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Years ago for Sunday, Dec 15, 2013

Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.


1913

Dec. 15 - The most distinct motion pictures ever seen in Victoria are now being shown at the Princess Theatre as a result of the installation of a motor that furnishes a direct current. This theatre and the Iris of Houston are the only two in Texas that have such equipment. Messrs. Gueringer and Gervais, the popular and efficient young managers of the Princess, have expended a large sum of money in improving their playhouse and the patronage they are receiving indicates that the public appreciates their efforts to afford the best service possible.

Dec. 21 - Stanley Schmidt and Bradley Kennedy were injured at noon today in an automobile accident in the eastern limits of the city. Schmidt's back was wrenched, and he is believed to be injured internally. Kennedy received an ugly cut on the wrist. Both also sustained scalp wounds. Schmidt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Schmidt, who moved here about six months ago from Beeville. Kennedy is the son of Chas. Kennedy, a well know carpenter of this city. The steering gear of the car in which the young men were riding got out of order and caused the car to turn turtle in front of Richard Vogt's residence, pinning both of them under the windshield.

1938

Dec. 17 - Victoria County will save thousands of dollars in interest payments because of the early retirement of the $100,000 in Victoria County jail bonds sold here to the Milton R. Underwood and Company of Houston, County Judge J.J. Woodhouse stated Tuesday. The sale brought a par interest rate of 2 percent and a premium of $1,099. The high premium will automatically cut the interest rate down to approximately 1.71 percent.

Dec. 20 - Accidents, most of them of a minor nature, continue to occur at the dangerous Moody-Rio Grande street curve, yet city and highway officials continue to neglect to do anything about it.

1963

Dec. 16 - The Rev. J. Vermillion of Baptist Temple will give the devotional message at O'Connor Elementary School. Mrs. J.K. Polk will sing a concert of carols under the community Christmas tree in DeLeon Plaza on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. J.D. Calliham will be coordinator for the Pilot Club of Victoria, co-sponsoring the plaza programs with Downtown Progress of Victoria Inc.

Dec. 18 - Ralph D. Jaschke, 12, became one of the youngest Boy Scouts in the area to become an Eagle Scout when he was awarded Scouting's highest rank Monday night. A member of No. 368 sponsored by First Christian Church and under the guidance of Scoutmaster Leroy Miller, Ralph achieved his feat one year and four months after becoming a Scout. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jaschke.

1988

Dec. 15 - Taking its cue from the popular credit card slogan, "Don't Leave Home Without It," a Victoria discount card for honor students in public schools was unveiled Wednesday.

"It's just in time for Christmas," explained Bill Jones, director of public information for the public schools, who was introducing the card to students at various campuses Wednesday.

With the new card in hand, students will be able to indulge in their favorite pastimes, from renting videos to listening to cassettes to ordering pizza, at steep discounts.

About 1,200 students in sixth through twelfth grades will qualify for the new discount cards by earning a place on their schools' honor rolls.

"The kids are surprised," said Jones about the new cards distributed Wednesday. "They appear to be elated over an opportunity to get discounts in time for the Christmas holiday."

Jones said the cards are designed to teach responsibility to teenagers in several ways.

"It teaches responsibility, because the card is non-transferable. It's an honor system," said Jones. "They can't let someone else use it. It re-enforces some mathematical problems that occur in everyday life, with percentages off in retailing."

Dec. 19 - When you go into the toy store to buy Christmas presents for your kids, it's a good idea to steer away from things like toy guns, tanks and bombers.

Pick up things like modeling clay, puppets, microscopes, books or musical instruments instead.

That's the advice of Victoria educators Dr. Anarella Cellitti and Marie A. Plemons, co-authors of a just-published pamphlet titled "Appropriate Toys for Fun and Learning."

The writers warn that war toys could increase aggressive and antisocial behavior in children and lead to "more aggressive and violent acts that we do not want to have in society in later years."

"Appropriate" toys, on the other hand, can expand a child's cognitive development and his understanding of the world around him, they say.

When children play with war toys, Cellitti and Plemons write, they are creating a high sense of power and control over the lives and behavior of others. These feelings reinforce aggressive behavior.

In addition, they say, kids begin to enjoy the most violent act - killing - because it is ... "acceptable, expected and fun ..."

Ultimately, the writers contend, children come to believe that violence and killing are ways to solve problems, control others and succeed in life.

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