Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 31 in San Antonio History...

1935: A South Texas monsoon continued with a ten inch rain flooding Hondo and Uvalde and cutting off communication with West Texas.

1952: City Public Works Director J. L. Dickson advocated the construction of an overpass to cross railroad tracks at W. Commerce and Buena Vista streets.

1954: Mayor White was nursing a sore nose after it was hit by a foul ball in the second game in the San Antonio Missions and Houston Buffs doubleheader at Mission Stadium.

1999: Sean Elliott hits the "Memorial Day Miracle" 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the series.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

May 30 in San Antonio History...

1905: A steel cable in the City Hall bell tower broke, dropping a 700-pound weight through the building to the second floor.

1924: Flowers were dropped from planes over Brooks Field in memory of Sidney J. Brooks, Jr., former reporter for The Light, for whom the airfield was named. Brooks was killed in a Kelly Field crash during WWI.

1945: Commissioners Court vetoed the idea of a bond issue to erect a coliseum and Commissioner Bob Uhr said he could see no sense in putting a lot of sheep and cattle in a large building for livestock shows.

Friday, May 29, 2009

May 29 in San Antonio History...

1944: Some 400 men rushed the relief office at San Luis and Medina, bowled over the doorman and took possession of the place in a wild scramble to get work orders.

1954: The city exterminator sports this catchy sign on his truck: “Bug Doctor – All our Patients Die!”

The Light reported 175 degrees had been conferred on seniors at the 87th annual graduation ceremonies for Trinity University.

1989: Salem Binladen, half-brother to Osama, dies when his ultralight aircraft hits some powerlines and crashes in Schertz.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

May 28 in San Antonio History...

1892: Tonight is the last night of the chili stands on Alamo Plaza. A chili con carne restaurant is to be established on one side of the plaza.

1924: San Antonio’s school board voted to abolish free summer schools, putting summer enrollment on a tuition basis.

1944: Newton H. Brown, price specialist for the OPA, warned San Antonio restaurant operators it was a violation of the law to require patrons to purchase food if they only wanted beer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May 27 in San Antonio History...

1907: Albert Friedrich’s collection of animal horns is said to be the best in existence in point of freakishness. He has the only deer head with horns bearing 78 points.

1916: Police records showed that killing dogs seemed to be local policemen’s chief occupation.

1966: Comprehensive plans for a $10 million federal pavilion at HemisFair 1968 in San Antonio have been approved by President Johnson and legislation has been introduced in Congress for an appropriation.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 26 in San Antonio History...

1933: San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman" dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

1934: Henry E. Butt, owner of a food store chain in the Rio Grande Valley and at Laredo and Corpus Christi, was in San Antonio to visit E. A. Basse [owner of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores].

1955: Sheriff Owen Kilday announced today that two television sets will be installed for prisoners at the County Jail.

1977: City Council will consider a recommended moratorium on the Edwards Aquifer today. The Aquifer Protection Association voted 6-0 in proposing tighter restrictions on development until a more complete study can be completed on the effects of building on the recharge zone. Anti-pollution messures are included.

Monday, May 25, 2009

May 25 in San Antonio History...

1894: A large crowd gathered at Bexar County Jail on Camaron to witness the hanging of Austin Brown for the slaying of Anderson Harris.

1902: Work began on the Carnegie Library today. Work on the roof should be the hardest part of a very hard job.

1942: The little community of St. Hedwig, 18 miles Southeast of San Antonio, was hit by a twister that demolished roofs and windmills and brought hail that ruined crops.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

May 24 in San Antonio History...

1927: Preparations are under way to ship what’s left of the Army dirigible C43 back to Scott Field, Ill. It was wrecked at Brooks Field yesterday while being towed out of the big hangar. This is the second dirigible to face destruction at the field.

1934: San Antonio Zoo acquired at mate from India for a female black panther given to the zoo by William Randolph Hearst.

1942: San Antonio is preparing to deliver a knock-out blow to the city’s No. 1 health menace – tuberculosis. Work of X-raying 30,000 West Side residents is going forward at the recreation center.

1980: Hipp's Bubble Room at 1411 McCullough closes

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23 in San Antonio History...

1924: Announcement was made of the purchase of The Light by William Randolph Hearst, 11 days after actual transfer of corporate stock.

1925: Police raided the starlit festivities of a Culebra Road speakeasy where beer was in a half-buried coffin.

1977: Dr. Pat Burr, associate professor of marketing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was named associate administrator of the Small Business Administration in Washington. It is the first time a woman was named to a policy-making position since the administration was created in 1953.

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22 in San Antonio History...

1894: Burdett Green received a commission from Mayor Pascall making him the second negro police officer on San Antonio’s force.

1906: The bug nuisance, which caused terror in 1903 when city officials darkened electric lights at night and organized merchant brigades to kill bugs, was expected to be repeated this year.

1924: Only woman to serve on an Oklahoma City district court bench and a member of the Oklahoma bar for 5 years, Mrs. Jane A. Shaw became stenographer at San Antonio’s 37th District Court.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

May 21 in San Antonio History...

1892: The cricket match between San Antonio and Kerrville was won by San Antonio today. The sun was hot.

1922: Main Ave. High School will hold commencement exercises next Thursday evening at Beethoven Hall. About 240 are expected to graduate – one of the largest classes in history.

1944: Max Baer, interviewed at Kelly Field’s base hospital, predicted he would meet Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden in a post-war boxing comeback and defeat him.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 20 in San Antonio History...

1924: Meeting in San Antonio, the general assembly of Presbyterian churches voted to give women the right of participation in the government of the church.

1927: In a spectacle, immensity of which almost took the breath away, 200 airplanes and a dirigible airship passed in aerial review before high ranking officers and the secretary of war at Kelly Field this morning.

1934: A debate on the question of unifying U.S. air forces as a separte military service was scheduled for graduation exercises at San Antonio Military Academy.

1995: The new "enchilada red" San Antonio Central Library opens.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19 in San Antonio History...

1903: The Bon Ton restaurant was advertising an 8-course dinner, with roast loin of veal or filet of pork the main meat dishes, for 50 cents.

1927: The premiere showing of “Wings,” a war picture filmed in San Antonio, will be held at the Texas Theater tonight. Local units of the Air Corps assisted in the filming. Stars include Clara Bow and Charles Rogers.

1967: The long-awaited concrete pouring on the shaft of HemisFairs’ 622-foot Tower of the Americas began today, but a labor union strike shut down work on the Institute of Texan Cultures and sharply curtailed operations at the Convention Center.

Monday, May 18, 2009

May 18 in San Antonio History...

1927: Describing San Antonio as the best Army center in the nation, Dwight Davis, secretary of war, declared he has deicated the rest of his official life to seeing that the Army buildings here are made the finest in the country.

1946: Two new cases of polio were diagnosed, indicating the spread of the disease remained unchecked. The toll stood at 21 cases and 3 deaths.

1967: City manager Jack Shelley said it may be necessary to cut down residential garbage pick ups from three to two days a week. He blamed the possible reduction on the inability of the city to fill worker vacancies.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17 in San Antonio History...

1904: City Council made it an offense to take the end seat on street cars so that other passengers had trouble getting to their seats.

The skating rink at Electric Park was opened to the public and the sport instantly was established as a favorite among young people.

1934: A San Antonio posse which used machine guns and airplanes to search out two men believed to be Clyde Barrow and Raymond Hamilton on the lam released the men when they were identified as oil drillers on the job.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 16 in San Antonio History...

1885: Col. Belknap explored 40 feet of cave he found in San Pedro Park.

1922: James E. Ferguson, former governor of Texas and now a candidate for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate, was given an ovation when he addressed an audience that completely filled Beethoven Hall last night.

1946: A major hailstorm in San Antonio causes $5 million in damages.

1966: U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez said today President Johnson has recommended federal participation in HemisFair along lines approved by by a bill Congress passed last year authorizing such participation.

Friday, May 15, 2009

May 15 in San Antonio History...

1902: Fire Chief Tobin has made another improvement in the fire department by the addition of a searchlight to be used in locating a fire in buildings. Searchlights are in vogue in the North and East.

1912: Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the national Women’s Suffrage Association, will lecture at the Grand Opera house tonight.

1943: Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio's favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

1957: Comedian Buster Keaton, of Hollywood dead-pan fame, was in San Antonio to promote a movie about his life which is now playing at the Aztec Theater.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 14 in San Antonio History...

1927: A message conveying the best wishes of San Antonio for the success of his transatlantic flight from New York to Paris was sent to Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh, Missouri National guard flyer, by members of the San Antonio Aeronautical Club. Lindbergh at Brooks and Kelly Fields.

1934: “The Three Little Pigs,” first movie made in the new Techincolor process, began a run at the Majestic. Also billed: “Stand Up and Cheer,” introducing Shirley Temple.

1956: Dr. Jose San Martin was the likely candidate to replace Henry B. Gonzalez on the City Council. Gonzalez quit to run for state senator.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 13 in San Antonio History...

1912: Setting a precedent for future celebrations of the same nature, more than 200 San Antonians gathered Sunday afternoon at the YMCA to celebrate the day that had been set aside in honor of “the best mother in the world, your mother.”

1934: A crowd of 8,500 bet a record $159,496 at the last racing day of Alamo Down’s first horse racing meet.

1952: Plan for the purge of 15-18 policeman, one of the largest proposed manpower cuts in police history, were revealed today by Chief Bob Allen. Allen says the men are uncooperative and lack the proper attitude.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 12 in San Antonio History...

1924: The Chamber of Commerce estimated San Antonio’s population officially at 193,000 persons.

1927: One of the most notable achievements in the history of the Army Air Corps was accomplished yesterday by 18 pilots who flew from Selfridge Field, Mich., to San Antonio, covering the 1,320 miles in 11 hours and 25 minutes.

1957: The $100,000 3.2 mile “Brackenridge Eagle” began carrying its first passengers.

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 11 in San Antonio History...

1914: More than 500 San Antonians motored to Medina dam to attend the formal opening of a club for firing, hunting and boating.

1916: The Texas National Guard is setting a record for speed in its mobilization at Ft. Sam Houston with troops already having reached the post.

1927: Contract for a large radio station for San Antonio, called KTSA, to be built on the roof of the Plaza Hotel at a cost of of $40,000 has been signed and construction is already underway.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May 10 in San Antonio History...

1897: A wolf was shot just beyond Alamo Heights yesterday by Fred Stone and Frank Calwell. The wolf was quite fat, evidently off farm chickens.

1926: Erection of a memorial monument to George W. Brackenridge has been proposed to the mayor by local citizens.

1957: Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $8 million School of Aviation Medicine were held at Brooks AFB.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

May 9 in San Antonio History...

1906: The Texas Game Protective Association has declined to drop agitation over the killing of deer in Brackenridge Park.

1916: Following the alert of the Texas National Guard, some 700 San Antonians will be in readiness tomorrow to protect the border.

1925: A tornado swept Stinson Field doing $75,000 damage to planes and hangars.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 8 in San Antonio History...

1935: Representatives of South Texas counties met to seek federal funds for extension of Highway 16 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi.

San Antonio’s first official test of special air-raid alarm equipment will be held Saturday between 10am and noon, it its announced by Col. John N. Reynolds, local civilian defense coordinator.

1956: A local housewife named Marilyn Monroe revealed she has received numerous crackpot telephone calls because she shares the name with the curvaceous actress.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

May 7 in San Antonio History...

1892: The San Pedro Park Pavilion, which a few years ago cost the city $3,000, is now condemned until repairs are made.

1956: It will take several years to provide water for all areas in San Antonio now without lines, a City Water Board engineer said.

1967: The gateway to the air age, San Antonio’s Kelly Air Force Base, will highlight its golden anniversary with a giant military salute ranging from aerobatics to astronautics.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 6 in San Antonio History...

1885: Butchers in the fourth ward asked the city to build a fence around the city market to keep dogs from getting their fresh meat left hanging in the open at night.

1924: Mrs. Louise Rohmer, 80, one of the few survivors of the original Castro colony organized in 1845, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Richards on Helena St.

1925: Chamber of Commerce delegates at the Mineral Wells state convention paraded on the floor with a brass band to lure the meeting to San Antonio in 1926.

1965: Chrysler's experimental Turbine Car goes on display at the Majestic Theatre and Jack Rieger's Chrysler-Plymouth dealership.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 5 in San Antonio History...

1912: Little is left now of the collection of rock and adobe hovels which formerly encumbered the block bounded by Soledad, Veramendi, Houston and Main. They have been torn down to make room for the new Wolff & Marx.

1937: Following complaints of early morning bathers at Brackenridge Park swimming pool, Police Capt. Cliff Ramschissel took his deer rifle to the pool this morning and shot a six-foot alligator.

1942: Steps are being taken to enforce San Antonio’s rent ceiling and prosecute recalcitrant landlords, it was revealed at a meeting in City Hall.

2001: Councilman Ed Garza wins mayoral election over Tim Bannwolf.

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4 in San Antonio History...

1934: Investigating a reported shooting on E. French, Police Capt. W. A. Harvey raced to the scene with two scout cars and an ambulance, discovered the “shots” were caused by explosion of two bottles of home brew.

1942: Bexar residents whose names begin with “A” through “L” are flocking to elementary school registration booths, signing up to receive War Ration Book No. 1. Stamps from the books will be needed for sugar.

1944: San Antonio housewives surprised local butchers, failed to make a run on meats as expected when the OPA dropped most cuts from the ration list.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May 3 in San Antonio History...

1935: All planes in the San Antonio area were grounded when a freak rain and dust storm covered the city with a wet, brown blanket.

City Atty. Tommy Cobbs told Mayor Mauermann the city would have to delay plans for a swimming pool at Koehler Park because the site had been deeded to the Confederate government in 1863.

Henry B. Gonzalez announced he was resigning from the city council to run for state senator from San Antonio.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May 2 in San Antonio History...

1916: There is open discussion of an attempt to recall Mayor Brown, who is being held responsible for a fight over control of the fire and police departments and the failure of a bank.

1942: Peter Krug, 22, escaped German combat flyer, was taken into custody by FBI agents and city detectives. He admitted his identity and told of a 16-day adventure in his attempt to get to Mexico with information valuable to the Axis.

1944: Continental Airlines inaugurated the first commercial flight between San Antonio and El Paso.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1 in San Antonio History...

1895: Commenting on the San Antonio baseball team’s losing streak, The Light said the “club is playing more to show other fellows how not to do it than for any other purpose.”

1914: Bexar County Medical Society passed a resolution asking for a law to protect bats in San Antonio. Dr. Charles A.R. Campbell had told the group bats were beneficial in eradicating malarial mosquitos.

1926: Extensive development of Mission Grove, the oil field in the city limits, was assured with the announcement of fresh backing.