Years ago for Sunday, Apr 28, 2013
April 29 - One of the largest alligators ever seen in this vicinity was killed near Bloomington on the Traylor Lake yesterday by T.J. Layton. It measured about 12 feet. Mr. Layton spends all his spare time since he killed it trying to find the fellow who offered the $5,000 reward for the alligator's destruction. So far he has failed to find him.
May 3 - The poultry industry of Victoria County is assuming large proportions and the hen is contributing her share towards lifting mortgages and swelling the bank accounts of the farmers of this county. The Federal Census Reports, which contain data gathered in the spring of 1910, show a total of 63,628 fowls, valued at $20,378, on the farms of this county. The annual poultry production of 1909 was 10,672 head of fowls and 267,843 dozen eggs, which had a combined value of $67,200, according to the report.
April 30 - Publisher George H. French of The Advocate has been named a member of the resolutions committee of the Old Indianola Association, which holds its annual meeting at Port Lavaca Sunday, May 15. The appointment was made by S.G. Fassett Sheppard of Cuero, chairman.
May 4 - Formal approval of the Victoria Junior College for teaching organic chemistry was granted by the Texas Association of Colleges at its recent annual meeting, according to Ben F. Hardt, dean of the college.
April 28 - Marsella Starkey, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Starkey, and Carter Shields, son of Dr. and Mrs. Al Shields, reigned as queen and king of the annual Presbyterian Day School Spring Festival Friday at the school gym. Twelve schools participated in the coronation ceremonies and attended the court entertainment which included the rhythm band, the dog training act, vendors, elephants, aerialists, clowns, zebras, tigers, tight wire dancers, and Mary and her lamb.
May 1 - Thundershowers, ranging from very heavy to very light, came to the rescue of the crops, rangeland and pastures in parts of the Victoria area early Tuesday morning, but left many farmers and ranchers disappointed. The rain, accompanied by strong winds and brilliant lightning, struck Victoria just before 2 a.m. soaking parched lawns and bringing joy to about 100 percent of the city residents. Unofficial precipitation figures in the city ranged from 4.5 inches in the southern section to one and a half in the north.
May 2 - Mrs. Mary Charles Baass, principal at Shields Elementary School, was elected president of the local unit of the Texas State Teachers Association at the group's meeting Wednesday. George Lipscomb, principal of Victoria High School, is the out-going president.
April 28 - Representatives of the Victoria City Council and Victoria County Commissioners Court ended a rare joint meeting Thursday claiming they made progress toward resolving solid waste disposal and health department problems.
"I think we've taken a positive step in the right direction," said Mayor Pro Tem Joe Pena. "I am convinced that the city and county government can work well together."
Pena pointed out that the city is obligated to come up with a long-term plan for solid waste disposal by Dec. 31, 1989 in order to comply with the Texas Comprehensive Municipal Solid Waste Management, Resource Recovery and Conservation Act.
He explained that under that act the city, as well as the county, is required to review the provisions of solid waste management services and assure that such services are provided to all person within its jurisdiction.
The mayor pro tem asked the county to consider entering into a cooperative planning effort with the city in order to come up with an effective solid waste management plan.
Both city and county officials indicated enthusiasm about exploring the feasibility of a resource recovery unit to use landfill refuse as fuel for electric power generation.
Pena emphasized that from the city's point of view such a unit "would have to be financed, built and operated by a private company."
April 30 - The Commissioner of Education has warned the state will examine whether construction to meet 22:1 student-teacher class ratios has been delayed while other projects proceed.
"Legislative concern has been expressed to the Texas Education Agency," Commissioner W.N. Kirby advised school districts in a letter, "that some school districts have requested waivers because of insufficient classroom space while planning or carrying out construction projects that would not relieve the conditions that had necessitated the waiver requests."
Beginning next fall, districts throughout the state, including the Victoria school system, are expected to comply with the 22:1 student-teacher ratio in third and fourth grades.