Years ago for Sunday, Dec 30, 2012

Dec. 27, 2012 at 6:27 a.m.


Dec. 30 - At tonight's meeting of the City Council, the drivers of the horses of the Fire Department will present a petition for an increase in their salaries from $50 to $60 per month. The present drivers have rendered the department most faithful and efficient service for an extended period, and it would be a difficult matter for the city to find a better set of young men for the service.

Jan. 5 - Leslie Durrett and C.W. Camp, of Weatherford, are preparing to establish a grist mill here, an institution that is badly needed in this vicinity and should prove a profitable investment. They have leased a portion of the George lot opposite the Nazareth Academy, and the building for the mill is now under erection. Mr. Durrett's family accompanied him to Victoria. Mr. Camp will be joined by his family in a few days.


Dec. 31 - Victoria employers whose tax bills also include those of the Social Security program and which constitutes 3 percent of the amount of their payrolls, are not eyeing the first of the year with any too much pleasure. On January 1 another 1 percent will be added to this 3 percent, according to the Internal Revenue Department.

Jan. 5 - Rainfall in Victoria for the year 1937 was approximately ten inches below the average, according to figures released by U.S. Weatherman Winston L. Zirjacks. The precipitation for the year was 25.52 inches.


Jan. 3 - Victoria County officials reelected to new four-year terms in the offices they already held, were sworn in for their new terms Wednesday in the office of County Judge Wayne L. Hartman. The oath was administered by County Clerk Val Huvar, who already had taken his own oath from Judge Hartman. Others were County Treasurer G. Lucchese, County Com. V.H. Weber of Precinct 4, County Supt. R.C. Pickett and Justice of the Peace Alfred C. Baass of Precinct 1. District Clerk Pearl Staples, convalescing from an illness, took the oath of office at her home.

Jan. 4 - More than one billion gallons of water was used by Victorians for domestic and commercial purposes during 1962, setting a new all-time record according to Alton Spoerl, records superintendent for the city. A heat wave in late summer helped to establish an all-time high usage for a single month of 156,531,000 gallons during August, and for the year the total was 1,140,782,000.


Jan. 1 - The United States began 1988 with a population of 244,427,098, an increase of 2.2 million from a year ago, the Census Bureau estimated.

The bureau said its population estimate for New Year's Day 1988 represented a 7.9 percent increase from the actual count of 226.5 million people made in the 1980 census.

The population is expected to grow by another 2.2 million this year, far below the record increase of 3.1 million recorded during the baby boom year of 1956.

The newest estimate was based on an estimated 3.8 million births in 1987, 2.1 million deaths and net migration of 547,000.

Births are projected to be slightly higher in 1988 while deaths are expected to be at about the same level as 1987.

The population increased 0.9 percent in both 1986 and 1987, down slightly from 1.0 percent growth recorded in each year from 1981 to 1985. By contrast, the annual rate of increase from 1947 to 1961, the peak years of the baby boom, ranged from 1.6 percent to 1.9 percent.

Jan. 2 - For Victoria, 1987 was the year of the long-term news story.

There were Victoria and former Victoria officials at odds with the law, Guadalupe River floods I and II, wet and windy days that spawned tornadoes, controversy over an application for a hazardous waste dump in the county and trials dealing with robbery and murder.

If anything jolted Victoria readers, it was a sporadic series of stories on law enforcement officials arrested and put on trial for various felony charges. These, collectively, were the choice for No. 1 by editors of The Advocate among Victoria's top 10 news stories:

1. Public officials at odds with law.

2. The weather.

3. Du Pont's hazardous waste site expansion application.

4. The Scott and York murder cases.

5. Victoria school district election turmoil.

6. DeTar Hospital case draws federal scrutiny.

7. Local colleges take strides.

8. Region III change of administration stirs controversy.

9. Politics - national, state and local.

10. Crime problems in the city.



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