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.