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Years ago for Sunday, Apr 07, 2013

April 4, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 3, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.




1913

April 7 - A sea monster almost equal in size to any that has ever been discovered in the waters of the globe has made its way into and up the Guadalupe River to within 20 miles of Victoria. The appearance of the great fish in the stream and along its banks has spread consternation among the inhabitants who are in a continuous state of fear, day and night. It is also the source of no little alarm among the cattle and hog ranchmen, as the great fish moves over land with great agility and with as much ease as it glides through the water.

April 8 - The story of the appearance of a sea monster in the Guadalupe River 25 miles below Victoria, which appeared in yesterday's issue of the Advocate, was confirmed today by a reporter sent down last evening to make an investigation. The Advocate representative now stationed in the vicinity of the big fish's operations stated over the long-distance telephone from Green Lake this morning that while the excited messenger who brought the news to the city exaggerated in some minor details, particularly with reference to the destruction of cattle and the size of the whale-like fish, yet, in essentials, the report was absolutely true.

April 9 - According to a letter received from the Advocate reporter assigned to note the movements of and the efforts to catch the mammoth fish which made its appearance in the Guadalupe River last Sunday, and which, for a time, wrought havoc among the sheep and hog herds, the monster is still in Green Lake. The letter also advises that the banks of the lake are carefully guarded, and that every effort will be made to prevent his making his way back to the river, and to capture him, if possible, when he makes the attempt.

April 10 - Colonel Bill Sterrett, the state game, fish and oyster commissioner, will assist in the capture of the sea monster now reposing on the bottom of Green Lake. The colonel was communicated with yesterday by wireless from Port Lavaca, he being on a cruise far out in the Gulf, and advised of the sea monster. He wired back, "Catch him alive by all means."



1938

April 10 - The Guadalupe River Basin, containing some 7,000 square miles and extending from the hilly section of the Edwards Plateau to the coast, is to receive the attention of President Roosevelt, through recommendations made by the Texas Planning Board.

County Agent J.M. Saunders estimated the damage to crops, fruit trees and vegetables by the cold winds of Thursday and Friday would run as high as $50,000 in Victoria County.



1963

April 11 - A 16-member panel was chosen Wednesday from which 12 will be selected April 22 to serve on the spring and summer term of the grand jury in 24th District Court. Picked by a five-man jury commission Wednesday were Dave Alkek, Robert A. Bianchi, Dan R. Coleman, Joseph L. Conti Jr., Mrs. Floyd Franz, Lester B. Giese, Emil Horelka, E.E. Hatchett, Henry Hauschild, Paul A. Musselman, Edmund Reyna, Mrs. Sammy Ruschhaupt, Roland A. Timberlake, Volney Warburton, Lisle Wayne and Donovan White. The five commissioners appointed by Dist. Judge Howard P. Green to select the panel were Earl W. Fischer, H.H. Becker, A.A. Jurene, G.R. Reyna and Marcellous Kolodzey.

April 12 - Three Victorians have been named distinguished students for the fall semester at Texas A&M College. They are Richard J. Housemann, John P. Krebs and John A. Schell.

April 13 - Today's the day the lid comes off. Style-conscious Victorians are notified that as of today they're expected to doff all felt hats and don straw skimmers. It's Straw Hat Day, that's what it is; and if anybody in a homburg or fedora gets a feeling that felt has suddenly become non-stylish, he's right. So it's off with the old felt and on with the new straw, which may be found in local shops in a variety of shapes and brim-widths ranging from 4 inches to some that are hardly brims at all.



1988

April 7 - A large stained glass window commemorating Pope John Paul II's visit to San Antonio has been installed in the sacristy of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

In the window the Pope is shown surrounded by children of different races, representing the Pope's love for all people. Also incorporated in the design is an outline of Texas with a star signifying the location of the Pontiff's visit, along with bluebonnet flowers around the outer border.

The original drawing for the window was by Heath Janecka, a student at Edna High School. Cutting, staining and assembly of the glass pieces was by George Taylor, owner of Taylor's Art Glass of Edna.

Formal dedication services and viewing of the window will be held during Saturday and Sunday masses. The Rev. Joseph M. Hybner, St. Mary's pastor, said parishioners also will be able to see the church museum located behind the altar.

The idea of the window was suggested to the Rev. Hybner by Taylor a number of months prior to the Papal visit last year.

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