Years ago for Sunday, Jun 16, 2013
June 17 - A.P. Hornburg's barn, situated in the rear of his residence on South Wheeler Street, was partly destroyed by fire about 7 o'clock this morning, together with nearly three tons of hay. The loss was estimated at $200, with no insurance. There were five horses, three buggies and an automobile in the barn, but these were gotten out without injury.
June 18 - A cablegram has been received here announcing the safe arrival of Frank N. Fossati and his daughter, Miss Josephine, at Bremen, Germany. Mr. Fossati and Miss Fossati sailed from Galveston for Europe about three weeks ago. They will remain abroad about three or four months, spending most of their time in Italy, Mr. Fossati's native land.
June 22 - The equipment of the Goldman-Waters Undertaking Company here has been further modernized with the addition of a handsome new La Salle hearse. L.T. Waters, proprietor of the concern, drove the new machine down from San Antonio this morning.
June 21 - The championship Louis-Schmeling fight Wednesday night will be broadcast over a loud speaker at the Public Square through the courtesy of the May Electric Company. The fight is scheduled to begin about 8 o'clock (Victoria time).
June 20 - School Superintendent C.O. Chandler of Victoria has been named recipient of the Texas Association of Vocational Agricultural Teachers' annual Distinguished Service Award. The award will be made Aug. 7 in Dallas at the organization's appreciation banquet. The award is made annually to the person who contributes most to "the promotion of better education." Chandler, as head of the Texas State Teachers Association, was instrumental in having legislation enacted to liberalize the teachers' retirement program.
June 21 - Two Victoria High School graduates are among 93 high school graduates who have been chosen to share more than $100,000 worth of four-year scholarships at Texas A&M this fall. They are Paul Ray Kornfuehrer and Robert Amos Ostman. The winners were chosen by the faculty scholarship committee, following statewide competition examinations given to more than 500 candidates.
June 16 - A year after brown pelican nests were vandalized on Sundown Island - locally known as Bird Island - the endangered birds have returned, according to Jesse Grantham, state director for the National Audubon Society bird sanctuary program.
Unfortunately, Grantham said, the brown pelican's attempt to nest on the island has been thwarted by visitors who have come onto the island unaware that any disturbance endangers eggs and young of all species.
In May 1987, he believes, it was Asians who stole eggs from the nests to eat. The more recent disturbance was more likely due to fishermen or recreationists who came ashore unaware that the island is a posted sanctuary.
Brown pelicans had begun to nest on the island but abandoned their nests, most likely the weekend of June 4-5, he said. If undisturbed, they may make a second attempt to nest, Grantham said.
A survey conducted June 12 indicated that there were 900 pair of brown pelicans on the island, but none were breeding.
"People don't understand that just swimming and wading in the water near the island may flush birds from their nests," Grantham said.
The island, located near the southern end of Matagorda Peninsula where the ship channel and Intracoastal waterway cross, is posted as a sanctuary.
June 19 - Sandy Hale did all the normal things a child does while she was growing up in a small Wisconsin town, but she never got the chance to learn to ride horses.
Now, at age 27, many of the everyday things like walking are impossible for her to do. But she can ride a horse.
A freak dancing accident left Ms. Hale a quadriplegic four years ago; she was sent home from the hospital to live out her life in a wheelchair. She still must use a wheelchair, but she also spends some of her time on top of a horse, sitting backward on the animal and even lying across it.
It's not just for fun.
It's called hippotherapy - a form of physical therapy using horses as the therapeutic tool. The therapy, offered at Galveston's Hope Arena, is for victims of spinal cord injuries, head injuries, amputations and strokes. It also helps people who have geriatric problems, cerebral palsy, impaired vision or hearing, and the mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed.
The program, a project of Galveston's Moody Foundation, began in September 1985. The foundation's interest in establishing such a program was sparked by a 1980 accident in which foundation trustee Robert L. Moody's son, Russell, suffered a severe head injury and later needed extensive physical therapy.