Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 31 in San Antonio history...

1914
The telephone company announced a toal of 11,000 home telephones were in use in the Alamo City.

1949
San Antonio experiences a 4.7 inch snowfall and a record low temperature of zero degrees.

1967
One airman was killed and another critically injured in a flash fire at a space cabin simulator at Brooks Air Force Base this morning.

2008
The Walgreen's on Houston Street closes, slated for demolition.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

January 30 in San Antonio history...

1906
Approximately 60 young ladies and girls employed at Finck's cigar factory walked out on strike this morning. The girls, who make $8 a week quit because other girls were being hired for as little as $1.50 per week.

1917
With autos in San Antonio now numbering 12,000, Mayor Brown has asserted there is a need to reduce a growing congestion on downtown streets. He has suggested limiting parking to 20 minutes on some of the principal streets.

1936
Congressman Maury Maverick has reluctantly agreed to spend $135,000 of San Antonio's $400,000 centennial fund for an athletic stadium.

1946
Ground-breaking ceremonies are scheduled for the new South San Antonio Baptist Church, a $150,000 structure to be erected opposite South San Antonio High School.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
A pedestrian suffered a broken leg when he fell through a large hole in the Market Street Bridge.

1897
William Jennings Bryan, defeated free silver candidate of the Popocratic Party, arrived for a short visit in San Antonio. He was not too warmly received, either at the train or at a reception at the Menger.

1947
Establishment of a branch of the University of Texas medical school in San Antonio and appropriations for it are sought in a bill introduced by state Sen. Walter Tynan.

1967
University of Texas regents passed a resolution yesterday leaving little doubt that construction on the South Texas Medical School will be stopped unless Bexar County's hospital woes are solved by Feb. 20.

1984
The new Catholic Chancery opens and is dedicated at 2718 Woodlawn.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28 in San Antonio history...

1949
Luby's Cafeterias founded at 517 N. Presa.

1968
The new Central Library building opens at S. St. Mary's and West Market streets.

1986
San Antonio mourns the deaths of the seven astronauts killed in the in-flight disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger, including Shuttle Commander and former San Antonio College student Francis "Dick" Scobee. Challenger astronauts Scobee and Christa McAuliffe, like Apollo One's Ed White, will have San Antonio middle schools named for them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 27 in San Antonio history...

1906
The street commissioner's office has finally made much-needed repairs to the floor of the St. Mary's Street bridge.

1914
After two women prisoners sawed their way out of the Bexar County jail, Commissioner's Court pledged to purchase stronger bars.

1944
Ex-Mayor Maury Maverick declared in a New York interview: "We don't have to worry about socialism and communism in this country because every American is a native-born capitalist."

1967
During a "plugs-out" test, the Apollo capsule at Cape Kennedy catches fire and burns, killing the three astronauts: Roger Chaffee, Virgil "Gus" Grissom and San Antonian Ed White.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26 in San Antonio history...

1903
A large crowd of people was at San Pedro Springs to witness the balloon ascension and parachute leap by Prof. Baldwin which came off on scheduled time, to the astonishment of everyone present.

1924
An estimated 30,000 attended a 3-day carnival sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan at the Speedway south of San Antonio.

1946
Work was begun this week on a $500,000 enlargement program at Sears, Roebuck & Co. on Romana Plaza.

1956
Actor Fred MacMurray has been in show business for a long time, but his appearance in San Antonio today was, as he admitted, a milestone in his long career.

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25 in San Antonio history...

1904
City Council approved Alderman Fentiman's ordinance restricting speed of automobiles and bicycles in San Antonio's city limits to 6 miles an hour.

1936
Detectives Frank Price and Jack Hice forced three boys they caught stripping a car to push the vehicle 10 miles to police headquarters.

1946
After an hour's debate the county commissioners voted to accept a deed to Exposition Park from the city as a site for the $1,750,000 coliseum.

1995
The San Antonio Hard Rock Café holds grand opening celebration.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24 in San Antonio history...

1904
Firemen estimated losses at $200,000 in a fire which destroyed L. Wolfson's clothing store on Main Plaza.

1906
The annex of the old courthouse is being remodeled into a modern store building.

1923
The charter for the first commercial aviation company to be organized in Texas was granted today to a group of Laredo businessmen. Its purpose is to construct airplanes, carry passengers and transport freight.

1926
San Antonio has broken its all-time snow record with 2.25 inches with snow still falling. The heaviest previous snowfall was recorded in 1875.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 23 in San Antonio history...

1885
New stagecoach fare of $4 to Boerne was announced with the return trip costing $5.

1913
Steeplejack Wilson, who styles himself New York's "human fly" attracted attention today while engaged in painting the flagpole on the Gibbs Building at a height of 140 feet above the street level.

1933
Official approval of the Shook Ave. rock quarry as the location of San Antonio's municipal stadium was voted by the City Commission. The site was proposed by Commissioner Paul E. Steffler.

1968
The tophouse of the Tower of the Americas is lifted into place.

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22 in San Antonio history...

1893
In a few days, the floating pavilion at West End will be ready for dancers. A number of the city's young folk have expressed a desire to their parents to allow them to attend opening night.

1915
A "deaf mute" who said "That's tough" when found guilty of vagrancy was sentenced to 100 days in jail for fraud.

1927
A complete telephone directory of Fort Sam Houston, the first ever issued listing all telephones at the Army post has been printed. Included are the duty and command of the personnel and the date they reported.

1954
San Antonio's first Corvette is delivered to Smith Motor Sales.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 21 in San Antonio history...

1933
Only in chasing criminals or in answering emergency calls will radio patrol cars be allowed to exceed a speed limit of 25 miles an hour in the future, according to an order issued today by Chief of Police Owen Kilday.

1957
KONO-TV Channel 12 (later KSAT) begins regular programming with Eisenhower's second inauguration.

1984
USAA dedicates new Federal Savings Bank under construction. Due to open Summer 1985.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20 in San Antonio history...


1881
The first issue of the San Antonio Light rolls off the printing presses. It remains in circulation until 1993.

1913
In the race between DeLloyd Thompson, in his biplane, and J.D. Moore, in his Buick, the aviator won by a short distance. The track was circled five times and the place reached a speed of 55 miles per hour.

1947
An official of the St. Louis Browns said the Browns are prepared to shift their San Antonio baseball franchise to any city they desire if Tech Field cannot be procured. The Transit Co. bought the grounds for bus shops.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19 in San Antonio history...

1896
Chief Tobin of the fire department is testing a new respiration device for use by firemen in withstanding smoke.

1903
Two of the drinking cups at the Alamo Plaza fountain, which are of a graniteware material, have been stolen. An elderly lady, upon hearing the news, exclaimed, "Is nothing sacred?"

1916
The Stinson Aviation School will move to the city's sewer farm located on South Loop Road.

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18 in San Antonio history...

1913
The three days services for the dedication and formal opening of the new parish house at St. Mark's Episcopal Church will begin Sunday with services all day.

1923
Local real estate men are planning to have a city ordinance adopted which will divide the city into definite business, industrial, wholesale and residential districts.

1956
The Kallison Building, 400 Dwyer, will have two new federal occupants Monday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17 in San Antonio history...

1913
A new cemetery, embracing 218 acres of land four miles from the center of the city, will be established. A charter has been applied for by the Roselawn Cemetery Assn.

1943
Kelly Field, alma mater of 1,000 pilots on a score of fronts, has died as a training center for pilots and has been reborn as a unit of the Air Force Service Command.


1946
An Army R6A helicopter landed at Brooks Field after a flight from Alexandria, LA in an experimental flight. The ship is one of a few used by the Air Force primarily for rescue work. (Photo courtesy of USAF Museum)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16 in San Antonio history...

1913
M. Mathiesen is the inventor of a new auto wheel, said to do away entirely with the use of pneumatic tires, the tires being of solid rubber and sufficiently resilient with springs.

1947
In an atmosphere somewhat marked by levity, the City Council accepted the offer of the Transit Company to give the grandstands at Tech Field to the city. There were no strings attached to the offer.

1957
San Antonio's newest television station, KONO-TV Channel 12, goes on the air for the first time with a test pattern. Regular broadcasting to begin on the 21st.

1977
After 25 years of electing City Councilmen at large, San Antonians decided by the tiniest margin yesterday to change to an all-district system - the 10-1 plan. The vote was 31,930 to 29,857, at total of about 20 percent of registered voters.

Friday, January 15, 2010

January 15 in San Antonio history...

1911
S. Marie Shelton and W. Walter Stowe are married in a tethered balloon over San Pedro Springs Park. After the ceremony, the couple made a balloon trip to Leon Springs. Passengers on the trip were Capt. H.E. Honeywell, W.A. Philpott, Miss Elva McDaniel and Benjamin Foulois "who operates the Wright aeroplane at Sam Houston."

1913
A 5-mile race between DeLloyd Thompson in a Wright biplane and J.D. Moore, driving a Buick, will be the star attraction of an aviation meet at the fairgrounds Sunday.

1926
Final plans were completed for a 300-room addition to the Gunter Hotel.

1956
Elvis Presley makes his first San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium, playing a 3 pm matinee and an 8 pm show. He will return to San Antonio twice more in 1956.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14 in San Antonio history...

1888
Herman Kampmann is putting in a fine $4,000 hydraulic elevator at the Menger Hotel. It will be completed in a few days. The Menger is "getting there" very fast under his management.

1927
"Hands off" will be a suggestion made to all couples using the matrimonial parlor to be established in the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Even kissing by engaged couples will be banned on grounds it is too intimate.

1948
Coach "Red" Forehand of Brackenridge High's state champion Eagles came to work today in a snappy new Ford with seat covers, heater and a full tank of gas. The auto was given to him by a host of grateful fans.

1977
Councilman Henry Cisneros, 29, was officially sworn in as mayor pro tem yesterday and is the youngest in the city's history.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 13 in San Antonio history...

1856
The cornerstone of St. Mary's Catholic Church is laid.

1907
Judge Buckley ruled that citizens have the right to walk along sidewalks without being molested by dogs and that when attacked, the owner of the dog must have him killed or pay a fine of $10.

1926
Kelly Field officials planned six parachute jumps from the cabin of a Douglas aircraft at an altitude of 2,000 feet.

1958
Prompt action by railroad employees was credited today with saving more than $1,000,000 in rolling stock as a two-alarm fire gutted the Katy roundhouse. Employees drove two locomotives and several rail cars from the sheet iron building after a steam generator exploded, hurling burning oil on the walls.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 12 in San Antonio history...

1906
The Cincinnati Reds baseball team indicated they would train in San Antonio.

1937
A tunnel, suspected to have extended from the Alamo chapel to a well just north of the shrine was discovered today to be a blind alley. What workmen had thought were arches turned out to be only debris with no concealed passage.

1942
A permit is issued for installation of escalator at Joske's - San Antonio's first.

1985
San Antonio recieves a record snowfall of nearly 13 inches, the second of three snowfalls during that winter.

Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11 in San Antonio history...

1898
Work of tearing down the old building where the Stowers Furniture Company's new building is to be erected was begun yesterday. The building will be ready for occupancy next June.

1927
San Antonio women have taken exception to a local pastor's warning to young men that country girls are the only sure marriage bets. The women did agree, however, that a good wife is a modest and virtuous work of God.

1948
A steady 40 per cent of San Antonians who apply for driver's licenses fail either the written examination or the driving test, the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed today.


1954
San Antonio today mourned the death of one of its most prominent citizens. Edgar Tobin, who with 11 other persons was killed yesterday in a Louisiana plane crash while returning from a hunting trip.

1958
An airman at a San Antonio air base has begun plans to make a week-long trip to the moon. A-1C Donald G. Farrell won't ever get off the ground, though, because his space flight will be conducted at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Randolph AFB.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10 in San Antonio history...

1915
Suffragette Helen Dodd called San Antonio women to special sidewalk speeches demanding the right to vote.

1943
The Harry Hertzberg Circus room in the public library will be opened formally to the public on Tuesday (Jan. 12). The room represents the rarest collection of circusana in the country.

1950
KEYL-TV (later KGBS and KENS), channel 5, goes on the air.

1959
Pianist Van Cliburn performs with the San Antonio Symphony.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9 in San Antonio history...

1902
The Red Men will install officers tonight in their wigwam on Soledad, after which a feast of hot corn and venison will be served.

1927
The romantic, passionate amours and thrilling adventures of the world's greatest lover, "Don Juan" are livingly brought to the screen by John Barrymore at the Aztec Theater. Vitaphone presentation are also offered. (This was the first "talkie" ever shown at the Aztec.)

1937
With the mercury at 26 degrees, San Antonio tasted the coldest winter weather it had known in a year. Icy pavements and thickly coated windshields were making driving hazardous.

Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8 in San Antonio history...

1898
Almost all streets in the city are now in good condition for bicycling and a large number of cyclists were out last night.

1928
A shrine has finally been built in honor of San Antonio's patron saint - Anthony Padua, a humble man whose memory has lived 700 years. Called St. Anthony's, the small church is located west of an extension of Broadway.

1960
Construction begins on San Antonio's first mall, North Star Mall, the fifth shopping mall in the nation.


1978
The Sex Pistols play a concert at Randy's Rodeo and incite a riot.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7 in San Antonio history...

1886
The first passenger train to Floresville went out over the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1928
Establishment near San Antonio of the "West Point of the Air Corps," a great flying school from which all flyers must graduate before winning their rating as army pilots, was practically assured today with the introduction of the James Bill in Congress. Site for the field is 15 miles east of the city.

1932
Courses at Main Avenue High School will continue after Feb. 1, when many students will leave the school to go to the new Thomas Jefferson High. Main Avenue will accommodate up to 1,000 students then.

1977
San Antonio lost to Barstow, California in its bid for the nation's first solar electric power plant, but is still a finalist for the larger "and more important" Solar Energy Research Institute, which also has a $100 million price tag.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 6 in San Antonio history...

1912
The purchase of an automobile delivery car by Washer Bros. marks another step in the elimination of the horsedrawn vehicle as a means of bundle delivery in San Antonio.

1918
The ground was being cleared this morning for a new 60-bed hospital at Kelly Field. With employees moving at top speed, the new unit is expected to be completed within six weeks.

1936
A new "magic-eye" door, the first of its kind in the state, was installed at the St. Anthony Hotel.

1979
The 52-year-old Municipal Auditorium is gutted by fire. The cause of the blaze is attributed to a discarded cigarette.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5 in San Antonio history...

1837
Bexar County created by the Texas Congress.

1908
The poll tax is an assured fact. But some of these days the true inwardness of that amendment will be seen and the men who were for it first, last and always, will wonder by what perversity of judgement they were led to advocate a measure so unnecessary and hurtful.

1938
A pictorial life of Sam Houston and the struggle of early Texans will emit from Paramount studios some day soon, Cecil B. DeMille intimated in San Antonio today. He said Gary Cooper would be given the starring role.

1946
The City Health Department launched an intensive anti-rabies campaign after figures showed Bexar County responsible for one-third of the Texas rabies problem.

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4 in San Antonio history...

1892
The large advertising board on the bank of the river in Bowen's Central Garden has fallen into the river and is obstructing the channel.

1908
Carrie A. Nation arrived in the city yesterday and immediately made speeches against liquor and tobacco in three saloons. The police will allow her a free run but will not allow her to break any furniture as the saloon men have paid their taxes.

1909
The St. Anthony Hotel opened for business. After its 1936 expansion, it will become one of the first hotels in the world to get central air conditioning.

1922
The "Hobo Special" reached San Antonio this morning and police removed 32 tramps. This was the name given Southern Pacific freight train Extra No. 976 by the men in blue.

1947
After a four-day delay due to icy conditions, the Alamo Bowl is played in Alamo Stadium: Hardin Simmons 20, Denver 0. Game only draws a crowd of 3,730 spectators. The temperature never gets above 26 degrees.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 3 in San Antonio history...

1938
Conditions at the Bexar County Home for the Aged, criticized by the November grand jury, will remain unchanged. J.W. Donnell, in charge of the home, said the jury's report was "all bunk and hooey."

1958
Work on the Fredericksburg Road underpass on the Babcock Road to Fredericksburg section of Loop 13 is expected to be completed sometime in March, according to W. C. Raby, state highway engineer. Raby said approximately $500,000 worth of equipment is being used.

1982
The Broadway Theater closes.

1991
John Peterson was named vice president of football operations for San Antonio's World League of American Football franchise, which also announced its Riders nickname and brown and gold colors.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2 in San Antonio history...

1897
Bicyclists who are continually annoyed with biting or barking dogs may get even with their enemies, says a dog owner, if they will but throw a quantity of red pepper at the bow wow and ride on.

1903
The Traction Company has placed vestibule cars on its lines to the Hot Wells. The new style cars were appreciated by the employees Wednesday evening, one of the year's most disagreeable nights.

1942
Sale of new passenger cars and trucks was prohibited throughout the U.S. today under government orders mobilizing the entire auto industry for war production.

1977
Rudy Happy Vargas was the first baby born in San Antonio this year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1 in San Antonio history...

1917
A rambunctious group of San Antonio merry-makers ushered in a happy New Year last night with free-swinging parties in hotel roof gardens and in all the local night spots.

1926
The local Carnegie Library appealed to city residents to return long delinquent books.

1944
The Randolph Field Ramblers play the University of Texas Longhorns to a 7-7 tie in the Cotton Bowl.