Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31 in San Antonio history...

1917
Fire Chief William P. Bishop is killed when responding to a call. A fire truck collides with his Locomobile auto, hurling it into Joske's.

1946
The Alamo Bowl, scheduled to pit the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers in Alamo Stadium, is postponed due to freezing temperatures and heavy ice. The game would eventually be played on January 4.

1952
The flashing amber lights which stall downtown traffic whenever fire alarms sound will flash no more after today.

1956
Marvin Milkes, general manager of the San Antonio Missions, was named the minor league's manager of the year by the Sporting News.

1993
Nearly 50 years later, the Alamo Bowl is held again - this time in the Alamodome. The Cal Golden Bears defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37 to 3.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30 in San Antonio history...

1902
Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Industrial School in Alabama, passed through the city this morning on his way to California.

1906
The Chapel at Incarnate Word (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

1915
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed. And what a monstrosity it is!

1983
The temperature drops to 9 degrees, a record low for the date.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
Citizens of the Fourth Ward say their streets would be much more passable if the city's celebrated steamroller were used on them.

1915
Forty-three city jail prisoners were released for Christmas, but two others, who were being held for more serious crimes, left the hard way. They sawed the bars from their cell window.

1925
Mayor John W. Tobin has decreed that any organization using Municipal Auditorium, now nearing completion, must pay $250 rent in advance.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28 in San Antonio history...

1925
A one-inch snowfall, together with sleet, fell on San Antonio today, just three days too late for Christmas.

1945
Army officials have declared the river walk, the beautified section of the river downtown, off limits to all military personnel between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

1976
Rocks and bottles were thrown at a score of police officers during a free-for-all early today at Randy's Rodeo parking lot, with 14 persons arrested.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27 in San Antonio history...

1915
Miss Katherine Stinson, one of the nation's most proficient flyers has promised to make a night flight in this city soon.
1945
Gross sales in retail and department stores seem to have hit a new peak in San Antonio. Empty store shelves attested to a money-flush populace.
1955
Two police cars, one of them traveling at a high speed in pursuit of a motorcyclist, collided early this morning on Austin Highway.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26 in San Antonio history...

1915
Park Commissioner Ray Lambert plans to throw open portions of Koehler Park, recently bequeathed to the city, to campers.

1926
San Antonio's little newsboys Christmas Day forogt their cries of "moider" which they love to yell on street corners. Instead, they chorused "Merry Christmas" to Nat M. Washer who gave his annual dinner for them in the Gunter Hotel.

Also on this date in 1926, Red Grange and the New York football Yankees played the L.A. Wilson Wildcats at Ft. Sam Houston Field.

1955
San Antonio banks were in the novel position of being open today when every other business in town was closed.

Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25 in San Antonio...

1886
A larger crowd attended midnight mass at San Fernando Cathedral than ever before. The singing of the choir and especially the "Ave Maria," sung by Miss Lizzie Annandale of the Abbott Opera Co., was magnificent.

1945
Although the first Christmas after the war had been expected to be something special, merchants this year were amazed by zooming sales.

1966
President and Mrs. Johnson interrupted their Christmas holiday at the LBJ Ranch yesterday to make a special trip to Kelly Air Force Base and greet nine servicemen woulded in Vietnam and nine others with noncombat injuries.

2004
A South Texas winter storm brings a white Christmas to much of South Texas, including Victoria, Houston and Galveston, but misses San Antonio.

2006
A huge pile of mulch in Helotes catches fire and burns for over two months.

Merry Christmas to you from the Texana/Genealogy Department and everyone at the San Antonio Public Library!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24 in San Antonio history...

1885
San Antonio could have many winter visitors if the city administration was aware enough to advertise the city properly.

1886
Nearly all the bawdy houses in the city will give Christmas dinners to their "guests" and two have issued printed invitations, sending them to nearly every young man in the city.

1926
Bootleg whisky's first fatality of the Christmas holidays was recorded today when a 23-year-old man died at Santa Rosa Infirmary from the effects of liquor he drank 10 days ago. The whisky irritated his throat.

1935
Cooks at the Bexar County Jail today were busy preparing Christmas dinner for the inmates. The menu is for turkey with all the trimmings.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23 in San Antonio history...

1894
The Hot Wells Hotel is consumed by fire.

1896
Marshal Druse has again issued strict orders to the police to stop all shooting of fireworks on public streets tonight, tomorrow and the rest of the holidays.

1906
The rush at the San Antonio post office is unprecendented. Yesterday, the mail sacks were piled high to the ceiling. The clerks, however, have been working day and night without extra compensation to clear up the snarl.

1916
San Antonio's Christmas this year is the most bounteous and prosperous in her history. It has been estimated that no less than $6 million has been spent for gifts, an increase of about 25 percent over previous banner years.

1926
With America's silent industry - bootlegging - preparing for Christmas and New Year's, there are indications that rye whisky will bring $72 a case, scotch $96 a case and tequila, $6 a bottle, a real bargain.
(Calculated into 2009 prices: rye whiskey - $878.52 a case, scotch - $1171.36 a case and tequila - $73.21 a bottle. Wow!)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22 in San Antonio history...

1896
Queen Liliuokalani, of the Hawaiian Islands, passes through San Antonio on her way to Boston.

1906
Turkeys are now almost a glut on the local market. The fowls are selling for less than 10 cents per pound alive. Growers claim high prices and good returns last year induced a surplus of farmers to enter the market this year.

1936
Construction of the new "electric eye," the first camera installed at any race track in Texas, started at Alamo Downs. As soon as the beam is broken by a horse crossing the finish line, a camera goes into operation.

1966
The City Council today approved a contract for the construction of a 622-foot tower for HemisFair 1968 and sold $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the structure.

Monday, December 21, 2009

December 21 in San Antonio history...

1895
San Antonio public school teachers will not receive their pay until March.

1905
An accused slayer reportedly committed suicide in his county jail cell by choking himself to death on mashed potatoes.

1926
Official confirmation of the elevation of Arthur J. Drossaerts to the post of archbishop of San Antonio his been announced following a secret consistory as the Vatican presided over by Pope Pius.

1929
San Antonio records 2.9 inches of snow.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

December 20 in San Antonio history...

1886
An apparatus for the manufacture of ice that will assuredly take the place of lake ice is being perfected by a young gentleman in this city. He claims his method will supercede the old style and can be produced as cheap.

1916
Many wagons have made their appearance on the plazas and streets with Christmas trees. They are bringing from 50 cents to $2, but the prices are expected to advance.

1975
The fire department begins purchasing all new vehicles in lime green paint instead of red.

2006
Santikos multiplex Palladium 20-screen & IMAX theater holds soft opening.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19 in San Antonio history...

1886
The Electric Motor Co. is becoming an assured fact. They intend using electricity to supply light and power to our merchants and what manufacturers we have.

1896
There seems to be something radically wrong with the electric lights on our side streets. If they are lit at all, they flicker so much they only increase the darkness.

1955
A county jail prisoner escaped from custody as he was awaiting trial in county court. The man walked undetected from the courtroom.

1976
The Churchill Chargers whipped the Temple Wildcats, 10-0, yesterday at Memorial Stadium in Austin, giving the Alamo City its first Class 4A state title since Lee's victory over Wichita Falls in the 1971 finals.

1999
George "Bongo Joe" Coleman dies at age 76

Friday, December 18, 2009

December 18 in San Antonio history...

1906
The first snow since 1902 fell in San Antonio today. Starting slowly in the morning, the flakes had fallen thickly enough by 1 p.m. to cover the ground. Children, although confined in school, refused to study.

1926
Public grand opening of Texas Theater (Formal opening night before, Dec. 17)

1955
A turkey dinner with all the trimmings awaits 150 West Side boys who will be guests of Ben Nathan, San Antonio real estate dealer.

1969
The Central Park Fox Twin Theatre opens with world premiere of "Viva Max". Stars of movie in town for premiere: Peter Ustinov, John Astin, Harry Morgan, Pamela Tiffen & Keenan Wynn.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 17 in San Antonio history...

1895
The Washington Variety Theater has been forced to close. Employes refused to continue at their jobs unless they were paid in money instead of promises.

1896
The whole country seems to beat San Antonio playing football, baseball, working fakes, etc., but they can't beat our San Antonio-made beer.

1926
Six thousand, the capacity of Ft. Sam Houston stadium enlarged by the addition of several hundred more boxes, will see Red Grange's New York Yankees and Wilson's Wildcats in their pro football game.

1971
The Lee Volunteers, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, clinch the Texas state 4-A championship.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The City Council decides to open Crockett street across the river to St. Mary’s street.

1922
Camp Travis will be no more after Jan. 5, 1923. The camp will cease to be an independent military station. Camp Travis and Fort Sam Houston are to be consolidated.

1945
Two hundred Greyhound Bus Co. workers were scheduled to return to their jobs today after settlement of a strike against their firm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15 in San Antonio history...

1879
Buffalo Bill Cody entertains at the Casino.

1886
Never get on or off a street car in front. If the wheels do not scrape you, the mule might shake hands with his hind feet. There's no certainty about when a mule is going to kick.

1946
Jefferson beat Lamar of Houston 13 to 6 to become the first San Antonio team to go as far as the semi-finals in the state high school football championship.

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14 in San Antonio history...

1889
San Antonio Football Club plays game on Government Hill. Eugene Schoch elected secretary and treasurer of the club. (First recorded football game in San Antonio.)

1910
Andrew Carnegie today transferred to a board of trustees bonds worth $11,500,000 the revenue to be used for the cause of peace. The trustees include James L. Slayden, San Antonio.

1945
City council hopes to clarify street names, and one spokesman objected to such street names such as Broadway and Main Avenue. He claimed these names can be found in any two-bit town in the country.

1950
Services for Dr. Max Reiter, founder and conductor of San Antonio Symphony, will be held tomorrow at Temple Beth-El. Reiter arrived in San Antonio in 1939, just a year after he fled his native Italy as a political refugee.

2002
Judson scores on a 76-yard pass with two seconds left to defeat Midland in the state championship game, 33-32.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 13 in San Antonio history...

1924
Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, dies in San Antonio.

1925
A giant elephant rampaged through the fields of several farmers, but was finally captured 10 miles southeast of Sabinal. The elephant escaped from a circus in Sabinal.

1956
President Eisenhower is expected to visit San Antonio next month on a personal tour of drought conditions in the Southwest.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12 in San Antonio history...

1905
Word has been received that the Cincinnati Reds baseball team will come to San Antonio for their spring training.

1936
A carload of six Taylor Cubs, the first shipment of new commercial airplanes to come to the Southwest, is expected to arrive in San Antonio within a few days for Hangar 6 at Stinson Field.

1976
Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11 in San Antonio history


1926
Olmos Dam dedicated and opened to traffic

1949
WOAI-TV Channel 4 first broadcast on San Antonio airwaves. Its 572-foot tower was completed on Sept. 20. The television station began broadcasting at 4:45 that afternoon and signed off at 8:00 pm.

1994
The Korean War Memorial monument was dedicated outside Municipal Auditorium.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 10 in San Antonio history...

1912
The city's first F.W. Woolworth & Co. store opens on the corner of Alamo & Houston streets.
also from 1912
If you look out in the direction of Government Hill this afternoon you may be able to see one or two aeroplanes circling about the big wireless towers at Fort Sam Houston. Two expert aviators, with two Wright biplanes, arrived here late yesterday to go into winter quarters at Fort Sam Houston.
1932
Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9 in San Antonio history...

1892
The chief of police has ordered the arrest of every man in this city who cannot give a satisfactory report of himself. By so doing there will not be so many robberies committed.

1906
With the narrow San Antonio business thoroughfares already disturbingly congested, it is wondered what the condition will be in 15 years when the population reaches 200,000. There is no land to make them any wider.

1952
The speed limit in the areas surrounding schools in Alamo Heights have been upped from 18 to 20 miles an hour. An ordinance to that effect was passed by the City Council.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8 in San Antonio history...

1885
The county is again being allowed to run jail sewerage into the San Pedro creek.

1905
Factories along the river have been dumping waste oil. This will kill fish in the river, it was feared.

1926
Inviting every resident of San Antonio and Alamo Heights to attend, Mayor John Tobin announced the city's $1.6 million concrete flood prevention dam on Olmos Creek would be formally opened Dec. 11.

1964
The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7 in San Antonio history...

1835
A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Veramendi House. Two others die in the assault.

1896
Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Co. proposes extending its long distance metallic circuit lines to Smithville, Yoakum, Cuero and Victoria as soon as poles, now en route, arrive.

1935
Some 200,000 Bexar County citizens are expected to make applications when the state's new driver's license law goes into effect on April 1.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6 in San Antonio history...

1945
The world's first air-conditioned bus rolled into experimental use here and surprised and pleased customers.

1956
It was announced the Lone Star Brewery had purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world's largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.

1977
A brand new 1977 Toyota Corolla starts from $2,788 and up. A 1977 VW Rabbit is $3,400 and a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is $6,595.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 5 in San Antonio history...

1895
The San Antonio Electric Company has filed a $272 suit against the city for power used in electric lights last spring on the plaza.

1925
Mayor Tobin said today that plans to sue citizens for back school taxes will probably be a failure. He said most delinquent taxpayers really don't have any money.

1955
District Judge C. K. Quin Monday ruled out the construction of an underground parking garage at Travis Park. He ruled that a city lease agreement with H. B. Zachry was invalid.

1979
The San Antonio Spurs play the Philadelphia 76'ers in the Spectrum where Darryl Dawkins shatters his second backboard in a month. The game is delayed one hour to fix the backboard and the Spurs lose, 132-120.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December 4 in San Antonio history...

1936
Randolph Field-Austin Highway road named Pat Booker Road in memory of Capt. Booker, a San Antonian who died in a military plane crash.

1972
John Mayall headlines a concert at the Municipal Auditorium with Delbert [McClinton] & Glen [Parks] and Jim Croce opening. This is Jim Croce's only appearance in San Antonio.

1986
U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches patron at Earl Abel's for calling him a communist.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3 in San Antonio history...

1932
Motor bus service is expected to be substituted for street railway service on all San Antonio Public Service lines within the near future, probably by Jan. 1 [1933].

1935
The latest edition of America's greatest revue, Earl Carroll Vanities, was presented on stage at the Texas Theater.

1956
A San Antonio prodigy, 8-year-old Terry Shand II, survived another tough round in the TV quiz show, the $64,000 challenge. He correctly answered the $8,000 question about Babe Ruth's last three home runs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2 in San Antonio history...

1892
There was much excitement across the San Pedro last night. Two St. Louis traveling men were viewing the city. When they left, it is reported, they left many feminine hearts aflutter.

1926
The moss-covered fountain in the patio of the county courthouse, for so long a beautiful relic of history, is to be sent to the Joske Memorial Home to make room for expansion.

1956
Braniff Airways will put its new DC-7C "El Dorado" aircraft in service on two flights from San Antonio to Chicago it was announced.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Lackland AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1 in San Antonio history...

1905
The county jailer put in a requisition for a black hood and gown, underwear, shirt, necktie and collar and black paint, all needed for a hanging.

1945
The erection of Christmas decorations in the downtown area was underway, as merchants planned the first gala Yule season since 1941.

1946
Pedestrians found violating jaywalking ordinances in the downtown business district will be arrested tomorrow and thereafter as a campaign for pedestrian safety by the San Antonio Public Safety Council gets underway.

1983
Today Show's Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.

Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30 in San Antonio history...


1923
Former Ziegfeld Girl, Martha Mansfield (right), as Agatha Warren, burned to death in Brackenridge Park while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia on location.

1926
With the opening of lipstick season, San Antonio flappers are in their paradise. Now, no one can protest their rouging activities, for heavy coats of lipstick prevent their lips from chapping when they face cold winter winds.

1956
A drive to raise their share of the $3.3 million goal of the San Antonio hospitals buildings fund was launched at the St. Anthony Hotel by Bexar County physicians and their wives.

1976
Mayor Lila Cockrell angrily stormed out of a meeting with three East Side community groups at the Eastside Multi-Service Center after being shouted down in her attempts to respond to comments made by the Rev. Clifton Byrd.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

November 29 in San Antonio history...

1891
The first soccer game was played in San Antonio at San Pedro Springs Park.

1915
Mrs. Sarah Eager, who has been in charge of the Alamo for the past nine years has resigned. The shrine is now without a custodian.

1926
The largest and tallest building in San Antonio, as tall as the tallest concrete building in the world, is under construction at Travis and Soledad. To be 21 stories high, it will cost $2 million.

1976
City Councilman Henry Cisneros told a talent scout for President-elect Jimmy Carter that he isn't interested in an appointment in the new administration because he's more concerned about local government.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

November 28 in San Antonio history...

1892
There will be a meeting of the Scientific Society tomorrow evening. Dr. Watts will speak on "Sewerage and Why San Antonio Should Have It." He also plans to say something about rats and vermin.

1936
Harvey P. Smith, architect and artist, today attacked certain proposed "improvements" to the Alamo as being neither historical nor in good taste. He referred specifically to a proposed museum and surrounding 6-foot wall.

1952
A change of location for the ground-breaking program for the Congregation Agudas Achim new synagogue and school building was announced Saturday by Rabbi Sidney Guthman.

Friday, November 27, 2009

November 27 in San Antonio history...

1886
The Mexican Pastores, or representations of the nativity of Christ, have commenced across the San Pedro. This religious rite is particularly interesting and novel to strangers.

1916
Two motorcycle policemen have constituted themselves a committee to urge the city commission to establish an aeroplane squad in the police department. After taking test flights up to 1,000 feet, they said flying was the greatest sport in the world.

1935
The federal WPA [Works Progress Administration] has approved $2,429,000 in grants which will be used to finance work on beautification of the San Antonio River and work on Elmendorf and Woodlawn lakes.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

November 26 in San Antonio history...

1896
A packer in the city brewery bottling department had a piece of the middle finger of his right hand cut off yesterday by a bottle of beer exploding in his hand.

1915
Six planes from the First Aero Squadron, in a history-making event, landed in San Antonio to end a 450-mile nonstop flight from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

1925
The city health officer today urged that San Antonians desist from kissing until the current epidemic of colds go away. He admitted his proposal is impractical.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November 25 in San Antonio history...

1896
Quite a large crowd was attracted in front of Joske Bros. store on Alamo last night to see the fine stereopticon view thrown on a canvas by the enterprising advertisers of the establishment.

1915
Houston Street shoe repair shops are engaged in a rubber heel war. The price war started when one shop reduced heels from 50 to 20 cents.

1946
San Antonio Transit Co. workmen began to clear Tech field in preparation for the company's construction of a new maintenance shop and garage facilities. This ends all hopes of the San Antonio Missions using the area as a playing field in 1947.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November 24 in San Antonio history...

1895
A city prisoner, working in the Alamo, dug up a part of a human skull beneath the floor of the room in which Davy Crockett died. It is believed the skull belonged to a defender of the Alamo.

1906
John W. Crockett, Little Rock, who is a grandson of Davy Crockett, hero of Texas independence, for the first time visited the Alamo where his grandfather fell.

1916
As soon as new equipment, now being installed at the Southwestern telephone building, can be brought into the "wonderful machine of communication" San Antonio will have her first two exchanges, named Crockett and Travis.

1926
For a $10 bill, a San Antonio family of five can have a Thanksgiving dinner that will give them a full feeling and have enough change left to buy the gas that would carry them to the ball game.

Monday, November 23, 2009

November 23 in San Antonio history...

1885
The first regular mail run on the San Antonio-Aransas Pass railway embarked at 5:15 today from the Flores Street station.

1905
A Chinese group arrived in San Antonio by railway today and was met by a brass band and the popping of firecrackers. The local Chinese colony will entertain them.

1936
Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson records eight songs during the first of three recording sessions in San Antonio. The songs include "Sweet Home Chicago", "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" and "Terraplane Blues."

1966
The Wonder Theater opens at Wonderland Shopping City showing "Not With My Wife You Don't."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November 22 in San Antonio history...

1885
The bells at San Fernando Cathedral pealed loudly at 3 a.m. this morning and awakened many sleepers. Nobody could explain the reason for the noise.

1925
There are now 32, 361 telephones in use in San Antonio, the manager of the local phone company said today.

1926
Upon receipt of more protests from hundreds of Laurel Heights and Tobin Hill residents, city commissioners refused the San Antonio Public Service Company a permit to remove its car tracks on the Laurel Heights loop. The company had hoped to establish bus service in lieu of street cars.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 21 in San Antonio history...

1893
The San Antonio Deutscher Maennerchor is sponsoring a concert at Mission Garden Nov. 26.

1896
The city's jailer has found a large quantity of morphine and cocaine hidden in the cells occupied by narcotics addicts.

1915
The five students of the Stinson School of Flying, with only a week in class, have completed more than half of their course in aeronautics and aeroplane manipulation.

1945
Nine girls, inmates of the Joske memorial home on North Loop road, were booked at county jail for staging a free-for-all fight to get better food. The girls demolished furniture and broke windows in their demonstration.

1963
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy visited San Antonio where he dedicated the Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base. He would be assassinated in Dallas the following day.
(Photo from the San Antonio Express-News)

Friday, November 20, 2009

November 20 in San Antonio history...

1909
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1910
From San Antonio, Francisco Madero launches his Plan of San Luis Potosi, calling for an uprising. This begins the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

1915
Fire Chief Phil Wright is a speed demon. He claimed he reached the speed of 80 miles per hour while responding to an early morning alarm. He said his machine easily outran accompanying fire engines and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

1945
The return of San Antonio's red-light district was predicted today by officials of the Catholic Welfare Bureau. They said the only stand to take on prostitution is to supress it, not control it.

1953
Four members of the Maverick family today filed suit to establish they are the legal owners of Travis Park. The plaintiffs said they are attempting to block construction of an underground parking lot in the park but do not want to repossess the park.

1956
Television star, Ed Sullivan, was to arrive to be Master of Ceremonies at a variety show at Municipal Auditorium.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 19 in San Antonio history...

1885
Good building lots are for sale on North Flores Street within a 10-minute buggy ride from Main Plaza. The prices range from $325 to $1,125.

1926
San Antonio may have a professional football season of six weeks starting Dec. 15. Officials of the Buffalo, N.Y. Bisons are reported in contact with owners of League Park in efforts to use the space as a field.

1955
An early-bird collector for a loan company learned that the worm turns, especially before daylight. A collector from a loan company, who paid a pre-dawn call upon an arrears client, was routed by a volley of shots from inside the house. Police advised the collector to keep his calls within accepted business hours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November 18 in San Antonio history...

1913
San Antonio's newest theater, the Majestic, will be formally opened to the public on Nov. 20.
(This is not the current Majestic Theater, which opened in 1929.)

1935
Maury Maverick, protesting what he called delay and foot-dragging, said little has been done to work out plans for San Antonio's Texas centennial celebration.

1945
Parks Commissioner Henry Hein, criticizing the San Antonio Health Department, said that swimming pools should be cleaned when they are dirty. He protested the use of expensive chlorine to kill germs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November 17 in San Antonio history...

1926
Addressing the Woman's Missionary Union, Dr. Edgar Godbold, president of Howard Payne College, predicted sickness would be punishable by imprisonment within 15 years. He said sickness was against the laws of nature and would soon be considered contrary to the laws of the state.

1934

Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio. This is the same church that Robert E. Lee attended when he lived in San Antonio in 1860. After the wedding, they had dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel and spent their wedding night at the Plaza Hotel.

1945
A San Antonio mother told city council that her 11-year-old son was permitted to play pool at a S. Hackberry Street poolroom. The owner has been warned it is unlawful for minors to frequent a poolroom.

Monday, November 16, 2009

November 16 in San Antonio history...

1896
The first duplex, or sociable bicycle, has reached the city and causes universal interest as it passes along the streets.

1913 Three men were injured by an explosion which wrecked the engine of a Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio passenger train at Kirby, eight miles east of San Antonio.

1936
Mail carriers began distribution of thousands of Social Security blanks which started in motion machinery for the gathering of old-age pension taxes on Jan. 1, 1937.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 15 in San Antonio...

1915
A heavy frost and temperatures of 33 degrees brought San Antonio is first taste of winter today.

1924 Sale of the Congregation Beth-El Jewish temple at Travis and Jefferson to Lane Taylor for a minimum of $100,000 was announced by the organization which planned a $225,000 temple to be located in Laurel Heights.

1926
With charred ruins of buildings and trees stripped of their branches prevailing, a scene of desolation marks the spot today where the French village at Camp Stanley was bombarded during the filming of "Wings."

1935
A stylishly-gowned 20 year old San Antonio woman who brandished a pistol took over complete control of traffic in the 1500 block of Pleasanton Road. Motorists said the woman forced them at gunpoint to turn off Pleasanton onto side roads.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November 14 in San Antonio history...

1923
Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of (old) Majestic Theater.

1935
Preparations are being made at Brooks Field for the departure of the TC-13, the Army's largest non-rigid dirigible. The TC-13 has been making test flights over San Antonio.

1956
Bexar County voters, by a majority of 22 to 1, approved a constitutional amendment involving aid to needy persons totally and permanently disabled.

1987
Wonderland Mall reopens as Crossroads Mall.

Friday, November 13, 2009

November 13 in San Antonio history...

1895
The electric light station has been geared to produce more power with the installation of new equipment.

1905
The original Majestic Theater holds its grand opening. It will be renamed the State Theater in 1929 when the current Majestic Theater opens.

1935
A blazing, fiery cross, the second discovered in three days, has been found at the peak of Rattlesnake Hill, just south of the Army post. The first was placed in the yard of a prominent local Negro real estate dealer.


1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12 in San Antonio history...

1913
Three floors are to be added to the Alamo National Bank Building.

1915
Stinson Aviation School at Ft. Sam Houston has begun operation with five flying students in attendance. At present there is one flying machine available. The school has three instructors.

1925
A ban of hand-clapping or any other form of applause has been lifted in First Baptist Church. The pastor says the ban has proved embarrassing to visitors unfamiliar with the local regulation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11 in San Antonio history...

1905
Historical objects owned by the Daughters of the Texas Republic have been removed from the Alamo. The objects will not be returned until the shrine is returned to the custody of the organization.

1940
The Alamo Cenotaph was dedicated.

1945
Some 6,000 South Texas farm and ranch homes will be receiving their first electricity within 90 days as the Rural Electrification Administration began extending its lines in the San Antonio trade area.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 10 in San Antonio history...


1891
The Fashion Theatre and the entire west block of Military Plaza is consumed by fire.

1896
The Light commented: "The people are wondering if the shapeless pile of red sandstone with its incongruous mass of architectural forms, known as the Bexar County Courthouse, had not better be converted into a hotel for tourists. As it is, it is an intolerable abortion."

1906
The sheriff's department closed down the lottery wheels at the fair grounds. Wagers had paid 5 cents against the prospect of winning a gold watch.

1915
San Antonio must encourage the construction of a modern string of highways leading into the city if it is to compensate for a recent loss of tourist trade. The railroads seem to stress transcontinental business.

Monday, November 9, 2009

November 9 in San Antonio history...

1859
A large train of United States camels pass through Commerce Street.

1913
Two Houston St. landmarks, the Iron Front saloon and the Empire Theater, will be torn down soon and replaced with a modern building.

1915
Future possibilities of the wireless telephone as a medium of communication were said to be practically unlimited by an official of the Southwestern Telephone and Telegraph Co. The official was a visitor in the city.

1926
San Antonio's ancient Governor's Palace, once the playhouse and home of royalty, has fallen into ruin and disrepair. It is now mostly small clothier shops, with part of the crumbling walls used as a clothes rack.

1948
The Centeno family opens their first supermarket at 1802 W. Commerce St.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November 8 in San Antonio history...

1905
Preparations were being made for the opening of the Majestic Theater.
(Note: This is the first Majestic Theater, which was renamed the State Theater when the current Majestic opened in 1929.)

1943
A 38-year-old woman who considers herself "not bad looking" offered to marry anybody who can furnish shelter for her and her daughter. In a letter to Mayor Mauermann the woman said she was desperate because she had been unable to afford rent.

1955
Snow blanketed parts of the hill country and north Bexar County early today.

1966
The poll tax is abolished for all state and local elections. (It had already been abolished for federal elections with passage of the 24th Amendment in 1964.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November 7 in San Antonio history...

1895
The smoke stack of the city hall furnace was reported quite insecurely stayed by guy wires.

1902
The fountain just completed on the east side of the new market house is now in operation and presents a beautiful, almost breathtaking sight, with water flitting high, hither and yon.

1935
A party of seven Japanese Air Corps officers and one aeronautical engineer concluded a tour of U.S. and European bases with a visit to Kelly and Randolph Air Fields.

1942
The new church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 455 Bailey Ave., will be dedicated Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Elder Harold B. Lee will deliver the sermon

Friday, November 6, 2009

November 6 in San Antonio history...

1905
Attendants at city hospital feared the building would cave in on patients housed within.

1915
The old city hospital was being torn down to make room for the Robert B. Green hospital.

1935
The Chamber of Commerce began a campaign urging combining the city, county and school health agencies under the control of a seven-member board of health.

1953
Fifty-cent shaves are a thing of the past in San Antonio barber shops. New price set by the San Antonio Barbers assn. is 75 cents.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 5 in San Antonio history...

1905
Laborers, digging foundations for homes on Treasure Hill, were alerted to the possibility of uncovering chests of Spanish gold.

1916
Maj. B. D. Foulois predicted San Antonio was to become the greatest aviation center in the U.S.

1945
More than 100 Greyhound bus drivers operating in and out of San Antonio went on strike.

1955
It was rumored that San Antonio policemen and firemen would receive a $25 a month base pay increase.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 4 in San Antonio history...

1905
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed an injunction to restrain Miss Adina de Zavala from retaining possession of the Alamo.

1916
Maj. B. D. Foulois, senior aviator in U.S. Service, arrived in San Antonio to organize the 3rd and 4th Aero Squadrons at Ft. Sam Houston.

1926
The Texas Historical and Landmarks Assn. and the Sons and Daughters of the Heroes of Texas submitted a petition to the city urging preservation of the Spanish Governor's Palace at West Commerce and Military Plaza.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3 in San Antonio history...


1878
The phonograph made its first appearance in San Antonio at Alamo Literary Hall.

1915
"Buffalo Bill" Cody led the Sells-Floto Circus and his own original wild west show through the streets of San Antonio.

1935
The bones of 37 Indians, Mexicans and pioneer San Antonians, excavated at the post office site, were buried in impressive ceremonies at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2.

1956
A baby girl, stolen from a parked auto in San Antonio the previous night, was safely returned to her parents.

Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2 in San Antonio history...

1885
Construction of the new Commerce Street bridge was completed.

1892
The decorations of the graves at the Mexican cemetery yesterday were many and beautiful. The occasion was the observance of All Saints Day.

1933
Price of the regular 1-pound loaf of bread in San Antonio advanced from 7 to 9 cents a loaf.

1952
The auto has outstripped the gun and knife in historic San Antonio as a taker of human life.

1966
A record low temperature was set on this date with temperatures plunging to 31 degrees.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1 in San Antonio history...


1884
All-Saints Day was celebrated in San Antonio area churches.


1936
San Antonio's population was reported to stand at 254,789.


1946
A helicopter landed in front of the downtown Post Office with two bags of mail to celebrate National Air Mail Week.

Also, on the same day, San Antonio's first FM radio station went on the air. KYFM at 101.5 MHz or channel 268.

1992
San Antonio's telephone area code changes from 512 to 210.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

October 31 in San Antonio history...

1874
The bell of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church arrives from Troy, N. Y. It was cast from an old cannon dug up in the Alamo, and was cast at the expense of Samuel A. Maverick.

1925
Police Chief T. O. Miller warned Halloween revelers not to wear masks. Noise makers and confetti were also banned.

1936
The St. Mary's University Rattlers lost to Oklahoma City University 13 to 7 in a football game in Oklahoma City.

1945
Construction of a new bus garage and shops by the San Antonio Transit Company was expected to begin within six months.

1956
Local "little people" (of the real variety) were readying themselves for a Halloween chock full of goodies and good-natured fun.

1976
The deaths of two "fragile" elderly women who received swine flu shots at local nursing homes did not delay or alter the administration of the first batch of swine flu vaccines, for the general public, to 8,639 people by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District today.

1993
An artic cold front brings a record low temperature of 27 degrees to San Antonio and breaks a number of records. It is the earliest day that the temperature has dropped into the 20's.

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 30 in San Antonio history...

1885
The management of the Menger Hotel made provisions for its winter guests by enclosing all galleries and corridors.

1915
City health inspectors were trying to locate the source of oil or waste which was killing fish in the San Antonio River.

1946
The police chief warned local juveniles that unless they celebrated Halloween in a safe and sane manner a goblin in a blue uniform would arrest them. Police were schedule to work ten and one-half hour shifts.

1955
Four potential candidates for governor set the stage for the 1956 campaign during a visit to San Antonio.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
The dengue fever epidemic could be curbed, it was advertised, through the liberal use of Harry Baum's good whisky.

1915
The San Antonio Society of Architects resolved to ask city officals to remove all billboards from city streets.

1936
The Elks Club's new heated swimming pool was nearing completion, and it was said that crack swimming teams would headquarter there.

1956
Two local 15-year-old juvenile youths were in the hands of juvenile authorities after they admitted doing $500 damage to a neighbors auto "just for kicks."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October 28 in San Antonio history...

1835
Battle of Concepcion between Fannin’s force of 90 Texans and the Mexican troops from San Antonio, under General Cos. The Mexican forces are driven back to the city. Richard Andrews is killed, the first in the campaign.

1946
Postmaster Dan Quill announced the first landing of a helicopter in downtown San Antonio was to take place with a mail cargo delivery in front of the post office.

1975
The rock band Rush plays their first concert in San Antonio at Randy's Rodeo. Heyoka opens the show.




















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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27 in San Antonio history...

1892
Having no city taxes to pay in Alamo Heights should be sufficient reason in itself to induce some buyers of lots to locate there. Those of us who don't live there are regretting it.

1915
A city commissioner ordered that downtown streets be washed and flushed every night to eliminate the dust nuisance.

1936
Soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston were told to change from their summer to winter uniforms a few days early as temperatures zoomed downward.

1938
Sears opens their new store at Romana Plaza. This building is now the San Antonio Central Library.

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26 in San Antonio history...

1895
Barnum & Bailey Circus, billed as the greatest show on earth, put on a world of new attractions in San Antonio.

1915
A basketball league was organized for the first time in the history of San Antonio public schools.

1935
The Army's largest non-rigid dirigible was lodged in a huge Brooks Field hangar before continuing a journey to Sunnyvale, California.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

October 25 in San Antonio history...

1906
Citizens were urging the City Council to pass an ordinance against whistling on the streets, claiming whistling was only for calling dogs.

1946
Woody Herman was presenting a stage revue right in the middle of the bill at the Majestic Theater.

1955 An early morning fire at Travis Park Methodist Church caused an estimated $75,000 damage to the downtown landmark.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October 24 in San Antonio...

1946
Harlandale School District's board voted to buy the stadium at Tech Field from the San Antonio Transit Co.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

1976
The rock group Boston makes their first appearance in San Antonio, opening for Black Sabbath and Moxy.


Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23 in San Antonio history...

1916
Police had not announced what auto owners must do to comply with an ordinance prohibiting autos with glaring headlights.


1940
San Antonio's first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road.

1942
Alamo Plaza was filled with spectators Thursday night for the unveiling of San Antonio's war chest thermometer, erected this week against the cenotaph and facing the post office.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 22 in San Antonio history...

1896
A new electric arc light machine with a capacity of 125 arc lights was ordered for the San Antonio Gas & Electric Company.

1909
President Taft in San Antonio to dedicate chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1936
With 99 percent of the limestone in place, work on San Antonio's new federal building and post office was 72 percent complete.

1966
Police had an unusual offense on their books last night - aggravated assault with hair clippers. A man in the 800 block of Somerset Road complained that two men grabbed him and forced him to undergo a haircut.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 21 in San Antonio history...

1867
George Wilkins Kendall, Mexican War correspondent, editor of the New Orleans Picayune, sheep rancher and namesake of Kendall County, dies in Boerne.

1885
Opium joints were being vigilantly watched by police and steps planned for their suppression.

1925
The expenditure of millions of dollars for the development of army camps in San Antonio was considered assured.

1936
San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior college.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 20 in San Antonio history...


1899
The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive would have to wait.

1916
Thanksgiving turkey was selling for five and six cents a pound higher than the year before. The price was expected to continue rising.

1946
Housewives were upset because a week before round steak has been 48 cents a pound and on this day it was averaging 75 cents a pound.

Monday, October 19, 2009

October 19 in San Antonio history...

1925
The mayor said work would begin on the proposed Witte Museum as soon as the site had been cleared.

1926
The assistant deputy U.S. prohibition administrator declared wild parties thrown by high school students were responsible for the success of many local bootlegging establishments.

1940
The Baylor Bears defeat the Villanova Wildcats, 7-0, in a game played at the new Alamo Stadium.

1949
Bexar County [now Joe and Harry Freeman] Coliseum opens with a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18 in San Antonio history...

1895
San Antonio, it was theorized, would lose nothing from an investment to put good, smooth pavements on her streets

1925
It was estimated that a 100-year supply of natural gas would be made available to the city with the completion of a pipeline from Webb Fields.

1936
San Antonio was the pivotal concentration point of railway, air and bus lines to mark up the greatest record to and through the city in a decade.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17 in San Antonio history...

1915
The City Health Department made plans to keep a record of conditions under which food was served in restaurants and hotels.

1946
It was announced that for the first time since 1921, new police headquarters would accommodate the housing of the entire police department under one roof.

1998
A storm system dumped a record daily rainfall on San Antonio, 11.26 inches, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights. It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.

Friday, October 16, 2009

October 16 in San Antonio history...

1866
A three hundred dollar foot-bridge is opened on Commerce Street.

1895
Two young gentlemen, considerably "tanked", engaged in physical culture exercises and were unceremoniously jailed.

1916
The San Antonio School Board accepted preliminary plans for the new high school building to replace the three-story section of Main Avenue High School.

1945
Army veterans came from all parts of Texas to attend a sale of surplus government property.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15 in San Antonio history...

1906
An order was received from a gentleman who wished to purchase some of the deer in Brackenridge Park.

1907
Some 75 of the Courthouse goldfish have been kidnaped and the constable's entire force of deputies is seeking to arrest the party who took the piscatorial pets that added so much to the beauty of the Courthouse fountain.

1976
Marriages went on sale today in Bexar County as the two downtown peace justices, Rudy Esquivel and J.P. "Jimmie" Gutierrez, announced they would perform marriages for $5, half the normal fee.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October 14 in San Antonio history...

1892
Early this morning, thousands thronged the sidewalks to view the Barnum & Bailey Circus parade. People of all classes, country and city folk, were there, even Sam Jones the preacher.

1917
The men at Camp Travis are having to carry wooden guns while training. Since real rifles and bayonets cannot be obtained, an order has been placed by the Army for thousands of the make-believe weapons.

1956
Elvis Presley played a concert at Bexar County [now Joe & Harry Freeman] Coliseum, his third appearance in San Antonio in 1956. He stayed at the Flamingo [now the Regency] Motel on Austin Highway.

Clipping from the San Antonio Light, October 22, 1956, page 23



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October 13 in San Antonio history...

1896
The big chandelier in the rotunda of the Menger Hotel was swung into position. The 700-pound article, contianing 3,000 pieces of prismatic glass, cost $300.

1916
The University of Texas defeats Oklahoma A&M, 14-6, in a game played at League Park here in San Antonio.

1946
The public health director issued a warning that the coming winter would be likely to produce an influenza epidemic.

1966
The City Council today passed a resolution setting a public hearing on the proposal for the city to participate in the financing of a $5.75 million "Tower of the Americas" on the HemisFair site.

Monday, October 12, 2009

October 12 in San Antonio history...

1885
The grove in the western section of San Pedro Park was being cleaned nicely.

1896
Low hanging electric wires on city streets were said to have done considerable damage to floats in the previous day's parade.

1915
The price of gasoline in San Antonio dropped from 17 to 15 cents a gallon.

1916
San Antonians looked forward to the next day's football clash between the University of Texas and Oklahoma A&M to be held locally.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 11 in San Antonio history...

1896
Numerous citizens registered "a terrible protest" against the raising of car fare out to the Southwestern Asylum.

1905
President Roosevelt and the country at large protested vigorously against the use of heavy mass plays in football.

1906
Sunset Railroad hired two detectives to mingle with employees and report any who were in the habit of drinking while on duty.

1955
The city's legal department today was seeking a way to tone down the noise from train whistles at W. Gramercy and the Missouri-Pacific tracks.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

October 10 in San Antonio history...

1896
It was announced that all free passes on the Alamo Heights street car line were being called in and there was some talk of higher fares.

1912
Butter Krust bread first placed on the market by Richter's Steam Bakery.

1972
The National Bank of Commerce installs the city's first automatic teller machine.

1973
The San Antonio Spurs play their first opponent, the San Diego Conquistadors, and lose, 121-106.

1976
Temperatures in the Alamo City yesterday hit a record low of 38. The previous record was 44, in 1952.

Friday, October 9, 2009

October 9 in San Antonio history...

1902
Maj. Buell of the weather bureau has provided Prof. Peacock's school at the West End with signal flags, and he communicates the daily forecasts which are indicated from the top of the newly erected college flagpole, 92 feet high.

1912
If the City of San Antonio decides to use creosoted pine blocks in paving E. Commerce St., the city will be able to get such paving at a cost of almost $1 per square yard cheaper than in the easter cities where it has been adopted.

1916
Ft. Sam Houston officials set speeds for Army vehicles on city streets at 12 m.p.h. for trucks and 30 m.p.h. for autos.

1952
Postmaster Dan Quill will ask for a blanket deferment of all draft-eligible postoffice employees until after Christmas.

1956
Vice President Richard Nixon made a campaign stop in San Antonio.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October 7 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Light reported, "Although the city collector deposited more than $18,000 in the city treasury last week, the powers that be, when asked when city employees would again be paid, replied they did not know."

1956
A San Antonio youth was booked for possession of marijuana after 13 of the cigarettes were found hidden behind a picture in his bedroom.

1966
HemisFair President Marshall Steves today hailed congressional passage of the $7.5 million fair bill as "unquestionably, the most significant single development in our history to date."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October 6 in San Antonio history...

1887
A train from Comfort to Boerne recently made 20 miles in 19 minutes. Capt. Charles Schreiner was on the train and timed it with his watch.

1895
A local police officer held a midnight seance in the Alamo.

1925
San Antonio boys were welcomed to the YMCA to hear World Series returns on the radio.

1947
Cafeterias of the San Antonio School District will "follow to the letter" President Truman's recommendation for meatless Tuesdays it was revealed today. A protein dish will be added to replace the meat.

Monday, October 5, 2009

October 5 in San Antonio history...

1857
The mail from San Antonio arrives at San Diego, Cal., in 26 ½ days. “Fastest time on record: complete triumph of the Southern route.” (It is afterwards done in much less time).


1873
San Fernando Cathedral consecrated and reopened after extensive renovation. The second tower would not be completed until 1902.

1902
Uncle Sam is after recruits for his big ships and will give San Antonio boys a chance this week to try their fitness for service in the Navy. A recruiting station will be maintained here five days.

1926
Double lines of traffic, in place of the former single line, were being allowed to pass signal lights at Commerce and Alamo.

1945
Both local and long-distance phone service were temporarily suspended here as Telephone Company employees conducted a strike vote.

1952
Narcotics detectives arrested two youths involved in an attempt to secure Dilaudid tablets from a druggist under false pretenses.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October 4 in San Antonio history...

1887
Boerne, well known and better advertised for its resort facilities, is at a standstill. People seem to be showing less inclination to venture up there.

1916
A plan was presented to the mayor whereby the city, with very little increase in annual expense, could replace incandescent street lamps with arc lights.

1947
San Antonians are still drinking 20 cent milk, but how long the favorite beverage will remain at that price is uncertain.

1957
The Biggest Show of Stars for '57 made an appearance at the Municipal Auditorium on the same day Sputnik was launched.
Performers included: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, The Spaniels, Buddy Holly & the Crickets, The Drifters, Paul Anka, Johnnie & Joe, The Bobbettes, Crying Tommy Brown and Paul Williams & his Big Orchestra. Despite being from Lubbock, this was Buddy Holly's only performance in San Antonio.

Friday, October 2, 2009

October 2 in San Antonio history...

1906
The Ft. Sam Houston football team was to face the University of Texas football players.

1925
Commissioner of Streets, Paul Steffler, claimed every street in the city would be paved with either asphalt, gravel or some other kind of topping within four years.

1926
A temporary restraining order prohibiting the superintendent of the local state hospital from releasing patients was issued. Allegedly, the doctor had released some of violent patients as cured.

1976
The first swine flu shots were administered yesterday to selected San Antonio nursing home patients, but the public will wait about two weeks.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 1 in San Antonio history...

1885
A mailbag of soggy and moldy packages and letters arrived at the post office after having been washed into a creek when the Bandera stage overturned.

1886
Citizens in the Fourth Ward petitioned the mayor for some flat boats for their children to use in getting to school when the weather turned bad.

2004
Legendary photographer, Richard Avedon, died in San Antonio.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September 30 in San Antonio history...

1885
The upkeep of the Alamo was placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

1896
The Light said, "Let any good citizen visit the new courthouse - that abortion of a public building - for which we are bonded up to our eyes, and will encounter a host of hangers-on, like flies around a molasses barrel."

1905
The Elite Hotel reopened its doors for the reception of guests.

1925
A $25,000 fruit and vegetable dehydrating plant was expected to be in operation in San Antonio within 60 days.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
The city council appropriated $300 for the purchase of two horses for Fire Company #2.

1905
A steep grade on Crockett, between Losoya and the bridge, caused many horses to slip and fall when pulling a heavy load.

1955
San Antonio's largest building, the Transit Tower, was sold to a local insurance company.

Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28 in San Antonio history...

1886
Several flocks of wild cranes were seen flying southward over the city. This was said to be a sign of impending cold weather.

1916
San Antonio faced a serious winter fuel shortage since local wood stocks were almost completely exhaused by the government's immense orders for its troop camps.

1956
Commissioner A.J. Ploch charged juveniles were sharpening their knives in preparation for weekend football scuffles.

1976
Hondo Crouch, 60, owner-mayor and clown prince of Luckenbach, well-known to San Antonians, is dead.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

September 27 in San Antonio history...

1895
The San Antonio City Council was admonished by newspapers in other Texas cities for failing to maintain the Alamo.

1926
A businessmen's committee asked the city commission to approve a $5 million public improvment bond issue for bridges, streets, sanitary and storm sewers and flood prevention

1946
Twelve persons drowned and many more were believed drowned in San Antonio's worst flood in 25 years.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

September 26 in San Antonio history...

1885
A police officer, resplendent in clean uniform and white shirt, fell in the mud while attempting to break up a fight between a butcher and an ice man on Alamo Plaza. The officer changed his shirt before returning to duty.

1915
Claiming Mobile, Alabama to be too quiet, two young men walked the 650-mile distance from that city to San Antonio.

1935
A brisk norther was expected to sweep into San Antonio.

Friday, September 25, 2009

September 25 in San Antonio history...

1886
Great complaint is made of the promiscuous mixing up of the telegraph and telephone wires. The combination is not appreciated as it is not too "shocking."

1906
John L. Sullivan demands a crowd of 2000 persons, and meals and accomodations in this city's best hotel to put on a sparring exhibition here.

1927
Police patrolled Rosewood during most of last night after residents reported "petting parties" on the street.

1946
Another San Antonio landmark is giving way to commerce. The ancient oaks surrounding the Rigsby mansion in the 5200 block of Broadway are being reduced to piles of firewood.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September 24 in San Antonio history...

1896
The city brewery is repairing several blocks of River [now Broadway] on its own account since the street was so full of holes their big wagon could not get out.

1905
A burst water main precipitated a considerable volume of water into the street at Avenue E near Fourth Street.

1925
Jack Dempsey was scheduled to stage a four-round exhibition boxing match at League Park with one of his three sparring partners.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 23 in San Antonio history...

1895
Outside work on the German Lutheran Church on S. Hackberry was completed with the exception of the tower.

1946
The City Council today voted to accept a proposal to build an underground parking lot under Travis Park for $1,500,000.

1956
The Texas Department of Health has approved a $150,000 federal grant to match local funds for construction of an osteopathic hospital in San Antonio.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 22 in San Antonio history...

1895
An estimated $350 total damage was inflicted on the Lucchese & Bros. boot and shoe store when a fire broke out in the shop.

1925
Local police were seeking the authority to destroy more than 100 marijuana bushes growing on N. Colorado Street.

1955
Sheriff's investigators said they believed that they had ended activities of a man who had prowled the city wearing only sunglasses.

Monday, September 21, 2009

September 21 in San Antonio history...

1885
City authorities delcared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

1887
A move is on foot to have that blasted courthouse put on the north side of Military Plaza instead of in the center, thus giving the dear children of the municipality, the chili stands, etc., plenty of room for their garlic and beans.

1906
An epidemic of sore eyes is prevalent in the city and many children are wearing bum optics today.

1916
A move by the Gotham Film Corporation to establish a $1 million moving picture studio in San Antonio gained momentum today when 100 acres of land in San Jose were offered to the company without cost.

1956
A man suspected of robbin Bexar County National Bank of $2,000 was returned to San Antonio today by federal officials.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20 in San Antonio history...

1886
The City Council, or circus as it more closely resembles, met yesterday with very little pertinent business transacted but with considerable arguing and bickering to the great amusement of spectators.

1915
The police department began preparing their property for movement to new headquarters on Market Street.

1957
Three Trinity University freshmen had all the hair on their heads shaved except for a perfect "T" right on top.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19 in San Antonio history...

1886
The crowd to see Geronimo, Natchez and their 31 Apache friends was as large as usual yesterday, but only a few were allowed to see them.

1926
Two wars, the Spanish-American and the World War, are to be fought at Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis within the next few days by Hollywood stars and technicians. Spectators may watch if they stay out of battles.

1956
Innoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland Air Force base military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.

Friday, September 18, 2009

September 18 in San Antonio history...

1896
After the second prisoner in several days easily escaped from the city jail by digging a hole through the wall, it would appear that the new jail is no more secure than the old "bat cave" on Military Plaza.

1905
San Antonio was shown by census to be the largest city in Texas, with a population of 59, 581.

1917
Instead of Camp Funston, the officers will train at the newly named Camp Stanley, named for Gen. David Stanley, former commander of Ft. Sam Houston.

1946
Spurred by the fact that garbage drivers are now making $7 a day more than the base pay of policemen and firemen, a delegation from the fire department is expected to petition the city council for a pay increase.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 17 in San Antonio history...

1895
In a Laredo bicycle race, a local man, Hugo Hofheinz, registered a time of two minutes, twenty and one-half seconds to break the state record in one-mile competition.

1915
A record enrollment of 1,030 was announced at Main Avenue High School.

1926
San Antonio's new traffic artery, chiseled out of the heart of the downtown area - the Market St. extension from Alamo to Rusk - is virtually completed.

2008
This blogger became a father. Happy First Birthday, Son! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September 16 in San Antonio history...

1885
A combination of a moving boxcar at Steve's Lumber Co. and the firing of the sunset gun at Ft. Sam Houston caused the overturning of Steve Daunhauer's buggy, leaving him with several bruises and a badly cut eye.

1905
The dual celebration of the birth of President Diaz and of Mexician Independence opened at San Pedro Springs.

1927
San Antonio housewives are hot under the collar due to a rise in the price of hamburger meat.

1957
Six Lackland stockade prisoners escaped from their compound today by placing their foot lockers to form a makeshift ladder. They apparently climbed atop the ladder and jumped over the fence.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September 15 in San Antonio history...

1885
The County Convict Camp was abolished for a month or so because of a lack of prisoners.

1925
The conversion of the Brackenridge Park rock quarry into a mammoth amphitheater similar to Rome's was listed as one of the city's next big projects.

1926
San Antonio is expected to host 5,000 people Dec. 8 when Bishop Arthur J. Drossaerts is elevated to the position of archbishop of the newest ecclesiastical province of the Catholic Church.

1976
A hammer-like blow from a powerful gust of wind toppled a three-story wall of a partially demolished building on St. Mary's and Commerce yesterday, hurling tons of debris onto the street and injuring six persons.

Monday, September 14, 2009

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September 14 in San Antonio history...

1915
The city council ruled that no anti-American, inflammatory or anarchistic speeches would be permitted at the Mexican Independence Day celebration in San Pedro Park.

1916
Officials of the Katy Railroad have agreed to haul, without cost, four carloads of garbage each day to an incinerator to be located on their lines outside the city limits.

1955
Citizens of South Texas were urged to lend their support to state and local water conservation programs.

1966
San Antonio College's radio station KSYM-FM will broadcast for the first time tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 13 in San Antonio history...

1886
Austinites, particularly anxious to see Geronimo and his party, who are stopping here briefly, are making arrangements for an excursion to this city for that purpose.

1927
With the terse order to "shoot to kill," Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright yeserday started a drive to rid San Antonio of its criminal element.

1957
The northern lights, visible from San Antonio for the first time in many years, had lawmen frantically looking for "the big fire" early Friday morning.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 12 in San Antonio history...

1885
San Antonio public schools were criticized for having only one Spanish teacher while German was being taught in every ward school.

1916
San Antonio's 18-hole municipal golf course will be opened formally Sept. 23 with an all-city tournament.

1925
A young woman staggered into the courthouse with a four-year-old child in her arms, claiming her husband confined her in a shack on the western edge of the city for three days after she threatened to bring him to court for deserting her.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11 in San Antonio history...

1886
The waterworks company, in planting the new fire hydrants, should be careful not to place the wooden uprights too near the hydrants, as they prevent the free use of the key to turn on the water.

1916
For the first time in the military history of the U.S., motor driven transportation will be used to supply an Army division when the provisional division at Camp Wilson leaves on its march to Austin next weekend.

1946
The OPA and its seemingly inseparable "shadow", meat scarcity, were back in San Antonio today. San Antonio meat packers at midweek were out of beef altogether or buying only at dribbles.

2001
WTC. Never forget.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 10 in San Antonio history...

1885
The erection of new classrooms was urged by citizens after hundreds of children were turned away from schoolhouse doors for want of room to accommodate them.

1895
The City Council ordered the construction of sidewalks on Crockett Street.

1926
Work on the filming of "Wings" Famous Players-Lasky Corporation picture of the World War, will shift this afternoon from the quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston to Kelly Field to film scenes of flying cadets.

1947
Closing of the entire Robert B. Green Hospital after Oct. 1 appeared likely today. All but one of the hospital's staff of physicians and interns have announced their intention to resign.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 9 in San Antonio history...

1907
A driver was fined $10 for driving faster than 6 m.p.h. within the one mile circle on Flores.

1916
After being officially known as "Camp Cecil A. Lyon" for a single week, the encampment of state troops on the Fort Sam Houston reservation is again "Camp Wilson" and will retain that name as long as it exists.

1927
With the concrete walls of Olmos Dam towering high above the basin below and flood prevention work on the San Antonio River nearing completion, the sixth anniversary of the 1921 floods finds this city safe from further deluges.

2000
The temperature reached an all-time high in San Antonio: a scorching 111 degrees.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 8 in San Antonio history...

1915
A local woman, Mrs. John M. Roberts, swam from the Medina Lake Dam to Arnold's Island, a distance of more than two miles, in an hour and a half.

1916
No longer will telegraph and telephone patrons in San Antonio be forced to pay the "war tax" of 1 cent on their messages. The internal revenue department has announced it will abolish the requirement at midnight.

1917
At 11 p.m. tonight, whisky manufacture will cease in the United States under provisions of the food control law.

1955
City Councilman George Friedrich revealed that the city has a long-range eye on part or all of the old arsenal property

Monday, September 7, 2009

September 7 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Labor Day celebration at Riverside Park is expected to be the most successful celebration of the special day ever held in San Antonio.

1926
Fred Christilles pass Floresville today in his dash down the San Antonio River and the Gulf to Corpus Christi. The Light will award cash prizes totaling $600 to the winner of the 8-boat race.

1936
San Antonio's parking meters are proving a booming business. Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright said the meters had an average daily receipt of 41 cents per meter through their eighth day of operation.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

September 6 in San Antonio history...

1885
The first safe ever brought into Texas was on view at Meyer's Palace on Alamo Plaza.

1895
The mayor received a petition calling for the placement of free water hydrants on the west side of San Pedro. The hydrants were requested to accommodate the poor people.

1936
Tomorrow may be a holiday for most of the city, but to thousands of youngsters it means rising early, slicking down unruly hair and coaxing suntanned feet into shoes as vacation ends and school once again begins.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

September 5 in San Antonio history...

1907
Today was house cleaning day at the Grand Opera House but without benefit of broom or dust pan. The work is done by a small nozzle at the end of a long rubber hose. Dirt is drawn through the hose into two tanks. The device is called a vacuum cleaner.

1915
The city health board puchased, and put into immediate use, a refractometer. The instrument scientifically determined the amount of water put in milk and was to be used in prosecution of dairymen charged with dilution.

1925
The model highways of Bexar County, nationally known for their superiority, wer studied by officals from three Lousiana cities.

1935
Plans to open the cornerstone of the old postoffice prior to the erection of a new building were labeled indefinite when the cornerstone was discovered to be missing.

1955
Faulty landing gear caused the crash landing of an F86 jet at Kelly Air Force Base, said officials.

Friday, September 4, 2009

September 4 in San Antonio history...

1902
The foundation which has been ordered by the Daughters of the Confederacy for the Alamo Plaza fountain is expected to arrive Oct. 1. It is to be a very ornamental structure, carrying a beautiful 7-foot statue of the goddess Hebe and will cost $1000.

1905
Hugh H. Tucker, a man scientists reputedly claimed had X-ray vision and could diagnose any ailment, opened temporary offices in San Antonio.

1922
The 3000-candlepower searchlight of Joske's will searve as a beacon for Lt. james H Doolittle in his ocean-to-ocean flight scheduled to start from Neptune Beach, Fla. at 10 o'clock tonight.

1925
With the seizure of more than 2,500 bottles of beer and the discovery of a wholesale brewery reputed to have been turning out 30 to 50 dozen bottles a day, prohibition agents said they had cut off San Antonio's chief source of alcohol.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September 3 in San Antonio history...

1887
With the summer now fading out of the scene, ice cream is going out of style and oysters are going in the mouths of the ice cream eaters.

1906
A 9-room, 2-story house in Laurel Heights with every convenience including fireplace, cement walks, sewer, electric lights, etc. is on the market for $550.

1927
Elmendorf residents may never again swim in a portion of the San Antonio River two miles west of their town. After a fierce struggle, a swimmer caught an alligator in the water, the fifth in recent weeks.

1946
Country, suburban, independent and city high schools opened today and began counting the students. They found too many children and not enough teachers.

September 2 in San Antonio history...

1895
A fire, estimated to have caused more loss than any in the history of San Antonio, broke out at the four-story furniture store of L. P. Peck & Co., Commerce and Market streets.

1905
A local drought was broken when torrential rains drenched the city. Because of poor drainage, streets became rivers. Lightning caused alarm by burning our fuses and wiring in several sections of the city.

1946
Cadet training will come back to Randolph Field in March 1947 under a proposed program to turn out 1,000 to 1,200 pilots a year.

1955
The first Negro students registered in the San Antonio Independent School District's previously all-white schools with absolutely no racial flareups.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1 in San Antonio history...

1895
Fifty-six marriage licenses were issued in San Antonio during August.

1925
San Antonio women planned a mass meeting to protest the extension of Crockett through Alamo Plaza. By letters, telephone and personal calls the women had been demanding the park be left as it was.

1945
San Antonio stores moved back to their hour schedules of pre-war days. Although they no longer intended to remain open until 9 p.m., Saturday was listed as a regular shopping day.

Monday, August 31, 2009

August 31 in San Antonio history...

1885
Ten deaths ocurred in the city last week. Four of the dead were elderly citizens. One of the deaths was caused by consumption.

1915
The largest single piece of glass in the South was installed at Joske Bros.

1956
There are eight teen-age gangs operating in the San Antonio area with 30 to 35 members each, Sgt. Leonard Salas of the juvenile bureau said today.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30 in San Antonio history...

1885
Judging from the promptness with which officers paralyzed the public houses, it was predicted gambling would soon be one of the lost arts.

1905
The street commissioner had a force of laborers at work on Josephine. When completed, a boulevard was to have been constructed from Government Hill to San Pedro and across Tobin Hill.

1935
San Antonio's first norther of the fall season arrived to the accompaniment of cool northeast winds, and August's high temperatures were driven permanently from the scene.

1966
It took ten police officers to quell a family squabble that erupted into a free-for-all in the 1600 block of McAdoo.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29 in San Antonio History...

1887
The horse to be used by Fire Company No. 1, instead of the old one, now decrepit from age, is expected to arrive tomorrow from the old Capote farm near Seguin. The animal will cost $200 and is said to come of good blood.

1915
An unexcelled climate, strategic location, tourist trade and commercial supremacy were listed as reasons why San Antonio was the leading city in Texas. Population was placed at 119,500.

1955
The first Negroes in San Antonio's history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.

Friday, August 28, 2009

August 28 in San Antonio history...

1915
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

1936
The first day of the parking meters appeared to be a success in so far as preventing double parking is concerned. Delivery trucks were pulled flush to the curb while their drivers conducted business.

1947
In a setting of continued city-county discord over operating funds for Robert B. Green Hospital, the county institution closed its emergency room at noon today as an economy measure in compliance with instructions of its board of directors. The maternity ward and nursery were closed yesterday.

1955
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was "going ahead with plans" to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27 in San Antonio history...

1905
Police reported that there was not a single occasion to make an arrest in the last 24 hours. With Saturday usually averaging 60 infractions, the officers tabbed this the dullest period in years.

1925
A 15-story skyscraper on Travis, next to the St. Anthony Hotel, and a 350-room addition to the Gunter Hotel, were expected to stimulate the San Antonio building boom.

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor's office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbals, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1976
Thousands of fans jammed the Convention Center Arena this evening to give enthusiastic reception to "The King", Elvis Presley. This concert was his last appearance in San Antonio.