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.