Years ago for Sunday, May 11, 2014
May 17 - Through the efforts of the young Men's Progressive League of Corpus Christi and Postmaster E.M. Quinn, of Corpus Christi, the mixed train running between Corpus Christi and Victoria on the Southern Pacific now carries pouch mail. Pouches are exchanged between Corpus Christi, Victoria and Goliad, giving each town double daily mail service.
May 13 - The commencement program of Bloomington High School will be held Friday night in the high school auditorium. Dean B.F. Hardt of Victoria Junior College will deliver the address. The class roll consists of James Watson, Mary Virginia Veatch, Mary Glasgow, Gertrude Harvey and Don McBride. Mary Virginia Veatch will give the valedictory and Mary Glasgow the salutatory. Class officers are Mary Glasgow, president; James Watson, vice president; Gertrude Harvey, secretary; Don McBride, treasurer, and Mary Virginia Veatch, reporter.
May 14 - An executive meeting of the Gulf Coast Council, Boy Scouts of America, was at the Manhattan Cafe on Friday evening at 7:30. This was an open meeting to which the public was invited. There were 28 men present. Members of the board present were Judge Hood Bonne, president; Porter S. Garner, vice president; C.J. Wilde, treasurer; George W. Gilliam, area commissioner; Ben A. Ligon, chairman of rural scouting; Tom Ivey, district chairman of the Sinton district; W.A. Scrivner, district chairman of Aransas Pass district; W.D. Boone, district chairman of the Corpus Christi district; L.L.B. Hofer, district chairman of the Victoria district; Bill McAdams, scout executive, and Maurice Howard, field executive.
May 15 - One of the largest alligators ever seen in the section - measuring approximately 13.5 feet - was killed near Smuggler's Bayou, between Long Mott and Seadrift, Saturday by a group of boys, it has been learned here. Ralph Calhoun, Victoria grocer, has obtained the huge saurian, and will put it on display at this grocery store next Saturday after it has been properly treated.
May 11 - Fifteen select voices of the Victoria College choir, known as the Singing Corraliers, will leave May 23 on a two-week tour involving more than 3,400 miles of travel and a dozen or more performances in 10 states. The Corraliers have been busy making preparations for the tour during the past few weeks, according to Mrs. Ruth Williams, college music instructor and director of choir activities. Students who will make the trip include David Adcock, Raymond Allen, Greg Brown, M.J. Gooch, Frances Hargrove, Karen Hoff, Joan Horton, Kathleen Hummel, Carol Hyatt, Mike Payne, Linda Pennington, Mickey Regan, Judy Sensat, Marian Tyler and Garlan Weber. In addition to Mrs. Williams, the group will be accompanied by Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Deaver. Two of the most interesting stops during the tour will be Washington, D.C., and New York, where the Corraliers will perform at the World's Fair. They will arrive in Washington on May 26. The following morning, U.S. Rep. Clark Thompson will provide the visiting singers with a breakfast followed by a White House tour.
May 12 - Charles Conner, a junior at Bloomington High School and the son of Mrs. C.L. Conner, took second-place honors in persuasive speaking in the literary events division of the University Interscholastic League state contests Friday at the University of Texas. He had previously taken first place at the regional meeting on the Victoria College campus April 25. Contestants drew topics and were allowed 30 minutes to prepare for the contest. They could speak a maximum of seven minutes. Conner's topic at Austin was "Should We Cut Aid to Nasser?"
May 16 - The first spade will be turned today on the much-heralded expansion of the Formosa Plastics plant in Point Comfort.
"We'll have heavy equipment on-site at 8 a.m. to begin site preparation," said Bill Jones, communications manager for the plant.
If all goes according to schedule, the mammoth nine-plant, $1.7 billion expansion should be completed by March 1991.
The expansion, which has been called the largest one-time investment by a petrochemical company in the state's history, will result in an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 jobs during the construction phase and an estimated 1,500 full-time jobs when completed.
Hailed recently by noted Baylor economist Ray Perryman as signaling a "new era of prosperity" in the Victoria area, the Formosa expansion will "fundamentally change the character of the three-county area and permanently alter the area's economic opportunities," Perryman wrote in his impact study of the project.
Communications manager Jones said crews from the Port Lavaca sub-contracting firms of Gulf Coast Maintenance Corp. and Rocky's excavating will start the work.
The first steps in the process are to clear a path for a fence around the 975-acre site and to clear the area where the plant's main administration building will stand.