Friday, July 31, 2009

July 31 in San Antonio history...

1887
Residents of the area around Madison are wondering if there are really such things as pound officers. They say all kinds of cattle are allowed to run loose through there, causing considerable damage.

1914
Charles P. Steffler, San Antonio baker, said a local campaign to have home-delivered bread wrapped was instigated by the paper trust.

1934
Two thousand pecan shellers walked off the job in San Antonio and threw up picket lines around all the local pecan shelling plants bringing the industry to a standstill.

1944
Weatherman J. Henry Jarboe reported this was the first July in San Antonio weather history without a measurable drop of rain.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

July 30 in San Antonio history...

1886
The ice for Travis Park was delayed for some time yesterday, owing to a cart breakdown. The band and visitors were grateful for its arrival, however late though it may have been.

1904
Milam M. Fitzgerald, deputy U.S. Marshal in San Antonio, secured a patent for a railway switch mechanism to enable trains to attain high speeds without slowing down when crossing switches.

1906
In line with a crrent tendency among saloon men to decorate their walls with clean pictures instead of those which are suggestive, saloons are now sporting colored photographs of San Antonio missions.

1955
A news story from Washington said, "American scientific genius is committed today to the early launching of 'flying basketballs' which will race around the earth in outer space as probable forerunners of rockets to the moon..."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
A wheel on a locomotive broke derailling the engine and two cars of an I&GN train near San Antonio.

1896
Mayor Elmendorf says that he will pay $5 cash for the capture of that alligator in the lake at Lakeview.

1935
Sheriff Albert West went on vacation and bookie joints and gambling houses opened all over the city.

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 28 in San Antonio history...

1885
The Light asked bulldog owners on S. Flores and San Pedro to tie their animals because serenading parties would be out that night.

1905
Horses pulling a mail wagon ran away out W. Commerce.

1906
A local offical of the U.S. Secret Service said today that San Antonio saloon men must cease giving metal beer checks as change in lieu of small silver coins. It is feared the tokens may be mistaken for genuine coins.

1926
San Antonio and other Texas cities today were urged to furnish labor to help Rio Grande Valley farmers harvest one of the biggest cotton crops in history.

1947
Courses in marital relations will be open to San Antonio senior school students in the fall term. Superintendent Thomas Portwood said today. The courses will include such things as how to deal with in-laws.

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27 in San Antonio history...

1905
A contractor paved Warren Street for use as a model in demonstration of new paving materials.

1907
Signs denoting the names of streets are few and far between in San Antonio and the town is acquiring the reputation as the City of Nameless Streets.

1917
Wages for city day laborers got to $2 a day today, a rasie from $1.75. The move was taken to prevent men from taking advantage of high wages offered by the government.

1927
Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going to go ahead with plans to clear the land there.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 26 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

1905
The bartender at a Main Plaza saloon was shot by a customer who claimed he got too little beer in his 10-cent bucket.

1917
A Camp Kelly solder was sentenced to seven year's hard labor for saying "I don't like that damned fellow, Wilson."

1937
Five Japanese army officers paid a visit to Randolph Air Base today to inspect Army training planes and methods. They said Japan hopes to build a large air fleet.

1957
Portions of McCullough and Brooklyn Avenues will become one-way streets today as a nine-month trial period begins.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25 in San Antonio history...

1907
Some of the English residents of the city have formed a cricket club.

1927
Tests have begun at Brooks Field on the Wright whirlwind motor, the newest development in air-cooled motors. It was with such a motor that Col. Lindbergh made his Atlantic hop.

1957
Gasoline prices dropped today to 18 cents a gallon in the recent gas war. Drivers are cheering but station owners wear long faces.

Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24 in San Antonio history...

1895
A new bell for Madison Square Presbyterian Church was formally dedicated in ceremonies at the parsonage.

1925
Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert bowed to Latin modesty and set up separate days for men and women to swim in West Side pools.

1946
San Antonio's hailstorm of May 16 was judged as the greatest hail catastrophe of all time in the U.S. Losses from the storm are more than $7,000,000.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23 in San Antonio history...

1895
A washing machine has been purchased for the city hospital.

1925
The Baker Hotel chain announced plans to add three stories atop the Gunter and put baths in every room.

1935
Col. A.C. Roebuck, one of the founders of Sears & Roebuck, visited San Antonio on a nationwide inspection tour.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22 in San Antonio history...

1892
There will be a dance at the insane asylum tonight and a straw riding party from the city will be present.

1916
The newest thing in the Army is a motorcycle radio section. It consists of the complete equipment of a field wireless carried on three sidecar motorcycles.

1932
Qualified Negro voters in Bexar County will be permitted to vote in the Democratic primary election tomorrow under terms of a mandatory injunction granted by Judge S. G. Tayloe in 45th District Court.

1937
Pollution of San Antonio's drinking water through a faulty plumbing connection, which permitted waste water from the bear pit and monkey island in Brackenridge Zoo to flow into the mains, has been corrected.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20 in San Antonio history...

1887
A drinking contest will take place tomorrow at the Berliner Concert Garden to show the prohibitionists that a man can drink 50 to 100 glasses of beer without becoming intoxicated.

1926
First steps toward the filming in San Antonio of the $500,000 picture "Wings" were taken today when representatives of the famous Player-Lansky Corp. left to insepect Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley.

1947
The mounted police are returning to the San Antonio Police Department. The first one will be assigned to patrol Brackenridge Park.

1969
San Antonio, as well as the rest of the world, was awestruck watching Americans land on the moon.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 19 in San Antonio history...

1904
Death took a holiday - the first in anybody's memory - in San Antonio as undertakers unanimously reported no calls in 24 hours.

1906
Within the next few days city policemen will be arrayed in their new lightweight uniforms. They have worn winter clothes for the last two months.

1934
Guadalupe Macias was being treated for severe burns in Robert B. Green Hospital after an explosion occurred as he was filling his auto with gasoline by lamplight.

1945
Dr. Perry F. Webb of the First Baptist Church reported that the Southern Baptist Hospital Commission and the Texas Baptist Association planned to build a hospital in San Antonio.

1956
Commissioner's court today moved to correct a hazard for pedestrians walking along the east side of the courthouse. The action came after Mike Rule, courthouse superintendent, reported large stones were dropping off the east roof of the courthouse.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

July 18 in San Antonio history...

1887
Poor families living east of the Sunset round-house are comelled to buy their drinking water from Mexican water haulers at 30 cents per barrel.

1895
L. Wolfson's store advertised men's suits for $9.85, shirts for 75 cents and collars and cuffs for 10 cents each.

1904
Advertising is new long-distance service, San Antonio's telephone company suggested: "Try a round-trip talk."

1925
The Agriculture Department reported 39,090,750 gallons of milk are lost each year as result of cows kicking over milk pails.

1947
Construction of the $1,750,000 coliseum at the exposition grounds will be started in September, Chamber of Commerce officials revealed yesterday.

1970
The Great Train Robbery (sort of): Thieves force the Brackenridge Eagle to a stop and rob patrons of their valuables. Riders initially think it is a joke - until they see the guns are real.

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17 in San Antonio history...

1887
A street car on the San Pedro Springs line was detained for close to 30 minutes by the eccentric antics of a fresh mule while on San Pedro yesterday. When it got tired of its fun, it started off and brought the car to the city at express rate.

1895
Architects for the new Beethoven Hall proposed a roof garden for the top of the building.

1924
Official census figures for July 1 showed San Antonio still the leading city in Texas with a population of 191,398. Dallas ranked a close second with 187,826.

1926
San Antonio became the second Hollywood of the United States when announcement was made by the famous Player-Lansky Corp. that "Wings," one of the most spectacular pictures of the year, would be shot in San Antonio.
["Wings" was the first movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.]

1935
On complaints of merchants that shoppers could never find parking places, Acting Mayor Phil Wright abolished all taxi stands.

1937
Police Chief Owen Kilday said he is considering the installation of two-way radio sets in police scout cars so officers may confer with headquarters without having to stop to telephone.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16 in San Antonio history...

1892
Eli Hertzberg, the jeweler, has exhibited a fine specimen of apples raised in his garden on Marshall St.

1904
An I. & G.N. train was held up and its express car dynamited en route to San Antonio from Houston but bandits secured no money. No injuries were reported.

1914
Prof. Shigetaka Shiga, eminent Japanese author who composed a poem honoring Alamo dead, announced a September visit to San Antonio to erect a stone monument inscribed with his poem.

1924
By mistake, federal dry officers fired on the auto of a San Antonio doctor because it fit the description of one owned by an alleged bootlegger.

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.

1969
Apollo 11, the first moon landing mission, was launched from Kennedy Space Center, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins. Astronauts David Scott (who flew on Gemini VIII with Neil Armstrong, Apollo 8 & 15) and Ed White (Gemini IV, Apollo I) were both born in San Antonio.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15 in San Antonio history...

1895
Workmen began clearing out debris left in the Alamo after its use during the Civil War as a quartermaster storage barn.

1906
Nightly visitors to the Electric Park were impressed by the illumination of 2,775 electric lights.

1914
The season's first bale of cotton was auctioned off on the floor of the San Antonio Cotton Exchange, bringing a price of 17 cents a pound.

1935
Radio fans listened astounded as broadcasters in planes three miles high described an eclipse of the moon.

1976
Mayor Cockrell delared today San Antonio has an "excellent" chance of capturing a federal Solar Energy Research Institute that would provide 400 new jobs and a multi-million-dollar operating budget.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 14 in San Antonio history...

1887
The group calling themselves the Young Men's Christian Organization in organizing is proposing to have a gymnasium and endeavoring to raise the means to achieve that end.

1904
City Marshal Irvin ruled all San Antonio dogs, licensed or not, must wear muzzles out of doors due to an upsurge of hydrophobia [rabies].

1906
However it may be in northern cities, the price of ice in San Antonio does not go up with the mercury in the thermometer. Local families pay 35 cents per 100 pounds and are not complaining.

1957
The gas war here continues as motorists enjoy filling up their automobile tanks at 20 cents a gallon.

1966
Chuck roast was selling at a local supermarket for 49 cents per pound.

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 13 in San Antonio history...

1895
Staacke Bros. warned San Antonians to "beware of quacks" and buy nothing but Studebaker wagons for fine transportation.

1914
Of 18 samples of milk taken from San Antonio milk wagons by the Health Department, water had been added to four, an analysis showed.

1924
The Light noted the Ponjola bob hair-do was becoming increasingly popular in San Antonio.

1934
Pvt. Ralph Watson chose Friday the 13th to make his 13th parachute jump at Kelly Field but the Kelly commander, Lt. Col. Henry B. Clagett, nixed his plan to push a parachuted black cat from the plane first.

1954
Seven local polio cases, the largest number ever recorded in one day in San Antonio, were reported by the City Health Department. None of the victims, all children, had received Salk vaccine.

1957
"I Was A Teenage Werewolf" has been held over at the Texas Theater after a smashing hit week.
[The star of this movie would later gain fame as Little Joe on Bonzanza and Charles Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. That's right - Michael Landon.]

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12 in San Antonio history...

1885
Emerson Co. advertised new Singer sewing machines priced from $8 to $15.

1886
A four-foot rattlesnake was discovered in the garret of the city jail where the reptile feeds on bats and rats and occasionally comes down among the prisoners and helps them eat their food. Jailer Hardy is contriving a scheme to poison the snake and should take care that he does not poison the prisoners.

1895
Nervous drivers complained that SP trains never blow their whistles when approaching the crossing at N. Pine

1946
San Antonio was one of the hot spots of the nation as the temperature soared to 102. There seemed to be no relief in sight for a few days.

1947
Crops in the San Antonio area have been destroyed by the long drought. Farmers on the city market reported today that about 60 percent of all crops were lost.

1957
A carnival worker is still in fair condition in Baptist Hospital after being bitten by a black widow spider.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11 in San Antonio history...

1885
A "little cussing match" between a prominent doctor and a well-known businessman attacted crowds on Houston [St.] The doctor was believed to have outcussed his opponent.

1905
Hundreds of employes "hailed with delight" the decision of Joske's to give them time off by closing one afternoon a week.

1914
While helping rescue a mule from a sewer trench at Dolorosa and Laredo, San Antonio garbage chief Louis Rubiola was bitten on the leg by the mule.

1916
The fame of San Antonio's Municipal Zoo was spreading far and wide as was evinced by the fact Commissioner Lambert received an offer to three full-grown ostriches, provided he would pay to have them shipped from Arizona.

1940
San Antonio's first drive-in, the Varsity Drive-In Theater, opens at the corner of Culebra & Bandera Road.

1956
Houston engineer, M.A. Dillingham, attacked San Antonio's plan to increase the height of the proposed Canyon Dam. He said increased height would "materially decrease the availability of flow" in the river for authorized users.

1976
The city garbage collectors' "slowdown" will enter its second week tomorrow.

Friday, July 10, 2009

July 10 in San Antonio history...

1887
A fight occurred between two men on Main Plaza last night. One man said the other had the habit of blinking his eyes all the time and he thought he was winking at him.

1896
There was a duck pond at the corner of Alamo and Goliad caused by excessive dosages of rain.

1927
San Antonio is currently in an unprecedented business and population growth. Population is now 262,700 and this is a growth of 15,000 since January 1927

1936
Investigation of complaints that several thousand fictitious names had been placed on the poll tax list in San Antonio was ordered by the Senate campaign funds investigation committee.

1947
Increasing demands of the San Antonio residents for water during the current drought is having a definite effect on water pressure, as records are shattered month by month.

1976
The Light reported that President Ford decided to continue the mass swine flu immunization campaign this fall.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9 in San Antonio history...

1895
A superstitious pedestrian on Soledad tried to miss a ladder, but walked into it, dumping the painter and his paint into the gutter.

1912
San Antonio today paid its last respects to the late Mayor Bryan Callaghan. Thousands visited the Callaghan home on Crockett St., where the body lay in state, and viewed the features of the man who for nearly a score of years held the highest executive office in the Alamo City.

1922
Robert E. O'Grady, owner of the Argyle Hotel, was chosen as the first mayor of Alamo Heights in yesterday's election. Aldermen are W.H. Hume, J.C. Talcott, Paul Villaret, Dr. W.S. Hamilton and Ben Hammond. W. G. Tobin was elected town marshall.

1925
San Antonio's merchant prince, Alexander Joske, 68, was found dead at his Joske Hills home.

1932
The Federal Radio Commission today granted a license for police radio service in San Antonio. The station will be on 2506 kilocycles and will have a power of 500 watts. The call letters are KGZE.

1934
Application of Violet Hilton, who with her Siamese twin Daisy once lived in San Antonio, for a marriage license was turned down by New York officials on the grounds that such a union would be "immoral."

1936
Installation of the first 1,000 parking meters bought by the city from the Dual Parking Meter Co. was to begin in the next week.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July 8 in San Antonio history...

1886
The thrilling adventures of a young dude were being related. It seemed the young man, while being chased by the girl's father the night before, jumped a fence, lit on his head and before he could regain his footing, was badly beaten by the old man.

1894
Bexar County commissioners announced a fan would be installed in each of two justice courts and in the collector's and assessor's offices.

1914
Highest temperature of the summer was registered when the thermometers in San Antonio rose to 101 degrees.

1922
Indorsement [sic] of an auditorium with a seating capacity of 10,000 persons was voted unanimously at a meeting of the citizens auditorium committee in the council chamber of City Hall yesterday.

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill suggested San Antonians take a last look at the old post office as crews would begin razing it soon to make way for the new building.

1942
The "Victory" tennis ball, made of reclaimed rubber, is practically as good as the peacetime ball, according to Jimmy Langham, tennis instructor at the San Antonio Country Club.

1957
A woman on Myrtle was awarded $2,349 from the city after she complained that work crews came into her house, boarded the doors and windows, cut down trees and forced her to move. City crews had the wrong house. It was one down the street which was condemned and purchased by the city.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 7 in San Antonio history...

1886
Local residents complained of rusty and therefore useless hydrants located in the Morales St. vicinity.

1914
Downtown San Antonio thermometers registered 99 degrees in the shade on the hottest day recorded this summer.

1917
The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motorcars in all city departments is the aim of Mayor Bell. No more fire horses will be purchased.

1956
City vice squad officers raided a swank local club and seized seven cases of liquor. Vice officers said two undercover agents had purchased drinks across the bar in the club earlier in the week.

1957
A gas war in San Antonio dropped prices to 22 cents a gallon today.

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 6 in San Antonio history...

1885
The Light commented that July 4 celebrations generally "fizzed" and only the Irish had fun.

1895
The San Antonio and Lone Star breweries presented kegs of beer to patients at the City Hospital.

1914
"The Perils of Pauline," the continuing film story of adventure and mystery, featuring Pearl White, is the headliner at the Royal Theater.

1956
San Antonio River fish were perishing by the thousands and city officials blamed it on the slow flow of water failing to cut down the power of detergents pouring into the stream.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 5 in San Antonio history...

1886
The Light said it was a good sign to see local drinkers consuming grape milk, which was known as "a genuine temperance beverage" as it contained only three percent alcohol.

1894
An enemy of the Citizens car line in San Antonio was suspected as the culprit who felled a trolley wire pole with an axe, causing it to derail a tram.

1914
So rowdy was the celebration of Independence Day in San Antonio, advising Police Booking Sgt. Rupe, that he had to use shorthand to keep up with the unusual influx of prisoners.

1915
An unseasonal cool wave chilled holiday temperatures from 101 degrees to a rainy 70.

1937
San Antonio yesterday spent a quiet though frolicsome Fourth of July holiday. Police records today failed to show a violent death, major accident, drowning or fire.

1955
The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city's public schools.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Alamo flag was not raised in deference to Old Glory, which floated proudly from the post office, City Hall and St. Mary's College.

1917
The July 4th celebration was a quiet one marked with the absence of fireworks. The feature event was a military race at the fair grounds.

1926
Two large producing firms announced they would make two feature movies in San Antonio during the summer.

1936
The crest of the flooding Guadalupe River passed Victoria after forcing 200 families from their lowland homes and flooding thousands of acres of farmland.

1946
San Antonio closed shop to celebrate the first peacetime July 4 in five years.

1976
San Antonio celebrated the nation's 200th birthday. Do you remember what you did?

Friday, July 3, 2009

July 3 in San Antonio history...

1895
J.E. Muegge advertised for a gardener "who understands the nature of horses and cows."

1914
Elaborate exercises were being planned for the laying of the cornerstone for the new Woodmen of the World Circle building, E. Houston and Bowie

1924
San Antonio's minimum temperature was an unusual 68 degrees while Amarillo reported a low of 54.

1934
An unidentifed farm laborer was released from Robert B. Green Hospital after treatment for ant stings which covered his body. He was found unconscious near the Katy depot.

1947
If perspiration could add moisture to fields and pastures, Bexar County farmers and ranchers would enjoy a happier June. As it was, the driest June since 1939 with only .39 of an inch, nothing helped.

1954
Los Angeles Heights resident had assurances that at least three city councilmen would oppose setting the northeast freeway route 1,000 feet east of Fredericksburg Road.

1955
Texas Senator [Lyndon] Johnson had suffered a heart attack termed moderately severe and reports said he would not be able to return to duty during that session of Congress.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2 in San Antonio history...

1885
"Avenue C (Broadway) was difficult to navigate." The east side was cut off and mail stages were waterbound as flood waters spread in San Antonio.

1894
San Antonio druggist G.A. Duerler reported his thermometer indicated a temperature of 106 in the shade.

1896
A local "faith healer" completed a 15-day fast and during this time he drank only water and ate nothing.

1904
More than 1 million pounds of onions from Cotulla had been processed in a week's time at the San Antonio Produce Market.

1905
City employees wondered when pay day would come as the city found itself with no budget, no funds and no warrants.

1915
Porfirio Diaz, whose ouster as president touched off the Mexican Revolution in 1910, died in exile in Paris.

1936
The angry Guadalupe River, swollen by rains and jammed with debris and dead farm and wild animals, raced toward Victoria. Twenty persons were dead as a result of the flood.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 1 in San Antonio history...

1885
After a heavy rainstorm flooded the downtown area, a wag reported "Lake Alamo Plaza" was perilous for navigation, especially around Post Office Point.

1886
Miss Mary Dullnig was granted the first diploma issued by the Alamo Business College.

1906
The Light was in its first day of the use of the newly-installed and expensive Western Union wire in its editorial room.

1907
June ended with a blistering farewell to the people of San Antonio. Not in 23 years has a month been so hot. A record-shattering 105 hit the city yesterday.

1926
It was announced that "costumes featuring more legs than dress and more motion than repose" would soon be the accepted evening dress.

1946
San Antonians awakened a little bewildered to suddenly find themselves free from the price control.

1948
The Tucker Torpedo makes its San Antonio debut at Lions Field near Brackenridge Park. 40,000 people come to view the car.

















1966
The first day of Medicare passed almost without notice in San Antonio.

1967
Boerne holds first Berges Fest celebration.

1977
Star Wars debuts in San Antonio at the Wonder Theater (ABC Interstate) and the Century South 6 (Santikos).