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Years Ago Column.

1919

JUNE 3 – The new First Presbyterian Church building will include the church auditorium, Sunday School room, and basement containing reading rooms, gymnasiums, etc., which will be open to young men of the town throughout the week. The site of the new building is one block north of the present location.

JUNE 7 – The Bronte Club entertained ex-members informally at the home of Mrs. E.M. Tracy Wednesday. The president, Mrs. J.L. Smith, was tendered many good wishes by the members and presented with a beautiful hand-painted Japanese picture.

1944

JUNE 5 – In the vanguard of American troops which battled their way into Rome were boys who just a few years ago you passed on the street every day, youths who thrilled you as they raced for a touchdown on the local gridirons, young men who were your business associates. A good many of these Victorians are members of the 36th Division – Texas’ own – as members of the 11th Engineers, Texas National Guard unit mobilized into federal service in the fall of 1940. While all of America is loud in its praise for the heroic Fifth Army, Texas is especially proud of a great component of that army – the 36th. So to a great bunch of fellows who are now handing it out to the Axis, Victoria extends her deepest gratitude.

JUNE 8 – An insight into the experiences and emotions of a B-17 crewman over hostile territory was offered to members of the Lions Club in regular luncheon session today when T/Sgt. Robert Allen, radioman-gunner on one of the big ships, recounted some of the details of a few of his 25 missions over Europe. T/Sgt. Allen, former bank employee, is home on leave, and expects to be reassigned at the expiration of his time.

1969

JUNE 4 – A $7,000 fire, caused by a lightning bolt during a heavy thunderstorm which also produced hail and gusty winds, hit a Victoria residence Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred at the home of Miss Frieda Adickes at 508 W. Colorado St., where Miss Adickes’ sister, Mrs. Alma Ryherd, was also residing. Firemen, who found visibility to be at a minimum while en route to the fire scene, said lightning struck a sewer vent pipe extending from an upstairs storeroom in the 10-room residence.

JUNE 6 – We remember D-Day because we can look back over 25 years and say there never was before, or has been since, anything to equal it in the annals of warfare – in sheer magnitude of numbers involved, in daring concept, in tremendous consequences to mankind. Our prayer for today is that our children and their children’s children may be able to say the same 50 and 100 years from June 6, 1944.

1994

JUNE 2 – Thirteen-year-old Anna Leal of Victoria knew how to spell “nyala” an East African antelope, and “vascular,” but she had a rough time spelling “turbulence” during the 67th annual National Spelling Bee Wednesday. The Crain Middle School seventh-grader was one of 238 young spellers in Washington, D.C. this week competing in the prestigious event. Leal battled her way through two rounds of competition before she spelled turbulence with an “a” and went out. She was one of the 19 spellers to stumble in the third round. Anna and her mother, Rosanne Leal, arrived in the nation’s capital Saturday, courtesy of The Victoria Advocate, which co-sponsors the regional spelling bee with the Region III Service Center.

JUNE 7 – Kid-U is back. Fueled by its 1993 success, the program that introduces fourth- and fifth-graders to college life will be offered July 11-15 at the University of Houston-Victoria. Carole Oliphant, executive director of UH-V’s institutional advancement, said last year’s program was a hit for everyone involved. “By the end of the week, the children had created such wonderful projects and they had gained new knowledge about other cultures, sciences and mathematics,” she said. “Parents and community leaders couldn’t contain their enthusiasm. The program, sponsored by UH-V and the Cultural Council of Victoria, will offer youngsters three classes per day taught by UH-V instructors and an artist.

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