From the archives of The Daily News for August 13:
• In 1914, gubernatorial candidate James E. Ferguson triumphed over John. H. Bailey at the Democratic convention in El Campo. Ferguson accepted the nomination with a rousing speech.
• In 1964, architects for the medical branch expansion were working on plans for two new buildings.
• In 1989, Dorothy Archie saw her budget going down the drain when she received a $2,224.48 water bill from the city of Galveston. “I just knew that it couldn’t be right,” she said. “My water bill is usually $100 a month or less.”
City Manager Doug Matthews said that perhaps Archie is correct.
“Computers aren’t perfect,” he said, “and the city of Galveston has a program to take care of erroneous or misread water bills. It could be any number of things that happened to her water bill.”
• In 1989, a preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Agriculture implicated the Dickinson Independent School District violated some pesticide and herbicide laws in a 1988 accident that resulted in the chemical exposure of a district employee.