Years ago for Sunday, May 18, 2014

1914

May 21 - A most worthy movement was started here today by J.E. Ryan and H.A. Brightwell. It is a movement in which every citizen of Victoria is interested in and to which they will lend their aid. As soon as the weather conditions permit, all the stores and business concerns in the city are to close, and the people of Victoria will go out into the country and help the farmers chop their cotton and clean out their crops. This will be no pleasure party as all who join the movement will give their strict attention to the work.

May 24 - A large number of farmers were in the city today looking for hands to help them clean out their crops. Almost all of the surplus labor about town has been employed by the farmers residing close in, but the farmers living at a distance are having some difficulty in securing sufficient labor.

1939

May 20 - The world of popular music has reached the "sweet and silly stage," according to Rex Preis, musical director of radio station KTSA-San Antonio. "The funny period began last summer with 'Flat Foot Floogie,' and now, some of our most popular tunes are 'Hold Tight,' 'The Three Little Fishes,' 'The Spreading Chestnut Tree' and 'Beer Barrel Polka.'"

May 24 - Preparations are being made at Goliad to entertain several hundred Texans on June 4 for the dedication of the Goliad Monument. The monument was erected by the state of Texas as a part of the statewide centennial observance to the memory of Texan soldiers killed at the Battle of Coleto on May 19, 1836, under Col. James Walker Fannin.

1964

May 22 - Patricia Lee Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Williams has been named valedictorian of Victoria College. Salutatorian is Lana Lee Jenkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Jenkins. At commencement exercises, J.D. Moore, college president, will introduce the speaker, Dr. John Stevens, assistant president of Abilene Christian College. Morris Shattuck, a trustee of the college, will award diplomas.

May 23 - The now completed Canyon Dam will assure the Victoria-Port Lavaca industrial area of a water supply twice as great as is now required by the city of Dallas and about equal to the amount now being used by Houston and its industrial complex. This guarantee for Victoria's immediate water outlook was made by James A. Cotton, consulting engineer for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

1989

May 18 - The Texas Zoo has been awarded a $25,999 grant from the Institute of Museum Services in Washington, D.C.

Jackie Mead announced the award of the IMS General Operating Support grant Wednesday night during the monthly meeting of the South Texas Zoological Society.

Earlier Wednesday, Rep. Greg Laughlin, D-West Columbia, announced that the zoo would receive the funds.

Mrs. Mead said this is the second year the zoo has received a grant from the IMS. As in last year's award, the money will be used for the salary of development officer James DeYoung to research, evaluate and pursue steps toward achieving accreditation with the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums and the development of a long-range master plan for the zoo. He is currently working on both projects.

May 19 - Victoria High School mathematics instructor Norman Bennett was named Victoria Teacher of the Year at Thursday's meeting of the school board.

Bennett, 56, who has been teaching 29 years - 26 years with VISD - said after the meeting he was honored by the recognition of his peers.

"I am really accepting this award for so many other good teachers we have in Victoria's public schools," Bennett said.

Jerri Brown, a Dudley Magnet School teacher who chaired the selection committee, said Bennett's interest in continued professional growth was a factor in his selection as teacher of the year.

Superintendent Larry Vaughn presented a hat covered with fishing lures and canned catfish bait at Thursday's board meeting but added that a more prestigious plaque would be presented at the VISD teacher retirement banquet may 26.