Genealogical Society hosts meeting

The July 11 evening social for the Victoria County Genealogical Society began with members and guests enjoying hot dogs and all the trimmings provide by the Hospitality committee.

Clydele Hardegree, a local antique expert, shared her expertise with each person who brought an antique to the activity. She provided some history, interesting comments, and often times, an estimated value of the item. Antiques on display came from America, Germany, Italy and Japan.

A Bird's Eye View of Victoria in 1940 will be the program topic at the Aug. 8 meeting. Doris Obsta will present the program. A collection of photographs taken from the air in the mid-1940s, when the town was growing in every direction, will be on display. The photographs were taken by Elden C. Ketler, a Canton, Ohio, native, while he was a photographer for the United States Air Force stationed at Foster Field in Victoria. His daughter, Jamie Ketler Zeplin, has shared these photos with Victoria College and now with the Victoria County Genealogical Society. Members and guests are welcome to look at the photos and try to recognize any landmarks.

Meetings of the society are held the second Monday of each month at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2105 N. Ben Jordan St., at 7 p.m. Members are urged to attend and guests are always welcome.

For more information, contact Janice Fait at 361-782-6109 or Kenneth Booth at 361-575-7584.