the actual contract price for the two schools was $32,079.63.

1986

July 24 - Deadline for the city of Victoria's summer photo contest is less than a month away. The photo contest, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Rapid Photo, is on the theme "What Victoria Means to Me." Any photo of an activity, people or landscape taken in Victoria during the summer months is eligible. Cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded to the top three photos, with persons awarded honorable mention receiving 8 by 10-inch enlargements of their prints matted and framed by Gallery East.

July 26 - Proposed expenses for the next year in operating the Victoria school system - now at $37 million - were delivered to trustees Friday as the school's budget cycle approaches its decision point. Although complete estimates of revenues and expenses were not released publicly, the new proposals which will be studied by trustees in the next month indicate some categories will rise sharply, while others will drop significantly. Superintendent Larry Vaughn, who prepared the lengthy draft of proposed expenses for trustees' review, has reiterated several times his commitment to keeping any tax rate increase within 1.5 cents - primarily to pay the debt on bond issues for construction.

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