Years ago for Sunday, Oct 20, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.


Oct. 22 - There are 228 automobile owners in Victoria County, of which only 55 are members of the Victoria Automobile Club.

Oct. 23 - A.F. Knowlan, retiring lecturer of the Victoria Council, Knights of Columbus, entertained the members of the council and visiting knights with a delightful dance at the K. of C. Hall last night. Mr. Knowlan is a son of Frank Knowlan of this city, and one of Victoria's most popular and worthy young businessmen.


Oct. 26 - In a record vote four new members were elected to the board of directors of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today. The four new directors, elected out of a field of eight candidates voted upon by members of the chamber are Ed Atzenhoffer, Ed Wagner, Frank Guittard and M.O. Simon. They will take office November 1, succeeding H.W. Griffith, Rollan Carr, B.E. Leissner and A.R. Hartman, whose terms will expire.


Oct. 20 - Four employees of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. were honored for 160 years of collective service during a dinner at Fanning's Restaurant Thursday. District Traffic Supt. William A. Barton presented awards to Margaret Gaugler, assistant chief operator, 45 years; Norma Lewis, service assistant, 40 years; Eleanor Gillig, service assistant, 40 years; and Effie Oster, operator, 35 years.

Oct. 24 - Bertha V. Littles, a junior majoring in Home Economics Education at Prairie View A&M College, was recently made a member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Omicron Phi, a national honorary society for home economics students. Bertha is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donrell Littles of Victoria. She is a graduate of F.W. Gross High School, where she was valedictorian in 1961.


Oct. 21 - Victoria received national acclaim Thursday when it was announced it had been chosen winner of the Keep America Beautiful city of the year in the 25,000 to 75,000 population category.

It was one of six cities, large and small, to be so honored.

Beverly Zielonka, executive coordinator of Keep Victoria Beautiful, said she was notified Thursday morning of the award.

She said more than 500 Keep America Beautiful communities were in the competition.

Before the day was over, she had been notified by the manufacturers of Glad trash bags that they will be corporate sponsor for the Victoria non-profit beautification group.

"We really haven't had a budget," Mrs. Zielonka said. "We have had to beg and borrow in order to accomplish the things we have done."

"Glad has come to us and asked if they can help," she said. That help will include beautification awards, professionally prepared public service announcements, helping better develop the Keep Victoria Beautiful story.

It is the second time this year that Keep Victoria Beautiful has been honored. Last July, Victoria was named No. 1 city in the state for its beautification effort. With the state award came a $60,000 beautification grant.

"Victoria really has a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on being picked as one of this nation's most beautiful cities," Mrs. Zielonka said. "The effort shown over the past year by many volunteers is bearing fruit."

She said the entire community "has made great strides" in cleaning up litter and trash.

Oct. 25 - Republicans and Democrats agree that the 100th Congress compiled a formidable record of achievement, but the legislators also left behind a list of unresolved issues ranging from the minimum wage to cleaning up the country's air and helping families.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Monday, "from our point of view, the 100th Congress has been very productive and we are extraordinarily pleased that so many parts of the president's agenda have been enacted into law."

Fitzwater said Congress, which adjourned early Saturday, left about 120 bills on Reagan's desk. The president will veto some and sign the others, Fitzwater said, but the spokesman did not know which ones would be rejected.

Shortly before Congress adjourned, Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., told his colleagues the Democratic-controlled 100th Congress had a record "of decisive action. We have produced results across the board."

A number of unresolved issues involve domestic policy fights, such as the minimum wage, family-related legislation and cleaning up the nation's air.

Since 1981, the minimum wage has been $3.35 per hour, but Democrats in recent months pushed for an increase. It was a drive they hoped to turn into political gains during the election campaign.

Democrats succeeded in bringing to the Senate floor a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $4.55 per hour over a three-year period, but Republicans said they would filibuster unless the Judiciary Committee voted to approve 25 of President Reagan's judicial appointments.



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