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Years ago for Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

By Victoria Advocate
June 12, 2014 at 1:12 a.m.


1914

June 18 - A jolly bunch of pleasure seekers came over from Port Lavaca yesterday for a few hours in this city. They appeared to be a bunch of good fellows dead-bent on having a good time, and from appearances, their efforts were quite successful. They enjoyed a sumptuous 8 o'clock dinner at the Denver, which proved very delightful. The following composed the party: Messrs. A.C. Smith, W.E. Grandrey, G. Alexander, S.C. Tisdale, Wm. Moore, T. McConie, Geo. Grain and L.M. Coats.

June 19 - At the examination held here last week by County Superintendent Ratcliff, there were seven applicants for county certificates to teach school. All seven of the young lady applicants successfully passed the examinations. This is considered a very remarkable showing, and the young ladies are deserving of much credit.

The following are the successful applicants to which certificates were issued: Miss Mary Gregg, Nursery; Miss Maddie L. Milken, Nursery; Miss Rebecca Silverstein, Victoria; Miss Norma Stolz, Victoria; Miss May Mathis, Crescent Valley; Miss Willie May McBride, Sloan; and Miss Nellie Tipton, Lone Tree. Ratcliff informed an Advocate representative that over 100 teachers residing outside of the county had applied for schools in this county. The Victoria County teachers are well paid, and the schools are well conducted.

1939

June 15 - The Rev. J.C. Felger, Preston Salziger and William Sala are expected to return home tonight from Harlingen, where they have been attending the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association convention. Rev. Felger is chaplain of both the local fire department and the state association.

June 21 - John, Henry, Charlie, Tom, Dick and Harry at last have something to do besides hang around on the downtown streets. The construction of the five-story Victoria Bank and Trust Co. is providing these idlers and those who work, especially those in adjoining buildings, with an attraction that should last for several months. Excavation for the basement of the building is the center of attention at the present time.

1964

June 17 - Four young Victorians, all seventh-graders at St. Joseph School, are on their way to Mexico City as part of an informal but highly successful student exchange program designed specifically for students at St. Joseph and Instituto de Mexico.

It all started last year when Brother Leo Scholz decided it would be a good idea for Joe Grant, then a seventh-grader, to spend part of the summer with a family in Mexico City and attend the regular classes there. The four Victoria boys on their way to Mexico City are David Pagel, Jim Janda, John Mark Holm and Don Truman.

June 20 - Mrs. David Pickel and daughter, Jeanie, were scheduled to leave Thursday from San Francisco on a voyage to Japan, where the Pickel family is doing Baptist mission work on the island of Schodoshima. Mrs. Pickel is the daughter of Mrs. B.R. Cunningham, of 1306 E. Stayton.

1989

June 16 - Victoria County's latest unemployment figure dipped 1.1 percent, from April's 6.6 percent to 5.5 percent, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Texas Employment Commission.

With 53 fewer people in the available workforce, Victoria County employment in May rose by some 327 workers while unemployment dropped by 380.

There were 33,363 people holding down jobs countywide - 25,233 within the city of Victoria. Countywide unemployment totaled 1,956, or 5.5 percent of the available work force.

All of the state's major metropolitan areas had lower rates of unemployment for the period, the commission said.

Unemployment dipped in all Victoria area counties as well.

TEC statistician Hamp Patterson, of Bryan, who was in Victoria on Tuesday, said a reduction in unemployment between April and May is normal.

He said a far better barometer of conditions is seen in a comparison with May 1988 employment data, when 7.0 percent were out of work in Victoria.

June 21 - President Bush exhorted graduating high school seniors Monday to show the same idealism and devotion to country that led Chinese students to confront heavily armed soldiers and die for democracy.

"We do not have to stand in front of tanks in America. But we do have to summon the same courage to confront the evil that exists in the world," Bush said.

He issued the challenge in a commencement speech at Cheltenham High School in a suburb of Philadelphia. He emphasized volunteerism and community service in his remarks.

Earlier, in a White House ceremony, he paid tribute to 47 schools that have rid their corridors and classrooms of drugs, and he urged others to emulate their "downright stubbornness."

Juan Linn Math and Science Magnet's creators of a drug-free school program heard President Bush praise their efforts Monday in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Attending the event were former Juan Linn principal, Dr. Martha Jones, now a Victoria College administrator; LaVerne Teague, counselor and founder of Juan Linn's anti-drug clubs; and Lynn Sanders, Juan Linn activities coordinator.

The elementary magnet campus was named one of the nation's drug-free campuses last spring after a visit by Department of Education monitors searching for the nation's best anti-drug programs.

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