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Aug. 12, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.


Aug. 13 - None of the four Victoria men who were ordered to Corpus Christi three weeks ago to undergo the final physical and mental examinations for the second officers training camp of the U.S. Army at Leon Springs was disqualified, and all received notices to report at the camp on Aug. 24. The men are Thomas S. King, an employee of the Texas Gas Electric Co.: John B. Rochill, formerly employed in James McDonald's law and abstract office; Joseph J. Woodhouse, county attorney; and Leopold Morris, editor of this paper.

Aug. 16 - All saloons in Victoria and its suburbs, except eight, were closed at 4 p.m. this afternoon in conformity with an order of President Wilson. "Under the President's proclamation, intoxicating drinks, whether in saloons or clubs, are prohibited within one-half hour of a mile of any military camp, and houses of ill fame are prohibited within five miles of any military camp. The penalty is a fine of $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than a year, or both. See that the President's proclamation is rigidly enforced in Victoria."


Aug. 14 - Mrs. Margaret Etie, R.N., has been appointed Red Cross instructor for the newly formed Volunteer Nurse's Aide Corps here. Now that we are at war, the country is faced with an acute nursing shortage which may threaten the health of every community, should an unforeseen disaster strike, such as an air raid or epidemic.

Aug. 17 - Adeline Simicek, a teacher in the Placedo school the past four years, has been accepted by the district recruiting office in San Antonio to attend WAAC officer candidate school at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.


Aug. 15 - A scanner used in locating tumors has been provided Citizens Memorial Hospital by the Pink Ladies. A hospital spokesman said it can be used to scan the brain, thyroid, lungs, liver, kidneys or pancreas for tumors. It is believed to be the only one in use in the Victoria area.


Aug. 18 - The fall-like weather that brought a chill to Victoria Monday morning won't last long.

Forecasters are calling for the temperature to return to near normal levels again today, with a high in the low to mid-90s after an overnight low in the low 70s.

The mercury dipped to a relatively chilly 65 degrees at 6 a.m. Monday, tying the record for that date set in 1931. Monday's high recovered to a warm 90 degrees under fair skies.

Making the weather even more comfortable was a drop in the relative humidity, which fell to an unseasonable dry 33 percent Monday afternoon.

Aug. 19 - A Victoria oilman and philanthropist barely missed being named one of the 20 richest people in Texas, according to Texas Monthly's annual survey of the 100 wealthiest Texans.

The oil and gas holdings of Albert B. Alkek were valued at $400 million, which earned him a No. 21 ranking on the list.

Last year the 82-year-old was ranked 27th with $350 million.

He was described in the magazine as a "generous philanthropist (whose) contributions have led to at least 12 eponymous buildings."

In April, the Albert B. Alkek Institute of Biosciences and Technology was dedicated. It is an 11-story state-of-the-art research facility within the Texas Medical Center complex in Houston.

Alkek was the major contributor for the facility, and because of his generosity, the 1992 South Texas Farm and Ranch Show will be dedicated to him. The show will be held Oct. 7-8 at the Victoria Community Center.

Four other Victoria-area business tycoons also made "The Texas 100" list in the magazine's September edition.

Dennis Martin O'Connor, 85, of Refugio, Mary O'Connor Braman, 82, of Victoria, and Tom O'Connor Jr., 77, of Victoria, were ranked No. 36, No. 37 and No. 38.



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