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Years ago for Sunday, Aug 03, 2014

By Victoria Advocate
July 31, 2014 at 2:31 a.m.


1914

Aug. 7 - The Victoria National Bank received a telegram from a bank in San Antonio about three o'clock this afternoon stating that 13 cents was being bid for cotton today in Liverpool. The news was received here with great interest.

More rumors are gaining circulation here daily in connection with the building of a belt of inter-urban lines in this section by the Texas Southern Electric Co. Generally where there is so much smoke, there is some fire.

1939

Aug. 3 - Believe it or not, but the city of Victoria was named after - an assumed name. Sounds screwy, doesn't it? But true it is - and after all of these years that we've been led to believe that Victoria was named after a president of Mexico. That is in itself true, but now it seems that this president was president under an assumed name. Robert Ripley, in his "Believe It or Not" column today, tells us that Guadalupe Victoria, after whom this city was named "served six years as president of Mexico under an assumed name." His real name, it seems, was Manuel Fernandez.

Aug. 6 - Memories of World War days were brought back here Saturday with the arrival of troop trains and truck convoys carrying hundreds of National Guardsmen to the annual encampment near Palacios. Several of the convoys stopped over briefly, and guardsmen strolled about the city. Officers of the Victoria unit that left for Camp Hulen were Capt. Paul E. Conti, 1st Lieutenant John T. Scheumack and 2nd Lieutenant Raymond P. Franz.

1964

Aug. 9 - Blonde Bianca will be a brunette when "Taming of the Shrew" goes into its ninth performance in Devereux Playhouse at Foster Field on Sunday evening. Sharon McCray, a pretty, brown-eyed brunette who had her first stage role in last spring's "Brigadoon" at Victoria High School, will take over the role of Bianca.

1989

Aug. 4 - Mike Forman, Victoria Advocate sports writer, won a second-place award in the columns category of the annual Texas Sports Writers Association writing contest.

Forman's award was for an April 21, 1988, column concerning Stroman High School basketball coach Johnny Jernigan's impending appeal before the school board when he was reinstated after being relieved of coaching duties.

Daily newspapers from throughout the state participated in the contest. Results were announced Thursday in Abilene.

Aug. 5 - An estimated 500 Victoria area residents turned out Friday night to pay tribute to retiring Victoria College president Dr. Roland Bing.

They did so in many ways.

Bing received certificates of appreciation and proclamations in his honor, but many individuals at Victoria Community Center Dome praised him on a more person basis.

"I didn't ever have Dr. Bing as an instructor," said Victoria rancher T. Michael O'Connor, "but he was my adviser, and he got me to Texas A&M University."

O'Connor said when he enrolled at A&M, he found the university had the highest regard for students who attended Victoria College. O'Connor attributed that to Bing's efforts in providing quality education in Victoria.

Aug. 8 - Caroline Boatman, a 1989 graduate of Victoria High School, was crowned Miss Victoria on Tuesday night at Victoria College Auditorium.

Miss Boatman won the title out of a field of 51 contestants. Crowning the queen was last year's pageant winner, Gigi Sauter, who recently represented Victoria at the Miss Texas USA pageant.

The daughter of Mrs. Helen Boatman, the new Miss Victoria has green eyes and blonde hair.

First runner-up in the contest was Lisa Henley, also a June graduate of Victoria High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Henley.

Second runner-up was Alisa Harrold, a Victoria High School student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Harrold.

The third runner-up was Tracy Cardinell, a graduate of Victoria High School and daughter of Mrs. Joyce Cardinell. Fourth runner-up was Tirza Balfanz, another recent graduate of Victoria High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Balfanz.

Named as Miss Congeniality was Pam Shannon, a Victoria High School student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Shannon.

The other five finalists were Tracy Twinn, Brandi Harrold, Kelly Hartman, Jennifer Weaver and Rebecca Robertson.

Named Little Miss Victoria and Little Mr. Victoria were Stanly Elementary School classmates Sherri Muschalek and Jason Gibbs. Both are 7 years old.

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