Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 6 in San Antonio history...

1889
The Hugo & Schmeltzer property next door to the Alamo is condemned by City Council.

1900
The name of North Flores Street should be changed to "Spring and Axle Breaker Route."

1942
L.W. "Woody" Whitworth, a Navy ship's cook from Boerne, is captured by Japanese forces when Corregidor falls.  He would survive the prison camp at Cabanatuan on the Philippine Islands, the "hellships" Oryoku Maru and Brazil Maru, and Fukuoka Prison Camp #17 on the Japanese island of Kyushu.  He witnessed the atomic bomb at Nagasaki and was liberated after the Japanese surrender, arriving home on Oct. 1, 1945 - his mother's 51st birthday.

1970
A newly consecrated bishop led a sing-along in Spanish, a young Mexican-American militant read an epistle propounding love, and a crowd of some 1,000 faithful enjoyed tamales and coffee.  This was the scene at historic Mission San Jose Tuesday night as San Antonio's new Auxiliary Bishop Patrick F. Flores celebrated a Catholic Mass under the stars.

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