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Years ago for Sunday, Jun 24, 2012

June 21, 2012 at 1:21 a.m.




1912

June 28 - The Frisco announces that it will run a special excursion train from Victoria to Port O'Connor and Seadrift every Sunday, commencing next Sunday. The train will leave here at 8 a.m., and returning, leave Port O'Connor at 9:30 p.m. The fare for the round trip to Seadrift will be 75 cents and to Port O'Connor $1.

June 30 - Everybody is rejoicing with the Daughters of the Confederacy over the crowning of their lifetime work, in the finishing touches to the beautiful Confederate monument. There is not a person in this town to begrudge them the joy and satisfaction in seeing in a prominent spot this ideal conception of the Confederate Soldier making his "Last Stand."



1937

June 25 - In an effort to aid in enrolling additional students in the Victoria Junior College, the Booster Club, composed of a number of local merchants and supporters of the school, have sponsored a one-reel film showing a resume of college facilities.

June 26 - The Barnsdale Oil Company, developers of the Placedo Oil Field, one of the principal pools along the Gulf coast, virtually was Victoria County's meal ticket during the long, lean days of the depression, along with a few other minor operators in this county, and continues to be to a great extent. The big company daily spends better than $2,300 on its regular pay roll, for materials and to drilling contractors, and the total for the month - every month - runs well over $75,000.



1962

June 27 - Open installation of new officers of Victoria Masonic Lodge No. 40 AF and AM will be held at the lodge Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. in conjunction with a memorial service. New officers include Dr. Billy Keese, worshipful master; R.H. Wood, senior warden; N.E. Carsner, junior warden; C.R. Rippamonti, treasurer; Grady Hollingsworth, secretary; W.L. Owens, tiler; Andrew Christos, senior deacon; J.R. Patterson, junior deacon; Floyd Nicholson Jr., senior steward; O.B. Barber, junior steward; and Ray Langford, chaplain.

June 29 - Five members of the Victoria High School Key Club will attend the Key Club convention to be held July 1-4 in Long Beach, Calif. They are Kenny Totah, president of the local club; Larry Muenzler, secretary; Don Pannen, treasurer; Roy Greenwood and Leslie Totah. The group will also take in the World's Fair at Seattle before returning home.



1987

June 24 - America stands on the verge of being a second-rate economic power by the year 2000 if the tragedy of adult illiteracy is not reduced, political leaders and educators warned Tuesday.

Calls for a new grass-roots group drawn from college students - the Literacy Corps - and for a new emphasis on teaching language in community colleges and in elementary schools were heard at the largest teleconference ever broadcast in America Tuesday night. Victoria College was the local setting for an audience of about 100 viewers.

"Illiteracy can bankrupt a city," warned Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who advised cities, colleges and businesses they could get basic literacy aid working by next Monday morning if they try.

"College students should be doing something for America for all it has done for them," argued Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, of Mass., advocating the creation of a national Literacy Corps, based on the Peace Corps of the 1960s.

BellSouth Corp. executive John Clendenin, chairman of the National Alliance for Business, sounded the warning that national prosperity and security are at risk because of an illiterate public.

June 26 - Preliminary estimates show the city of Victoria had just under $2 million in flood losses, not including damage suffered by private interests. Physical and economic damages sustained by businesses and residents could increase the losses in Victoria by another $337,000 or more.

The estimates are contained in a request sent to Gov. Bill Clements by Mayor John Blackaller in an effort to win some type of disaster assistance for the city.

Blackaller's letter states that if the city was to absorb its losses, it could wreck the budget.

It also notes that Victoria experienced flooding for 17 days from June 4 through June 20, and that "both the public and private sectors suffered extensive damages."

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