Years ago for Sunday, Jan 05, 2014
Jan. 5 - The pistol carried by the late Major Will H. Kyle, a Terry Ranger scout, 18th Texas Cavalry, was today sent to Major H.W. Littlefield, of Austin, one of the few remaining Terry Rangers. The weapon was given by Major Kyle to his young friend, Henry C. Traylor, of this city, in 1866, and Mr. Traylor, after preserving it all of these years, is now placing it in the hands of Major Littlefield to be labeled as he deems proper and placed among the relics in the Confederate museum at the state capitol. It will be remembered that the Terry Rangers equestrian monument, the work of Pompeo Coppini, occupies a prominent place on the capitol grounds.
Jan. 6 - A.F. Mulholland, a well-known athlete of this city who is employed in Stapleton and Schuchert's barbershop, yesterday signed a contract with the Austin Club of the Texas Baseball League. Mulholland is slated for the outfield on the Austin team. He is very fast in the outer gardens and a heavy sticker. He will add much strength to the Senators' lineup.
Jan. 10 - H.W. Fiek, the bright and popular young son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Fiek, will leave tomorrow for Galveston and sail from there Monday for Germany. He will spend about a year abroad, during which time he will attend the Berlin University. Mr. Fiek has promised to write the Advocate an occasional letter for publication, which we know our readers will greatly enjoy. He will be accompanied to Galveston by his father and sister, Miss Lucy Fiek.
Jan. 8 - Another monument has been erected in Victoria by the Texas Centennial Commission. It is to the memory of Edward Conrad, one of the 58 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and was placed on the City Hall Square facing Church Street.
Jan. 11 - At the annual meeting of the shareholders of The Victoria National Bank, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the following directors were re-elected: M.O. O'Connor, Jas. F. Welder Jr., C.K. McCan, Chas. C. Zirjacks, W.B. Callan, Roger Williams, John J. Welder, W.R. McFaddin, T.P. Traylor, R.B. Roos, J.T. Linebaugh and Frank Alonso.
The Junior Service League announces the showing of a group of original watercolors by Walt Disney. These drawings are offered for sale by the McNeel Gallery of San Antonio, and the public is cordially invited to view these sketches at the Swap Shop.
Jan. 9 - The St. Joseph Flyers, who have a 12-5 season record and who have won second prize in three invitation tournaments, will open their bid Thursday for the district title in the Texas Catholic Interscholastic League. Coach Harlan Gerhold takes his interesting-to-watch team to Yoakum for a game with the St. Joseph's team of that city. It will be the first of eight district games for the Flyers, who will have two games each with the Yoakum St. Joseph's, Sacred Heart of Hallettsville, Bishop Forest of Schulenburg and St. Ludmilla of Shiner. The district winner qualifies for the state Catholic championship in San Antonio on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. The Flyers are the defending district champions. Gerhold said his starting lineup will consist of Ricky Byars, Jimmy Cattan, Meneley, Richard Mulligan and Johnny Rouse.
Jan. 6 - Don't throw away those plastic soft drink bottles and milk jugs. They might just turn out to be as valuable as aluminum cans.
State Sen. Ken Armbrister, D-Victoria, and State Rep. Steve Holzhauser, R-Inez, have agreed to sponsor legislation calling for manufacturers of plastics to encode their products with symbols that identify the types of resins used in manufacturing.
Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro proposed such legislation Thursday at an Austin news conference, saying "it could set a national example" for recycling plastics and spur growth in the plastics recycling industry.
Encoding would simplify the recycling process and make it more profitable for collectors and manufacturers.
"Texas is the leading manufacturer of plastics in the world," said Mauro. "Using container coding as a foundation, we can become the No. 1 recycler of plastics in the world."
In 1987, American people recycled 35 billion aluminum beverage cans, earning $250 million in the process, Mauro said.
The land commissioner said that while plastics make up an estimated 7 to 10 percent of the weight of residential trash, its volume represents 15 to 30 percent.
Jan. 7 - A $1,500 talking macaw escaped from its owner and led a crowd that swelled to 15 persons on a merry chase from treetop to treetop over a distance of eight city blocks Friday afternoon.
The chase ended happily after more than two hours when a tired "Buzz," a blue and gold macaw measuring more than 2 feet long and having a wingspan of about 3 feet, was plucked out of a low tree by its owner, Donna Ward, a substitute teacher and student at the University of Houston-Victoria.
The chase began about 2:15 p.m. when Buzz, who had never before been out of her cage, took her first taste of freedom and flew away from Ms. Ward, who was having a late lunch with a friend at Victoria Auto Recovery.
Eventually, Ms. Ward coaxed Buzz down from a hackberry tree.