Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31 in San Antonio history...

1910
Minnie Scruggs, a local woman, caused much excitement when she sat down in the middle of the track as a Southern Pacific switch engine approached.  The engine was stopped in time.

1920
The national prohibition law [Vollstead Act], which went into effect January 16, bans display of liquor signs on buildings of all sorts.  It is understood the many signs seen in San Antonio are illegal, although they date back to the pre-prohibition era.

1935
A $500,000 remodeling program made the St. Anthony Hotel the only air-conditioned hotel in Texas.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 30 in San Antonio history...

1900
The patrons of the West End street car line rejoice.  Two new closed cars have just arrived and will be in operation soon.

1910
Starting Feb. 1, The Light and Gazette will begin publishing a daily 11 a.m. edition.  Complete Hearst morning telegraph service and special features will make it a high class paper.

1920
An appropriation of $150,000 was made by the city commission from the 1919 street widening bonds issue for purchase of property for extension of North Presa from Commerce to Houston.  A property owners' committee will supplement this sum by approximately $170,000.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

January 29 in San Antonio history...

1910
Baliffs cried out for order this morning amidst the battle of words that broke out between Asst. Dist. Atty. C. M. Chambers and John H. Clark, defending attorney in the 37th District Court.  Reports are that a cry for order was heard several times.

1930
A crowd of about 4,000 turned out to hear Al Jolson in concert at the Municipal Auditorium last night.

1960
Reversing a previous ban on fireworks within the city limits, the City Council granted permission to stage a July 4 fireworks display at Playland Park and to the Optimists and Lions Clubs for a show at Mission Stadium in May.

Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28 in San Antonio history...

1900
The City Council will discuss Andrew Carnegie's offer to donate $50,000 for a public library at a specially-called meeting.

1930
San Antonio architects have opposed the Gutzon Borglum plans for a Greek Theater in the Lone Star Sunken Garden and introduced their own plans for erection of a theater.

1950
The San Antonio Conservation Society is currently raising a fund to purchase the two-story building on the northwest corner of Villita and South Alamo.  The building was erected in 1850 and plans are to annex it to La Villita.

1975
New York Jets' quarterback, Joe Namath, arrives in San Antonio to speak at the ABA All-Star game luncheon the next day at La Villita Assembly Hall. Despite arriving unannounced, there were plenty of women to welcome him at the airport.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 27 in San Antonio history...

1910
A petition is being circulated in which citizens pledge not to eat meat for 30 days in order to reduce prices.  One man said, "A year ago 20 cents worth of meat would keep my whole family going all day, but now it costs 40 cents."

1930
The city commission voted to accept offer of the Swiss Plaza Hotel Co. to construct free of charge a dirt river channel between 5th and 7th that will flow in a straighter line than the present channel.

1950
Engineers in charge of the freeway are pleasantly surprised at the use of their partially completed project is getting.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26 in San Antonio history...

1910
At a meeting of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the stadium committee will report on the architectural plans.  The stadium is expected to be ready for use in November.

1920
A skeptical audience charged the stage at Beethoven Hall last night after group of mediums failed to convince the crowd that their spiritual demonstrations were worth the price of admission.  Police were called to disperse the angry crowd.

1960
Representatives of Downtown Merchants and Property Owners Association last night met with city and transit officials to recommend traffic regulations to relieve congestion in the downtown area.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25 in San Antonio history...

1910
Word has been received form Washington that President Taft will be asked to promote Col. John L. Clem to Brigadier General.  Clem, who is at Fort Sam Houston, is known as "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh."

1940
Having equaled a 54-year-old record with eight consecutive days of subfreezing temperatures, winter's icy siege on San Antonio showed no sign of abatement today.

1950
Traffic officer P.W. MacQuellan has been awarded a gold statuette by the Junior Chamber of Commerce for outstanding civic achievement during 1949.  He was director of the Chamber.

Monday, January 24, 2011

January 24 in San Antonio history...

1895
Mayoral candidate Bryan Callaghan ordered a boycott of The Light newspaper for its attacks on him.

1905
The State Legislature passed a bill to purchase the Alamo as an historic shrine for $65,000.

1980
The long anticipated opening of southbound lanes of McAllister Freeway (U.S. 281) between Bitters and Sandau roads near International Airport came after clear weather allowed completion of major construction on the traffic lanes.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January 23 in San Antonio history...

1915
San Antonio was icebound and San Angelo buried under five inches of snow as a surprise norther covered Texas.

1925
Charity organizations recommended the creation of a United Fund chest for San Antonio.

1945
Parks Commissioner Henry Hein banned Jehovah's Witnesses meetings from San Antonio parks.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 22 in San Antonio history...

1905
The City Health Board called for an ordinance prohibiting persons from spitting on streets and sidewalks.

1925
The State Legislature prepared to end Bexar County's "five-minute divorce" system.

1965
Brewery Workers Local 110 donated $1,640 to the cause of striking Friedrich workers during a giant rally Thursday night at the Labor Temple.

Friday, January 21, 2011

January 21 in San Antonio history...

1900
Fire Chief Will G. Tobbs has presented the young son of Mrs. L. Sichel, who with his mother, was thrown out of a buggy in a collision with the chief's buggy on Commerce Street, a handsome silver cup suitably engraved as a souvenir of his escape.

1940
Substandard housing, barred from the city by increasingly strict building regulations, is finding a lush field for growth just outside San Antonio's western limits.

1970
At least 40 babies have been born addicted to heroin at the Robert B. Green Hospital over past months.  All babies born to mothers on heroin are born addicts.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

January 20 in San Antonio history...

1910
Edwin Gould, president of the Louis-Southwester, said, "The greatest growth of Texas in general and San Antonio in particular is something remarkable."

1930
Plans for the erection of a monument to the memory of Ben Milam will be made at a meeting of the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association and the Ben Milam Memorial Fund Committee.  Miss Katherine Hart with be chairman.

1970
Mayor McAllister said he will ask that a special public meeting of the City Council be held next week to consider all proposals for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Plaza.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19 in San Antonio history...

1900
Special Officer Will Haines lost his badge chasing some hoboes out of the river bottom and through a turnip patch last night.

1920
Chamber of Commerce Secretary John B. Carrington has urged greater cooperation by citizens for the current census.  It will require a population of 215,000 to make Bexar County a congressional district.  He pointed out that this cannot be achieved unless the blank forms left by enumerators when families are away are filled out  and returned.

1960
The move to decentralize preflight training for Air Force student pilots and navigators at Lackland Air Force Base to other stations of the Air Training Command was announced today by Rep. Bob Poage, Waco.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 18 in San Antonio history...

1920
The deed to transfer Kampmann property at 4th and Avenue E to the Scottish Rite Masons of San Antonio has been filed with a consideration set at $65,000 in cash.  Plans are to erect a temple on the site.

1930
San Antonio shivered in its coldest winter temperature recorded since 1899 as the temperature fell to an 11 degree reading.  A four degree reading was recorded in 1899.

1960
Two new members have been appointed to the Robert B. Green Hospital Staff, announced W. B. Forster, administrator.  They are Edward O. Russel, chief pharmacist, and Willis D. Stebbins, personnel director.

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17 in San Antonio history...

1900
The Floresville Chronicle reports that Col. Brackenridge of San Antonio, president of the waterworks plant, wants the city to contract the present rate of water for the next 25 years, at the end of which the city should own the entire business.

1940
Referring to tuberculosis as "San Antonio's Public Enemy Number One", Mayor Maury Maverick announced today that the city will join the intensive campaign to eradicate the much dreaded disease.

1980
The bronze statue of St. Anthony de Padua, a gift from Portugal during Hemisfair, was found facedown on a concrete slab covered with pieces of a vandalized wooden crate.  One spokesman for the city said it would be "about six to eight weeks" before the new foundation for the statue is ready on a grassy knoll near the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce building.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

January 16 in San Antonio history...

1930
"What Has Been Done and What Will Be Done at Randolph Field" is the topic of address for Capt. Arthur W. Parker, construction quartermaster, for Kiwanis Club members.

1950
Loss from a fire that destroyed a great portion of the Olmos Dinner Club last Saturday night has been set at $329,000 by the fire department.

1970
A new chapel memorial has been dedicated at Randolph AFB in honor of Col. E. G. Berry, Jr. who was fatally injured in an aircraft accident last Aug. 13.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January 15 in San Antonio history...

1931
Will Rogers, cowboy humorist, is going to be in San Antonio Jan. 26th. He is appearing in eight Texas cities for the benefit of the unemployed and farmers.

1951
San Antonio physicians, dentists and veterinarians began draft registration Monday at the rate of one every 15 minutes.

1961
The new speed bump placed in the 200 block of Terrell Road in Terrell Hills has drawn more complaints than compliments. Even so, another is requested for Lilac Lane.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January 14 in San Antonio history...

1931
San Antonio's Spanish Acres high school, recently named Thomas Jefferson, will not be ready for occupancy by the opening of the fall school term in September. Plans call for completion in October.

1941
The number of murders committed in San Antonio during 1940 was 40 percent less than in 1939. There were 32 murders in 1939 and 17 in 1940.

1960
The City Council opened its $38,000 miniature council chamber today. Most observers were not overly impressed with what they saw.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13 in San Antonio history...

1901
Fire Chief Tobin has bought one of the two new horses recently authorized for his department by the city council and is trying another.

1911
The new Salvation Army rescue home on River Avenue was dedicated yesterday afternoon. It was built and furnished by contributions at a cost of $7835.

1940
Construction work at the Alazan project neared this week as water and gas mains were laid in the first of 12 blocks of family dwellings. When lines are laid, drilling operations for foundations will be started.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 12 in San Antonio history...

1901
Only two cars are running on the Nolan-Pine St. line at present owing to a scarcity of closed cars during the cold weather.

1920
Motor Rural Route A, extending over the W. W. White, Austin, Nacogdoches and Burr roads from San Antonio into Guadalupe County, will be discontinued Feb. 1. Condition of the roads has made it impossible for a driver to keep his car in repair, it was revealed.

1951
The naming of Victor Alessandro as new permanent musical director and conductor of the San Antonio Symphony was announced by Symphony President Jesse H. Oppenheimer.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 11 in San Antonio history...

1905
The San Antonio Drug Company buys the mammoth A.B. Frank Co. building on Commerce Street.

1910
The Western Star gambling house was razed today. The two story frame structure, founded 40 to 45 years ago as The Old Gray Mule, was one of the largest gambling houses in the city.

1911
Bexar County's jail is to be bug-proof. In the plans, bids for which were opened Monday by the county commissioners, special attention was paid to rat-proofing and bug-proofing the whole jail. The contractor will have to see to it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10 in San Antonio history...

1901
The telephone booth placed on the south end of Alamo Plaza by the hackmen was removed yesterday in compliance with the order of the council.

1910
Food products in the city have been undergoing scrutiny of state pure food inspectors. Taft whisky, alcohol flavored and colored with tobacco, has been confiscated.

1920
Members of the Kiwanis Club today endorsed the plan for a San Antonio River drive. It is suggested the drive follow the river closely throughout the city and that flowers be planted along the route.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 9 in San Antonio history...

1900
San Antonio has at last been placed on the list of Andrew Carnegie and will get $50,000 for a new library.

1930
A midnight curfew in San Antonio was proclaimed by the fire and police commissioner as a means of curbing the growing number of holdups and burglaries. Police were instructed to question all persons found abroad after that hour.

1950
San Antonio's second television station, KEYL, was to go on the air with its first test pattern, broadcasting in Channel 5, at noon today. The station is operated by the San Antonio Television Company.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 8 in San Antonio history...

1890
Dan O'Leary, the pedestrian, is in the city. A match with a $250 side, has been arranged between him and a soldier at the fort who is a long-distance jogger. O'Leary is to walk ten miles fair heel and toe while the boy in blue runs fifteen.

1920
San Antonio's South Loop was renamed the Mission Road at a meeting at the city hall of South Side property owners, city and county officials and other interested persons.

1960
Brooke Army Medical Center's hospital will be known from now on by its World War II name, Brooke General Hospital. The hospital has been known since 1950 as Brooke Army Hospital.

1961
Leroy "Satchel" Paige appears as part of the halftime entertainment in the basketball game between the Harlem Stars and the New York Rens at Municipal Auditorium.

Friday, January 7, 2011

January 7 in San Antonio history...

1921
San Antonio will receive, as a New Year's gift, four new firehouses.

1961
Former Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, arrives in San Antonio for a weekend of conferences and talks on behalf of the Mormon church. Tomorrow, he will speak at public meetings in the Jefferson High School auditorium at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 6 in San Antonio history...

1891
The police chief will be elected at the coming election instead of being appointed.

1931
Declaring that property at Pecan and Jefferson streets was used exclusively for church purposes between 1890 and 1918, officals of St. Mark's Episcopal church have filed a petition with the city asking that back taxes be cancelled.

1951
All denominations will be able to hear Dr. Billy Graham, nationally known evangelist, when he speaks at the Municipal Auditorium Thursday evening, according to Dr. Perry F. Webb, local chairman.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 5 in San Antonio history...



1837
Bexar County is created by order of the Republic of Texas Congress. It was originally much, much larger. By 1850, it went all the way to the panhandle! 128 Texas counties have been created from Bexar County.

1941
Final sketches of plans for the proposed new $1,500,000 municipal airport have been drawn. Though construction is still in doubt pending outcome of the $500,000 bond election, the city is going ahead with preparations to prevent delay once a decision has been made.


1961
Randolph A.F.B. was testing a number of vehicles for possible adoption as an economical means of transport around the base. The photo featured in the newspaper was the Crofton Bug, a miniature jeep. (Photo courtesy of the Crosley Auto Club.)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 4 in San Antonio history...

1891
The passengers are complaining of the sharp, pointed and unwieldy gates on the new streetcars. A number of dresses have been torn on them already.

1921
The city commission appropriated $22,000 yesterday for improvement of Locust and N. Flores streets.

1931
Modernistic art, an aftermath of the World War, does not have the permanent hold it is supposed to have on the American continent and will go as rapidly as it came, according to Miss Waldine Amanda Tauch, student of Pompeo Coppini, sculptor.

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3 in San Antonio history...

1891
A "flying Jenny" has been located on N. Flores St. as near to the First Presbyterian Church as it is possible to get. [The Flying Jenny, also known as a "flying engine," is a combination see-saw and merry-go-round first used in the Appalachian backwoods.]

1951
Club directors at San Antonio military installations Wednesday were seeking to dispose of their most lucrative source of income - outlawed slot machines. For a single club, income was reported to average about $10,000 a month.

1961
Joske's begins their 88th birthday sale offering 45 rpm records, 5 for 98 cents, among other bargains. Bozo the Clown made an appearance for the kids.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

January 2 in San Antonio history...

1901
What San Antonio expects to see brought to a conclusion as soon as possible is that public library.

1911
Snow and sleet fell in that district known as the North Loop this morning according to reports received downtown. Residents of Alamo Heights indignantly deny any such visitations occurred.

1931
Filmland's latest feminine sensation can now be seen at the Aztec. She is Jean Harlow, former Chicago society girl, who makes her screen debut in "Hell's Angels," the $4,000,000 Howard Hughes air spectacle.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January 1 in San Antonio history...

1901
The fire department had a busy time before the closing of the nineteenth century Monday. Two alarms were turned in within an hour.

1951
San Antonio's greeting to 1951 was noisy, turbulent, completely Texan and remarkably safe. The first moments of the new year brought a rumbling barrage of fireworks, pistol shots and false fire alarms.

1961
Architects announced plans for a $1,000,000 12-story office building and 6-story parking garage for the Pioneer Casualty company at Martin and Navarro streets.