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Years ago for Sunday, Mar 20, 2011

March 17, 2011 at midnight
Updated March 16, 2011 at 10:17 p.m.


1911

March 20 - If talk counts for anything, one of the largest audiences that ever crowded into Hauschild's Opera House will be on hand tonight to witness the big wrestling bout between Joseph Savini and William Mihovil, two professional mat artists of wide reputation. Both men are confident of victory and are bitterly disposed toward each other because of publicized incidents that have transpired during the past few days.

March 21 - Outweighed nearly twenty pounds, Joseph Savini, of Corpus Christi, undisputed lightweight champion wrestler of the South, lost an even match, catch-as-catch-can style, before a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Opera House last night to William Mihovil of Galveston, who bears the reputation of being one of the best middleweight mat artists in the country. The bout was fiercely contested and intensely exciting from start to finish, and lasted nearly two hours. Afterward the wrestlers signed articles for another even match to take place here next Tuesday night. Two small boys, Willie Fischer and Victor Krehmeier, agreed to wrestle a little to amuse the crowd before the main event. Both crowd before the main event. Both showed considerable knowledge of the art, and the affair was quite entertaining.

March 24 - Victor Menard, a noted French chef-cook, has returned to this city after over a year's absence, and is again employed at the Denver Hotel. Mr. Menard's many friends will be delighted to hear of his return.

March 25 - The driver of the King Livery Stable bus and a hackman were fined $10.70 and $14.70 respectively, in the Mayor's Court this morning for having a row at the depot yesterday.

1936

March 21 - The Centennial Edition of the Victoria City Directory reveals the fact the city's population at the present time is 10,183, an increase of 1,689 over the last city directory issued in 1933. And the increase over the last Federal census, taken in 1930, is well over 2,700.

March 23 - Alton Bundick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bundick, has been elected captain of the 1937 basketball team at the Southwest Texas State Teachers College at San Marcos. Another of Claude Mullins' protegees, Aubrey Reece, last year played center for Howard Payne College, which won the Texas Conference basketball championship. Reece was high scorer for his team.

March 24 - We're looking forward to March 26. Old timers have told us that if it thunders in February it will freeze on the same day in March. Well, it thundered very distinctly Feb. 26. It it doesn't freeze March 26, we hope the temperature is around 80 degrees and we hope those of you who believe in the old saying can then toss it into the ash can.

March 26 - The old saying that if it thunders in February it will freeze the same day in March was blasted today. It thundered February 26, but the temperature today was 78 degrees, far, far, above the freezing point. So that's that.

1961

March 21 - Sally Bee Bain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.O. Bain, has been announced as Victoria College Sweetheart, and as such, reigned at the annual spring formal Friday night in the Student Union building. Runners up who became Pirate Belles were Louise Brown, Linda Fagan, Pat Jacobs, Sharon Kennedy, Jeannine Kubala, Terri Dale Newman, Janet Price, Mary Jean Sandhofer, Linda Snyder and Anna Vela.

March 23 - A broken rail caused all but eight cars, the engine and caboose of a 29-car Victoria-to Alice freight train to crash off the tracks at the Coletto Creek bridge yesterday morning at 9:15 o'clock. Nineteen of the cars, most of them empty, crashed into the creek bottom. The six crewmen, all Victorians, were Dick Weitzel, engineer, J.M. Slaughter, fireman, and Ross Tally, Al Pargac, J.J. Forman and John Weeks, brakeman. None was injured.

March 25 - Miss Sue Athey, May graduate of Victoria High School, was named honoree at a Mexican dinner recently given by Mrs. Carl Holzheuser at La Fiesta. Present were Sue Smith, Linda Williams, Suzanne Crocker, Pam Wesley, Mrs. H.L. Athey and the honoree and hostess.

March 26 - Victoria High School's Carolyn McCaughey and Margaret Coslett registered a major upset in Baytown Saturday, defeating Toni Stassweinder and Cheryl Bohna of Austin (Austin) and winning the girls doubles in the Baytown High School Invitational Tennis Meet. The score was 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. The Austin duo, seeded first in the tourney, was a heavy favorite to win the finals match. The Victorians were unranked.

1986

March 20 - St. Joseph High has acquired a King Louis XV mirror of 19th century vintage, a stuffed calico cat and some painted geese. These items - and dozens of others - will be auctioned off to the highest bidder Sunday to raise funds for the school's extracurricular activities at the Victoria Community Center. The silent auction, in which the ornate, antique King Louis XV mirror with gold leaf decoration is to be awarded, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

March 21 - Friday evening during a private reception in the community room of Incarnate Convent, Barbara Schindler will receive the name "Sister Francetta" and the habit of a nun of the Religious Order of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters. This will be the second time she has entered the order. This time she is blind. She originally took vows as a religious nun in 1957 and received special dispensation from the Vatican to leave the order in 1972 because she was going blind. In 1968 she had suffered a severe allergic reaction to penicillin that affected her eyesight.

March 22 - You have to hand it to the Victoria Stingarees. At least they went the distance with the Stroman Raiders. For the first time in four outings, the Raiders had to go the full seven innings in their 7-2 victory over rival Victoria Friday night. In its three previous wins, Stroman had registered five-inning kayoes over Moody (10-0), Miller (21-0) and Ray (14-3). "Yeah, we know now we can go the distance," joked Stroman coach Hodie Garcia. "We're like a boxer."

March 26 - Boy Scout Troupe 241, in cooperation with the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department, will conduct neighborhood park surveys during the next week of areas near Greenbelt Park, Boulevard Park and Meadowland Park. Neighbors surrounding these parks will be randomly surveyed by telephone and in person. The purpose of the survey is to partially update a previous survey done in the spring of 1983 all over the city. The survey will add details about the needs of neighborhoods surrounding some of the city's smaller park sites.

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