From the archives of The Daily News for August 8:
• In 1914, the final draft of plans for Galveston’s new City Hall was presented.
• In 1914, a new Gulf-Mexican service for passengers and freight was announced.
• In 1914, a demurrage on wheat was on the table for elimination if the war continued.
• In 1989, city officials representing communities of three counties met with state representatives to coordinate a disaster relief request in the aftermath of Hurricane Chantal. Mayors and other city representatives from Galveston, Brazoria and Harris counties presented letters and summary outlines of storm damage. The information was to be presented to Gov. Bill Clements, who would decide whether to petition President Bush for disaster relief.
• In 1989, expressing doubts about the future of downtown Galveston, island furniture dealer Ted Druss announced he would close his family’s 52-year-old business. Druss Furniture, founded by the Druss family in 1937, was to close its doors “hopefully, by the first of November,” Druss said.