Years ago for Sunday, May 12, 2013
May 12 - The Commencement Exercises of the Victoria High School will be held at the school auditorium Friday night, May 23. The Graduating Class of 1913 is the largest in the history of the school, numbering twenty members, as follows: Israel Bettin, Clarence Dean, John Hoeber, Constandt Harris, Harry Stapleton, Leslie Stoner, Ben Williams, Arthur Schrader, Jack Womack, Agnes Burchers, Marjorie Holland, Elizabeth Groce, Helen Groce, Julia Leur, Margaret Petree, Virginia Steele, Lone Sneigr, Lura Pepper, Lillian Harris and Sibyl Harris.
May 16 - A strong movement has been started here for the organization of a first class baseball team. Louis Fimbel and Geo. J. Vignes are circulating a petition for contributions, and are meeting with much success. A meeting for the reorganization of the Victoria Baseball Association will be held at the City Hall next Monday night at 8 o'clock. All fans are urged to be present.
May 17 - Victoria County's cotton crop in 1912 was 20,156, counting round bales as half bales, and excluding linters, according to a report issued today by the Federal Department of Commerce and Labor.
May 18 - The St. Anthony Cadets, an auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus, gave a banquet at the K. of C. Hall last night in honor of their commander, Captain Nic Gaffney, who has taken great pains in training the boys. Capt. Gaffney is engaged in agricultural pursuits near Spring Creek and has made many friends during his short residence in this county. He was formerly a lieutenant in the United States Army. Dr. J.V. Hopkins, who was present at the banquet, told of the prominent part the cadets took in the recent K. of C. state convention in Fort Worth, and said they would be made one of the leading features of the next convention, which will be held in Victoria.
May 15 - A flood-control program for the Guadalupe River and its tributaries was given a boost the past week when it was announced that a meeting has been called for some time soon, probably July 6, to be held in Seguin, at which time army engineers will meet with representatives from river towns and various officials from throughout the entire watershed.
May 14 - Dr. W.W. Jackson of San Antonio, chairman of the Texas Board of Education, will be guest speaker at Victoria College's 38th annual commencement exercises at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Baptist Temple. Eighty-five sophomores are candidates for graduation - one of the smallest classes in recent years - at the commencement program to be presided over by College President J.D. Moore, with the Rev. James Vermillion of Baptist Temple offering the invocation. Dr. C.P. Montier, secretary of the college's board of trustees, will present Associate in Arts diplomas or Certificates of Completion to the graduating class. A selection will be presented by the Victoria College Girls Trio in the persons of Kathleen Hummel, Joanie Horton and Linda Pennington. Mrs. Lewis Williams will play the processional and recessional organ selections.
May 17 - St. Joseph High School will graduate 37 seniors at the Catholic boys' institution on the occasion of its 40th annual commencement exercises at 8 p.m. Sunday in the school's Katie Owens Welder Gymnasium. The Most Rev. Stephen A. Leven, Auxiliary to Archbishop Robert E. Lacey of San Antonio, will be introduced as chief speaker by the Rev. Msgr. Frederick O. Beck, pastor of St. Mary's Church. Brother William Callahan, principal, will present the scholastic awards, and Thomas M. O'Connor, president of St. Joseph Schools Inc., will tender the diplomas. A welcome address will be made by David Elwonger, class salutatorian, and the valedictory address by Robert Hebner. Frank Gorton will be pianist for the processional, Chopin's Polonaise in A-major, and recessional, Robert Schumann's Sketch.
May 13 - A request from Process Design asking the city of Victoria for exclusive rights to develop a proposal to burn landfill solid waste to generate electricity is not expected on next Monday's City Council agenda.
Mayor Pro Tem Joe Pena said Thursday the request has been turned over to city attorney Mark Taylor for review and probably won't be presented to council until its June 6 meeting.
"We just want to make sure the city is protected," Pena said. "They (Process Design) fed us a lot of information, and we just need a little time to digest it."
Representatives of Houston-based Process Design, an energy recovery company, met with representatives of the City Council and Victoria County Commissioners Court Wednesday during a discussion of solid waste disposal problems.
Of an estimated 5,500 tons of waste currently dumped monthly into the city-run landfill near Bloomington, approximately 100 tons is brought in by commercial haulers from the county's five dumpster service stations.
May 16 - Victoria-raised oil and investments tycoon Albert B. Alkek has donated $1 million to the University of Houston-Victoria. The gift is the largest contribution ever received by UHV, university officials said.
Income from the donation, designated the Alkek Scholarship Endowment, will be used to help deserving students finance their education at UHV and to reward academic merit.
"The Victoria area holds a special place in my heart, and I am pleased to be able to make this gift," said Alkek, a self-made millionaire businessman and philanthropist who has homes in Bandera and Houston, but retains his official residence in Victoria.
"Helping people help themselves is, in my estimation, a shrewd investment - one that will yield benefits for students, their families and the community for many years to come," Alkek said.