Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 31 in San Antonio history...

1944
Weatherman J. Henry Jarboe reported this was the first July in San Antonio weather history without a measureable drop of rain.

1955
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce announced plans for a weeklong celebration honoring Davy Crockett, "King of the Wild Frontier."

1978
Tropical Storm Amelia stalls over South Texas, beginning three days of continuous rain over the Guadalupe River basin leading to widespread flooding and evacuations. Medina receives 48" of rain, a record not only for Texas but any tropical cyclone impacting the continental United States.
[I picked a bad week to go to summer camp along the Guadalupe River that summer! - Ed.]


1988
The first of three Brackenridge trains, replicas of the 1863 C.P. Hunnington locomotives, make their maiden run in Brackenridge park. They replace the previous Mopac locomotives. The engines are named Fiesta Flyer, Bluebonnet and Yellow Rose.



Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30 in San Antonio history...

1894
A San Antonio school boy was fined $5 in Recorder's Court for the theft of a cantaloupe from a farmer's garden.

1914
Wayne Hearne of the Alamo Auto Sales Co. drove a new 1915 Hundon "Six" from San Antonio to Galveston in 10 hours "without having any trouble of any sort."

1954
Procurement of the new army green uniform began at Fort Sam Houston. Officals expect it will be several years before the changeover from the olive drab uniform is complete.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
A wheel on a locomotive broke, derailling the engine and two cars of an I.&G.N. train near San Antonio.

1907
More skyscrapers will do more to advertise San Antonio than anything else that can be suggested.

1935
Sheriff Albert West went on vacation and bookie joints and gambling houses opened all over the city.

1936
Church officials were preparing today to direct the removal of the altar of San Fernando Cathedral in the hope that excavation beneath the floor of the church might produce the bones of the Alamo heroes.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28 in San Antonio history...

1896
Four counterfeit dollars were taken by the City Collector yesterday, during the rush of taxpayers to his office.

1955
Sheriff Owen Kilday announced he was taking personal charge of the menu at the county jail in an effort to reduce prisoner unrest.

1988
Rolling Oaks Mall holds its grand opening.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27 in San Antonio history...

1927
Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going ahead with plans to clear the land there.

1955
A 73-cent tax for the county hospital district was proposed by the newly created board of managers.

1956
Chief Deputy County Treasurer Neil Moor and Treasurer Cecil Lipscomb allegedly engaged in a knife fight at a political rally as the Democratic Primary approached and tempers reaches the breaking point.

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 26 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

1905
The bartender at Main Plaza saloon was shot by a customer who claimed he got too little beer in his 10-cent bucket.

1934
Electricity and communications were paralyzed in San Antonio following what Col. W. B. Tuttle of the Public Serice Co. called the worst storm here in 20 years.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 25 in San Antonio history...

1934
San Antonio's Souther Pecan Shelling Co. reported $400 worth of pecans stolen from one of their trucks en route from Stockdale to San Antonio.

1957
Gasoline prices dropped today to 18 cents a gallon in the recent gas war. Drivers are cheering but station owners wear long faces.

2002
San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio's drinking water after a decades-long debate.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24 in San Antonio history...

1895
A new bell for Madison Square Presbyterian Church was formally dedicated in ceremonies at the parsonage.

1906
An independent line may soon provide San Antonio with long distance telephone service from points in East Texas.

1956
Plans for a convention hall and civic center at La Villita were unveiled today by V. H. Braunig, City Public Service Board manager.

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23 in San Antonio history...

1925
The Baker Hotel chain announced plans to add three stories atop the Gunter and put baths in every room.

1993
San Antonio welcomes the US Olympic Festival, which opens today.

1999
Emma Tenayuca, San Antonio labor leader, dies at age 82

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22 in San Antonio history...

1892
There will be a dance at the insane asylum tonight and a straw riding party from the city will be present.

1916
The newest thing in the Army is a motorcycle radio section. It consists of the complete equipment of a field wireless carried on three sidecar motorcycles.

1942
A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21 in San Antonio history...

1849
San Antonio Lodge No. 11, International Order of Odd Fellows organized (second secret society in San Antonio).

1955
The position of Assistant City Manager at an annual salary of $12,000 was created in a special ordinance passed by the San Antonio City Council.

1956
A six-foot burning cross was found at Hildebrand and Judson. It was the second cross-burning within a week.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20 in San Antonio history...

1885
The Secretary of War let a $75,000 contract for construction of new buildings at Ft. Sam Houston.

1915
The city set up a municipal filing station and garage to service city vehicles.

1945
The gasoline ration board began taking ration books from people charged with speeding.

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19 in San Antonio history...

1869
The Old Lewis mill is stopped. For nearly 20 years this mill had supplied ground corn to San Antonio.

1942
Wartime night shopping will be introduced to downtown San Antonio by about 40 stores beginning THursday. A Closing hour of 9 p.m. each Thursday was set. C. C. Winchell, secretary-manager of the San Antonio Retial Merchants assn. said.

1956
Commissioner's Court today moved to correct a hazard for pedestrians walking along the east side of the courthouse. The action came after Mike Rule, courthouse superintendent, reported large stones were dropping off the east roof of the courthouse.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 18 in San Antonio history...

1907
The city is expected to purchase more ground for use as cemeteries. This is necessary because the present space of burial grounds is small and only a few lots are unsold in the various cities of the dead.

1952
The steady rain which totalled 2.11 inches at noon Friday sent Bexar country creeks on a rampage. The rain, caused by movement of gulf moisture into the San Antonio area, began at 6:24 p.m. Thursday.

1970
"The Great (Little) Train Robbery:" Passengers aboard Old No. 99 , Brackenridge Park's miniature train, are robbed of their valuables by two soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston. Both robbers are caught and sentenced to prison terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 17 in San Antonio history...

1856
San Antonio's city limits are set as one square league with the dome of San Fernando Cathedral as center, divided into four wards.

1916
So San Antonians would know without delay the results of the bond election, the Electric Light Company had agreed to flash all electric lights in the city one time if the bonds carried and twice if they failed.

1924
Official census figures for July 1 showed San Antonio still the leading city in Texas with a population of 191,398. Dallas ranked a close second with 187,826.

Friday, July 16, 2010

July 16 in San Antonio history...


1914
Prof. Shigetaka Shiga, eminent Japanese author who composed a poem honoring Alamo dead, announced a September visit to San Antonio to erect a stone monument inscribed with his poem. (right)

1924
By mistake, Federal dry officers fired on the auto of a San Antonio doctor because it fit the description of one owned by an alleged bootlegger.

1934
Thirty San Antonio pecan shellers were working under police protection after a group of 50 labor agitators had tried unsuccessfully to make them strike.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 15 in San Antonio history...

1894
The San Antonio School Board announced all vacancies in its roster of school teachers had been filled. A total of 120 teachers signed contracts for the 1894 school year.

1895
Workmen began clearing out debris left in the Alamo after its use during the Civil War as a quartermaster storage barn.

1935
Radio fans listened astounded as broadcasters in planes three miles high described an eclipse of the moon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14 in San Antonio history...

1904
City Marshal Irvin ruled all San Antonio dogs, licensed or not, must wear muzzles out of doors due to an upsurge of hydrophobia.

1906
However it may be in northern cities, the price of ice in San Antonio does not go up with the mercury in the thermometer. Local families pay 35 cents per 100 pounds and are not complaining.

1954
Two days of temperatures above 100 degrees spurred San Antonians to use air conditioners resulting in consecutive new high records in the output of electricity by the City Public Service Board.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 13 in San Antonio history...

1895
Staacke Brothers warned San Antonians to "beware of quacks" and buy nothing but Studebaker wagons for fine transportation.

1924
The Light noted the Ponjola bob hair-do was becoming increasingly popular in San Antonio.

1957
"I Was a Teenage Werewolf" has been held over at the Texas Theater after a smashing hit week.
(Note: This film starred a 21-year-old Michael Landon, future star of "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie." - Ed.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 12 in San Antonio history...

1887
A walking match between a man and a woman, both from out of town, will take place soon at San Pedro Springs.

1926
Mayor John W. Tobin decreed that all idlers and vagrants found in San Antonio would either be jailed or forced to go to work in the cotton fields of South Texas.

1927
A commercial type of machine in which a week's bundle of dirty clothes can be washed and dried by pushing buttons has been invented by an Austin man. Either water or gasoline can be used as a cleaning agent.

1966
Architects unveiled before the HemisFair executive committee completed designs and scale-model photographs of the proposed Institute of Texan Cultures.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 11 in San Antonio history..

1894
San Antonio firemen J.E. Wright and E. A. Grover applied for patents on a modified pump to prevent draught beer from becoming stale in kegs.

1905
Hundreds of employees "hailed with delight" the decision of Joske's to give them time off by closing one afternoon a week.

1936
A special investigator of the Senate Election Investigation Committee was to be in San Antonio the following week to investigate reports that poll tax lists in San Antonio were being "padded" with ficticious names.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 10 in San Antonio history...

1907
The saloons of San Antonio will close their doors at midnight pending the test of a new law requiring saloons to be licensed.

1954
San Antonians went to the polls today to vote for the proposed $11 million freeway bond issue.

1979
San Antonio International Airport records a 77 mph microburst, which causes damage to area buildings and an elementary school.

Friday, July 9, 2010

July 9 in San Antonio history...

1922
Robert E. O'Grady, owner of the Argyle Hotel, was chosen as the first mayor of Alamo Heights in yesterday's election. Aldermen are W. H. Hume, J.C. Talcott, Paul Villaret, Dr. W. S. Hamilton and Ben Hammond. W. G. Tobin was elected town marshall.

1932
The Federal Radio Commission today granted a license for police radio service in San Antonio. The station will be on 2506 kilocycles and will have a power of 500 watts. The call letters are KGZE.

2005
Olmos Pharmacy is listed as item # 4392862742 for sale on eBay.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 8 in San Antonio history...

1935
Postmaster Dan Quill suggested San Antonians take a last look at the old post office as crews would begin razing it soon to make way for the new building.

1942
The "Victory" tennis ball, made of reclaimed rubber, is practically as good as the peacetime ball, according to Jimmy Langham, tennis instructor at the San Antonio Country Club.

1956
Trustees of the San Antonio Independent School District were expected to authorize the drawing of plans for a new Edison High School. The school was to be on the south side of Fresno Street, east of Blanco Road, and have a capacity of 1,200 students.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 7 in San Antonio history...

1917
The gradual elimination of horses and their replacement by motorcars in all city departments, is the aim of Mayor Bell. No more fire horses will be purchased.

1924
Ten Boy Scouts from Port Arthur reached San Antonio, half-way point on a 1,000-mile bicycle tour of the Southwest and pitched pup tents at Koehler Park.

1997
The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County. Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 6 in San Antonio history...

1861
The Texas order of the Sons of Hermann is founded in San Antonio.

1895
The San Antonio and Lone Star Breweries presented kegs of beer to patients at the City Hospital

2005
Construction begins on the $154.7 million Loop 410/Highway 281 interchange, the largest road construction project in the history of San Antonio.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 5 in San Antonio history...

1885
Rumors from Rome hinted the Pope would name The Rev. J. A. Forrest bishop of San Antonio.

1917
Half of the 539 buildings to compose the Army cantonment at Leon Springs have been completed.

1955
The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city's public schools.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4 in San Antonio history...

1894
An immense U.S. flag was draped from the balcony of San Antonio's City Hall to mark the Fourth of July because it was too big to be raised on the city's flagpole.

1927
Showing determination to fight a proposed 4-cent increase in trolley fare rates, city officials today said they may reopen the transportation field for jitneys, making it much easier for them to operate.

1954
Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, stopping in San Antonio to visit his son, Chapman, at Lackland AFB, will deliver an address Sunday morning at Jefferson High School.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 3 in San Antonio history...

1897
A watermelon party on trolley will be run over the Edison Company's lines to Scheuermeyer's Park today. There will be three hours riding and an hour to eat the juicy red fruit.

1906
The city council appropriated $4,000 for the Laurel Heights sewers and $4,500 for a new fire station on Travis St.

1947
If perspiration could add moisture to fields and pastures, Bexar County farmers and ranchers would enjoy a happier June. It was the driest June since 1939 with only .31 of an inch of rain.

Friday, July 2, 2010

July 2 in San Antonio history...

1838
A note in the minutes of the City Records this day reads as follows: “In consequence of the Council and Citizens generally being engaged in making preparations to repel the aggressions of the Indians there was no meeting of the Corporation this day. Signed, W. P. Delmour Secretary, July 2."

1904
More than 1 million pounds of onions from Cotulla had been processed in a week's time at the San Antonio Produce Market.

1944
War bond pushers announced Gene Autry and Red Skelton as special guests at a $1,000-bond-a-plate dinner at the St. Anthony Hotel.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1 in San Antonio history...

1853
The San Antonio Zeitung, the first German language newspaper, is published here, with Dr. Adolf Douai as editor.

1948

The Tucker Torpedo makes its San Antonio debut at Lions Field near Brackenridge Park. 40,000 people come to view the car.

1967
Boerne holds first Berges Fest celebration. Patsy Traylor is named first Berges Fest queen.

1977
Star Wars debuts in San Antonio at the Wonder Theater (ABC Interstate) and the Century South 6 (Santikos).