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Years ago for Sunday, Jan 12, 2014

Jan. 9, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 8, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.


1914

Jan. 13 - The beautiful new Denver Hotel will be opened to the public tomorrow night, and all citizens are cordially invited to be present. A dance will be given in the ballroom from 8 p.m. to midnight. The entire building, from basement to roof garden, will be open for inspection, and everybody will have a chance on this occasion to go through one of the finest hotels in Southern Texas. As many citizens as possible should attend and thereby show their appreciation of the progressiveness of the Denver's progressive proprietor, Ben H. Matthews, who will do everything possible for their entertainment.

Jan. 15 - The new Denver Hotel was opened last night with a public reception attended by fully a thousand people. The hotel is located at the corner of Constitution and William Streets, opposite the post office building and is a handsome, four-story structure. Concrete and brick were used in its construction, and it is absolutely fireproof. It has a basement for its full length and width and also a roof garden. There are 50 rooms for guests, a spacious lobby, two large dining rooms, a roomy kitchen, a ballroom and a ladies' parlor. The basement contains a barbershop, billiard, pool and domino rooms and a clothes-pressing department. The hotel is lighted by electricity and heated by steam. It has a telephone system and every other modern convenience including an electric elevator running from basement to roof garden.

1939

Jan. 14 - Several county officers received small salary increases Thursday morning when the County Commissioners Court set the salary limits for the current fiscal year. The salaries are as follows: judge, $3,000; sheriff, $3,090; clerk, $3,090; commissioners, $1,800; attorney, $2,400; district clerk, $2,163; treasurer, $1,500; auditor, $2,250; justice of peace, $1,400; and constable, $300.

Jan. 17 - Brother Vincent Brand, principal of St. Joseph's High School, at chapel exercises this morning presented reversible blue and grey jackets to eight members of the championship St. Joseph flyer six-man football team. Receiving the awards were Frank Welder, Tom O'Connor, Dennis Halepaska, James Kindell, Carl Slaughter, Roy Pace, Dubby Jecker and Elias Ozuna.

Jan. 18 - City Engineer E.F. Miles within a few days is expected to begin locating and laying off the runways of Victoria's new airport north of the city. An option on the airport, located exactly 5-and-a-half miles north of the city on land owned by Warren Ball, has been taken by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. It comprises some 138 acres, has a natural drain, the soil is a sandy loam, and an all-weather road leads to the field.

1964

Jan. 16 - Names of two men who are to be inducted into the Army on Jan. 30 from Selective Service Board No. 125 were released Wednesday by Louis R. Kolle, draft board chairman. The men are Edwin A. Wagner, of 108 W. Trinity St., and Glen N. Ruschhaupt, of Route 1. Sixty men will take pre-inductions in San Antonio on the same day.

1989

Jan. 12 - President Reagan paid a sentimental farewell tribute to the American people Wednesday night, saying that they had made possible not "a Reagan revolution" but a "great rediscovery ... of our values and common sense."

In his 34th and final address from the Oval Office, Reagan asserted that during his presidency the United States has "stood, again, for freedom" and that, as a result, "America is respected again in the world and looked to for leadership."

Reagan said this is one of the "two great triumphs" of his presidency. He said the other was "the economic recovery, in which the people of America created - and filled - 19 million new jobs."

Late in his speech, the president said he has "regrets" about leaving a legacy of mammoth budget deficits. But for the first time, he did not attempt to blame this on Congress or others, instead saying that "tonight isn't for arguments, and I'm going to hold my tongue."

While reiterating his anti-communism, Reagan hailed the "satisfying new closeness with the Soviet Union" and praised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

"My view is that President Gorbachev is different from previous Soviet leaders," Reagan said. "I think he knows some of the things wrong with his society and is trying to fix them. We wish him well."

Except for general comments about the economy and super power relations, the speech was largely devoid of discussion of specific issues or problems facing the United States.

Instead, it was a speech of the kind Reagan has always felt most comfortable with on formal occasions - a celebration of American values and a denunciation of what he perceives as the excesses of government.

The speech also included a nostalgic passage in which Reagan seemed to balance his desire to return to California with a reluctance to leave the White House.

"People ask how I feel about leaving, and the fact is, parting is such sweet sorrow," Reagan said.

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