Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31 in San Antonio history...

1895
The cornerstone is laid for Beethoven Maennerchor building.

1904
Clate Dickey, student at the San Antonio school for circus performers, was critically injured when the bicycle he was riding over a loop the loop" skidded and struck him in the head.

1924
Mayor Tobin refused a permit for the Ku Klux Klan to enter a float in San Antonio's Battle of Flowers parade.

1937
Local butchers have reported quite a market in San Antonio for rattlesnake steaks. Selling at $1.50 per pound, the snake is nevertheless so rich that only a small amount can be eaten. Most is fried like frog legs.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30 in San Antonio history...

1895
The cornerstone was laid for the new Beethoven Hall opposite the German-English school on South Alamo.

1926
Four masked and armed bandits entered the San Antonio National Bank at noon today and escaped with $19,000.

1955
Television starts Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner arrived for a visit in the Alamo City.

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29 in San Antonio history...

1925
Architect's drawings for the new $1,500,000 Texas theater were published.

1926
Local drug stores may soon be selling medicinal beer as well as medicinal whiskey. The new "health booster" will be sold by prescription only.

1945
Contractor Henry T. Warner got the first GI loan in the San Antonio district.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

March 28 in San Antonio history...

1895
The Battle of Flowers Association began organizing the annual San Jacinto Day parade.

1937
Army officers continue to display their preference for San Antonio by adopting the city as their home after retirement. Since Feb. 1, seven retired officers have settled here, swelling the list to total 157.

2006
Italia Ristorante on the Riverwalk closes.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27 in San Antonio history...

1889
The work of paving the Alamo Plaza with mesquite blocks is begun in earnest.

1923
Rudolph Valentino & his wife come to San Antonio to give a dancing exhibition on the rooftop of the St. Anthony Hotel.

1948
Mission Drive-In opens, showing "The Pirates of Monterey" with Maria Montez.

2004
Disney's "The Alamo" movie premieres at the Majestic Theatre

Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26 in San Antonio history...

1886
Alamo Plaza has won the location of the new Grand Opera House. It is also a prominent and strong candidate for the site of the new government building.

1944
Harry S. McGlinchey, student at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, was named "No. 1" solider of the area. His serial number: 11111111. His enlistment date: 11-1.

1946
The famous San Antonio River, whose waters have become increasingly muddy in recent years, will received a bath before the river revue and pageant next week. The fire department will clean the river bed from the river theater to the Plaza Hotel.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March 25 in San Antonio history...

1896
An old grant, it has been discovered, gives the Alamo property nine more feet on the south side of the structure than it now occupies.

1924
Mae West appeared in a vaudeville program at the [old] Majestic.

1953
Members cried "the people don't want it" but the House in Austin went ahead and passed an auto inspection law, somewhat relaxed from other proposals.

1976
An escaped 400-pound lion sparked an impromptu safari early today, terrorizing residents of a cluster of homes just south of the Bexar County line before its recapture five hours later.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 24 in San Antonio history...

1904
The Empire Theater announced a new electric fan system and uniformed boys to distribute ice water to audiences.

1924
City Council granted the I.&G.N. Railroad permission to erect a roundhouse on propety abutting on W. Commerce.

1955
An ordinance passed today by the City Council says interstate truck traffic will no longer be allowed to pass through downtown San Antonio.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23 in San Antonio history...

1857
First issue of the San Antonio Daily Herald (Texas’ oldest daily newspaper) published.

1914
Scobey Fireproof Storage Co. of San Antonio received the first of its new fleet of 1-ton Baker Electric Trucks.

1966
Members of the City Library Board, meeting in special session today, made general plans for construction of three new branch libraries in the northeast, southwest and western sections of the city.

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 22 in San Antonio history...

1906
A father and son got into a bloody fracas today at their home because the father objected to the habit of his son to have roosters fighting on the bed.

1924
The San Antonio Conservation Society is organized to save the old Market House and the San Antonio River.

1966
The lobby of San Antonio's main post office due its first extensive facelifting in 30 years. Officials said the lobby will be painted and acoustical tile will be installed.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21 in San Antonio history...

1885
The first issue of the San Antonio Weekly Herald is published.

1895
The new city directory listed San Antonio as the largest city in Texas with 60,000 population.

1968
Central Park Mall holds its grand opening. The Sears store opened the previous October.

1984
North Star Cinema in North Star Mall closes.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 19 in San Antonio history...

1910
Edward Rand purchases the Garza homestead for $200,000 for the future home of Rand Building (Wolff & Marx.)

1932
Thomas Jefferson High School dedicated.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 18 in San Antonio history...

1912
The explosion of a locomotive boiler at the roundhouse of the Southern Pacific Railway kills 26 and injures 40.

1935
Sheriff Albert West began enforcing prohibition in Bexar County for the first time in history.

1944
Congressman Paul Kilday wired news 20,000 officers and men would be transferred from Miami to Kelly Field, making San Antonio the largest Air Force center in the United States.

1974
The San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority begins Park and Ride service from Wonderland Mall.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 17 in San Antonio history...

1914
The paving of downtown Houston St. with thousands of creosoted pine wood blocks got underway near the Alamo intersection.

1934
Bozo, the dog that was granted an honorary degree by Baylor University's Pat Neff, was in San Antonio today.

1935
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas dedicated the park on the Alamo grounds.

1977
Radio station KEXL goes off the air.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 16 in San Antonio history...

1956
City council pledges to end segregation at municipal swimming pools.

1960
Six downtown stores and a city-wide drugstore integrate lunch counters and cafeterias. The stores were: Woolworth's, Kress, Neisner's, Grant's, Green's, McCrory's Variety Store and Sommer's Drug Stores.

1982
Inebriated rocker Ozzy Osbourne is arrested after urinating on the Alamo cenotaph.

Monday, March 15, 2010

March 15 in San Antonio history...

1905
George Maltzberger reported burglars crawled under his house and stole plumbing pipes.

1925
Internationally known balloonist B.H. Fournier was held in San Antonio for illegal possession of liquor.

1936
San Antonio's temperature climbed to within one degree of the 90 degree mark yesterday as the city basked in a warm springtime sun.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March 14 in San Antonio history...

1923
Construction of the first unit of the $1,000,000 hospital for San Antonio will be started by the Baptists of Southwest Texas shortly, it was announced.

1941
A river carnival and night parade are held. The walkways, stairways to street level, footbridge, rock walls lining banks and Arneson River Theatre are completed as is the restoration of La Villita.

1956
City Councilman Henry B. Gonzalez today proposed that the city act to desegregate the Alamo Heights swimming pool along with city pools.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March 13 in San Antonio history...

1878
First telephone line in San Antonio installed, from City Water Works to pump house at the River's head.

1884
The Vaudeville Theater, closed by police after the shooting of Ben Thompson and King Fisher, was reopened. Few people attended, however.

1934
After reading how John Dillinger escaped from an Illinois jail, a San Antonio prisoner changed clothers with a cellmate and tried to bluff his way out as a visitor. Guards recognized him.

1937
A hamburger sandwich known as "The Frisco" emerged as the principal in an injunction suit filed in 57th District Court. Harry Akins, Night Hawk operator, claimed his ideas for the food were being cribbed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

March 12 in San Antonio history...


1887
The first San Antonio & Aransas Pass train leaves San Antonio for Boerne. The trip takes three hours and a ticket costs 95 cents. The train returns to San Antonio the following day.

1907
After diving from a 40-foot platform into a pool of water while astride the back of a horse, Charles Morales, local fireman, said he would like to do it a dozen more times. Only two other men, one dead, have done it.

1913
Work has begun on the foundation for the replica of the Alamo heroes monument to be placed at the river's side on Navarro in front of the Central office building.
1918
The new Main Avenue High School opens on the site of previous building

1943
Protests by Southwest bean eaters caused the OPA [Office of Price Administration] to order a 50 percent reduction in the point values of dried beans, dried peas and lentils.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 11 in San Antonio history...

1884
In the most famous shootout in San Antonio history, Ben Thompson and King Fisher are killed at the Vaudeville Theatre located at the northwest corner of Commerce and Soledad streets. The location will be referred to as "The Fatal Corner" for years thereafter.

1916
The First Aero Squadron at Kelly Field has been ordered to accompany the expedition to the border and into Mexico in the [Pancho] Villa chase.

1939
The groundbreaking for the Alamo Cenotaph is held today.

1945
The old Menger Bar once patronized by Theodore Roosevelt was moved in the hotel's remodeling program.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10 in San Antonio history...

1914
Joske Bros. announced models would wear purple, green and amber wigs in its annual showing of women's spring fashions.

1926
Mayor Tobin began negotiations for an 80-foot strip of land on Bowen's Island to be used in the city's flood prevention program. Plans call for a huge tunnel to be dug across the river bend in the downtown section.


1943
Maj. Gen. Barton K. Yount, commanding general of the Army Flying Training Command, announced opening of a new women's pilot training school at Sweetwater, Texas, and indicatied that standards for such women pilots may soon be "somewhat relaxed."

1949
The Alameda Theater opens to the public.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 9 in San Antonio history...

1731
The first Canary Islanders arrive in San Antonio.

1894
A power failure on the West End streetcar line forced nearly 100 people to walk to work today.

1914
T.B. Baker, the Joplin, Mo., hotel man, was in San Antonio to discuss terms of leasing the St. Anthony for a 10-year period.

2002
Chris Ross hits a 50-foot, 3-point shot to lift John Jay High School over Dallas Kimball and win State Championship, 74-72.

Monday, March 8, 2010

March 8 in San Antonio history...

1906
All the bridges spanning the river in the downtown section are being given a new coat of paint. They have been neglected for several years.

1943
A cache of 75 pounds of coffee and 450 pounds of sugar was found by sheriff's investigators underneath a trap door of a Medina Lake cottage.

1945
Trinity University officials announced the school's new campus would be opposite Alamo Stadium.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7 in San Antonio history...

1885
A ten-room, two-story house on Avenue C (Broadway) was advertised for sale for $6000.

1924
Deputy Sheriff Alphonse Newton, Jr. speculated a gang of coin counterfeiters was working in San Antonio when a bogus buffalo nickel was turned over to him by a restaurant operator.

1936
The state was a step closer to the purchase of the remaining privately owned property on the Alamo block.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March 6 in San Antonio history...

1836
Mexican forces capture the Alamo, killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out within the walls of the fortified mission for thirteen days.

1894
Fireman Edward W. Hargrove was on the second floor at the Sunset Hose Company when the alarm sounded. He dashed to slide down the pole to the fire wagon, missed and fell to the first floor, breaking his ankle.
1966
President Lyndon B. Johnson visited yesterday with San Antonians at Randolph AFB before taking his helicopter to LBJ Ranch.

Friday, March 5, 2010

March 5 in San Antonio history...

1896
The new Edison Electric Plant will be located at the corner of Burnet and Cherry.

1903
San Antonio police will wear new uniforms of dark blue instead of light gray. The blue cloth is less noticeable at night and does not show soiling so quickly.

1933
San Antonio banks, because of national developments and sentiment during the past 24 hours, will remain closed pending further developments at Austin or Washington.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March 4 in San Antonio history...

1882
First mention of electric lighting in a San Antonio theatre, in the Vaudeville.


1886
The building at the "Jack Harris Corner" containing Sim Hart's tobacco shop, the Vaudeville Theater and the Elite Restaurant is destroyed by fire.


1934
CWA employees began razing buildings adjacent to the Alamo to prepare the site for a park.

1936
A ranking federal official has recommended the state and federal goverment use all of the available centennial funds to put the Alamo in a good state of repair. He said the Alamo was in a "disgraceful state."

1943
Twenty-one San Antonians will soon be notified of the their gasoline ration cancellation for exceeding the nationwide 35 mile-an-hour speed limit.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 3 in San Antonio history...

1894
Commissioners voted to pay an additional $15,556 for a new steel roof for the Bexar County Courthouse, rather than a wooden one.

1924
The San Antonio Protestant Ministers Alliance voted unanimous opposition to the performance of a marriage as a promotional stunt at the Better Homes Exposition to be held at St. Mary's and Pecan.

1976
The world-famous "Taj Mahal" at Randolph Air Force Base is now an official state historical landmark.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 2 in San Antonio history...

1906
The Cincinnati Reds are planning to arrive in San Antonio for spring training on March 12.

1910
The first flight in a military airplane occurred at Fort Sam Houston by Lt. Benjamin Foulois, flying Army Aeroplane #1. (second from right)

1924
Nearly 5,000 San Antonians witnessed the death of Mrs. Bertha Coffer Horchem when the plane she was flying in an aerial circus crashed at Municipal Flying Field.

1969
The old Prince Theater at 125 W. Houston St. is closed and torn down.


1986
Local gangster, Arthur "Bunny" Eckert, disappears and is presumed dead. His mother, Lela Mae Eckert, is found murdered in their home.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1 in San Antonio history...

1904
City Marshal Irvin told policemen to keep a sharp eye out for new-fangled automobiles which he said race through the San Antonio business district at "alarming rates of speed."


1924
After 20 years as a produce center, San Antonio's old municipal market was closed in favor of a new one nearby.


1979 Ingram Park Mall opens to the public.

February 29 in San Antonio history...

1944
San Antonians ranked first and third on the list of U.S. WWII flying aces. Col. E. Neal Kearby was tied with Richard Bong with 21 planes shot down and had been awarded the Medal of Honor. Capt. Thomas B. McGuire was in third place with 17 planes shot down. [Kearby was shot down only six days after this article appeared in the newspaper. ]

1956
Hot Wells Baptist Church and Keystone School were both damaged in fires the day before. Damage to the school was $7000 and the total damages to the church were $15,000.