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Years ago for Sunday, Dec 22, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013 at 6:19 a.m.


1913

Dec. 24 - The Moose Carnival opened here yesterday afternoon on the Gilmer Block in the northeastern portion of the city under the most favorable circumstances. A large crowd was present at the opening of the carnival, and at night, thousands were in attendance.

Dec. 26 - Christmas Day was very happily observed in Victoria. The weather was ideal, and few people remained indoors. There were special services and special music at all of the churches, and able sermons were preached by the pastors. Christmas Eve services were held at some of the churches, that of the Presbyterian Church being especially noteworthy. Perfect order was maintained throughout the day. There was not any disorder of any kind, which speaks well for Victoria's excellent citizenry and the ability of her peace officers.

1938

Dec. 23 - The cold and wet weather cut down the attendance to some extent, but despite this, more than 2,000 gift packages were distributed to small boys and girls by Santa Claus today on his visit to the city.

Dec. 28 - Under the sponsorship of Fire Chief V.S. Fritz and the Victoria Fire Department, a number of carolers appeared at the homes of the aged-exempt and honorary firemen Christmas Eve and sang a number of beautiful Christmas songs. This was not an innovation this year, for this custom has been carried out on numerous occasions during past years. In the party of carolers were about 30 young people under the supervision of Mr. Clarence Felger. The following men were honored: L.P. Leibold, Frank Wagner, Guy Stapleton, J.J. Warrach, John Ward, Emil Jecker, J.G. Sneigr, H.C. Gramann, John Dietz and Max Zahn.

1963

Dec. 22 - Marvin Hesse, of 2303 E. Mistletoe, in the Temple Heights addition Saturday was named winner of the $100 first prize in the Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the Victoria Advocate and Central Power and Light Company. Judges awarded the second place prize of $50 to J.O. Halepaska, who resides on the Refugio Highway. Third place of $25 was awarded to Mrs. Morris Hyak, of 802 E. Lawndale. The judges, a man and two women prominent in Victoria civic and garden club work, praised the high-quality of entries and cited five additional residences for "honorable mention." They were W.L. Bishop, of 801 Lawndale; P.G. Williams, of 1801 E. Warren; Ray McDaniel, of 1705 College Drive; Charles L. Borchers, of 2401 N. Wheeler; and H.H. Van Dyke, of 1705 Avondale. There were 60 persons entered in the contest.

1988

Dec. 23 - Citizens Medical Center officials Thursday unveiled a $3.7 million center that will encompass diagnostic technology on the medical world's leading edge.

Center stage in the new 15,000-square-foot wing is a massive, white, doughnut-shaped magnet, part of a $2 million system, which will bombard patients with painless, sensation-less radio waves enabling doctors to see inside the human body.

Rows of film images, as crystal clear as pen-and-ink drawings, filled one wall as radiologist Dr. Steven C. Schnicker demonstrated how doctors soon will use the images produced by computers linked to the giant magnet, known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

For the diagnosing of brain and back ailments, MRI should prove to be "competitive," predicted Schnicker, with the more-common CT scan, or computerized tomography unit.

Schnicker pointed to distinct MRI film images capturing the inside of the brain, looking down as if from a bird's-eye view within the skull. The images clearly depicted the lobes, the pituitary gland and other details.

Dec. 27 - Donning a pair of black cowboy boots and loose-fitting clothing, President-elect George Bush arrived at a ranch near the South Texas community of Beeville on Monday for a three-day vacation, in which the budget will take a back seat to bird hunting.

As has been tradition for 20 years, Bush returned to Will Farrish's Lazy F Ranch, where he will be joined by Treasury Secretary James Baker for quail hunting on the dry, mesquite-laden 10,000-acre spread.

Farrish is Bush's close friend who lives in Houston and manages Bush's investments through a blind trust.

Farrish's wife, Sarah, and Baker's wife, Susan, will go to the ranch, but Barbara Bush remained in Washington.

Bush will leave Thursday for a fishing vacation at Pintlala, Ala.

Bush talked to reporters briefly after arriving at Chase Naval Air Station before his motorcade went to the ranch.

Bush said he is glad his son, Jeb, and grandson, George, traveled to earthquake-ravaged Soviet Armenia to deliver supplies and Christmas gifts to victims.

"He was moved deeply, as was our grandson, and I expect it will make an impression in them for the rest of their lives," Bush said.

"It was the right thing to do in this Christmas season."

The vice president was greeted by about 50 well-wishers, 50 media representatives and a handful of local dignitaries, including Bee County Chamber of Commerce President Henry Medina, who gave him a saddle-like bag for the birds.

He was also given a T-shirt by a young girl that read, "Bee County is Bush-Quayle Country."

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