Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31 in San Antonio history...

1918
The influx of dependents of soldiers to this city along with the high cost of living here and the government's delay in making allowance payments has prompted officials to urge dependents to return to their own homes.

1948
County Commissioners Court today authorized installation of concrete tunnels and electrical connections required for future addition of an ice plant to the Bexar County Coliseum.

1968
"The world's most unusual hotel" was dedicated in San Antonio today when the Hilton Palacio del Rio opened its doors in time for HemisFair.  The 500-room, 22-story hotel built by H. B. Zachry was completed in 10 months after architects started work on the plans.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30 in San Antonio history...

1908
Bexar County's roads were pronounced the best in the United States yesterday by J. D. Maxwell, maker of a touring car.  Maxwell's enthusiastic comments were made after an auto trip on the Wetmore Road.

1918
As a result of the educational work of the public schools in the interest of war gardens in San Antonio yards, 6,624 war gardens have been planted by school children.  There are also gardens at the schools.

1928
A commodius new athletic field for Brackenridge High School was practically assured today when Supt. Marshall Johnston said he would ask the school board to purchase land for this purpose.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29 in San Antonio history...

1925
Architect's drawings for the new $1,500,000 Texas theater were published.

1950
At the request of Joe Freeman, the court rescinded an order last Oct. 26 naming the coliseum the Joe Freeman Coliseum.

1970
Wheatley High School students pleaded with the members of the Community Relations Commission to not close the school at the end of the school year as scheduled by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  The school was opened in 1932 at 415 Gabriel.

Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28 in San Antonio history...

1908
T. J. Hickey, of Arizona, an organizer for the Socialist Party, was arrested last night as he was delivering a lecture at Houston and Avenue E.  He was talking about "Frenzied Finance."  Officers said he had no permit.

1948
If population were calculated on the basis of pit privies, San Antonio would be the largest city in Texas.  According to the last count, this city has more than 11,400 privies, about 9,000 more than any other Texas city.

1958
The courthouse had its liveliest awakening in years Saturday as 13 roosters in its basement met the dawn with traditional crows.  They were seized late Friday night in a cockfight in an old gravel pit near Highway 90 West and Kiddy Road.  Also seized was a box of fighting gaffs and a scale for weighing in fighting roosters.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 27 in San Antonio history...

1918
The new income tax law will strictly enforced starting April 1.  A tax is required from all single persons enjoying an income in excess of $1,000 and from all married persons with an income in excess of $2,000.

1941
Robert Emmet Lucey is installed as the second Archbishop of San Antonio at San Fernando Cathedral.

1948
Local housing officials today complained that, despite the end of a post-war rush for new homes, property owners are showing no sign of lowering their price levels.  In fact, they added, most are demanding one-third or one-half down payment and in many instances all cash.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 26 in San Antonio history...

1898
The expected has occurred.  Fort Clark is abandoned and San Antonio is to become by far the greatest military rendezvous in the U.S.  The movement will bring the total of men here to 1,500.  [Fort Clark was not officially inactivated until 1946.]

1938
Ear piercing, an art of the ancient Egyptians and popular in society circles of olden days, is back in vogue in San Antonio. Ears are pierced by pushing a threaded needle through the lobe, leaving the string in their flesh.

1968
Lackland Air Force Base has begun construction of five buildings that will be the beginning of the "super barracks" for Air Force basic trainees.  The buildings, which will cost $3 million each to build, will house 1,040 men.  The first of the new buildings is scheduled for completion in February 1969.  All five should be completed by June 1969.

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25 in San Antonio history...

1838
The city limits are fixed at "one league in every direction from the city church (San Fernando)."

1889
Mrs. Andrea Castanon de Villanueva, alias Candelaria, petitions for a pension as being the last survivor of the Fall of the Alamo. 

1949
San Antonio Junior College (now SAC) board today voted approval of a bid for Transit Co. property on San Pedro.  Now located at 419 Alamo, the school has looked at several other sites.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24 in San Antonio history...

1918
San Antonio, especially the Army camps around the city, will be made mosquito proof.  The first step in this direction is being taken at Camp Travis where workmen are straightening Salado Creek to eliminate stagnant pools.  Removal of other stagnant water spots will also be undertaken.

1928
Abandonment of Mitchell Lake as a unit in the sewage disposal system and the erection of a sludge type sewage disposal plant today seemed to be the solution to the city's sewer problem

1938
San Antonio's zoning ordinance, 13 months in the making, was given the City Council's approval today. San Antonio and Houston are the only two major cities in the U.S. without a zoning ordinance.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23 in San Antonio history...

1928
All of the 730 teachers in the San Antonio Public School system were given a $50 increase in yearly salaries at a special session of the school board yesterday.

1938
Natural stone steps, constructed by the Franciscan Friars as part of the old mill at San Jose Mission, were restored today as they were in the days of the holy monks.  For years the steps had been hidden beneath earth and refuse.

1968
San Antonio will join Dallas and Houston as area headquarters for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., it was announced today.  The company is creating a new operating area in Texas with headquarters in a new nine-story addition to its building at 1010 N. St. Mary's.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22 in San Antonio history...

1882
A notice appeared in the San Antonio Light that stated:  "Parties desiring electric lights, before deciding, will consult their interests by application at the office of the San Antonio Gas Company.  This company will be prepared to furnish electric light wherever wanted, promptly and on satisfactory terms."
Thomas G. Williams
Secretary, San Antonio Gas Company
1918
A 15-year-old boy was in the hands of police today after he admitted stealing dope from a drugstore and then selling it to boys at a local academy for 10 cents a package.

1938
The right of San Antonio voters to challenge an increase in the city tax rate of 45 cents was denied today by the City Council.  The commissioners agreed to reject a petition bearing 11,100 signatures urging a special election.


Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21 in San Antonio history...

1927
Jorrie's Furniture Warehouse opens at 421 Burnet Street.

1958
Formal opening of the new $100,000 Ashbury Methodist Church, 4601 San Pedro, will be conducted Sunday.  The church, known as San Antonio's "Church of the Friendly Heart," was organized in 1948.  Its present membership is about 500.

1976
Construction begins on the Spanish Galleon seafood restaurant at 6837 San Pedro.  The 9,600 sq. ft. restaurant seated 295 diners and was owned by Pamex Foods, Inc., who also owned Pancho's Mexican Buffets and Emiliano's in Houston.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20 in San Antonio history...

1898
It seems probable that the district attorney should get some nice "picking" out of the 100 slot machines about town.

1928
A. L. Hackenberger, 1623 Broadway, a local inventor has applied for patents on a plane that will not nose dive or tail spin.

1948
San Antonio is continuing to lose the war on pit privies. As Health Department employees inspect and spray the privies with DDT, more are being built to be inspected and sprayed.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19 in San Antonio history...

1840
The Council House Fight takes place in the building next to San Fernando Cathedral. The meeting took place under a truce with the purpose of negotiating peace after two years of war between the Comanche Indians and the Republic of Texas. The Comanches sought to obtain recognition of the boundaries of the Comancheria, their homeland. The Texans wanted the release of Texan and Mexican captives held by the Comanches. The event ended with 12 Comanche leaders shot to death in the Council House, 23 shot in the streets of San Antonio, and 30 taken captive. The incident ended the chance for peace and led to years of hostility and war.


1898
Mayor Callaghan has appointed J. F. Onion, Frank Arnold and J. S. Lockwood as a committee to draft a protest to Washington regarding the removal of Military Headquarters from San Antonio to Atlanta, Georgia.

1948
Ailing Robert B. Green Hospital won't open fully until it has enough cash reserve in the bank for an entire year's operation.  Officials predict that won't be this year and may not be next year.

1968
More than one million general admission gate tickets for HemisFair have arrived in San Antonio.  About 5 1/2 million tickets have been printed and will be shipped here when a dent has been made in the first shipment.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March 18 in San Antonio history...

1928
Partial organization of a Four Square Gospel Church here to be patterned after the Angelus Temple founded in Los Angeles by Aimee Semple McPherson has been effected by W. E. Cleveland.  A church building for the new congregation has been secured on Pine and Commerce.

1968
A full force of workmen was on the job Monday for the construction of Hemisfair.  Members of Local 93 of the Laborers International Union of America had picketed several jobs last Friday, complaining that some subcontractors were paying less than the prevailing wage.

1976
San Antonio Public Library trustees have decided to open the main library from 1-5 on Sundays if they can get money from the City Council.  A request for $7,000 to fund the extra operating hours through July 31 will be submitted to council, according to library Director Irwin Sexton.  He said if the money is approved, the main library will also be open the same hours on holidays.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17 in San Antonio history...

1898
San Antonio is to be congratulated on the public spirit that gives her a free public library.  It may be small in its beginnings but great oaks from little acorns grow, and the growth with be provided for.

1918
City and county officers tomorrow will begin to enforce the new law which makes bootlegging a felony punishable by a term from 2-10 years in the penitentiary.

1938
San Antonio's six major taxi companies today were working out plans to consolidate into one concern.  A new company will operate under a charter recently issued to Yellow Cab and Baggage Co. of San Antonio.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16 in San Antonio history...

1898
Mademoiselle Anna Held, of milk bath fame, arrived in San Antonio today for a singing engagement.  She said her bath consists of 40 quarts of hot milk preceded by a tub of warm water.  Cologne is then used to wipe off the milk.

1938
During the year ending March 1, the Slum Clearance Division, City Health Department, razed 986 houses on the West Side.  In addition, 537 houses were permanently vacated.

1958
Trinity University Moon watchers caught sight of the second Russian satellite (Sputnik 2) at 6:11 a.m. Friday.  Dr. Seabase, head of the Moonwatch team, said the satellite has been orbiting rapidly since March 3 and has become difficult to calculate when the artificial moon is expected to pass over this area.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15 in San Antonio history...

1822
Stephen F. Austin arrives in San Antonio.

1951
A screaming, stark-naked, 185-pound Korean veteran, a B-29 radio operator, hung two stories above morning rush traffic on Broadway and threatened to jump.

1970
Nineteen-year-old Margarito Guzman becomes the first person to commit suicide by jumping from the Tower of the Americas.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14 in San Antonio history...

1920
Funds for maintaining the YWCA and meeting a large payment on the building debt will be sought by the Young Women's Christian Association this week.

1930
Mayor C. M. Chambers broke ground today for the new home of the San Antonio Light, which is now being erected at Broadway and 4th Street.  The Light's new plant will be one of the most modern in the country.

1940
The Alamo, whose façade has been photographed thousands of times, has just made a movie debut.  It is being filmed as part of an education movie short in color, The Story of the Missions.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 13 in San Antonio history...

1878
The first telephone line in San Antonio installed, from the City Water Works to pump house at the River's head.

1882
The building of Alameda block is begun.

1939
Three hundred and fifty striking students at Edison High School returned to classes after a three-hour parade protesting defeat of a bond issue that would have provided their school with a gymnasium.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12 in San Antonio history...

1910
Much attention is given to the operation of automobiles in the new ordinance.  No greater speed than 15 miles per hour within the city limits is permitted.

1940
A statue of Popeye, made here by taxidermist M. Nowotny, was made ready for a jaunt to Crystal City, the spinach capital, for exhibition.

1960
The new $317,000 Salvation Army Welfare Center and Headquarters Building at Nolan and Chestnut was accepted Friday by the organization from D. E. Ortis, contractor.  Dedication of the building will be March 28.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11 in San Antonio history...

1811
The Viceroy declares that the Villa San Fernando, the Presidio San Antonio, and the grounds of the old Mission de Valero are all to be incorporated together under the name San Antonio de Bexar.

1884
In the most famous shootout in San Antonio history, King Fisher (left) and Ben Thompson (right) are killed at the Vaudeville Theatre located at the northwest corner of Commerce and Soledad streets. The location will be referred to as "The Fatal Corner" for years thereafter.

1920
Judge S. G. Taylor in the 45th District Court, refused to grant an injunction restraining the owners of the San Antonio League baseball park from operating the property as a ball park.

1980
The Northside School District board of trustees agreed to purchase 20 acres in the Alamo Farmstead for $230,000.  An eighth middle school is planned to open in September 1981 to alleviate overcrowding at Hobby and Sul Ross middle schools.  [This school would be named Earl Rudder Middle School.]

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10 in San Antonio history...

1930
The Alamo National Bank and Office Building, receiving finishing touches, will be open for business Monday.

1950
The opening of a temporary grade school at Kelly Air Force Base and the construction of a permanent school at Lackland Air Force Base are under study by school and military authorities.

1960
Despite criticism from various groups, the city council today stood behind its plan to impost a sewer tax on San Antonio homes and commercial establishments.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9 in San Antonio history...

1900
If the residents of the suburbs of San Antonio do not put up some kind of a box for the reception of their mail, many of them will find they, in a few days, will be getting only one delivery a day.

1940
Rubber and gasoline will determine the winner of the well-nigh inevitable World War II, in opinion of J. P. Sieberling, president of Sieberling Rubber Co., who is in San Antonio.

1970
San Antonio's first international auto show, sponsored by The Light and the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association, was lauded as an overwhelming success by participants Sunday night when the six-day show ended.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8 in San Antonio history...

1920
Sentiment for direct rail service between San Antonio and the lower Rio Grande Valley is unanimous in the valley, the Chamber of Commerce "scouting" committee reported Monday morning.

1940
Work will start within one week at the traffic control project at Romana Plaza, most congested area in the city, Virden A. Rittgers, city traffic engineer, said Friday.

1950
Safecrackers, apparently using dynamite, blew the steel safe of George W. Saunders Commission Co. wide open and robbed it of $7,100 in currency.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7 in San Antonio history...

1930
Mary Burnett, a senior at Main Avenue High School, is one of many seniors who will wear a cap and gown for graduation.  This is the first year San Antonio high schools have adopted the cap and gown.

1938
The Lasso Girls of Thomas Jefferson High School are featured in today's issue of Life magazine. (right)

1950
Housewives at Alazan-Apache Courts are getting free lessons in the care and operation of gas refrigerators.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March 6 in San Antonio history...

1900
The musical wizard, the greatest pianist of the age, Ignace J. Paderewski, will play at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Opera House.

1925
Parachutes saved the lives of Kelly flyers, Lt. C. D. McAllister and Cadet Charles A. Lindbergh, today when their planes collided in mid-air.  This is said to be the first time that two pilots have saived themselves by use of parachutes after a mid-air collision.

Lindbergh's excerpted official report noted: "I passed above the DH and a moment later felt a slight jolt, followed by a crash....
"I closed the throttle and saw an SE-5 with Lieutenant McCallister in the cockpit a few feet away on my left. He was apparently unhurt and getting ready to jump.
"Our ships were locked together with the fuselages approximately parallel. I removed the belt, climbed out to the trailing edge of the —the ship was then in a nearly vertical position—and jumped backward from the ship as far as possible.
"I had no difficulty in operating the pull ring and experienced no sensation of falling. The wreckage was falling nearly straight down and for some time I fell in line with its path. Fearing the wreckage might fall on me, I did not pull the rip cord until I had dropped several hundred feet and into the clouds.
"During this time I had turned one half revolution and was falling flat and face downward. The parachute functioned perfectly; almost as soon as I pulled the rip cord and the risers jerked on my shoulders, the leg straps tightened, my head went down, and the chute was fully opened....
"Next I turned my attention to locating a landing place. I was over mesquite and drifting in the general direction of a plowed field which I reached by slipping the chute. Shortly before striking the ground I was drifting backwards, but was able to swing around in the harness just as I landed on the side of a ditch less than 100 feet from the edge of the mesquite. Although the impact of the landing was too great for me to remain standing, I was not injured. The parachute was still held open by the wind and did not collapse until I pulled on one group of the shroud lines." (Lt. McCallister also bailed out successfully. )

1940
Local amusement has taken an unusual slant with the invention of a machine gun which sprays light beams on a screen in an attempt to bring down airplanes moving at a quick pace across the screen.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 5 in San Antonio history...

1731
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña is founded.

1950
By 1960, 1970 and 1980, weapons capable of striking from as far away as 5,000 miles will be available, according to British scientist, A.M. Low, in town for a speaking engagement with the Optimist Club.

1960
A San Antonio construction worker, Valentine Gomez, was saved by fellow workers after being buried under tons of dirt when a 12-foot deep ditch  at the freeway storm sewer project in the 1600 block of North Hackberry caved in on him.  Other workers tunneled through the dirt, threw Gomez a rope and pulled him to safety about 25 minutes later.

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 4 in San Antonio history...

1900
San Antonio has a new fad in the shape of a little trash can the size of a U.S. letter box attached to telephone poles.  They have been put up by a sanitary association.

1920
All but one San Antonio distributor was selling gasoline at 28 cents a gallon, the price advancing in conformity with the recent advace in crude oil from $3 to $3.25 a barrel.

1956
Marjoe, the world's most unusual 12-year-old boy evangelist, will conduct services at the Alamo Revival Center.  Marjoe sings, plays the drums, saxophone, accordion and string bass, and preaches like Billy Sunday.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3 in San Antonio history...

1883
Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Robert E. Lee, lectures at the Casino on the Battle of Chancellorsville.

1930
City Engineer A. Marbach has been detailed to work out sketches showing the scale and size of the open air theater to be built in the Star Sunken Garden.

1950
Octavius the octopus has the distinction of being the first one of his kind to be exhibited at the Richard Friedrich Aquarium at the zoo.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2 in San Antonio history...

1836
Texas declares independence from Mexico at Washington-On-The-Brazos.

1910
What came very near being a disastrous collision between a Wright aeroplane and an auto occurred this morning at Fort Sam Houston.  Outside this incident, the flights made in the aeroplane have been acclaimed as "highly successful."

1940
An open meeting to discuss plans for incorporation of Los Angeles Heights will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 1 in San Antonio history...

1910
The first message from the balloon "New York" to the the San Antonio Light and Gazette was thrown out as the monster conqueror of the air passed over Alamo Heights at 9:28 p.m. yesterday.

1930
Harry M. Wurzbach, "the fighting Congressman," will be a candidate to succeed himself as respresentative from the 14th Congressional District of Texas.

1970
Looking every inch the dashing 1910 pilot from his goggles down to the shining knee-high boots, James Appleby fitted himself loosely into the cockpit of the fragile Wright bi-plane and prepared for its journey from Kelly Air Force Base to Fort Sam Houston in preparation for the air celebrations.