Years ago for Sunday, Feb 02, 2014

Jan. 30, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


Feb. 2 - The Guy Hickman Company will begin a week's engagement in Victoria under the canvas on the Fimble lots tonight. The company has been wintering in Corpus Christi and starts its new season with entirely new equipment. This is the company's third appearance in Victoria, and local theatergoers will be delighted to learn of its return. Mr. Hickman is a comedian of considerable note and this year has the strongest supporting company that ever traveled with him.

Feb. 7 - The first real wintry weather of the season was experienced here last night following a norther that struck this section yesterday afternoon. The minimum temperature this morning was 24.5 degrees.


Feb. 3 - Staging their first meeting, the directors of the newly organized Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce Thursday night voted to accept charter members until Feb. 14, at which time the February general membership meeting will be held. President Ralph W. Wofford presided at the initial directors' meeting, held in the justice of the peace office at the court house. Other officers and directors present were Dr. Roy Lander, vice president; Alfred Baass, secretary; Lewis Gallemore, treasurer; and Al B. Chambers, W.W. Hardy, William Oster, Dr. James Sitterle, Gene Houchins, George Caden, Raymond Wagner and Chester Evans.

Feb. 5 - Mr. and Mrs. C.K. McCan, who left here Thursday, will be in New York City today to witness the departure of the Normandie, gigantic trans-Atlantic vessel, which is leaving for a South American cruise, and at the same time wish "bon voyage" to Mrs. A.M. McFaddin, Mrs. J.V. Vandenberge and Mrs. Royston Nave, mother of Mr. McCan, who will be aboard the ship.


Feb. 6 - A luncheon-party honoring Miss Margaret Gaugler was held Wednesday afternoon at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. upon her retirement after almost 46 years of service. Miss Gaugler began her telephone career March 26, 1918, in Victoria, and was assistant chief operator at the time of her retirement.

Feb. 8 - Approximately half of the 35 specially designed school crossing traffic lights went into operation Friday, and Chief of Engineering John Balusek asked motorists to take special note of the lights and their warnings. Balusek has been working with the Chamber of Commerce safety committee and Councilwoman Bea Martin in the program to make school crossings safe with a minimum interruption of traffic. The electrically operated signs will flash amber lights at periods of the day when students are expected to be using the crossings. Two types of signs are used. Those that mark only designated crossings warn the motorist to stop his or her car while students are crossing. The second type designates a school speed zone, where speed limit is reduced to 20 miles per hour whenever the lights are flashing.


Feb. 4 - Victoria Independent School District students and employees get another day off Tuesday because of extremely hazardous icing conditions.

Icy streets and highways Monday brought traffic in Victoria and surrounding areas to a crawl and forced closing of schools and public offices.

"It's too dangerous," said VISD Superintendent Larry Vaughn. "We've got 14,000 kids and 1,500 employees to think about."

Vaughn said school district personnel thought roads were negotiable after testing them Monday afternoon. The decision to cancel Tuesday classes, however, came after Vaughn talked with National Weather Service officials who said conditions were expected to worsen overnight.

Vaughn made the decision before dawn Monday to cancel Tuesday's classes. The city's Catholic schools also will be closed Tuesday.

Monday's scheduled meeting of the Victoria City Council was canceled due to the weather.

Ice on the runway at Victoria Regional Airport forced "closing" of the airport to all traffic until 2:30 p.m. Monday.

A number of Victoria businesses never opened their doors Monday, and those that did saw only light traffic. Many closed early.

Du Pont held over part of its night crew early Monday because some of the new shift was unable to make it to the plant on the Bloomington Highway because of extremely hazardous driving conditions in that area.

The U.S. Postal Service broke with tradition and canceled city and rural mail delivery Monday because of the extremely hazardous driving conditions.



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