Years ago for Sunday, Mar 24, 2013

March 21, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 20, 2013 at 10:21 p.m.


March 24 - Boys, get busy, for this is the time to go after the sparrow eggs. Get every one that you can find, but make sure they are sparrow eggs, and not those of the other little grey birds that are also very busy now setting up housekeeping. Anybody taking other than sparrow eggs to the committee will have to forfeit, so be careful.

March 26 - The Merchants Carnival, by home talent, at the opera house last night was a great success from every point of view. All the displays by about 75 business firms of the city were unique and many beautiful costumes were shown. It is next to impossible to describe the various displays in detail, but suffice it to say that every exhibit was good and all were enthusiastically received by the large audience, which was evidenced by the frequent round of applause that greeted the performers. One of the most elaborate displays was that of the Light and Power Company which the young lady seated as queen on a throne with a crown of glowing electric lights and the whole throne studded with hundreds of vari-colored lights. Many have said this one display alone was well worth the admission price charged.

March 28 - A new Airdome is being constructed on the street north of the Public Square, between the Welder Garage building and the Fact office. It is being built by F.S. Ferguson, who will add another big moving picture show and vaudeville to Victoria amusement.


March 25 - Final details of the program leading up to the formal dedication of the new $50,000 St. Joseph's High School were being completed today and will be announced shortly. One of the features of the day's program is the parade from the old school at the corner of Main and Church to the new school in the northern portion of the city. This is tentatively set for noon.

March 29 - Victoria firemen no longer will have to expend their energy in turning the cranks of the sirens on the various trucks, for electrically-operated sirens have now been installed on each of the trucks. This will be welcome news to Hobby Abshier, Jimmy Sala, Albert Harrison, L.L.B. Hofer and others in the first station neighborhood who get on the apparatus first.


March 27 - Mrs. Thomas O'Connor Sr., Mrs. Joseph Wearden and Mrs. Ben T. Jordan will be among Victoria participants in memorial services at 4 p.m. Wednesday for Col. James W. Fannin Jr. and his men who gave their lives in 1836 during the Texas Revolution. Mrs. O'Connor will place a wreath at Fannin's grave and monument in Goliad State Park, and Mrs. Wearden and Mrs. Jordan will appear as representatives of the James W. Fannin Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The annual observance is sponsored by the Goliad County Historical Society.

March 30 - The stage has been set and the "curtain will be going up" on the 1963 Morning Study Club Flower Show this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The show theme, "Flying High - 'Tis Spring," will be developed by exhibitors who compete at the Victoria High School Gym. The event offers the opportunity for flower enthusiasts and garden club members, as well as organizations in the city, to vie for ribbon awards and for the Queen of the show, a Revere Silver Bowl. Admission to the show, 50 cents, includes the Pilgrimage, on Sunday only, to the homes of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Borchers, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Erwin, and Mr. and Mrs. P.C. McHaney, and also the Power Home, Nazareth Convent and Art Exhibit, and the Old Mill at Memorial Square.


March 27 - As commander of Texian troops in Goliad, Col. James W. Fannin prepared for his execution on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, he made three requests: He didn't want to be shot in the face; he wanted a proper burial; and he wanted his watch returned to his family.

The three requests were not honored.

Fannin was wounded in the face, his remains and those of his men did not receive a Christian burial until weeks after the infamous Goliad massacre, and his watch was found on a Mexican prisoner following the Battle of San Jacinto.

Now, for the first time in 152 years, Fannin's watch has been returned to La Bahia. It has been loaned to the museum there for a three-month exhibition, said John Collins, presidio museum director. The exhibit opened Saturday to the public.

The watch and a portrait of Fannin, done while he was a student at West Point by his cousin inventor-artist Samuel Morse, will be shown simultaneously courtesy of the Dallas Historical Society.

Collins does not know how the historical society obtained the watch, but he was told that the watch was eventually returned to Fannin's family by unknown parties.

The silver timepiece has a badly damaged porcelain face, but it bears the following inscription on its reverse side: "Given July 1819 to my grandson James Walker Fannin, Marion, Georgia."



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