Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31 in San Antonio history...

1940
The Tower Hotel, located on Grayson Street at the entrance to the VIII Corps area headquarters, was scheduled to be razed to make way for a new National Bank at Fort Sam Houston. The hotel had been built in 1905.

1970
Four San Antonio homes were radied by 20 lawmen as part of a statewide crackdown on gambling. At one of the homes, officers said, most of the betting slips recovered were placed in connection with New Year's Day bowl games.

1994
Washington State defeats the Baylor Bears, 10-3, in the second Alamo Bowl game.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30 in San Antonio history...

1900
Pancoast's Sons claimed to have a large stock of good wool underwear at reasonable prices.

1920
The midnight Frolic at the Majestic New Year's Eve was advertised as a glittering ensemble of cabaret features, pretty girls, novelty stunts and loads of fun.

1960
A young lawyer, bucking for a prosecutor's post in Corporation Court and due to go on the city payroll within one week, was ruled out at the last minute when it was discovered that he had a stack of unpaid parking tickets, had been driving with improper license plates and an expired driver's license.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29 in San Antonio history...

1900
The new telephone company placed its posts and lines along Crosby Road.

1920
George W. Brackenridge, 88, retired financier and holder of extensive properties in Texas and elsewhere, died at his Fern Ridge home near San Antonio. He had never married.

1960
Terrill Hill police searched in vain for a brightly clad spaceman. An interplanetary character, complete with bubble helmet and antennae, was reported by Dr. and Mrs. Dick Creamer, 205 Newbury.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28 in San Antonio history...

1890
A new saloon opened at 239 Commerce Street. It had been Nette's old drugstore.

1930
Construction on the Riverside golf course tees was scheduled to begin, Park Department secretary Elmer Wernette announced. All nine greens had been finished.

1970
Three youths, ages 13, 12 and 10, were caught inside Brentwood Elementary School at 10:20 a.m. They had pried open a window to enter the school and were nabbed by police while trying to escape from the auditorium.

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 27 in San Antonio history...

1900
Dr. Seely's school announced that classes would resume Monday, January 7. For all catalogues and information, interested persons were requested to address I. J. Cox, 1927 N. Flores St.

1930
Carl Geyer, a popular young referee, was knocked against an iron turnbuckle during a wrestling event at Beethoven Hall and removed unconscious to Medical Arts Hospital.

1950
Three city commissioners rejected the Commissioner James Knight's proposal that the city adopt a state retirement system for its employees.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December 26 in San Antonio history...

1910
General passenger agent for the M.K. & T. Railroad, W. T. St. George, announced that beginning Jauuary 1, the railroad would substitute dining cars for the eating stations then in use.

1928
The Lockwood National Bank, having consolidated with the Frost National Bank under the name of the latter bank, notice is hereby given by the Lockwood National Bank, its officers and employees, that all our business is now being transacted at our new banking home in the Frost National Bank on Main Plaza, instead of our former location at 113 Broadway.
1950
San Antonio's record-breaking construction pace placed it among the leading cities in homebuilding in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the first nine months of the year, it was ranked 14th in the nation in number of new housing units built.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25 in San Antonio history...

1910
Heavy traffic in the business district resulted in the opening of two new streets. Pecan Street was to be lengthened for travel across the river and College was to be opened from Navarro to Losoya.

1930
The Yuletide spirit ran rampant in the hearts of city and county officals as more than 100 men confined to the Bexar County Jail were freed.

1951
The Grinch visited a house at 114 Whittier Street. Thieves took a 10-pound turkey and all the trimmings.

1952
San Antonio became one of the first cities in the nation to show a 3-D motion picture today as "Bwana Devil" premiered at the Texas Theater. (right)

1980
A young security guard was killed on his first day on the job at the Pearl Brewery. The elevator car he was riding in became stuck 80 feet above the bottom of the shaft. He tried to climb out of the car to safety and fell, breaking his neck.

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 24 in San Antonio history...

1931
Gutzon Borglum, famed San Antonio sculptor, has been awarded the Polish Officers Cross of the Order of Polonia by the president of Poland in recognition of his Wilson monument there.

1961
Traffic accidents claimed at least 20 lives before Christmas Eve as the total violent death toll for Texas jumped to 25.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23 in San Antonio history...

1901
The Humane Society is investigating a house where young babies are allegedly taken and sold to persons who wish to adopt them.

1921
More than 3,000 children are expected to participate in festivities around the towering Rotary tree on Alamo Plaza tonight.

1961
Burglars looted the safe of the Groff Brothers Recapping and Vulcanizing Company, 1430 S. Flores of about $200 cash.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22 in San Antonio history...

1911
The Salvation Army has set aside tomorrow as "gathering in" day. Donations from all parts of the city will be collected and taken to the hall at 110 N. Flores, where the big dinner will be served Christmas Day.

1921
Steps are being taken by the city administration for the lighting of Travis and Navarro streets.

1951
The railroad practice of blocking streets during lengthy switching operations delayed firemen who were en route to an $85,000 blaze at Mission Bag Company, authorites said.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21 in San Antonio history...

1941
San Antonio made itself a Christmas present, a Community Chest fund of $347,845, given by 31,845 contributors, to build strong bodies and strong patriotic minds in 1942.

1951
A San Antonio bookie won back his home telephone after regaling the judge with tales of bookmaking trips to New Orleans. A temporary injunction was issue restrain the district attorney from issuing any orders curtailing the phone service of F. H. E. Ramsey.

1961
Bids will be opened about mid-January for the construction of junior-senior high schools at Randolph Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston, the Housing and Home Finance Agency said.

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20 in San Antonio history...

1901
The norther which blew in yesterday continues to make overcoats and fires a necessity. The old city is getting some sure enough cold weater, but the predicted snow passed us up.

1951
A designer with big plans for the City Council chamber impressed open-mouthed councilmen with his version of things to come. Cerf Ross began his recital with a sweep of his hand and the declaration: "We propose to clean all this junk out." A feature of Ross's design is a curved mahogany council table, running about 18 feet, with desks at each end of the horseshoe, one for the city manager and the second for the city attorney.

1961
Alamo National Bank will pay 3 1/2 percent interest on all savings accounts, effective Jan. 1, Clyde Shannon, president, announced.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19 in San Antonio history...

1911
Officers and enlisted men alike are joining in arrangements for a huge Christmas tree at cavalry post, Fort Sam Houston

1941
Purchase by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of the old Kokernot home at 114 E. King's Highway for $45,000 is contained in the county record of deed transfers.

1951
Defense Department telegrams will bring Christmas joy to at least five San Antonio families announcing missing fathers and sons listed as prisoners of war of Communist forces in Korea.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18 in San Antonio history...

1931
Organization of Texas women to fight prohibition laws has been opened in San Antonio by the Crusaders, a national anti-prohibition organization.

1941
San Antonio experienced its first blackout in history and scored 100 percent in obedience to wartime law during the time.

1981
Mayor Henry Cisneros presides at dedication ceremonies for the Paseo del Alamo pedestrian walkway linking the Alamo and the San Antonio River. The Hyatt Regency Hotel also holds an invitation-only grand opening party.

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17 in San Antonio history...

1931
Protests against further delays in the planning of the proposed South Side High School will be made at a meeting of the South Side and Highland Park leagues.

1951
A warning that the county's entire fire fighting program might collapse unless funds are set up in the budget was placed before Commissioners Court by Cliff Holcombe, county emergency fire chief.

1971
President Nixon has signed legislation naming the Veterans Hospital at San Antonio after the late war hero, movie star Audie Murphy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The city council decides to extend Crockett Street across the river to St. Mary's Street.

1921
San Antonio traffic police have opened war on violators of the city ordinance requiring two headlights and a tail light on each car. More than 100 were arrested last night.

1941
Pending further orders from the War Department, San Antonio must get along without its weather forecasts.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15 in San Antonio history...

1940
Street dancing and a colorful parade on the San Antonio River were among the attractions tentatively added to the schedule of opening day festivities at the Fiesta de San Jacinto.

1950
The new ultra-modern science hall of Incarnate Word College was ready for use. Dedication ceremonies were held, attended by Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York and military vicar of the U.S. Armed Forces.

1960
The 10-cent comic book joined the ranks of the deposed 5-cent cigar, nickel glass of beer and the cigar store Indian. Dell comic books on San Antonio newsstands went up to 15 cents.

1970
The University of the Texas Medical School at San Antonio submitted an application for $16,016,134 in federal funds for construction of a new dental school to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

San Antonio Missions: Keeping History Alive - A short film by Ken Burns

Click here to watch the video

December 14 in San Antonio history...

1891
Acequia Street changed to Main Avenue.

1930
Brackenridge High School crushed a fighting Main Avenue eleven, 12-0, at League Park as San Antonio's two high school grid rivals played off their Thanksgiving Day scoreless tie for the city championship.

1970
Two bandits, who had been hiding behind a stand of Christmas trees in Piggly Wiggly store No. 134, took $7,500 in checks and an undetermined amount of coins and currency, then tied the supermarket assistant manager to a shopping cart and escaped.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Woodward House

Arguably one of the most beautiful houses in San Antonio, this mansion was built in 1904 for David J. Woodward and his wife. It was designed by noted San Antonio architect, Atlee Ayers, who designed many impressive houses and buildings around the Alamo City, including the "Taj Mahal" at Randolph AFB, the Smith-Young Tower (now called the Tower Life Building), and houses for the Halff, Kelso, Negley, Tobin and Oppenheimer families.

D.J. Woodward died in 1925 and the house was sold to the San Antonio Woman's Club in 1926 by his widow. They have owned it ever since.

The dramatic curved portico lends itself nicely for beautful Christmas decorations every year. It is located at 1717 San Pedro Avenue at the NW corner of San Pedro and French Place.

December 13 in San Antonio history...

1866
The San Antonio Express becomes a daily newspaper.

1930
Forced to leap from his falling plane when the wings collapsed, Cadet John McCullough Hodgson, pursuit section of Kelly Field, joined the ranks of the Caterpillar Club after making a 2,000 foot parachute jump 19 miles out on Culebra.

1970
Two hundred educators, meeting at Memorial High School for a conference, reached the consensus that the most pressing problem facing Mexican-Americans in the Southwest was the excessive high school dropout rate. The conference was sponsored by the National Education Task Force of La Raza.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12 in San Antonio history...

1900
A recital was held at San Antonio Female College, West End. Admission was 25 cents and proceeds were to go to the gymnasium fund.

1940
Coincident with the scheduling of a $550,000 bond election, the Civil Aeronautics Autority announced it would allocate $100,000 for the new municipal airport.

1960
Some independent gas stations dropped the price of regular gasoline to 19.9 cents per gallon as San Antonio's pre-holiday price war escalated. Major company stations, however, continued to charge normal rates.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11 in San Antonio history...

1900
The West Texas Military Academy [now TMI] played the Peacock eleven on the Government Hill ground, the former winning by a score of 5 to 0.

1920
An old fashioned country fair was staged at Beethoven Hall for the benefit of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.

1940
San Antonio faced an influenza epidemic. A "strong 10 percent" of children were reported to be absent from school.

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 10 in San Antonio history...

1920
San Antonio had close to 18,000 soldiers, more than four times as many as the year before.

1940
Proponents of the council-manager form of municipal government opened their final week of campaigning. A special election was scheduled for Dec. 17, when the proposal was to be submitted to a vote.

1970
San Antonio's three major railroads remained idle despite orders from national leaders of three striking unions to send their men back to work. A fourth union, the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks, had not yet issued a back-to-work order.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9, 1980: S.A. Fans Dismayed By Lennon Slaying

San Antonio Light
December 9, 1980

Shocked by John Lennon's death, San Antonians were reacting with an emotional outpouring of grief and sadness for the former Beatle whose lifestyle and music revolutionized life in the Sixties.

Radio stations were deluged early Tuesday by callers expressing disbelief, anger and pain over the killing.

KONO and KTSA radio stations aired special Lennon tributes Tuesday even as callers continued to phone in to make sure the announcement of the death was not a mistake.

“The people are dismayed, shocked and pained, those are the words they are using,” said KONO disk jockey Gary Steele. “It’s a very emotional feeling, for the most part. Some guys are saying that they’d like to have a few minutes with the guy that shot him,” Steele said.

Steele said he and other San Antonians will remember Lennon as “one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”

“Like a lot of people, I grew up with his music, and it had a lot of influence on my life,” he said.

KTSA-KTFM Station Manager Lee Randall said the station would broadcast the address of Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, as frequently as possible after dozed of callers requested the address to send flowers and sympathy messages.

“The records and music industry is in shock,” Randall said. “John Lennon was one of the foremost lyricists of our time.”

Randall said the state would replay Lennon’s latest single release, ironically titled, “(Just Like) Starting Over.”

Disc Jockey Bruce Hathaway said reactions were mainly personal memories of Lennon’s music, but added that the influence reached even beyond the Iron Curtain.

“He was a controversial character, and always preached peace, even thought it was not in the vein that a lot of people agreed with,” Hathaway said.

Record merchandisers reported early quick sales of Beatles and Lennon albums and were preparing for a heavier demand during the week.

Kevin Matyear, an employee at Sound Warehouse, said he could not believe the news of Lennon’s death. “I’ve followed his music since I was five years old,” said Matyear, 20. “It’s hard to believe he is dead.”

December 9 in San Antonio history...

1890
The street car company was disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals had been sold already for $45 each.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe. They escaped with about $45 in cash.

1980
Shocked by the murder of John Lennon, San Antonians listened to tributes to the former Beatle on radio stations KONO, KTSA and KTFM. San Antonio record stores quickly sold out of his latest LP, "Double Fantasy."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8 in San Antonio history...

1890
The street car company was disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals had already been sold for $45 each.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe. The thugs escaped with about $45 cash.

1970
San Antonio conservationists were granted a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court, temporarily blocking construction of the end segments of the controversial North Freeway.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7 in San Antonio history...

1900
Stolen - Sterling bicycle, 26-inch frame, green enamel. Reward for return and no questions asked. A. E. Ayers, Oppenheimer Bldg.

1940
The city's Yuletide dress was said to be the most elaborate in history with daily decorated stores and brilliant lighting effects.

1950
A record-breaking cold wave sent temperatures down to an early morning low of 14 degrees in San Antonio. It was an all-time record for December.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6 in San Antonio history...

1894
A child was stricken at San Antonio's Globe Hotel after mistakenly drinking beer with sherry wine.

1914
Issuance of public improvement bonds was credited with saving San Antonio from the grip of a nation-wide depression caused by the war.

1954
Three pairs of gooney birds, the first known to exist off their native island of Midway, set up housekeeping Monday at the San Antonio Zoo.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5 in San Antonio history...

1904
R. Brannan told the Business Men's Club that oranges could be grown profitably in Bexar County.

1924
Street Commissioner Phil Wright announced the new signal lights at Goliad and Water, and Blanco and Woodlawn, would be the popular red-green type used downtown.

1934
World War I flying ace, Jimmy Doolittle arrived in San Antonio on his way to a Kerrville deer hunt.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4 in San Antonio history...

1914
City Clerk Fred Fries called a public hearing to decide whether to pave W. Josephine and W. Woodlawn.

1944
Fire and Police Commissioner P. L. Anderson estimated San Antonio's population at 418, 896.

1964
Final plans will soon be on the drawing board for Bexar County's proposed 500-bed teaching hospital.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3 in San Antonio history...

1914
The San Antonio school board announced courses in blacksmithy are now available at Highland Park School.

1954
It will probably take a generous gift or a bond issue to get street lights installed on the newest leg of San Antonio's freeway.

1974
Five large South Texas utilities, including City Public Service, announced Tuesday that they have cancelled the 1983 target date for construction of a nuclear power plant in the San Antonio - Austin area. [Construction on the South Texas Nuclear Project was begun in Bay City on December 22, 1975 and it became commercially operational on August 25, 1988. - Ed.]

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2 in San Antonio history...

1914
San Antonio Policeman A. P. Martin arrested a motorist for exceeding the 8 mile-an-hour speed limit for autos in Alamo Plaza.

1934
Conflict in state laws caused San Antonio to have two sheriffs, Albert West, Jr. and Albert Hausser, until Jan. 1.

1974
The Victoria Lounge at 136 W. Durango was destroyed at about 8 a.m. when one of three Southern Pacific boxcars rolled down a grade and crashed into the building. No one was in the lounge at the time of the accident.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1 in San Antonio history...

1904
P. P. Pierce arrived in San Antonio six weeks after he left Buffalo, N.Y. in his new auto.

1924
Congress received a bill from President Harding for spending up to $12 million on Ft. Sam Houston, Camp Normoyle and Kelly and Brooks Fields.

1944
Park Commissioner Henry Hein scheduled a special pick-up of waste paper and tin cans for a city-wide salvage drive.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30 in San Antonio history...

1913
San Antonio policemen will discard the olive drab summer uniforms for the regular blue attire.

1923
Martha Mansfield, Hollywood movie actress, in San Antonio for the filming of "The Warrens of Virginia," died as a result of burns suffered in Brackenridge Park when a lighted match ignited her clothing.

1953
Commissioners Court took first steps in action that may lead to elimination of fireworks in Bexar County.

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29 in San Antonio history...

1891
The first game of soccer is played in San Antonio at San Pedro Park.

1943
Sale of the Transit Tower for $460,000 to H. B. Zachry, San Antonio and Laredo contractor, was announced by San Antonio Transit Co.

1963
Linus Baer and the Lee Volunteers outlast Warren McVea and the Brackenridge Eagles, 55-48, in what would later be voted the greatest football game ever played in San Antonio.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28 in San Antonio history...

1730
Sixteen immigrant families from the Canary Islands arrive in San Antonio.

1896
The San Antonio baseball club is organized.

1923
Robert Smith, Alfred Ranney, Walter Steves, Raymond Edwards, Albert Engelke, Robert Witt, Warwick Field, Werner Beckman, Ernest Schuhardt, George Walker, John Locke, Walter Giesecke and Carlton Hagelstein were elected directors of the Order of the Alamo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27 in San Antonio history...

1963
Mike Passur, vice chairman of the Good Government League and former City Councilman, suggested to the City Council Thursday that it install an "eternal torch" at the Alamo grounds in memory of the late President Kennedy and as a "salute to the courage of Mrs. Jacquelian [sic] Kennedy."


1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

1980
The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26 in San Antonio history...

1928
Carey Avenue is renamed to Hildebrand Avenue.

1933
Miss Gladys Clarke, daughter of Patrolman and Mrs. J. T. Clark, has been chosen to represent San Antonio in the celebration in St. Louis of the Sunshine Special's 18th year of service.

1953
Damage from a fire which raged for more than an hour at the Naylor Co., 918 N. St. Mary's, was estimated at $55,000.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25 in San Antonio history...

1923
Alamo Heights voters approved 181 to 63, an independent school district for the suburban area.

1953
Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson cited 2,100 Jefferson High School students as "trustees of freedom" in a San Antonio speech keyed to Thanksgiving. He said he was thankful for the youth of the land.

1963
Brackenridge High School, a team that has scored more than 400 points this season, will make the big push toward winning the Class AAA championship this weekend.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24 in San Antonio...

1887
The scene in Scholz's garden at night when the full glory of the electric light is seen upon the plants is beautiful but the shadows of the customers, thrown on the surrounding buildings are quite revealing.

1943
Wendell L. Wilkie visited the Alamo, Ft. Sam Houston and other points of interest prior to a reception at a downtown hotel.

1963
Virtually all public offices in San Antonio will be closed Monday out of respect for the funeral services for President Kennedy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23 in San Antonio history...

1893
The Mexican National Orchestra gave a free concert in Scholtz's Garden.

1913
J.C. Taylor, San Antonio photographer, has accepted a commission from Gen. Carranza to take motion pictures of the Constitutionalist forces in Mexico.

1923
Alamo Heights will ballot today on the question of creating an independent school district in the area.

1957
For the first time in at least six years, snow fell on San Antonio today for several hours, leaving the city under a beautiful blanket of white.

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22 in San Antonio history...

1887
A gentleman from a city in the north is willing to give the city $2,500 rental for use of San Pedro and Crystal Springs. He wants to erect a bath house on the site.

1963
San Antonio's Cathloic churches were packed with mourners for President Kennedy as soon as his assassination was learned.

2002
Little Hipp's Gimmedraw Parlor closes after 42 years of serving up funky atmosphere, oversized burgers and tater tots.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21 in San Antonio history...

1896
The city's jailer has found a large quantity of morphine and cocaine hidden in the cells occupied by narcotics addicts.

1953
San Antonio police, armed with 12-gauge riot guns, launced operation "Bird Kill" at City Hall. The hunt, which began at 2:30 a.m., was designed to drive the cowbirds away from City Hall after they had become a nuisance, both noisy and unsanitary.

1963
Scheduled dedication ceremonies for the new John F. Kennedy High School have been postponed.

1992
Athens, Georgia rock group R.E.M. begins filming the video for "Everybody Hurts" on the lower level of I-10 near downtown.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November 20 in San Antonio history...

1897
The electric lights were tested last night and were found to be very good. Some more lamps have to be erected but it is expected the city will be lighted by electricity in two or three more days.

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.

1937
Ft. Sam Houston's new 400-bed hospital is expected to be turned over to hospital officials by noon today.

1938
An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19 in San Antonio history...

1919
Directors of the Fiesta Association announced today that public interest was so great they planned to go ahead with plans for a fiesta celebration next spring. [Fiesta celebrations were suspended in 1918-1919 during WWI.]

1939
J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing ciriticism of the Alamo cenotaph and commented: "There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo."

1949
The first building for the 107-acre Trinity University site at Hildebrand and Stadium has been approved by the executive committee of trustees. It is planned for the highest point of the campus.

1960
Joske's debuts their Christmas "Fantasy Land" on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18 in San Antonio history...

1913
San Antonio's newest, the Majestic, will be formally opened to the public on Nov. 20.

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.

1957
Development of an improved rocket and jet engine fuel that will enable jet aircraft to fly a lot farther and faster was announced today by Southwest Research Institute. The fuel is named HiCal.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17 in San Antonio history...

1887
The firemen of this city declare they are not exempt from the provisions of the Sunday law and say in case of fires in the city on Sunday they will refuse to turn out to extinguish them.

1914
The Harlandale real estate and bath house interests owned by the estate of "Bet-A-Million" Gates were purchased by a Houston syndicate.

1944
When rain leaked on the head of City Atty. Tommy Cobbs during a city council meeting, commissioners called a 10-minute recess so porters could place a bucket under the leak.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 16 in San Antonio history...

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.

1923
Don Felice, conductor of the Palace Theater orchestra, and Bertha Berliner, San Antonio singer, were married in Boerne.

1946
Rep. Paul Kilday announced in Washington he would protest the abandonment of the arsenal, located in the heart of San Antonio since 1859. The War Department said closure was necessary due to lack of funds.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15 in San Antonio history...


1889
Justice McAllister is holding an inquest in the death of Billy Ellis at the Silver King saloon yesterday morning. There are 15 witnesses to examine and it will take practically all day.

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.

1939
Buddy Meyers, blind operator of the courthouse cigar stand, today had returned from Morristown, NJ with a real "seeing-eye" dog, the only one of its kind in the city.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November 14 in San Antonio history...

1896
Quite a crowd gathered on Alamo Plaza last night to take in a patent medicine man's little entertainment act and free show.

1923

Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of (old) Majestic Theater.

1936
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title "Highway gypsy capital of the U.S."

1987
Wonderland Mall reopens as Crossroads Mall.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 13 in San Antonio history...

1905
The original Majestic Theater holds its grand opening. It will be renamed the State Theater in 1929 when the current Majestic Theater opens.

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, was murdered by his mistress, Emma Burgemeister.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

Friday, November 12, 2010

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 audible applause has been lifted in First Baptist Church. The pastor says the ban has proved embarrassing to visitors unfamiliar with the local regulation.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11 in San Antonio history...

1909
Nucleus of a fund for erection of a monument to the heroes of the Alamo was started today by J.E. Webb when he donated $500 in the name of his son, J. E. Webb Jr., at a meeting at the fair.

1919
A dozen airplanes from Kelly Field circled overhead, dropping flowers at the Armistice Day ceremonies at the Alamo at 11 a.m. this morning.

1929
Eighteen planes from Kelly Field swooped down over the Armistice Day parade in downtown San Antonio at 11 a.m., the exact hour when firing ceased on the western front in Europe [signaling the end of World War One.]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9 in San Antonio history...

1889
There were 70 deaths in the city during October - 50 males and 20 females. There were 23 deaths of persons under one year of age.

1899
General opinion is that the princely park donation from the waterworks company should be named Brackenridge Park in honor of the man who gave it not in his name, but in the name of the corporation he heads.

1913
Two Houston Street landmarks, the Iron Front saloon and the Empire theater, will be torn down soon and replaced with a modern building.

1963
Rev. R. Paul Soupiset, pastor of the Little Church of La Villita, posed as a hobo in Houston's skid row for four days so he would be "better equipped to continue" his work.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8 in San Antonio history...

1909
The flights being made by Frank W. Goodale in his dirigible at the International Fair convince many spectators that aerial navigation will eventually become commonplace.

1949
San Antonio slums are growing daily, according to Milton Landry, chief building inspector for the city. He said, "Every day we issue permits which create more slums in San Antonio." He urged speed in arriving at minimum standards.

1966
Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 7 in San Antonio history...

1899
In the crowd at the fair grounds yesterday afternoon, Capt. J. M. Van Riner, deputy sheriff, lost a wad of money. He believes the loss was the work of a pickpocket.

1949
First live broadcast over WOAI-TV got underway this afternoon at Alamo Stadium gymnasium. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Appliance Association, the shows will extend over a three-day period and will feature professional and amateur talent.

1952
Public Works director J. L. Dixon said Friday the first of nine new garbage trucks has been delivered to the city.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November 6 in San Antonio history...

1909
The 11th annual International Fair at San Antonio formally was opened today by Gov. T. M. Campbell. The ceremony followed a big street parade viewed by thousands of spectators.

1919
Enrico Caruso, world-famous grand opera tenor, with members of his company, passed through San Antonio today in a special car over the I.G. N. en route from Mexico to New York.

1949
The 104-piece Brackenride High School Band, directed by Irvin Dreibrodt, won the best all-around band award at the annual Texas university band day parade at Austin yesterday. Sixty-six bands participated.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 5 in San Antonio history...

1899
The football game at the International Fair was a great contest. The Varsities scored all points. In the last half, the Agriculturalists refused to accept a referee's decision and walked off the field, followed by the cadets and friends of the college.


1909
The Stoddard-Dayton car (right) No. 1 won first place in the Light and Gazette reliability run to Dallas and back. Speedwell No. 5 was second and Hudson 20 was third.

1939
One of San Antonio's noted G-men, Joe Lackey, who was wounded in the Kansas City Union Station massacre, has resigned to enter the manufacturing business in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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.

1919

San Antonio has contributed more than $61,000 to the fund for the proposed new Catholic Theological Seminary, to be built at a cost of $100,000 beside the first mission on Concepcion Road, according to those conducting the drive.

1929
Bids will be asked next week on the excavation work for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's new building to be erected on Martin at Auditorium Plaza.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3 in San Antonio history...

1899
The picture machines on Alamo and Main Plazas brought out big crowds last night.

1919
All Methodists in San Antonio will unite in a Thanksgiving service at the Travis park Methodist Church this year, it was announced today. Rev. F. A. White will deliver the sermon.

1956
A baby girl, stolen from a parked auto in San Antonio the previous night, was safely returned to her parents.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2 in San Antonio history...

1889
The city council will not attend the circus. They have a little circus of their own every Monday.

1913
Directors of the Beethoven Maennerchor Assn. announced that Beethoven Hall, partially destroyed by fire yesterday, will be rebuilt as quickly as possible.

1959
More than 30,000 persons in more than 6,200 automobiles set an all-time record the past two days as they passed through the gates of San Fernando Archdiocesan Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2 in observance of the Roman Catholic All-Saints and All-Souls days despite the muddy, muggy weather.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1 in San Antonio history...

1889
Boerne hotels are offering assistance in caring for visitors to the fair. They can take care of 250 people, and for supper, lodging and breakfast will charge only $1.25. Visitors can leave San Antonio on the Aransas Pass train at night and return to this city on the morning, the round trip costing 95 cents.

1929
Gutzon Borglum, noted sculptor, will meet with city officals soon to consider final plans for the open air theater to be constructed in the Star Garden at Brackenridge Park.

1949
Dan Gerard and a group of other businessmen are working toward the objective of having San Antonio's chili queens, long ago ousted from Hay Plaza, stage a comeback. They will confer with City Health Director Austin E. Hill.

1992
San Antonio's telephone area code changes from 512 to 210.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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.

1939
Robert Taylor, Hollywood star, was in San Antonio today. He recalled his last visit to the Alamo City when he did a minor part in a picture called "West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field with Wallace Beery and Maureen O' Sullivan.

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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30 in San Antonio history...

1927
Lauding William D. Winburn, San Antonio Light reporter who was killed in a crash at Stinson Field, the city commission tomorrow is due to change the name of the field to Winburn Field in his honor.

1947
Police Chief Fred Palmer today ordered the silencing of ambulance sirens effective immediately. He said the city attorney's office had ruled use of the sirens to be unnecessary.

1958
The city council Thursday agreed to a 3-year contract to permit the San Antonio Little Theater to use the San Pedro Playhouse in return for $2,000 annually or 10 per cent of the theater's gross income whichever is larger.


Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29 in San Antonio history...

1905
The Grand Opera House featured the operatic spectacle, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

1909
Five of the 10 cars in the endurance run to Dallas have completed the half without penalty. They are the Chalmers, White steamer, Speedwell, Bluebird and Stoddard runabout.

1949
All lights in Bexar County were out for the first time in history last night due to a public service power failure. The blackout extended beyond the county limits as far as Comfort, Boerne, Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Floresville.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28 in San Antonio history...

1909
The new power plant of the San Antonio Gas and Electric Co. being constructed near the San Antonio River banks is nearing completion. It is expected to be in operation within six weeks.

1925
Mayor Tobin was informed of the proposed building of the $1 million hotel at the corner of St. Mary's and Villita Streets.

1955
Police were questioning an ice cream vendor suspected of arson in the $75,000 Travis Park Methodist Church fire.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27 in San Antonio history...


1889
Demand continues for horned frogs at No. 31 Soledad where payment of $1.20 a dozen is made. Also wanted are 2,000 rattlesnake skins.

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.

1938
Sears, Roebuck & Co. moves from the Transit Tower location to their new downtown headquarters at Romana Plaza. In 1995, this location would become the San Antonio Public Library.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Forgotten Genealogy Resources classes

Join us as we explore the treasures of these useful genealogy resources that are all too frequently overlooked by researchers:  WorldCat, USGenWeb and Library Catalogs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 --  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

October 26 in San Antonio history...

1889
Work on the federal building is creeping along.

1899
One passenger conductor who brought in a trainload of visitors to the San Antonio international fair yesterday stated that one coach load was composed entirely of crooks of all sorts.

1949
Over protests of one commissioner who wanted the new coliseum to be named for a dead war hero, it was named in honor of Joe Freeman today. The official name is the Joe Freeman Bexar County Coliseum.

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25 in San Antonio history...

1899
The last of the houses of ill fame on Main Avenue are moving today under instructions from the police and hereafter only respectable persons will be permitted to occupy residences on that thoroughfare.

1909
The Light and Gazette's auto endurance contest to Dallas and return will start tomorrow. On account of rough roads, five hours will be allowed for the first day's run of 80 miles.

1919
The clocks of San Antonio will be set back one hour tonight. For two years, as a war measure enacted by Congress, the clocks have been set forward to "summer time." Determined opposition brought repeal of the measure.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October 24 in San Antonio history...



1909
Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.

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
An international star, performing with the Alzafar Shrine Circus here, was seriously injured last night when he slipped and fell 40 feet to the unnetted floor of the Joe Freeman Coliseum.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

October 23 in San Antonio history...

1899
The old Madre ditch in the eastern part of the city which was used for irrigation purposes in former years is being put into condition again

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.

1959
The first big break in San Antonio's labor strike was announced today after sheet metal workers were granted a 37 1/2 cent increase over the next three years.

Friday, October 22, 2010

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.

1929
Two sites are under consideration for the new $1 million north side high school - a 30 acre tract on Donaldson, known as Spanish Acres, and a 23 acre tract on Hildebrand.
[The tract on Donaldson would be selected and Jefferson High School opened in 1932.]

1949
An all-night thunderstorm, deluging the city with four to five inches of rain, crippled utilities and caused a number of San Antonians to become marooned by high water.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 21 in San Antonio history...

1899
Since the street car men set the ball rolling, strikes have become quite fashionable in San Antonio. Track laborers have gone on strike for $1.25 a day, a raise of ten cents for ten hours of work.

1925
The expenditure of millions of dollars for the development of army camps in San Antonio was considered assured.

1955
A large chow dog sought since Wednesday when it attacked its owner was killed by police today, but not before it was wounded by gunfire three times and run over by a squad car.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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.

1902
Complaints are still being made about the brush on Avenue E. A young man hastily trying to get to his bride-to-be's house yesterday was nearly strangled on a low limb.

1966
A $7.5 million appropriation for construction of a federal pavilion at the 1968 HemisFair passed the Senate today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19 in San Antonio history...


1929
A "blanket tax" drive is being conducted at the San Antonio Junior College. Each student will, by paying the $5 tax, obtain admission to all athletic contests and subscriptions to school publications.

1939
Fifty-five policemen, released recently from active duty in a purge of the department, today were placed on the already overburdened rolls of the pension fund.

1949
Bexar County's brand new coliseum was "open for business" with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers - Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18 in San Antonio history...

1909
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft's first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

1929
Construction of the first buildings for the new "West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

1939
Motion pictures of the Villita Street Spanish Village project had been made today for incorporation in a federal documentary film depicting work of the NYA.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 17 in San Antonio history...

1899
Adolph Dreiss has taken active management of the business formerly conducted by Ed Dreiss at 119 S. Alamo. A. Dreiss bears the distinction of being the pioneer druggist of San Antonio, starting in 1866.

1909
President William Howard Taft was due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.

1970
Johnny Bush and the Bandoleros entertain at the grand opening of the city's second Gulf-Mart store at 4902 Fredericksburg Road.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16 in San Antonio history...

1899
Today's session of the city council was one of the most harmonious ever held. There was to have been a short fight but it was postponed.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1929
The City Central Bank today will join the ranks of the very few buildings in San Antonio which are equipped with new dial telephones. By 1931, the entire city is expected to be using dial phones.

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 15 in San Antonio history...

1899
In the great Attwater exhibit at the San Antonio fair will be shown a complete collection of the native fur-bearing animals of Southwest Texas.

1919
A policy of watchful waiting is being followed by the Bexar County Fair Price Committee pending enactment by Congress of legislation designed to make profiteering a penalty under law. At present, the committee can only advise but cannot compel merchants to maintain fair prices.

1957
Contractor Joe Joeris of San Antonio was the low bidder on the contract for Highlands High School with a bid of $2,159,600.  The school will be built to hold 2,400 students and is scheduled to be ready by the fall of 1958.

1959
The Alzafar Shrine - Polack Brothers Circus is back in town and more than 4,200 persons thronged to the Coliseum to see the opening performance of the 16th annual show.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14 in San Antonio history...

1889
Edison's phonograph will be exhibited at our fair.

1929
The new monkey island and bear pits at the Brackenridge Park Zoo will be completed within a few days, Mayor Chambers announced today. The project cost the city more than $100,000.

1939
Work on the Riverside Theater, part of the beautification project, is nearing completion. San Antonians may soon be watching stage shows and movies from the river bank.

1956
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  (photo from the Oct. 15, 1956 edition of the San Antonio News)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13 in San Antonio history...

1909
John W. Tobin, who has been named grand marshal for the visit of President Taft to this city, will be about the busiest man in San Antonio for the next four or five days. He has established headquarters at the Chamber of Commerce.

1939
V. L. Mallory, WOAI radio engineer, today had demonstrated successfully to Army Air Corps officers and others, his automatic airport lighting system by which lights are turned on without a ground attendant.

1959
The Northside School District Board authorized the architectural firm of Marmon and Mok to preceed with plans to add 10 more classrooms to the yet uncompleted Lackland Elementary School and to draw up plans for a new junior high school.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12 in San Antonio history...

1889
The Alamo beer was put on the market today. Nearly every saloon tried it and nearly every customer of said saloons followed suit.



1899
This morning, at the beginning of the fifth day of the street car strike, the situation has become critical. Electricians of the Consolidated Electric interests have joined the striking motormen and conductors.



1949
The Fire and Police Civil Service Commission is studying a request for establishment of a Negro fire company. The suggestion was made by J.W. Hemmings, Community Council for Civil Action secretary.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11 in San Antonio history...

1909
There is considerable protest being voiced against the ruling of the committee in charge that formal dress must be worn at functions slated here Oct. 17-18, for President Taft when he visits San Antonio.

1929
Preliminary surveys for construction of a new airport to be known as Grosvenor Field have been started by the Southern Air Transport Co. The new field is situated on a tract just east of Mayfield Blvd.

1939
San Antonio Public schools, colleges and universities will observe Thanksgiving Day Nov. 30, one week later than the day proclaimed by President Roosevelt, a survey today revealed.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10 in San Antonio history...

1899
Street car motormen and conductors on the San Antonio Edison lines are on strike. One of their demands is for a 9-hour day instead of a 12-hour day.

1909
In a written opinion, Judge Arthur W. Seeligson of 57th District Court has ruled invalid city ordinances designed to prevent the Salvation Army from erecting a rescue home on River Avenue for unfortunate women.

1940
Gutzon Borglum's monument to trail drivers is accepted by the Trail Driver's Association.

1949
The last of San Antonio's transettes have disappeared from San Antonio's streets today. At one time during the war there were more than 30 of the green-suited transettes handing out change and giving information to bus riders.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

October 9 in San Antonio history...

1925
Prohibition agents destroyed 526 bottles of bootleg beer a few doors away from Riverside Baptist Church.

1927
So mysterious is this great new invention, radio, that many people actually believe it is possible to operate a radio without batteries or eliminators, and that all the power can be furnished by the light socket.

1956
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear Vice-President Richard M. Nixon speak. Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series the night before.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8 in San Antonio history...

1916
The World Series baseball contest between the Brooklyn Nationals and the Boston Americans was being watched at the Grand Opera House via "the greatest baseball player board ever invented."

1929
Richter's Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

1942
As gallant under tractor guidance as when horses pranced at its head, San Antonio's famous horse-drawn pumper said farewell to the city fire department at landed on the scrap pile at Auditorium Plaza yesterday.


1968
State Rep. Frank Lombardino filed "The University of San Antonio" in the country clerk's office as the name of a future four-year, state-supported university in the city.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 6 in San Antonio history...

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.

1946
The first of a fleet of 50 air-conditioned buses was received by the Transit Company.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5 in San Antonio history...


1873
San Fernando Cathedral consecrated and reopened after extensive renovation. The second tower would not be completed until 1902.

1918
The food administration headquarters at the chamber of commerce has a supply of posters urging the saving of fruit pits for use in the manufacture of gas masks.

1945
Both local and long-distance phone service was temporarily suspended here as Telephone Company employees conducted a strike vote.

1958
The University of Mississippi racked up a 21-0 victory over the Trinity Tigers before a disappointing gathering of 6,511 at Alamo Stadium Saturday night. The Rebels, number 6 in the nation, no doubt could have rolled to a larger margin had Coach Johnny Vaught desired to play his first unit a little more.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 4 in San Antonio history...


1918
Restaurant keepers were notified by the Bexar County Community Labor Board to replace their male employees with women. This was the first direct action by the board in subsituting female for male labor.

1938
Plans for endorsement of a stadium to be built by the board of education with aid of a WPA grant of $202,000 were made by the Chamber of Commerce.

1957
Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57." Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial "star" that day - Sputnik.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October 3 in San Antonio history...

1918
Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

1928
Mayor C.M. Chambers has upheald the right of San Antonio newsboys to shout their wares on the street. The mayor's action was prompted by the fining of a newsie in Corporation Court.

1942
HEB opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

1958
Personnel from a complete garbage route - two drivers and three loaders - were fired Friday after a drinking spree in which both garbage trucks were parked in front of beer taverns.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2 in San Antonio history...

1896
A petition was being circulated asking the West End Street Car Co. to comply with city ordinances and run cars every 20 minutes.

1906
The Ft. Sam Houston football team was to face the University of Texas gridiron players.

1935
Residents had during this year purchased 5,179 new cars and 908 new trucks.

Friday, October 1, 2010

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.

1906
Application was made for the privilege of exhibiting an auto somersault at the local fair.

1946
Mayor Mauermann accused Fire and Police Commissioner P.L. Anderson of trying to sabotage this city's effort to co-finance a ballpark with the St. Louis Browns.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30 in San Antonio history...

1885
The upkeep of the Alamo was placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

1905
The Elite Hotel reopened its doors for the reception of guests.

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
The city appropriated $300 for the purchase of two horses for Fire Company #2.

1916
City Council ordered preparation of an ordinance prohibiting the use of dazzling auto headlights in the city.

1955
San Antonio's largest building, the Transit Tower, was sold to a local insurance company.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28 in San Antonio history...

1927
San Antonio's greatest building project will be underway as Ft. Sam Houston is turned into a modern post.

1946
San Antonio struggled back to near-normal in the wake of the worst flood in a quarter-century which caused property damage running into the millions of dollars.

2004
Ben & Jerry's opens Scoop Shop at 111 W. Crockett St.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27 in San Antonio history...

1865
The first issue of the San Antonio Express newspaper is published.

1868
The cornerstone of the newly renovated San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1936
Stinson Field is dedicated.

1942
President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes a secret visit to San Antonio, inspecting the military bases.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 26 in San Antonio history...

1890
The first regular trip in San Antonio of an electric motor car was made on the Alamo Electric Street Railway Company’s track from Navarro Street to the International Fair Grounds, south of the city.

1946
Major flood in San Antonio.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25 in San Antonio history...

1896
Football enthusiasts have begun forming teams to contest for the local gridiron championship.

1916
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" starring Emma Bunting, is being shown at the Grand Opera House all this week. Matinee prices, 10 and 25 cents.

1922
Radio station WOAI transmits its first radio broadcast. It is the third radio station in San Antonio.

1946
Another San Antonio landmark is giving way to commerce. The ancient oaks surrounding the Rigsby mansion in the 3500 block of Broadway are being reduced to piles of firewood.

Friday, September 24, 2010

September 24 in San Antonio history...

1905
A burst water main precipitated a considerable volume of water into the street at Avenue E at Fourth Street.

1916
A school is to be held to teach police officers a uniform method of giving traffic signals. Vague "freak" signals will be abolished.

1976
San Antonians were debating who won the first of the "Great Debates" between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, the first confrontation between presidential candidates since the Nixon-Kennedy clashes in 1960.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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.

1966
Hollywood's "Girl with the Million Dollar Legs" of the 1940's, Betty Grable, has arrived in San Antonio to head the cast of "Hello Dolly" opening today at the Municipal Auditorium.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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.

1923
Under a blood-colored cross, several hundred robed men were initiated as members of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in a public ceremony at the Speedway.

1943
Autograph hunters stormed the spacial train of the Hollywood bond cavalcade as 17 of the nation's top screen stars arrived in San Antonio to boost sales in the Bexar County war loan drive.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21 in San Antonio history...

1885
City authorities declared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

1916
A move by the Gotham Film Corporation to establish a $1 million motion picture studio on San Antonio gained momentum today when 100 acres of land in San Jose were offered to the company without cost.

1976
San Antonio is one of several cities under consideration to receive funding for the construction of a solar powered electrical generating plant, City Public Service officials have announced.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20 in San Antonio history...

1915
The police department began preparing their property for movement to new headquarters on Market Street.

1927
After deliberating 23 minutes, a jury here fixed punishment for Pete McKenzie, slayer of Detective Sam Street, at death, making this the country's swiftest murder trial.

1957
Three Trinity University freshmen had all the hair on their heads shaved except for a perfect "T" right on top.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 19 in San Antonio history...

1880
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is published.

1925
The principal of St. Mary's School said the new school building at 117 E. French would be opened around January 1.

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
Inoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland AFB military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18 in San Antonio history...

1905
San Antonio was shown by census to be the largest city in Texas, with a population of 59,581.

1925
Two stills, several barrels of whisky mash, whisky and several hundred bottles of beer were confiscated in raids by federal prohibition agents.

1935
With approximately 12 homes under construction, Alamo Heights was said to be enjoying one of the biggest building booms in history.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ancestry (Library Edition)

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Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Meet in the Texana/Genealogy Room, 6th floor, Central Library.

Classes are free but registration is required.
Call 207-2500 and ask for the Texana Dept. to register.

September 17 in San Antonio history...

1905
Foul play was suspected when the engine of the eastbound "Davy Crockett" train jumped the track near the fair grounds.

1917
Beginning today, traffic policemen stationed on all important street crossings in the downtown district will cease to control traffic by means of their hands and arms. Instead the new signal devices will be in operation.

1926
San Antonio's new traffic artery, chisled out of the heart of the downtown area - the Market St. extension from Alamo to Rusk - is virtually completed.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Historical Home Research

Join us as historical researcher and author, Edna Campos Gravenhorst, discusses how to research the history of your home.


Saturday, October 2, 2010
2:00 - 3:30 pm


Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad Street


Free and open to the public.


One hour free parking (with validation.)

September 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1917
The people of San Antonio have been asked to assist Southern Department headquarters to find a new name for Camp Funston, since a camp in Kansas already has that name. [The name would be changed to Camp Stanley on September 18, 1917. - Ed.]

1946
The city council was meeting today to consider demands from striking garbage pick-up men and drivers for a dollar-a-day increase.

2005
San Antonio's newest shopping center, The Shops at La Cantera, at 1604 and La Cantera Drive, opens today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15 in San Antonio history...

1901
A new scale of wages for San Antonio Traction Company employees has left them the best paid in the state. For a day of nine regular hours, men during the first year receive $1.65 per day.

1933
At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends and 6,000 people gather to watch 100 trucks and 25 boxcars loaded with Pearl beer rumble out of the Brewery. (right)

1966
San Antonio College's radio station, KSYM, begins broadcasting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1968
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.
(Photo by Bob Weston)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14 in San Antonio history...

1905
Plans were made to stage a water regatta and general sporting exhibition on West End (Woodlawn) Lake.

1911
A young couple can live well and happily on $20 a week even though the cost of living is high. A young man earning that salary should feel encouraged.

1931
Ceremonies marking dedication of the Shrine of the Little Flower, by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers of San Antonio will begin this week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

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.

1946
Eighty irate San Antonio retail grocers today were on record as condemning the OPA and approving the closing of every butcher shop in Texas until meat in abundance is obtainable.

1951
The sudden burst of rainfall in the last two days has relieved San Antonians of an obligation to ration the water they use on their lawns.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12 in San Antonio history...

1884
The Lone Star Brewery is opened for business.

1951
San Antonians were reveling today in the Alamo City's first measurable general rainfall since July 11.

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy told the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, "In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans."

1961
The Port Aransas waterfront was almost destroyed by Hurricane Carla's winds and tides, Constable T. R. Smith said Tuesday by radio.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11 in San Antonio history...

1901
A post office has been established at Saspamco, Wilson County, with George J. Ball as postmaster.

1941
Bexar County today had two aircraft warning observers after six highway patrolmen spent a day interviewing several hundred people in an effort to find volunteers.

1961
San Antonio was braced for the impact of heavy rains, flooding and high winds spawned by movement of Hurricane Carla onto Texas' central coastline.

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 10 in San Antonio history...

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1962
KLRN Channel 9 begins broadcasting to serve the San Antonio and Austin public television markets.

1971
An agreement to convert the Mexican Pavilion at HemisFair Plaza into an extension branch of the National University of Mexico was announced by the city and Mexican government officials.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9 in San Antonio history...

1931
Full 16-ounce loaves of bread for 5 cents are on sale at San Antonio grocery stores today as bakers respond to a plea from Mayor C. M. Chambers that bread prices be reduced for the benefit of the unemployed.

2000
The temperature reached an all-time high in San Antonio: a scorching 111 degrees.

2002
KMOL-TV restores their call letters to WOAI-TV, the original call letters from 1949 to 1975.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 8 in San Antonio history...

1921
The Rio Frio Canyon in Uvalde County is the last stop on the itinerary of the committee appointed to investigate proposed locations for a state park.

1931
Dr. John Guy Fowlkes, head of the Department of Education of Wisconsin University [sic], has denounced as unsound the San Antonio Board of Education's action in banning married women and women over 45 from teaching.

1961
Narcotics officers Friday continued to round up accused narcotics users after a series of raids netted 37 men and 2 women.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September 7 in San Antonio history...

1897
One beer saloon on E. Commerce has of late made a daily display of empty beer kegs as an illustration of its volume of trade. A second saloon is now doing likewise.

1921
San Antonio paid tribute to Capt. Ira C. Ogden, who was killed in action at St. Etienne, France, Oct. 10, 1918.

1937
Launching a new drive to curb juvenile crime in San Antonio, police today had taken into custody 13 youths ranging in age from 13 to 20 years on a variety of charges.

Monday, September 6, 2010

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 called for the placement of free water hydrants on the west side of San Pedro. The hydrants were requested to accommodate the poor people.

1957
City Market Master Tomas Melchor ruled today that the city market is now off limits to all dice shooters and other gambler types.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5 in San Antonio history...

1901
A movement to endow the Alamo with a fund sufficient to renovate the neglected building and purchase the grounds surrounding it through an endless chain contribution of 50 cents from every patriotic Texas is being discussed.

1927
In observation of Labor Day, 2,000 members of organized labor, comprising the largest labor parade ever seen here, marched through the business section of the city at 9:30 this morning.

1935
Plans to open the cornerstone of the old post office prior to the erection of a new building were labeled indefinite when the cornerstone was discovered to be missing.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 4 in San Antonio history...

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske's building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1918
The San Antonio Evening News first rolled off the printing presses.

1922
The 3000-candlepower searchlight of Joske's will serve 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.

1932
San Antonio switches over to the dial telephone system. Telephone exchanges change from Crockett, Travis, Mission and Woodlawn to BElmont, CAthedral, FAnnin, GArfield, KEnwood, LAmbert, PArkview and PErshing.

Friday, September 3, 2010

September 3 in San Antonio history...

1911
Patrons of the free lunch must rally to its support if they hope to prevent its abolition. Restaurant men are seeking to eliminate it with the aid of state organizations.

1921
A permanent injunction restraining Mayor Black and the city commissioners from making Dr. L. L. Shropshir city health officer instead of Dr. W. A. King was granted in 73rd District Court.

1971
San Antonio has rolled out the red carpet and red roses to greet its hometown astronaut. The honoree was Col. David Scott, a local boy who literally skyrocketed to fame with the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 space missions and commanded the July-August moon flight of Apollo 15.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2 in San Antonio history...

1901
Alexander Joske's handsome new residence on King William is now completed and occupied.

1921
Passage of an ordinance which would enable the city to prosecute in police court individuals having marijuana in their possession is sought by Assistant City Attorney Herbert Oliver.

1951
San Antonians by the thousands are expected to inspect the new maternity wing of the Baptist Memorial Hospital, Romana Plaza and Dallas. It is the largest maternity hospital in the South.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1 in San Antonio history...

1911
Work on restoring the Alamo property as nearly as possible to its original condition will be started Sept. 10.

1921
An ordinance creating the position of city property clerk at a salary of $1,800 a year and carrying with it the appointment of George Huntress Jr. will be introduced in City Council this week.

1961
Texas, rich in natural resources, had gone 125 years without a sales tax, but finally joined 36 sister states that have had the levy for up to 20 years or more.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31 in San Antonio history...

1731
First recorded baptism in the parish of San Fernando, Ignacia Agustina Munoz y Morillo.

1898
A party who read in the Sunday Light the proposition of the doctors to be allowed right-of-way when calling on patients, suggests that they be compelled to put gongs on their vehicles to prevent accidents.

1928
San Antonio's first talking picture, "The Perfect Crime," will open at the [old] Majestic Theatre tomorrow. It is not a conglomeration of noises, but a dialogue spoken so you can understand it. Clive Brook and Irene Rich star.

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30 in San Antonio history...

1856
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West . & J. P. Newcomb ceased publication.

1928
Efforts to sell both the fire and police station building on S. St. Mary's and the new detective and public health building on Main Plaza were started today by the city commissioners. If the two buildings are sold, one of the most modern police and detective buildings in the south will be built.

1948
Creation of a metropolitan health district which will finance the operation of the Robert B. Green and other county hospitals was underway today. The plan was given impetus when Alamo Heights voted a 15-cent tax levy as its contribution.

1968
The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos played a preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29 in San Antonio history...

1887
The horse to be used by Fire Company No. 1, instead of the old one, now decrepit from age, is expected to arrive tomorrow from the Capote farm near Seguin. The animal will cost $200 and is said to come of good blood.

1908
Houston Street will be paved with asphalt, it was announced today after a citizen's committee let it be known they favor this material over the more expensive vitrified brick pavement. The job will cost $71, 175.

1937
Creation of a school for housemaids as a WPA project has been approved by Mayor Quin. Forty young women, now on relief rolls, will be given the training.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28 in San Antonio history...

1874
Pope Pius IX creates San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1875
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.

1915
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

1936
The first day of the parking meters appeared to be a success in so far as preventing double parking is concerned. Delivery trucks were pulled flush to the curb while their drivers conducted business.

1947
In a setting of continued city-county discord over operating funds for Robert B. Green Hospital, the county institution closed its emergency room at noon today as an economy measure in compliance with instructions of its board of directors. The maternity ward and nursery were closed yesterday.

1955
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was "going ahead with plans" to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term. Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day also, the same day that Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

2004
San Antonian and Baylor Bear, Darrold Williamson, wins Olympic gold in the 4X400 relay in Athens, Greece.

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27 in San Antonio history...

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor's office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1945
Publication of the San Antonio Light, Express and Evening News was suspended when members of the American Typographical Union walked out of the composing rooms of these three newspapers.

1958
The imported fire ant relentlessly continues a spreading invasion on San Antonio. During the past four months the ants have infested an additional 1,600 acres since they were discovered covering a 3,500 acre tracer in the southern part of the city.

1976
Elvis Presley played his final concert in San Antonio. He would die one year later, on August 16, 1977.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26 in San Antonio history...

1936
The first parking meters arrive and are installed.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio's romantic atmosphere - the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza - has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city's sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the "chili queens."

1946
San Antonio's traffic situation has been held the worst in the state by a representative of the National Safety Council.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 25 in San Antonio history...

1895
The city physician cautioned all children, not vaccinated or without a certificate of vaccination , to apply for same before the school term began.

1926
Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

1939

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24 in San Antonio history...

1858
Vance & Bros. give one lot of land, for the erection of an Episcopal place of worship, to St. Mark’s congregation. Mr. S. A. Maverick also donates four city lots for church purposes.

1930
The Aurora apartment hotel opens.

1936
Chief of Police Owen Kilday declared today that double parking on downtown streets will be eliminated after installation of the parking meters.

1956
The FBI announced today that a 52-year-old man had surrendered and confessed to robbing the Bexar County National Bank of $2,000 Aug. 8.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23 in San Antonio history...

1908
Houston Street is to be paved from Nacogdoches to Santa Rosa. Everyone recognizes this as a step in the right direction but there are many more similar steps yet to be taken.

1925
A proposed ordinance that would require motor vehicle operators to obtain city licenses was held invalid by the city attorney. It was indicated the fight for the proposal would be continued before the Texas State Legislature.

1928
Charles Withers himself and his company brings "Withers' Opry" to the stage of the [old] Majestic Theater. Every line of this travesty of the old time variety shows is a riot of hilarity. There are also four other acts.