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Years ago for Sunday, Oct 14, 2012

Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:11 a.m.




1912

Oct. 15 - About a hundred members of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and their families will leave here this evening at 7 o'clock from the Sunset depot for Dallas via San Antonio on a magnificently appointed and gaily decorated special train, consisting of four standard sleepers and a baggage car and costing between $2,000 and $3,000.

It has been raining here all day, and the first cold weather of the year prevails. This is the first really good rain that this section has had since June.



1937

Oct. 14 - Six-inch cast iron drain line is being installed by the city on the elevated water tank at the west end of Power Street. The drain line is being installed for the purpose of draining off accumulations of iron oxide and cuenofix, caused by the presence of an extra amount of oxygen in the water. The extra oxygen in the water is the result of the process of aeration when the water is run through the aerator in taking out various odors and other qualities which give water a bad taste.

Oct. 20 - J.W. Rutland, president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, received a letter today from W.G. Van Vleck, vice president and general manager of the G.H. and S.A. Railroad Company, that his company had taken up the matter of the erection of a union passenger depot at Victoria with the Frisco System, and that the company was also considering rearranging and adding to its equipment here.



1962

Oct. 17 - Victoria College cheerleaders for the 1962-63 season are four cheery freshmen, namely: Jo Anna Jetton, head cheerleader; Fairye McGinnis, Donna Pickrell and Diana Swoboda. Misses McGinnis and Swoboda are Victoria High School graduates, while Miss Jetton is from Calhoun High and Miss Pickrell is from Yoakum High.

Oct. 18 - Leading cheers for Crain Junior High School Comets this season are Sherry Parks, Jane Henderson, Janice Houston, Gail Schnelle and Vicki Gasche, along with Mascot Vicki Richardson. Mrs. L.B. Richardson is sponsor.



1987

Oct. 14 - Texas First Lady Rita Clements, praising the work of 3.5 million volunteers in Texas during a Victoria luncheon Tuesday, called corporate volunteerism "a star on the rise."

The significance of big businesses becoming more involved in volunteerism is not from "enhancing the corporate image, but benefiting their own employees," explained Mrs. Clements to a luncheon crowd of about 100 Junior League of Victoria members at the Plaza Club.

"They become better citizens" and their senses of self-worth are enhanced through volunteering, said the First Lady, a longtime Dallas and Austin volunteer most honored for her work in restoring the governor's mansion.

In the city to commend the Junior League of Victoria's 50th anniversary of volunteer service, Mrs. Clements asked league members to examine where the league is headed in the "1990s and beyond 2000."

She said she sees the league's role as "being coordinator between the public and private sectors," developing coordination between government agencies and cadres of volunteers.

The league also can serve as a catalyst, a motivator and a trainer to develop community leaders who are women, said Mrs. Clements, a former president of the Junior League of Dallas.

Oct. 16 - Before any changes are made, before any programs are developed, school systems need to establish a purpose, according to Dr. Robert Fortenberry, superintendent of Jackson, Miss., public schools and a proponent of effective school programs.

"There needs to be an understanding in the community about why you have schools," he told Victoria and area educators Thursday.

"Do you have schools to provide jobs? Do you have schools to keep the children of the working people? Do you have schools for athletics? Or, are you there to educate children?"

Fortenberry, a self-described "day-to-day practicing administrator," was among the key speakers at a conference on effective schools sponsored by Region III Education Service Center, the University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria Independent School District.

Maintaining that schools exist first and foremost for academic purposes, Fortenberry said he believes the school systems should not be in never, never land when it comes to educational priorities. He stressed that schools should have statements that make their objectives "perfectly clear."

"I honestly believe that the future of this nation is tied up in public education," he said. "Unless we make education effective, the quality of life for all of our children will be endangered."

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