Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30 in San Antonio history...

1892
Otto Praeger, the young reporter who started to the City of Mexico on his bicycle April 3, reached his destination yesterday afternoon and was given a rousing reception.

1924
Ten thousand dollars worth of radium, reported missing from the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, was discovered an hour later in a city garbage wagon.

1952
City Manager Marrell ordered Health Director Austin E. Hill to take effective steps to combat the increasing incidence of polio.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29 in San Antonio history...

1904
Constable Charles Stevens and City Marshall Irvin praised the county's new-fangled automobile for enabling to reach the scene of a crime seven miles from the Courthouse in just 40 minutes.

1945
M&S and P&S Hospitals announced they would merge their operations and use the same buildings on Romana Plaza and Madison Square.

1956
Rock and roll records were removed from juke boxes at city swimming pools because, according to the assistant parks director, of "undesirable incidents" which allegedly were caused by the music.

Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28 in San Antonio history...

1912
Within a few days it will be possible to tell the time by looking at the clock in the tower of the city hall. The machinery has been repaired and work was begun today painting the four faces.

1925
Ft. Sam Houston and San Antonio officialdom turned out to welcome Col. Billy Mitchell as new air officer for VIII Corps area.

1946
The Trail Drive-in theater at Military and Roosevelt opens.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27 in San Antonio history...

1912
A new bunting flag was put up over the Alamo yesterday afternoon to replace the old cotton one which was tattered and torn. It has only been within the past few months that the Texas flag has waved over the Alamo. Heretofore, the United States flag was used.

1947
A crackdown on motor scooters by San Antonio and Alamo Heights police loomed today following the second fatal scooter accident of the year.

1988
Lightning strikes steeple of Hot Wells bathhouse causing extensive fire damage for the fourth time.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

June 26 in San Antonio history...

1904
A fourth floor-addition to the Santa Rosa Infirmary to cost $12,000 was announced by hospital officials.

1942
The War Department separated part of Kelly Field for an aviation cadet training center, later renaming it for Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland.

1999
The San Antonio Spurs win their first NBA championship with a victory over the New York Knicks.

Friday, June 25, 2010

June 25 in San Antonio history...

1905
The Annie Cotter Sullivan Memorial Library is dedicated.

1944
Kendall County Sheriff S. F. Edge shined the shoes of Joseph Rittiman at Boerne to spur war bond sales. Rittiman bought a $1,000 war bond in exchange for the sheriff's services.

1952
The San Antonio Transit Company's application for authorization to increase bus fares was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Councilmen agreed to the elimination of all zone and student tickets and to levying a 2-cent transfer charge.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24 in San Antonio history...

1894
Ernest Rische announced he had purchased the old Cobweb Saloon and that he was changing its name to the Old Turner Hall Saloon.

1895
St. Louis College graduates its first class - a graduating class of two.

1949
Trinity Baptist Church is founded.

1954
Three of the six youths charged with burning the city's 80-foot Christmas tree on Alamo Plaza last New year were fined $25 and costs by Judge McCollum Burnett.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23 in San Antonio history...

1889
Cornerstone laid for Elliott Memorial Hall.

1918
The law prohibiting the sale, gift or transportation of alcoholic drinks becomes effective throughout Texas at 10:30 pm June 25. All saloons must close or face the penalty of the law, which is exceptionally severe.

1938
The iron bridge at the swimming pool in Brackenridge Park, a familiar sight to thousands of park visitors in the past 20 or more years, is being torn down. A modern concrete and steel structure will replace it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 22 in San Antonio history...

1925
Waco Street's name is changed to West Ashby Place. Also on this date in 1925, a new state law was passed, changing the name of the Southwest Insane Asylum to San Antonio State Hospital.

1954
Possibility of desegregation of students in San Antonio public schools this September faded as officials said they would await guidance on a state and federal level before acting.

1987
The Spurs use their No. 1 draft pick to select Naval Academy Midshipman David Robinson.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June 21 in San Antonio history...

1922
A pot of gold was unearthed on the site of the new park at Main Ave. and Romana St. today. Workmen reported the gold was in $5, $10 and $20 pieces but gave no estimate of the total find.

1952
Beer flowed like water for a time on Culebra Road. Almost 50 cases tumbled to the highway when a brewery truck rounded a curve.

2006
The Police Department replaces their traditional royal and French blue uniforms with dark navy blue.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June 20 in San Antonio history...

1904
Police Chief Irvin announced he would rigidly enforce a new ordinance requiring San Antonio automobiles to be numbered.

1930
Randolph Field is dedicated.

1934
A prisoner booked from drunkenness at San Antonio jail asked the desk sergeant to check his most valuable possession - a glass eye.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June 19 in San Antonio history...

1942
A new telephone central office named "Travis" in memory of Col. William Barrett Travis, hero of the Alamo, will go into service here Saturday at midnight.

1954
The San Antonio City Council votes to ban people of color from city swimming pools, making law of a de facto segregation that had existed for 90-plus years. This ruling is particularly cruel due to the fact that it takes effect on "Juneteenth", the 89th anniversary of the end of slavery in Texas.

2007
The first ramp of the Loop 410-281 interchange (southbound 281 to westbound 410) opens at 3 pm.

Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18 in San Antonio history...

1892
Wheelmen of the city will hold a grand paper chase on wheels next Sunday morning, under the auspices of the Alamo Wheelmen. The "hares" will leave the Alamo at 8 o'clock sharp.

1944
Thousands gathered at Alamo Stadium to watch ceremonies posthumously awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to S. Sgt. William J. Bordelon, Jr. The Marine sergeant's mother received the medal on behalf of her late son.

1955
Roy Rogers makes an appearance in San Antonio, broadcast nationally on NBC.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17 in San Antonio history...

1905
A District Court issues an injunction against a phonograph talking or singing.

1952
A break in a 22-year-old water main at Commerce and South Presa disrupted traffic for four hours Monday afternoon.

1976
The San Antonio Spurs become a member of the National Basketball Association.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16 in San Antonio history...

1914
Alderman A. B. Weakly ordered all boys and men who swim in the San Antonio River to wear bathing suits with vests, not merely trunks.

1936
The name of municipal airport is changed from Winburn Field back to Stinson Field.

1942
Interviewing of 3,000 women applicants from the five states of 8th Corps Area for commissions in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps began at Ft. Sam Houston.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 15 in San Antonio history...

1894
A health inspector's census showed 50 fruit stands in operation in San Antonio.

1936
The cornerstone is laid at new [downtown] post office, designed by Paul Cret who also designed the tower and main building at the University of Texas.

1955
Bob Hope makes an appearance at the Majestic Theater to promote his latest film, "The Seven Little Foys."

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14 in San Antonio history...


1929
The "Greater" Majestic Theater opens its doors offering "The Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers on stage along with the Movietone Follies of 1929.

1957
The Brackenridge Eagle miniature train holds its grand opening, but had actually hauled 35,000 passengers since it began operation on April 11 of that year.

2007
The Spurs win their fourth championship in nine years by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 13 in San Antonio history...

1691
Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas. Camping at a rancherria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, they celebrate mass and rename the stream San Antonio because it was the feast day of San Antonio de Padua.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12 in San Antonio history...

1906
The city council was preparing to draft an ordinance prohibiting the hanging of all electric signs over sidewalks.

1946
City sanitation officials have invited local club women to inspect their neighbors' trash receptacles and file Corporation Court charges against those with dirty cans.

1955
Hubert Lindsey becomes the first African-American to enroll at San Antonio College.

Friday, June 11, 2010

June 11 in San Antonio history...

1922
Brooks Field, as a lighter-than-air station, will be abandoned within the next few weeks.

1925
Texas University announced that a new college would opened in the fall in San Antonio.

1936
President Franklin D. Roosevelt accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt and Governor James V. Allred, stopped in San Antonio long enough to be given a rousing welcome by approximately 75,000 people who line the downtown streets. In an address at the Alamo, President Roosevelt eulogized the “Shrine of Texas Liberty.”

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10 in San Antonio history...

1904
A burglar broke into San Antonio's Cosmopolitan Cafe, ignored cash and silverware, ate one piece of pie and departed.

1924
Preliminary plans were announced for construction near the heart of San Antonio of a Greek Orthodox Church building.

1955
Television station KCOR Channel 41 (now KWEX) takes to the airwaves as the country's first Spanish language TV station.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 9 in San Antonio history...

1902
A man riding an old-fashioned high bicycle was one of the sights yesterday, and he was followed by a number of small boys on modern safeties, which showed quite a contrast.

1932
The Southwestern Bell Telephone people are busy planning a campaign for the event they call the Big Conversion. They are getting ready to switch over to the dial telephone system.

1950
The South Loop 13 Drive-In Theater, the fifth in the city, opens with "The Outlaw".

2008
All four ramps of the 281/410 interchange ramp project are completed.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8 in San Antonio history...

1897
All soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston must now wear the regulation uniform whether on duty or off. It calls for white trousers and helmets with blue blouses. One deviation is permission to wear straw hats while off duty.

1929
Construction begins on Sunken Garden Theater.

1933
The Reptile Garden opens at the Witte Museum.

1937
Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright yesterday reiterated his stand refusing to allow city fire and policement to unionize. He said they should not be placed in a position where they take orders from any source but the city.


Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7 in San Antonio history...

1925
A steam shovel is used for the first time in San Antonio in construction of Commercial National Bank.

1932
Gonzales Road re-named Nixon Road

1944
Aroused by news of D-Day the day before, Bexar County bond salesmen began hawking defense bonds four days ahead of the scheduled Fifth War Loan drive.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 6 in San Antonio history...

1907
The police matron's office in this city has been abolished by official act of the mayor. The position was created six years ago and has paid $65 per month.

1916
A fireproof building, expected to be one of the most handsome clubs in the South, will be erected by the San Antonio Country Club to replace its previous structure claimed by fire.

1936
The remodeled Rainbow Terrace on the St. Anthony's Hotel roof opened to a near capacity crowd last night.

1944
Operation Overlord begins with the largest invasion force the world has ever seen.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June 5 in San Antonio history...

1926
Insterstate Amusement Company has purchased property on Houston between St. Mary's and Navarro and intends to build the largest theater in the South. (This would be the Majestic Theater.)

1942
Joske's installs the first escalators in San Antonio and begins their "Joske Days" sale two days late in order to showcase them.

1966
A dead man, Tomas B. Perez, won a race for committeeman in Precinct 175. Perez was killed in an auto accident two days ago. His place will be filled by his opponent, Frank Pozos.

1969
The University of Texas at San Antonio was established on this date.

Friday, June 4, 2010

June 4 in San Antonio history...

1906
Outhouses and shade trees were blown down by winds that roared into the city at 40 miles an hour last night.

1922
Residents of Alamo Heights voted unanimously to incorporate under the aldermanic form of government.

1944
Several San Antonio radio stations broadcast a false report, accidentally released nationwide by a press service, of an Allied invasion of Europe, setting off premature celebrations of D-Day.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 3 in San Antonio history...

1902
The City Council has given the Daughters of the Confederacy Permission to erect a drinking fountain on Alamo Plaza.

1922
The first steps toward incorporation of Alamo Heights will be taken Saturday night when citizens meet at the schoolhouse.

1954
The Varsity drive-in theater, of which Jack C. Williams is manager, takes the wraps off its new "Texas style" screen— 40 feet high and 100 feet wide—with the showing of the CinemaScope western, "The Command."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2 in San Antonio history...

1887
Some persons are in favor of adopting the old Spanish custom of taking an afternoon siesta and are working for its adoption. This would practically mean the suspension of business from 1 to 5 p.m. and lead to more night work.

1902
New milk license tags for the coming year will be of an oval shape instead of square and are dark red with gold letters.

1934
Officials announced completion of a federally-financed restoration job on San Antonio's San Jose mission.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1 in San Antonio history...

1860
Robert E. Lee is counted in the 1860 Federal census, living at Ladreska Phillips's boarding house here.

1929
The Smith-Young Tower (now Tower Life Building) is completed.

1958
Northeast High School is officially renamed Douglas MacArthur High School