Years ago for Sunday, Jan 20, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.


Jan. 20 - The farmer, being isolated from his neighbors and the market, needs the automobile more than his city brother. If the young people in the country wish to have a social function, 10 or 20 miles distant, they need lose no time from their work. After supper, they can step into their automobile and soon arrive at their destination. This applies to all the young people living within a radius of 20 miles. If the farmer has an automobile, he can enjoy the same social and religious pleasures and privileges that his city brother enjoys. By means of the auto he may easily extend his acquaintance, and he can learn, perhaps, as much from observation as from personal experience. It will also afford him the happy privilege of frequently giving his tired wife pleasure and rest after a hard day's work. The change of scenery will do her good.

Jan. 21 - Victoria's city population, according to the Federal census of 1910, was 3,900. According to the census of 1912, which includes the thickly settled suburbs recently admitted as a part of the city, the population is 6,788.


Jan. 22 - With a total of 93,987 cattle of all ages, Victoria County ranks 20th among cattle counties of the United States, it was revealed in a report from the United States census of agriculture, commenced in 1935 and recently completed. Leading cattle county in the nation is Cherry County, Neb., with a total of 252,339 cattle.

Jan. 23 - The inestimable value of the Southern Pacific Lines here is realized by comparatively few persons, yet the company itself and its many employees daily are proving their great worth to the City and County of Victoria. Besides the splendid service rendered by the lines, Southern Pacific has a monthly payroll of considerable magnitude. This payroll, which amounted to $37,926.68 for the month of December, means much to the business men of Victoria, as well as the public in general.

Jan. 24 - The Telferner area, fast becoming one of the bright spots on Victoria County's oil map, promises early action on two fronts, the east Telferner section and the Buhler-Mahon tract section.

Jan. 26 - Climbing to nineteen and one-half feet by ten o'clock this morning, the Guadalupe River, flood-bent, dropped off sharply in its climb by two o'clock this afternoon, rising but one-half foot within four hours.


Jan. 25 - Five grass fires and a car blaze kept firemen hopping to all sides of Victoria over a three-hour period yesterday afternoon with no major damage reported. Four of the alarms were answered in a 35-minute period. The action started at 1:29 p.m. when trash, grass and fence posts on land owned by Anton Kalich at the Juan Linn-Brown Street intersection were ignited by an unattended trash fire on adjoining land. At 1:32 p.m. a discarded cigarette was blamed for burning over a small area of grass at the Jack Burgess residence, 1512 E. Warren Street. At 1:35 p.m. a report of a grass fire on Old Goliad Road was received. A car fire at North-Brownson intersection at 2:03 p.m. was quickly extinguished. Firemen said children playing with matches caused a small area of property owned by Mobil Oil Company in the 3500 block of North Laurent Street to be burned over at 3:37 p.m. A trash fire burned out of control and ignited adjoining land in the 3900 block of Port Lavaca Drive at 4:35 p.m.


Jan. 22 - The March 8 Super Tuesday primary election was described as both a logistical nightmare and an opportunity Thursday night during a League of Women Voters forum.

Don Truman, Victoria County Republican Party chairman, said Super Tuesday in the South was strictly a regional thing, and basically it was established to "enhance Democratic clout in the presidential nomination process."

"Logistically it is a nightmare," Truman said. "Whether the South will have a greater influence in the selection of the President remains to be seen."

One thing Super Tuesday may change is that presidential candidates will spend more time campaigning in Texas, said John Griffin, Victoria County Democratic Party chairman.

Previous to the early primary, it was the voters in the East that established who would be the leading presidential contenders. As a result, democratic presidential candidates have not done well in the actual election.

Griffin said new rules also have given the "people a more direct voice in the selection of candidates."

Griffin said the shorter campaign time between the filing date and the primary has been applauded by Democratic candidates. He said since there is a large number of candidates in many races, many political office hopefuls know that they won't have to spend as much money on a shorter primary campaign. At the same time, the public and the primary winners most likely will be ready for an "emotional slowdown" following the primary. Griffin said winners most likely will enjoy a short vacation before hitting the campaign trail toward the general election.



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