Years ago for Sunday, Sep 16, 2012

Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.


Sept. 20 - The opera season of 1912-13 was opened in Victoria at Hauschild's Opera House last night by the presentation of "McFadden's Flats" before a large audience. The "yellow kids" were practically the whole show, although the troupe numbered some twenty or more members. A song prophesying the victory of Wilson was one of the hits of the evening.

Sept. 22 - Five prosperous Oklahoma farmers and their families have settled on the Bracht ranch near Inez, and will place 2,500 acres in cultivation next season; they having purchased the land from J.M. Ray and J.B. Ray, who bought the ranch, consisting of about 4,000 acres, some time ago.


Sept. 19 - On the broad shoulders of Arthur (Salty) Salziger, gangling right-hander, will fall the responsibility of winning the Rosebuds' second game of their series with the Edna Cowboys in Edna this afternoon and, also, the championship of the Gulf Coast League for the locals. The Buds, thanks to Darrell May's fine hurling and the great play of the team, won last week's game by the score of 4 to 0.

Sept. 21 - Louis Gallemore presented a program of high school talent at the Rotary Club luncheon today at noon. Frank Crain Jr. introduced the participants. Miss Patricia Wedemeier addressed the club on "What I think of Communism and Fascism," and Clarence Durham Jr. spoke on the "Child Labor Amendment." Both talks were enjoyed immensely by the club members and guests.


Sept. 18 - The awesome violence of a "high-level" thunderstorm that caused death and destruction in nearby coastal areas Monday afternoon spared Victoria from serious harm but left it slightly shook up. Lightning bolts of furious intensity built up after descending from great heights, and thunderclaps of excessive loudness combined around 4:20 p.m. to stage a celestial demonstration of frightening proportions. Weatherman Loren Jones said one bolt of lightning put a power line out of commission temporarily at Foster Field. Miss Mary Martello, seated on the porch at 601 S. Liberty, reported "a blinding orange flash that lighted the whole sky" when one bolt apparently struck on the south side of town. Carl D. Hermes, brother of the Rev. E.A. Hermes and Mrs. Augustin Krejci, both of Victoria, were instantly killed by lightning about 3 p.m. while fishing from the Point Comfort side of the old causeway.


Sept. 16 - Three-inch hummingbirds flocking around flower blooms or attracted to sugar-water filled feeding stations are a common sight these days.

Ruby-throated and occasional Black-chinned hummingbirds, which during the spring and summer months range as far north as the Canadian border, are starting their annual migration south to winter in Central and South America.

Texas Zoo docent Judie Farnsworth said that people in this area will notice that more and more birds are now flocking together, a sure sign that their migration south will begin soon.

"They gather here from many northern points, feeding voraciously to build up the necessary fat or fuel reserves needed for their long journey to South America," she said.

The treacherous journey south will take them over open waters of the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of miles, where they often encounter strong winds and poor weather.

Mrs. Farnsworth said a food source alone will not encourage a bird to stay behind when others continue their migration southward. She encourages those who have hummingbird feeder stations to keep them filled, and those who put out such feeders should plan to stick with it on into fall.

"Once a feeding program is begun, it encourages birds to the area," she said. "They become accustomed to that food source and do not actively seek as many alternate supplies."

Hummingbirds are territorial in nature and struggle to secure an area for themselves. "This food source, especially before migration, is critical for survival," she said, and then pointed out that not all hummingbirds migrate at the same time, and for those yet to travel this direction, natural food sources may become scarce.

Right now is prime time for migration. Some will stay around as late as October. Some may winter right here.

Sept. 17 - A four-star general raised in poverty exhorted America's young Wednesday to believe, as he did, in a land of dreams.

"This is my land, my skies and my people," acknowledged the Hispanic ranch lad-turned-military-hero, retired Gen. Richard E. Cavazos of Austin, as he gestured fervently to the Stars and Stripes, "and this is my flag."

His voice ringing across an audience of 1,600 teenagers and teachers from Stroman High. Cavazos implored the young to dream and build American's future. "I can't abide it," he cried in the cavern of the Victoria Community Center's dome, "if you don't."

"It really is the land where the dreams you dream come true," he assured the sea of young black, white and Hispanic faces.

Those in the Victoria crowd were among millions nationwide, including President Reagan, stopping to pledge allegiance to the flag and celebrate the U.S. Constitution's 200th birthday a day early.

The bicentennial commemoration of the signing of the Constitution climaxes Thursday. Cavazos, who spoke to several age groups of students as well as the general public Wednesday at the community center, is scheduled to deliver similar messages at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Victoria High School.

Victoria residents have been encouraged by the American Legion Auxiliary to take part in a nationwide ringing of bells at 3 p.m. Thursday, coinciding with a ceremony that will take place in Philadelphia.



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