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Years ago for Sunday, Apr 08, 2012

April 5, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 4, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.




1912

April 10 - In charging the District Court grand jury today about "pistol toting" cases, Judge Denton of Paris, Texas, remarked that it sometimes seemed as if life was held so cheap that a man would prefer killing another man to stealing a cow, because many cold-blooded murderers escape with but two-year sentences, while the cattle thief is punished severely.

April 13 - R.P. Fields and J.W. Henderson shipped two cars of bulls to the Fort Worth market today. They were pronounced the finest looking lot of animals of the kind ever exported from Victoria. Messrs. Field and Henderson gathered the stock from various ranches in this section and have been feeding them on cotton seed meal and hulls in the pens of the Victoria Manufacturing Company for the past three months. They have five more carloads ready for shipment.



1937

April 11 - At the Movies: "We Who Are About to Die," with Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, at the Uptown. Will Rogers in "Doctor Bull," with Louise Dresser, at the Rita. A double bill, "Tarzan Escapes," with Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, and "Call of the Prairie," with William Boyd, at the Queen.



1962

April 9 - District Judge Frank H. Crain, president of the Victoria chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, presented a check to the winners of the chapter's annual oratorical contest held Sunday afternoon at Town Hall. Winners were Mary Woodruff, first place, $20; Dorothy Hyak, second, $15; and Ken Powell, third, $10. Judges for the contest were J.D. Howell, Mrs. Joseph Wearden and Dr. John Stormont. Miss Woodruff, as first place winner, will compete in the state SRT contest Saturday, April 14, in Houston.

April 12 - More than 120 floats, bands and other entries will stretch out for a distance of three to four miles for the Ten Friends-Six Flags Parade beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Main and Stayton. Col. Robert L. Cummings, parade chairman, said Wednesday night that he expected the parade itself to last at least two hours before the procession breaks up and the pageant part of the historic celebration begins at the new Six Flags Monument on DeLeon Plaza. Police Chief John Guseman announced he is expecting a crowd of 50,000 to 60,000 spectators, who will be in addition to the thousands in the procession itself.



1987

April 8 - While the first results in a series of tests on the city's drinking water are in, the head of the water department said no conclusions can yet be drawn.

"The primary problems with Victoria's water are the iron, manganese, sulphur and a moderately high sodium chloride concentration," said Jon Foulds, director of the water and wastewater department. "But we need at least three or four more samples to see a trend."

He said once a trend is developed, the city can make a determination about which steps are needed to correct the problems. The trend will also help determine which wells are causing problems and when the problems occur.

April 14 - The rate at which people are being born is speeding up again, just as the planet's population edges past the 5 billion milestone, a population study group reported Monday.

The private Population Reference Bureau cited an easing of strict birth limits in China as a prime reason for the turnaround in population growth.

The Bureau's new World Population Data Sheet for 1987 estimates that the July 1 population of the world will be 5.026 billion.

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