Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30 in San Antonio history...

1913
San Antonio policemen will discard the olive drab summer uniforms for the regular blue attire.

1923
Martha Mansfield, Hollywood movie actress, in San Antonio for the filming of "The Warrens of Virginia," died as a result of burns suffered in Brackenridge Park when a lighted match ignited her clothing.

1953
Commissioners Court took first steps in action that may lead to elimination of fireworks in Bexar County.

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29 in San Antonio history...

1891
The first game of soccer is played in San Antonio at San Pedro Park.

1943
Sale of the Transit Tower for $460,000 to H. B. Zachry, San Antonio and Laredo contractor, was announced by San Antonio Transit Co.

1963
Linus Baer and the Lee Volunteers outlast Warren McVea and the Brackenridge Eagles, 55-48, in what would later be voted the greatest football game ever played in San Antonio.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28 in San Antonio history...

1730
Sixteen immigrant families from the Canary Islands arrive in San Antonio.

1896
The San Antonio baseball club is organized.

1923
Robert Smith, Alfred Ranney, Walter Steves, Raymond Edwards, Albert Engelke, Robert Witt, Warwick Field, Werner Beckman, Ernest Schuhardt, George Walker, John Locke, Walter Giesecke and Carlton Hagelstein were elected directors of the Order of the Alamo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27 in San Antonio history...

1963
Mike Passur, vice chairman of the Good Government League and former City Councilman, suggested to the City Council Thursday that it install an "eternal torch" at the Alamo grounds in memory of the late President Kennedy and as a "salute to the courage of Mrs. Jacquelian [sic] Kennedy."


1975
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.

1980
The first Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner is held in San Antonio

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26 in San Antonio history...

1928
Carey Avenue is renamed to Hildebrand Avenue.

1933
Miss Gladys Clarke, daughter of Patrolman and Mrs. J. T. Clark, has been chosen to represent San Antonio in the celebration in St. Louis of the Sunshine Special's 18th year of service.

1953
Damage from a fire which raged for more than an hour at the Naylor Co., 918 N. St. Mary's, was estimated at $55,000.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25 in San Antonio history...

1923
Alamo Heights voters approved 181 to 63, an independent school district for the suburban area.

1953
Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson cited 2,100 Jefferson High School students as "trustees of freedom" in a San Antonio speech keyed to Thanksgiving. He said he was thankful for the youth of the land.

1963
Brackenridge High School, a team that has scored more than 400 points this season, will make the big push toward winning the Class AAA championship this weekend.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24 in San Antonio...

1887
The scene in Scholz's garden at night when the full glory of the electric light is seen upon the plants is beautiful but the shadows of the customers, thrown on the surrounding buildings are quite revealing.

1943
Wendell L. Wilkie visited the Alamo, Ft. Sam Houston and other points of interest prior to a reception at a downtown hotel.

1963
Virtually all public offices in San Antonio will be closed Monday out of respect for the funeral services for President Kennedy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23 in San Antonio history...

1893
The Mexican National Orchestra gave a free concert in Scholtz's Garden.

1913
J.C. Taylor, San Antonio photographer, has accepted a commission from Gen. Carranza to take motion pictures of the Constitutionalist forces in Mexico.

1923
Alamo Heights will ballot today on the question of creating an independent school district in the area.

1957
For the first time in at least six years, snow fell on San Antonio today for several hours, leaving the city under a beautiful blanket of white.

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22 in San Antonio history...

1887
A gentleman from a city in the north is willing to give the city $2,500 rental for use of San Pedro and Crystal Springs. He wants to erect a bath house on the site.

1963
San Antonio's Cathloic churches were packed with mourners for President Kennedy as soon as his assassination was learned.

2002
Little Hipp's Gimmedraw Parlor closes after 42 years of serving up funky atmosphere, oversized burgers and tater tots.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21 in San Antonio history...

1896
The city's jailer has found a large quantity of morphine and cocaine hidden in the cells occupied by narcotics addicts.

1953
San Antonio police, armed with 12-gauge riot guns, launced operation "Bird Kill" at City Hall. The hunt, which began at 2:30 a.m., was designed to drive the cowbirds away from City Hall after they had become a nuisance, both noisy and unsanitary.

1963
Scheduled dedication ceremonies for the new John F. Kennedy High School have been postponed.

1992
Athens, Georgia rock group R.E.M. begins filming the video for "Everybody Hurts" on the lower level of I-10 near downtown.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November 20 in San Antonio history...

1897
The electric lights were tested last night and were found to be very good. Some more lamps have to be erected but it is expected the city will be lighted by electricity in two or three more days.

1909
The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.

1937
Ft. Sam Houston's new 400-bed hospital is expected to be turned over to hospital officials by noon today.

1938
An old rock quarry, east of San Jacinto Park and near Brackenridge Park was approved by Mayor C. K. Quin as the site of the proposed athletic stadium for the public school system.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19 in San Antonio history...

1919
Directors of the Fiesta Association announced today that public interest was so great they planned to go ahead with plans for a fiesta celebration next spring. [Fiesta celebrations were suspended in 1918-1919 during WWI.]

1939
J. Frank Dobie, author and historian, delivered a scathing ciriticism of the Alamo cenotaph and commented: "There is one good thing about the monument. Nobody can see it from the door going into the Alamo."

1949
The first building for the 107-acre Trinity University site at Hildebrand and Stadium has been approved by the executive committee of trustees. It is planned for the highest point of the campus.

1960
Joske's debuts their Christmas "Fantasy Land" on the fourth floor of their main store downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Institute of Texan Cultures.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18 in San Antonio history...

1913
San Antonio's newest, the Majestic, will be formally opened to the public on Nov. 20.

1945
Parks Commissioner Henry Hein, criticizing the San Antonio Health department, said that swimming pools should be cleaned when they are dirty. He protested the use of expensive chlorine to kill germs.

1957
Development of an improved rocket and jet engine fuel that will enable jet aircraft to fly a lot farther and faster was announced today by Southwest Research Institute. The fuel is named HiCal.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17 in San Antonio history...

1887
The firemen of this city declare they are not exempt from the provisions of the Sunday law and say in case of fires in the city on Sunday they will refuse to turn out to extinguish them.

1914
The Harlandale real estate and bath house interests owned by the estate of "Bet-A-Million" Gates were purchased by a Houston syndicate.

1944
When rain leaked on the head of City Atty. Tommy Cobbs during a city council meeting, commissioners called a 10-minute recess so porters could place a bucket under the leak.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 16 in San Antonio history...

1913
Three men were injured by an explosion which wrecked the engine of a Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio passenger train at Kirby, eight miles east of San Antonio.

1923
Don Felice, conductor of the Palace Theater orchestra, and Bertha Berliner, San Antonio singer, were married in Boerne.

1946
Rep. Paul Kilday announced in Washington he would protest the abandonment of the arsenal, located in the heart of San Antonio since 1859. The War Department said closure was necessary due to lack of funds.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15 in San Antonio history...


1889
Justice McAllister is holding an inquest in the death of Billy Ellis at the Silver King saloon yesterday morning. There are 15 witnesses to examine and it will take practically all day.

1924
Sale of the Congregation Beth-El Jewish temple at Travis and Jefferson to Lane Taylor for a minimum of $100,000 was announced by the organization which planned a $225,000 temple to be located in Laurel Heights.

1939
Buddy Meyers, blind operator of the courthouse cigar stand, today had returned from Morristown, NJ with a real "seeing-eye" dog, the only one of its kind in the city.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November 14 in San Antonio history...

1896
Quite a crowd gathered on Alamo Plaza last night to take in a patent medicine man's little entertainment act and free show.

1923

Harry Houdini escapes from a locked crate on the stage of (old) Majestic Theater.

1936
With science predicting that half of America will be living in trailers within the next 15 years, San Antonio was at the start of a record-breaking tourist season and the title "Highway gypsy capital of the U.S."

1987
Wonderland Mall reopens as Crossroads Mall.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 13 in San Antonio history...

1905
The original Majestic Theater holds its grand opening. It will be renamed the State Theater in 1929 when the current Majestic Theater opens.

1914
In one of the most sensational crimes in San Antonio history, Otto Koehler, the president and manager of the San Antonio Brewing Association, was murdered by his mistress, Emma Burgemeister.

1963
A massive explosion at Medina Air Base shatters windows throughout San Antonio and is felt as far as Castroville, 17 miles away.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12 in San Antonio history...

1913
Three floors are to be added to the Alamo National Bank building.

1915
Stinson Aviation School at Ft. Sam Houston has begun operation with five flying students in attendance. At present there is one flying machine available. The school has three instructors.

1925
A ban of hand-clapping or any other form of audible applause has been lifted in First Baptist Church. The pastor says the ban has proved embarrassing to visitors unfamiliar with the local regulation.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11 in San Antonio history...

1909
Nucleus of a fund for erection of a monument to the heroes of the Alamo was started today by J.E. Webb when he donated $500 in the name of his son, J. E. Webb Jr., at a meeting at the fair.

1919
A dozen airplanes from Kelly Field circled overhead, dropping flowers at the Armistice Day ceremonies at the Alamo at 11 a.m. this morning.

1929
Eighteen planes from Kelly Field swooped down over the Armistice Day parade in downtown San Antonio at 11 a.m., the exact hour when firing ceased on the western front in Europe [signaling the end of World War One.]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10 in San Antonio history...



1891
The Fashion Theatre and the entire west block of Military Plaza is consumed by fire.

1896
The Light commented: "The people are wondering if the shapeless pile of red sandstone with its incongruous mass of architectural forms, known as the Bexar County Courthouse, had not better be converted into a hotel for tourists. As it is, it is an intolerable abortion."

1906
The sheriff's department closed down the lottery wheels at the fair grounds. Wagers had paid 5 cents against the prospect of winning a gold watch.

1915
San Antonio must encourage the construction of a modern string of highways leading into the city if it is to compensate for a recent loss of tourist trade. The railroads seem to stress transcontinental business.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9 in San Antonio history...

1889
There were 70 deaths in the city during October - 50 males and 20 females. There were 23 deaths of persons under one year of age.

1899
General opinion is that the princely park donation from the waterworks company should be named Brackenridge Park in honor of the man who gave it not in his name, but in the name of the corporation he heads.

1913
Two Houston Street landmarks, the Iron Front saloon and the Empire theater, will be torn down soon and replaced with a modern building.

1963
Rev. R. Paul Soupiset, pastor of the Little Church of La Villita, posed as a hobo in Houston's skid row for four days so he would be "better equipped to continue" his work.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8 in San Antonio history...

1909
The flights being made by Frank W. Goodale in his dirigible at the International Fair convince many spectators that aerial navigation will eventually become commonplace.

1949
San Antonio slums are growing daily, according to Milton Landry, chief building inspector for the city. He said, "Every day we issue permits which create more slums in San Antonio." He urged speed in arriving at minimum standards.

1966
Texas finally votes to abolish the poll tax for state and local elections. The poll tax had been abolished for federal elections in 1964.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 7 in San Antonio history...

1899
In the crowd at the fair grounds yesterday afternoon, Capt. J. M. Van Riner, deputy sheriff, lost a wad of money. He believes the loss was the work of a pickpocket.

1949
First live broadcast over WOAI-TV got underway this afternoon at Alamo Stadium gymnasium. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Appliance Association, the shows will extend over a three-day period and will feature professional and amateur talent.

1952
Public Works director J. L. Dixon said Friday the first of nine new garbage trucks has been delivered to the city.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November 6 in San Antonio history...

1909
The 11th annual International Fair at San Antonio formally was opened today by Gov. T. M. Campbell. The ceremony followed a big street parade viewed by thousands of spectators.

1919
Enrico Caruso, world-famous grand opera tenor, with members of his company, passed through San Antonio today in a special car over the I.G. N. en route from Mexico to New York.

1949
The 104-piece Brackenride High School Band, directed by Irvin Dreibrodt, won the best all-around band award at the annual Texas university band day parade at Austin yesterday. Sixty-six bands participated.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 5 in San Antonio history...

1899
The football game at the International Fair was a great contest. The Varsities scored all points. In the last half, the Agriculturalists refused to accept a referee's decision and walked off the field, followed by the cadets and friends of the college.


1909
The Stoddard-Dayton car (right) No. 1 won first place in the Light and Gazette reliability run to Dallas and back. Speedwell No. 5 was second and Hudson 20 was third.

1939
One of San Antonio's noted G-men, Joe Lackey, who was wounded in the Kansas City Union Station massacre, has resigned to enter the manufacturing business in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4 in San Antonio history...

1905
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed an injunction to restrain Miss Adina de Zavala from retaining possession of the Alamo.

1919

San Antonio has contributed more than $61,000 to the fund for the proposed new Catholic Theological Seminary, to be built at a cost of $100,000 beside the first mission on Concepcion Road, according to those conducting the drive.

1929
Bids will be asked next week on the excavation work for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's new building to be erected on Martin at Auditorium Plaza.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3 in San Antonio history...

1899
The picture machines on Alamo and Main Plazas brought out big crowds last night.

1919
All Methodists in San Antonio will unite in a Thanksgiving service at the Travis park Methodist Church this year, it was announced today. Rev. F. A. White will deliver the sermon.

1956
A baby girl, stolen from a parked auto in San Antonio the previous night, was safely returned to her parents.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2 in San Antonio history...

1889
The city council will not attend the circus. They have a little circus of their own every Monday.

1913
Directors of the Beethoven Maennerchor Assn. announced that Beethoven Hall, partially destroyed by fire yesterday, will be rebuilt as quickly as possible.

1959
More than 30,000 persons in more than 6,200 automobiles set an all-time record the past two days as they passed through the gates of San Fernando Archdiocesan Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2 in observance of the Roman Catholic All-Saints and All-Souls days despite the muddy, muggy weather.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1 in San Antonio history...

1889
Boerne hotels are offering assistance in caring for visitors to the fair. They can take care of 250 people, and for supper, lodging and breakfast will charge only $1.25. Visitors can leave San Antonio on the Aransas Pass train at night and return to this city on the morning, the round trip costing 95 cents.

1929
Gutzon Borglum, noted sculptor, will meet with city officals soon to consider final plans for the open air theater to be constructed in the Star Garden at Brackenridge Park.

1949
Dan Gerard and a group of other businessmen are working toward the objective of having San Antonio's chili queens, long ago ousted from Hay Plaza, stage a comeback. They will confer with City Health Director Austin E. Hill.

1992
San Antonio's telephone area code changes from 512 to 210.