Years ago for Sunday, Nov 24, 2013

Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.


Nov. 27 - Miss Mary Vandenberge and Mrs. Ernest Kingswell Smith have opened an art and gift shop in Miss Vandenberge's studio over the Victoria National Bank. Among the pretty articles they have on display are an elegant lot of willow baskets in all sizes and shapes.

Nov. 30 - Golden Rule Encampment No. 28, an advanced branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, will be instituted here tonight by a team from the Bexar Encampment. The following constitute the charter members of the new lodge: J.S. West, F.F. Aschbacher, T.M. Morrison, W.P. Henson Jr., J.S. Beard, F.M. Carpenter, Ben W. Fly, A.W. Lee, W.K. Marriott, F.M. Praeger, Dr. J.L. Linsecum, E.R. Cole, W.A. Stephens, B.W. Boring, G.W. Clark, S.C. Meador, R. Kleinsmith, R.B. Bledsoe, C.E. Pumley, S. Lozano, Al J. Powell, I.A. Heath, F.B. Lander, John Stoeffels, A.T. Wright, T.A. Wright, C.M. West, Frank Wagner and Phil Holzheuser.


Nov. 26 - A total of 9,875 bales of cotton were ginned in Victoria County prior to Nov. 14 of the crop of 1938, it has been announced by L.L.B. Hofer, government statistician. Last year prior to Nov. 14, the ginnings were 16,651 bales, Mr. Hofer said.

Nov. 29 - With Federal Judge Charles B. Kennamer, of Montgomery, Ala., presiding in the absence of Judge T.M. Kennerly, of Houston, the November term of Federal Court got underway here this morning. The following were impaneled as the jury for this term: Paul Tenburg, Ed Melcher, Chas. E. Wolf, T.C. Holeman Jr., Albert Strauss, B.H. Hornburg, Otto Albrecht, Gilbert Gerdes, E. John, R.K. Marberry, J.C. Cherry and Oscar Probst.


Nov. 24 - A major musical treat is in store for Victorians this Christmas season. It will occur Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Sanctuary when Camille Saint-Saens' beloved Christmas Oratorio will be performed. Choral accompaniment will be provided by members of the Chancel Choir of the First Methodist Church, and five of Victoria's finest voices will serve as soloists. They are Mrs. John Dorris, soprano; Mrs. Larry Ravert, mezzo soprano; Mrs. George Elmer, contralto; The Rev. David Douglas, tenor; and Joe B. Milam, baritone. It will be directed by Mrs. Ruth Williams, who will also serve as pianist. The public is invited, and there will be no admission charge. A free will offering will be accepted, however.

Nov. 28 - Frank Salazar, 15, was treed by javelinas while deer hunting in the San Antonio River Bottom about 23 miles southwest of Victoria recently. When he saw four wild pigs, he shot and killed one, and his gun jammed. The remaining three hogs then attacked him, forcing him to climb a handy tree. His shouts attracted his uncle, Dan Betts, who was hunting about a quarter-mile away. Betts killed one of the javelinas and crippled another, but it ran off with the one remaining.


Nov. 25 - A woman who was misdiagnosed and kept in a state mental hospital for 17 years has returned in triumph to the institution as a full-time administrator after earning a master's degree from Harvard.

Marie Balter was 17 and clinically depressed when she was labeled schizophrenic and sent to Danvers State Hospital. After gaining her release in 1964, she went back to school and has since worked with psychiatric patients, lectured nationwide and written an autobiography. Her story was the basis of a 1986 TV movie starring Marlo Thomas.

Now Balter, 58, is devoting her efforts to helping improve the hospital. She began work as community affairs director earlier this month.

"I wouldn't have grown one bit if I didn't learn to forgive," she said in a recent interview. "If you don't forgive your parents or your children or yourself, you don't get beyond that anger. Forgiving is a way of reaching out from a bad past and heading out to a more positive future."

Marvin M. McNally hired Balter three months into his tenure as Danvers' chief operating officer.

"She is a model for many people," he said. "I think she serves in that way for many people - not just ex-patients. She has faced adversity, has overcome it and has succeeded."

Balter was born in Boston, the illegitimate daughter of an alcoholic mother who put her in a foster home at age 5. She was adopted by a couple in Gloucester who disciplined her harshly, sometimes locking her in the cellar.

Increasingly depressed, she was institutionalized in 1947. Her symptoms included muscle spasms, choking, hyperventilation and hallucinations. She later learned she suffered from a form of depression and panic disorder, not schizophrenia.

Her recovery was painful and gradual as Balter overcame a despair that often left her unable to eat or move. She contemplated suicide more than once.

With the help of friends, mental health workers and her own strength and Catholic faith, Balter gained release in 1964. She moved into an apartment, married and earned a psychology degree from Salem State College and a master's from Harvard in administration, planning and public policy.



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