Years ago for Sunday, Jul 01, 2012

June 28, 2012 at 1:28 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 2 - Victoria County should produce one of the most bountiful cotton crops in years with an estimated crop of twenty-five to thirty thousand bales in prospect if weather conditions remain as they are, is the opinion of Charles Grunder of the Victoria Compress and Warehouse Company.

July 4 - Unless we miss our guess badly, Victoria is going to be a city of only about 1,000 population today and perhaps tomorrow. And most of the populace will be service station, drug store and cafe employees. With the Fourth of July providing a double holiday this year (Sunday and Monday), there is likely to be a great exodus to the nearby pleasure resorts and various celebrations in this vicinity. Practically all of the city's business houses will remain closed Monday in observance of the Fourth, which falls on Sunday. The double holiday is going to make it tough on pedestrians, drivers, swimmers, firecracker pranksters, etc. Let's try our dead level best to make it a "Safe and Sane Fourth."

July 6 - The U.S. government is being censored for sending a fleet of destroyers and the huge $40,000,000 aircraft carrier Lexington out into the Pacific Ocean to search for Amelia Earhart and her navigator, who have been lost more than 100 hours now. When the woman air ace started her "stunt flight," she sought approval of the Federal Commerce Commission and received none. It would be all right to send out rescue parties if it would have been furthering commercial aviation and not simply a stunt flight, they reason. And we are inclined to agree most heartily with them.


July 3 - "Stake Day," the name given for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce's one-day membership drive set for July 10, will be chief topic of discussion at a meeting of the chamber's board of directors at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Robert R. Martin, membership chairman, announced. A goal of at least 700 members has been set by the chamber which now counts 390 members. Prospective members will be asked to purchase a "stake" in Victoria's future through their support of the organization.

July 7 - E.W. Schramm, retired banker, who has long been active in the American Legion, was appointed Victoria County veterans' service officer by Commissioners Court Friday as successor to the late D.M. (Peck) Peckham. Schramm plans to reopen the veterans' service office on the first floor of the Courthouse Saturday.


July 1 - The long awaited re-opening of the Texas Zoo is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The facility, located in Riverside Park, has been closed since June 5 when the park and surrounding area became the victims of the flooded Guadalupe River. For most of that time, the zoo itself was under water due to a flood gate that malfunctioned.

Also planned for this week is the annual Texas Zoo Ball, South Texas Zoological Society's annual fundraiser for the zoo. The rhythm and blues event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Club Westerner. A special cocktail party will be held at 6 p.m. for the patrons and benefactors.

Although the re-opening was originally planned for this weekend, Jackie Mead, zoo executive director, said that the zoo has received numerous telephone calls from the public asking when it will re-open. "People are anxious to come to the zoo. After consulting with my staff, we felt it would be best not to wait until Saturday and to open on Wednesday instead. We feel we are ready enough to open."

She added that the need for money and the requests from the public are the two major factors in the change of dates.

Clean-up work still needs to be done, but she believes the public will be understanding.

The majority of the animals have returned to their homes. The coyotes, javelinas and ocelots will remain off exhibit while work is being done on their exhibits, Mrs. Mead said.

Mrs. Mead estimated that $25,000 was lost in revenue due to the zoo being closed. "This figure does not include the estimated damages incurred due to flood waters rising within the zoo," she stressed.

The fundraiser has been budgeted to bring in $20,000 to the zoo's operating account.

July 5 - "It was hell."

That's how Victoria cattleman Sammie Ruschhaupt described doctoring cattle for screwworms. His interpretation is representative of many cowboys' assessment of the ordeal.

Prior to 1962, when the first air drop of sterile male screwworm flies was made, screwworms represented a constant battle for cattlemen.

If an adult cow or bull had an open wound, screwworms would infest it. But cowboys spent most of their time doctoring newborn calves' navels, according to Ruschhaupt.

"This time of year, there wasn't hardly a new calf born that didn't wind up with screwworms in its navel," he said.

Ruschhaupt noted that ear ticks were also bad at the time, and once the tick made a sore in the ear, screwworms would set in.

"When screwworms got in the ear, because of the layers in the ear, it was hard to get the worm killed out. We found it easier to cut the ear off behind the worm," the rancher said.

Cancer-eyed cows were also very susceptible to the pests. "I have seen cows where the worms would eat the whole side of the head off," Ruschhaupt said.

The best weapon cattlemen had against screwworms was U.S. Formula No. 62, which contained lamp black.

Ruschhaupt noted that another medicine - Red Worm Medicine - contained chloroform and would kill the worms immediately. Formula 62 took longer to kill the worms, but the worms weren't as apt to reinfest the same area, he said.

Formula 62 was effective, but messy. "When you get that stuff in the crack of your hand, you can't wash it off; you had to let it wear off," Ruschhaupt said.



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