Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 31 in San Antonio history...

1874
The bell of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church arrives from Troy, N. Y. It was cast from an old cannon dug up in the Alamo, and was cast at the expense of Samuel A. Maverick.

1925
Police Chief T. O. Miller warned Halloween revelers not to wear masks. Noise makers and confetti were also banned.

1939
Robert Taylor, Hollywood star, was in San Antonio today. He recalled his last visit to the Alamo City when he did a minor part in a picture called "West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field with Wallace Beery and Maureen O' Sullivan.

1993
An artic cold front brings a record low temperature of 27 degrees to San Antonio and breaks a number of records. It is the earliest day that the temperature has dropped into the 20's.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30 in San Antonio history...

1927
Lauding William D. Winburn, San Antonio Light reporter who was killed in a crash at Stinson Field, the city commission tomorrow is due to change the name of the field to Winburn Field in his honor.

1947
Police Chief Fred Palmer today ordered the silencing of ambulance sirens effective immediately. He said the city attorney's office had ruled use of the sirens to be unnecessary.

1958
The city council Thursday agreed to a 3-year contract to permit the San Antonio Little Theater to use the San Pedro Playhouse in return for $2,000 annually or 10 per cent of the theater's gross income whichever is larger.


Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29 in San Antonio history...

1905
The Grand Opera House featured the operatic spectacle, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

1909
Five of the 10 cars in the endurance run to Dallas have completed the half without penalty. They are the Chalmers, White steamer, Speedwell, Bluebird and Stoddard runabout.

1949
All lights in Bexar County were out for the first time in history last night due to a public service power failure. The blackout extended beyond the county limits as far as Comfort, Boerne, Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Floresville.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28 in San Antonio history...

1909
The new power plant of the San Antonio Gas and Electric Co. being constructed near the San Antonio River banks is nearing completion. It is expected to be in operation within six weeks.

1925
Mayor Tobin was informed of the proposed building of the $1 million hotel at the corner of St. Mary's and Villita Streets.

1955
Police were questioning an ice cream vendor suspected of arson in the $75,000 Travis Park Methodist Church fire.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27 in San Antonio history...


1889
Demand continues for horned frogs at No. 31 Soledad where payment of $1.20 a dozen is made. Also wanted are 2,000 rattlesnake skins.

1892
Having no city taxes to pay in Alamo Heights should be sufficient reason in itself to induce some buyers of lots to locate there. Those of us who don't live there are regretting it.

1938
Sears, Roebuck & Co. moves from the Transit Tower location to their new downtown headquarters at Romana Plaza. In 1995, this location would become the San Antonio Public Library.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Forgotten Genealogy Resources classes

Join us as we explore the treasures of these useful genealogy resources that are all too frequently overlooked by researchers:  WorldCat, USGenWeb and Library Catalogs.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 --  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

October 26 in San Antonio history...

1889
Work on the federal building is creeping along.

1899
One passenger conductor who brought in a trainload of visitors to the San Antonio international fair yesterday stated that one coach load was composed entirely of crooks of all sorts.

1949
Over protests of one commissioner who wanted the new coliseum to be named for a dead war hero, it was named in honor of Joe Freeman today. The official name is the Joe Freeman Bexar County Coliseum.

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25 in San Antonio history...

1899
The last of the houses of ill fame on Main Avenue are moving today under instructions from the police and hereafter only respectable persons will be permitted to occupy residences on that thoroughfare.

1909
The Light and Gazette's auto endurance contest to Dallas and return will start tomorrow. On account of rough roads, five hours will be allowed for the first day's run of 80 miles.

1919
The clocks of San Antonio will be set back one hour tonight. For two years, as a war measure enacted by Congress, the clocks have been set forward to "summer time." Determined opposition brought repeal of the measure.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October 24 in San Antonio history...



1909
Bexar County commissioners soon may be joyriding in an automobile. A. E. Staacke Automobile Co. has been awarded a contract to supply the county with a 1910 model seven-passenger, 40-horsepower Knox touring car for $3,350.

1946
Harlandale School District's board voted to buy the stadium at Tech Field from the San Antonio Transit Co.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

1976
An international star, performing with the Alzafar Shrine Circus here, was seriously injured last night when he slipped and fell 40 feet to the unnetted floor of the Joe Freeman Coliseum.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

October 23 in San Antonio history...

1899
The old Madre ditch in the eastern part of the city which was used for irrigation purposes in former years is being put into condition again

1942
Alamo Plaza was filled with spectators Thursday night for the unveiling of San Antonio's war chest thermometer, erected this week against the cenotaph and facing the post office.

1959
The first big break in San Antonio's labor strike was announced today after sheet metal workers were granted a 37 1/2 cent increase over the next three years.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October 22 in San Antonio history...

1896
A new electric arc light machine with a capacity of 125 arc lights was ordered for the San Antonio Gas & Electric Company.

1929
Two sites are under consideration for the new $1 million north side high school - a 30 acre tract on Donaldson, known as Spanish Acres, and a 23 acre tract on Hildebrand.
[The tract on Donaldson would be selected and Jefferson High School opened in 1932.]

1949
An all-night thunderstorm, deluging the city with four to five inches of rain, crippled utilities and caused a number of San Antonians to become marooned by high water.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 21 in San Antonio history...

1899
Since the street car men set the ball rolling, strikes have become quite fashionable in San Antonio. Track laborers have gone on strike for $1.25 a day, a raise of ten cents for ten hours of work.

1925
The expenditure of millions of dollars for the development of army camps in San Antonio was considered assured.

1955
A large chow dog sought since Wednesday when it attacked its owner was killed by police today, but not before it was wounded by gunfire three times and run over by a squad car.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20 in San Antonio history...


1899
The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive would have to wait.

1902
Complaints are still being made about the brush on Avenue E. A young man hastily trying to get to his bride-to-be's house yesterday was nearly strangled on a low limb.

1966
A $7.5 million appropriation for construction of a federal pavilion at the 1968 HemisFair passed the Senate today.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19 in San Antonio history...


1929
A "blanket tax" drive is being conducted at the San Antonio Junior College. Each student will, by paying the $5 tax, obtain admission to all athletic contests and subscriptions to school publications.

1939
Fifty-five policemen, released recently from active duty in a purge of the department, today were placed on the already overburdened rolls of the pension fund.

1949
Bexar County's brand new coliseum was "open for business" with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers - Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18 in San Antonio history...

1909
No less than 50,000 people packed Alamo Plaza today on the occasion of President Taft's first public speech in this city. Other thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the distinguished visitor.

1929
Construction of the first buildings for the new "West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field will begin within the next 10 days.

1939
Motion pictures of the Villita Street Spanish Village project had been made today for incorporation in a federal documentary film depicting work of the NYA.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 17 in San Antonio history...

1899
Adolph Dreiss has taken active management of the business formerly conducted by Ed Dreiss at 119 S. Alamo. A. Dreiss bears the distinction of being the pioneer druggist of San Antonio, starting in 1866.

1909
President William Howard Taft was due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.

1970
Johnny Bush and the Bandoleros entertain at the grand opening of the city's second Gulf-Mart store at 4902 Fredericksburg Road.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16 in San Antonio history...

1899
Today's session of the city council was one of the most harmonious ever held. There was to have been a short fight but it was postponed.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1929
The City Central Bank today will join the ranks of the very few buildings in San Antonio which are equipped with new dial telephones. By 1931, the entire city is expected to be using dial phones.

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 15 in San Antonio history...

1899
In the great Attwater exhibit at the San Antonio fair will be shown a complete collection of the native fur-bearing animals of Southwest Texas.

1919
A policy of watchful waiting is being followed by the Bexar County Fair Price Committee pending enactment by Congress of legislation designed to make profiteering a penalty under law. At present, the committee can only advise but cannot compel merchants to maintain fair prices.

1957
Contractor Joe Joeris of San Antonio was the low bidder on the contract for Highlands High School with a bid of $2,159,600.  The school will be built to hold 2,400 students and is scheduled to be ready by the fall of 1958.

1959
The Alzafar Shrine - Polack Brothers Circus is back in town and more than 4,200 persons thronged to the Coliseum to see the opening performance of the 16th annual show.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14 in San Antonio history...

1889
Edison's phonograph will be exhibited at our fair.

1929
The new monkey island and bear pits at the Brackenridge Park Zoo will be completed within a few days, Mayor Chambers announced today. The project cost the city more than $100,000.

1939
Work on the Riverside Theater, part of the beautification project, is nearing completion. San Antonians may soon be watching stage shows and movies from the river bank.

1956
Elvis Presley with his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana,  played two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum to thousands of swooning, screaming, mainly female, fans.  (photo from the Oct. 15, 1956 edition of the San Antonio News)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13 in San Antonio history...

1909
John W. Tobin, who has been named grand marshal for the visit of President Taft to this city, will be about the busiest man in San Antonio for the next four or five days. He has established headquarters at the Chamber of Commerce.

1939
V. L. Mallory, WOAI radio engineer, today had demonstrated successfully to Army Air Corps officers and others, his automatic airport lighting system by which lights are turned on without a ground attendant.

1959
The Northside School District Board authorized the architectural firm of Marmon and Mok to preceed with plans to add 10 more classrooms to the yet uncompleted Lackland Elementary School and to draw up plans for a new junior high school.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 12 in San Antonio history...

1889
The Alamo beer was put on the market today. Nearly every saloon tried it and nearly every customer of said saloons followed suit.



1899
This morning, at the beginning of the fifth day of the street car strike, the situation has become critical. Electricians of the Consolidated Electric interests have joined the striking motormen and conductors.



1949
The Fire and Police Civil Service Commission is studying a request for establishment of a Negro fire company. The suggestion was made by J.W. Hemmings, Community Council for Civil Action secretary.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11 in San Antonio history...

1909
There is considerable protest being voiced against the ruling of the committee in charge that formal dress must be worn at functions slated here Oct. 17-18, for President Taft when he visits San Antonio.

1929
Preliminary surveys for construction of a new airport to be known as Grosvenor Field have been started by the Southern Air Transport Co. The new field is situated on a tract just east of Mayfield Blvd.

1939
San Antonio Public schools, colleges and universities will observe Thanksgiving Day Nov. 30, one week later than the day proclaimed by President Roosevelt, a survey today revealed.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10 in San Antonio history...

1899
Street car motormen and conductors on the San Antonio Edison lines are on strike. One of their demands is for a 9-hour day instead of a 12-hour day.

1909
In a written opinion, Judge Arthur W. Seeligson of 57th District Court has ruled invalid city ordinances designed to prevent the Salvation Army from erecting a rescue home on River Avenue for unfortunate women.

1940
Gutzon Borglum's monument to trail drivers is accepted by the Trail Driver's Association.

1949
The last of San Antonio's transettes have disappeared from San Antonio's streets today. At one time during the war there were more than 30 of the green-suited transettes handing out change and giving information to bus riders.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

October 9 in San Antonio history...

1925
Prohibition agents destroyed 526 bottles of bootleg beer a few doors away from Riverside Baptist Church.

1927
So mysterious is this great new invention, radio, that many people actually believe it is possible to operate a radio without batteries or eliminators, and that all the power can be furnished by the light socket.

1956
San Antonians interested in politics went to the Alamo to hear Vice-President Richard M. Nixon speak. Sports fans were too busy talking about Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series the night before.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8 in San Antonio history...

1916
The World Series baseball contest between the Brooklyn Nationals and the Boston Americans was being watched at the Grand Opera House via "the greatest baseball player board ever invented."

1929
Richter's Bakery begins advertising sliced Butter Krust bread along with the traditionally unsliced loaves.

1942
As gallant under tractor guidance as when horses pranced at its head, San Antonio's famous horse-drawn pumper said farewell to the city fire department at landed on the scrap pile at Auditorium Plaza yesterday.


1968
State Rep. Frank Lombardino filed "The University of San Antonio" in the country clerk's office as the name of a future four-year, state-supported university in the city.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 6 in San Antonio history...

1895
A local police officer held a midnight seance in the Alamo.

1925
San Antonio boys were welcomed to the YMCA to hear World Series returns on the radio.

1946
The first of a fleet of 50 air-conditioned buses was received by the Transit Company.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5 in San Antonio history...


1873
San Fernando Cathedral consecrated and reopened after extensive renovation. The second tower would not be completed until 1902.

1918
The food administration headquarters at the chamber of commerce has a supply of posters urging the saving of fruit pits for use in the manufacture of gas masks.

1945
Both local and long-distance phone service was temporarily suspended here as Telephone Company employees conducted a strike vote.

1958
The University of Mississippi racked up a 21-0 victory over the Trinity Tigers before a disappointing gathering of 6,511 at Alamo Stadium Saturday night. The Rebels, number 6 in the nation, no doubt could have rolled to a larger margin had Coach Johnny Vaught desired to play his first unit a little more.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 4 in San Antonio history...


1918
Restaurant keepers were notified by the Bexar County Community Labor Board to replace their male employees with women. This was the first direct action by the board in subsituting female for male labor.

1938
Plans for endorsement of a stadium to be built by the board of education with aid of a WPA grant of $202,000 were made by the Chamber of Commerce.

1957
Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57." Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial "star" that day - Sputnik.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October 3 in San Antonio history...

1918
Police Chief Lancaster said the Barnum and Bailey Circus has been notified that it would not be permitted to show here Saturday. Reason is there is fear it will aggravate the spread of influenza throughout the city.

1928
Mayor C.M. Chambers has upheald the right of San Antonio newsboys to shout their wares on the street. The mayor's action was prompted by the fining of a newsie in Corporation Court.

1942
HEB opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

1958
Personnel from a complete garbage route - two drivers and three loaders - were fired Friday after a drinking spree in which both garbage trucks were parked in front of beer taverns.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2 in San Antonio history...

1896
A petition was being circulated asking the West End Street Car Co. to comply with city ordinances and run cars every 20 minutes.

1906
The Ft. Sam Houston football team was to face the University of Texas gridiron players.

1935
Residents had during this year purchased 5,179 new cars and 908 new trucks.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 1 in San Antonio history...

1885
A mailbag of soggy and moldy packages and letters arrived at the post office after having been washed into a creek when the Bandera stage overturned.

1906
Application was made for the privilege of exhibiting an auto somersault at the local fair.

1946
Mayor Mauermann accused Fire and Police Commissioner P.L. Anderson of trying to sabotage this city's effort to co-finance a ballpark with the St. Louis Browns.