Years ago for Sunday, Mar 31, 2013
April 1 - Victoria's city park - the Public Square - has been sold by the city for $1,000,000, it was announced today after a special and somewhat turbulent meeting of City Council last night. Pressure brought about by the industries committee of the Chamber of Commerce was thought to have been a factor in the final decision by the council to sell the valuable property. Identity of the purchaser was not revealed today although it was thought to be a Milwaukee syndicate of capitalists. Rumor has it that the site will be used for the erection of a large eight-story factory building with four floors to be utilized by a brewery and the remaining floors as a pretzel factory.
April 3 - N.M. Bartley, cashier of the First State Bank of Bloomington, is in the city. One day next week the bank examiner will make the examination required by law, after which the new guaranteed-fund state bank will be open for business, and all depositors may feel particularly safe.
March 31 - An election for the purpose of electing three trustees to the Board of Education of the Victoria Independent School District will be held Saturday. Three members of the present school board have announced for re-election. They are William Offer, Dennis O'Connor and George E. Hofmann.
April 6 - The Rosebuds' lineup for Sunday's important game at Cuero looms up like this: Salziger, pitcher; Pickett, catcher; McCloskey, first base; Evans, second base; Moss, third base; Devereaux, shortstop; Weaver, left field; Eugene Mutchler, center field; and Wyatt or Schoener, right field. The recent addition of Moss will give the Buds more batting punch. In fact, Moss, McCloskey, Evans and Devereaux all are considered .300 hitters.
March 31 - The 1963 Morning Study Club Flower show will continue this afternoon in the Victoria High School Gym between the hours of 1 and 6 o'clock. The exhibits by the Victoria Art Guild, the garden plots of nurserymen and florists, and the designs in glitter to express the theme of the show have transformed the gym into a mass of color and design. The Airline Garden Club's entry depicting "India" was awarded Queen of the Show Award.
April 2 - Airman 3/C William V. Mcelveen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert O. McElveen, is now stationed at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, to attend a course of communications operations specialists. He recently completed basic at Lackland AFB. A 1961 graduate of Victoria High School, he attended Victoria College, University of Houston and Sam Houston State.
April 4 - An 11 foot by 16 foot American Flag was raised on the Victoria College campus Wednesday and became the biggest flag ever flown over Victoria. The flag, costing $300, was a gift of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4146. Taking part in the ceremony were Clarence Hartman, M.D. Stevens, C.T. Henry, W.H. McManis and Charles Kinsler of the VFW, and Roger Stockbauer, Ronnie Pollack, Paula Pribyl and Keith Markley, college students.
April 5 - Thirteen elementary and junior high school students have qualified for the 1963 County Spelling Bee to be conducted under auspices of County Supt. R.C. Pickett. The spelling bee will be held Wednesday, April 24, and the winner will go to the area contest in Corpus Christi. Back to defend his laurels is the 1962 winner, Michael Filley. The 13-year-old eighth grader is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Filley. Other contestants this year include Cynthia Ann Ballard, Smith Elem.; John Sharp, Placedo Elem.; Roy Dale Bayer, O'Connor Elem.; Linda Stalinsky, Kemper City Elem.; Jeffrey Wiley, Shields Elem.; Rosemary Pribyl, Aloe Elem.; Leila Araj, Juan Linn Elem.; Bobby Moss, Crain Junior High; Jo Ann Rubac, Bloomington Elem.; Doyle McKey, William Wood Elem.; Lynn Bunn, Stanly Elem.; and Barbara Snyder, Patti Welder Junior High.
April 4 - Four-year-old Ivan Trevino of Victoria may be the youngest professional drummer in the nation.
If he isn't the youngest now, he had to be a couple of years ago. Ivan's dad, Fred, who leads the band, said his son has performed on stage since he was 14 months old.
Trevino agrees Ivan has to be one-of-a-kind. As the member of a contemporary Christian music group, the Texas Praise Band, Ivan is seen regularly at benefits, concerts, weddings and church events.
He played with the band Saturday at the annual Victoria Parks and Recreation Eggstravaganza. Like the hundreds of children at the Easter holiday activity, Ivan hunted for eggs, but he was ready when it was time to go to work, said his dad.
"I bought him a $175 set of drums when he was 12 months old because he was always banging on things," Trevino said. "One of my daughters played the drums and taught him a bit. He caught on real fast."
April 5 - The Victoria County Commissioners Court met Monday morning to consider sponsorship of a $500,000 Texas Department of Commerce block grant, but nobody showed up at the meeting to apply for the funds.
County Judge Norman D. Jones said the court had expected representatives of Precon Structures to appear at a public hearing prior to the scheduled meeting of the court to present their company's request for funding assistance.