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Years ago for Sunday, May 26, 2013

By Victoria Advocate
May 23, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.




1913

May 28- The Victoria Motor Car Company sold two Hudson cars this week, one a 6-cylinder touring car, to J.M. Pickering, and the other, a 6-cylinder roadster, to T.P. Traylor.

May 29 - The Rev. J.W. Shaw, of San Antonio, the Catholic bishop of this diocese, will arrive here at noon tomorrow to deliver the commencement address at the graduating exercises of Nazareth Academy, which will be held in the academy auditorium tomorrow at 4 o'clock. The Graduating Class of 1913 consists of three members, Misses Lorraine Pitts, Katherine Glass and Corine Wood.



1938

May 26 - Victoria's powerful girls' softball team, not yet named, Thursday night played a five inning game against the Edna Cowgirls at Edna, winning by a score of 16 to 9. The locals, managed by Eugene Smith and captained by Alice Arnold, line up as follows: Margaret Sarlls, pitcher; Marie McClusky, catcher; Dovie Lamb, first base; Hattie Miori, second base; Vernis Griffith, third base; Josephine Bena, shortstop; Rosalle Wacker, shortfield; Ruth Martin, left field; Lucy Sproles, center field; and Irene Zandonetti, right field.

May 30 - The business houses of Victoria were closed up today as they seldom have been in the past, even on such holidays as Christmas, Fourth of July, etc. They were all joining in observance of Memorial Day as we paid our respects to our heroic dead.



1963

May 27 - Combined baccalaureate and commencement exercise will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. for some 347 Victoria High School students. Plans call for the ceremonies to be held at Patti Welder Stadium, but in the event of bad weather, as was the case last year, the site will be shifted to the Victoria High Gym. School Supt. C.O. Chandler will be the master of ceremonies, and the Rev. James H. Vermillion, pastor of the Baptist Temple, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. Larry Muenzler will deliver the valedictory address, and Jim Marek will give the salutatory address.

May 31 - Sixteen new cases of tuberculosis were reported in Victoria County during 1962, a report of the Texas Tuberculosis Association indicates. The figure compares with 18 reported in 1961. The number of new active cases reported to Texas Health authorities was 3,199 in 1962, compared to 3,480 in 1961.



1988

May 28 - Two Victoria elementary schools, Guadalupe and Hopkins Extended Day Magnet, are ranked by the state as among the top 342 schools.

In a ranking that compared every public school's performance, from elementary to high school level, on the state's basic skills test for 1986-87, these two Victoria schools captured prestigious honors for academic achievement.

"I'm delighted," said a surprised Dr. Doris Fassino, assistant superintendent of instruction for Victoria schools, when told of the ranking by the State Board of Education Thursday afternoon.

"We are seeing positive effects from planning years," suggested Dr. Fassino, referring to 18 months of planning by local campuses using research on what makes schools effective.

Thursday marks the first time that a magnet school in Victoria - a concept created only two years ago - has won state recognition for its achievement.

Joining the two Victoria elementaries in the State Board of Education's top ranking are four other schools in the Victoria region: Hallettsville Junior High School, Nixon Elementary, Blessing Elementary and Markham Elementary.

The State Board of Education recognized top schools for achievement through two ways:

- 90 percent or more of all students scored mastery levels on the state's test of basic skills, reading, writing and math, in 1986-87;

- Gains of 30 percent or more in the percentage of students mastering the basic skills exams, from 1985-86 to 1986-87.

June 1 - A judge has ordered a woman to stop smoking, saying that she can't afford it because she has five children and no job.

Judge Leonard Hoffman, a two-pack-a-day smoker until he quit on Oct. 15, 1956, said it was the first time he has ordered a defendant to stop smoking.

"I'd probably do it again," said Hoffman.

"She came to me pleading poverty, and I don't know why, but I said, 'Do you smoke?' and she said, 'Yes,' and I said, 'How in the world can you afford to? You said you don't have a job," Hoffman said.

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