Years ago for Sunday, Jun 03, 2012

May 31, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.


June 3 - The first formal services were held in the beautiful new Victoria Methodist Church yesterday, Rev. Cullen H. Booth, of San Marcos, preaching the opening sermon. Rev. S.M. Provence, the Baptist minister, and Rev. John B. Hudson, the Presbyterian minister, participated in the services. Excellent choir music was rendered.

June 8 - The auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church has been equipped with electric fans for the summer months. The pastor, Rev. John B. Hudson, will preach at both services tomorrow.

The United States Department of Commerce and Labor has just issued its report on cotton ginned in Texas in 1911 by counties. There were 4,107,152 bales ginned in the state, which was an increase over 1910 of 1,157,184 bales or 28.2 percent. Victoria County had a total of 14,148 bales ginned during the year, which was an increase over the previous year of 2,711 bales.


June 5 - Dressed in their brilliant and colorful new uniforms, the Victoria High School Band was awarded first prize in the high school band contest held in Yoakum Friday afternoon in connection with the Tom-Tom celebration. First prize money was $90.

June 7 - The Guadalupe River had reached a stage of 20 feet early this afternoon and was still rising slowly. The U.S. Weather Bureau at San Antonio has forecast a rise here to 26 feet.

June 9 - The breaking ground for the new St. Joseph's High School, to be located on the recently-acquired ten-acre tract formerly included in the fair grounds, will be commenced Saturday afternoon, June 12, in an appropriate ceremony to which the entire public is cordially invited, it was announced by the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Educational Foundation, Inc. through its president, Joseph Wearden.


June 7 - The Southern Pacific Freight Depot, which some sources say may have been built as early as the 1880's and which occupied a portion of right-of-way for Navarro Street, is being torn down. With the structure gone, the city expects to link Navarro Street at the site. The city also has asked the State Highway Department to give the spliced Navarro Street a highway designation as an interior loop and thoroughfare.


June 4 - Inclement weather forced commencement exercises for Stroman High School indoors.

But it didn't dampen the spirits of the graduates.

The event was moved from Memorial Stadium into the Victoria Community Center. School officials had to make last-minute arrangements to accommodate the change.

Seating included the 230 graduates and 960 guests - and more than 500 guests opted to stand in a semicircle around the center dome.

Presenting the baccalaureate address was the Rev. W.W. Branch, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. His message to the graduates was, "We can all learn to love, help and give to one another."

After opening his address, Branch asked the honor students among the graduates to identify themselves by raising their hands. Then he told the students not holding up their hands that they were his "kind of people" - and received a round of applause from the group.

Branch told of how he was not an honor student when he graduated from high school, but eventually went on to achieve two master's degrees and a doctorate degree.

"I could have thought of all the things I could not do or could not be," he said. "It could have been an excuse to not keep on trying."

Quoting Winston Churchill, Branch said, "Never, never, never give up."

"Never stop growing and learning all of the wonderful things God has placed in this world."

June 6 - Superintendent Larry Vaughn on Friday said salaries in and operations of the Victoria school system are "very conservative" when compared to levels statewide.

The average Victoria teacher's salary is $24,783, including career ladder bonuses, and that compares favorably with the statewide average of $24,210, Vaughn said.

Administrators in Victoria schools earn an average of $42,203 annually, and that compares with $42,451 as a statewide average.

June 8 - Michael Yates and Gaylon Youngblood were co-winners of the Julius Trevino MVP award presented Sunday at the Stroman baseball banquet. Jon Grones was named Raging Raider while Michael Ruiz was selected top infielder and Danny Moya was outstanding outfielder. Yates also won the Ted B. Reed top pitcher award. Grones and Youngblood were recipients of $500 and $250 academic scholarships.



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