Years ago for Sunday, Jan 29, 2012



1912

Jan. 29 - A very pleasant event was the bridge party given by Mrs. J.A. Hatch for her daughter, Mrs. S.C. Steele, on Saturday afternoon. The invited guests were beautifully gowned and participated in an animated contest for two hours. Mrs. J.J. Welder was high scorer and received a handsome cut glass pitcher. Mrs. W.T. DeTar was winner of the consolation prize, a pierced brass violet holder with cut glass center.

Feb. 1 - Hon. William J. Bryan, of Nebraska, three times the democratic nominee for President of the United States and the most finished and brilliant orator in the nation, will speak at Hauschild's Opera House in this city Friday night, Feb. 9, at 8:30 o'clock under the auspices of the Victoria Civic Association.

Feb. 2 - A.T. Perkins, vice president and general manager of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad, is expected here in a day or two to consult with our citizens over railroad matters. A hundred teams will be put to work on the Bloomington extension next week, when the work will begin in earnest.

The Advocate is reliably informed that $150,000 worth of materials have been purchased for the extension.



1937

Jan. 31 - BERLIN - Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler presented an account of his four years of Nazi stewardship to the world Saturday, and was unanimously chosen to run Germany for another four years. Among his pronouncements: the Reich erases forever its "extorted" signature from the Treaty of Versailles.

Feb. 3 - Traveling incognito, two of the most famous physicians and surgeons in the world spent the night here last night. They were Charles and Will J. Mayo of the internationally known Mayo Brothers Clinic of Rochester, Minn.

Feb. 4 - Lester Spring of Indianola, Iowa, nationally known music critic, has been secured for the Musical Festival to be held here in April, it was learned today. The festival is to be sponsored by the local Lions Club. Scores of bands, orchestras, glee clubs, choral clubs and other musical organizations from schools in this section will be invited to participate in the festival.



1962

Jan. 29 - Juanita Rigamonti caused the greatest excitement Sunday in the ninth annual tournament of Victoria Women's Bowling Association when she posted an all-events score of 1,822, believed to be the highest all-events score in local women's bowling history.

Jan. 30 - Houston's first major league baseball team, headed by General Manager Paul Richards, Manager Harry Craft, and three seasoned infielders, made a tremendous impression on a gathering of 65 baseball fans during a luncheon Monday at Carl's Barbecue Place. Morris Frank accompanied the group and was master of ceremonies.

Jan. 31 - Daniel Pollack, concert pianist, was honored at a reception following his appearance on the Victoria Fine Arts Association program Monday at the Victoria College Student Union. Mrs. Tom Jones and Mrs. Frank Guittard were hostesses for the reception.



1987

Jan. 29 - With monuments and memorial services, Americans mourned the seven Challenger astronauts Wednesday on the first anniversary of history's worst space disaster.

President Reagan, in taped remarks played at NASA centers, said that school teacher Christa McAuliffe and her six fellow astronauts had taught a "lesson of courage, spirit and love to America's children, and now it is for all of us to learn the lesson from them."

Killed in the accident were Cmdr. Dick Scobee, Pilot Michael Smith, McAuliffe and crew members Judy Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Greg Jarvis.

Feb. 1 - As far as third generation Victorian Roy Ekstrum knows, he is the only one on the Texas Gulf Coast who does medallion furniture caning.

Last year Ekstrum exhibited an oval coffee table with a medallion center at Cultural Council of Victoria's first On My Own Time exhibition. The 33-year-old machinist at Du Pont said he placed high enough in the in-house exhibit to make it to the city-wide show. Although he didn't receive a ribbon in the city show, his work received enthusiastic comments from viewers.

Feb. 3 - Harold Cobler, local manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone, has joined the race for at-large Place 4 on the city council.

Cobler filed with the city secretary Monday and will be running against Marsha Shanklin, a Victoria real estate agent and appraiser, in the April 4 city election.

Cobler said the two most important items facing the city are fiscal responsibility and the need for an improved business climate through cooperation with such agencies as the Victoria Economic Development Corporation and the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.