Years ago for Sunday, Jan 26, 2014

Jan. 23, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.


Jan. 28 - All of Victoria seems to be aroused on the subject of planting. Just drive around and see what is being done in this line. Catch the spirit and help us to have a more beautiful Victoria. Carloads of trees, shrubbery, rose bushes, hedges and evergreens of all varieties are being received for beautifying Victoria. Soil, rainfall and climate combine to make this section of the state equal or even excel California in growing all kinds of trees and plants. Spend a few dollars on the outside of the house in beautifying the grounds. Many see and enjoy the picturesque beauty of the grounds, and few see and enjoy the interior of the house.

Jan. 31 - Anton Bauer, Peter and Ben Jordan and Dr. O.S. McMullen, of this city, and Marcus C. Levi, of Dallas, returned to Victoria this morning from a week's hunt at the mouth of the Guadalupe River. They bagged considerable game and had a most enjoyable outing.

Feb. 1 - Edwin Emmett, son of W.G. Emmett of the Levi Bank and Trust Company, had the misfortune to fall off a wagon and fracture his left leg below the knee Saturday.


Jan. 27 - The Hollywood Premiere, presented at the Uptown Theater Thursday evening, was a decided success in every way in spite of the inclement weather. Taking part in the premiere were Victorians who impersonated famous movie stars, together with others who appeared on a program of entertainment. The following were included in the event: Patty Hunt as Frances Dee; Grace Margaret DeTar as Carole Lombard; Gretta Noss as Paula Stone; Cleo Richardson as Joan Davis; Virginia Higgins as Madge Evans; Weems Farber as Dickie Moore; Mary Nicholson as Mae Clark; Patty Swinney as Clara Bow; Robert Melton, Harold Dennis, Ben Williams, Alfred Fernandez, Shorty Schrader and Dick Brimage as the Dead End Kids; Mary Dick as Lupe Valez; Polly Putney as Baby Snooks; Bernice Witt as Alice Faye; Pat Sale as Mae West; Lavon Richardson as Alfalfa; Dorothy Mae Roth as Fifi Dorsey; Antonette McCoy as Lila Lee; Maze Sale as Ginger Rogers; Mary Nell Hopkins as Kate Smith; La Viana Green as Mitzy Mayfair and Susie Mae Jordan as Martha Raye.

Jan. 30 - The city's two high schools - Patti Welder and St. Joseph - square off in their annual city basketball series Monday night at Smith-Fischer Gym, starting at 8 o'clock. The two teams will play the best two out of three games for the championship, won last year by Patti Welder in straight games. Dick Harn coaches St. Joseph, and Milton (Pap) Perkins is the coach of Patti Welder.


Jan. 26 - Frank Guittard, Victoria attorney, was elected unanimously as chairman of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority board of directors for the fifth consecutive year Thursday in a meeting held at New Braunfels.

The Victoria Police Department filed charges against 4,191 persons during 1963, obtaining 3,304 convictions against 523 acquittals or dismissals, transferred 88 cases to juvenile courts and had 276 cases outstanding on its books as of Dec. 31, Police Chief John Guseman disclosed Thursday in his annual report to city Manager John Lee.

Jan. 28 - Four more buildings designated as Civil Defense shelters were stocked with more than 19,000 pounds of food and various emergency supplies Friday. Under the direction of City-County Civil Defense Director George Filley, deliveries were made at First Victoria National Bank, the courthouse, the county jail and the old federal building.

Jan. 29 - The feasibility of a plan to construct a miniature railroad in City Park will be discussed at a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday morning. Several members of the Suburban Kiwanis Club are scheduled to meet with commission members as well as City Manager John Lee and John Balusek, head of the city engineering department, to discuss the matter.


Jan. 30 - The endangered whooping crane flock in Texas has taken a beating this year, but scientists say the majestic bird is holding its own.

Last April, 131 whoopers migrated from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport to their nesting grounds in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park, 1,400 miles north.

The flock has been progressing so well in recent years that experts were looking forward to a record-breaking season. Then, things began to go wrong. Only 138 birds made it to the refuge this winter. Officials expected 150.

"That's a pretty large number," said Kenneth Schwindt, assistant manager of the refuge. "We were hoping that more would show up."

Several weeks ago, one whooper was shot and killed by a hunter. Three others have disappeared and are presumed dead.

The missing birds, except for the one that was shot, probably died of natural causes, but their identities or ages could not be determined, Schwindt said.

One whooper in the Texas flock - the only remaining naturally reproducing flock in the world - has never made it to the refuge. Last year, it chose to nest near Edna. This winter, it showed up near Ganado.

Another flock of 16 birds migrates from Idaho to New Mexico, and 49 whooping cranes live in captivity. The flock of 16 was born through a "foster parent" program, which tricks sandhill cranes into hatching whooping crane eggs.

The birds are the largest in North America, standing nearly 5 feet tall with wings spanning more than 7 feet. Adults are snow white, with black wing tips and red crowns on their heads. Immature birds are rusty red and white, with black wing tips.

Canadian scientists tagged 17 chicks during the summer and estimated that at least 20 chicks would attempt to make the long trip back to Texas, Schwindt said.

A total of 19 chicks made it to the refuge. Scientists in Texas keep track of the flock through weekly aerial surveys.



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