Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31 in San Antonio history...

1940
The Tower Hotel, located on Grayson Street at the entrance to the VIII Corps area headquarters, was scheduled to be razed to make way for a new National Bank at Fort Sam Houston. The hotel had been built in 1905.

1970
Four San Antonio homes were radied by 20 lawmen as part of a statewide crackdown on gambling. At one of the homes, officers said, most of the betting slips recovered were placed in connection with New Year's Day bowl games.

1994
Washington State defeats the Baylor Bears, 10-3, in the second Alamo Bowl game.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30 in San Antonio history...

1900
Pancoast's Sons claimed to have a large stock of good wool underwear at reasonable prices.

1920
The midnight Frolic at the Majestic New Year's Eve was advertised as a glittering ensemble of cabaret features, pretty girls, novelty stunts and loads of fun.

1960
A young lawyer, bucking for a prosecutor's post in Corporation Court and due to go on the city payroll within one week, was ruled out at the last minute when it was discovered that he had a stack of unpaid parking tickets, had been driving with improper license plates and an expired driver's license.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29 in San Antonio history...

1900
The new telephone company placed its posts and lines along Crosby Road.

1920
George W. Brackenridge, 88, retired financier and holder of extensive properties in Texas and elsewhere, died at his Fern Ridge home near San Antonio. He had never married.

1960
Terrill Hill police searched in vain for a brightly clad spaceman. An interplanetary character, complete with bubble helmet and antennae, was reported by Dr. and Mrs. Dick Creamer, 205 Newbury.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28 in San Antonio history...

1890
A new saloon opened at 239 Commerce Street. It had been Nette's old drugstore.

1930
Construction on the Riverside golf course tees was scheduled to begin, Park Department secretary Elmer Wernette announced. All nine greens had been finished.

1970
Three youths, ages 13, 12 and 10, were caught inside Brentwood Elementary School at 10:20 a.m. They had pried open a window to enter the school and were nabbed by police while trying to escape from the auditorium.

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 27 in San Antonio history...

1900
Dr. Seely's school announced that classes would resume Monday, January 7. For all catalogues and information, interested persons were requested to address I. J. Cox, 1927 N. Flores St.

1930
Carl Geyer, a popular young referee, was knocked against an iron turnbuckle during a wrestling event at Beethoven Hall and removed unconscious to Medical Arts Hospital.

1950
Three city commissioners rejected the Commissioner James Knight's proposal that the city adopt a state retirement system for its employees.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December 26 in San Antonio history...

1910
General passenger agent for the M.K. & T. Railroad, W. T. St. George, announced that beginning Jauuary 1, the railroad would substitute dining cars for the eating stations then in use.

1928
The Lockwood National Bank, having consolidated with the Frost National Bank under the name of the latter bank, notice is hereby given by the Lockwood National Bank, its officers and employees, that all our business is now being transacted at our new banking home in the Frost National Bank on Main Plaza, instead of our former location at 113 Broadway.
1950
San Antonio's record-breaking construction pace placed it among the leading cities in homebuilding in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the first nine months of the year, it was ranked 14th in the nation in number of new housing units built.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25 in San Antonio history...

1910
Heavy traffic in the business district resulted in the opening of two new streets. Pecan Street was to be lengthened for travel across the river and College was to be opened from Navarro to Losoya.

1930
The Yuletide spirit ran rampant in the hearts of city and county officals as more than 100 men confined to the Bexar County Jail were freed.

1951
The Grinch visited a house at 114 Whittier Street. Thieves took a 10-pound turkey and all the trimmings.

1952
San Antonio became one of the first cities in the nation to show a 3-D motion picture today as "Bwana Devil" premiered at the Texas Theater. (right)

1980
A young security guard was killed on his first day on the job at the Pearl Brewery. The elevator car he was riding in became stuck 80 feet above the bottom of the shaft. He tried to climb out of the car to safety and fell, breaking his neck.

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 24 in San Antonio history...

1931
Gutzon Borglum, famed San Antonio sculptor, has been awarded the Polish Officers Cross of the Order of Polonia by the president of Poland in recognition of his Wilson monument there.

1961
Traffic accidents claimed at least 20 lives before Christmas Eve as the total violent death toll for Texas jumped to 25.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23 in San Antonio history...

1901
The Humane Society is investigating a house where young babies are allegedly taken and sold to persons who wish to adopt them.

1921
More than 3,000 children are expected to participate in festivities around the towering Rotary tree on Alamo Plaza tonight.

1961
Burglars looted the safe of the Groff Brothers Recapping and Vulcanizing Company, 1430 S. Flores of about $200 cash.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22 in San Antonio history...

1911
The Salvation Army has set aside tomorrow as "gathering in" day. Donations from all parts of the city will be collected and taken to the hall at 110 N. Flores, where the big dinner will be served Christmas Day.

1921
Steps are being taken by the city administration for the lighting of Travis and Navarro streets.

1951
The railroad practice of blocking streets during lengthy switching operations delayed firemen who were en route to an $85,000 blaze at Mission Bag Company, authorites said.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21 in San Antonio history...

1941
San Antonio made itself a Christmas present, a Community Chest fund of $347,845, given by 31,845 contributors, to build strong bodies and strong patriotic minds in 1942.

1951
A San Antonio bookie won back his home telephone after regaling the judge with tales of bookmaking trips to New Orleans. A temporary injunction was issue restrain the district attorney from issuing any orders curtailing the phone service of F. H. E. Ramsey.

1961
Bids will be opened about mid-January for the construction of junior-senior high schools at Randolph Air Force Base and Fort Sam Houston, the Housing and Home Finance Agency said.

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20 in San Antonio history...

1901
The norther which blew in yesterday continues to make overcoats and fires a necessity. The old city is getting some sure enough cold weater, but the predicted snow passed us up.

1951
A designer with big plans for the City Council chamber impressed open-mouthed councilmen with his version of things to come. Cerf Ross began his recital with a sweep of his hand and the declaration: "We propose to clean all this junk out." A feature of Ross's design is a curved mahogany council table, running about 18 feet, with desks at each end of the horseshoe, one for the city manager and the second for the city attorney.

1961
Alamo National Bank will pay 3 1/2 percent interest on all savings accounts, effective Jan. 1, Clyde Shannon, president, announced.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 19 in San Antonio history...

1911
Officers and enlisted men alike are joining in arrangements for a huge Christmas tree at cavalry post, Fort Sam Houston

1941
Purchase by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of the old Kokernot home at 114 E. King's Highway for $45,000 is contained in the county record of deed transfers.

1951
Defense Department telegrams will bring Christmas joy to at least five San Antonio families announcing missing fathers and sons listed as prisoners of war of Communist forces in Korea.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 18 in San Antonio history...

1931
Organization of Texas women to fight prohibition laws has been opened in San Antonio by the Crusaders, a national anti-prohibition organization.

1941
San Antonio experienced its first blackout in history and scored 100 percent in obedience to wartime law during the time.

1981
Mayor Henry Cisneros presides at dedication ceremonies for the Paseo del Alamo pedestrian walkway linking the Alamo and the San Antonio River. The Hyatt Regency Hotel also holds an invitation-only grand opening party.

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17 in San Antonio history...

1931
Protests against further delays in the planning of the proposed South Side High School will be made at a meeting of the South Side and Highland Park leagues.

1951
A warning that the county's entire fire fighting program might collapse unless funds are set up in the budget was placed before Commissioners Court by Cliff Holcombe, county emergency fire chief.

1971
President Nixon has signed legislation naming the Veterans Hospital at San Antonio after the late war hero, movie star Audie Murphy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16 in San Antonio history...

1889
The city council decides to extend Crockett Street across the river to St. Mary's Street.

1921
San Antonio traffic police have opened war on violators of the city ordinance requiring two headlights and a tail light on each car. More than 100 were arrested last night.

1941
Pending further orders from the War Department, San Antonio must get along without its weather forecasts.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15 in San Antonio history...

1940
Street dancing and a colorful parade on the San Antonio River were among the attractions tentatively added to the schedule of opening day festivities at the Fiesta de San Jacinto.

1950
The new ultra-modern science hall of Incarnate Word College was ready for use. Dedication ceremonies were held, attended by Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York and military vicar of the U.S. Armed Forces.

1960
The 10-cent comic book joined the ranks of the deposed 5-cent cigar, nickel glass of beer and the cigar store Indian. Dell comic books on San Antonio newsstands went up to 15 cents.

1970
The University of the Texas Medical School at San Antonio submitted an application for $16,016,134 in federal funds for construction of a new dental school to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

San Antonio Missions: Keeping History Alive - A short film by Ken Burns

Click here to watch the video

December 14 in San Antonio history...

1891
Acequia Street changed to Main Avenue.

1930
Brackenridge High School crushed a fighting Main Avenue eleven, 12-0, at League Park as San Antonio's two high school grid rivals played off their Thanksgiving Day scoreless tie for the city championship.

1970
Two bandits, who had been hiding behind a stand of Christmas trees in Piggly Wiggly store No. 134, took $7,500 in checks and an undetermined amount of coins and currency, then tied the supermarket assistant manager to a shopping cart and escaped.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Woodward House

Arguably one of the most beautiful houses in San Antonio, this mansion was built in 1904 for David J. Woodward and his wife. It was designed by noted San Antonio architect, Atlee Ayers, who designed many impressive houses and buildings around the Alamo City, including the "Taj Mahal" at Randolph AFB, the Smith-Young Tower (now called the Tower Life Building), and houses for the Halff, Kelso, Negley, Tobin and Oppenheimer families.

D.J. Woodward died in 1925 and the house was sold to the San Antonio Woman's Club in 1926 by his widow. They have owned it ever since.

The dramatic curved portico lends itself nicely for beautful Christmas decorations every year. It is located at 1717 San Pedro Avenue at the NW corner of San Pedro and French Place.

December 13 in San Antonio history...

1866
The San Antonio Express becomes a daily newspaper.

1930
Forced to leap from his falling plane when the wings collapsed, Cadet John McCullough Hodgson, pursuit section of Kelly Field, joined the ranks of the Caterpillar Club after making a 2,000 foot parachute jump 19 miles out on Culebra.

1970
Two hundred educators, meeting at Memorial High School for a conference, reached the consensus that the most pressing problem facing Mexican-Americans in the Southwest was the excessive high school dropout rate. The conference was sponsored by the National Education Task Force of La Raza.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12 in San Antonio history...

1900
A recital was held at San Antonio Female College, West End. Admission was 25 cents and proceeds were to go to the gymnasium fund.

1940
Coincident with the scheduling of a $550,000 bond election, the Civil Aeronautics Autority announced it would allocate $100,000 for the new municipal airport.

1960
Some independent gas stations dropped the price of regular gasoline to 19.9 cents per gallon as San Antonio's pre-holiday price war escalated. Major company stations, however, continued to charge normal rates.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11 in San Antonio history...

1900
The West Texas Military Academy [now TMI] played the Peacock eleven on the Government Hill ground, the former winning by a score of 5 to 0.

1920
An old fashioned country fair was staged at Beethoven Hall for the benefit of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.

1940
San Antonio faced an influenza epidemic. A "strong 10 percent" of children were reported to be absent from school.

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 10 in San Antonio history...

1920
San Antonio had close to 18,000 soldiers, more than four times as many as the year before.

1940
Proponents of the council-manager form of municipal government opened their final week of campaigning. A special election was scheduled for Dec. 17, when the proposal was to be submitted to a vote.

1970
San Antonio's three major railroads remained idle despite orders from national leaders of three striking unions to send their men back to work. A fourth union, the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks, had not yet issued a back-to-work order.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9, 1980: S.A. Fans Dismayed By Lennon Slaying

San Antonio Light
December 9, 1980

Shocked by John Lennon's death, San Antonians were reacting with an emotional outpouring of grief and sadness for the former Beatle whose lifestyle and music revolutionized life in the Sixties.

Radio stations were deluged early Tuesday by callers expressing disbelief, anger and pain over the killing.

KONO and KTSA radio stations aired special Lennon tributes Tuesday even as callers continued to phone in to make sure the announcement of the death was not a mistake.

“The people are dismayed, shocked and pained, those are the words they are using,” said KONO disk jockey Gary Steele. “It’s a very emotional feeling, for the most part. Some guys are saying that they’d like to have a few minutes with the guy that shot him,” Steele said.

Steele said he and other San Antonians will remember Lennon as “one of the greatest songwriters of all time.”

“Like a lot of people, I grew up with his music, and it had a lot of influence on my life,” he said.

KTSA-KTFM Station Manager Lee Randall said the station would broadcast the address of Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, as frequently as possible after dozed of callers requested the address to send flowers and sympathy messages.

“The records and music industry is in shock,” Randall said. “John Lennon was one of the foremost lyricists of our time.”

Randall said the state would replay Lennon’s latest single release, ironically titled, “(Just Like) Starting Over.”

Disc Jockey Bruce Hathaway said reactions were mainly personal memories of Lennon’s music, but added that the influence reached even beyond the Iron Curtain.

“He was a controversial character, and always preached peace, even thought it was not in the vein that a lot of people agreed with,” Hathaway said.

Record merchandisers reported early quick sales of Beatles and Lennon albums and were preparing for a heavier demand during the week.

Kevin Matyear, an employee at Sound Warehouse, said he could not believe the news of Lennon’s death. “I’ve followed his music since I was five years old,” said Matyear, 20. “It’s hard to believe he is dead.”

December 9 in San Antonio history...

1890
The street car company was disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals had been sold already for $45 each.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe. They escaped with about $45 in cash.

1980
Shocked by the murder of John Lennon, San Antonians listened to tributes to the former Beatle on radio stations KONO, KTSA and KTFM. San Antonio record stores quickly sold out of his latest LP, "Double Fantasy."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8 in San Antonio history...

1890
The street car company was disposing of its large number of mules at a rapid pace. Sixty-four of the animals had already been sold for $45 each.

1930
The Southern Pacific office in Boerne was badly damaged when thieves used explosives to blow open a safe. The thugs escaped with about $45 cash.

1970
San Antonio conservationists were granted a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court, temporarily blocking construction of the end segments of the controversial North Freeway.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7 in San Antonio history...

1900
Stolen - Sterling bicycle, 26-inch frame, green enamel. Reward for return and no questions asked. A. E. Ayers, Oppenheimer Bldg.

1940
The city's Yuletide dress was said to be the most elaborate in history with daily decorated stores and brilliant lighting effects.

1950
A record-breaking cold wave sent temperatures down to an early morning low of 14 degrees in San Antonio. It was an all-time record for December.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6 in San Antonio history...

1894
A child was stricken at San Antonio's Globe Hotel after mistakenly drinking beer with sherry wine.

1914
Issuance of public improvement bonds was credited with saving San Antonio from the grip of a nation-wide depression caused by the war.

1954
Three pairs of gooney birds, the first known to exist off their native island of Midway, set up housekeeping Monday at the San Antonio Zoo.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5 in San Antonio history...

1904
R. Brannan told the Business Men's Club that oranges could be grown profitably in Bexar County.

1924
Street Commissioner Phil Wright announced the new signal lights at Goliad and Water, and Blanco and Woodlawn, would be the popular red-green type used downtown.

1934
World War I flying ace, Jimmy Doolittle arrived in San Antonio on his way to a Kerrville deer hunt.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4 in San Antonio history...

1914
City Clerk Fred Fries called a public hearing to decide whether to pave W. Josephine and W. Woodlawn.

1944
Fire and Police Commissioner P. L. Anderson estimated San Antonio's population at 418, 896.

1964
Final plans will soon be on the drawing board for Bexar County's proposed 500-bed teaching hospital.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3 in San Antonio history...

1914
The San Antonio school board announced courses in blacksmithy are now available at Highland Park School.

1954
It will probably take a generous gift or a bond issue to get street lights installed on the newest leg of San Antonio's freeway.

1974
Five large South Texas utilities, including City Public Service, announced Tuesday that they have cancelled the 1983 target date for construction of a nuclear power plant in the San Antonio - Austin area. [Construction on the South Texas Nuclear Project was begun in Bay City on December 22, 1975 and it became commercially operational on August 25, 1988. - Ed.]

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2 in San Antonio history...

1914
San Antonio Policeman A. P. Martin arrested a motorist for exceeding the 8 mile-an-hour speed limit for autos in Alamo Plaza.

1934
Conflict in state laws caused San Antonio to have two sheriffs, Albert West, Jr. and Albert Hausser, until Jan. 1.

1974
The Victoria Lounge at 136 W. Durango was destroyed at about 8 a.m. when one of three Southern Pacific boxcars rolled down a grade and crashed into the building. No one was in the lounge at the time of the accident.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1 in San Antonio history...

1904
P. P. Pierce arrived in San Antonio six weeks after he left Buffalo, N.Y. in his new auto.

1924
Congress received a bill from President Harding for spending up to $12 million on Ft. Sam Houston, Camp Normoyle and Kelly and Brooks Fields.

1944
Park Commissioner Henry Hein scheduled a special pick-up of waste paper and tin cans for a city-wide salvage drive.