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Dec. 30, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.


Dec. 31 - Tomorrow marks the beginning of another year - 1918. The past year was one of the hardest years Victoria County has ever gone through. But while it was a hard year for most of our people, it brought prosperity to many others, and it could have been very much worse than it was for all of us. The new year bids fair to be one of the most prosperous years Victoria County has ever experienced. But with all the prosperity that it may bring, it cannot be the happiest as long as the war continues, for there necessarily will be sadness in many homes.


Jan. 6 - Private Joe DePine, a member of Ambulance Company No. 12 of the American Expeditionary Forces, writes home from France: Dear Sister: We had a little snow over here last week. I don't feel the cold over here like back in Victoria. The latest I stay up now at night is about six o'clock. I don't get up in the morning until six. I am working in the kitchen now. We had a turkey Thanksgiving Day. I went to a boxing bout that day. It is not so bad over here like I thought it would be. We are having an awful good time over here.


Jan. 4 - Although a little late in putting in his appearance, Victoria's first baby of the new year arrived at the Victoria Hospital at one o'clock this afternoon. He is Charles Adolph Heller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Heller, who reside on Route 1.


Jan. 1 - Richard C. Keunstler, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Kuenstler of 2209 E. Brazos St., has been named "Advocate City Carrier of 1967."

Jan. 3 - Maj. Hugh O. Wallace of La Porte, the son of Mrs. Margaret V. Wallace of Victoria, took part in the recent emergency airlift of thousands of bales of hay for snowbound sheep and cattle on the Hope Indian Reservation in Arizona.

Jan. 5 - About 150 individual contestants have entered the first Victoria indoor rodeo, to be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Community Center. Not only is this the first indoor rodeo, the Rodeo Association points out, it is also the first local rodeo for adult contestants in a number of years.


Jan. 2 - There will be slight improvements in the local economy in 1993, and one authority thinks it's the year Victoria's business leaders should make concrete plans to take advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"It is up to us how we want to exploit the opportunities NAFTA provides, but the steps should start now," said Ron M. Sardessal, chair of the business administration division at the University of Houston-Victoria.

"We are in an ideal situation. It will depend on how we exploit the windows of opportunity and how pro-active we remain.

"We can't wait until NAFTA is in full bloom to think in terms of building this infrastructure. What role should Victoria play when NAFTA takes off? Should we be the gateway to the south? Should we be a service center?



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