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June 25, 2017 at midnight

1917

June 26 - F.W. Nason, who succeeded H.H. Scott here a few months ago as agent for the Gulf Coast Lines, has been promoted to general agent and given general supervision over all traffic and transportation matters in Victoria and outlying districts.

July 1 - Professor George Ott Von Roeder, a member of the German nobility who emigrated to America after the revolution of 1848, has been granted a back pension of $2,200 from the U.S. government for services as an officer in the Union Army during the War Between the States.

1942

June 25 - Victoria and Foster Field this week received perhaps their greatest national publicity when Life magazine devoted a four-page section to the city and the aerial gunnery school here. Eleven photographs are contained in the layout. "Victoria, Texas. The air force comes to a rich Texas cattle town whose worries turned into warm sunshine." reads the title to the layout. A half-page photograph shows an aerial view of several Victoria homes, "big, handsome and comfortable." Another picture shows a group of "cattlemen" standing in front of the Manhattan Cafe after "their first cup of coffee."

June 27 - "The time is almost upon us when every available living space, be it room, apartment or house, either furnished or unfurnished, is going to be needed." D.L. Granberry, director of the Homes Registration Office, said today. The best way to handle this problem is through the Homes Registration Office.

It is the patriotic duty of the people of this city to respond to this call. It may be that you have two or three bedrooms in your home that are seldom or never used. You may never have entertained a thought of renting one of them.

The housing of the construction workers and military personnel attached to Foster as well as the new field is vital to the war effort. It is up to us to do our part.

1967

June 28 - Nancy Jean Baass, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Baass of Victoria, has been chosen second place winner in the national Civitan Club Citizenship Essay Contest. The announcement was made Tuesday during the 47th annual Civitan International conventional in Hot Springs, Ark.

June 29 - Two parrots - one an "excellent talker" - and two Wooley monkeys have been added to the list of animals retained as a "current exhibit" at Victoria Children's Zoo.

1992

June 30 - Explosives to cause the historic Moody Street bridge to fall into the Guadalupe River are to be set today, but Monday night a member of the group trying to salvage the structure dropped a bomb on the others involved in the effort.

Billy Smith said he drove by the bridge Monday afternoon and saw that cuts had been made into the structure for the placement of the charges in spots that would reduce the bridge to nothing more than scrap metal.

After Smith's news, it was decided that all they could do was await the outcome of the explosion today and see if there is anything left to salvage.

July 1 - It was as if the Fourth of July arrived early in Victoria on Tuesday when a series of explosives was detonated, bringing down the old Moody Street bridge to make room for a new structure.

But the event didn't come off early enough for spectators standing in 99-degree heat that felt more like 114, factoring in the relative humidity.

The fireworks had to be delayed for four hours after Art Alvarado of the American GI Forum complained to the Texas Water Commission that lead in the paint on the bridge might contaminate the Guadalupe River.

He pointed out that the river is a source of water for the city of Port Lavaca and others downstream from Victoria. "It is an environmental concern," he said.

Alvarado and a handful of other residents have been fighting the state highway department for more than a month, trying to preserve the historic metal truss bridge that has carried traffic over the Guadalupe for 60 years.


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