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Years Ago Column.

1919

JULY 15 – City authorities have been experiencing so much trouble lately with the dummy policemen that they placed an iron band containing spikes around the base of each one of the silent traffic cops. The city has been put to so much expense repairing and replacing these dummies that this course of action was taken to prevent carelessness from causing any more trouble. With the present thigh price of tires, the average motorist will go out of his way to dodge the possibility of ruing a tire on spikes at the base of the dummies.

JULY 18 – The iron rings, festooned with spikes, that were placed around the bases of the city’s faithful silent policemen have evidently aroused someone’s displeasure, because all of them with the exception of one lonesome ring have disappeared in some mysterious manner. The one remaining ring will probably be closely guarded to prevent its theft and diligent efforts will more than likely be made to locate all the missing rings, as it is understood that a reward has been offered for the apprehension of the person or persons who “lifted” them.

1944

JULY 14 – Gov. Coke R. Stevenson was an early-morning visitor in the city, resting up a bit in a Denver Hotel room before going down to Port Lavaca to participate in the causeway re-opening ceremonies...and looking as fit as the proverbial fiddle.

JULY 17 – D-Day, even if he had gotten to be in on it, couldn’t have been much rougher than D-Day minus one for Lt. John Kilgore of Victoria, who suffered a broken leg when he parachuted from what was left of a Flying Fortress over England on June 5. Kilgore said despite the fact he broke his leg on landing on hard ground, he was lucky. “I landed just 20 feet from a British mine field,” he said. Another Victoria hero today was known to have lost his life in action against the enemy, following War Department notification to Mrs. Victoria Zapalac, 608 E. San Antonio, that her son, S/Sgt. Ray E. Zapalac, had died somewhere in India.

1969

JULY 16 – Two Victoria men have important roles in the forthcoming Apollo 11 lunar mission. Assigned as an aerospace technologist at the Houston Manned Spacecraft Center is William A. Parkan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Parkan of Victoria. Joe R. Smith, son of Mrs. Anne Smith of Victoria, is an instrumentation controller in the information systems branch of the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Apollo 11 team is scheduled to leave today for man’s first landing on the moon.

JULY 20 – The Rev. Mac Turnage, former pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, returned to the Grace church Friday and related experiences of the past two years as pastor of Tokyo Union Church, a Protestant interdenominational church of English-speakers. Two outstanding 17-year-old Victoria County 4-H members, Christi Kovar and Norman Schoener, have been selected as the county’s Gold Star winners for 1969.

1994

JULY 14 – Gay Ellen Gilson, a 1985 graduate of Victoria High School, has been named Corpus Christi’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the year. She was chosen by a selection committee of the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1989 and received a law degree in 1992 from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She practices law in Corpus Christi, with David Lee McGee. She is the daughter of Claude and Eva Gilson of Victoria.

JULY 19 – One day after the second serious bee attack in eight weeks in Placedo, an exterminator was called in to eradicate the bees and county officials found out they had the power to potentially thwart future tragedies. Felix Reyes, 90, who was attacked and stung more than 150 times early Sunday morning, was in stable condition Monday in a private room at Citizens Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor said “he’s doing well.” Reyes was stung near the 100th block of Grand Street in Placedo as he tried to kill a swarm of bees with some store-bought insecticide. Fire Chief Henry Juenke said between 50 and 100 bees were sent to Texas A&M University, where entomologists will try to determine if the are the Africanized variety.

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