From the archives of The Daily News for May 19:


  • In 1914, J. Roy Dillon, a civil engineer turned prominent railroader, died suddenly while in Mineral Wells.
  • In 1914, Mrs. E.H. Pickens, the wife of Sergeant Pickens, was killed in Oyster by a car. 
  • In 1964, a postcard mailed in Miami finally reached Galveston several years after the sender returned. 
  • In 1964, Eugene L. Sembler, a former Galveston wharves engineer, was hired as the chief engineer in San Francisco.
  • In 1989, a killer storm system, which flooded cities as close as Houston, left the island mostly unscathed. A total of 0.18 inches of rain fell in Galveston in a 24-hour period.
  • In 1989, Vandy Anderson was awarded the Torch of Liberty Award by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. It was the first time the award had been made in Galveston.

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