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May 29, 2014 at 12:29 a.m.


1914

June 1 - The high waters and swift current of the Guadalupe River are causing the alligators to hunt higher ground. Not only the alligators but also armadillos and other river bottom inhabitants are hunting higher ground. Mr. Ernest Hobbs, of the Shiller community, found a 4-foot-long alligator in his buggy shed. He immediately killed the unwelcome visitor. Mr. Harris, of the Hood School House community, reports killing an armadillo near his house. Parties from Victoria who were out on the Bloomington road report seeing a man who had an alligator lassoed. This alligator was about 6 feet long.

1939

June 3 - Just how dry is Victoria? Speaking of the weather, of course. According to U.S. Weatherman C.C. Zirjacks, Victoria is not only dry in comparison with rainfall at this time last year but truly arid. For one thing, this city is almost 13 inches behind in rainfall for the first five months of the year and over 27 inches behind the total amount of moisture for the past year. During the first five months of this year, 4.96 inches have fallen.

June 5 - The island city of Galveston will celebrate its centennial and dedicate its newest lifeline to the mainland, a great $2,106,000 Public Works Administration causeway, at a gigantic four-day celebration Aug. 13 to 16.

1964

June 2 - A member of the Victoria Independent School District faculty for 20 years and an assistant principal at Victoria High School for almost a decade, Mrs. Marjorie Vickers submitted her resignation to trustees Monday, and it was regretfully accepted. She is the wife of O.O. Vickers, executive vice president of Groce Wearden Co.

June 4 - Town Talk: Larry Ravert, Paul Tindel and Bob House making a threesome on the golf course early. Mrs. J.M. "Shorty" Loyd admitting there are some homemaking arts she is more talented at than others. Henry Clay Koontz passing out cigars that say "It's a Boy."

1989

June 6 - Christ Kitchen, a volunteer kitchen to feed the homeless and hungry of Victoria, will remain open all summer, including weekends, a spokesman for the project said Monday.

"We are serving nearly 5,000 people a month," said Truitt Crouch, one of the co-directors for the kitchen, which serves free lunches every day at 609 E. Warren St.

Lunches are served at Christ Kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Welcoming a new federally funded program in which seven public school cafeterias in the city will offer free meals this summer to hungry children, Crouch predicted the Victoria Independent School District project will have "minimal effect" on the number of lunches served by Christ Kitchen.

Crouch said the Christ Kitchen staff continues to seek donations of food and other support from donors during the summer months, when children are not receiving meals at school.

"We anticipate feeding up to 6,000 people a month" during the summer, said Crouch, "and that will require continued food donations."

June 7 - Drinking fountains in pre-1988 models are suspected of lead contamination in Victoria public schools and will be removed after testing, VISD lab director Ramiro Rubio said Tuesday.

If any lead-lined tanks are found among the 90-plus water fountains, Rubio pledged that "we will remove them immediately" from the schools.

Under new federal legislation signed into law by President Reagan last October, every school and every day care center in the U.S. must ensure that all water fountains are lead-free by February.

Children and infants are most at risk among the 42 million Americans who, the Environmental Protection Agency now estimates, use drinking water with dangerously high lead levels. In children, low levels of lead can cause stunted growth, central nervous system damage and reduced IQ levels, according to medical experts.

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