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Years ago for Sunday, Apr 01, 2012

By Victoria Advocate
March 29, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 28, 2012 at 10:29 p.m.




1912

April 2 - That the Frisco Good Roads train is an unqualified success is proven by the fact that nearly 7,000 people visited it during its first week on the line. The crowd that greeted it at Bloomington was much larger than expected. Many citizens from Victoria were present, and other nearby cities and towns were represented by large delegations.

April 3 - The planting of the flag of Norway at the South Pole closes the age of land discovery on this planet, as it leaves no part of the Earth's surface that has not been explored by civilized man. But the discoverers should not despair. There are boundless areas awaiting conquest in Texas. We have in this state vast continents of agriculture, new zones of trade and new planets of prosperity to be discovered, and energy to sail the high seas of our possibilities, to colonize our opportunities, give us a new world to live in.



1937

April 1 - Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Walter Woodul of Houston, Senator Clint C. Small of Amarillo and Lou W. Kemp of Houston are among the noted Texans who will be here Sunday to accompany the French and Canadian Missions on a pilgrimage to the site of Old Fort St. Louis on the Garcitas Creek in Victoria County.

April 4 - The coming of the New York Yankees to Texas Sunday for an exhibition game at Houston attracted many Victoria baseball fans. Among those at the game were C.J. Fossati, F.L. Fossati, A.M. Green, Jesse Devereaux, H.L. Wade, W.R. McCright, Henry Sassman; A.R. Hartman and son, Noble; Hester Evans, Archie Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell May, Homer Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Sala, John and Henry Donaldson, Arthur Evans and Morris Lazor.

April 7 - The property north of the city owned by the Victoria District Fair Association, comprising 39 acres, has been sold to Mrs. James F. Welder. The deal was closed late Tuesday and the transaction is reported to have amounted to $30,000.



1962

April 5 - The Rio Grande Boulevard construction work is likely to be complete in three to four weeks if weather permits, W.A. King, senior resident engineer of the State Highway Department, said Wednesday as he eyed the rain falling on Victoria. King said it probably will be early summer before work is completed on the whole contract calling for widening Rio Grande and Moody Street and building a new bridge beside the present bridge across the Guadalupe River.

April 6 - B.E. Leissner Jr. was installed as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce during the annual banquet Wednesday night. Other new officers installed by Frank Prochaska, state vice-president, were Kemper Williams Jr., first vice-president; Louis Watson, second vice-president: John Newman, secretary; Herschel Graff, treasurer, and Claude Matthews, inter-club director. New directors are Bill Ruddock, Phil Tibiletti, Jack Barfield, Bill Rutherford, Ivy Jones and Frank Wilson.



1987

April 3 - The Senate overrode President Reagan's veto of major highway legislation, despite a dramatic last-minute pilgrimage by the President to Capitol Hill in which he failed to sway even a single Republican holdout.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater quoted Reagan as having told Republican senators: "I beg you for your vote. Give us your vote and let us stand as the majority that can run this party."

The $88 billion measure, which became law with the Senate vote, allows the federal government to spend up to $870 million on Los Angeles' proposed Metro Rail subway system and gives states the ability to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on rural interstate highways. It also funds improvement and construction of highways, bridges, harbors and parking facilites in scores of individual congressional districts.

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