Years ago for Sunday, Jul 15, 2012

July 12, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.


The month of July 1912 is missing from Victoria Advocate files. Events of 100 years ago will resume with the Aug. 1 issue.


July 15 - Victoria probably is the first city of its size in the United States to have an exclusive air mail box. It is a curb mail box and is located on the sidewalk in front of the Post Office next to the regular mail receptacle, attractively painted red, white and blue, the regulation air mail colors.

A threat of open war was hurled by a Japanese spokesman in Peiping today as Japan rushed Imperial troops to China to enforce "liquidation" of Nanking's domination over Hopei and Chahar Provinces.

July 20 - The first business meeting of the newly organized Victoria Retail Merchants Association, an affiliation of the National Retail Merchants Association, was held Monday night at the Manhattan Cafe at which time by-laws were adopted and officers elected. New officers are Roy L. Wills, president; M.O. Simon, vice-president; Mrs. Mae R. Welder, secretary; T.E. Gallenmore, treasurer; and J.R. Levy, Joseph Wearden, V.W. Moore and E.M. Van Zandt, directors.

July 21 - More interest is being centered on the Heyser Field in Victoria and Calhoun counties as a result of the completion of George H. Echols' No. 5 W.H. Bennett this week. It was the second deep producer for the field, located east of Bloomington.


July 18 - More than 180 persons registered Tuesday to file complaints with the city board of equalization, sitting Tuesday and Wednesday at City Hall. "More than 50 percent of the complaints resulted, however, because the people just didn't understand the 10 percent increase in the assessed valuation," Tax Assessor-Collector Tom L. Davis said.

July 19 - The Victoria Children's Zoo was short on lion cubs Wednesday but long on spider monkeys and even longer on a South American Anaconda. For in a swap considered favorable by Zookeeper Sid Drew and Zoo Commissioner Lester A. Meis, Drew traded off one of three lion cubs born last January for the following: two spider monkeys; a ten-foot long Anaconda snake expected to attain its full length of 32 feet in 10 or 15 years, and a free lecture on reptiles, to which the public is invited at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, when Corpus Christi animal dealer George Dismukes will demonstrate such scientific wonders as how to milk a rattlesnake - and also how to treat rattlesnake bites.


July 16 - The state Division of Emergency Management denied Wednesday emergency assistance sought by Victoria city and county due to spring flood damage.

Both were notified of the decision by mail in separate letters. A request for emergency assistance by Gonzales County also was denied.

Bob Halverson, a staff member with the Division of Emergency Management, said the areas affected by heavy flooding along the Guadalupe River did not sustain a large enough loss to qualify for assistance.

He stressed that guidelines state the disaster must be of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capability of the local government.

There was a great disparity between the damage estimate arrived at by city officials and that determined by state and federal engineers.

The city estimated the damage at $1.8 million. Halverson said state engineers placed the damage to city streets at $38,000 and the federal engineers set the damage at just $30,000.

"The agency can understand that the city would like to improve the streets," Halverson said, "but we can only fix the streets to their pre-disaster condition."

July 17 - Different opinions on how best to teach students in an alternative school setting - with or without computer labs - surfaced into a 3-3 vote Thursday that caused the failure of two Victoria school computer proposals.

Voting to switch to the computer lab system at a projected savings of $35,000 were Trustees Joe Conti Jr., Dale Pigott and James Murphy. Voting against, and in effect for the present Alternative School system, were Trustees Mary Bunn, Theresa Gutierrez and Gary Mueller.

The board was still meeting late Thursday night, and it appeared they might not reach the citizens' hearing portion until 11 p.m. Only about 10 observers remained in the Education Center's board room after 10 p.m. Some were faculty members.

While discussion over the computer-assisted learning projects for remedial tutoring and the disciplinary-based Alternative School was paramount early in the long evening, by 10 p.m. the discussion had switched to another sensitive board table topic - sex education.

The vote was 4-2 to adopt a board regulation of 10 criteria the board believes about sex education in the public schools, including non-advocacy of abortion, stress of family relationships' importance and adherence to state guidelines.



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