Years ago for Sunday, Dec 11, 2011

1911

Dec. 11 - With the famous Nat Reiss Carnival Company, which is to open here starting tonight, is Capt. Louis Sorcho and his great Deep Sea Divers, an attraction which has been endorsed by the press throughout the entire country as being the most educational show ever put before the public.

Dec. 15 - For Sale: the best automobile in Victoria for the money. A five-passenger light touring car practically new, for $550. George W. Dickey, Victoria.

Dec. 17 - A sacred song service will be given at Hauschild's Opera House next Sunday afternoon at about 3 o'clock. A free-will offering will be taken by the King's Daughters to provide Christmas remembrances for the poor. Numbers will be rendered by Mrs. Oscar Roos and Mrs. J.H. Clegg, sopranos; Mrs. R.R. Mizell and Miss Mayo Provence, altos; Messrs. R.B. Hamlett and Clarence Goldman, tenors; and Messrs. August Rehm and J.K. Greer, bassos, assisted by Miss Ethel Rape at the piano and Misses Grace Goldman and Florine Hull on the violin.

1936

Dec. 11 - "Victoria is held close to the heart of the great state of Texas and its people," Attorney General William C. McCraw, of Austin, told an audience of more than 200 representatives of business and professional men and women here last night. The address by the rotund, genial person who holds one of the state's most important offices was the principal feature of the annual banquet of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, presided over by immediate past president William Miller.

Dec. 13 - The immediate need of a stadium that will seat comfortably from 2,000 to 3,000 persons was forcefully brought to the attention of this city Friday night when two Class B high school football teams came to this neutral town to play for regional honors. A gathering of approximately 3,000 enthusiastic fans poured into the football enclosure on the Patti Welder High School campus and only about half of that number could find seats. Hundreds who had paid their way into the game were forced to remain standing throughout the two hours it was necessary to play the contest.

Dec. 15 - Parking meters will not be installed in Victoria at the present time. This decision was reached at the regular weekly meeting of the City Council last night at the City Hall. The four aldermen and the mayor are of the opinion the businessmen and other citizens are not quite ready for parking meters.

1961

Dec. 12 - A colorful array of floats depicting biblical stories and how the Yule season is observed in other countries, interwoven with the efforts of local and area high school bands, will highlight the annual Jaycee Christmas Parade in downtown Victoria Saturday morning. Between 20 and 25 units are expected to participate according to Jack Reynolds, parade chairman.

Dec. 14 - Possibility that the Devereux Foundation may begin construction of its $800,000 permanent education and therapeutic center on the Goliad Highway sometime within the next year was advanced here Wednesday by visiting officials. The projection was made by Douglas Whitlock, Washington attorney who is chairman of the Devereux board. Whitlock and John Barclay, Devereux director of development, discussed the project during a luncheon at Victoria House Restaurant with Mayor Joe E. Kelly, District Judge Frank H. Crain, D.E. Blackburn, chairman of the board of Victoria Bank and Trust Co., and Dr. George A. Constant, local Devereux consultant.

Dec. 16 - Stealing from the blind is a low trick, especially at Christmas time. That is the view voiced Friday by Sidney Benbow, Federal Court clerk, in reporting a theft from Alice Weymeyer, the blind Victorian authorized to operate a concession stand in the lobby of the Post Office.

Dec. 17 - Six damage claims, described as "all relatively minor," have been filed as a result of the sonic booms with which B-58 Hustler bombers have bombarded Victoria in recent weeks. Lt. James L. Warner of the Victoria Air Reserve and Recovery Squadron, said the cases have been forwarded to Air Force Headquarters in San Antonio.

1986

Dec. 12 - About 75 Victorians - young and old - braved the chilling cold Thursday evening to view the formal lighting of the 40-foot community Christmas tree at DeLeon Plaza, singing carols while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. The Victoria Jaycees coordinated the event.

Dec. 14 - Victoria should begin recovering from its current economic slump next year and major corporations should be moving into the area by 1990, said Sean Harribance. The Houston-based psychic was in Victoria over the weekend to visit with clients in the area.

While studying a photograph of Main Street, Harribance said the city has suffered an economic slump in the past eight months, but things are beginning to look up. He said the two banks downtown are strong solid banks but have experienced losses. He added that the solid old family money in the banks will continue to be assets. Also, he said the city will grow along the outskirts with new shopping centers and apartment buildings being constructed.

Within the next 15 years, the outskirts of town will be very developed while the downtown area will be forgotten. He said high rise buildings, housing large corporations and possible office for a nuclear plant, will be constructed there.

The growth of the city will be helped with the assistance of the Victoria Regional Airport. He said there will be growth at the airport to highlight the city's growth. "There is hope for Victoria ... it is better than what people think," he said.

Dec. 16 - Kurt Meyer, a 28-year-old electronics technician from Switzerland, and his Japanese wife, Harumi Higashi, a former overseas telephone operator, stopped in Victoria Monday for repairs to their Yamaha 750-cc motorcycle. The couple has so far travelled 70,000 miles over the past 5 1/2 years in a round-the-world adventure. They plan to return to Switzerland by summer.