Years ago for Sunday, Sep 22, 2013

Sept. 19, 2013 at 4:19 a.m.


Sept. 23 - John J. Welder Sr. has bought the lot on the corner of William and Juan Linn Streets, embracing the Old Victoria Hotel, from the Thompson Estate. The deal was closed yesterday through Capt. W.H. Allen, of San Antonio, manager of the estate, who came here for the purpose. It is understood that Mr. Welder's son, R.H. Welder, will erect a handsome residence on the lot. Capt. Allen informs us that he is also on a deal for the sale of the Thompson lot at the corner of Liberty and Juan Linn Streets, which adjoins the other lots on the west side.

Sept. 26 - Coleto Creek, dry for some months, is now a raging torrent, and has overflowed its banks for a considerable distance.

Heavy rains have caused the Guadalupe River to overflow its banks at many points in this section. In the vicinity of the Wilden residence it has all but reached the gravel road, and it is out in some places in the southern portion of the city. The river has not overflowed the Rio Vista Addition, as had been anticipated by some, and this fact, in the face of a record-breaking rainfall, will be the making of the addition. The rain will be of great benefit to the range, and place it in fine condition for the winter.

Rainfall so far this month amounts to 15 inches, which is the greatest amount for any one month ever recorded here.


Sept. 22 - An illuminating address on the present disturbance in Europe, the controversy over Czechoslovakia, was delivered before the Lions Club at today's weekly luncheon by Miss Jewel Hudler, instructor in government at Victoria Junior College. Miss Dorothy Thames, charming vocalist, rendered two popular songs, including the local favorite, "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Leland Adams was at the piano. The program was arranged by Gordon White.

Sept. 25 - Officers of the two classes of Victoria Junior College were elected Friday, B.F. Hardt, dean announced. Sophomore officials include Truett Matthews of Victoria, president; Larkin Smith of Victoria, vice-president; Mary Kerlagon of Victoria, secretary, and Luther Wise of Seadrift, sergeant-at-arms. Freshman officers are Allen Sloan of Victoria, president; Elizabeth Lenz of Goliad, vice-president; Claudine Pfau of Victoria, secretary, and Raymond Taylor of Goliad, sergeant-at-arms.


Sept. 24 - Dennis Pozzi was elected president of the Guadalupe Community 4-H Club at its first meeting of the year. Other officers are Allen Smajstrla, vice-president; Edith Johnson, secretary; Marsha Collins, treasurer; James Pozzi, reporter; Judy Smajstrla, council delegate; Gail Schilhab, sergeant-at-arms, and Jackie Smajstrla, Forrest Collins and Dale Wischkaemper, recreation leaders. Organizational leaders for the year are Fred Buckert and Mrs. Herbert Wischkaemper.

Sept. 27 - Mayor and Mrs. Kemper Williams Jr. and Miss Joyce Hendy, Victoria's queen for the 1963 State Fair of Texas, will ride in the fair's torchlight "Parade of the Stars and Stripes" at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 7 during Victoria Day festivities in Dallas. There will be an afternoon concert featuring the Victoria High School band under the direction of Fred Junkin. Appearing with the band during the festivities will be Miss Hendy, band sweetheart; Ed Shepard, drum major; Susan Kellogg, head majorette; Brenda Hale, senior twirler; and Marsha Hill and Carol Eddleman, majorettes.

Sept. 28 - Danner Martin has been elected president of the senior class at Victoria High School. Other new officers are Cathy Board, vice-president; Pam Gardner, treasurer; and Jean Shelton, secretary. Anita Pounds was named president of the junior class. Linda Lipscomb was elected vice-president; Kay Awalt, treasurer; and Jeanette Dobbins, secretary. Sophomore class officers are Steve Yarbrough, president; Janice Houston, vice-president; Bobby Gilliam, treasurer; and Louise Bond, secretary.


Sept. 27 - There's a new numbers game they're playing in the administrative offices of the Victoria school system.

And the stakes are deadly serious - hundreds of thousands of dollars - for this annual pursuit called ADA, or Average Daily Attendance.

If summer predictions come true and ADA reaches 13,435 students during the days the state counts attendance in October, then Victoria schools will gain state aid.

If the ADA count is lower in October, then the school system loses $1,630 for each student below the mark.

A loss of 100 students in ADA, for example, would mean a loss of $163,000 in state aid.

Enrollment, as of Sept. 15. has risen to 14,148 students, said Bill Jones, director of public information for the Victoria schools, Monday.

However, that figure included 397 pre-kindergarteners, for whom state aid is calculated differently than for students included in regular ADA.

Without the pre-kindergarteners, the Victoria schools' enrollment is only 13,751 students.

Based on that enrollment of 13,751 students, 97 percent ADA would be 13,338 students - still short of the target used for the district's budget income.

If attendance falls as low as 96 percent in October on the same enrollment, the number of students would be 13,201. That level is nearly $382,000 below the district's target.

Although school officials can't be sure whether enrollment will continue to rise, as it has since Sept. 1, or level off, the option of reducing spending to meet revised ADA-based aid has begun.

In a memo to Victoria Independent School District trustees last Thursday, Superintendent Larry Vaughn advised them he had frozen $300,796 in proposed purchases in six budget categories until the ADA is known.



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