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Years ago for Sunday, Jan 13, 2013

Jan. 10, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.




1913

Jan. 17 - At a meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank held Tuesday, the following directors were re-elected: J.J. Welder, A.M. McFaddin, M. O'Connor, Joe O'Connor, C.S.E. Holland, F.S. Buhler and J.F. Welder.

Jan. 19 - Fannin Chapter D.R.T. have ordered from the Sherman Nursery fifty grafted pecan trees and will plant them in and around Memorial Square. The work of planting same will be under the scientific supervision of Hon. J.D. Mitchell.



1938

Jan. 15 - Nine out of ten local homes have radios. To provide a convenience to these radio owners, The Advocate today is adding another timely feature in the way of a daily radio program column. Of course, we can't possibly hope to give you the radio program on every station, or even the complete programs of the major networks, but we do intend each day to present in a brief manner the best programs on the air from the National Broadcasting Company, the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Texas Quality Network and the special programs over the Houston and San Antonio stations.

Jan. 18 - The Drinker-Collins respirator and incubator, infant model, has arrived and now can be seen at the DeTar Memorial Hospital. The respirator was contributed to the hospital by Mrs. J.M. Rosborough and family. Any child that enters the hospital may use the new machine.



1963

Jan. 16 - Mrs. Ben T. Jordan, a former schoolteacher who has devoted two-score years in making Victoria a more gracious place in which to live was announced Tuesday night as winner of this city's Senior Citizen Distinguished Service Award for 1962. The award was made by J.D. Moore on behalf of the sponsoring Victoria Rotary Club as a feature of the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in Victoria High School gymnasium. Mrs. Jordan has been associated with a dozen or more civic, fraternal, historic, cultural and educational organizations and projects in Victoria.



1988

Jan. 13 - Victoria DuPont officials held a double celebration Tuesday - a record year of production at the local plant and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of nylon.

The connection between the two is great. The 38-year-old Victoria plant is currently devoting 85 percent of its production to the basic elements that form nylon.

"It was a record year for us" in 1987, plant manager Al Sampson said. "We are operating at full capacity."

DuPont handles 40 percent of the intermediate production of nylon in the United States. Twenty-five percent of U.S. nylon components in the nation are produced in Victoria every year, Tony Eichstadt, Victoria business team leader, said.

Victoria is the world's largest supplier of the two main components of nylon, although no finished nylon is produced locally, Eichstadt added.

Record production at the local DuPont plant follows high demand for many of the products the nylon goes into.

Half of the locally-produced nylon intermediaries are for recently-marketed stain-proof carpets. The remaining nylon components include 20 percent for wearing apparel and soft-side luggage, 15 percent for cording in tires and the rest for nylon molded resins used in automobile and aerospace technology.

Although demand has been great, Sampson said no expansion of local facilities is planned.

Jan. 14 - The city of Victoria will be sending notices to its customers within six months about the possibility of lead contamination in the drinking water.

Jon Foulds, director of water and wastewater, said the city has about 475 miles of water pipe, 40 percent of which could be a source of lead. He said most of it is in the "Old Victoria" area, which includes the original townsite.

Foulds said in the meantime, the Texas Department of Health will come to Victoria to test the water for problems with lead. He said the city may also conduct some of its own tests to determine if there is any danger.

"As far as I know, there have been no adverse affects" caused by lead in the water, Foulds said. "I don't think we're in trouble as far as meeting the state Department of Health regulations regarding lead."

The city no longer uses lead in the water distribution system, but has switched to an asbestos concrete pipe.

The city is being required by the Environmental Protection Agency to send out the notices telling customers of "potential sources (including household plumbing) and adverse health effects of lead."

Foulds said the problem in Victoria, especially in the older parts of the city, is the water pipes were soldered with lead. He said that was a common practice until about 1960, which is why the lead solder appears to be limited mostly to the original townsite area.

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