Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 28 in San Antonio history...

1902
The fancy iron telephone poles surrounding city hall are being removed.

1906
San Antonio's old Spanish missions, long a major tourist attraction, are fast crumbling away. They are close to being nothing but piles of stone.

1946
Pioneer Flour Mills today began manufacture of a darker flour under a government order designed to help share short supplies of wheat with the hungry abroad.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27 in San Antonio history...

1922
Marking the oldest highway in the Southwest, leading from Mexico City across Texas to Natchitoches, La., a large map, 18x18 feel, has been present to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas by the Texas chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

1924
Hundreds of San Antonians motored to Boerne to see fields covered with a 5-inch blanket of snow.

1980
The band Christopher Cross, with bandmember Chris Geppert of San Antonio, wins the Grammy award for Best New Artist.

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26 in San Antonio history...

1878
The clock tower on the Ursuline Convent is erected. At that time, the land north of the convent was prairie, and not considered of any importance. For that reason, no clock occupies the northern part of the clock tower.

1936
Amelia Earhart, famed woman flyer, in San Antonio for a visit, spiked rumors that she is planning another around-the-world flight.


1942 Relocation of Trinity University of Waxahachie in San Antonio was voted by the Presbyterian Synod of Texas, meeting in Temple.


1944
Violinist Isaac Stern was soloist with the San Antonio Symphony in a program at Municipal Auditorium.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February 25 in San Antonio history...

1892
The artesian well at the Santa Rosa Hospital still in running its water into W. Houston, ruining the macadam on the street. It should be stopped.

1932
One German army officer, two officers of the regular Army and 98 flying cadets will be graduated from the basic cource at Randolph Field this week, the first class to finish training at the West Point of the Air.

1942
Date-making flying cadets have made empty telephone booths scarce about town and prompted the Gunter Hotel to install a whole battery of the nickel-dialers to the basement.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February 24 in San Antonio history...

1902
Sousa marches played by the great march king's own band! What a treat!. This is what San Antonians enjoyed yesterday. Mr. Sousa came as a conquering hero.

1914
Seven thousand San Antonians voted 4-to-1 for a change in the city charter to effect a commission form of government. The new-style government was set to begin in June 1915.

1922
The majority in the city council this afternoon passed an ordinance officially designating Madison Square as the site for the new auditorium.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23 in San Antonio history...

1886
Work on an Edison electric system for San Antonio will soon begin, it has been rumored. Seeing is believing.

1902
E. Raba, the photographer in S. Alamo, badly burned his hand in the premature explosion of powder while making a flashlight picture.

1955
San Antonio is one of 63 cities which today will be tuned in to the first international closed-circuit medical television symposium.

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22 in San Antonio history...

1885
U.S. Marshal Hal Gosling of San Antonio was shot to death by a bandit on a train south of New Braunfels.

1922
A fig tree on the bank of the San Antonio River in back of the Doyle-Bridger Optical Co., 303 Commerce, said to have been planted soon after the founding of San Antonio, blew down last night.

1944
A San Antonian waited in line two hours at the Federal Building to pay his income tax but balked when a seaman attemped to fingerprint him and enlist him in the Navy. He was in the wrong line.

1957
Old 794 was officially handed over to the City. The last of Southern Pacific's steam locomotives will be a permanent display at Maverick Park.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 21 in San Antonio history...

1892
Travis Park Methodist Church will be dedicated on February 28 by Bishop J.S. Key.

1902
The Carnegie Library building is beginning to take shape, the walls of the first story being nearly completed. The work has been delayed by the failure of the steel to arrive promptly.

1977
The weekend theft of five paintings from the Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, all by the great French Impressionist Renoir and valued at more than $100,000, was under police investigation today.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 20 in San Antonio history...

1910
From present prospects there is apt to be a dearth of census enumerators. Of the 175 applicatns who took examinations for positions, about one-half were thrown out at the beginning because of wrong answers.

1930
Listing items to be including in the new municipal bond issue, Mayor C.M. Chambers announced today that $75,000 for an old trail driver's monument on Auditorium Plaza would be submitted to voters for approval.

1950
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor again stopped over in San Antonio, this time on their return from a visit to the Clint Murchison ranch in Mexico where they did some hunting.

Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19 in San Antonio history...

1877
The first passenger train (Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio) arrives in the city.


1907
The Light was in demand because of a picture printed showing Oscar Smith diving to his death at Electric Park on one of Dr. Carver's diving horses. The picture was snapped just as horses and rider left the 40-foot platform to dive into the pool below.

1957
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in San Antonio enroute to Southwest Texas State Teachers College, where she was to lecture.

1977
A police officer's badge may have saved his life when it deflected a bullet fired at close range. Patrolman Valentine Lopez, 25, shot in the abdomen and right arm while investigating a report of a man with a gun, is in "critical but stable" condition.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February 18 in San Antonio history...

1913
The high-powered automobile used by Chief Wright of the fire department is in service again, after an absence from the streets of more than a week. While responding to a fire recently, the rods that connect the gears of the machine broke and it was necessary to send to the factory to obtain the necessary parts.
(Chief Wright was killed on Dec. 31 of that year when responding to a call. The car was hit by a fire truck and propelled through the front window of Joske's.)

1916
The longest sustained flight since establishment of the First Aero Squadron in San Antonio was made by Lt. Edgar S. Gorrell, who remained aloft for an hour and 30 minutes.

1926
Radio station WCAR, the voice of San Antonio, sang its message to the nation over a country-wide hookup last night.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February 17 in San Antonio history...

1886
Tourists are again coming to the city due to the abatement of the recent smallpox scare.

1916
Peaceful West Enders were jarred from sleep last night when a police auto-patrol rushed to the lake with lights aglare and gongs asounding. The nature of the call was three small boys camping out.

1927
Archbishop A. J. Drossaerts became the first archbishop of San Antonio yesterday. In San Fernando Cathedral, crowded to the doors by thousands, the wool band with four crosses was placed on his shoulders by Archbishop John W. Shaw of New Orleans.

1950
The first San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Exposition is kicked off - in the brand new Bexar County Coliseum (later known as the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February 16 in San Antonio history...

1886
The Sunset Hose Company wants one of those new telephones. The members say they will not turn out for any more fires if they don't get one.


1902
The work of removing the adobe houses from the site for the Alamo National Bank is progressing rapidly.

1922
Stinson Field will be used as a municipal aviation field until the city requires it for cemetery purposes. Commissioner Ray Lambert has agreed.

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 15 in San Antonio history...

1915
After four years of remodeling and widening, Soledad was opened from Commerce to Houston.

1916
The St. Louis Cardinals will arrive here Feb. 29 for the training stint.

1917
The city attorney ruled that the city may legally abolish or further regulate the jitney service providing any action can be proved, in court, to be reasonable.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 14 in San Antonio history...

1912
Three Minie balls, supposed to have been fired from the guns of Santa Anna's men or from those of the defenders of the Alamo, were excavated near the foundations of the east wall of the old mission.

1922
San Antonio's first aerial police squad has been organized. Police commisions will be issued to William Francis Long, John Bryce Barton and Jene Willard, ex-air service officers. The flyers are stationed at Stinson Field and will be available for duty whenever summoned by the police.

1927
First steps to replace San Antonio's remaining wooden bridges across the San Antonio River with modern steel and concrete spans were taken by the city commission which appropriated $200,000 for the task.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 13 in San Antonio history...

1896
A long-distance telephone has been put into the lobby of the Menger Hotel.

1932
Staying at the wheel at the risk of his life, R. A. Payne, driver for the San Antonio Public Service Co., drove a burning bus from the barns at San Pedro and Laurel, thus preventing the flames from spreading to other buses.

1942
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope came to town by train today to boost the Red Cross War Relief Fund. Both were getting a little shut-eye before playing in the first 18 holes of the Texas Open.

Friday, February 12, 2010

February 12 in San Antonio history...

1916
The organization of the San Antonio chapter of the American Red Cross was effected today.

1961
Black college students stage stand-in at the Majestic Theater to protest segregation on the occasion of Lincoln's birthday.

1967
Fire swept through Ursuline Academy, gutting a portion of the school that had been built in 1913. By the time firemen brought the fire under control, only the walls were standing and water pressure knocked down several unstable portions.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11 in San Antonio history...

1922
Miss Julia Grothaus, a native San Antonian and a graduate of the School of Library Science, University of Illinois, had been appointed assistant librarian of the Carnegie Public Library.

1952
The 5-cent soda pop soon will be a thing of the past in San Antonio, it was learned today. A. G. Beaman, president of the American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages, said new prices will run from 6 to 10 cents per bottle.

1996
San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 10 in San Antonio history...

1892
The Bicycle Club will pay a visit to Boerne next Sunday if the roads are good and the weather good.

1916
Thieves stole 27 chickens in raids on two coops in the city. Who could have done such a fowl deed?

1926
Sheriff's deputies have uncovered what they believe to have been a plot to blow up historic San Jose Mission. Several sticks of explosives, the type used in blasting operations, were found within 50 feet of the mission's rear door.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 9 in San Antonio history...

1896
The city patrol wagon made several trips to the Wild West show yesterday and several disorderlies were carried away with it.

1916
Miss Katherine Stinson made the first night aeroplane flight ever witnessed in San Antonio. She went up at 11 p.m. and looped-the-loop.

1956
Owners of downtown buildings today called upon the city council to abolish all parking in the downtown area.

Monday, February 8, 2010

February 8 in San Antonio history...

1886
The state cock-fighting tournament which is to commence Feb. 22 at the Fashion Theater is attacting sportsmen from all over Texas.

1906
Police are receiving complaints that bicyclists and motorists speed their machines along San Pedro at night without the benefit of lighted lamps.

1956
Five persons suffered minor injuries today in an explosion in a two-room frame annex at Pauline Nelson Elementary School. An accumulation of gas under the floor was touched off by a heater.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 7 in San Antonio history...

1895
A 47-mile-an-hour wind knocked San Antonio's temperature down to 13 degrees overnight and held it to a high of 20 at noon. (1895 still holds the record low and lowest maximum temperature records for February 7.)

1915
A Mexican peace conference at the Gunter Hotel called on all sides in the revolution to lay down their arms.

1952
The search for the killer of Florence Elder, whose body was found floating in the San Antonio River, has set off one of the most intensive hunts in the history of the city.
(As of 2010, the case remains unsolved.)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 6 in San Antonio history...

1878
The first water mains are laid on Avenue C (now Broadway).


1916
David Ben-Gurion speaks at the Moose Hall.



1927
Another hotel of 12 stories and basement will be built in San Antonio immediately. To be known as the Blue Bonnet, the 200-room structure will be constructed at St. Mary's and Pecan at a cost of $1,708,500.


1928
The first air mail flight arrived at Winburn Field (Stinson Field).

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5 in San Antonio history...

1912
A classified business telephone directory for San Antonio is being prepared by J.R. Wood and will be ready for distribution in about six weeks. It will be called "Wood's Red Book."

1915
The Bexar County Medical Society voted to build a $20,000 structure for members' offices.

1947
There appeared to be no possibility of a city-county charity hospital after a meeting between representatives of both local governments. Negotiations broke down after the city indicated it could not provide adequate money.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February 4 in San Antonio history...

1914
A number of San Antonio women signed and filed a petition to the City Council calling for an ordinance to prohibit smoking on street cars.

1926
Expansion of San Antonio's aviation fields into one great flying school, to be called the "West Point of the Air," was being predicted by officers at Kelly, Brooks and Duncan Fields.

1937
Work on the state park to surround the Alamo will start immediately. Included in the $82,000 project are preservation work on the shrine, erection of museum, landscaping, sprinklers and plaques.

1944
Commissioner P.L. Anderson announced: "On and after this date, no member of the police department will be permitted to fix any traffic tickets."

1999
Solo Serve holds their final liquidation sale, closes after 80 years in business.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 3 in San Antonio history...

1922
The Ku Klux Klan, hooded, clad in white, visited Travis Park Methodist Church, made $100 donation.

1924
William Jennings Bryan lashed out against the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools in an address at Beethoven Hall. The orator was introduced by Gov. Pat Neff.

1927
Two Brooks Field pilots this morning parachuted safely to a Bexar County field after their plane went out of control. This was the first emergency "jump" at the primary flying school.

1968
Grand opening of Hemisfair Arena with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February 2 in San Antonio history...

1897
Col. Jim Bowie's engagement ring, found in the old Veramendi Palace, and kept at Jim Rigby's saloon, has been stolen, along with an old Spanish coin, kept beside it at the back of the bar.

1902
The new elevator for the county courthouse arrived in the city this morning from Louisville and is being unloaded to be put into place.

1916
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce officials are attempting to lure motion picture studios away from California and have them settle here. The movie producers reportedly are dissatisfied with California.

1956
Icy roads are tormenting Hill Country motorists, but are delighting hundreds of school children. A blanket of sleet and ice is covering the area as far south as Kerrville.

1968
Hemisfair Arena holds its grand opening with a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters.

Monday, February 1, 2010

February 1 in San Antonio history...

1859
The Menger Hotel on Alamo Plaza is opened for business.

1912
The concrete crew working on Medina Dam broke its own record by placing 900 cubic yards of concrete in the new dam, which has assumed a height of about 10 feet all along.

The New York Giants play in San Antonio in March against the Bronchos and local baseball fandom will be given a chance to watch Jim Thorpe wailing away at curves and splitters.


1929
The Milam Building, the first air-conditioned office building in San Antonio, holds its grand opening.

1932
More than 1,500 pupils, composing the first student body of Thomas Jefferson High School, registed for opening sessions, according to the Principal T. Guy Rogers.

1968
The Texas license plate commemorating Hemisfair goes on sale. The next plates to be issued with any word other than "Texas" on them will be the Sesquicentennial plates in 1986.