Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 30 in San Antonio history...

1894
San Antonio's streetcar company announced wage cuts of 15 cents a day to $1.35 a day for married employees, $1.13 a day for single men.

1960
A number of African-Americans boycott Joske's to protest the segregation of the store's restaurants, the Chuck Wagon and Camelia Room.

1966
The contract to build a 650-foot tower at the HemisFair site was awarded today to D.J. Rheiner Construction Company.  Architectural details for the unnamed tower will be released within 60 days.

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29 in San Antonio history...

1899
The Freie Presse für Texas Publishing Co. of San Antonio received a charter from the Secretary of State at Austin yesterday.

1959
Pope John XXIII Wednesday appointed Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of the San Antonio Archdiocese a prelate of his pontifical household and an assistant at the pontifical throne.

1984
The Cody branch library opens at 11441 Vance Jackson.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28 in San Antonio history...

1909
Expressions of good will and predictions of success from prominent citizens greeted the announcement today of the consolidation of the Daily Light and the Gazette, effective tomorrow.

1935
A carnival ride in Milam Square collapsed, injuring eight people.

1976
Across the alley from the Alamo one of the city's most colorful old hotels is for sale.  The asking price is $750,000 for the Crockett Hotel.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27 in San Antonio history...

1909
The new, eight-story hotel at Houston and St. Mary's yesterday was formally christened "The Gunter." It was named after the late Jot Gunter, a leading figure in the syndicate which acquired the property.

1929
Much in the manner of her famous fiance, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, Miss Anne Morrow slipped into and out of San Antonio early this morning.

1959
A hotel parking lot attendant was booked for theft over $50 in connection with an unauthorized "joyride" in King Antonio's Cadillac.

1986
The first heart transplant in San Antonio was performed by a team of surgeons from Medical Center Hospital and the UT Health Science Center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26 in San Antonio history...

1919
Plans for the new $50,000 church building at Huisache and Grant in Beacon Hill are almost complete. (Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church)

1939
Contract for construction of an airplane factory at Gillette Boulevard and Palo Alto Avenue has been let and construction will start May 1, according to John B. Miller, general manager for the National Aircraft Corp.

1956
Segregation was ended on San Antonio buses in line with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25 in San Antonio history...

1889
An omnibus driver got his whip hung over the electric light wire on Soledad Street this morning.  Quite a crowd gathered to see him get it untangled.

1909
Cornerstone for the new home at Crockett and Nacogdoches for the San Antonio Odd Fellows will be laid.

1929
A hamburger stand directly under the ancient Hapsburg coat-of-arms on the old Spanish Governor's Palace has been ordered removed.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24 in San Antonio history...

1919
Permanent organization of the Texas Pioneers Association was effected today at a meeting in the Main Avenue High School auditorium.

1944
Six crew members were hospitalized but none killed, in the crash of a B-26 bomber near Leon Creek at Grissom Road.

1994
"The Admiral" David Robinson scores 71 points in a game against the Clippers to win the NBA scoring title.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 23 in San Antonio history...

1909
Five cents retail and four cents wholesale is the price of bread for Texas as fixed by the master bakers in session here.

1924
Two world's records were broken at Kelly Field when Lt. Matthew E. Finn flew his single-engine plane 110 miles an hour and Lt. Hez McClellan recorded "the tremendous speed of 150 miles an hour" in a multi-engine job.

1944
FBI Agent R. C. Suran said three Nazis who escaped from a POW camp at Brady were at large in the San Antonio area.

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22 in San Antonio history...

1889
The $250,000 street improvement bond issue carried by a vote of 610 for and 243 against.

1937
Girl entertainers in two carnival shows were ordered to don clothing by Mayor C. K. Quin following complaints from the Legion of Decency, Knights of Columbus.

1939
An interested spectator of the Fiesta parade yesterday was Mae West, who is in San Antonio for an engagement at the Majestic Theater.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21 in San Antonio history...

1889
San Jacinto Day was not being celebrated in San Antonio.

1905
The San Antonio Light accused the Dallas News of faking census figures to rob San Antonio of its claim as the largest city in the state.  The News listed Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth, Waco and Corsicana as largest without mentioning San Antonio.  San Antonio claims 50,000 population and charged Dallas had juggled figures to boost its total to 55,000.

1929
Overtures of peace will be made by the city adminstration before San Antonio makes any attempt to absorb Alamo Heights in the general annexation program, it was announced by Mayor C.M. Chambers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20 in San Antonio history...

1886
The new fire bells have arrived.  Would this not be a fitting occasion for the ladies of the city to organize a festival of some kind for the benefit of the "fire laddies?"

1926
Guerilla warfare between Sheriff Jim Stevens and a band of auto strippers reached a climax last night when avenging thieves invaded the basement of the courthouse and drove off a car belonging to an investigator of the district attorney's office.

1946
Three P-80 "Shooting Stars" the first jet planes to visit Kelly Field, landed at the local base yesterday.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 19 in San Antonio history...

1886
Complaints are being made by residents in the vicinity of Menger's Soap factory at the constant firing of revolvers during the night.  They desire to know where the police have been keeping themselves.

1906
Bids will be opened in the mayor's office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

1946
A dictaphone was used in San Antonio courts for the first time this week to record procedings.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18 in San Antonio history...

1886
Is it not time baseball was being played in this city? Where are the pitchers for celebrated league games who always come forward about this time of the year?

1926
Under the magic hand of Mayor John W. Tobin, San Antonio's $1,000,000 Auditorium, dream of half a dozen city fathers, has become a reality.  In the final days of construction, the mayor spent most of his time at the site.

1946
Underground parking came a step nearer reality today, when the city council instructed Mayor Gus Mauermann to advertise for bids at four business district location.  The facilities are in the vicinity of or under Alamo Plaza, Travis Park, Main Plaza and La Villita.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April 17 in San Antonio history...

1884
The corner stone of the additional infirmary at Santa Rosa Hospital is laid.

1957
Southwestern Bell requested permission from the city that they be allowed to raise the price of a pay-telephone call from five to ten cents. Ten cent rates were already in effect in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, El Paso and most metropolitan centers in the U.S.

2007
The University of the Incarnate Word announces plans for a football team, San Antonio's third after St. Mary's and Trinity.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16 in San Antonio history...

1914
Freight cars designed especially for cattle made their first appearance in San Antonio on the tracks of the Southern Pacific.

1919
A 15-year lease of the new hotel at Houston and St. Mary's was signed by L.J. Hart, president, and Lewis Maverick, secretary, San Antonio Hotel Co. and H. H. Franks, of Houston, the leasee.

1929
Smoking by uniformed policemen while on duty is forbidden in a general order issued by Police Chief Owen Kilday today.  Exempted from the order are men on dogwatch from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

1992
Jerry Tarkanian is hired as the coach of the San Antonio Spurs to replace interim coach Bob Bass.  Bass would coach the rest of the 1991-1992 season and Tarkanian would coach beginning in the fall of 1992.  His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games.  He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15 in San Antonio history...

1950
Hopalong Cassidy, the Western hero children scream for, was reviewed and approved by San Antonio youths.  Mayor White proclaimed Saturday as "Hopalong Cassidy Day."

1970
Various San Antonio church groups will give special prayers for the safety of America's three astronauts who are now earthward bound in their crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft.

1976
The Northwest Six Theatres open at IH 10 and 410, showing "Play It Again, Sam", "The Hiding Place", "Crime & Passion", "Echoes of a Summer", "Bugs Bunny Superstar" and "The Duchess & the Dirtwater Fox."  The multiplex would later expand to ten and fourteen screens.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 14 in San Antonio history...

1896
It was revealed that a large amount of opposition to the new location of the ball park came from delivery drivers who used to stop and watch the games at the old park.  The new park is too far for them.

1910
Glenn H. Curtiss, champion aviator of the world, and his corps of assistants, arrived this morning and registered at the St. Anthony Hotel.

1970
A special emergency City Council session at 5 p.m. Tuesday may go into executive session to discuss City Manager Henckel's "attempts to prevent a Fiesta Week carnival from being held in the downtown area."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13 in San Antonio history...

1900
San Antonio will hold her carnival and street fair in the sunshine of the morrow of that norther which so recently passed her by.

1950
Definite announcement of the intention of the late Mrs. Marie McNay to bequeath her fabulous estate and art collection to San Antonio as a cultural center awaited the arrival of her attorneys from Ohio.

2002
Albertson’s closes all twenty of its San Antonio stores.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12 in San Antonio history...

1940
The mayor, desiring further to streamline the city government, has entered into negotiations for the purchase of the Smith-Young Tower.  The Don is of the opinion that the entire city government would be centered there if the deal goes through and would include the fire department and police headquarters.

1960
A new wave of barbershop price war violence broke out today in San Antonio as vandals began shattering plate glass windows at shops advertising below standard haircut prices.

1970
An alert 14-year-old Rhodes Junior High School student was credited with saving the lives of two women from a North Side duplex fire on Saturday.  Jerry Chavez, 1514 S.W. 18th, told firemen he noticed smoke filtering out from under the side door of the apartment belonging to Mrs. Gladys Chambers, 45, of 911 Fulton Ave., about 9:45 a.m.  The youth was walking to his nearby newsstand at the time.  Chavez alerted the occupant of the duplex's second apartment, Mrs. Carmen Hofling, 72, who called the fire department.

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11 in San Antonio history...

1908
The proposition of establishing a post office station near I. & G.N. passenger depot in order to relieve the congestion of business in the post office here in under consideration by postal authorities.

1957
The "Brackenridge Eagle" miniature train begins operation in Brackenridge Park.  This is a "soft opening."  35,000 passengers will ride the train before the grand opening is held on June 14.

1968
The San Antonio Conservation Society has agreed to contribute up to $15,000 toward making up the San Antonio Fiesta Commission's deficit.  About $50,000 has been lost to the commission due to elimination of the carnival.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10 in San Antonio history...

1910
Nine nurses walked out of the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital on strike.  Among the nurses' complaints is the frijol, hamburger and potatoes diet.

1920
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is definitely committed to securing a railroad from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley towns of Brownsville and Rio Grande City.

1970
George Lane, who holds a contract to operate a carnival concession at HemisFair Plaza, threatened legal action against a a Fiesta Week carnival approved by City Council.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 9 in San Antonio history...

1910
The gentle art of lifting one's skirts is one every woman should learn.  You do not consider it immodest to be seen in a bathing suit cut to the knees - why is it immodest to cross wet pavements with skirts held well above the ankle?

1960
A 24-year-old San Antonio man was remanded to jail today awaiting psychiatric examinations after being charged with disturbing the peace during Central Assembly of God worship services last evening.  The man tried to kiss the preacher's daughter.

1970
The City Council voted 5 to 4 to approve a permit for a Fiesta Week carnival using public and/or private land and excluding only the public streets.

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 8 in San Antonio history...

1900
West Side residents today began salvaging what they could of their homes after heavy rains caused an overflow of the San Pedro Creek.  Almost every house along the creek beginning at San Pedro Springs suffered heavy damage.

1950
Kelly Air Force Base today were probing the crash of a giant B-29 bomber northwest of the field.

1970
Superbaby.  That's what Baptist Memorial Hospital has tagged Robert Daniel Sczepanik, two-day-old heavyweight born April 6.  Mighty Robert weighed in at 13 pounds, 6.5 ounces, to set a possible record for the hospital in baby weights.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7 in San Antonio history...

1910
The 1910-11 financial budget will provide for necessary appropriations to increase efficiency in the fire department.  Three hose wagons and a truck are necessary.

1950
A pot of beans left on a kerosene stove was blamed for $700 damage to a two-room house in the rear of 318 Hedges.

1970
Mrs. Gilard Kargl, prominent San Antonio woman, will be named acting director of the Witte Memorial Museum.  Mrs. Kargl is expected to be formally named to the post during a meeting of the museum board of directors.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6 in San Antonio history...

1940
Burglars who "polka'ed" their way into the Beer Barrel Inn at 622 E. Commerce took $25 in nickels from the nickelodeon, Lucas Tarin told police.

1948
The San Pedro Outdoor Theatre [Drive-In] opens, featuring "Daisy Kenyon" with Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda.

1968
HemisFair '68 opened to the public.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5 in San Antonio history...

1920
Clear, cold and blustery.  Easter was a day for furs and overcoats instead of the silver frocks and summer bonnets which are traditional.

1950
The first of seven panels of the Trinity University administration building on the new campus site was nearing completion today.

1955
The city reorganizes under a council-manager form of government and the Good Government League wins control of City Hall.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4 in San Antonio history...

1883
Mr. Albert Maverick proposes shortly to build a large hotel worthy of the city of San Antonio at the corner of Alamo Plaza and Houston street.

1900
The Carnegie free library is to be located in this city, it was announced.

1920
A petrified mastodon tusk weighing 15 1/2 pounds and estimated by geologists to be more than 4 million years old was found in Live Oak County last week.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3 in San Antonio history...

1855
The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published their first issue. It ceased publication 30 Aug 1856.

1883
The San Antonio Evening Light is discontinued and the first issue of the San Antonio Light newspaper rolls off the printing press, under new management.

1934
A brake-testing campaign for San Antonio motorists was cancelled as the highway department ordered patrolmen to stand by to aid in a statewide search for Gunman Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

1974
The Happy Jazz Band and the Landing move from the Nix Building to the river level of the Stockman Restaurant.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2 in San Antonio history...

1910
The high school girls of this city were winners over the Uvalde High School girls, 11-7, in a basketball game played here yesterday afternoon.

1970
The controversial leader of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, Cesar Chavez, will participate in the episcopal consecration of Patrick Fernandez Flores, newly named bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, on May 5 at San Fernando Cathedral.

1977
Computers are used for the first time to tabulate the results of the city election.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1 in San Antonio history...

1910
Express wagons and moving vans will, in all probability, not be permitted to stand on Alamo Plaza within the next few weeks, said Mayor Bryan Callaghan.

1940
Lefty Gomez, the New York Yankees' great southpaw pitcher and Joe DiMaggio, called the greatest outfielder, got together at the breakfast table Monday at the Gunter Hotel.

1960
Nearly 600 enumerators and 36 crew leaders fanned out in the Alamo City today to kick off the 1960 census.

1978
Downtown entertainer, "Bongo Joe" Coleman, assisted police in apprehending a knife-wielding robber who stole $8 of costume jewelery from S.H. Kress & Co.  Joe gave the suspect a ride on his motorized bicycle and drove him to a coffee shop at 4th and Broadway where the robber was arrested.  He was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and held on an $8,946.50 bond.

April 1 in San Antonio history...

1937