Years ago for Sunday, Jul 07, 2013

1913

July 8 - Stuart Hunt, a Victoria boy, employed for the past six years in the United States War Department in Washington, has been appointed vice consul to Calcutta, India, by President Wilson, and will leave for Calcutta on Aug. 1. Mr. Hunt's promotion shows how well an ambitious young man who is capable and industrious can succeed in this world without the aid of influential friends. Mr. Hunt saved enough money the last two years to attend Washington and Lee University, and graduated from that noted institution the past session with high honors.

July 13 - There is a strip out at Mission Valley several miles in width that has not had any rain in a long time, despite the fact that on both sides of it there has been an abundance of rainfall. Some of the farmers are now without stock water, as the wind has not been strong enough to operate the windmills.

1938

July 8 - Four members of the Victoria Oilers, semi-pro team, have transferred to Yorktown with the Sun Oil Company crews that will drill in that vicinity. They were Chester Mays, Howard Reichle, Jack Mowbray and "Smokey" Franks.

July 11 - Freddie Moss' circuit wallop with the bases full was the big punch that contributed to a 12-to-6 triumph of the Victoria Rosebuds over the Port Lavaca Sandcrabs here Sunday afternoon at College Park. Arthur Salziger pitched five-hit ball for the Buds and garnered three hits out of four at-bats.

1963

July 7 - New committee chairmen of the Victoria County unit of the American Cancer Society have been named by Mrs. R.P. Barry, president. They are B.G. Albrecht, campaign chairman; Mrs. A.L. Hillsamer, service chairman; Mrs. D.F. Peyton, memorial fund chairman; Dr. J.E. Bauer, doctor's committee chairman; and Mrs. John Dorris, publicity chairman.

July 9 - The South Texas Savings Little League team Saturday night won the city championship by defeating Saski's 4-1. G.W. Williamson is manager and Walter McMahon the assistant manager. Members of the squad are Don Whatley, Robert Seale, Bobby Schnelle, Steve Green, Dennis Meiske, Steve Wood, Jeff Wiley, Tommy Hausen, Allen Seale, Jerry Urban, Ricky Martin, David Meiske, Steve Stephens, Jackie Wain and Kenneth Anderson.

July 10 - Saddle sores from riding in the mountainous country of Horse Trail Falls near Monterrey were among the "souvenirs" brought home this week by eight Boy Scouts of Our Lady of Sorrows Troop 64 after attending a week-long International Scout Jamboree by the Boy Scouts in Mexico. Brother Christopher Doyle, who escorted the local group, said a total of 600 scouts from Mexico and Texas and other Southwestern states participated in the jamboree. Victoria Troop No. 64 Scouts who attended were Julius Cano, Jerry Garcia, Joe Hinojosa, Edward Gutierrez, Frank Vasquez, Pete Alozondo, Pablo Perez and Samuel Camacho.

1988

July 7 - Enforcement of new speed limits on north Main Street may initially draw more attention than usual from the Victoria Police Department.

However, Police Sgt. Larry Potts said the department has no long-range plans to change the way in which it currently enforces the posted speed limits.

"We would probably initially increase the enforcement," he said. "That, coupled with the media coverage, will probably increase the public's awareness."

Potts noted Main Street is not the only place in town where fatal accidents have occurred, and those other areas must also receive an appropriate amount of attention.

North Main, also called U.S. 87, has come under close scrutiny by the City Council after two fatal traffic accidents occurred on the highway within six months of each other. Both were at the curve near Spring Creek and killed a total of three people.

The State Department of Highways and Public Transportation did a speed study of Main and presented two proposals to the council. Council voted on first reading to adopt the latest proposal after rejecting the first.

It calls for the speed limit to be reduced from 50 to 45 mph from just south of Spring Creek to north of the curve. That area covers the locations of the fatal crashes.

The proposal also calls for extending the existing 40 mph speed limit from Marilyn Drive just north of Crestwood Drive to just south of Spring Creek.

July 12 - Gov. Bill Clements said Monday in Victoria one of the toughest issues facing Texas is the Edgewood vs. Kirby lawsuit in which a state district judge has ruled the present system of financing public education is unconstitutional.

"In my opinion, this will be the most sensitive and important issue that we will face in the next legislative session," Clements said. "I'm going to be talking about it all across the state."

He has proposed a change in the Texas constitution to deal with the problem, but Clements said getting that through the Legislature may be no easy task.

In the Edgewood vs. Kirby case, state District Judge Harley Clark ruled the state's current method of funding school districts is unconstitutional. He said it fails to ensure each school district has the same ability to raise funds for educational expenses.

Clements commented on the case while in Victoria Monday for a private fundraising event for State Rep. Steve Holzheauser, R-Inez. Holzheauser will face Victoria's Glenn Smith, the Democratic nominee, in the general election in November.

While in Victoria, Clements also took a swipe at efforts by Texas Railroad Commissioner John Sharp of Victoria to boost natural gas sales to New England. He accused Sharp, state director of the Michael Dukakis campaign for president, of mingling politics with Railroad Commission business.