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Years ago for Sunday, Jun 22, 2014

By Victoria Advocate
June 19, 2014 at 1:19 a.m.


1914

June 27 - A handsome $600 Ford Roadster was given away yesterday evening by Robert B. Bledsoe and won by Mr. Bledsoe, who held many of the chances. There were 600 chances in all, and these were sold at $1 each. The numbers were placed on the rim of a large wheel, and as the wheel was revolved, William Grandon, proprietor of a local shooting gallery, fired a target rifle at it, the number hit to entitle the holder to the auto.

Mr. Bledsoe is the popular proprietor of one of Victoria's leading news and cigar stores.

1939

June 22 - The great need of a large recreational park for Victoria, similar to parks at Seguin, Bastrop, San Marcos, Cuero and other nearby Texas cities, was discussed at length at the regular meeting of the Business Men's Council held this week at the Manhattan Cafe. W.U. McCutcheon, president, presided, and E.J. Dysart and Hugh Stanly were in charge of the program.

June 25 - A scholastic census report recently completed by Claude B. Mullins, county school superintendent, shows that the Victoria Independent School District gained 132 scholastics over last year, the population of this district being 2,873, compared with 2,741 last year.

1964

June 26 - Linda Haschke, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Haschke, of Rt. 5, was named queen of the Victoria County Farm Bureau on Thursday evening before a crowd of about 250 persons at a contest in Our Lady of Victory cafetorium. Miss Haschke was crowned by Joyce Sparks, last year's queen. Runner-up was Ann Gorham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Gorham, of Bloomington.

Members of three patriotic women's organizations honored Mrs. J.W. Stevenson, organizing regent of the Guadalupe Victoria Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at a tea recently at the Power Home. The occasion was Mrs. Stevenson's 85th birthday.

June 28 - Law enforcement officers are keeping their eyes on persons suspected of illegal handling, possession and consumption of barbiturates in Victoria and Victoria County. Despite the filing of routine cases involving the use of the drugs under illegal circumstances, however, it is the general opinion of area officers and school officials that there is no major problem locally.

1989

June 23 - Victoria College trustees Thursday awarded a contract for a new 22,900-square-foot vocational education building and parking lot to Alvarez and Associates Construction Co., of Victoria, based on a low combined bid of $1,169,500.

The company bid $1,102,000 on the building and $67,500 for the parking lot.

Young/McCoy Architects, of Victoria, is designing plans for the all-masonry building, which will be built using college reserve funds.

It will be located on the northwestern portion of the campus between Loma Vista Street and the college tennis courts and will replace the existing Industrial Arts Building, which has structural problems and is slated to be demolished.

Trustees also opened bids for improvements to the Victoria College Auditorium.

Contract for the new stage floor was let to Victoria Floor Surfacing on its low bid of $14,162.50.

June 24 - Progress on the planned Victoria veterans' clinic is stalled and awaiting Congressional approval of a Veterans Administration budget bill, a VA official said Friday.

Jose R. Coronado, director of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, said the Victoria clinic, which will be a satellite of the San Antonio facility, is currently tentatively scheduled to open in the late fall, possibly November.

The clinic had originally been slated for a September or October opening, he said, but the already approved $480,000 in clinic startup funds are frozen until Congress approves the VA budget bill.

He said the clinic, which will be open 8.5 hours per day Monday through Friday, will pump $530,000 per year into the local economy. Staff salaries will total $300,000 per year.

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