Years ago for Sunday, Dec 29, 2013

Dec. 26, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.


Dec. 29 - M.B. Raymond called at the Advocate office today and showed us a copy of the New York Herald of Saturday, April 15, 1865, containing an account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and also a copy of the Kingston (Ulster County), New York Gazette, of January 4, 1800, giving an account of the death of George Washington.

Jan. 2 - There were no accidents or rowdyism to mar the pleasures of New Year's Day in virtuous Victoria. The day was ideal, and most happily spent by everybody. Many kept open house, and social affairs were more numerous than usual.

Jan. 3 - An entertainment committee consisting of F. Lynwood Goldman, H.T. Gramann, E.J. Fritz and A.F. Knowlan arranged an open house at the K of C Hall New Year's afternoon. Mrs. T.H. Lee presided at the piano from about three o'clock. Mr. L.D. Parks, who is a clever pianist, before Mrs. Lee's arrival enlivened the gathering with some waltzes. A large fruit punch bowl provided the cheer for the many callers. The young people danced, and from three to six o'clock the rooms were crowded with happy, jovial people of all ages, wishing each other in turn the happiness of the New Year. Rev. L. Etschenberg assisted the reception committee and had the pleasure of meeting a very large number of his congregation and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.


Dec. 30 - The sheriff's department late this afternoon was seeking Madam Joann, astrologist phrenologist and medium, who is believed to have suddenly left the city with $375 she was "blessing" for a woman who resides across the river.

Jan. 4 - The city's approximately 500,000-gallon overhead water storage tank, now under construction, is approximately 95 percent completed, it was learned today. The framework for the tank is up, and all that is now necessary is the light sheeting. After this is completed, a coat of spotting lead is next to be put on and then two coats of aluminum paint. The new tank, in connection with the tank now in use, will give the city an overhead storage capacity of 800,000 gallons of water.


Dec. 31 - O'Connor 4-H Club held a recent Christmas party with Karen Lau and Vivian Farbe leading the group in singing holiday songs. Mike Nitschmann led the motto, pledge and prayer. Karen Lau gave the inspiration on Christmas, and Joyce Rahan and Patricia Lau gave a demonstration on Christmas goodies. Evy Elsik, Cheryl Spiegelhauer, Kenneth Nitschmann and Donald Kruppa led the recreation program. Those in charge of the party were Shela Austin, Ivy Elsik, Donald Kruppa, Janet Lemke, Joyce Rohan and Colette Spiegelhauer. Gifts were exchanged.

Jan. 1 - A 300-year-old rosary with crucifix encrusted with 22-karat gold, which once was the property of Pope Gregory, who gave it to King Philip of Spain, has been stolen in one of the rarest thefts in the history of Victoria County. The rosary was removed from a shatter-proof glass case in the vestibule of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Bloomington on Dec. 2. The only one of its kind, the antique item had been on display in the church since its erection in 1960, and was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Welder, who also donated the church in memory of his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hughes Welder.

Jan. 2 - Arthur G. Schroeder and Miss Bertha M. Jecker are retiring from First Victoria National Bank, according to W.B. Callan, president of the bank. Schroeder has been with the bank since March 1, 1919, as a secretary and assistant to the late F.S. Buhler, assistant cashier, then assistant vice-president. In 1951, when the bank added a trust department, Schroeder was selected to head the department as a vice-president. Miss Jecker first became associated with First Victoria National Bank on Dec. 8, 1942, in the capacity of a statement clerk. In 1954 she was selected to assume the position of bank receptionist.


Jan. 2 - The burial grounds of an ancient people, on the sandy slopes of Blue Bayou south of Victoria, should be reopened by archaeologists, a Blue Bayou scholar says.

Beneath those soils near the Guadalupe River may lie clues to an archaeological tradition believed to be thousands of years old - the use of the Guadalupe's banks as cemetery sites before the time of Christ.

"Looking at it as an independent tradition means a tradition that occurs over a long time span in a small geographic area," explains archaeologist Jeff Huebner from his office at the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory in Austin.

Huebner, experienced in past excavations in Victoria County, proposed the Lower Guadalupe Mortuary Tradition in a master's thesis completed this year at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

He envisions a major scientific excavation at Blue Bayou, to expose and preserve the 60 other graves projected to lie beneath the sandy soils on a terrace near the Guadalupe River.

The site, discovered in June 1982 on a casual walkover by weekend archaeologists, has been preserved by the landowner, DuPont.

"Cemeteries aren't really common," says Huebner, explaining why Blue Bayou is so significant to the archaeology of Texas. "Occupation sites are."

A major excavation will require outside scientists, says Huebner, in a "multi-disciplinary project," perhaps the largest archaeological project ever planned in Victoria.

Such a project would require "soil scientists, physical anthropologists, geo-morphologists, archaeologists and chemists to do radiocarbon analysis," says Huebner.



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