Years ago for Sunday, Feb 16, 2014
Feb. 16 - The following Victorians went to Houston today to attend several fine plays to be given there this week: Mrs. Frank B. Lander, Mrs. A.M. McFaddin, Mrs. J.V. Vandenberge, Mrs. E.L. Marmion, Mrs. J.M. Brownson, Mrs. John H. Clegg and son, Edward, and Mrs. John J. Welder III.
Feb. 17 - While A.R. Doss was attending services at the First Presbyterian Church last Sunday night, someone stole his horse and buggy. Two men suspected of the theft were apprehended at Edna yesterday, and Constable Hudler went there this morning to take charge of them.
Feb. 18 - Three veins of good water were struck in the Sunset well near the passenger depot yesterday at a depth of 300 feet. The water is ample to meet the requirements of the railroad, and the well will not be made any deeper.
Feb. 19 - The newly organized Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce has erected a larger danger sign at the dangerous Moody-Rio Grande Street curve in an effort to reduce the number of accidents at that intersection.
Feb. 22 - Official returns of the City Independent Party of Tuesday's primary election, canvassed this morning by the executive committee, confirmed the fact Mayor Ben T. Jordan had been re-elected for his fourth consecutive term over alderman A.R. Hartman. The official count was: Mayor Jordan, 1,037; A.R. Hartman, 370.
Feb. 20 - Citizens Memorial Hospital, already perhaps the most outstanding medical facility between Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, has added still another facility out of its own revenues, Administrator Dorothy Swickheimer announced Wednesday. "Facilities are now available for complete hospital dentistry," Mrs. Swickheimer said. "The proper equipment and instruments have been placed in the surgery area for performance for any dental procedure." The equipment was purchased at a cost of approximately $4,000.
Feb. 21 - Bill Klotz was presented the Engineer of the Year award of the Victoria Chapter, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, at the chapter's Engineers' Week Banquet on Thursday evening at the Navarro Restaurant.
Feb. 16 - David M. Gaddis, executive vice president, has been named acting president and chief executive officer of First Victoria National Bank.
He will be filling in for Tom Murrah, who resigned after serving in that capacity since July 1986.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Leo J. Welder, chairman of the board for the bank, in a two-paragraph press release. Welder and Gaddis could not be contacted for comment.
Murrah, when reached at his home Wednesday night, said he had no immediate plans for the future and that he hopes to stay in Victoria.
Aside from recognizing Murrah's accomplishments and praising Gaddis' abilities, the press release provides no other details about the changes. No date was given on when Murrah's resignation is effective or whether Gaddis will assume his new duties permanently.
Gaddis became vice president and loan review officer for the bank in January 1980. He was also made responsible for the bank's compliance with federal banking regulations.
He was promoted in May 1981 to senior vice president and continued his duties as a loan review officer. Gaddis was once again promoted in July 1986 to executive vice president and chief operation officer when David E. Sheffield retired as president.
Feb. 18 - "Don't worry. Be happy."
That was the advice given by Citizens Medical Center's Jo Reilly, a behavior modification specialist and drug abuse counselor, during a stress management seminar Friday at Victoria College.
Other speakers included Dr. Joanne Guernette, owner of Victoria's Behavior Learn Clinic; Susan Daley, assistant administrator of Live Oak Hospital; Sharon Mote, volunteer coordinator of Hope of South Texas; and Dr. Shirley Pigott, a local family physician.
The college-sponsored seminar opened with seminar director Agnes Jewett, a Victoria College counselor, leading the audience in a relaxation session that included head rolling and closed-eyed visualization of a beach scene.
Ms. Reilly advised seminar goers to prepare themselves with organization and planning to avoid stress.
Things like getting up a little earlier in the morning to avoid having to rush will help beat stress, she said.
"If I don't have to rush, I don't have to get in a panic. I can meet the day unstressed," said Ms. Reilly.
She said the No.1 factor contributing to stress is change.
If you resist change, you become stressed, so go with the flow, she suggested.
"Live in the here and now. If there's something you can do about it, then by all means, do. If there is nothing you can do about it, let go of it," she said.
She said members of Alcoholics Anonymous use a prayer for serenity. That prayer goes: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."