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.