Years ago for Sunday, Jul 22, 2012

July 19, 2012 at 2:19 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 24 - The lack of a modern baseball park probably has cost this city considerable publicity - baseball speaking. The St. Louis Cardinals, rough and tough (well, they used to be) team of the National League, next week will conduct a baseball training school at the handsome new Cuero ball orchard, a part of the Cuero Municipal Park. Officials of the Cards scouted around for a suitable location in this section and found Cuero had the best. And to think, Victoria, a city of from 10,000 to 12,000, many of them wealthy, doesn't even have a decent football park, much less a baseball park.

July 27 - Out-of-town visitors to Victoria will be shown more leniency when caught violating minor traffic laws. A recommendation to this effect presented in person by some 25 or 30 representative business men last night to the City Council, in regular weekly session, was adopted by a unanimous vote of the council.

July 28 - Barbecue, fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served Sunday, Aug. 1, at Bennview when that little town in Jackson County changes its name to La Salle, in honor of the great French explorer. The speaking at renaming ceremonies will begin at 2 o'clock following the dinner at noon. In addition to the eats, there will be soda water, beer and ice cream. The dinner will be 25 cents per plate.


July 22 - A Corps of Engineers book on wind and barometer readings reported during Hurricane Carla has been corrected to show that a sustained wind of 110 miles an hour and a top gust of 150 were recorded Sept. 11 by the Weather Bureau at Foster Field. The book had said the highest wind sustained for one minute or longer was clocked locally at 65 miles an hour with top gusts reaching 95. These figures were explained as the highest recorded before gauges were put out of action by the hurricane. The new figures are based on estimates made by weatherman Loren F. Jones. The book says the highest winds sustained for a minute or more were 115 at Matagorda, 110 at Victoria and 80 mph at Galveston.

July 23 - Governor Price Daniel Saturday in Austin approved plans of the Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce for a seat belt sales campaign in Victoria. The governor conferred with Dave Ritchie, Roger Von Rekon, Bob Rubenstein, Phil Tibiletti and Dick Hoxworth, who represented the Jaycees. The governor stated that the Jaycees "had been among the most active of the many civic organizations in Texas which have been urging their members, as well as the driving public, to use seat belts to protect themselves against injury or death in traffic." Daniel also said the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs had been among the leaders in the seat belt campaign in Texas during the past year, cooperating with the General Federation in Washington.


July 25 - President Reagan on Friday nominated William S. Sessions, a federal judge in San Antonio, to become the fourth director of the FBI. Reagan described Sessions as "a fair-minded tough prosecutor."

Sessions, a Republican, was selected to head the nation's premier law enforcement agency after a 4.5 month search that became a political embarrassment for the Reagan administration when several candidates declined the $82,500-a-year job.

Sessions, chief U.S. District Court judge in the western district of Texas, is known for his hard-line law-and-order approach to criminal justice and would replace William H. Webster, who became CIA director May 19.

July 26 - Only one hearing has been scheduled so far in the state's attempt to acquire right of way for the east extension of Zac Lentz Parkway.

Harvey Heerssen, right of way supervisor for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, said the hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 6.

He said it will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the County Court-at-Law No. I room in Victoria. At the center of that hearing will be L.A. Sparkman's 3.3 acres of property between the Hallettsville Highway and Salem Road.

Heerssen said an effort is still being made to set hearings for the remaining 14 parcels between the Houston Highway and the Hallettsville Highway. He said offers are just now being made to the owners of another 13 parcels between the Houston Highway and Loop 175.

The owners of the first 15 parcels are being offered $500 by the state for their property, regardless of the size. The appraisals are based on a law that allows the state to pay less for property if the value of the remaining land will increase as a result of the road project.

The state contends this property is actually worth nothing based on the law, but $500 is being offered for each parcel as a token.

Valuations for the property between the Houston Highway and Loop 175 range from $500 to $100,000, depending on location. Some of that property has been given a higher value because it already has access to a public roadway.

July 27 - The average price of gasoline jumped nearly 1.5 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, but the rise isn't an indication of a healthier American petroleum industry, an analyst said Sunday.

The average price found by a nationwide Lundberg Survey completed Friday was 101.66 cents a gallon, up 1.48 cents a gallon from the July 10 survey, said Trilby Lundberg.

The average includes all grades, taxes and full and self-service pumps.

Prices per gallon at self-service pumps were: regular unleaded, 93.98 cents; regular leaded, 90.76 cents; and premium unleaded, 107.23 cents.

At full service pumps they were: regular unleaded, 119.78 cents; regular leaded, 115.96 cents; and premium unleaded, 129.46 cents.



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