From the archives of The Daily News for Feb. 11:

  • In 1914, the Galveston Commercial Association reaped a membership harvest of 543 new members when 35 men combed the business district in an effort to enlarge the organization. The day’s activity was expected to increase the association’s annual revenue by $4,668.
  • In 1914, the board of county commissioners discussed a proposition to beautify the grounds of the new jail by planting trees around it and building a sidewalk in front.
  • In 1964, Judy Taquino, 21, of La Marque was crowned Miss Harem Princess of Galveston when she was selected from four finalists in a contest to promote the movie “Brass Bottle. Taquino advanced to the statewide contest in Houston for Miss Harem Princess of Texas.
  • In 1964, a new amusement ride, Trabant, was shipped to Liverpool, England, from the Port of Galveston.
  • In 1989, immigration officials found nine Jamaican stowaways on a grain barge at the Port of Galveston. Suffering from malnourishment, hypothermia and dehydration, they were sent to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
  • In 1989, Galveston Park Board of Trustees Chairman Don Mafrige suggested that if merchants on The Strand felt Mardi Gras was a liability, bids could be sought from various areas of the city for the event.
  • In 1989, a man suspected by League City police of killing one woman and injuring another at a busy day care center in December was arrested in Louisiana and was scheduled to be extradited to Texas.

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