Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31 in San Antonio history...

1731
First recorded baptism in the parish of San Fernando, Ignacia Agustina Munoz y Morillo.

1898
A party who read in the Sunday Light the proposition of the doctors to be allowed right-of-way when calling on patients, suggests that they be compelled to put gongs on their vehicles to prevent accidents.

1928
San Antonio's first talking picture, "The Perfect Crime," will open at the [old] Majestic Theatre tomorrow. It is not a conglomeration of noises, but a dialogue spoken so you can understand it. Clive Brook and Irene Rich star.

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30 in San Antonio history...

1856
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West . & J. P. Newcomb ceased publication.

1928
Efforts to sell both the fire and police station building on S. St. Mary's and the new detective and public health building on Main Plaza were started today by the city commissioners. If the two buildings are sold, one of the most modern police and detective buildings in the south will be built.

1948
Creation of a metropolitan health district which will finance the operation of the Robert B. Green and other county hospitals was underway today. The plan was given impetus when Alamo Heights voted a 15-cent tax levy as its contribution.

1968
The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos played a preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29 in San Antonio history...

1887
The horse to be used by Fire Company No. 1, instead of the old one, now decrepit from age, is expected to arrive tomorrow from the Capote farm near Seguin. The animal will cost $200 and is said to come of good blood.

1908
Houston Street will be paved with asphalt, it was announced today after a citizen's committee let it be known they favor this material over the more expensive vitrified brick pavement. The job will cost $71, 175.

1937
Creation of a school for housemaids as a WPA project has been approved by Mayor Quin. Forty young women, now on relief rolls, will be given the training.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28 in San Antonio history...

1874
Pope Pius IX creates San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1875
Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson from Travis Park.

1915
A contract for the erection of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital was awarded to H.N. Jones Construction Co., at an agreed price of $200,092.

1936
The first day of the parking meters appeared to be a success in so far as preventing double parking is concerned. Delivery trucks were pulled flush to the curb while their drivers conducted business.

1947
In a setting of continued city-county discord over operating funds for Robert B. Green Hospital, the county institution closed its emergency room at noon today as an economy measure in compliance with instructions of its board of directors. The maternity ward and nursery were closed yesterday.

1955
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was "going ahead with plans" to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term. Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day also, the same day that Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.

2004
San Antonian and Baylor Bear, Darrold Williamson, wins Olympic gold in the 4X400 relay in Athens, Greece.

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27 in San Antonio history...

1935
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor's office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.

1945
Publication of the San Antonio Light, Express and Evening News was suspended when members of the American Typographical Union walked out of the composing rooms of these three newspapers.

1958
The imported fire ant relentlessly continues a spreading invasion on San Antonio. During the past four months the ants have infested an additional 1,600 acres since they were discovered covering a 3,500 acre tracer in the southern part of the city.

1976
Elvis Presley played his final concert in San Antonio. He would die one year later, on August 16, 1977.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26 in San Antonio history...

1936
The first parking meters arrive and are installed.

1937
Another bit of San Antonio's romantic atmosphere - the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza - has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city's sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the "chili queens."

1946
San Antonio's traffic situation has been held the worst in the state by a representative of the National Safety Council.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 25 in San Antonio history...

1895
The city physician cautioned all children, not vaccinated or without a certificate of vaccination , to apply for same before the school term began.

1926
Installation of the flood gates in the Olmos creek dam north of the city was begun today, assuring San Antonio permanent protection from floods.

1939

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24 in San Antonio history...

1858
Vance & Bros. give one lot of land, for the erection of an Episcopal place of worship, to St. Mark’s congregation. Mr. S. A. Maverick also donates four city lots for church purposes.

1930
The Aurora apartment hotel opens.

1936
Chief of Police Owen Kilday declared today that double parking on downtown streets will be eliminated after installation of the parking meters.

1956
The FBI announced today that a 52-year-old man had surrendered and confessed to robbing the Bexar County National Bank of $2,000 Aug. 8.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23 in San Antonio history...

1908
Houston Street is to be paved from Nacogdoches to Santa Rosa. Everyone recognizes this as a step in the right direction but there are many more similar steps yet to be taken.

1925
A proposed ordinance that would require motor vehicle operators to obtain city licenses was held invalid by the city attorney. It was indicated the fight for the proposal would be continued before the Texas State Legislature.

1928
Charles Withers himself and his company brings "Withers' Opry" to the stage of the [old] Majestic Theater. Every line of this travesty of the old time variety shows is a riot of hilarity. There are also four other acts.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22 in San Antonio history...

1905
According to the records in the office of the city engineer, there were 71 automobiles in San Antonio, representing a value of about $37,200.

1918
Military police have been ordered to keep soldiers out of close to a score of eating and drinking places in the carnival district of W. Houston because their women employees lack certificates attesting to their moral character.

1958
If new sources of water are not found for San Antonio in the next four years, the city is going to be up a creek and a dry one at that. This was the contention today of R. A. Thompson Jr., general manager of the water board, as he outlined San Antonio's future water needs.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21 in San Antonio history...

1895
The San Antonio Baseball Association was organized. Stock was issued to the amount of $5,000 and divided into shares of $10 each.

1926
Preliminary steps in the city's $600,000 flood prevention program were taken yesterday when test holes for the cross-town channel were sunk.

1993
The Dallas Cowboys lose to the Houston Oilers, 23-20, in the Alamodome - a preseason NFL game for the Governors Cup.

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20 in San Antonio history...

1915
The city and county commissioners were expected to reject all bids submitted for construction of Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital. The estimates were considered as much as $55,000 too high.

1923
River Avenue between Grand and Houston streets changed name to Broadway Avenue.

1935
The rock in the old post office, quarried from the hills of Texas prior to 1888, will go into a $1 million Catholic shrine, to be built during the centennial.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August 19 in San Antonio history...

1906
It is rumored at Ft. Sam Houston that an electric light plant may be installed by the officers in order to have light furnished more cheaply.

1907
Despite the fact that no official weather forecast can be had because of local involvement in the telegraph strike we have it on good authority that there will be no snowstorm within the next 24 hours.

1935
Mayor C. K. Quin Monday ordered a series of mural paintings taken from the walls of the foyer of the Municipal Auditorium, after their presence was protested by the American Legion Central Council of Bexar County. The paintings by Xavier Gonzales, were criticized for containing hidden Communist symbols.

1986
The temperature reaches 108 degrees, a record that would stand until September of 2000.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18 in San Antonio history...

1813
The Spanish royalist army under Gen. JoaquĆ­n de Arredondo is victorious at the Battle of Medina south of San Antonio. Gen. Arredondo's forces enter San Antonio two days after the battle and inflict punishment on the civilian population. 700 of the citizens are imprisoned, eighteen die of suffocation out of 300 in one house; the remainder are shot.

1887
The first train into Comfort was the occasion of great rejoicing in that city and a brass band serenaded the town. The train men and citizens drank up 17 kegs of beer during the jollification.

1917
The new 750-telephone exchange at Ft. Sam Houston will be "cut in" near midnight tonight. For the first time women and girls will replace signal corps operators on the switchboard.

1946
Use of the San Antonio River as a water highway to the gulf complete with locks, docks, etc. has become a possibility of the not too distant future following agreement of the war department to conduct a survey.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17 in San Antonio history...

1885
It was hoped the action of the city council in deciding to open up Grayson would be the beginning of a new era in street work.

1906
For the first time since 1892, the fountain on the east side of the courthouse is being cleaned.

1957
A motorcycle patrolman was struck and critically injured by a hit-and-run accident early this morning. Police followed a trail of water from a leaky radiator from the accident scene at 1600 W. Laredo to a nearby abandoned automobile. They later arrested the owner of the car.

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16 in San Antonio history...

1924
Patent for an automatic locking device for water casings was awarded San Antonio's Julius H. Holmgreen.

1934
Rabbi Samuel Marks, 88, former head of San Antonio's Temple Beth-El, died at a local convalescent home after an illness of six months.

1947
A complete change in the admistration and personnel of Robert B. Green hospital was recommended today by a seven-doctor committee from the Bexar County Medical Association. The group said the decline of the hospital from one of the best to an unaccredited status is due to neglect, indifference and incompetence.

1977
San Antonians mourned the death of singer Elvis Presley, who died at age 42 at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15 in San Antonio history...

1896
The Light is in favor of making Labor Day next month a general holiday.

1905
An ordinance was adopted by the city council wherein the city disclaimed any right, title or interest in the Alamo property. The mayor was authorized to execute a quit claim deed to Miss Clara Driscoll.

1945
Burglars ransacked houses and apartments left vacant by V-J celebrants. A total of $425 in cash and numerous articles were reported missing.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 14 in San Antonio history...

1902
The tower of the San Antonio Female College at West End is being removed. Another will be put in its place, but of a different style.

1922
The Bexar County commissioners wiped a town out of existence this morning. This was the town of Viva, about 18 miles north of San Antonio on the Kerrville branch of the S.A.A.P. railroad.

1957
San Antonio's new $750,000 traffic light system officially went into operation last night. At a ceremony at the corner of St. Mary's and Houston, Mayor Kuykendall and Willard Simpson, board chairman of the Public Service Company, threw a switch which activated the system.

Friday, August 13, 2010

August 13 in San Antonio history...

1887
Citizens are being disturbed by the far too frequent whistling of locomotives. An engineer always looks as though he were taking a gymnastic lesson while going through the suburbs, he has to reach up and pull the whistle cord so often.

1922
This morning, Judge James R. Davis submitted a petition from property owners in the settlement of Viva, between San Antonio and Leon Springs on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad, that the streets and alleys in the 35-year-old town be ordered closed. The commissioners' court granted the petition. Thus, the township was wiped out. There were no casualties.

1937
Mary, a 26-year-old spider monkey known to thousands of San Antonians, died in the Brackenridge Park zoo hospital this morning. She was the first animal to be placed in the zoo and the first spider monkey born in the U.S.

1957
Another bomb scare was attempted today by a youth estimated to be no older than 13. The boy called police and told them there was a bomb at the northside "Spears" store, apparently meaning the Sears Roebuck store at Romana Plaza. Police found no bomb.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12 in San Antonio history...

1905
A large wooden chest was installed in the sheriff's office for the purpose of keeping evidence in criminal cases.

1915
Police cars were equipped with sirens similar to those used by the fire department. They were to be used only while the cars were responding to emergency calls.

1932
The San Antonio Post Office band has accepted an invitation to entertain and be entertained at the Kendall County Fair, Postmaster P. G. Lucas has announced. John L. Meyer, director of the band, will be in charge.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 11 in San Antonio history...

1905
The portion of Commerce between St. Mary's and Soledad was opened to traffic. With the strip extending from Alamo to Soledad already in first-class condition, work on the street was complete.

1922
San Antonio's second radio station (WCAR) begins broadcasting from 324 N. Navarro St. It is later renamed KTSA. (License date 5/9/22)

1943
The Frost National Bank opened a branch bank at Brooks Field, designed as a convenience for military personnel and civilians.

1953
Kelly's gigantic C-99, heretofore known as the XC-99 will open a new area in its historic flights Wednesday when it takes off on its first intercontinental flight for Europe.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10 in San Antonio history...

1908
A force of men is today removing the cannons which were unearthed on the Gibbs property at Houston and Avenue D. The largest is to be taken to the Alamo, the next to Col. Gibbs and the other three to the Mavericks.

1936
County Clerk George Surkey said today that so many people are getting married while drunk that he would issue no marriage licenses after 5 p.m. daily and none on Sundays unless he personally knows the applicants.

1958
A Texas "first" in the new Terrell Plaza Shopping Center here is a new type pay telephone, called the "boothette," installed in outdoor locations for the convenience of shoppers. The "boothettes" are of two types - a walk-up model and a drive-up.

Monday, August 9, 2010

August 9 in San Antonio history...

1898
The pictures of some of San Antonio's prominent citizens will be shown in Riverside Park in the Edison picture machine, as well as others, among which is the Battleship Texas.

1928
Schools in Alamo Heights will not open before Oct. 1, a month later than usual, because the new building under construction cannot be completed in time. Cost of the construction now under way is more than $300,000.

1948
The San Antonio Public Service Company today announced plans for complete modernization of the city street lights. To be completed in six years, the program calls for illumination of an intense degree in the downtown area.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 8 in San Antonio history...

1908
San Antonio policement made considerable fun of a new school for policemen in Fort Worth. The idea of full-grown husky cops going to school struck the local boys as amusing. Chief Mauermann made it clear that he feels his men need no schooling.

1938
San Antonio taxicab companies today appeared doomed to disappointment in their request for street stands as acting Mayor Phil Wright indicated that he would recommend that the City Council refuse the petition.

1958
A petition signed by 40 leading businessmen concerning the site for the new county jail and police headquarters was presented to the Commissioners Court today. The petition sees the new buildings as a downtown civic center which would render a more efficient and more economical operation.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

August 7 in San Antonio history...

1898
No end of happy comment is heard about the new artesian well at the county courthouse. The poor classes who formerly drank San Pedro Creek water, now obtain fresh drinking water and every day barrels of it are taken away.


1954
Johnny Cash marries Vivian Liberto at St. Anne's Catholic Church in San Antonio.

1958
Charles Laury, 26, night attendant at the Gulf station at 2803 E. Houston , told police he took a short nap early Thursday and when he woke the unattended cash register had been tapped for $90.

Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6 in San Antonio history...

1938
A spectacular head-on collision today between two huge fire department pumper trucks racing to a fire sent 10 firemen to San Antonio hospitals, two seriously injured and one near death.

1958
There may be no place like home, but a comfy cot in a cool calaboose was the complaint of Dist. Atty. Jose Ross, who is charged with the prosecution of fathers who refused to support their children. "If they air condition that jail, I'll never be able to get those birds out and to work."

1968
Hemisfair holds the world premiere electric cart rally around the Hemisfair grounds. More of a gimmick than an actual race, it is based on European style road rallies.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 5 in San Antonio history...

1884
San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad is first organized.

1914
Rains breaking a drought of more than two months fell in the San Antonio area.

1966
Five unidentified flying objects, UFOs, were reported last night over the Alamo Heights area. A resident claimed that five separate aircraft of amber color appeared, going north to south.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 4 in San Antonio history...

1895
Moonlight drives to the Southwestern Insane Asylum were becoming quite popular.

1928
Trees and shrubbery in Alamo Heights, particularly along Broadway, will not be cut down or damaged in the interest of the suburb's $180,000 street paving program, it was announced today. Residents had asked that the beauty spots be spared.

1954
A test case on swimming pool segregation involving three local Negroes barred from Roosevelt swimming pool appears to be shaping up in San Antonio. (See June 19.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 3 in San Antonio history...

1928
With the posting of a 1-cent per gallon advance by the Grayburg Oil Co. today gasoline reached peak price per gallon for the year. Gas now sells for 20 cents a gallon.

1938
Health Department officials today seized 500 pounds of pecans that had been farmed out for shelling in eight private homes. This practice is a violation of the city ordinance and has been the cause of much criticism.

1946
Sunday, the first Sabbath since the lifting of the polio ban, found San Antonio children again starched, cleaned behind the ears and ready for Sunday school.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2 in San Antonio history...


1928
Bexar Country today boasted its first woman sheriff. Mrs. Matilda Stevens, widow of Sheriff James Stevens, who died last night, was appointed to fill his unexpired term by the Commissioners Court.

1938
The four county commissioners are in favor of restoring the "chain gang" to prevent an influx of hoboes during the winter. Use of the gang was ended 10 years ago.

1968
The Jolly Jack restaurant holds its grand opening at 4318 Broadway, offering free soft drinks and free pirate hats. (right)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August 1 in San Antonio history...

1898
A San Antonio Army officer retured from Cuba, says his all-Negro regiment is the one which went to the rescue of the Rough Riders and which prevented Roosevelt's men from being annihilated.

1911
Scores of San Antonians felt much relieved when they awoke this morning to discover the city was not in flames. The prediction, made two months ago, that San Antonio would be destroyed by fire between July 19 and August 1 of this year, failed to materialize.

1918
San Antonio has again been called upon to save fuel through the use of fewer lights for illumination. A new fuel order requires streetlights to be kept at minimum and lights for display and illumination of businesses to be sharply reduced. Two nights a week will be lightless.