Years ago for Sunday, Mar 23, 2014
March 25 - C.E. Friedrichs, Hugh Kelly, Jas. Hill, Walter Kelly and Jack Barnsworth had a narrow escape from death or serious injury Monday night when an automobile in which they were riding turned turtle in making a sharp turn along the Bloomington road. All escaped with minor bruises. The car, which is owned by Mr. Friedrichs, was badly wrecked.
March 29 - The Victoria High School baseball team defeated the Cuero High School nine in an exciting game here at Sitterle Park yesterday by a score of 8 to 7. The visitors had a lead of two runs when the locals went to bat in the last half of the ninth inning and by timely batting managed to pull the game out of the fire. The pitching of Friedrichs for Victoria was the feature of the game. If it had not been for errors on the part of his teammates, he probably would have scored a shutout.
March 24 - Historian Poultney Bigelow, of Maiden-on-Hudson, N.Y., has returned from a visit with his old pal, ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II and predicted that Adolf Hitler's next conquest would be Poland, after which he will "dictate the peace of Europe."
Henry Carl Gramann, 83, prominent retired grocery merchant of Victoria, died at his home at 302 E. Goodwin Ave. this afternoon at 12:45 o'clock following a long illness. He was born in Victoria on July 28, 1855.
March 27 - Rev. L. Etschenberg, popular pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church here, and the Rev. Henry Wade, who assisted in conducting a mission here the past week, were given a ride over the city Sunday in a red Stinson cabin plane owned and piloted by the Rev. F.J. Kasper, of Corpus Christi, known as the "Flying Priest." The Rev. Kasper was up for a dedication of the city's new airport.
March 28 - The City Council in regular session Monday night authorized the erection of 40 additional street lights in the city. Designation of location, however, is to be made at the next meeting of the council. The council also voted to increase the monthly salary of Motorcycle Officer Glen Daniel $5 a month, an increase from $105 to $110 per month.
March 23 - P.H. Keefe, of Victoria, retired freight conductor for Southern Pacific Co., was presented a plaque in a recent ceremony held in the office of W.E. Tschirhart, local S.P. agent, from Trainmaster C.A. Grasso noting his 38 years of accident-free service with the railroad. Keefe retired Oct. 30, 1964, after logging more than 1.4 million miles during his career as a brakeman and conductor.
March 26 - The Kennedy half-dollar hit all four of Victoria's banks Wednesday, and its effects were immediate. All banks resorted to a rationing plan, with coins issued at from one to five each to customers. One bank has been taking names to compile a list of persons who sought one of the coins. All banks expect a heavy run again Thursday. And all had requests for numbers ranging from rolls of 20 coins to bank sacks. All reported that they could have issued several times as many coins as they had. Bankers could recall no new issue of coin that has been as popular.
March 25 - Mayor John Blackaller knew he was in trouble when a man pulled a knife on him at the downtown Transact automated walk-in teller recently.
Blackaller said Friday he had just inserted his card in the machine when a man entered the building wielding a knife.
"He certainly didn't look like a bank customer to me," said Blackaller.
Luckily, said Blackaller, within a matter of seconds, a third man drove up, and the would-be robber ran away.
The mayor brought the incident to the attention of the Victoria Crime Prevention Commission, of which he is a member, at Thursday's meeting. He asked what could be done to make automated teller stations safer to the public.
Blackaller's close call occurred March 17 between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on the corner of Santa Rosa and Main, across from Victoria Bank and Trust's 120 Main Place. The Victoria Police Department has classified it as an "isolated incident," said Police Lt. John Baylor.
Baylor said the case is a reminder to citizens they should be cautious when using automated tellers, particularly after sundown.
Victoria Bank and Trust Senior Vice President Don W. Sparks told the Advocate the bank offers a list of precautions automatic banking customers should take:• Use an automatic teller with common sense caution. During hours of darkness, try to have another person on hand.
• Thoroughly observe the area around the facility before using it.
• If you suspect trouble while a transaction is in progress, cancel it.
"If someone pulls a knife or gun on me in that type of situation, I certainly wouldn't argue with them," added Baylor.