Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30 in San Antonio history...

1885
The upkeep of the Alamo was placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

1905
The Elite Hotel reopened its doors for the reception of guests.

1936
Alamo Plaza is decided upon as the location for the cenotaph honoring the Alamo heroes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29 in San Antonio history...

1885
The city appropriated $300 for the purchase of two horses for Fire Company #2.

1916
City Council ordered preparation of an ordinance prohibiting the use of dazzling auto headlights in the city.

1955
San Antonio's largest building, the Transit Tower, was sold to a local insurance company.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28 in San Antonio history...

1927
San Antonio's greatest building project will be underway as Ft. Sam Houston is turned into a modern post.

1946
San Antonio struggled back to near-normal in the wake of the worst flood in a quarter-century which caused property damage running into the millions of dollars.

2004
Ben & Jerry's opens Scoop Shop at 111 W. Crockett St.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27 in San Antonio history...

1865
The first issue of the San Antonio Express newspaper is published.

1868
The cornerstone of the newly renovated San Fernando Cathedral is laid.

1936
Stinson Field is dedicated.

1942
President Franklin D. Roosevelt makes a secret visit to San Antonio, inspecting the military bases.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 26 in San Antonio history...

1890
The first regular trip in San Antonio of an electric motor car was made on the Alamo Electric Street Railway Company’s track from Navarro Street to the International Fair Grounds, south of the city.

1946
Major flood in San Antonio.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25 in San Antonio history...

1896
Football enthusiasts have begun forming teams to contest for the local gridiron championship.

1916
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" starring Emma Bunting, is being shown at the Grand Opera House all this week. Matinee prices, 10 and 25 cents.

1922
Radio station WOAI transmits its first radio broadcast. It is the third radio station in San Antonio.

1946
Another San Antonio landmark is giving way to commerce. The ancient oaks surrounding the Rigsby mansion in the 3500 block of Broadway are being reduced to piles of firewood.

Friday, September 24, 2010

September 24 in San Antonio history...

1905
A burst water main precipitated a considerable volume of water into the street at Avenue E at Fourth Street.

1916
A school is to be held to teach police officers a uniform method of giving traffic signals. Vague "freak" signals will be abolished.

1976
San Antonians were debating who won the first of the "Great Debates" between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, the first confrontation between presidential candidates since the Nixon-Kennedy clashes in 1960.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 23 in San Antonio history...

1895
Outside work on the German Lutheran Church on S. Hackberry was completed with the exception of the tower.

1946
The City Council today voted to accept a proposal to build an underground parking lot under Travis Park for $1,500,000.

1966
Hollywood's "Girl with the Million Dollar Legs" of the 1940's, Betty Grable, has arrived in San Antonio to head the cast of "Hello Dolly" opening today at the Municipal Auditorium.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22 in San Antonio history...

1895
An estimated $350 total damage was inflicted on the Lucchese & Bros. boot and shoe store when a fire broke out in the shop.

1923
Under a blood-colored cross, several hundred robed men were initiated as members of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in a public ceremony at the Speedway.

1943
Autograph hunters stormed the spacial train of the Hollywood bond cavalcade as 17 of the nation's top screen stars arrived in San Antonio to boost sales in the Bexar County war loan drive.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21 in San Antonio history...

1885
City authorities declared they would strictly enforce the six-shooter ordinance, which required even law officers to obtain a permit from the mayor to carry a pistol.

1916
A move by the Gotham Film Corporation to establish a $1 million motion picture studio on San Antonio gained momentum today when 100 acres of land in San Jose were offered to the company without cost.

1976
San Antonio is one of several cities under consideration to receive funding for the construction of a solar powered electrical generating plant, City Public Service officials have announced.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20 in San Antonio history...

1915
The police department began preparing their property for movement to new headquarters on Market Street.

1927
After deliberating 23 minutes, a jury here fixed punishment for Pete McKenzie, slayer of Detective Sam Street, at death, making this the country's swiftest murder trial.

1957
Three Trinity University freshmen had all the hair on their heads shaved except for a perfect "T" right on top.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 19 in San Antonio history...

1880
The first issue of the San Antonio Daily Times is published.

1925
The principal of St. Mary's School said the new school building at 117 E. French would be opened around January 1.

1926
Two wars, the Spanish-American and the World War are to be fought at Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis within the next few days by Hollywood stars and technicians. Spectators may watch if they stay out of battles.

1956
Inoculation with Salk polio vaccine of about 30,000 Lackland AFB military and civilian personnel began today following the incidence of five paralytic cases at the base.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18 in San Antonio history...

1905
San Antonio was shown by census to be the largest city in Texas, with a population of 59,581.

1925
Two stills, several barrels of whisky mash, whisky and several hundred bottles of beer were confiscated in raids by federal prohibition agents.

1935
With approximately 12 homes under construction, Alamo Heights was said to be enjoying one of the biggest building booms in history.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ancestry (Library Edition)

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Learn the basic searching techniques for this popular Genealogy database that SAPL makes available to you for free!

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Meet in the Texana/Genealogy Room, 6th floor, Central Library.

Classes are free but registration is required.
Call 207-2500 and ask for the Texana Dept. to register.

September 17 in San Antonio history...

1905
Foul play was suspected when the engine of the eastbound "Davy Crockett" train jumped the track near the fair grounds.

1917
Beginning today, traffic policemen stationed on all important street crossings in the downtown district will cease to control traffic by means of their hands and arms. Instead the new signal devices will be in operation.

1926
San Antonio's new traffic artery, chisled out of the heart of the downtown area - the Market St. extension from Alamo to Rusk - is virtually completed.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Historical Home Research

Join us as historical researcher and author, Edna Campos Gravenhorst, discusses how to research the history of your home.


Saturday, October 2, 2010
2:00 - 3:30 pm


Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad Street


Free and open to the public.


One hour free parking (with validation.)

September 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

1917
The people of San Antonio have been asked to assist Southern Department headquarters to find a new name for Camp Funston, since a camp in Kansas already has that name. [The name would be changed to Camp Stanley on September 18, 1917. - Ed.]

1946
The city council was meeting today to consider demands from striking garbage pick-up men and drivers for a dollar-a-day increase.

2005
San Antonio's newest shopping center, The Shops at La Cantera, at 1604 and La Cantera Drive, opens today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15 in San Antonio history...

1901
A new scale of wages for San Antonio Traction Company employees has left them the best paid in the state. For a day of nine regular hours, men during the first year receive $1.65 per day.

1933
At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends and 6,000 people gather to watch 100 trucks and 25 boxcars loaded with Pearl beer rumble out of the Brewery. (right)

1966
San Antonio College's radio station, KSYM, begins broadcasting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1968
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.
(Photo by Bob Weston)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14 in San Antonio history...

1905
Plans were made to stage a water regatta and general sporting exhibition on West End (Woodlawn) Lake.

1911
A young couple can live well and happily on $20 a week even though the cost of living is high. A young man earning that salary should feel encouraged.

1931
Ceremonies marking dedication of the Shrine of the Little Flower, by the Discalced Carmelite Fathers of San Antonio will begin this week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 13 in San Antonio history...

1886
Austinites, particularly anxious to see Geronimo and his party, who are stopping here briefly, are making arrangements for an excursion to this city for that purpose.

1946
Eighty irate San Antonio retail grocers today were on record as condemning the OPA and approving the closing of every butcher shop in Texas until meat in abundance is obtainable.

1951
The sudden burst of rainfall in the last two days has relieved San Antonians of an obligation to ration the water they use on their lawns.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12 in San Antonio history...

1884
The Lone Star Brewery is opened for business.

1951
San Antonians were reveling today in the Alamo City's first measurable general rainfall since July 11.

1960
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy makes a campaign stop in San Antonio. Kennedy told the crowd gathered in front of the Alamo, "In 1960, the cause of all mankind is the cause of all Americans."

1961
The Port Aransas waterfront was almost destroyed by Hurricane Carla's winds and tides, Constable T. R. Smith said Tuesday by radio.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11 in San Antonio history...

1901
A post office has been established at Saspamco, Wilson County, with George J. Ball as postmaster.

1941
Bexar County today had two aircraft warning observers after six highway patrolmen spent a day interviewing several hundred people in an effort to find volunteers.

1961
San Antonio was braced for the impact of heavy rains, flooding and high winds spawned by movement of Hurricane Carla onto Texas' central coastline.

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 10 in San Antonio history...

1921
With a known death list of 37 that may total more than 200 when all the missing are accounted for, and with a property loss of near $5 million, San Antonio was suffering the worst flood in its history.

1962
KLRN Channel 9 begins broadcasting to serve the San Antonio and Austin public television markets.

1971
An agreement to convert the Mexican Pavilion at HemisFair Plaza into an extension branch of the National University of Mexico was announced by the city and Mexican government officials.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9 in San Antonio history...

1931
Full 16-ounce loaves of bread for 5 cents are on sale at San Antonio grocery stores today as bakers respond to a plea from Mayor C. M. Chambers that bread prices be reduced for the benefit of the unemployed.

2000
The temperature reached an all-time high in San Antonio: a scorching 111 degrees.

2002
KMOL-TV restores their call letters to WOAI-TV, the original call letters from 1949 to 1975.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 8 in San Antonio history...

1921
The Rio Frio Canyon in Uvalde County is the last stop on the itinerary of the committee appointed to investigate proposed locations for a state park.

1931
Dr. John Guy Fowlkes, head of the Department of Education of Wisconsin University [sic], has denounced as unsound the San Antonio Board of Education's action in banning married women and women over 45 from teaching.

1961
Narcotics officers Friday continued to round up accused narcotics users after a series of raids netted 37 men and 2 women.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September 7 in San Antonio history...

1897
One beer saloon on E. Commerce has of late made a daily display of empty beer kegs as an illustration of its volume of trade. A second saloon is now doing likewise.

1921
San Antonio paid tribute to Capt. Ira C. Ogden, who was killed in action at St. Etienne, France, Oct. 10, 1918.

1937
Launching a new drive to curb juvenile crime in San Antonio, police today had taken into custody 13 youths ranging in age from 13 to 20 years on a variety of charges.

Monday, September 6, 2010

September 6 in San Antonio history...

1885
The first safe ever brought into Texas was on view at Meyer's Palace on Alamo Plaza.

1895
The mayor received a petition called for the placement of free water hydrants on the west side of San Pedro. The hydrants were requested to accommodate the poor people.

1957
City Market Master Tomas Melchor ruled today that the city market is now off limits to all dice shooters and other gambler types.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5 in San Antonio history...

1901
A movement to endow the Alamo with a fund sufficient to renovate the neglected building and purchase the grounds surrounding it through an endless chain contribution of 50 cents from every patriotic Texas is being discussed.

1927
In observation of Labor Day, 2,000 members of organized labor, comprising the largest labor parade ever seen here, marched through the business section of the city at 9:30 this morning.

1935
Plans to open the cornerstone of the old post office prior to the erection of a new building were labeled indefinite when the cornerstone was discovered to be missing.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 4 in San Antonio history...

1888
The cornerstone is laid for the Joske's building at the corner of Alamo and Commerce Streets.

1918
The San Antonio Evening News first rolled off the printing presses.

1922
The 3000-candlepower searchlight of Joske's will serve as a beacon for Lt. James H Doolittle in his ocean-to-ocean flight scheduled to start from Neptune Beach, Fla. at 10 o'clock tonight.

1925
With the seizure of more than 2,500 bottles of beer and the discovery of a wholesale brewery reputed to have been turning out 30 to 50 dozen bottles a day, prohibition agents said they had cut off San Antonio's chief source of alcohol.

1932
San Antonio switches over to the dial telephone system. Telephone exchanges change from Crockett, Travis, Mission and Woodlawn to BElmont, CAthedral, FAnnin, GArfield, KEnwood, LAmbert, PArkview and PErshing.

Friday, September 3, 2010

September 3 in San Antonio history...

1911
Patrons of the free lunch must rally to its support if they hope to prevent its abolition. Restaurant men are seeking to eliminate it with the aid of state organizations.

1921
A permanent injunction restraining Mayor Black and the city commissioners from making Dr. L. L. Shropshir city health officer instead of Dr. W. A. King was granted in 73rd District Court.

1971
San Antonio has rolled out the red carpet and red roses to greet its hometown astronaut. The honoree was Col. David Scott, a local boy who literally skyrocketed to fame with the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 space missions and commanded the July-August moon flight of Apollo 15.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2 in San Antonio history...

1901
Alexander Joske's handsome new residence on King William is now completed and occupied.

1921
Passage of an ordinance which would enable the city to prosecute in police court individuals having marijuana in their possession is sought by Assistant City Attorney Herbert Oliver.

1951
San Antonians by the thousands are expected to inspect the new maternity wing of the Baptist Memorial Hospital, Romana Plaza and Dallas. It is the largest maternity hospital in the South.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1 in San Antonio history...

1911
Work on restoring the Alamo property as nearly as possible to its original condition will be started Sept. 10.

1921
An ordinance creating the position of city property clerk at a salary of $1,800 a year and carrying with it the appointment of George Huntress Jr. will be introduced in City Council this week.

1961
Texas, rich in natural resources, had gone 125 years without a sales tax, but finally joined 36 sister states that have had the levy for up to 20 years or more.