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1910

Advocate files for July, 1910 are not available.

1935

July 19 - By a recent act of the City Council, the churches and schools of Victoria for the first time in the history of the city will have to pay for water supplied by the municipal plant. This action was taken because of the alleged great waste of water at some of the schools, and all their services have now been metered.

July 20 - Nola Boyd and her "Sweethearts of the South," an all-girl orchestra and floor show, are to be in the city the latter part of the week for an engagement at Pleasure Island. That'll be something different.

July 22 - A group of farmers of Victoria County are having great sport engaging in wolf hunts every weekend and kill from one to three of the animals on every hunt, finding them particularly plentiful in the Fleming Prairie section, where they killed an unusually large one the past weekend. The hunters are mounted on horses and take about thirty well-trained dogs with them. They have found that wolves when pursued travel in a circle and always come back to the point where the chase begins if not overtaken in the meantime.

1960

July 19 - Lightning struck three times within 13 minutes, hitting a home, a church and a power line pole, Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and relatively little damage. Lightning hit the lead-in power wire at the home of former City Secretary James P. Daly, at 1803 N. Main St., at 2:58 p.m. Fire Chief M.S. Shaw said the blast "fused all wiring in the main switch box" so that power to the home could not immediately be cut off. Damage, however, was estimated at only $10. Approximately $200 damage resulted when lightning hit the steeple of Palestine Baptist Church at 608 E. Convent St. at 3:11 p.m. Firemen said the steeple of the brick church was "split" by the bolt. In between, at 3:05 p.m. lightning hit a power line pole in the 700 block of Convent St., just across the street from the Palestine Church. There was no immediate estimate of that damage.

July 21 - The Devereaux Foundation training school for children will be moved to Foster Field in August, it was announced Wednesday after a two-year lease at $12,000 a year was approved by the Airport Commission.

July 23 - Corporation Court Clerk Richard Hoxworth Friday asked for the cooperation of motorists, who have in the past "short changed" the city in their payment of over-parking violations. "Too many people have been beating the city by paying only 15 or 20 cents of a $2 fine," the clerk said. "From now on, we'll stick to what fine is on the envelope. If the correct amount is not paid, we'll send notices asking for the full payment and then if the payment is not made, a warrant will be issued for their arrest," Hoxworth said.

1985

July 18 - An effort to "people proof" the Texas Zoo has been initiated in response to a recent incident where an ocelot bit the hand of a two-year-old boy. The South Texas Zoological Society Board has directed the zoo building committee and Rex Easley Jr. to survey the entire zoo facility. The special committee will determine what must be done to keep visitors and wild animals separated.

July 20 - Editor, The Advocate: Enough already with the sob stories about being attacked by the ocelot! If you can't read signs or don't know how to comport yourself in a zoo, stay home! These animals are serving a life sentence behind bars and it ought to behoove the human beings who come there to watch them to make their lives as pleasant as possible. Territoriality is part of their nature. Stay out of their space. If I was that ocelot, I'd have gone for more than a hand. Gloria Saylor

July 22 - St. Joseph High School will welcome back one of its most successful athletes when school opens in the fall. Beth Smith Bartush has been hired to coach girls' sports at her alma mater, Athletic Director Richard Seller announced Sunday. Bartush helped lead the Lady Flyers to the state tournament in both softball and basketball before graduating in 1980.

July 24 - A new system of diagnostic technology has arrived in Victoria. A large electromagnet was delivered to Victoria Regional Diagnostic Center on Tuesday, at the Victoria Regional Medical Center complex on the Cuero Highway. The imposing 6.5 ton doughnut-shaped magnet is the primary piece of equipment to facilitate the center's new Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory.


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