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Years ago for Sunday, Dec 08, 2013

Dec. 5, 2013 at 6:05 a.m.


1913

Dec. 11 - G.O. Stoner Sr. received a postcard this morning from I.E. Clark, his adopted son, who is now in Dutch New Guinea on his way to Australia to buy horses for the United States Army, in which he is now a first sergeant. Mr. Clark was born and reared in Victoria, and since he left this city about 10 years ago, he has traveled several times around the world.

Dec. 12 - Bids will be opened tomorrow by George H. Hauschild for the erection at once of a fine two-story brick building 30 by 50 feet, plans for which were drawn by Architect Leffland. Mr. Hauschild will use the lower floor for his cigar factory building on North Liberty Street, and it will be one of Victoria's handsomest business houses. The work of clearing the site for the building is now in progress.

1938

Dec. 10 - Victoria County farmers Saturday went to the polls and by a majority of 107 to 204 voted for a continuation of the Department of Agriculture's cotton marketing quota program for 1939. The majority represented a percentage of 73.19 in favor of a continuation of the program as far as this county is concerned. However, a two-thirds majority throughout the entire cotton belt is necessary for a continuation of the program.

Dec. 13 - At the annual meeting of the Victoria Fire Department held recently, the following officers were elected: Vincent Fritz, chief; Eugene Schier, first assistant chief; Carl Hiller, second assistant chief; J.T. Scheumack, third assistant chief and drillmaster; E.G. Schier, secretary; Leslie Kickendahl, treasurer; Rev. J.C. Felger, chaplain; Judge J.J. Woodhouse, attorney; Leopold Morris, publicity director; H.S. Alexander, captain, traffic police; Dr. J.V. Hopkins, department surgeon; Dr. W.T. DeTar, assistant department surgeon; Dr. Heaton Smith, director, first aid; Dr. C.P. Montier, dental surgeon; Dr. James Sitterle, assistant dental surgeon; Jimmie Bielstein, mascot.

1963

Dec. 8 - The Friendship Birthday Club held installation of officers at Mammy's Cafeteria Friday. The club was entertained by Mrs. Otho King as hostess. Birthday honoree for the month was Mrs. Hugo Kolterman. Mrs. Frank Starvek, retiring president, was presented with a flower arrangement. Mrs. Alvin Hanselka, installing officer, gave the charge of office to Mrs. Alvin Pribyl, president; Mrs. Marshall Beatty, vice president; Mrs. Mark Shirley, secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. Hugo Kolterman, Flower Fund chairwoman.

1988

Dec. 9 - There'll be an empty space left inside Paul Richter after he pulls down the big orange and blue disc outside his Gulf station and replaces it with a Chevron sign next year.

"It'll be like pulling wisdom teeth," said Richter, who runs the Gulf station at 2114 Houston Highway.

The familiar logo of the Gulf Oil Co., which has been a Texas tradition since the company was born in Port Arthur during the Spindletop boom years at the turn of the century, is being retired in favor of the red and blue inverted corporal's stripes that are the emblem of Chevron, the California company that merged with Gulf in 1984.

"I hate it. It kind of leaves an empty place in your stomach," said Richter, who began operating his Gulf station about three years ago after putting in 20-plus years with Gulf Oil Co. as a gasoline transport driver in the Victoria, Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi areas.

Dec. 14 - If the thought of cooking old Tom Turkey one more year for the Christmas dinner table makes you unhappy or mad, there's a sure way to cure those holiday blues.

Skip it, advised panelist Lori Koonce during a Live Oak Hospital seminar on how to cope with the holidays.

"I was fed up to here with cooking a turkey," recalled Mrs. Koonce, a registered nurse and adult care unit program director, in describing how she resolved that problem in her household.

Her solution was to ask her children what they wanted to eat for Christmas, instead of the traditional holiday meal they disliked and never finished. They chose their favorites, she said, including ham, lasagna, antipasto salad, pizza and pumpkin pie.

Practical suggestions for banishing the emotional ups and downs of the holiday season were outlined by Mrs. Koonce and three other panelists to a crowd of about 20 listeners.

Mrs. Koonce offered two suggestions on how to cope with those unrealistic expectations. First, allow for planning time alone, at least 15 minutes twice a day, and then set priorities on holiday tasks. Second, learn to say no.

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