Monday, May 31, 2010

May 31 in San Antonio history...

1874
Congregation Temple Beth-El is organized.

1890
Construction is begun on the Southwest Texas Lunatic Asylum, about 5 miles south of the city, on land donated for that purpose by the city.(It is later known as the Southwest Insane Asylum and now the San Antonio State Hospital).

1936
The gateway to the city is dedicated at Bandera Road and Cincinnati Avenue.

1999
Sean Elliott hits the "Memorial Day Miracle" 3-point shot with 9.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spurs over the Portland Trailblazers, 86-85, in game two of the series.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 30 in San Antonio history...

1912
The old Dullnig water tower, a landmark since 1884, is being torn down. The structure towers 130 feet above the river bank just behind the Chandler building on Losoya St.

1924
Flowers were dropped from planes over Brooks Field in memory of Sidney J. Brooks Jr., former reporter for The Light, for whom the air field was named. Brooks was killed in a Kelly Field crash during World War I.

1956
A San Antonio couple was arrested for not allowing their children to attend school. It was the first such case in two years.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 29 in San Antonio history...

1979
U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. of San Antonio is assassinated while getting into his car at his home in San Antonio. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, is later convicted of the crime and sentenced to two life terms.

1988
Salem Binladen, half-brother to Osama, dies when his ultralight aircraft hits some powerlines and crashes in Schertz.

1993
Paul McCartney performs first concert in the Alamodome.

Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28 in San Antonio history...

1888
There seems to be no likelihood of the San Antonio baseball team starting out on their league games through the state this week unless a miracle occurs to furnish them money for expenses. The players have no money and their salaries are past due.

1898
Some people feel that the Bexar County property owners and the City of San Antonio should contribute according to their means and sink artesian wells without calling on the funds of the city for this purpose. The river is rapidly dying.

1918
Improvements are being made at the bathing beach in Brackenridge Park. Rock walls have been built to line the banks and a flagstone bottom is being laid in the pool. A new artesian well will supply fresh water.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May 27 in San Antonio history...

1918
An attempt will be made at Kelly Field during Decoration Day proceedings to catch a baseball thrown from an airplane and thus set a height record for catching dropped balls. The record is now 555 feet.

1948
One of the nation's best customers for air-conditioning equipment, San Antonio is continuing to install colling devices at a rate that has shifted electric power peak loads from winter to summer.

1958
Frank Penicka was driving his car more comfortably today, after a Ft. Hood demolition team removed a 75-mm high explosive shell head from his car. He spotted the bright object along the road, put it in his car trunk and drove to the Courthouse where the Deputies identified it as a live shell.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 26 in San Antonio history...

1869
The velocipede (bicycle) makes its first appearance in San Antonio.

1923
The Travis Building and the Robert E. Lee Hotel opened.

1933
San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman" dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 25 in San Antonio history...


1838
City limits fixed at "one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church."

1902
Work began on the Carnegie library today. Work on the roof should be the hardest part of a very hard job.

1915
Virginia "Ginny" Simms (right), actress and singer with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, is born in San Antonio.

Monday, May 24, 2010

May 24 in San Antonio history...

1902
The work of erecting the new City National Bank structure on the site of the Trust Building wreck will begin shortly. It will be so constructed that other stories may be added.

1932
Two thousand trees, bearing markers in memory of veterans, will be planted in Bexar County along Highway 3-A, which connects the Alamo and San Jacinto battlefield near Houston.

1980

Hipp's Bubble Room at 1411 McCullough closes.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 23 in San Antonio history...

1885
An election is held to decide if bonds for $50,000 shall be issued for additional school buildings and other facilities for education, the income of permanent fund to go to sinking fund of bonds. The proposition is carried by a majority of 329.

1888
A through sleeper from San Antonio to Mexico City is now running via the Southern Pacific and Eagle Pass. The excursion rate is $60, round trip.

1918
Miss Katherine Stinson, San Antonio aviatrix, started a flight from Chicago to New York with mail at 7:37 a.m. today. Miss Stinson, 22, is averaging 71 mph. The flight is being made to establish a long-distance nonstop record.

1955
Santa Rosa hospital opens San Antonio's first Intensive Care Unit called a "Post-Operative Service Area."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 22 in San Antonio history...

1846
The first U.S. Post Office is established in San Antonio, with James Truehart as postmaster.

1927
From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

1992
Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.

Friday, May 21, 2010

May 21 in San Antonio history...

1906
Members of First Baptist Church arose, joined hands and sang the doxology while mortgages on the building were burned.

1918

The pasteurization of all milk sold in San Antonio is to be required under new regulations to be issued by the U.S. Public Health Service. The cost to dairies of installing the necessary equipment will be considerable.

1958
Chuck Jefferson, Woodridge School third grader, was homeward bound with $32,000 he won on the "$64,000 Question" TV Show. "I wanted to go on (for $64,000) but my parents decided I should quit. It's too big a risk. Sometimes I think parents are too nervous."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20 in San Antonio history...

1927
In a spectacle, immensity of which almost took the breath away, 200 airplanes and a dirigible airship passed in aerial review before high ranking officers and the Secretary of War at Kelly Field this morning.

1928
With hundreds of motor cars being given free inspections to correct faulty brakes, horns, lights and steering mechanisms in compliance with the statewide Save-a-Life movement, the local campaign was well under way today.

1995
The San Antonio Central Library at 600 Soledad holds its grand opening.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19 in San Antonio history...

1898
It is reported that the sewer water from the outfall sewer is being discharged into the river at a point about six miles south of the city and farmers below that point, who use the water for drinking, are unhappy.

1927
The premiere showing of "Wings," a war picture filmed in San Antonio, will be held at the Texas Theater tonight. Local units of the Air Corps assisted in the filming. Stars include Clara Bow and Charles Rogers. ["Wings" would become the first movie to win the Best Picture Academy Award.]

1948
Demand that Robert B. Green Hospital immediately open a pediatric ward was made by the Commissioners Court today as City Health Officer Dr. Austin Hill announced the infant diarrhea situation rapidly was reaching an epidemic stage. The disease's mortality toll has climbed to 55 for the year.

2001
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater opens with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 18 in San Antonio history...

1885
Ground is broken for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.

1908
Five insane patients now remain in the county jail. But Superintendent Baker, of the Southwest Insane Asylum, will soon have room for them. At one time they crowded the jail but Baker has gradually absorbed them.

1948
More than 200 representatives of 24 civic organizations will converge on Commissioner Henry Hein May 21 to demand a DDT spraying and dusting of the entire city as a preventative against polio and diarrhea.

Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17 in San Antonio history...

1887
Ignatius Coyle smashes the image of Saint Theresa at the Alamo Church and is arrested by Captain Tom Rife.

1908
Before 500 friends of the institution, the cornerstone of Reinbolt Hall, new annex to St. Louis College, was laid today. The site is one mile from the terminal of the West End car line. Brother John Wolf presided.

1948
Construction of an 18-foot highway from Bandera through the old Indian Pass to Kerrville, a project sought for a decade by Hill Country residents, will become a reality by the end of the summer.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 16 in San Antonio history...

1876
Military telegraph communication between San Antonio and other military posts and Washington D. C. began.

1883
The Alamo is sold to the State of Texas for $20,000.

1946
A major hailstorm in San Antonio causes $5 million in damage.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May 15 in San Antonio history...

1902
Fire Chief Tobin has made another improvement in the fire department by the addition of a searchlight to be used in locating a fire in buildings. Searchlights are in vogue in the North and East.

1912
Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the national Women’s Suffrage Association, will lecture at the Grand Opera house tonight.

1943
Playland Park holds its grand opening in its new location at 2222 N. Alamo (at Broadway). It will remain San Antonio's favorite amusement park until closing in 1980.

1957
Comedian Buster Keaton, of Hollywood dead-pan fame, was in San Antonio to promote a movie about his life which is now playing at the Aztec Theater.

1993
The Alamodome opens to the public.

Friday, May 14, 2010

May 14 in San Antonio history...

1716
The Spanish Council of War approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio. The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previously), established a presidio on the river at what is now San Pedro Park. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission near the site.

1871
Samuel A. Maverick, Jr., marries Sallie Frost.

1927
A message conveying the best wishes of San Antonio for the success of his transatlantic flight from New York to Paris was sent to Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh, Missouri National guard flyer, by members of the San Antonio Aeronautical Club. Lindbergh at Brooks and Kelly Fields.

1934
“The Three Little Pigs,” first movie made in the new Techincolor process, began a run at the Majestic. Also billed: “Stand Up and Cheer,” introducing Shirley Temple.

1956
Dr. Jose San Martin was the likely candidate to replace Henry B. Gonzalez on the City Council. Gonzalez quit to run for state senator.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 13 in San Antonio history...

1734
The first foundation stone of San Fernando Church, between Main and Military Plazas, was laid.

1912
Setting a precedent for future celebrations of the same nature, more than 200 San Antonians gathered Sunday afternoon at the YMCA to celebrate the day that had been set aside in honor of “the best mother in the world, your mother.”

1934
A crowd of 8,500 bet a record $159,496 at the last racing day of Alamo Down’s first horse racing meet.

1952
Plan for the purge of 15-18 policeman, one of the largest proposed manpower cuts in police history, were revealed today by Chief Bob Allen. Allen says the men are uncooperative and lack the proper attitude.
Setting a precedent for future celebrations of the same nature, more than 200 San Antonians gathered Sunday afternoon at the YMCA to celebrate the day that had been set aside in honor of “the best mother in the world, your mother.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 12 in San Antonio history...

1913
Members of the San Antonio Automobile Club called for good roads and a bond issue to build them at a meeting in the Gunter Hotel.

1924
The Chamber of Commerce estimated San Antonio's population officially at 193,000 persons.

1953
Possibility of a tornado in the San Antonio area was forecast by the U.S. Weather Bureau. Hail and winds reaching up to 50 or 60 miles per hour were also listed as possibilities. (This was the same storm system that spawned an F5 tornado destroying downtown Waco the previous day.)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11 in San Antonio history...

1908
Cow Street renamed to Carey Avenue. It will be renamed again in 1928 - to Hildebrand Avenue.

1927
Contract for a large radio station for San Antonio, called KTSA, to be built on the roof of the Plaza Hotel at a cost of of $40,000 has been signed and construction is already underway.

1966
"Tower of the Americas", the name suggested by Rosa Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, is chosen as the official name of the 622-foot tall HemisFair tower. Ms. Gonzalez won a three-day expenses-paid stay at the Menger Hotel for herself and her immediate family, a $100 savings bond and a season pass to HemisFair. The names chosen as runners-up were: Hemispire, Hemistower, Astroshaft, Astrospire, Astrotower, Stratospire, Spire of the Americas and Tower of Peace.

Monday, May 10, 2010

May 10 in San Antonio history...

1904
Sugar-coated breakfast bacon was advertised at the Paul Maureaux grocery on W. Commerce at 13 cents a pound.

1912
Summer's advent in going to be observed by the opening for the season of the "Top o' the Town," the St. Anthony Hotel roof garden.

1932
The USS Akron, mightiest of the dirigibles, passed over the Smith-Young Tower at dusk yesterday. Harold O. Rosendahl, 1934 W. Magnolia, sent a message to his brother Charles E. Rosendahl, commanding the ship. (The Akron would be involved in an accident the next day in San Diego leading to the deaths of two Navy sailors.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 9 in San Antonio history...

1942
San Antonio's test of two types of air-raid siren today gave citizens their first taste of what it may be like if enemy planes approach the city. The sirens tested were of five and two horsepower.

1946
Two bids on downtown underground parking lots were opened by the city council and terms of the two proposals read.

1976
CIA Director George Bush told a Trinity University audience yesterday he would withhold sensitive information from Congress if he were certain the information would be leaked to the public.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

May 8 in San Antonio history...

1914
County officials planned special ceremonies when the old Bexar County courthouse was demolished to allow widening of Soledad St. between Houston and Commerce.

1932
Mass meetings will be held by local Communists on May 16 at a N. Center St. address, and on May 17 on the West Side. The party proposed to bring about the dole system as a remedy for unemployment.

1952
An 1899 city ordinance providing a license fee of 25 cents for bootblacks and calling for the city to furnish them tin badges was repealed today by the City Council.

Friday, May 7, 2010

May 7 in San Antonio history...

1849
Gen. William Jenkins Worth, veteran of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, dies of cholera in San Antonio. Fort Worth was named for him on November 14, 1849.

1879
The cornerstone is laid for Groos Bank.

1944
Cleaning out a snake pit at the Witte Museum's reptile garden, A. B. Stokes found $3 in pennies tossed by visitors who wanted to hear the snakes rattle.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May 6 in San Antonio history...

1884
The Grenet Alamo property is sold for $40,200 to Hugo & Schmeltzer.

1889
The Hugo & Schmeltzer property on Alamo Plaza is condemned by City Council.

1898
Col. Leonard Wood, the commander of the Rough Riders, spent the day at the post yesterday buying horses. As soon as they go into camp, Lt. Col. Roosevelt will arrive and the regiment will be ready for service.

2008
A four-alarm fire burns the main building at Our Lady of the Lake University causing $15 million in damage.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5 in San Antonio history...

1731
Mission Concepcion is established.

1884
The Maverick Bank building, at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Houston Street, is begun.

1912
Little is left now of the collection of rock and adobe hovels which formerly encumbered the block bounded by Soledad, Veramendi, Houston and Main. They have been torn down to make room for the new Wolff & Marx.

2001
Ed Garza wins the mayoral election over Tim Bannwolf.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4 in San Antonio history...

1901
William McKinley is the first President to visit San Antonio. He delivers a speech in Alamo Plaza.

1906
The city health board will distribute 10,000 pamphlets instructing parents how to care for infants during the hot summer months.

1922
Lt. James H. Doolittle, air service, hopped off from Kelly Field at 5 a.m. in an attempt to reach San Diego, California by nightfall. The flight is being made in an ordinary government DeHavilland equpped with extra fuel tanks.

1954
Little Bobby Ledger bravely stepped to the head of the line at 9 a.m. Tuesday, bared his arm, gritted his teeth and became the first San Antonian inoculated with Salk polio vaccine.

1993
The Bexar County Courthouse installed metal detectors at all entrances.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3 in San Antonio history...

1926
Another step in the flood prevention program will be taken shortly by eliminating two bends in the San Antonio River.

1928
Two city detectives today completed a raid on what is said to be the largest source of marijuana or dream producing weed ever found in San Antonio. The week was found growing behind a man's house on Chihuahua.

1932
Rather than charge an admission fee to the Witte Memorial Museum, the building will be open to the public only four hours a day and staff salaries temporarily will be cut in half, it was decided today.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2 in San Antonio history...

1874
The San Antonio Street Railway Company chartered, and inaugurated.

1928
Air passenger service between Ft. Worth, Dallas and San Antonio and other South Texas cities will be inaugurated May 15, giving Texas its first network of aerial travel. The planes will cut the time of trains to one-third.

1938
Linking of San Antonio and Amarillo by airmail was being discussed today at a conference of chamber of commerce officials in Big Spring. A survey is being made to indicate the volume of mail the line would handle.


1958
Alamo Heights police were holding three ex-convicts Friday who were flushed as they rolled a 500-pound safe along a Broadway sidewalk. Heights Police Sgt. Eddie Brendler arrested the three at 1 a.m. after boxing them up on a dead end street.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May 1 in San Antonio history...

1718
Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Alamo Mission “San Jose del Alamo” is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

1905
The bust of Dr. F. Herff Sr. is unveiled in the Carnegie Library.

1927
San Francesco di Paola Catholic Church is dedicated by Archbishop Arthur J. Drossaerts with a 10 a.m. high mass. Other festivities include music by the Knights of Columbus band, a ravioli supper, a bazaar, dancing and singing.

1946
KCOR, owned by Raoul Cortez, becomes the first full-time Spanish language radio station in the United States.