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Years ago for Sunday, Aug 18, 2013

Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.


1913

Aug. 26 - Joseph Marcak, one of this county's most highly esteemed citizens, is having a handsome new home erected at Guadalupe. It will be two stories and cost about $2,500.

The roof of the Welder skyscraper will be arranged so that is may easily be converted into a roof garden. It is probable that the change will be made by next summer, and various amusements provided. The new Denver Hotel building will also have a roof garden.

Aug. 27 - Among the handsomest and most complete city directories ever printed is one that has just been issued for Victoria by the John F. Worley Directory Company of Dallas. It has a nice cloth binding, and is printed on good paper. In the preface, this statement is made: "A careful count by the directory canvassers found a population of 6,867 persons living in Victoria, and no doubt a considerably larger population would have been found if the census had not been taken during the summertime, when many persons are away from town and for the time being their names are not obtainable. The number of houses in which people lived was found to be 1,463.

Aug. 30 - The most beautiful and promising addition to Victoria is the Rio Vista Addition. This addition, which is owned by W.C. Rucker and associates, was opened to settlement a few days ago, and the lots are selling very fast. Many of Victoria's most conservative business men are investing in them. The addition embraces the old Val Weber tract, and is located just west of the city along the Guadalupe River, being only six blocks from the Court House and a block from the handsome new Frisco depot. It has been divided into 150 lots of 50 by 131 feet, which are being sold from $325 to $650.

1938

Aug. 29 - Frenzel Brothers Garage, operated by C.E. (Connie) and Monroe Frenzel - two locally well-known mechanics, is now open for business in the old Riverside garage building across the river - opposite Montag's.

The 1938 cotton crop in this county was over 5,000 bales behind the crop of 1937 in number of bales ginned prior to August 15 of each year, according to figures released today by L.L.B. Hofer, government cotton statistician. Up to August 15, only 272 bales from this year's crop had been ginned in comparison with 5,433 bales in the same period of 1937.

Aug. 31 - Victoria Junior College will offer commercial courses at night during the fall and spring semesters of the 1938-1939 school year, according to J.W. Edgar, director of instruction for the college. R.E. Manning, head of the business administration department, will teach the work. Courses may be taken for regular college credit or for their practical value.

1963

Aug. 25 - The Victoria High School Victoriadors, who will perform at football games and other school functions during the coming school year, will make their first appearance this school year September 13 at Patti Welder Stadium when the Stingarees play Port Lavaca's Sandcrabs. Officers are Pam Gardner, captain; Dian Pair, major; Jan Alkek, captain; and Pam Dentler, Linda Freasier, Marie Carsner, Kathy Board, Carol Carsner and Sandy Harkey, lieutenants.

Aug. 26 - Two Victoria youths, Louis Hajek and Fred E. Smith, were awarded Lone Star Farmer Degrees at the Area X FFA awards banquet at Corpus Christi recently. Hajek is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Hajek and Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Smith.

1988

Aug. 25 - Officials of the South Texas Nuclear Project near Bay City reported Wednesday the last major step was taken before the plant's Unit 1 begins commercial operation.

At 10:40 a.m. the project completed a 100-hour test of continuous operation at full power, making it the first nuclear unit in Texas to wrap up the testing program.

That clears the way for the four owners to declare the project in commercial operation, an action that was to have taken place late Wednesday. The owners are Central Power and Light Co., Houston Lighting and Power Co., the city of San Antonio and the city of Austin.

The difference between a testing mode and commercial operation involves changes in who manages the power and in bookkeeping.

"The plant can be considered an operating unit now instead of a construction project for the municipalities," CPL spokesman Jackie Bjorum said. "That means the municipalities (San Antonio and Austin) can include the cost of operations in their rates."

Aug. 28 - Ceramic sculptress Susan Budge believes it is an artist's responsibility not only to produce but to teach. So she is thrilled that she has been named artist-in-residence for Victoria.

Ms. Budge has been employed through the state artist in education program, a cooperative effort of Texas Commission on the Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Council of Victoria and Victoria Independent School District.

She will teach in the VISD intermediate and high schools from September through December.

The 29-year-old artist comes to Victoria with a number of art awards under her belt, including the best of show award in this year's East End Show in Houston.

Three years ago she won the critics choice award in the 12th annual Spring Exhibition held by the Galveston Art League, and as a student she won first place in three-dimensional works during a juried show held by the University of Texas at the Permian Basin.

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