Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31 in San Antonio history...

1917
Fire Chief William P. Bishop is killed when responding to a call. A fire truck collides with his Locomobile auto, hurling it into Joske's.

1946
The Alamo Bowl, scheduled to pit the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys vs. the University of Denver Pioneers in Alamo Stadium, is postponed due to freezing temperatures and heavy ice. The game would eventually be played on January 4.

1952
The flashing amber lights which stall downtown traffic whenever fire alarms sound will flash no more after today.

1956
Marvin Milkes, general manager of the San Antonio Missions, was named the minor league's manager of the year by the Sporting News.

1993
Nearly 50 years later, the Alamo Bowl is held again - this time in the Alamodome. The Cal Golden Bears defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 37 to 3.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30 in San Antonio history...

1902
Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Industrial School in Alabama, passed through the city this morning on his way to California.

1906
The Chapel at Incarnate Word (Brackenridge Villa) is completed.

1915
The new bandstand in Alamo Plaza has been completed. And what a monstrosity it is!

1983
The temperature drops to 9 degrees, a record low for the date.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
Citizens of the Fourth Ward say their streets would be much more passable if the city's celebrated steamroller were used on them.

1915
Forty-three city jail prisoners were released for Christmas, but two others, who were being held for more serious crimes, left the hard way. They sawed the bars from their cell window.

1925
Mayor John W. Tobin has decreed that any organization using Municipal Auditorium, now nearing completion, must pay $250 rent in advance.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28 in San Antonio history...

1925
A one-inch snowfall, together with sleet, fell on San Antonio today, just three days too late for Christmas.

1945
Army officials have declared the river walk, the beautified section of the river downtown, off limits to all military personnel between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.

1976
Rocks and bottles were thrown at a score of police officers during a free-for-all early today at Randy's Rodeo parking lot, with 14 persons arrested.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27 in San Antonio history...

1915
Miss Katherine Stinson, one of the nation's most proficient flyers has promised to make a night flight in this city soon.
1945
Gross sales in retail and department stores seem to have hit a new peak in San Antonio. Empty store shelves attested to a money-flush populace.
1955
Two police cars, one of them traveling at a high speed in pursuit of a motorcyclist, collided early this morning on Austin Highway.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 26 in San Antonio history...

1915
Park Commissioner Ray Lambert plans to throw open portions of Koehler Park, recently bequeathed to the city, to campers.

1926
San Antonio's little newsboys Christmas Day forogt their cries of "moider" which they love to yell on street corners. Instead, they chorused "Merry Christmas" to Nat M. Washer who gave his annual dinner for them in the Gunter Hotel.

Also on this date in 1926, Red Grange and the New York football Yankees played the L.A. Wilson Wildcats at Ft. Sam Houston Field.

1955
San Antonio banks were in the novel position of being open today when every other business in town was closed.

Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25 in San Antonio...

1886
A larger crowd attended midnight mass at San Fernando Cathedral than ever before. The singing of the choir and especially the "Ave Maria," sung by Miss Lizzie Annandale of the Abbott Opera Co., was magnificent.

1945
Although the first Christmas after the war had been expected to be something special, merchants this year were amazed by zooming sales.

1966
President and Mrs. Johnson interrupted their Christmas holiday at the LBJ Ranch yesterday to make a special trip to Kelly Air Force Base and greet nine servicemen woulded in Vietnam and nine others with noncombat injuries.

2004
A South Texas winter storm brings a white Christmas to much of South Texas, including Victoria, Houston and Galveston, but misses San Antonio.

2006
A huge pile of mulch in Helotes catches fire and burns for over two months.

Merry Christmas to you from the Texana/Genealogy Department and everyone at the San Antonio Public Library!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24 in San Antonio history...

1885
San Antonio could have many winter visitors if the city administration was aware enough to advertise the city properly.

1886
Nearly all the bawdy houses in the city will give Christmas dinners to their "guests" and two have issued printed invitations, sending them to nearly every young man in the city.

1926
Bootleg whisky's first fatality of the Christmas holidays was recorded today when a 23-year-old man died at Santa Rosa Infirmary from the effects of liquor he drank 10 days ago. The whisky irritated his throat.

1935
Cooks at the Bexar County Jail today were busy preparing Christmas dinner for the inmates. The menu is for turkey with all the trimmings.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 23 in San Antonio history...

1894
The Hot Wells Hotel is consumed by fire.

1896
Marshal Druse has again issued strict orders to the police to stop all shooting of fireworks on public streets tonight, tomorrow and the rest of the holidays.

1906
The rush at the San Antonio post office is unprecendented. Yesterday, the mail sacks were piled high to the ceiling. The clerks, however, have been working day and night without extra compensation to clear up the snarl.

1916
San Antonio's Christmas this year is the most bounteous and prosperous in her history. It has been estimated that no less than $6 million has been spent for gifts, an increase of about 25 percent over previous banner years.

1926
With America's silent industry - bootlegging - preparing for Christmas and New Year's, there are indications that rye whisky will bring $72 a case, scotch $96 a case and tequila, $6 a bottle, a real bargain.
(Calculated into 2009 prices: rye whiskey - $878.52 a case, scotch - $1171.36 a case and tequila - $73.21 a bottle. Wow!)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22 in San Antonio history...

1896
Queen Liliuokalani, of the Hawaiian Islands, passes through San Antonio on her way to Boston.

1906
Turkeys are now almost a glut on the local market. The fowls are selling for less than 10 cents per pound alive. Growers claim high prices and good returns last year induced a surplus of farmers to enter the market this year.

1936
Construction of the new "electric eye," the first camera installed at any race track in Texas, started at Alamo Downs. As soon as the beam is broken by a horse crossing the finish line, a camera goes into operation.

1966
The City Council today approved a contract for the construction of a 622-foot tower for HemisFair 1968 and sold $5.5 million in bonds to pay for the structure.

Monday, December 21, 2009

December 21 in San Antonio history...

1895
San Antonio public school teachers will not receive their pay until March.

1905
An accused slayer reportedly committed suicide in his county jail cell by choking himself to death on mashed potatoes.

1926
Official confirmation of the elevation of Arthur J. Drossaerts to the post of archbishop of San Antonio his been announced following a secret consistory as the Vatican presided over by Pope Pius.

1929
San Antonio records 2.9 inches of snow.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

December 20 in San Antonio history...

1886
An apparatus for the manufacture of ice that will assuredly take the place of lake ice is being perfected by a young gentleman in this city. He claims his method will supercede the old style and can be produced as cheap.

1916
Many wagons have made their appearance on the plazas and streets with Christmas trees. They are bringing from 50 cents to $2, but the prices are expected to advance.

1975
The fire department begins purchasing all new vehicles in lime green paint instead of red.

2006
Santikos multiplex Palladium 20-screen & IMAX theater holds soft opening.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19 in San Antonio history...

1886
The Electric Motor Co. is becoming an assured fact. They intend using electricity to supply light and power to our merchants and what manufacturers we have.

1896
There seems to be something radically wrong with the electric lights on our side streets. If they are lit at all, they flicker so much they only increase the darkness.

1955
A county jail prisoner escaped from custody as he was awaiting trial in county court. The man walked undetected from the courtroom.

1976
The Churchill Chargers whipped the Temple Wildcats, 10-0, yesterday at Memorial Stadium in Austin, giving the Alamo City its first Class 4A state title since Lee's victory over Wichita Falls in the 1971 finals.

1999
George "Bongo Joe" Coleman dies at age 76

Friday, December 18, 2009

December 18 in San Antonio history...

1906
The first snow since 1902 fell in San Antonio today. Starting slowly in the morning, the flakes had fallen thickly enough by 1 p.m. to cover the ground. Children, although confined in school, refused to study.

1926
Public grand opening of Texas Theater (Formal opening night before, Dec. 17)

1955
A turkey dinner with all the trimmings awaits 150 West Side boys who will be guests of Ben Nathan, San Antonio real estate dealer.

1969
The Central Park Fox Twin Theatre opens with world premiere of "Viva Max". Stars of movie in town for premiere: Peter Ustinov, John Astin, Harry Morgan, Pamela Tiffen & Keenan Wynn.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 17 in San Antonio history...

1895
The Washington Variety Theater has been forced to close. Employes refused to continue at their jobs unless they were paid in money instead of promises.

1896
The whole country seems to beat San Antonio playing football, baseball, working fakes, etc., but they can't beat our San Antonio-made beer.

1926
Six thousand, the capacity of Ft. Sam Houston stadium enlarged by the addition of several hundred more boxes, will see Red Grange's New York Yankees and Wilson's Wildcats in their pro football game.

1971
The Lee Volunteers, with Tommy Kramer at quarterback, clinch the Texas state 4-A championship.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The City Council decides to open Crockett street across the river to St. Mary’s street.

1922
Camp Travis will be no more after Jan. 5, 1923. The camp will cease to be an independent military station. Camp Travis and Fort Sam Houston are to be consolidated.

1945
Two hundred Greyhound Bus Co. workers were scheduled to return to their jobs today after settlement of a strike against their firm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15 in San Antonio history...

1879
Buffalo Bill Cody entertains at the Casino.

1886
Never get on or off a street car in front. If the wheels do not scrape you, the mule might shake hands with his hind feet. There's no certainty about when a mule is going to kick.

1946
Jefferson beat Lamar of Houston 13 to 6 to become the first San Antonio team to go as far as the semi-finals in the state high school football championship.

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14 in San Antonio history...

1889
San Antonio Football Club plays game on Government Hill. Eugene Schoch elected secretary and treasurer of the club. (First recorded football game in San Antonio.)

1910
Andrew Carnegie today transferred to a board of trustees bonds worth $11,500,000 the revenue to be used for the cause of peace. The trustees include James L. Slayden, San Antonio.

1945
City council hopes to clarify street names, and one spokesman objected to such street names such as Broadway and Main Avenue. He claimed these names can be found in any two-bit town in the country.

1950
Services for Dr. Max Reiter, founder and conductor of San Antonio Symphony, will be held tomorrow at Temple Beth-El. Reiter arrived in San Antonio in 1939, just a year after he fled his native Italy as a political refugee.

2002
Judson scores on a 76-yard pass with two seconds left to defeat Midland in the state championship game, 33-32.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 13 in San Antonio history...

1924
Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, dies in San Antonio.

1925
A giant elephant rampaged through the fields of several farmers, but was finally captured 10 miles southeast of Sabinal. The elephant escaped from a circus in Sabinal.

1956
President Eisenhower is expected to visit San Antonio next month on a personal tour of drought conditions in the Southwest.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12 in San Antonio history...

1905
Word has been received that the Cincinnati Reds baseball team will come to San Antonio for their spring training.

1936
A carload of six Taylor Cubs, the first shipment of new commercial airplanes to come to the Southwest, is expected to arrive in San Antonio within a few days for Hangar 6 at Stinson Field.

1976
Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11 in San Antonio history


1926
Olmos Dam dedicated and opened to traffic

1949
WOAI-TV Channel 4 first broadcast on San Antonio airwaves. Its 572-foot tower was completed on Sept. 20. The television station began broadcasting at 4:45 that afternoon and signed off at 8:00 pm.

1994
The Korean War Memorial monument was dedicated outside Municipal Auditorium.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 10 in San Antonio history...

1912
The city's first F.W. Woolworth & Co. store opens on the corner of Alamo & Houston streets.
also from 1912
If you look out in the direction of Government Hill this afternoon you may be able to see one or two aeroplanes circling about the big wireless towers at Fort Sam Houston. Two expert aviators, with two Wright biplanes, arrived here late yesterday to go into winter quarters at Fort Sam Houston.
1932
Injuries sustained in a highway accident near Schulenburg caused the death of Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst, 403 Cleveland Court, Alamo Heights, last living daughter of Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9 in San Antonio history...

1892
The chief of police has ordered the arrest of every man in this city who cannot give a satisfactory report of himself. By so doing there will not be so many robberies committed.

1906
With the narrow San Antonio business thoroughfares already disturbingly congested, it is wondered what the condition will be in 15 years when the population reaches 200,000. There is no land to make them any wider.

1952
The speed limit in the areas surrounding schools in Alamo Heights have been upped from 18 to 20 miles an hour. An ordinance to that effect was passed by the City Council.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8 in San Antonio history...

1885
The county is again being allowed to run jail sewerage into the San Pedro creek.

1905
Factories along the river have been dumping waste oil. This will kill fish in the river, it was feared.

1926
Inviting every resident of San Antonio and Alamo Heights to attend, Mayor John Tobin announced the city's $1.6 million concrete flood prevention dam on Olmos Creek would be formally opened Dec. 11.

1964
The Dave Clark Five made their first San Antonio appearance at the Bexar County Coliseum. San Antonio teenagers were feeling glad all over.

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7 in San Antonio history...

1835
A Mexican sniper kills Ben Milam in the courtyard of the Veramendi House. Two others die in the assault.

1896
Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Co. proposes extending its long distance metallic circuit lines to Smithville, Yoakum, Cuero and Victoria as soon as poles, now en route, arrive.

1935
Some 200,000 Bexar County citizens are expected to make applications when the state's new driver's license law goes into effect on April 1.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6 in San Antonio history...

1945
The world's first air-conditioned bus rolled into experimental use here and surprised and pleased customers.

1956
It was announced the Lone Star Brewery had purchased the historic Buckhorn Saloon, which, with its world's largest collection of horns, will be moved from its downtown site to the brewery grounds.

1977
A brand new 1977 Toyota Corolla starts from $2,788 and up. A 1977 VW Rabbit is $3,400 and a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is $6,595.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 5 in San Antonio history...

1895
The San Antonio Electric Company has filed a $272 suit against the city for power used in electric lights last spring on the plaza.

1925
Mayor Tobin said today that plans to sue citizens for back school taxes will probably be a failure. He said most delinquent taxpayers really don't have any money.

1955
District Judge C. K. Quin Monday ruled out the construction of an underground parking garage at Travis Park. He ruled that a city lease agreement with H. B. Zachry was invalid.

1979
The San Antonio Spurs play the Philadelphia 76'ers in the Spectrum where Darryl Dawkins shatters his second backboard in a month. The game is delayed one hour to fix the backboard and the Spurs lose, 132-120.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December 4 in San Antonio history...

1936
Randolph Field-Austin Highway road named Pat Booker Road in memory of Capt. Booker, a San Antonian who died in a military plane crash.

1972
John Mayall headlines a concert at the Municipal Auditorium with Delbert [McClinton] & Glen [Parks] and Jim Croce opening. This is Jim Croce's only appearance in San Antonio.

1986
U.S. Rep Henry B. Gonzales punches patron at Earl Abel's for calling him a communist.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3 in San Antonio history...

1932
Motor bus service is expected to be substituted for street railway service on all San Antonio Public Service lines within the near future, probably by Jan. 1 [1933].

1935
The latest edition of America's greatest revue, Earl Carroll Vanities, was presented on stage at the Texas Theater.

1956
A San Antonio prodigy, 8-year-old Terry Shand II, survived another tough round in the TV quiz show, the $64,000 challenge. He correctly answered the $8,000 question about Babe Ruth's last three home runs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2 in San Antonio history...

1892
There was much excitement across the San Pedro last night. Two St. Louis traveling men were viewing the city. When they left, it is reported, they left many feminine hearts aflutter.

1926
The moss-covered fountain in the patio of the county courthouse, for so long a beautiful relic of history, is to be sent to the Joske Memorial Home to make room for expansion.

1956
Braniff Airways will put its new DC-7C "El Dorado" aircraft in service on two flights from San Antonio to Chicago it was announced.

1979
The deposed Shah of Iran arrives at Lackland AFB to recuperate from cancer surgery.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1 in San Antonio history...

1905
The county jailer put in a requisition for a black hood and gown, underwear, shirt, necktie and collar and black paint, all needed for a hanging.

1945
The erection of Christmas decorations in the downtown area was underway, as merchants planned the first gala Yule season since 1941.

1946
Pedestrians found violating jaywalking ordinances in the downtown business district will be arrested tomorrow and thereafter as a campaign for pedestrian safety by the San Antonio Public Safety Council gets underway.

1983
Today Show's Willard Scott throws the switch to light the River Walk and serves as celebrity Grand Marshall in the first Holiday River Parade.